Sunday night is the 81st Academy Awards. To get you up to speed, Bob talks with Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan. Here are the categories in the order they were discussed, along with Ken's predictions for the most likely winner.
best actor - Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke
best actress - Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep
best supporting actress - Viola Davis, Penelope Cruz
best supporting actor - Heath Ledger, Josh Brolin
best foreign language - The Class, Waltz With Bashir
best documentary - Man on Wire
best original screenplay- Milk, Wall-E
best adapted screenplay - Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
best picture - Slumdog Millionaire, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
best director - Danny Boyle, David Fincher
Just in case you were wondering how Ken Turan did in his predictions...
He completely missed Best Foreign Film. A Japanese film called Departures upset Turan's top choices The Class and Waltz With Bashir. Turan also thought Viola Davis would win for Best Supporting Actress, but he did successfully predict Penelope Cruz as the other possible winner. His other eight guesses were exactly right. Slumdog Millionaire won for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Sean Penn beat out Mickey Rourke for Best Actor. Kate Winslet won for Best Actress. The late Heath Ledger won for his supporting role as The Joker in the latest Batman movie. Milk won for Best Original Screenplay and Man on Wire won for Best Documentary.