OSCAR PREDICTION CHARTS — January 26, 2009

NUTSHELL: I was hoping to be able to fill this space with line after line of excitement at the possibilities. “Look at all these surprises,” I hoped to exclaim. Alas, unless you want to discuss the chances of “Wanted” in the sound categories, the technical arenas were an awful bore this year, as it unfortunately turned out. But boy do I hope “The Dark Knight” cleans up in a few places. Anything to cover the stench of that pesky Best Picture snub.

Column: “Welcome to phase two”

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ART DIRECTION
1 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Donald Graham Burt; Victor J. Zolfo
2 “Changeling”
James J. Murakami; Gary Fettis
3 “Revolutionary Road”
Kristi Zea; Debra Schutt
up
4 “The Duchess”
Michael Carlin; Rebecca Alleway
NEW
5 “The Dark Knight”
Nathan Crowley; Peter Lando
NEW

CINEMATOGRAPHY
1 “The Dark Knight”
Wally Pfister
2 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Claudio Miranda
up
3 “Slumdog Millionaire”
Anthony Dod Mantle
down
4 “Changeling”
Tom Stern
up
5 “The Reader”
Roger Deakins, Chris Menges
up

COSTUME DESIGN
1 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Jacqueline West
2 “The Duchess”
Michael O’Connor
3 “Revolutionary Road”
Albert Wolsky
4 “Australia”
Catherine Martin
up
5 “Milk”
Danny Glicker
NEW

FILM EDITING
1 “Slumdog Millionaire”
Chris Dickens
2 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall
3 “The Dark Knight”
Lee Smith
4 “Milk”
Elliot Graham
up
5 “Frost/Nixon”
Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill
down

MAKEUP
1 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
2 “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” up
3 “The Dark Knight” up

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
1 “Slumdog Millionaire”
A.R. Rahman
up
2 “WALL-E”
Thomas Newman
3 “Defiance”
James Newton Howard
up
4 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Alexandre Desplat
down
5 “Milk”
Danny Eflman
up

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
1 “Down to Earth” from “WALL-E”
Peter Gabriel; Thomas Newman
2 “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”
A.R. Rahman; Gulzar
up
3 “O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire”
A.R. Rahman; Maya Arulpragasam (M.I.A.)
NEW

SOUND EDITING
1 “Wall-E”
2 “The Dark Knight”
3 “Iron Man”
4 “Wanted” NEW
5 “Slumdog Millionaire” down

SOUND MIXING
1 “Wall-E”
2 “The Dark Knight”
3 “Slumdog Millionaire”
4 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
5 “Wanted” down

VISUAL EFFECTS
1 “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
2 “Iron Man”
3 “The Dark Knight” up