‘Dark Knight’ and ‘Slumdog’ lead list of Chicago critics nominees

Posted by · 12:14 am · December 15th, 2008

Nothing in the way of major surprises, but I’m stoked for the “Let the Right One In” love.  The rundown:

Best Picture
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“The Dark Knight”
“Milk”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“WALL-E”

Best Director
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight”
Andrew Stanton, “WALL-E”
Gus Van Sant, “Milk”

Best Actor
Clint Eastwood, “Gran Torino”
Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn, “Milk”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Best Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Sally Hawkins, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”
Bill Irwin, “Rachel Getting Married”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Viola Davis, “Doubt”
Rosemarie Dewitt, “Rachel Getting Married”
Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Best Original Screenplay
Martin McDonagh, “In Bruges”
Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”
Jenny Lumet, “Rachel Getting Married”
Charlie Kaufman, “Synecdoche, New York”
Jim Reardon, Andrew Stanton, “WALL-E”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Eric Roth, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Christoher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, “The Dark Knight”
John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt”
Peter Morgan, “Frost/Nixon”
Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Foreign-Language Film
“The Band’s Visit”
“Che”
“A Christmas Tale”
“I’ve Loved You So Long”
“Let the Right One In”

Best Documentary
“American Teen”
“Dear Zachary”
“I.O.U.S.A.”
“Man On Wire”
“Standard Operating Procedure”

Best Animated Feature
“Bolt”
“Kung-Fu Panda”
“The Tale of Desperaux”
“WALL-E”
“Waltz with Bashir”

Best Cinematography
Mandy Walker, “Australia”
Claudio Miranda, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Wally Pfister, “The Dark Knight”
Colin Watkinson, “The Fall”
Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Original Score
Alexandre Desplat, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer “The Dark Knight”
Danny Elfman, “Milk”
A.R. Rahman, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Thomas Newman, “WALL-E”

Most Promising Performer
Russell Brand, “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”
David Kross, “The Reader”
Lina Leandersson, “Let the Right One In”
Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Brandon Walters, “Australia”

Most Promising Filmmaker
Tomas Alfredson, “Let the Right One In”
Lance Hammer, “Ballast”
Courtney Hunt, “Frozen River”
Martin McDonagh, “In Bruges”
Steve McQueen, “Hunger”




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  • 1 12-15-2008 at 12:28 am

    Jake said...

    I think that this critics list is probably the most accurate in terms of films (cast and crew, etc.) that deserve recognition.

  • 2 12-15-2008 at 12:44 am

    tdr said...

    Very pleased with the nominees. Though I’m a bit saddened about some omissions in the supp. races: happy to see Bill Irwin, but no Brolin for “Milk”? No Taraji Henson either. And not surprising but still saddening- no EDDIE MARSAN. :( Very happy with the best actress line-up.

  • 3 12-15-2008 at 1:53 am

    Ryan said...

    drop Adams and DeWitt, replace with Tomei and Henson

  • 4 12-15-2008 at 2:06 am

    tdr said...

    Yeah! DeWitt i can live with, but Adams should pack her bags and go home.
    Same goes for someone in the spp actor cat, so that mr. Marsan can get in.

  • 5 12-15-2008 at 2:26 am

    The InSneider said...

    Yay for Bill Irwin!

  • 6 12-15-2008 at 3:32 am

    Jamie said...

    Umm… Revolutionary Road? No Kate or Leo?

  • 7 12-15-2008 at 4:07 am

    Diogo said...

    Didn’t you say Blanchett was gonna win the Oscar? So much for her support…

  • 8 12-15-2008 at 4:53 am

    McGuff said...

    It seems to me the lack of Revolutionary Road is good for three people: Andrew Stanton, whose WALL-E must have (or will soon) pass it in the rankings, Richard Jenkins and Melissa Leo. Without the Kate/Leo pair amassing much in critics nominations, it looks a lot like Richard Jenkins will be the fifth actor nominated, and Sally Hawkins and Melissa Leo will fight for the fourth and fifth spots with Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett. It seems as damning as the lack of Revolutionary Road support has been the lack of nominations for Kristen Scott Thomas, save a few mentions here and there.

    It sure looks like Ms. Winslet will get her nomination in Supporting for The Reader, where she looks destined to lose to Penelope Cruz. This probably means that only one of the Taraji P. Henson and Marisa Tomei pair gets in, and that’s excluding an Amy Adams possibility.

    This is one of WALL-E’s best showings yet, with nominations in director, screenplay and score. Yesterday, I began to wonder if Kris’ projected Oscar five has any competition. Now it seems pretty clear that Frost/Nixon shouldn’t sleep easy, because the populist animated choice is sure nipping at its heels.

  • 9 12-15-2008 at 5:30 am

    sally p. said...

    So, happy for Bill Irwin!! He deserves a best supporting actor Oscar nomination.

  • 10 12-15-2008 at 7:14 am

    N8 said...

    That’s a hell of a good best picture lineup (ditto best director0, though I’ve yet to see Benjamin Button.

  • 11 12-15-2008 at 7:38 am

    tdr said...

    @McGuff:
    It’s always seemed to me that Jenkins and Leo are secure at a nomination with or without DiCaprio and Winslet- Jenkins especially (or it may be just my wishful thinking). If anyone should benefit from they omissions it’s Clint and Brad Pitt (always seems a bit of a longshot -to me) in the best actor race. In the actress race, it’s Jolie and KST, who surprisingly goes unnoticed (most of the time, at least) at the precursors. I have some doubts about Streep (excuse the pun), and I still can’t wrap my head around Hathaway. I don’t have a stand on Blanchett. |It’s a mystery who will be nominated.
    But in the actor’s race things are shaping up with Rourke, Penn & Langella secured, and Jenkins, being so consistent, would get him in. For me, the fifth spot is between Pitt, DiCaprio and Eastwood.
    At least those are my thoughts on the matter.

  • 12 12-15-2008 at 7:57 am

    Mr. F said...

    I’d love it if those were the BP nominees at the Oscars. And “The Fall” finally gets some recognition for its amazing cinematography?

  • 13 12-15-2008 at 9:57 am

    Diego said...

    Pleased with the nominees too! Wall-E still in the Best Picture race…

  • 14 12-15-2008 at 10:32 am

    G said...

    This is EXACTLY what I think the Oscar nominations will look like! Wow! I literally wrote my own predictions last night and they are almost a carbon copy of this.

  • 15 12-15-2008 at 10:44 am

    Chris said...

    Impressive. I like this list the most, even though I think Wall-E is overrated. I like the Revolutionary Road and The Reader snubs.

  • 16 12-15-2008 at 11:19 am

    Wally said...

    Wall-E is on fire.

  • 17 12-15-2008 at 3:47 pm

    Hugo said...

    Great list to best actress, but for performance, it would be great if critics of Chicago to recognize Sally Hawkins.

  • 18 12-15-2008 at 4:33 pm

    Rob L said...

    No Gomorrah?

    Crazy. Other than that, a good list.

  • 19 12-20-2008 at 4:04 pm

    thurston said...

    MARISA TOMEI!!!!!!!! enough said… wtf, she got overlooked at the independent & sag and now this??? come on, she gave one of the best performances this year!!! she’s totally underrated and to those who still believe that she didn’t deserve her oscar fr years back should die… she def deserves an oscar nod again this year!!!

  • 20 1-07-2009 at 8:49 pm

    Phil O said...

    Well I don’t think Andrew Stanton has the passion of say, Tarsem Singh. I think they snubbed the artist in favor of the technician.