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Oscars derby 2008-2009 front-runners

July 12, 2008 | 11:58 am

Click on the film titles below to learn more about each Oscars contender. Obviously, things will change. There are rumors, for example, that "The Reader" may move to 2009 so that two Kate Winslet flicks don't compete against each other. Also, some of these films don't have a distributor yet, including "Two Lovers," "Grey Gardens," "Synecdoche, New York" and "The Argentine." Many thanks to my Envelope colleague and pal Pete Hammond for his input to this list.


"Body of Lies"
"Burn After Reading"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
"The Dark Knight"
"Gran Torino"
"Miracle at St. Anna"
"Mamma Mia!"
"The Reader"
"Revolutionary Road"
"Secret Life of Bees"
"Seven Pounds"
"The Soloist"
"Vicki Cristina Barcelona"
"The Visitor"

Eric Bana, "The Time Traveler's Wife"
Josh Brolin, "W"
Benicio del Toro, "The Argentine" or "Guerrilla" *
Leo DiCaprio, "Revolutionary Road" or "Body of Lies"
Robert Downey Jr., "The Soloist," "Iron Man"
Clint Eastwood, "Gran Torino"
Harrison Ford, "Crossing Over"
Jamie Foxx, "The Soloist" (supporting role?)
Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor"
Philip Seymour Hoffman, " Synecdoche, New York" * or "Doubt"
Hugh Jackman, "Australia"
Tommy Lee Jones, "In the Electric Mist"
Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon"
Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight" (supporting role?)
Derek Luke, "Miracle at St. Anna" (supporting role?)
Viggo Mortensen, "Appaloosa," "The Road"
Sean Penn, "Milk"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Two Lovers" *
Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" or "Burn After Reading"
Michael Sheen, "Frost/Nixon"
Will Smith, "Seven Pounds"


Drew Barrymore, "Grey Gardens" *
Cate Blanchett, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Kate Beckinsale, "Nothing But the Truth"
Emily Blunt, "The Young Victoria"
Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married"
Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Angelina Jolie, "Changeling"
Nicole Kidman, "Australia"
Keira Knightley, "The Duchess"
Jessica Lange, "Grey Gardens"
Melissa Leo, "Frozen River" (supporting role?)
Laura Linney, "The Other Man"
Rachel McAdams, "The Time Traveler's Wife":
Julianne Moore, "Blindness"
Meryl Streep, "Doubt"
Meryl Streep, "Mamma Mia!"
Kristin Scott Thomas, "I've Loved You So Long"
Kate Winslet, "The Reader"
Kate Winslet, "Revolutionary Road"

"Horton Hears a Who!"
"Kung Fu Panda"
"Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa"
"Waltz with Bashir"