Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 25, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 20, 2009 Page: 17 of 52
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And the Oscar goes to...
A superior 'Milk' has a big 'mo, but 'Slumdog' has the big mo(mentum)
By Arnold Wayne Jones Staff Writer
Sean Penn, alongside gay actor Victor Garber, should win the best actor Oscar for his brilliant performance in'b
After a sfow start artistically speaking, 2008
turned out to be a memorable year at the
movies if only because, for the first time since
"Brokeback Mountain," it seemed like a gay
film had gone really mainstream and was the
frontrunner for the Oscar.
But oh, how things can change.
"Milk," out director Gus Van Sant's stirring
biopic about slain gay politician Harvey Milk (a
scary-brilliant Sean Penn), was hands down the
best film of the year (followed closely by "Wall-
E"). But many pre-Oscar awards have robbed
the film of its momentum going into the
Academy Awards on Sunday night. While it's
still favored in a few categories, and could be an
upset victor if voters go with their hearts rather
than the buzz, this year looks to go to the dogs.
Or at least, one slumdog.
Since 1 have seen literally every nominated
movie (except for documentaries and foreign-
language films), 1 definitely have some opinions
about what will win... and what should win.
Here, then, are my predictions and picks.
Best picture. Will win: "Slumdog
Millionaire." Should win; "Milk." "Slumdog"
has taken the Producers Guild prize, the Golden
Globe and the critical momentum. And while
the film is excellent, the emotional weight and
crafty brilliance of "Milk" deserves the award
more. "Frost/Nixon" and "The Reader" (from
bisexual director Stephen Daldry) don't really
Best director: Will ivin: Danny Boyle,
"Slumdog." Should win: Gus Van Sant, "Milk." 1
might even pick David Fincher's contemplative
but visually showy work on "The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button" over Boyle, who got to
work with a well-constructed script and good
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Viola Davis, Oscar-nomi-
nated for her controversial
role as the mother of a possi-
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Best actor: Will win: Sean Penn, "Milk."
Should win: Penn. Yes, Mickey Rourke has a
career-changing comeback in "The Wrestler,"
playing the washed up father of a tesbian
daughter trying to reconnect. But the movie's
style makes it occasionally unwatchable, and
compared to Perm's total immersion in his char-
acter — an "actor's actor" performance — he
deserves to squeak by. And f still think he will,
after the Screen Actors Guild victory.
Best actress. Will win: Kate Winslet, "The
Reader." Should win: Meryl Streep, "Doubt."
This is a close call in any circumstances. Winslet
was originally being shuffled into the support-
ing category for this (plainly leading) role; now
that she's head-to-head against the brilliantly
prickly Streep in her late-career signature piece,
it's a question of the greatest actress of one gen-
eration against the greatest of another. Expect
the Academy to reward Winslet before she's too
old to enjoy it.
Best supporting actor. Will win: Heath
Ledger, "The Dark Knight." Should urn: Ledger.
Possibly the night's only sure thing, Ledger
would be the obvious frontrunner even if his
premature death hadn't focused more attention
on the box office giant.
Best supporting actress: Will win: Viola
Davis, "Doubt." Should win: Davis or Taraji P.
Henson, "Benjamin Button." Davis was star-
tling in her 10 minutes on screen, shared solely
with Meryl Streep, as the mother of a gay son
who makes a surprising moral choice. She
deserves it, but so does Henson who stole all of
her scenes from the likes of Brad Pitt.
Best original screenplay: Will win: "Milk."
Should win: "Milk." The film's one sure thing.
Best adapted screenplay: Will wim
"Slumdog." Should win: "Slumdog." It's most
Cinematography: The frenetic work on
"Slumdog" will best the effortless spectacle of
Film editing: As with cinematography, watch
"Slumdog" take the prize.
Art direction: Finally, a win for "Button,"
which should dominate several of the craft cat-
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