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Announcing 2009 Movie Natters 'Shoulda-Coulda" Oscar Poll

Posted at 9:48 AM on February 17, 2009 by Euan Kerr (6 Comments)

The Oscars are coming and we here at Movie Natters want to know what you, the great and the good readers of the interweb, believe about who and what should win the big prizes.

We will be collecting votes right up till the moment of the ceremony, so think hard and vote away

To make it interesting we are actually asking two sets of questions: which of the nominees should win the category, and which will win the statuette.

So without further ado:


Which of the nominees should win for best director?


Which of the nominees will win for best director?


Which of the nominees should win for best actress in a leading role?

Which of the nominees will win for best actress in a leading role?


Which of the nominees should win for best actor in a leading role?


Which of the nominees will win for best actor in a leading role?


And finally:


Which of the nominees should win best picture?

Which of the nominees will win best picture?


Comments (6)

Thanks for letting us vote for SHOULD and WILL. There's always a discrepancy between those two.

I'm not really rooting for any particular film. I'm more against Slumdog Millionaire than anything else. "The Visitor", "Man on Wire", and "John Adams" were the only films released this year that I truly raved about, and that last one is an HBO movie.

Posted by Stacia | February 17, 2009 3:56 PM


I take that back - I also raved about The Dark Knight.

Posted by Stacia | February 17, 2009 3:57 PM


Ditto with the should v. will. It's always interesting - most I know have the same opinion - one ought to and one will. (Usually of course, they favor the one that "ought").

I am left wishing grad school hadn't kept me from the cinema so much last year. I didn't see any of the Best Picture nominees, and wanted to see all of them. C'est la Vie - thank goodness for DVDs.

Posted by Elizabeth T | February 17, 2009 8:14 PM


Frost/Nixon should win several prizes, but it's Hollywood's last chance to vote against Richard Milhouse. That will provide them an irresistable reason to vote for anything else.

Posted by John Anderson | February 17, 2009 9:35 PM


I don't know how you could be against Slumdog Millionaire more than anything. That's when I wonder what planet I live on. But I also thought as a project, Wrestler was a stunning creation. This opinion is partly due to my recollection of seeing Mickey Rourke on Leno in the early 90s when he was still living on the streets having become a boxer and almost being unrecognizable. He could hardly form a sentence he was so emotionally disturbed. It is hard to comprehend how far he fell and how far he came back. His accomplishment was an individual tale of survival and perserverance. He could have easily taken his life in the process, and I'm sure we all know of a case where this did happen.

Milk was good, but honestly I liked the documentary from the late 80s much more. It was real. This was watching a straight Sean Penn play a gay guy. I always hate it when people try to do that in real life. So I found it a little off putting on the screen.

Posted by Tom M | February 19, 2009 12:27 PM


I believed SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE should be a straight win. Be the 1st I believed since the Last Emporer of China to win all the nominations. I saw this movie because of word of mouth rather the hyde of Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk. The Reader was another I saw due to WOM & a Kate W fan. The movie itself is a Cinderella story, it almost went straight to DVD. This a movie that works because of story, acting & the right actors, direction, music, photgraphy & that wasn't any need of special digital effects. Even the end credits are a must see!

Posted by Thelma H | February 20, 2009 7:02 AM


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