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Kevin McCallister

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  1. Okay, here goes:

    BEST PICTURE

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Frost/Nixon

    Milk

    The Reader

    Slumdog Millionaire

    We can nix THE READER and FROST/NIXON. BUTTON wouldn't be bad, but it won't beat SLUMDOG or MILK. SLUMDOG has been getting more and more buzz lately, but somehow, I just don't think the Academy will award it here. It'll get almost everything else, but I think MILK has this one in the bag.

    SHOULD WIN: Slumdog Millionaire

    WILL WIN: Milk

    BEST DIRECTOR

    Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

    David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon

    Stephen Daldry, The Reader

    Gus Van Sant, Milk

    We can automatically rule out Howard and Daldry (who nominated those guys, anyway?). Fincher would be nice, but doesn't seem likely to beat out Van Sant or Boyle. If Boyle wins, he'll certainly be getting it for his best film, but Van Sant could very easily steal it. Fortunately, they both deserve it. I must note: how Chris Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT) and Clint Eastwood (CHANGELING) were not nominated here is beyond me.

    SHOULD WIN: Danny Boyle or Gus Van Sant

    WILL WIN: Danny Boyle

    BEST ACTOR

    Richard Jenkins, The Visitor

    Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon

    Sean Penn, Milk

    Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

    Jenkins' nomination is welcome, but he doesn't have a chance against the others. Pitt and Langella both put forth strong performances, but neither have the buzz of Rourke's or Penn's. I'd love for Rourke to get it (and he does deserve it), but we all know how much the Academy looooves Sean Penn (though Penn's performance isn't bad either).

    SHOULD WIN: Mickey Rourke

    WILL WIN: Sean Penn

    BEST ACTRESS

    Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

    Angelina Jolie, Changeling

    Melissa Leo, Frozen River

    Meryl Streep, Doubt

    Kate Winslet, The Reader

    Kate is going to win. I just really wish it was for any other movie she's done but this one. ANY one.

    SHOULD AND WILL WIN: Kate Winslet

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

    Josh Brolin, Milk

    Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

    Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt

    Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

    Shannon was good, but doesn't have a shot against his competition; Downey Jr. was amusing, but he's not even in the same league as the others in this case. As good as Brolin and Hoffman were, neither of them can touch the performance we all knew was going to take it home this year.

    SHOULD AND WILL WIN: Heath Ledger

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    Amy Adams, Doubt

    Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Viola Davis, Doubt

    Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

    Tomei would be nice, but she won't get it; Davis and Henson both had strong performances, but not Oscar worthy. I hope with every fiber of my being that Cruz DOES NOT win, but the Academy has some kind of fascination with her and I can totally see them snubbing Adams. Boo!

    SHOULD WIN: Amy Adams

    WILL WIN: Penélope Cruz

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    Frozen River, Courtney Hunt

    Happy-Go-Lucky, Mike Leigh

    In Bruges, Martin McDonagh

    Milk, Dustin Lance Black

    WALL-E, Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Pete Docter

    Wall-E would be nice, the the Academy would never award such a choice. MILK certainly wouldn't be unexpected, but the other nominees have more writing buzz and with all the attention that IN BRUGES has gotten recently, it seems like a lock. Still, Happy Go-Lucky would be nice.

    SHOULD WIN: Happy Go-Lucky

    WILL WIN: In Bruges

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Eric Roth

    Doubt, John Patrick Shanley

    Frost/Nixon, Peter Morgan

    The Reader, David Hare

    Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy

    We can nix DOUBT and THE READER (hopefully). FROST/NIXON is good, but doesn't have the clout of BUTTON or SLUMDOG. I would love to see either of these two win, but SLUMDOG seems likely to sweep this one.

    SHOULD WIN: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button OR Slumdog Millionaire

    WILL WIN: Slumdog Millionaire

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

    Bolt

    Kung Fu Panda

    WALL-E

    Is this even a contest? Please, Academy: do the right thing.

    SHOULD AND WILL WIN: Wall-E.

    BEST ART DIRECTION

    Changeling

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Dark Knight

    The Duchess

    Revolutionary Road

    Really tough. THE DARK KNIGHT probably doesn't have a shot against its competition. THE DUCHESS pretty much already has a lock for costume design, but ROAD and CHANGELING are so similar that it's likely they'll split the vote. A pity, especially considering that CHANGELING'S already been snubbed on so many deserved nominations.

