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Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
Danny Boyle will continue his victory march, and that’s fine, but remember that “Slumdog Millionaire” depends for much of its impact on the crafts of cinematography, editing, and music. (And what about “codirector” Loveleen Tandan? Where was she packed off to?) “Milk,” by contrast, is a standard Great Man biopic revitalized by a gifted filmmaker at the top of his game.
  • Will win
    Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

  • Should win
    Gus Van Sant, Milk

  • Shouldn't be here
    Stephen Daldry, The Reader

  • Was robbed
    Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic
Wesley Morris says ...
Snooze. Predictably, all five of these guys have been nominated for some of their most ostensibly accessible work. “Benjamin Button” is nothing if not a feat of craftsmanship but it lacks David Fincher’s vision. Gus Van Sant, while having made a movie biography, applies enough avant-garde and real human energy to qualify as inventive. But Danny Boyle’s bulldozing insistence on the triumph of good cheer over everything else wins.
  • Will win
    Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

  • Should win
    Gus Van Sant, Milk

  • Shouldn't be here
    Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon

  • Was robbed
    Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight