I forgot to respond to Tom O’Neil’s latest Gold Derby Oscar prediction query. I tapped it out just now and then wrote him and asked if I could be put in on a last-minute basis. Here”s the current rundown as of 10.20.08 at 4:48 pm:
BEST PICTURE: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount/Warner Bros.); Revolutionary Road (Paramount Vantage/DreamWorks); Gran Torino (Fox Searchlight), Slumdog Millionaire (Fox Searchlight) and Milk (Gus Van Sant)
BEST DIRECTOR: David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button); Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road); Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino), Gus Van Sant (Milk).
BEST ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio (Revolutionary Road); Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler); Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button); Richard Jenkins (The Visitor); Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon).
BEST ACTRESS: Kristin Scott Thomas (I’ve Loved You So Long); Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married); Melissa Leo (Frozen River); Angelina Jolie (Changeling); Meryl Streep (Doubt).
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight); Alan Alda (Nothing But the Truth), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt), Robert Downey, Jr. (Tropic Thunder), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road).
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button); Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona); Rosemary DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married); Elsa Zylberstein (I’ve Loved You So Long); Hiam Abbass (The Visitor).