Ben Kweller is my new BFF

I kid, I kid. But I did meet the man himself about an hour ago.

Kweller is playing at the Mod Club tonight in Toronto but due to cash flow and my excitement over the Oscars, I chose to stick it out. Lucky for me, Sonic Boom hosted a free concert this afternoon. Kweller came up and played three songs which were requested by fans via Twitter.

He’s pint sized and adorable and now my copy of “Sha Sha” has his signature scribbled across it with the addition of “Sha Doo” under the title.

And now my Oscar picks for this evening:
X= who I want to win
#= who I think will actually win

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
X#-Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)
Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Josh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features)
Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax)
X#-Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)
Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by
Paramount Vantage)

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” (Universal)
Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics)
(although X as well heh) Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (Miramax)
X#-Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Amy Adams in “Doubt” (Miramax)
#-Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (The Weinstein Company)
X-Viola Davis in “Doubt” (Miramax)
Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Best animated feature film of the year
“Bolt” (Walt Disney) Chris Williams and Byron Howard
“Kung Fu Panda” (DreamWorks Animation, Distributed by Paramount) John Stevenson and Mark Osborne
X#- “WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Andrew Stanton

Achievement in art direction
“Changeling” (Universal) Art Direction: James J. Murakami
Set Decoration: Gary Fettis
X#-“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt
Set Decoration: Victor J. Zolfo
“The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) Art Direction: Nathan Crowley
Set Decoration: Peter Lando
“The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films) Art Direction: Michael Carlin
Set Decoration: Rebecca Alleway
“Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage) Art Direction: Kristi Zea
Set Decoration: Debra Schutt

Achievement in cinematography
“Changeling” (Universal) Tom Stern
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Claudio Miranda
“The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister
“The Reader” (The Weinstein Company) Chris Menges and Roger Deakins
X#-“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Anthony Dod Mantle

Achievement in costume design
“Australia” (20th Century Fox) Catherine Martin
#-“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Jacqueline West
X-“The Duchess” (Paramount Vantage, Pathé and BBC Films) Michael O’Connor
“Milk” (Focus Features) Danny Glicker
“Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage) Albert Wolsky

Achievement in directing
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) David Fincher
“Frost/Nixon” (Universal) Ron Howard
(Also SO amazing) “Milk” (Focus Features) Gus Van Sant
“The Reader” (The Weinstein Company) Stephen Daldry
X#-“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Danny Boyle

Achievement in film editing
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
“The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) Lee Smith
“Frost/Nixon” (Universal) Mike Hill and Dan Hanley
(X awesome as well) “Milk” (Focus Features) Elliot Graham
X#-“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Chris Dickens

Achievement in makeup
#-“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Greg Cannom
X-“The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.) John Caglione, Jr. and Conor O’Sullivan
“Hellboy II: The Golden Army” (Universal) Mike Elizalde and Thom Floutz

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Alexandre Desplat
“Defiance” (Paramount Vantage) James Newton Howard
“Milk” (Focus Features) Danny Elfman
X-“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) A.R. Rahman
#-“WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
#-“Down to Earth” from “WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Music by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
Lyric by Peter Gabriel
X-“Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Music by A.R. Rahman
Lyric by Gulzar
“O Saya” from “Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Music and Lyric by A.R. Rahman and Maya Arulpragasam

Best motion picture of the year
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
A Kennedy/Marshall Production Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
“Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
A Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Production Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Eric Fellner, Producers
“Milk” (Focus Features)
A Groundswell and Jinks/Cohen Company Production Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, Producers
“The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)
A Mirage Enterprises and Neunte Babelsberg Film GmbH Production Nominees to be determined
X#-“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight)
A Celador Films Production Christian Colson, Producer

Adapted screenplay
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.) Screenplay by Eric Roth
Screen story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
“Doubt” (Miramax) Written by John Patrick Shanley
X-“Frost/Nixon” (Universal) Screenplay by Peter Morgan
#-“The Reader” (The Weinstein Company) Screenplay by David Hare
“Slumdog Millionaire” (Fox Searchlight) Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy

Original screenplay
“Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics) Written by Courtney Hunt
“Happy-Go-Lucky” (Miramax) Written by Mike Leigh
“In Bruges” (Focus Features) Written by Martin McDonagh
X#-“Milk” (Focus Features) Written by Dustin Lance Black
“WALL-E” (Walt Disney) Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon
Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

Happy Sunday!
K

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5 Responses to “Ben Kweller is my new BFF”

  1. arthurdc Says:

    finally saw Frost Nixon, Rachel Getting Married and will see MILK after the big show tonight.

    and I know it’s Slumdog’s year… but I’m crossing my fingers for an upset! Anything but Benjamin Button and SLumdog for best pic and I’ll be a happy camper.

  2. Kayla Hillier Says:

    awww I’m such a slumdog fan. I’m overwhelmed this year. I loved Frost/Nixon, I loved Milk, Slumdog, Doubt, The Reader… it goes on… Rachel Getting Married. GAH

    But yeah… I want Slumdog best picture nod. shhh don’t fight me.

  3. Tova Says:

    wow, your predications were right on the money. Bookies here lost a lot of money though. Everyone thought Mickey Rourke was going to win it. Divine foresight lady.

  4. Kayla Hillier Says:

    Thank you! I was pretty damn pleased with the results the only area where I mucked up was Adapted Screenplay… ahhh well.

    I think the key was that although, Michey did an amazing job … was it really a stretch? I think in some ways he could really relate to the character that he was playing. A little to close to home maybe… I dunno.

  5. Kayla Hillier Says:

    *too heh

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