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Monday, February 09, 2009

Cinebanter Special Edition: OSCAR PICKS AND PREDICTIONS 2009

The MP3 of this special edition of Cinebanter is available here.

In this episode, Michael and Tassoula lick the envelopes and seal their choices for this year's Oscar® winners. They also reach deep into the Cinebanter mailbag to respond to Listener Feedback. The breakdown is as follows:

• 00:00 Intro
• 00:32 Oscar Pics and Predictions
• Break
• 38:12 Cinebanter Mailbag
• 51:20 Credits and (lots of) Outtakes

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

In addition to The Boss, Cate and Leo being left off, another notable omission. France's I've Loved You So Long, one of the best films I saw in 2008, is nowhere. I'm a little surprised you guys didn't offer a Best Documentary pick, given your enthusiasm for the genre. My pick would be Trouble The Water.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Cinebanter said...

Hi Paul,

I haven't seen I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

And regarding documentaries, we figured we shouldn't make judgments on possible winners when both of us haven't seen all the contenders.


2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Oscar Picks (Preference NOT prediction)

Picture: Slumdog Millionaire

Director: Danny Boyle

Best Actress: I love three of the performances (Hathaway, Winslet and Leo), I would be happy if any of the three wins. The only plausible abomination would be Meryl Streep winning. I would flat out say that she gave a bad horrible performance (And I'm a huge fan of hers). She overacted as hell and her performance was full of gimmicks and histrionics. She was the weakest link of the Doubt ensemble (surprsingly). And her last line!!! Feh! So over the top without any emotional punch.

Best Actor: Andrew Garfield (Boy A) and Leonardo di Caprio (Rev Road) would've been better nominees than Brad Pitt. But my pick is Mickey Rourke for his haunting performance.

Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger

Best Supporting Actress: Same with Tassoula I would love to see Amy Adams win, but just like her it might be for the wrong reasons. I fell in love with her in Junebug and ever since loved every single performance she did. She was also a riot in "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day". Anyway I would be happy to see anyone win except Taraji P. Hemson. There was nothing remotely Oscar worthy to her performance.

Original Screenplay - Wall.E for giving us the most unuusal love story last year

Adapted Screenplay - Slumdog Millionaire

12:42 PM  

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