You have got to be kidding me…

  1. Best Picture: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk,” “The Reader,” “Slumdog Millionaire.”
  2. Actor: Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”; Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”; Sean Penn, “Milk”; Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler.”
  3. Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”; Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”; Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”; Meryl Streep, “Doubt”; Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”
  4. Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, “Milk”; Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”; Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”; Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”; Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road.”
  5. Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, “Doubt”; Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”; Viola Davis, “Doubt”; Taraji P. Henson, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler.”
  6. Director: David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”; Gus Van Sant, “Milk”; Stephen Daldry, “The Reader”; Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire.”
  7. Foreign Film: “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” Germany; “The Class,” France; “Departures,” Japan; “Revanche,” Austria; “Waltz With Bashir,” Israel.

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Sure, someone did a holocaust film (“The Reader”), so it’s a given.  Unfortunately, this year’s holocaust film has mixed reviews (no obvious choice here).  “Milk”… well, I doubt many in the Academy actually saw it, but read it starred Sean Penn (Check) and was about the first openly gay mayor (Check) – automatic inclusion.  Same type of view goes for “Frost/Nixon”.  Hollywood LOVES to make anti-war, liberally-bent political flicks.  It’s just unfortunate they are pretty much all crap and bomb at the theaters.  I’m guessing “Valkyrie” was better than “Frost/Nixon” (yes, I saw Valkyrie and it was good).  I haven’t seen “Slumdog Millionaire”, but I’ve heard good things about it.  As far as the “Academy” is concerned, it’s kind of like a foreign film, so it must be good so yeah, let’s include it.  Then there is “The Curious case of Benjamin Button”.  This is an incredibly predictable film whose only interesting qualities for me are the period authenticity and special effects.  Let’s face it, Brad Pitt is a mediocre actor.  I get why it’s on the list.  It’s a movie the “Academy” likes.

So what movie am I really pissed didn’t get included for Best Picture?  “The Dark Knight”  It’s an incredibly gritty, emotional story of tainted characters torn between doing what’s right and doing what’s needed.  There’s depth, amazing imagery and some of the best acting out there.  Why didn’t the “Academy” nominate it?  The main characters happen to be comic book characters.  These people are a bunch of asses who have probably never picked up a comic book in the past 20 years.  These are authored by some of the best writers in existence.  These are characters with more depth than a 2 dimensional figure in tights and cape.