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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

 

Oscar Nomination Reactions...Finally!

Ah, the Oscar nominations. Part of the fun of this completely useless hobby of Oscar-watching is that the Academy always pulls a few surprises none of us expect. This year, I have to say that I'm happier than usual. How did my picks fare? Read on....

BEST PICTURE (4 out of 5)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Atonement
Juno
Michael Clayton
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood

And thus it begins: the virtual wipeouts of Into The Wild, and The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford. (Sweeney Todd and The Bourne Ultimatum found some love, but almost exclusively in the technical categories.) I'm not surprised that Atonement squeaked past a French-language film...sad, but not surprised. It's that kind of world we're living in.

BEST ACTRESS (4 out of 5)
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie, Away From Her
Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose
Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart Laura Linney, The Savages
Ellen Page, Juno

I'm over the moon that Linney scored the fifth slot; I liked her more than Jolie this year, but Linney hadn't performed as well as I expected in the precursors. This proves, though, that Academy voters love her...she scored for Kinsey in a similar welcome surprise.

BEST ACTOR (4 out of 5)
George Clooney, Michael Clayton
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Daniel Day Lewis, There Will Be Blood
James McAvoy, Atonement Tommy Lee Jones, In The Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

I didn't see Elah, but I've heard it was great...so I can't really be upset at Jones' nomination here. Interesting category, all in all; three of the nominees come from films that made little to no impression in other categories.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (5 out of 5)
Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There
Ruby Dee, American Gangster
Sairose Ronan, Atonement
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

I am perfect. And so are these nominations. (Well, they would be if Marisa Tomei had found herself added to the group...kind of like they did in the next category...)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (5 out of 5, except there are 6)
Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men
Hal Holbrook, Into The Wild
Tommy Lee Jones, No Country For Old Men Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton

UPDATED: As Nathaniel and Nick wrote in to correct me, I realized that the e-mail list of nominations I got this morning from The Envelope misprinted the nominees. Sorry about that, and sorry that Jones' marvelously understated comedy didn't get the recognition it deserves. Yay for Hoffman, though....unquestionably the only reason to see Charlie Wilson's Misplaced Comedy.

BEST DIRECTOR (4 out of 5)
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Sean Penn, Into The Wild Jason Reitman, Juno
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Reitman's left-field nomination leads me to believe that Juno may have more love than I expected among the Academy...but I'm not going to cry if it keeps pushing Into The Wild out of the running. With Diving Bell underperforming as well, here's a spot where it could make a serious impression come awards time.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (4 out of 5)
Diablo Cody, Juno
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Tamara Jenkins, The Savages
Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl
Steve Zaillian, American Gangster Brad Bird, Ratatouille

Again, I'd like to be angry about the one I missed, but I just can't be...Bird's script is a better structural beast, as a whole, than the plodding Gangster. I think this is Cody's to lose, but if Oscar voters skip Gilroy for director (and they will), they might try to make it up to him here.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Christopher Hampton, Atonement
Ronald Harwood, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country For Old Men
Aaron Sorkin, Charlie Wilson's War Sarah Polley, Away From Her

Polley's slot here probably makes me happier than any nomination thusfar...Away From Her was just an extraordinary achievement. I'm guessing, though, that she won't figure in the running; this is a Blood vs. Atonement battle in my mind.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM (2 out of 5)
Beaufort (Israel)
Days of Darkness (Canada) The Counterfeiters (Austria)
Katyn (Poland)
The Unknown (Italy) Mongol (Kazakhstan)
The Year My Parents Went On Vacation (Brazil) 12 (Russia)

Ah, well, I was blindly guessing anyway. Sad to see Arcand's film pushed out, but the real crimes of this category were made earlier...in not selecting 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days as a semi-finalist.

BEST ANIMATED FILM (2 out of 3)
Bee Movie Surf's Up
Persepolis
Ratatouille

Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me?

