Nathaniel Rogers 2008

Rules and Regulations

Nathaniel Rogers is a clinically-diagnosed Oscar obsessive and actressexual living in New York City. He is proprietor of the web site The Film Experience and its bloggy adjunct, The Film Experience Blog.


Best Feature-Length Film

1. Rachel Getting Married


3. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
4. The Wrestler

5. Reprise

6. Milk

7. Trouble the Water

8. In Bruges

9. Happy-Go-Lucky

10. A Christmas Tale


Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

2. Sean Penn, Milk

3. Ben Kingsley, Elegy

4. Colin Farrell, In Bruges

5. Richard Jenkins, The Visitor


Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

2. Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

3. Melissa Leo, Frozen River

4. Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy

5. Juliette Binoche, Flight of the Red Balloon


Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Bill Irwin, Rachel Getting Married

2. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

3. Josh Brolin, Milk

4. Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading

5. Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder


Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married

2. Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

3. Viola Davis, Doubt

4. Samantha Morton, Synecdoche, New York

5. Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler


Best Direction

1. Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married

2. Cristian Mungiu, 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days
3. Andrew Stanton, WALL*E

4. Joachin Trier, Reprise

5. Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler


Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Rachel Getting Married


3. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
4. In Bruges

5. Burn After Reading


Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. The Wrestler (Maryse Alberti)

2. The Reader (Deakins & Menges)

3. Australia (Mandy Walker)

4. The Dark Knight (Pfister)

5. Flight of the Red Balloon (Pin Bing Lee)


Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. Milk

2. Slumdog Millionaire

3. Burn After Reading

4. Rachel Getting Married

5. The Dark Knight


Best Cinematic Moment

1. end of driving lessons –Happy-Go-Lucky
2. dishwasher –Rachel Getting Married

3. monologue murder confession–In Bruges

4. birthday in bed -Milk

5. eve’s introduction –WALL*E

6. mother and son on bench –A Christmas Tale

7. ghostly visitation – Love Songs

8. hanna hears the music  –The Reader

9. hazel’s burning house–Synecdoche, New York

10. kym’s toast –Rachel Getting Married


Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Rebecca Hall (Frost/Nixon and Vicky Cristina Barcelona)

2. Audrey Dana (Roman de Gare)

3. Eddie Redmayne (Savage Grace)

4. Melissa Leo (Frozen River)

5. Brandon Walters (Australia)


Best Body of Work

1. Julianne Moore (Savage Grace & Blindness)

2. Patricia Clarkson (Elegy, Vicky Cristina Barcelona & Married Life)

3. Chiara Mastroianni (A Christmas Tale & Love Songs)
4. James Franco (Milk & Pineapple Express)

5. Ralph Fiennes (In Bruges, The Duchess, The Reader)


Best Ensemble Performance

1. Rachel Getting Married

2. Milk

3. A Christmas Tale

4. Burn After Reading

5. Reprise


10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. The Truman Show

2. The Thin Red Line

3. The Celebration (Festen)

4. Velvet Goldmine

5. High Art 


25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. Silkwood

2. The King of Comedy

3. The Right Stuff

4. Terms of Endearment

5. Monty Python’s Meaning of Life


50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. Vertigo

2. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

3. I Want to Live!

4. The Defiant Ones

5. Some Came Running

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