What if there were no such thing as ‚ÄúSlumdog Millionaire,‚Äù if it had fallen into a life of limbo, as seemed likely for a time before Warner Brothers farmed it out to Fox Searchlight? We can assume another film would be in the mix ‚Äì ‚ÄúRevolutionary Road,‚Äù ‚ÄúThe Dark Knight‚Äù or ‚ÄúDoubt‚Äù ‚Äì but who would be in the frontrunner position?
In other words, is it writ that ‚ÄúThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button,‚Äù with its near-record 13 nominations, would take down best picture, or would the others have a shot? Put less delicately, what is your second choice for the first-ranked honor in motion pictures?
I agree that Doubt would probably be in the mix. It’s difficult to imagine what film would have taken Slumdog’s slot, though. The only other “feelgood” movie that was getting heat was Wall-E but once Slumdog entered the race, that was the end of the that. What do you all think? Head on over to the Carpetbagger.