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My dark knight of the soul: Will a superhero come to Oscars' rescue?

January 20, 2009 |  9:44 am

How can you sleep, my fellow Oscars nuts? I can't! Academy Awards nominations are just hours away and we don't really know what will be nominated for best picture! Yes, there are three shoo-ins: "Slumdog Millionaire," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Milk." Possibly "Frost/Nixon" too. But what about that fifth slot, eh? "Gran Torino"? "The Reader"? "Doubt"? "Wall-E"?

Or will a superhero finally land in the top Oscars smackdown for the first time ever? As TV ratings of the Oscarcast continue to plunge year to year, Golden Boy could sure use a heroic intervention.

"The Dark Knight" looms over this Oscars derby in so many ominous ways. While suffering from one of the worst cases of Oscar insomnia that I've had in a long time, I mulled all this over — just for you on this video.

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Mark Harris of Entertainment Weekly agrees: "The Dark Knight" will nab that fifth best-picture slot.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone explains why he believes "Slumdog Millionaire" is top dog in the Oscars' best-picture race.

New York Times Carpetbagger David Carr and I dish the derby. (Oh, yeah, and he tries to strangle me!)

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Let's hope The Dark Knight makes it,
it truly is a great film and not only does
it deserve a nomination i think it should win! Nolan for Best Director and you know Heath is winning. Let's see a
comic-book adaption taken seriously
and achieve greatness.

I liked your video! :o)

I'm really hoping that The Dark Knight gets a Best Pic nom. (Slumdog Millionaire will probably win though.)

Because Benjamin Button seems to be a parody of Forrest Gump, do you think that will hurt its chances at the Oscars?

Slumdog was a great film, but not best picture in my opinion. The five best films I saw this year were as follows, and I believe deserve the five spots for best picture:
1. Wall-E
2. Milk
3. The Wrestler
4. Slumdog Millionaire
5. The Dark Knight
Probably won't happen this way, but it should. Benjamin Button was it's own worst enemy. My eyes were swimming in a pool of pretty for nealy three hours, while my heart went out for popcorn. Emotionally vapid, I felt. Gran Torino was also one of the better films of the year, but nowhere near best. Same with The Reader. Frost/Nixon, however, I'd be happy to see get a nod. Like a boxing match between two Tyranosaur's.

A couple of things:

1. Sleep at night and stop making videos about the Oscars.

2. You say that Ledger died from his Joker role as if it's a fact, although people close to him say it was due to personal problems going on in his life, such as not seeing his daughter on a daily basis anymore and his relationship with Michelle Williams failing. The Joker was just a role, and one that he enjoyed, he didn't die from it.

And for the record, I'll be stunned if The Dark Knight doesn't get nominated.

really dont appreciate you saying that Heath was killed by his immersion in the joker role....especially when its so far from the truth

We're all worried about the Best Picture chances of The Dark Knight, one of the most sensational and well-crafted movies of 2008, while David Fincher's worst film since Alien 3 is a "shoo-in". Does anyone need yet another reminder of why the Academy Awards are irrelevant in the long run?


Oh Tom, you need to get a life during night.

Your insight is very perfect



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