I saw it last October (and got to meet Danny Boyle!) and again on Thanksgiving Day. I hope to see it again on this re-release. It’s a fantastic film.
It has no chance at Best Picture or Best Actor, but I’m just glad about the nominations. Not just those. It got 6 nominations altogether, all of them very well-deserved.
Best Actor: James Franco
Adapted Screenplay: Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
Editing: Jon Harris
Original Score: A.R. Rahman
Original Song: “If I Rise” A.R. Rahman, Rollo Armstrong, Dido (link to song on YouTube)
I think the only one it might possibly win is Song. I hope so anyway. Not only do I love the song, I’ve met Dido and she’s really nice, so I’d like to see her win an Oscar. Franco won’t win over Firth, but it’s great to see him recognized. He’ll be nominated many many many times in his career. His greatest work is yet to come. I’d be rooting for Rahman’s score except that I want Trent Reznor to win. I’d be rooting for the Adapted Screenplay except that I want Debra Granik to win for Winter’s Bone. Reznor and Granik won’t win, I know, but I root for them anyway.
As far as why the wins won’t come, besides The King’s Speech and The Social Network dominating everything, you have to remember that Danny Boyle and his crew gloriously cleaned up at the Oscars year before last with the wonderful Slumdog Millionaire, which won 8 Oscars*. Voters will think, “give someone else a chance.”
*I was rooting hard for Milk myself, but still was delighted that Slumdog did so well, first because I called the Oscar nominations months in advance, second because I liked it a lot, and third because it pissed off a lot of people who inexplicably hate Slumdog Millionaire.