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81st Academy Awards

Best Picture

Ty Burr, Boston Globe film critic
Ty Burr says ...
This year’s dark horse has become the odds-on favorite because it's actually the most old-fashioned feel-good Hollywood movie of the year. The wave of awards-season triumphs should crest in either Oscar glory or one serious upset. Meanwhile, the awe-inspiring craft of “WALL-E” makes the fuzzy Nazi moralizing of “The Reader” look shameful.
  • Will win
    Slumdog Millionaire

  • Should win
    Slumdog Millionaire

  • Shouldn't be here
    The Reader

  • Was robbed
    WALL-E

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe film critic
Wesley Morris says ...
The most flaccid batch of nominees since “Braveheart” trampled “Babe” and “Apollo 13.” This year, the conflation of Indian indigence and Hollywood redemption makes “Slumdog Millionaire” an obvious winner. But surely of 5,000 or so voters, a significant number will see “Milk” as an even more self-congratulatory choice — for its political topicality instead of its artistic ingenuity. It’s almost too good for this year’s show.
  • Will win
    Milk

  • Should win
    Milk

  • Shouldn't be here
    The Reader

  • Was robbed
    WALL-E

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The Reader

Starring
Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Cross
Director
Stephen Daldry
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