Writing about what Eric calls the “most boringest” Oscar categories has become more boringer given the inevitability of a Slumdog Millionaire sweep on Sunday. So, why bring up the irony of Tom Stern finally snagging a nomination the same year the academy decided to keep Clint Eastwood out of the Best Picture race? Why consider the horrifying possibility of Roger Deakins winning an Oscar for a calculated awards-baiter such as The Reader and not for a Coen brothers flick? Why ponder if David Fincher’s longtime lightning technician Claudio Miranda had to also tame his artistic vision to score an invite to the Oscars? Why contemplate how many more Chistopher Nolan films Wally Pfister will have to be nominated for before scoring a win here? Nope, we won’t chew on any of those questions because, well, because you can’t stop what’s coming. Right?
Will Win: Slumdog Millionaire
Should Win: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button