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (5 out of 5)
Roger Deakins, The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford
Roger Deakins, No Country For Old Men
Robert Elswit, There Will Be Blood
Seamus McGarvey, Atonement
Janusz Kaminski, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

As I've said before, this is the most stunning competition of the year. All five were simply breathtaking.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Michael Brook with Kaki King and Eddie Vedder, Into The Wild James Newton Howard, Michael Clayton
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford Marco Beltrami, 3:10 To Yuma
Michael Giacchino, Ratatouille
Alberto Iglesias, The Kite Runner
Dario Marianelli, Atonement

I'm still not over the shock that Johnny Greenwood's score for There Will Be Blood is being skipped...as are all of the musicals released this year. Especially that the craptastic Kite Runner score is a nominee. I may need to vomit when they announce this category.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG (2 out of 5)
"Come So Far (Got So Far To Go)," Hairspray "Raise It Up," August Rush
"Falling Slowly," Once
"Grace Is Gone," Grace Is Gone "So Close," Enchanted
"Happy Working Song," Enchanted
"Guaranteed," Into The Wild "That's How You Know," Enchanted

Other categories that I didn't do predictions for:

BEST ART DIRECTION
"American Gangster"
"Atonement"
"The Golden Compass"
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
"There Will Be Blood"

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
"Across the Universe," Albert Wolsky
"Atonement," Jacqueline Durran
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age," Alexandra Byrne
"La Vie En Rose," Marit Allen
"Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street," Colleen Atwood

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"No End in Sight"
"Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience"
"Sicko"
"Taxi to the Dark Side"
"War/Dance"

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
"Freeheld"
"La Corona" ("The Crown")
"Salim Baba"
"Sari's Mother"

BEST FILM EDITING
"The Bourne Ultimatum," Christopher Rouse
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," Juliette Welfling
"Into the Wild," Jay Cassidy
"No Country for Old Men," Roderick Jaynes
"There Will Be Blood," Dylan Tichenor

BEST MAKEUP
"La Vie en Rose"
"Norbit"
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"

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 Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)"
"Tanghi Argentini"
"The Tonto Woman"

BEST SOUND EDITING
"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"No Country For Old Men"
"Ratatouille"
"There Will Be Blood"
"Transformers"

BEST SOUND MIXING
"The Bourne Ultimatum"
"No Country For Old Men"
"Ratatouille"
"3:10 to Yuma"
"Transformers"

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
"The Golden Compass"
"Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
"Transformers"

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8 Comments:

OpenID toonsntunes said...

I was surprised that Juno got so much recognition.

And I really think there should be a best ensemble category. So many movies have a group that work beautifully together as opposed to just a individual or two.

And ModFab... why don't you cover the Razzy awards too? At least those awards I've seen well over half of the movies.

1/22/08, 10:48 AM  
Blogger Nick Davis said...

Color me stunned that your first reaction isn't a jubilant dance over the sorry fate of Into the Wild. But that's why we love ModFab: never predictable. ;)

1/22/08, 12:10 PM  
Blogger Vance said...

Generally pretty good noms though. Nothing glaringly horendous. Though stlll digesting the list as well.

I'm actually glad Juno DID get the recognitions it got. And yay Enchanted songs! And Julie Christie and Sarah Polley!

1/22/08, 1:34 PM  
Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

i'm confused about the comments regarding supporting actor. there are only 5 nominees.

the oscars thankfully have protections against those extra nominees unlike the precursors.

or did you mean that you predicted 6?

1/22/08, 2:59 PM  
OpenID mouses83 said...

I LOVED Juno and so gald to see it nominated. Saw it twice in one week.

xx
julie

1/23/08, 10:41 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

It's interesting that Atonement is up for Best Picture with no nods for either lead actor or the director. How does that happen? (In case you're wondering, I hated it.)

1/24/08, 8:27 AM  
Blogger T$ said...

This might be the first year that I'm not irritated by something glaring in the nominations list...I'm mostly thrilled that Tilda Swinton finally got a nomination...and that a song from Once made the cut.

1/24/08, 5:40 PM  
Blogger T$ said...

P.S. I just had to type "fabggt" as the word verification for that last comment...if only it were "fabgot" or "fabbot"...a delirious new mash-up of "faggot" and "fab".

1/24/08, 5:43 PM  

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