Saturday, February 23, 2008

2008 Oscars

No, I'm not gonna list my pix for this year. It should be pretty predictable. Yes, Daniel Day "A Bastard In A Basket" Lewis will win, and he should. Let's talk next year.

Best Animation - Might come down to Horton, Kung Fu Panda & Wall-E. Or if they're any good, the Madagascar sequel, or something called Bolt (about a super-dog) from Disney.

And now for movies starring humans. Keep in mind, some of these might get pushed to 2009, or might completely suck it. Or a lil' flick (Juno 2: The Revenge) could always come out of nowhere.
Oscar possibilities:

Body Of Lies - Leo & Russell team with Ridley Scott for a CIA thriller. It'll make a ton, and if it's good, look for it at the Oscars.

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button - Fincher, Pitt & Blanchett.

Nothing But The Truth - Rod Lurie returns, starring Kate Beckinsale & Matt Dillon.

Australia - Baz Luhrman directs Hugh Jackman & Nicole Kidman.

Miracle At St. Anna - Spike Lee does WW2. I'm there.

The Women - remake starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Bette Midler, and a ton of other names.

Shutter Island - Scorcese, with Leo (again)

Revolutionary Road - Leo (um, again) reteams with Kate Winslet, directed by Sam Mendes.

Doubt - Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman & Amy Adams in a 1960s-set drama about a priest accused of abusing an African-American student. Oscar material, at least for the actors.

Burn After Reading - Clooney, Pitt, The Coens. Not sure when this is coming out, but never count out the Coens. But keep in mind that they really held back from their usual style for No Country, and if they return to their off-the-wall filmmaking, it won't make much money or get many kudos (but it might be super-cool).


Matt said...

Great stuff. HAve you read the Shutter Island novel? Incredible book. What about Ledger getting nominated for The Dark Knight? That would be an odd ball choice, but cool at the same time.

Tavis said...

What? You don't think the DragonLance animated film will be nominated!? I wish the trailer didn't look like such a piece of crap-- I would love to see a big screen adaptation of those novels done right.

Patrick J. Rodio said...

Matt - Never read the book. And it would be cool if Ledger did get a nom, a nice way to remember him.

Tavis - You are a million percent dead-on. It's an epic series. Who'd make a decent Tanis? How about Sturm Brightblade?

Loved those damn books. Loved 'em! The 1st trilogy could easily be close to a Lord Of the Rings moneymaker if done right, and as you know, there are countless spin-off possibilities. (Hello, Raistlin?) Even a Sci-fi channel mini-series would be good.

Anything but that god-awful piece of garbage cartoon they made. I saw the beginning of it, I couldn't watch it. Dreadful.

Tavis said...

I thought the script for Burn After Reading was pretty hilarious-- if somewhat pointless. But that's what makes it so funny.

Patrick J. Rodio said...

I'm sure it'll be seen as a "step down," maybe more Lebowski than No Country, but that's not a bad thing in my book.

Tavis said...

You've been tagged!