IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN…

FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

This is shaping up to be a colourful awards season.

As if you didn’t know…

Some critics are calling FROST/NIXON the best work yet from RON HOWARD, who all ready has delivered BEST PICTURE and BEST DIRECTOR OSCARS for A BEAUTIFUL MIND. Reprising the role he created on stage, FRANK LANGELLA is a marvel of awkward hubris and tragic grandeur as Nixon, squaring off against TV personality DAVID FROST (MICHAEL SHEEN) in a series of pivotal 1977 interviews.

FRANK LANGELLA could be the second person nominated as BEST ACTOR for playing the fallen president, following ANTHONY HOPKINS in OLIVER STONE’S 1995 biography NIXON.

“Nixon’s a fascinating paradox. He was a great intellect with a lot of important ideas and made some real political inroads on a sort of global level – and yet he’s a classically tragic figure,” stated RON HOWARD.

“Some people who worked with him closely said he always felt like he was the kid on the outside looking into the toy store window, nose pressed to the glass. He was so uncomfortable in his own skin, yet he was brilliant and biting and tough.”

OLIVER STONE’S 2008 presidential picture, the George Bush saga W, looks like a long shot for major nominations. However, it could sneak in for some of its performances.

The prolific CLINT EASTWOOD released two movies within a couple of months that are grabbing major OSCAR attention: CHANGELING and GRAN TORINO.

Here’s a rundown of the front runners and some long shots that could turn up in the OSCAR mix:

(The bolding, of course, is mine. Just remember that I can not support a motion picture or performance unless I’ve actually seen it.)

BEST PICTURE
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
DEFIANCE
DOUBT
FROST/NIXON
GRAN TORINO
MILK
THE READER
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
WALL-E
THE WRESTLER

BEST DIRECTOR
DARREN ARONOFSKY – THE WRESTLER
DANNY BOYLE – SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
STEPHEN DALDRY – THE READER
CLINT EASTWOOD – CHANGELING/GRAN TORINO
DAVID FINCHER – THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
RON HOWARD – FROST/NIXON
SAM MENDES – REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN – THE DARK KNIGHT
JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY – DOUBT
STEVEN SODERBERGH – CHE
ANDREW STANTON – WALL-E
GUS VAN SANT – MILK
EDWARD ZWICK – DEFIANCE

BEST ACTOR
CHRISTIAN BALE – THE DARK KNIGHT
JOSH BROLIN – W
DANIEL CRAIG – DEFIANCE
BENICIO DEL TORO – CHE
LEONARDO DiCAPRIO – REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
CLINT EASTWOOD – GRAN TORINO
RICHARD JENKINS – THE VISITOR
FRANK LANGELLA – FROST/NIXON
SEAN PENN – MILK
BRAD PITT – THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
MICKEY ROURKE – THE WRESTLER
WILL SMITH – SEVEN POUNDS

BEST ACTRESS
CATE BLANCHETT – THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
ANNE HATHAWAY – RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
SALLY HAWKINS – HAPPY GO LUCKY
ANGELINA JOLIE – CHANGELING
MELISSA LEO – FROZEN RIVER
KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS – I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG
MERYL STREEP – DOUBT
MICHELLE WILLIAMS – WENDY & LUCY
KATE WINSLET – THE READER /REVOLUTIONARY ROAD

SUPPORTING ACTOR
JOSH BROLIN – MILK
JAMES CROMWELL – W
RICHARD DREYFUSS – W
RALPH FIENNES – THE DUCHESS/THE READER
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN – DOUBT
DAVID KROSS – THE READER
HEATH LEDGER – THE DARK KNIGHT
JOHN MALKOVICH – CHANGELING
EDDIE MARSAN – HAPPY GO LUCKY
DEV PATEL – SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
MICHAEL SHANNON – REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
MICHAEL SHEEN – FROST/NIXON

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
ELIZABETH BANKS – W
KATHY BATES – REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
PENELOPE CRUZ – VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
VIOLA DAVIS – DOUBT
ROSEMARIE DeWITT – RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
TARAJI P. HENSON – THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
TILDA SWINTON – THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
MARISA TOMEI – THE WRESTLER
MISTY UPHAM – FROZEN RIVER
EVAN RACHEL WOOD – THE WRESTLER
DEBRA WINGER – RACHEL GETTING MARRIED

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