The 2009 Oscars have come and gone, but the movie industry rumbles ever onwards. Pam (thanks again) sent me the link to a great article on The Ampersand (love that word, great name for a monkey!)
In it they talk about what could possibly win at next years Oscars. Obviously it is a way off and there will be plenty of films out between now and then, but this is what they have come up with for some of the awards.
Best Animated Feature
Coraline — This stop-motion pic has already garnered the critical acclaim; it’s probably a safe bet to snag a nomination.
Up — It’s the latest from Pixar, which means a nomination is all-but-guaranteed.
Monsters vs. Aliens — The use of 3D technology — it’s supposed to be jaw-dropping — might push it into contention.
9 — Shane Acker’s post-apocalyptic epic has some big names behind it, including Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted). Plus, the animated short it is based on snagged an Academy Award nomination in 2005, which means it has the right pedigree.
Martin Scorsese — Ashecliffe — Although we prefer the film’s original title, Shutter Island, you can never discount Scorsese.
Michael Mann — Public Enemies — See the above category of Best Actor. With a cast that includes Depp and Bale, this will be a film worth watching. Mann is always solid.
James Cameron — Avatar — Cameron’s first feature film in over a decade, this film is going to be huge. The buzz is Avatar may be a game-changer, a film that changes the way we watch movies. It may be too sci-fi to garner a Best Picture nomination, but if I were a betting man a Best Director nomination for Cameron would be a worthy gamble.
Where The Wild Things Are — We have absolutely no evidence to back this up, except for the hope that Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers, and everyone else can pull off this long-delayed adaptation of the children’s classic.
Nine — No, not 9, the animated feature mentioned above. Nine. Yes, this is going to be confusing. The Academy loves musicals, loves Rob Marshall, and the cast includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Kate Hudson Judi Dench, and Sophia Loren. Oh, and Fergie. Can’t forget Fergie.
The Lovely Bones — Recipe for a Best Picture: take an acclaimed novel about a young girl who’s brutally murdered and follows her murder investigation from Heaven. Hire an Oscar-winning screenwriting team to adapt the book; mix in an Oscar-winning director — Peter Jackson — and sprinkle with a cast that includes Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, and Mark Wahlberg. Yeah, I like it’s chances too.
Check out the rest of the article for their thoughts on best actor and actress.
What films do you think will be in the running for next years Oscars and what don’t have a hope in hell?
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