The Academy Awards for 2009 will be announced in just two nights. I have seen all the nominated movies, and most of the nominated performances. I do believe the academy voters allow sentimentality and emotion to influence their votes, as seen many times in the past. The very best actor/actress performance doesn’t always win the prize. Such was the case when Jessica Lange’s performance in“Blue Sky” won over Jody Foster’s, “Nell” in 1994. No comparison. So, for my predictions, I will list who I think deserves to win, and who will actually win. Major categories only.

Best Movie:

Will win: Slumdog Millionaire

Should win: Slumdog Millionaire


Best Actor:

Will win: Sean Penn

Should win: Mickey Rourke

Best Actress:

Will win: Kate Winslet

Should win: Kate Winslet

Best Supporting Actor:


 Will win:     Heath Ledger

Should win: Robert Downey Jr.

Best Supporting Actress:


 Will win: Penelope Cruz

Should win: Amy Adams

Best Director:


 Will win: Danny Boyle

Should win: Danny Boyle


And, for the best movie, not mentioned in the Academy Awards listing:

The Boy In the Striped Pajamas


Your picks?