    SHOULD WIN: Changeling

    WILL WIN: The Duchess

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    Changeling

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Dark Knight

    The Reader

    Slumdog Millionaire

    Both THE READER and DARK KNIGHT are out. THE CHANGELING looks amazing, but doesn't have the picturesque look of BUTTON. I really think this is BB'S most deserved Oscar, but I have a feeling the Academy is going to leave this one to SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.

    SHOULD WIN: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    WILL WIN: Slumdog Millionaire

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN

    Australia

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Duchess

    Milk

    Revolutionary Road

    We can rule out MILK and AUSTRALIA; BUTTON and ROAD are great, but both have very similar designs, leading them to likely split the vote. Not that it matters though, because THE DUCHESS trumps them all.

    SHOULD AND WILL WIN: The Duchess

    BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

    The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)

    Encounters at the End of the World

    The Garden

    Man on Wire

    Trouble the Water

    I've seen none of these, so I'm gonna take a guess based purely on synopsis. With that, I find it hard to believe any of the nominated could trump a film on KATRINA.

    WILL WIN: Trouble the Water

    BEST EDITING

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Dark Knight

    Frost/Nixon

    Milk

    Slumdog Millionaire

    Very tough. FROST/NIXON is good, but not on the caliber of the others. BUTTON works, but isn't quite as tight as the rest and THE DARK KNIGHT just doesn't beat the remaining two. It really boils down to MILK Vs. SLUMDOG and as well as both of them are cut, MILK lacks the building tension that SLUMDOG has (save for maybe near the end), largely thanks to the film's editing.

    SHOULD AND WILL WIN: Slumdog Millionaire

    BEST MAKEUP

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Dark Knight

    Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    So it's Button Vs. Joker Vs. Hellboy. All three films certainly have a chance here. Oscar politics would dictate BENJAMIN BUTTON to be the winner, but I have a feeling DARK KNIGHT and BB will split the vote, making HELLBOY victorious (and deservedly so).

    SHOULD AND WILL WIN: Hellboy II: The Golden Army

    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Alexandre Desplat

    Defiance, James Newton Howard

    Milk, Danny Elfman

    Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman

    WALL-E, Thomas Newman

    The Academy will likely ignore Newman, Howard, and Elfman (as they always do, sadly). BUTTON has a wonderfully subtle and emotional score, but I have a sinking feeling the Academy is going to pull a "Santaolalla" and recognize SLUMDOG for perhaps the only award it doesn't deserve.

    SHOULD WIN: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    WILL WIN: Slumdog Millionaire

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG

    ''Down to Earth,'' WALL-E

    ''Jai Ho,'' Slumdog Millionaire

    ''O Saya,'' Slumdog Millionaire

    SLUMDOG could very easily split the vote, shooing WALL-E in for the win. Still, I don't see how SLUMDOG doesn't have this one locked.

    SHOULD AND WILL WIN: "Jai Ho," Slumdog Millionaire

    BEST SOUND EDITING

    The Dark Knight

    Iron Man

    Slumdog Millionaire

    WALL-E

    Wanted

    The only one of these that even has a chance of taking WALL-E is IRON MAN, and even it falls short here.

    SHOULD AND WILL WIN: Wall-E

    BEST SOUND MIXING

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Dark Knight

    Slumdog Millionaire

    WALL-E

    Wanted

    SLUMDOG has a dark horse chance here, though once again, I find it hard to believe that any of these could have a chance against a movie that is built entirely upon sound.

    SHOULD AND WILL WIN: Wall-E

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Dark Knight

    Iron Man

    IRON MAN may not be the best of the three (in fact, it isn't), but the other two films simply don't offer as much in the way of visual effects. THE DARK KNIGHT boasts only one major sequence (two, if you count the "Bat-Sonar"), while BUTTON'S success lies more in the makeup than in the CGI. I'd love for the Academy to award this on the merit of subtlety, but it ain't gonna happen.

