Will "The Dark Knight" get a Best Picture nomination?

by Eric Melin on November 4, 2008

in Blogs

dark knightWell, now that the two-year presidential campaign is finally over, it’s time to turn our heads once again towards the race leading up to next year’s Oscars. 2008 is looking like a pretty paltry year for prestige pics thus far, and now that the Cormac McCarthy adaptation “The Road” (starring Viggo Mortensen) and director Joe Wright’s “The Soloist” (starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx) have been moved to 2009, the viable list of true contenders seems to be thinning.

(The absence of “The Soloist” also means that the Oscar campaign for Downey Jr.’s risky and hilarious supporting turn in “Tropic Thunder” will start getting real serious. Which is really funny, considering that he was making a mockery of the entire “awards culture” by playing an over-serious method actor vying for an Oscar by getting his skin color altered to play a black man.)

Big campaigns are being launched for two of the year’s most critically acclaimed movies, “Wall-E” and “The Dark Knight.” the Andrew Stanton Pixar film suffers, of course, from its status as an animated movie and possibly being relegated to the Best Animated Film category alone. “The Dark Knight,” while sure to get a nom for Heath Ledger’s lightning-in-a-bottle performance as the Joker, suffers from being a superhero adaptation. Even though Christopher Nolan’s hugely grossing film (the second biggest of all time) reflects the societal and political issues of today’s world, it still features a guy in a batsuit who growls a lot.

robert downey jr. tropic thunderThe Los Angeles Times Awards Insider features six writers who will be handicapping Oscar chances from now until the nominations are announced. It’s one thing to discuss a movie after its release, but it always kind of bugs me when people speak of “buzz” before the movie is even announced. Remember all the advance hype on Will Smith’s “The Legend of Bagger Vance”? Neither does anybody else; it died as soon as everyone saw the picture.

So take this with a grain of salt, but the chances for “The Dark Knight,” David Fincher’s upcoming “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” and Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” are looking real good, according to these critics.

Others with a good shot: Baz Luhrmann’s “Australia,” Ron Howard’s “Frost/Nixon,” Gus Van Sant’s “Milk,” and Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road.”

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 Phil November 6, 2008 at 6:19 pm

How’s it looking for Brolin in “W.”?

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2 Phil November 6, 2008 at 6:19 pm

How’s it looking for Brolin in “W.”?

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3 ChrisKnudsen November 13, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Some Actress nominations: Sally Hawkins for Happy Go Lucky. Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married. Michelle Williams for Wendy and Lucy.

I don’t think Benjamin Button has a shot at all.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE WRESTLER DUDE!! That is my most anticipated for the end of the year. I really hope that Let the Right One In upsets someone and gets a Best Picture nomination even though I don’t think it is even able to get a best foreign film nom since Sweden picked something else.

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4 ChrisKnudsen November 13, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Some Actress nominations: Sally Hawkins for Happy Go Lucky. Anne Hathaway for Rachel Getting Married. Michelle Williams for Wendy and Lucy.

I don’t think Benjamin Button has a shot at all.

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE WRESTLER DUDE!! That is my most anticipated for the end of the year. I really hope that Let the Right One In upsets someone and gets a Best Picture nomination even though I don’t think it is even able to get a best foreign film nom since Sweden picked something else.

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