Ron Millennor, Executive Sports Producer
I will admit up front that I haven't seen every movie or actor nominated, (I don't get in for free, this is just a hobby) but I've seen enough of the films and actors to give an informed opinion. So here's my take on this year's Oscars:
Should win- Frost/Nixon
Will win- Slumdog Millionaire
Snubbed- The Wrestler. I thought the Wrestler was the best film of the year. I don't think the Reader belongs in this category. I also think that Man On Wire should have been nominated in this category instead of Best Documentary.
Should win- Sean Penn (Milk)
Will win- Sean Penn
This is a very good year for actors and in almost any other year Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) or Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon) would have brought home the gold.
Should win- Kate Winslet (The Reader)
Will win- Kate Winslet
I didn't really like The Reader but Winslet's performance was amazing. I also think in almost any other year Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married) could have brought home the statue. She turned in a wonderful performance.
Best Supporting Actor:
Should win- Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Will win- Heath Ledger
This category won't even be close. In fact, Ledger is such a huge favorite that in Las Vegas you have to bet $20 to win $1.
Best Supporting Actress:
Should win- Marissa Tomei (The Wrestler)
Will Win- Marissa Tomei
The Academy likes former winners and it's been 16 years since she won in this same category for My Cousin Vinny
Should win- Gus Van Sant (Milk)
Will Win- Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Snubbed- Darren Arronofsky (The Wrestler)