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Let’s start with the best movie roundup.

Best Movie

1. The curious case of Benjamin Button
This movie talks about Benjamin Button, portrayed by Brad Pitt, a man that grows younger with each passing day. With co-star Kate Blanchett, this emotional film failed to get any recognition in the awards circle with 13 nominations and only 3 wins in visual effects, makeup and Art direction. A miserable failure, just like Bush in the eyes of Google

2. Frost/Nixon
I haven’t seen this movie because there is something about Nixon that prevents me from spending 2 hours of my life watching his interviews. This is what the media says: Frank Langella portrays Tricky Dick in this brilliant political thriller, just after the Watergate scandal, in a last interview where Frost fights to get vindication and Nixon to get forgiveness and a renewed political carreer.

3. Milk
It seems that politics took the stage in this year’s Oscars. Sean Penn tells the story of Harvey Milk the first openly gay activist to be elected to public office and ending with his assassination.

4.The Reader
This sleeper gets a nomination for Best Picture. Set in the 1950’s Germany, the movie talks about an affair between a 15 year old boy and a woman twice his age who hides a dark past. In the Nuremberg trials several years later, the woman, Anna, fights for redemption and the now grown up boy wants to help her.

and the winner is…

5. Slumdog Millionaire (WINNER!)
What can I say about this movie? I predicted it was going to win. This Bollywood budget film crushed the competition. The movie talks about the story of Jamal, a young man that lives in the slums of Mumbai, and how he won the Indian version of “Who wants to be a millionaire”.

Best Actor

1. Brad Pitt (The Curious case of Benjamin Button)
Brad gets a nomination for the great role he played in the Curious case of Benjamin Button, although it was not enough for a win.

2. Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon)
His portrayal of Richard Nixon is chilling. They say he went so much into character that he wanted to be called “Mr. President” on set.

3. Richard Jenkins (The Visitor)
What can you say about a guy that gives this great performance on the same year he plays a neurotic parent in “Step Brothers”? Something is wrong there, but still this nomination is well deserved.

4. Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Shrugging off his bad boy style and Hollywood disdain comes what many considered the favorite. Rourke’s performance was emotionally compelling and definitely the best in his career. It’s unfortunate he was up against Sean Penn. AND the Oscars are political, AND Rourke’s other performances are crap.

And the winner is…

5. Sean Penn (Milk) WINNER!
It was about time Sean won his second Oscar; his career is full of mastery and his Harvey Milk portrayal is no different. Well deserved, Sean!

Best Actress

1. Angelina Jolie (Changeling)
Angelina’s emotional performance was inspired by her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand. You can’t but identify with the character, Christine Collins (Jolie), a mother who’s son is replaced by a stranger.

2. Melissa Leo (Frozen River)
This is another movie I haven’t seen but we’ll use the handy internet and make an on the fly assessment. Melissa plays a poor mother who’s last resort to save her home is to start smuggling cigarettes over the Canadian border. It seems from the trailer that it was well done and the reviews are decent. NEXT

3. Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)
Honestly, I haven’t been able to see Anne Hathaway the same since I “saw” her on Brokeback mountain. From that point in her career, her performances have improved considerably! She played the role of Kym, Rachel’s troubled, addict sister in the film. Excellent!

4. Meryl Streep (Doubt)
You just know that Meryl Streep will give an amazing performance no matter what it is. But her take on a controlling and fierce nun trying to find the truth about a questionable priest, Father Flynn (Phillip Seymour-Hoffman), is superb.

And the winner is…

5. Kate Winslet (The Reader) WINNER!
Kate finally became the Bride! It seems that the 6th time was a charm. Her role in the Reader was as amazing as her role was in Revolutionary Road. This was her year and this was a moving performance that well deserved to win ofBest Supporting Actor!

1. Josh Brolin (Milk)
Bromlin played the role of Dan White, a San Francisco supervisor and eventual killer of Harvey Milk. He made the character real and it was easy to believe his role as White.

2. Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder)
Finally something fresh. I laughed my ass off and it was easy to buy into Robert Downey Jr’s character, Kirk Lazarus. His role was impeccable.

3. Phillip Seymour-Hoffman (Doubt)
I though that he molested the boy. His character was a little whiny for my taste but he deserved the nomination as Father Flynn.

4. Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road)
Another movie I haven’t seen. This is what the web had to say: In 1950s Suburbia Michael Shannon plays the role of a guy with mental issues that keeps telling the truth in a crude manner.

and the winner is…

5. Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) WINNER!
Best-performance-EVER! You feel Heath IS the Joker. His character was an unstoppable force of chaos. Every second he was away from the screen I was eager to see him again -I caught myself wondering where he was and what he was doing on those times his character was out of the scene. This is definitely a magnificent and a well deserved winner.

Best Supporting Actress

1. Amy Adams (Doubt)
Amy plays the novice Sister James, the nun that starts to see the clues that Father Flynn is involved in a shady business. She was perfect for the role and she hit he mark with her performance.

2. Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)
In this movie she was a stripper who had seen better days. Her character gave an old wrestler a second chance at his life. Marisa made her character come to life and gave it substance.

3. Viola Davis (Doubt)
As the mother of the possibly molested child, Viola seems lost and perturbed, exactly how her character should be. There is one particular scene where you can truly feel the intensity of her emotions.

4. Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
It needs to be said: Queenie rules. Her strong will, convictions and hard work gave a breath of fresh air to Benjamin Button.

And the winner is…

5. Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) WINNER!
Another performance I regret not having seen first hand. Still, with a little research, trailers, etc, I have a better understanding of this award. The movie looks amazing and powerful. I will report again after checking it out.

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Jeff White

Jeff has been an active gambler from the age of 18 when he won a small local poker tournament in San Jose, CA. He moved on to playing other casino games shortly thereafter, with a great interest in the statistics and mathematics involved. He has studied the historical gambling systems of nearly every popular casino game played today, and has written strategy books for several of them including blackjack, slot machines, craps, and roulette. Jeff has been a daily contributor to the Silver Oak Casino blog since the beginning of 2009.