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Oscar/Spirits Ballot: Michael Koresky

Oscar/Spirits Ballot: Michael Koresky

Michael Koresky, Reverse Shot

Film Independent’s Spirit Awards

Best Feature:
Will Win: “Wendy and Lucy
Should Win: “Ballast

Best Director:
Will Win/Should Win: Lance Hammer, “Ballast”

Best First Feature:
Will Win: “Medicine for Melancholy”
Should Win: “Synecdoche, New York

John Cassavetes Award:
(Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)
Will Win/Should Win: “Take Out

Best Screenplay:
Will Win: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck, “Sugar”
Should Win: Charlie Kaufman, “Synecdoche, New York”

Best First Screenplay:
Will Win/Should Win: Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”

Best Female Lead:
Will Win: Michelle Williams, “Wendy and Lucy”
Should Win: Tarra Riggs, “Ballast”

Best Male Lead:
Will Win: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”
Should Win: Sean Penn, “Milk”

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

Best Supporting Male:
Will Win: James Franco, “Milk”
Should Win: JimMyron Ross, “Ballast”

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

Best Documentary:
Will Win: “Man on Wire
Should Win: “The Order of Myths

Best Foreign Film:
Will Win/Should Win: “Hunger
Should Win: “Silent Light”

If Anne Hathaway were to win, I would hope that her speech with be as awkward and embarrassing as her “Rachel Getting Married” toast. And that Robyn Hitchcock, TV on the Radio, Jimmy Carter, The Feelies, and some belly-dancers would be there to show their support.

Academy Awards

Best Picture:
Will Win: “Slumdog Millionaire
Should Win: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Director:
Will Win: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Should Win: David Fincher, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

Best Actress:
Will Win: Kate Winslet, “The Reader”
Should Win: Meryl Streep, “Doubt”

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

Best Supporting Actress:
Will Win/Should Win: Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

Best Supporting Actor:
Will Win: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Should Win: Michael Shannon, “Revolutionary Road”

Best Original Screenplay:
Will Win/Should Win: Dustin Lance Black, “Milk”

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Will Win: Simon Beaufoy, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Should Win: John Patrick Shanley, “Doubt”

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

Best Foreign Language Film:
Will Win/Should Win: “Waltz With Bashir

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

Best Cinematography:
Will Win: Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Should Win: Claudio Miranda, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

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?
“Slumdog” is defeated in every category it’s nominated in except for Best Song, so that it could be remembered primarily for its awful closing Bollywood-inspired dance number, which even “Slumdog” supporters must admit is pretty shoddy filmmaking.

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