BDN staff picks for Oscar night

Posted Feb. 19, 2009, at 5:31 p.m.

Jessica Bloch, style and news reporter

Best Actor Will win: Mickey Rourke/Should win: Sean Penn

“Mickey Rourke was amazing, but his comeback factor may outweigh yet another great Penn performance.”

Best Actress Will win: Kate Winslet/Should win: Melissa Leo

Best Picture Will win/Should win: “Slumdog Millionaire”

Emily Burnham, style reporter

Best Actor Will win /Should win: Mickey Rourke

Best Actress Will win: Kate Winslet/Should win: Anne Hathaway

Best Picture Will win: “Slumdog Millionaire”/Should win: “The Dark Knight”

“‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was wonderful, but ‘The Dark Knight’ was a true masterpiece of crime cinema. Christopher Nolan and the film itself deserved nods.”

Joel Crabtree, copy editor

Best Actor Will win/Should win: Sean Penn

Best Actress Will win: Meryl Streep/Should win: Anne Hathaway

“I think that the release of ‘Bride Wars’ in January hurt Anne Hathaway’s chances of winning. She was amazing in ‘Rachel Getting Married,’ but the last thing she was in was really poorly reviewed.”

Best Picture Will win: “Slumdog Millionaire”/Should win: “Milk”

Judy Harrison, news reporter

Best Actor Will will/should win: Mickey Rourke

Best Actress Will win: Meryl Streep/Should win: Melissa Leo

“I think the transformation of ‘Doubt’ from stage to screen was badly executed, and diminished the themes of the play. Streep’s performance is the most overrated of the year.”

Best Picture Will win: “Milk”/Should win: “Frost//Nixon”

Brian Robitaille, copy editor/graphic designer

Best Actor Will win/should win: Sean Penn

Best Actress Will win/should win: Melissa Leo

Best Picture Will win: “Slumdog Millionaire”/Should win: “The Dark Knight”

“I’m disappointed by the myopia that exists, preventing a film as great as ‘The Dark Knight’ from being a contender for best picture.”

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