The Academy Awards are Sunday night, and here is where my votes would go:
Best Picture: I liked all the nominated films for Best Picture, but this is the order in which I would rank them: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Milk, Slumdog Millionaire, The Reader, and Frost/Nixon. I'm a little surprised that I'm picking Benjamin Button ( a Brad Pitt movie, of all things), especially since Milk and Slumdog Millionaire are so great, but I think it's the one that is best overall. Slumdog Millionaire will, of course, win this category, but I'm thinking that it won't look nearly as good five years from now as it does now, especially with all that "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" stuff ( a TV show that I hate).
Best Actor: Sean Penn in Milk. He's amazing.
Best Actress: a tough category. Kate Winslet is great in The Reader, and she will win, but how can anybody be better than Meryl Streep in Doubt?
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight. Of course.
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams in Doubt.
Best Director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire.
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Best Original Screenplay: Milk.
If Slumdog Millionaire wins everything, I'll be disappointed but unsurprised.
And Hugh Jackman is the host on the awards show this year?.. a non-comedian??
A later note: Hugh Jackman was great!