    SHOULD WIN: The Dark Knight or The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    WILL WIN: Iron Man

  2. As far as the best in terms of volume and quality:

    The LOTR Extended Editions

    The ALIEN Quadrilogy

    Panic Room 3-Disc

    Fight Club

    The Ultimate Bond Volumes

    There are also some films that are terrific special editions that have the just the right amount of features, without going overboard or being bare bones.

    The WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? 2-Disc Vista Series is one of my all-time favorite DVDs with just the right amount of extras, great menus, and an overall solid presentation.

  3. Someone at FSM said this and I don't think it's been brought up here yet -

    Do you guys think that maybe the single release of RAIDERS was postponed BECAUSE the folks behind the set realized that "The Basket Game" and "Desert Chase" were edited, and are now going back to fix them in time for the box set?

    Yeah, it's a stretch, but it's no more ridiculous than all of the other unreleased material from the DCC album being present except for what was expanded.

    In short: Until we have official track times for the set and more news, all of this is speculation, nothing more.

  4. I don't want to get anyone's hopes up...but I think it's very possible we'll get 95% complete scores.

    After cutting down my iTunes lists of all the released material from my Indy tracklists, I've come up with the following:

    --25-26 minutes left of TOD unreleased.

    --26-27 minutes left of Last Crusade unreleased.

    This, of course, excludes alternates and source cues.

    Assuming that the interviews take up no more than 15 minutes (as speculated), we could also maybe get the concert arrangement of the Raiders March and maybe some other bits of Raiders (like Discovery of the Ark, if it's not on Disc 1).

    This is great! :lol:

  5. I'm in agreement with Neil on this one.

    Josh, you're right. Petty emails won't do the trick.

    However - respectable, friendly, and mature emails just might. You never know.

    Anyone who sent emails similar to what's been shown in this thread should be congratulated - you not only embarrassed yourself, but probably have given these people a poor indication of what we (the fans) are like. :D

  6. The only way to really do it and generate a profit for Lucasfilm is for them to release the scores in a way a la filmscore monthly's SUPERMAN boxset.

    Sell all three scores together at a high price to offset the reuse fees, make it a limited edition, and market the release date in advance so it will build hype.

    I, for one, did not expect the SUPERMAN release to go down the way it did. It sold out in a matter of weeks and in the first day, we crashed SAE's website. For a filmscore soundtrack release (even one as high-profile as Superman), that's almost UNHEARD OF.

    And hey, if it sells like crazy, they will do more. It's Lucasfilm after all.

  7. Oh my.

    I just went on boxofficemojo.com and had a shock to my system. Take a look at this:

    RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK - Production Budget - 18 Million

    INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM - Production Budget - 28 Million

    INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE - Production Budget - 48 Million

    INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL - Production Budget - 185 Million

    185 Million. :blink:

    KOTCS cost almost double the combined budget of the trilogy.

    And it's by far the worst of the four.

    ?????!!!!!!!!!! :blink:

  8. Here's the LC breakdown that seems to be causing confusion:

    THE GRAIL THEME is the motif heard during Donovan and Indy's first meeting, at the start of "The Penitent Man Will Pass," and during the finale when Henry Sr. and Indy see the Knight as the Temple is collapsing. It represents the Grail.

    THE KNIGHT THEME is the motif heard during Indy's first meeting with his father at Castle Brunwald, in "Ah, Rats!" when he says how his father is scared of rats, and it is the first theme stated after the main march during the end credits. It is also prominently featured in "The Last Knight."

    THE PAPA JONES THEME is the motif heard when Marcus says "the Pen is Mightier than the Sword," and is heard at the end of "Keeping Up With the Joneses."

    A variation on this theme is heard when Papa Jones sees the grail for the first time and holds it. THIS VARIATION IS WHAT WE HEAR IN INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL.

    Hence, the theme in the new movie is the Papa Jones theme.

  9. Regarding missing music from HOME ALONE 2...

    --Source Music for the Plaza Hotel commercial.

    --Christmas Source Music in Duncan's Toy Chest (as Kevin checks out).

    --A six second insert from Kevin's Booby Traps (just before we cut to Marv with the Paint all over him).

    It should be noted that the first two above WERE FOUND by Michael Matessino during the re-mastering of HOME ALONE 2 for Varese, but were left off.

    Otherwise, every note of music is on the Varese set.

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