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Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
Which message will Academy voters want to send? “Sorry we screwed up on Prop. 8”? Or “Welcome home Mickey Rourke”? Philip Seymour Hoffman’s delicate balancing act — his priest in “Doubt” is a creep; no, he's a great guy — belongs in the best actor category. Brad Pitt’s nomination belongs in supporting. For “Burn After Reading.”
  • Will win
    Sean Penn, Milk

  • Should win
    Sean Penn, Milk
    or Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

  • Shouldn't be here
    Brad Pitt, Benjamin Button

  • Was robbed
    Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic
Wesley Morris says ...
With great respect to Richard Jenkins, the underrated Brad Pitt, and the overrated Frank Langella, Sean Penn descends from Mount Self-Seriousness and reinvents his bombastic style. And yet it's something more, since rather than noticing how much of Penn has gone into this Milk, you notice how little of him there is. As good as Mickey Rourke is, you're not seeing him turn water into wine. He was better in “Sin City.”
  • Will win
    Sean Penn, Milk

  • Should win
    Sean Penn, Milk

  • Shouldn't be here
    Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon

  • Was robbed
    Michael Sheen, Frost/Nixon