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AWARDS WATCH '08 | "Australia," "Milk," "Slumdog" Lead Satellite Nods

A scene from Baz Luhrmann's "Australia." Image courtesy of Fox.

Baz Luhrmann's "Australia" led the 13th Annual Satellite Award nominations, which were announced today by the International Press Academy. However, "Australia"'s nine nominations were mainly in the artistic and technical categories. It failed to make the cut for the Motion Picture, Drama category, where the nominees were "Frost/Nixon," "Frozen River," "Milk," "The Reader," "Revolutionary Road" and "Slumdog Millionaire." "Milk" and "Slumdog" both tallied six nominations apiece, the second highest total of any film.

The unpredictable and occasionally downright wacky awards had many surprise inclusions. Catherine Deneuve will compete for comedy or music actress for "A Christmas Tale" alongside Lisa Kudrow for "Kabluey" and Debra Messing for "Nothing Like The Holidays." Penelope Cruz was nominated for supporting actress for "Elegy" instead of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," despite arguably being the lead in the former, and having considerably more buzz for the latter. Supporting actor also had a a surprising addition in Rade Sherbedgia for his work in "Fugitive Pieces."

Nominations in the best documentary category included somewhat expected films like "Man on Wire," "Encounters and the End of the World," "Pray The Devil Back To Hell," "Religulous" and "Waltz With Bashir," but also, surprisingly, Robbie Cavolina and Ian McCrudden's doc "Anita O'Day - The Life of a Jazz Singer."

Notable snubs included David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which did receive nominations for original screenplay (even though it is clearly an adaptation, as is fellow nominee "Elegy") and a few technical awards, but was not nominated for picture or acting. "Che," "Gran Torino" and "Defiance" were snubbed altogether, while Kate Winslet was nominated for best actress but for "The Reader" and not "Revolutionary Road."

Last year, only one of the Satellites best picture, drama nominees - "No Country For Old Men" - went on to gain a best picture Academy Award nomination. The other films included "The Lookout," "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead," "Away From Her," "Eastern Promises" and "3:10 To Yuma." This year, I would suspect that there should be an increase in carry-over in that category.

The complete nominations are listed below.

Motion Picture, Drama

The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire
Revolutionary Road
Frost/Nixon
Milk
Frozen River

Director

Thomas McCarthy - The Visitor
Ron Howard - Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant - Milk
Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight
Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire
Stephen Daldry - The Reader

Actress In A Motion Picture, Drama

Melissa Leo - Frozen River
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
Kristin Scott Thomas - I've Loved You So Long
Meryl Streep - Doubt
Kate Winslet - The Reader

Actor In A Motion Picture, Drama

Mickey Rourke -The Wrestler
Mark Ruffalo - What Doesn't Kill You
Richard Jenkins - The Visitor
Frank Langella -Frost/Nixon
Leonardo Dicaprio - Revolutionary Road
Sean Penn - Milk

Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Happy-Go-Lucky
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Tropic Thunder
In Bruges
Choke

Actress In A Motion Picture, Comedy Or Musical

Sally Hawkins - Happy-Go-Lucky
Meryl Streep - Mamma Mia!
Lisa Kudrow - Kabluey
Kat Dennings - Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Catherine Deneuve - A Christmas Tale
Debra Messing - Nothing Like the Holidays

Actor In A Motion Picture, Comedy Or Musical

Ricky Gervais - Ghost Town
Sam Rockwell - Choke
Josh Brolin - W.
Michael Cera - Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges
Mark Ruffalo - The Brothers Bloom

Actress In A Supporting Role

Rosemarie DeWitt - Rachel Getting Married
Penelope Cruz - Elegy
Anjelica Huston - Choke
Sophie Okonedo - The Secret Life of Bees
Emma Thompson - Brideshead Revisited
Viola Davis - Doubt
Beyonce Knowles - Cadillac Records

Actor In A Supporting Role

Michael Shannon - Revolutionary Road
Robert Downey, Jr. - Tropic Thunder
Rade Sherbedgia - Fugitive Pieces
James Franco - Milk
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Philip Seymour - Hoffman Doubt

Motion Picture, Foreign Language Film

Let the Right One In - Sweden
The Class - France
Sangre de mi Sangre - Mexico
Reprise - Norway
Gomorrah - Italy
Caramel - Lebanon / France

Motion Picture, Animated Or Mixed Media

The Tale of Despereaux
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
WALL-E
Bolt
Waltz With Bashir
The Sky Crawlers

Motion Picture, Documentary

Man on Wire
Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Encounters at the End of the World
Religulous
Anita O'Day - The Life of a Jazz Singer
Waltz With Bashir

Screenplay, Original

Philip Roth - Elegy
Thomas McCarthy -The Visitor
Eric Roth, Robin Swicord - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Courtney Hunt - Frozen River
Baz Luhrmann, Stuart Beattie, Ronald Harwood, Richard Flanagan - Australia
Dustin Lance Black - Milk

Screenplay, Adapted

John Patrick Shanley - Doubt
Peter Morgan - Frost/Nixon
David Hare - The Reader
Simon Beaufoy - Slumdog Millionaire
Justin Haythe - Revolutionary Road

Original Score

David Arnold - Quantum of Solace
Thomas Newman - WALL-E
John Powell - Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!
A.R. Rahman - Slumdog Millionaire
David Hirschfelder - Australia
Danny Elfman - Milk

Original Song

"Another Way to Die"/Jack White - Quantum of Solace
"If the World"/Guns N' Roses - Body of Lies
"Down to Earth"/Peter Gabriel - WALL-E
"By the Boab Tree"/Angela Little et al. - Australia
"Jaiho"/ A.R. Rahman and Gulzar - Slumdog Millionaire
"The Wrestler"/Bruce Springsteen - The Wrestler

Cinematography

Jess Hall - Brideshead Revisited
Gyula Pados - The Duchess
Mandy Walker - Australia
Tim Orr - Snow Angels
Tom Stern - Changeling
Claudio Miranda - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Visual Effects

Quantum of Solace
Iron Man
The Dark Knight
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Australia

Film Editing

Quantum of Solace
Iron Man
The Dark Knight
Australia
Slumdog Millionaire
Frost/Nixon

Sound (Mixing & Editing)

Quantum of Solace
Iron Man
The Dark Knight
Australia
WALL-E
The Day the Earth Stood Still

Art Direction & Production Design

Australia
Brideshead Revisited
The Duchess
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
City of Ember
Revolutionary Road

Costume Design

The Duchess
Brideshead Revisited
Australia
Sex And The City
City of Ember
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Auteur Award

Baz Luhrmann

TOP 10 FILMS OF 2008 - [ listed alphabetically ]

BALLAST
CHANGELING
DOUBT
THE DARK KNIGHT
FROST / NIXON
FROZEN RIVER
MILK
THE READER
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

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