Oscar 2009: the nominated films

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1.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
“ Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Best Achievement in Directing
Best Achievement in Film Editing
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song: Jai Ho

Nominated:Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song: O Saya, Best Achievement in Sound Editing ” - Sijmen
 
2.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. (166 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ Best Achievement in Art Direction
Best Achievement in Makeup
Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Nominated: Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
3.
The Dark Knight (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Nominated: Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Makeup, Best Achievement in Visual Effects ” - Sijmen
 
4.
Milk (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official. (128 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Writing, Original Screenplay

Nominated: Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role ” - Sijmen
 
5.
WALL·E (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. (98 mins.)
Director: Andrew Stanton
“ Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Nominated: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score, Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song: Down to Earth ” - Sijmen
 
6.
The Reader (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial. (124 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
“ Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Nominated: Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
7.
The Duchess (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life. (110 mins.)
Director: Saul Dibb
“ Best Achievement in Costume Design

Nominated: Best Achievement in Art Direction ” - Sijmen
 
8.
Doubt (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A Catholic school principal questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student. (104 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Amy Adams and Viola Davis), Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
9.
Frost/Nixon (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon. (122 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
10.
Revolutionary Road (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. (119 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role ” - Sijmen
 
11.
Changeling (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Art Direction, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role ” - Sijmen
 
12.
Frozen River (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec... (97 mins.)
Director: Courtney Hunt
“ Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Writing, Original Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
13.
Iron Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, billionaire engineer Tony Stark creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Visual Effects ” - Sijmen
 
14.
Wanted (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A frustrated office worker learns that he is the son of a professional assassin, and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities. (110 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Sound Editing, Best Achievement in Sound Mixing ” - Sijmen
 
15.
The Wrestler (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. (109 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ” - Sijmen
 
16.
Tropic Thunder (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying. (107 mins.)
Director: Ben Stiller
“ Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role ” - Sijmen
 
17.
The Visitor (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A college professor travels to New York City to attend a conference and finds a young couple living in his apartment. (104 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
“ Nominated: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role ” - Sijmen
 
18.
Defiance (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants. (137 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score ” - Sijmen
 
19.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two girlfriends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture. (96 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role ” - Sijmen
 
20.
The Class (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. (128 mins.)
Director: Laurent Cantet
“ Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
21.
Australia (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand. (165 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Costume Design ” - Sijmen
 
22.
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her. (118 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
“ Nominated: Best Writing, Original Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
23.
Bolt (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The canine star of a fictional sci-fi/action show that believes his powers are real embarks on a cross country trek to save his co-star from a threat he believes is just as real. (96 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
24.
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past ten years, returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding. (113 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
“ Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role ” - Sijmen
 
25.
Waltz with Bashir (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict. (90 mins.)
Director: Ari Folman
“ Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
26.
In Bruges (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be. (107 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ Nominated: Best Writing, Original Screenplay ” - Sijmen
 
27.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance: However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a tyro in martial arts. (92 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Animated Feature Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
28.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The mythical world starts a rebellion against humanity in order to rule the Earth, so Hellboy and his team must save the world from the rebellious creatures. (120 mins.)
“ Nominated: Best Achievement in Makeup ” - Sijmen
 
29.
Departures (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. (130 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
“ Best Foreign Language Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
30.
Revanche (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable. (121 mins.)
Director: Götz Spielmann
“ Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year ” - Sijmen
 
31.
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s. (150 mins.)
Director: Uli Edel
“ Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year ” - Sijmen