Friday, February 20, 2009

2009 Academy Awards Poll

We interrupt the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament (first round voting ends today at 8:00pm Eastern; the Sweet 16 voting will begin on Monday) for the Oscars. I was unable to find a website that had its own Oscars poll, so I created my own. Listed below are twelve categories for Sunday night's 81st Academy Awards. Make your predictions in the comments section below. The person with the most correct will win the honor of having the most correct in my 2009 Academy Awards Poll. Yes, you can put that on your resume or Facebook page.

Here are your categories:

1. BEST PICTURE
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Frost/Nixon
Milk
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

2. BEST DIRECTOR
Gus Van Sant - Milk
Stephen Daldry - The Reader
David Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard - Frost/Nixon
Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire

3. BEST ACTOR
Richard Jenkins - The Visitor
Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn - Milk
Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler
Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

4. BEST ACTRESS
Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Melissa Leo - Frozen River
Meryl Streep - Doubt
Kate Winslet - The Reader

5. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin - Milk
Robert Downey Jr. - Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon - Revolutionary Road

6. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams - Doubt
Penélope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis - Doubt
Taraji P. Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler

7. ORIGINAL SCREEPLAY
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

8. ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Screenplay by Eric Roth
Doubt - Written by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon - Screenplay by Peter Morgan
The Reader - Screenplay by David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire - Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

9. ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Bolt
Kung Fu Panda
WALL-E

10. FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
The Class (France)
Departures (Japan)
Revanche (Austria)
Waltz with Bashir (Israel)

11. 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

12. ORIGINAL SONG
"Down to Earth" (WALL-E) - Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman; Lyrics by Peter Gabriel
"Jai Ho" (Slumdog Millionaire) - Music by A.R. Rahman Lyrics by Gulzar
"O Saya" (Slumdog Millionaire) - Music and Lyrics by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

13. Tie-breaker: What time will the Oscars end?

(By the way, how are there no nominations for Gran Torino? What an amazing movie!)

If this had been an actual emergency, you would have been instructed to tune to one of the broadcast stations in your area. We now return to the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament already in progress.

9 comments:

neena said...

1. BEST PICTURE - Slumdog Millionaire
2. BEST DIRECTOR - Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
3. BEST ACTOR - Sean Penn - Milk
4. BEST ACTRESS - Meryl Streep - Doubt
5. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
6. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Penélope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
7. ORIGINAL SCREEPLAY - WALL-E - Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon
8. ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - Slumdog Millionaire - Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy
9. ANIMATED FEATURE FILM - WALL-E
10. FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - The Class (France)
11. ORIGINAL SCORE - Slumdog Millionaire - A.R. Rahman
12. ORIGINAL SONG - "Jai Ho" (Slumdog Millionaire) - Music by A.R. Rahman Lyrics by Gulzar
13. Tie-breaker: What time will the Oscars end? 11:52 pm (EST)

Messiah said...

Thanks to neena for providing a copyable template:

1. BEST PICTURE - Slumdog Millionaire
2. BEST DIRECTOR - Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
3. BEST ACTOR - Sean Penn - Milk
4. BEST ACTRESS - Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
5. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
6. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Taraji P. Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
7. ORIGINAL SCREEPLAY - Milk
8. ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - Frost/Nixon
9. ANIMATED FEATURE FILM - WALL-E
10. FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - The Class (France)
11. ORIGINAL SCORE - Slumdog Millionaire
12. ORIGINAL SONG - "Jai Ho" (Slumdog Millionaire)
13. Tie-breaker: What time will the Oscars end? 12:04 am (EST)

tiny350Z said...

The only movie that I've seen that's nominated is WALL-E. And I'm not afraid to admit that... well, just a little.

Christine said...

1. BEST PICTURE - Slumdog Millionaire
2. BEST DIRECTOR - Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
3. BEST ACTOR -Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler
4. BEST ACTRESS - Kate Winslet - The Reader
5. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
6. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Penélope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
7. ORIGINAL SCREEPLAY - Milk - Written by Dustin Lance Black
8. ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - Slumdog Millionaire - Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy
9. ANIMATED FEATURE FILM - WALL-E
10. FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - The Class (France)
11. ORIGINAL SCORE - Slumdog Millionaire - A.R. Rahman
12. ORIGINAL SONG - "Jai Ho" (Slumdog Millionaire) - Music by A.R. Rahman Lyrics by Gulzar
13. Tie-breaker: What time will the Oscars end? 12:12 am (EST)

Ryan said...

1. BEST PICTURE - Slumdog Millionaire
2. BEST DIRECTOR - Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
3. BEST ACTOR - Sean Penn - Milk
4. BEST ACTRESS - Kate Winslet- The Reader
5. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
6. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Viola Davis- Doubt
7. ORIGINAL SCREEPLAY - Milk
8. ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - Slumdog Millionaire
9. ANIMATED FEATURE FILM - WALL-E
10. FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - Waltz with Bashir (Israel)
11. ORIGINAL SCORE - Slumdog Millionaire
12. ORIGINAL SONG - "Jai Ho" (Slumdog Millionaire)
13. Tie-breaker: What time will the Oscars end? 11:40 PM

Marc said...

I have not seen ANY of these movies this year (except Dark Knight). Babies can be a bummer.

1. BEST PICTURE - Slumdog Millionaire
2. BEST DIRECTOR - David Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3. BEST ACTOR - Sean Penn - Milk
4. BEST ACTRESS - Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
5. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
6. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Amy Adams - Doubt
7. ORIGINAL SCREEPLAY - Milk - Written by Dustin Lance Black
8. ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - Frost/Nixon - Screenplay by Peter Morgan
9. ANIMATED FEATURE FILM - WALL-E
10. FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
11. ORIGINAL SCORE - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Alexandre Desplat
12. ORIGINAL SONG - "Jai Ho" (Slumdog Millionaire)
13. Tie-breaker: What time will the Oscars end? 11:58 pm (EST)

Sean said...

I might as well share my picks:

1. BEST PICTURE - Slumdog Millionaire
2. BEST DIRECTOR - Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
3. BEST ACTOR - Mickey Rourke
4. BEST ACTRESS - Kate Winslet- The Reader
5. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
6. BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Penélope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
7. ORIGINAL SCREEPLAY - Milk
8. ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - Frost/Nixon
9. ANIMATED FEATURE FILM - WALL-E
10. FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM - Waltz with Bashir (Israel)
11. ORIGINAL SCORE - Slumdog Millionaire
12. ORIGINAL SONG - "Down to Earth" (WALL-E) -- Peter Gabriel will hit the Big Time with a Sledgehammer!

13. Tie-breaker: 11:52

Christine said...

Okay, so who gets to put "most correct" on their facebook page? Ryan or myself? It comes down to the tie breaker - what was the "official" ending time of the Oscars - my clock said 12:01 when the credits finished rolling, but you know how clocks can be...and is it closest to the time or closest before the time? I know this is not a huge event, in the scheme of things, but inquiring minds want to know...I want to know. : )

Ryan said...

Haha I agree Christine it was pretty close between us. I guess Sean gets the final ruling here. Is it the time Hugh Jackman wrapped up the show? When all those previews ended? When the telecast officially ceased and went to the local news. I'm with you, I want to know too.