Have you seen anything this year worthy of next year’s Oscars? If so, what? What do you think should get nominated?

I’ve been thinking about Cristoph Waltz. He was fantastic in Inglourious Basterds. Scary, disgusting, evil, genteel. I’m sure he’ll get a nod for Best Supporting Actor. Also on my list is Monique for Best Supporting Actress for Precious. Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard were fantastic leads in An Education, and I think Alfred Molina should get at least a nomination for his supporting role as well. Costumes and art direction should give a nod to all the period pieces of the year — Inglorious and An Education, and maybe The Young Victoria (does that one count for this year?). The technical achievement and special effects in Star Trek and Transformers 2 (say what you will, those robots are amazing) will be worthy of awards, but I’m afraid they may get passed up for films such as Where The Wild Things Are.

With 10 Best Picture nominations, I’m sure Precious, A Serious Man, Up in the Air, and maybe An Education will be in the running — with Precious having the “Slumdog effect” at this year’s festivals. George Clooney (Up in the Air) and Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia) will almost certainly get, at the very least, nominations.

Who will get nominated for Best Director? Will District 9 get any recognition? What am I forgetting? You tell me…

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