Our predictions for the motion picture categories are below. The television predictions will follow in a separate blog.
BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Michael: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. This has the Best Motion Picture feel.
Anthony: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The momentum is strong for this one.
BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY
Burn After Reading
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Michael: I loved all of these. Mamma Mia! won't get it, but it's such a fun movie. In Bruges was a great surprise. Vicky Cristina Barcelona was another wonderful Woody Allen script. Burn After Reading was hilarious. It's between Burn After Reading and Vicki Cristina Barcelona.
Anthony: Burn After Reading. The Coen brothers have a lot of buzz and their success from last year could carry over.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn, Milk
Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
Michael: Sean Penn. Milk is getting such great reviews and mostly because of him. I haven't seen The Wrestler yet so I might change my mind.
Anthony: Mickey Rourke. His performance is being labeled "Best Performance of the Year" and "A Comeback." People love a comeback.
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie, Changeling
Meryl Streep, Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas, I've Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
Michael: Meryl Streep.
Anthony: Meryl Streep.
ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell, In Bruges
James Franco, Pineapple Express
Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman, Last Chance Harvey
Michael: I think Javier will get it, but I would love to see Colin Farrel win. His performance was very emotional.
Anthony: James Franco. The movie was a big hit and he is building a great career.
ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson, Last Chance Harvey
Michael: Frances and Meryl were both incredible. I think Meryl will win. Her role was more of a challenge. Singing, dancing, comedy.
Anthony: I loved Frances McDormand. She'll win.
Tom Cruise, Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
Ralph Fiennes, The Duchess
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Michael: Heath Ledger.
Anthony: Heath Ledger.
Amy Adams, Doubt
Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis, Doubt
Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler
Kate Winslet, The Reader
Michael: Penelope Cruz. When watching the movie I thought, "She's going to win awards for this." She stole every scene. She deserves the win.
Anthony: Penelope Cruz. For the Vicky Cristina Barcelona nominations, she has the biggest chance of winning.
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry, The Reader
David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road
Michael: David Fincher.
Anthony: Danny Boyle. Great buzz and he's an established director.
Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire
David Hare, The Reader
Peter Morgan, Frost/Nixon
Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
John Patrick Shanley, Doubt
Michael: Peter Morgan.
Anthony: Eric Roth. The screenplay is complex and original.
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Kung Fu Panda