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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

 

Oscar-ology: The National Board of Review

There are earlier contests, sure, but for any serious Oscar prognosticator The National Board of Review is the real beginning of Oscar season. Their announcements today are the first real sense of the awards race, and we are VERY pleased by their selections. Our analysis:

Makes My Heart Glad: Regular readers know how much I adore No Country For Old Men; the multiple awards here for the film are much deserved...almost as much as Casey Affleck finally getting his due for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. I hope this catapults him into serious Oscar consideration.
Color Us Surprised: No American Gangster? Hmmm. We also thought the NBR would definitely show some love for Hairspray. Guess not. And the continuing support for Amy Ryan baffles us...we liked Gone Baby Gone, but she was by far the worst thing in it.
Color Us Pissed: The shutouts of Once and Eastern Promises and the continuing studio neglect of The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford
Missing and Overlooked: I'm Not There and There Will Be Blood continue to get the cold shoulder, but with the critics' awards right around the corner, they should get their due soon. Likewise Before The Devil Knows You're Dead and The Savages, which aren't really NBR material. (They're a little more Seabiscuit, a little less Blue Velvet.) If I were Charlie Wilson's War, I'd start to get concerned.

Best Film: No Country For Old Men

Runners-Up: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Atonement, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bucket List, Into The Wild, Juno, The Kite Runner, Lars and the Real Girl, Michael Clayton and Sweeney Todd

Director: Tim Burton, Sweeney Todd

Actor: George Clooney, Michael Clayton

Actress: Julie Christie, Away From Her

Supporting Actor: Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

Foreign Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Breathrough Actress: Ellen Page, Juno

BreakthroughActor: Emile Hirsch, Into The Wild

Directorial Debut: Ben Affleck, Gone Baby Gone

Original Screenplay: (tie) Lars and the Real Girl and Juno

Adapted Screenplay: No Country For Old Men

Ensemble Cast: No Country For Old Men

Animated Feature: Ratatouille

Documentary: Body of War

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