Oh Oscar.

In honor of the Oscar’s tonight, here are my top movies of the past year, including predictions that will hopefully turn out to be better than those I made last week.

1. The Wrestler

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Mickey Rourke gives pretty much one of the best performances I’ve seen in this year’s best overall film. I’m still scratching my head, trying to figure out how it was left out of the Best Picture category. Benjamin Button?! You’ve got to be kidding.
BEST ACTOR Prediction: Mickey Rourke

2. Slumdog Millionaire

Part of me wants to call this 1b because it was that good. There’s simply no getting around it. Tonight, I’m just hoping for a Bollywood victory dance and a lot of airtime for Freida Pinto.
BEST PICTURE Prediction: Slumdog Millionaire
BEST DIRECTOR Prediction: Danny Boyle
BEST CINEMETOGRAPHY Prediction: Slumdog Millionaire

3. Revolutionary Road

I considered Revolutionary Road to be the most underrated of the bunch. It doesn’t seem to be getting as much acclaim as it deserves, but it’s somewhat expected with a book-to-movie depiction. Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have a certain chemistry that could make any film worth watching.

4. Doubt

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The most compelling acting from the best ensemble cast plus amazing writing is a great combination. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Meryl Streep, and Amy Adams were all phenomenal. But it was Viola Davis’ 10 minutes of fame that put this film over the top.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Prediction: Viola Davis

5. Frost/Nixon

Ron Howard’s adaptation of the 2006 play was impressive. Having previously seen the actual Frost/Nixon tapes, it’s hard not to admire Frank Langella’s portrayal of President Nixon. Rebbecca Hall is also a standout in what turned out to be a successful year for her.

6. Milk

It wasn’t the typical biopic we’re all used to seeing. Senn Penn obviously deserves recognition for his performance as Harvey Milk. Although he seems like he doesn’t care much, I’m sure it would mean something to come away with Best Actor. The movie involved a story that needed to be told, and it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time.

7. The Reader

The film was powerful at times, but I couldn’t help but feel Kate Winslet carried it. Would anyone be paying attention to the movie had another actress starred as Hannah Schmitz? Probably not.
BEST ACTRESS Prediction: Kate Winslet

8. The Dark Knight

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Christopher Nolan deserves all the credit in the world for reviving a dying franchise. Thinking about those Joel Schumacher films makes me want to vomit. Very rarely does a sequel surpass its predecessor, especially when the first one was incredible. Heath Ledger’s performance is unmatched.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Prediction: Heath Ledger

9. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

It was the best comedy of the year, outranking the grossly overrated Pineapple Express. It was smart, hilarious, and dirty — all without going overboard. In his film debut as a writer, Jason Segel left viewers eagerly waiting for his next project.

10. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Woody Allen’s story about our need for love, structure, and everything in between was fascinating. I was pleased with the way it remained a character story amidst all the distractions. Penelope Cruz deserves to win something; I truly believed she was psycho.

Honorable Mention: WALL E

– JD

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