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From gowns to speeches, I am crazy about the Academy Awards.  I sit rapt through the red carpet show, the award ceremony and the follow-up best and worst dressed shows that will follow all week. Obviously, I look forward to the Academy Awards, and they are finally here.

Here are my illustrious predictions:

Documentary Feature – The Betrayal (Nerakhoon), Encounters at the End of the World, Garden, Man on Wire, Trouble the Waters

Who I like:  Man on Wire

Who will win:  Man on Wire

Actress in a Supporting Role – Amy Adams (Doubt), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Viola Davis (Doubt), Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Maris Tomei (The Wrestler)

Who I like:  Marissa Tomei

Who will win: Taraji P. Henson

Actor in a Supporting Role – Josh Brolin (Milk), Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder), Philip Seymore Hoffman (Doubt), Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road)

Who I like:  Robert Downey Jr.

Who will win:  Heath Ledger

Actress in a Leading Role – Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married), Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Melissa Leo (Frozen River), Meryl Streep (Doubt), Kate Winslet (The Reader)

Who I like:  Meryl Streep – Streep carries this film. 

Who will win:  Kate Winslet – It is Winslet’s year and I believe she will walk away with the little golden statue.

Actor in a Leading Role– Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button),  Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)

Who I like:  Mickey Rourke – Rourke somehow makes this character lovable despite his many flaws.

Who will win:  Sean Penn – I think this film was well-timed and I do not believe the Academy is ready to give the ultimate award to Rourke.

Adapted Screenplay– The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Doubt, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire

Who I like:  Slumdog Millionaire

Who will win:  Slumdog Millionaire

Original Screenplay– Frozen River, Happy-Go-Lucky, In Bruges, Milk, WALL-E

Who I like:  In Bruges

Who will win:  Milk

Director –David Fincher (Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon), Gus Van Sant (Milk), Stephen Daldry (The Reader), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Who I like:  Danny Boyle

Who will win:  Ron Howard – This may be a stretch, but I have a hunch about this one.

Best Picture– The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire

Who I like:  Slumdog Millionaire

Who will win: Slumdog Millionaire

Note:  I think Milk could be the upset, but I’m still going with Slumdog to win it all.

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Rated PG13

Heidi’s Illustrious Rating: 3.75

Word of Warning: Some war scenes and tame sexual situations.

 

After watching months of previews for this movie, I had had enough of the storyline and when it finally arrived in theaters I didn’t go to see it right away. However, when I finally decided to see “Benjamin Button,” the story had me captivated from beginning to end. As I walked out of the theater I didn’t even realize the movie’s running time had been nearly three hours.

 

Read the rest of this review HERE.

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