Tuesday, January 22, 2008

2008 Oscar Nominations!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled some major surprises when they listed the nominees for this year's Academy Awards.

The biggest surprise for me was the omission of Persepolis from the Best Foreign Picture category. France had submitted the animated film for nomination over The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, leaving the country entirely shut out of an award they could have easily won.

Johnny Depp managed to duplicate his Golden Globe award for Sweeney Todd into a nomination, however, he stands no choice of winning. Hal Holbrook got a nod for the major Golden Globes snub, Into the Wild and Cate Blanchett scored a double nomination for I'm Not There for Best Supporting, and Elizabeth 2 for best actress.

Juno managed a nod for Best Picture, splitting the 'chick vote' with Atonement in an otherwise male-dominated category -- No Country for Old Men, Michael Clayton, and There Will Be Blood made up the other three nominees and none of them have female characters in non-supporting roles.

One thing that seemed strange to me was how the Best Adapted & Original Screenplay categories were the last ones to be mentioned. Was this an intentional slight due to the WGA strike?

Anyway, here are the nominees:

Best Actor

George Clooney - Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tommy Lee Jones - In The Valley Of Elah
Viggo Mortensen - Eastern Promises

Best Supporting Actor

Casey Affleck - The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem - No Country For Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Charlie Wilson's War
Hal Holbrook - Into The Wild
Tom Wilkinson - Michael Clayton

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett - Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie - Away From Her
Marion Cotillard - La Vie En Rose
Laura Linney - The Savages
Ellen Page - Juno

Best Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There
Rudy Dee - American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan - Atonement
Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton - Michael Clayton

Best Animated Feature

Surf's Up

Art Direction

American Gangster
The Golden Compass
Sweeney Todd
There Will Be Blood


The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Costume Design

Across The Universe
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
La Vie En Rose
Sweeney Todd

Best Director

Julian Schnabel - The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
Jason Reitman - Juno
Tony Gilroy - Michael Clayton
Joel & Ethan Coen - No Country For Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson - There Will Be Blood

Best Documentary Feature

No End In Sight
Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience
Taxi To The Dark Side

Best Documentary Short Subject

La Corona (The Crown)
Salim Baba
Sari's Mother

Best Editing

The Bourne Ultimatum
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
Into The Wild
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Best Foreign Language Film

The Counterfeiters

Best Makeup

La Vie En Rose
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Best Music Original Score

The Kite Runner
Michael Clayton
3:10 To Yuma

Best Music - Original Song

August Rush

Best Picture

Michael Clayton
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Best Animated Short Film

I Met The Walrus
Madame Tutli-Putli
Même Les Pigeons vont Au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)
My Love (Moya Lyubov)
Peter & The Wolf

Best Live Action Short Film

At Night
Il Supplente (The Substitute)
Le Mozart Des Pickpokets
Tanghi Argentini
The Tonto Woman

Best Sound Editing

The Bourne Ultimatum
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Best Sound Mixing

The Bourne Ultimatum
No Country For Old Men
3:10 To Yuma

Best Visual Effects

The Golden Compass
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Adapted Screenplay

Away From Her
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Original Screenplay

Lars and the Real Girl
Michael Clayton
The Savages


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