BEST PICTURE:
Nominees: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Frost/Nixon; Milk; The Reader; Slumdog Millionaire

BEST DIRECTOR:
Nominees: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire); Stephen Daldry (The Reader); David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button); Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon); Gus Van Sant (Milk)

'Slumdog Millionaire'
Winner of Both: Slumdog Millionaire
Both director and picture have the same five nominees, and since they will have the same winner, we may as well consider them together. Slumdog Millionaire has won virtually every award it has been nominated for: Golden Globe, WGA, DGA, PGA, SAG, BAFTA — possibly also the KGB, QVC, and ASPCA. It’s a feel-good drama with the underdog spirit of other Best Picture winners like Rocky. It’s a critical darling. It’s not the most nominated film of the year (Benjamin Button leads with 13 to Slumdog’s 10), but you won’t be hearing late-night talk show jokes about how long and boring Slumdog is. Slumdog Millionaire will win — count on it.

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