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Monday, December 10, 2007


Oscar-ology: The New York Film Critics

Almost everything is in place for Thursday's Golden Globe nominations, now that the New York Film Critics have spoken...and echoed many of their predecessors. My thoughts after the jump:

BBest Picture: No Country For Old Men

Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Best Actress: Julie Christie, Away From Her

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men

Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men

Best Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men

Best Cinematographer: Robert Elswit, There Will Be Blood

Best Foreign Film: The Lives of Others

Best Animated Film: Persepolis

Best First Film: Sarah Polley, Away From Her

Best Documentary: No End In Sight

Modfab Thinks The Following Four Things:
  1. It's official: No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood are now Oscar locks for Best Film, Director, Screenplay and Cinematography;
  2. Equally Locked: Marion Cotillard and Julie Christie for Lead Actress, Amy Ryan and Cate Blanchett for Supporting Actress;
  3. The New York critics, quite surprisingly, snubbed The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by hometown boy Julian Schnabel. While it remains a pretty sure candidate for foreign film, I'm not sure it's got legs to reach into the major categories.
  4. Charlie Wilson's War is over before it even begins. Sweeney Todd seems to be the love-it or hate-it film of the year. The Assassination of Jesse James... is the film that time forgot. And I'm stunned at how quickly the buzz around American Gangster fizzled out.
Previous 2008 Oscar-ology:
- Boston, Los Angeles Critics Weigh In
- National Board of Review Winners
- Golden Satellite Nominations
- Independent Spirit Nominations

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Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

DIVING BELL is not eligible for the foreign film Oscar. France submitted PERSEPOLIS instead (which is also terrific)

i doubt THERE WILL BE BLOOD is a lock. it's more of a critical thing from what i'm hearing.

it'd have to fend off a ton of pictures and methinks NO COUNTRY will handily absorb the "dark and violent" votes

12/10/07, 7:51 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

Diving Bell can't be nominated in foreign film, because Persepolis was France's submission. It'll still be pretty interesting to see what it could get though...

12/10/07, 8:31 PM  
Blogger ModFab said...

Thanks for the heads-up. Now I think DIVING's best shot is probably Director and Cinematographer...and such a shame it can't compete in its most natural category.

12/10/07, 9:55 PM  

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