My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Oscar 2008

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Richard JenkinsThe Visitor {“Walter”}
Frank LangellaFrost/Nixon {“Richard Nixon”}
* Sean PennMilk {“Harvey Milk”}
Brad PittThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button {“Benjamin Button”}
Mickey RourkeThe Wrestler {“Randy”}

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Josh BrolinMilk {“Dan White”}
Robert Downey Jr.Tropic Thunder {“Kirk Lazarus”}
Philip Seymour HoffmanDoubt {“Father Brendan Flynn”}
* Heath LedgerThe Dark Knight {“Joker”}
Michael ShannonRevolutionary Road {“John Givings”}

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Anne HathawayRachel Getting Married {“Kym”}
Angelina JolieChangeling {“Christine Collins”}
Melissa LeoFrozen River {“Ray Eddy”}
Meryl StreepDoubt {“Sister Aloysius Beauvier”}
* Kate WinsletThe Reader {“Hanna Schmitz”}

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy AdamsDoubt {“Sister James”}
* Penélope CruzVicky Cristina Barcelona {“Maria Elena”}
Viola DavisDoubt {“Mrs. Miller”}
Taraji P. Henson — The Curious Case of Benjamin Button {“Queenie”}
Marisa TomeiThe Wrestler {“Cassidy”}

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Bolt — Chris Williams and Byron Howard
Kung Fu Panda — John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
* WALL-E — Andrew Stanton

ART DIRECTION
Changeling — Art Direction: James J. Murakami; Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
* The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt; Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
The Dark Knight — Art Direction: Nathan Crowley; Set Decoration: Peter Lando
The Duchess — Art Direction: Michael Carlin; Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
Revolutionary Road — Art Direction: Kristi Zea; Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Changeling — Tom Stern
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight — Wally Pfister
The Reader — Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
* Slumdog Millionaire — Anthony Dod Mantle

COSTUME DESIGN
Australia — Catherine Martin
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Jacqueline West
* The Duchess — Michael O’Connor
Milk — Danny Glicker
Revolutionary Road — Albert Wolsky

DIRECTING
The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonDavid Fincher
Frost/NixonRon Howard
MilkGus Van Sant
The Reader — Stephen Daldry
* Slumdog MillionaireDanny Boyle

DOCUMENTARY (Feature)
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon) — Ellen Kuras and Thavisouk Phrasavath
Encounters at the End of the World — Werner Herzog and Henry Kaiser
The Garden — Scott Hamilton Kennedy
* Man on Wire — James Marsh and Simon Chinn
Trouble the Water — Tia Lessin and Carl Deal

DOCUMENTARY (Short Subject)
The Conscience of Nhem En — Steven Okazaki
The Final Inch — Irene Taylor Brodsky and Tom Grant
* Smile Pinki — Megan Mylan
The Witness – From the Balcony of Room 306 — Adam Pertofsky and Margaret Hyde

FILM EDITING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
The Dark Knight — Lee Smith
Frost/Nixon — Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
Milk — Elliot Graham
* Slumdog Millionaire — Chris Dickens

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Baader Meinhof Complex — Germany
The Class — France
* Departures — Japan
Revanche — Austria
Waltz with Bashir — Israel

MAKEUP
* The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Greg Cannom
The Dark Knight — John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
Hellboy II: The Golden Army — Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

MUSIC (Original Score)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Alexandre Desplat
Defiance — James Newton Howard
Milk — Danny Elfman
* Slumdog Millionaire — A.R. Rahman
WALL-E — Thomas Newman

MUSIC (Original Song)
“Down To Earth” from WALL-E — Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; Lyric by Peter Gabriel
* “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire — Music by A.R. Rahman; Lyric by Gulzar
“O Saya” from Slumdog Millionaire — Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

BEST PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
Frost/Nixon — Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
Milk — Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
The Reader — Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, Donna Gigliotti and Redmond Morris, Producers
* Slumdog Millionaire — Christian Colson, Producer

SHORT FILM (Animated)
* La Maison en Petits Cubes — Kunio Kato
Lavatory – Lovestory — Konstantin Bronzit
Oktapodi — Emud Mokhberi and Thierry Marchand
Presto — Doug Sweetland
This Way Up — Alan Smith and Adam Foulkes

SHORT FILM (Live Action)
Auf der Strecke (On the Line) — Reto Caffi
Manon on the Asphalt — Elizabeth Marre and Olivier Pont
New Boy — Steph Green and Tamara Anghie
The Pig — Tivi Magnusson and Dorte Høgh
* Spielzeugland (Toyland) — Jochen Alexander Freydank

SOUND EDITING
* The Dark Knight — Richard King
Iron Man — Frank Eulner and Christopher Boyes
Slumdog Millionaire — Glenn Freemantle and Tom Sayers
WALL-E — Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood
Wanted — Wylie Stateman

SOUND MIXING
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Mark Weingarten
The Dark Knight — Lora Hirschberg, Gary Rizzo and Ed Novick
* Slumdog Millionaire — Ian Tapp, Richard Pryke and Resul Pookutty
WALL-E — Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt
Wanted — Chris Jenkins, Frank A. Montaño and Petr Forejt

VISUAL EFFECTS
* The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Eric Barba, Steve Preeg, Burt Dalton and Craig Barron
The Dark Knight — Nick Davis, Chris Corbould, Tim Webber and Paul Franklin
Iron Man — John Nelson, Ben Snow, Dan Sudick and Shane Mahan

WRITING (Adapted Screenplay)
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Screenplay by Eric Roth; Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
Doubt — Written by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon — Screenplay by Peter Morgan
The Reader — Screenplay by David Hare
* Slumdog Millionaire — Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

WRITING (Original Screenplay)
Frozen River — Written by Courtney Hunt
Happy-Go-Lucky — Written by Mike Leigh
In Bruges — Written by Martin McDonagh
* Milk — Written by Dustin Lance Black
WALL-E — Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon; Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

JEAN HERSHOLT HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Jerry Lewis