Coming Monday

Posted by · 11:24 am · January 16th, 2009

There’s a reason I decided, three years ago, to post my weekly Oscar columns on Monday: the Oscar nominations are always announced on a Tuesday.  It was a preemptive strike on my part — get the last set of predictions up the day before the nods are announced to keep those last-minute jitters from eating away at my view of the race.

Well, this year all that changed as the Academy pushed the announcement to Thursday in order to steer clear of the inauguration.  And who can blame them?  But Tuesday and Wednesday are gonna be nail-biters for me because I’m keeping the final column on Monday.  You gotta hold strong.

So with that, my final set of Oscar nomination prediction charts will land in Monday’s Off the Carpet column.  I’ll also be linking to our contributors’ final sets of predictions and, as always, give the readership a space to make their final gutsy (or not-so-gutsy) calls.

Stay tuned.

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  • 1 1-16-2009 at 12:52 pm

    Marcus said...

    WTF? When will be Oscars? Can somebody tell me? 20th or 22nd? :-)

  • 2 1-16-2009 at 1:38 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...


  • 3 1-16-2009 at 2:04 pm

    Anthony said...

    I look forward to the Academy making complete jackasses out of all of us when they nominate Che, Bolt, The Reader, Gran Torino and, in the gotcha moment of the year, Gomorrah for Best Picture.

    Those clever, clever bastards.

    We should have seen it coming!

  • 4 1-16-2009 at 2:13 pm

    michael mckay said...

    The top five films for Best Picture seem so set right now. Makes you almost expect that something unexpected is about to transpire.

  • 5 1-16-2009 at 2:22 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    Don’t underestimate the cute robot.

    I think it will slip in.

    Hopefully at Frost/Nixon’s expense, instead of
    The Dark Knight’s.

  • 6 1-16-2009 at 2:33 pm

    Dan said...

    I’m calling it now. The Reader is in and Frost/Nixon is out.

    The British members of AMPAS are all voting for The Reader.

  • 7 1-16-2009 at 2:51 pm

    Jesus Alonso said...

    I think most of us will be holding our breaths for the last name at Director and Picture.

    “Wall·E” is the last of the contenders, alphabetically (in Direction, it’s the title of the movie what’s listed alphabetically).

    So far, I’m thinking as most: Dark Knight – Buttom – Slumdog – Milk – Nixon

    but Nixon and Milk can still leave their spot to Revolutionary Road, The Wrestler or Wall·E…

  • 8 1-16-2009 at 3:57 pm

    Scott Ward said...



    Fox agreed to receive a yet undisclosed payment and a portion of the box office take.

    So HELL YES!!!

  • 9 1-16-2009 at 4:01 pm

    Adam Smith said...

    I’ve had a weird feeling since BFCA and the Globes about The Reader. Don’t count it out.

    Besides, wouldn’t the Brits just vote for Slumdog? Well, maybe the old Brits will go with The Reader.

  • 10 1-16-2009 at 4:20 pm

    Gareth said...

    SOOOOOO nervous!!!!

    I want to believe that Dark Knight is in, and for a brief period in time there, it felt assured.. but now, my gut is telling me it is too good a thing to be true.

    I want to believe.. i want to believe….

  • 11 1-16-2009 at 4:24 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    Gareth, that’s one of the more overrated movies ever, especially if you measure it against King’s original story.

  • 12 1-16-2009 at 4:35 pm

    Violet said...

    The Oscar nominations are always announced on Thursdays as far as I can remember. I predict the nominees will be Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Milk, The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire.

  • 13 1-16-2009 at 4:46 pm

    Speaking English said...

    No, Oscar nominations are always announced on TUESDAYS. As we’ve been saying, they were moved to Thursday because of the presidential inauguration.

  • 14 1-16-2009 at 8:16 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    The Oscar noms are going to be buried instantly under Obama on Tuesday. For sheer media impact they might have chosen a different day?

  • 15 1-19-2009 at 10:29 am

    James said...

    I actually thought that, besides the inauguration, it was just TOO perfect to have the Oscar noms announced exactly on the same date, one year later, as 2007’s, and more importantly….On the one year anniversary of Heath Ledger’s death….