The films of 2008 made for a fun year for this film fan. The list of Oscar nominees, no matter what the category, will make for an excellent rental list. The real standout this year though, will probably win the Best Picture Oscar. That film is Slumdog Millionaire. Beautiful, gritty and uplifting, everyone I know who's seen it, loved it. Close behind as one of the best films this year, which will probably win the Oscar for best animated feature, is WALL-E. Creative, gorgeous, layered, funny, poignant, clever, Pixar does it again. I haven't seen all of the shorts, documentaries or foreign films yet, but here's how I'm voting in the Oscar Pools. For best foreign feature, The Class, best documentary feature, Man On Wire, best animated short Presto, best documentary short, The Final Inch and best live action short, New Boy.
This ends my Oscar series for this year. I'll be in Brooklyn, dog sitting, on Sunday night. I have already organized the beverages and snacks. Maybe I'll even get a pizza from the famous Grimaldi's! A printable ballot can be found here if you want to keep score yourself. Bring on the Oscars!