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Oscar/Spirits Ballot: Kyle Buchanan

Oscar/Spirits Ballot: Kyle Buchanan

Kyle Buchanan, The Advocate, Gawker

Film Independent’s Spirit Awards

Best Feature:
Will Win/Should Win: “The Wrestler

Best Director:
Will Win: Tom McCarthy, “The Visitor”
Should Win: Courtney Hunt, “Frozen River”

Best First Feature:
Will Win/Should Win: “Synecdoche, New York

John Cassavetes Award:
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
Will Win “In Search of a Midnight Kiss

Best Screenplay:
Will Win/Should Win: Charlie Kaufman, “Synecdoche, New York”

Best First Screenplay:
Will Win: Jenny Lumet, “Rachel Getting Married”
Should Win: Courtney Hunt, “Frozen River”

Best Female Lead:
Will Win: Michelle Williams, “Wendy & Lucy”
Should Win: Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”

Best Male Lead:
Will Win: Richard Jenkins, “The Visitor”
Should Win: Sean Penn, “Milk”

Best Supporting Female:
Will Win: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Should Win: Rosemarie DeWitt, “Rachel Getting Married”

Best Supporting Male:
Will Win: James Franco, “Milk”

Best Cinematography:
Will Win: Lol Crowley, “Ballast”
Should Win: Harris Savides, “Milk”

Best Documentary:
Will Win/Should Win: “Man on Wire

Best Foreign Film:
Will Win: “Gomorrah

Academy Awards

Best Picture:
Will Win: “Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director:
Will Win: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Actress:
Will Win/Should Win: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”

Best Actor:
Will Win/Should Win: Sean Penn, “Milk”

Best Supporting Actress:
Will Win: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Should Win: Viola Davis, “Doubt”

Best Supporting Actor:
Will Win: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Should Win: Josh Brolin, “Milk”

Best Original Screenplay:
Will Win: Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”
Should Win: Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Pete Docter, “WALL-E”

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Will Win/Should Win: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Animated Film:
Will Win/Should Win: “WALL-E

Best Foreign Language Film:
Will Win: “The Class”
Should Win: “Waltz With Bashir”

Best Documentary:
Will Win/Should Win: “Man on Wire

Best Cinematography:
Will Win/Should Win: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Makeup:
Will Win/Should Win: Greg Cannom, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

If you could wish for one thing to happen the night of the Oscars, what would it be?
I would love to see Wall-E pull a putatively “live action” award like Best Screenplay. If they could give that prize to the similarly dialogue-slim “Lost in Translation,” why not Pixar’s finest?

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