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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Academy Award Nominees

posted by on January 22 at 9:12 AM

First off, congrats to Stranger Genius and Seattleite James Longley, who’s been nominated again—this time for his documentary short Sari’s Mother, which first premiered in Seattle at our 2006 Genius Awards ceremony. It’s a heartbreaking, beautiful film.

The big shots:

Best motion picture of the year
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Achievement in directing
Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Jason Reitman for Juno
Tony Gilroy for Michael Clayton
Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood

Best documentary feature:
No End in Sight
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
Taxi to the Dark Side

Best animated feature
Surf’s Up

Performance by an actress in a leading role:
Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie for Away from Her
Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose
Laura Linney for The Savages
Ellen Page for Juno

Performance by an actor in a leading role:
George Clooney for Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tommy Lee Jones for In The Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortenson for Eastern Promises

My initial thoughts: Great that Saoirse Ronan was the only actor nominated for Atonement; bizarre that the foreign language award is going to go to a film from Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland, Austria or the second-choice entry from Israel; Ruby Dee was in a movie this year?!; and damn, every doc nominee is about either war or health care. I suppose next year we can look forward to a full slate dedicated to the economy.

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Who should win:
"No Country" best pic
"No Country" director
Ellen Page Best Actress
Daniel Day-Lewis Best Actor

Posted by poster Girl | January 22, 2008 9:28 AM

Stop hating, Ruby Dee gave a great performance as Denzel's mom in American Gangster, though, she should have gotten that oscar back when she played Gator's mom in Jungle Fever.

Glad to see There will be Blood get all those nominations. As far as best actor, just give it to Danie Day Lewis now.

Posted by SeMe | January 22, 2008 9:32 AM

Juno being up for Best Picture is arguably the funniest thing about the movie.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 22, 2008 9:40 AM

Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth: The Golden Age?? Seriously??

Here's hoping that means there will be even more sequels:

E 3: Rise of the Machines

Elizabeth 4: This Time It's Personal

Elizabeth 5: Risk Addiction

Elizabeth 6: The Thunder Down Under

Posted by Original Andrew | January 22, 2008 9:47 AM

The performances of Ruby Dee and Julie Christie in this year are both excellent but they'll probably win for lifetime achievement. Without depriving an especially deserving performance by another actress. Roles for female actors in MAINSTREAM, English speaking films seem especially weak this year anyway, look at the nominees. You could credibly list another 10 male actors or different performances deserving nominations this year.

Documentaries: as opposed to (almost)every previous year when most of the subjects were WWII? The category is always nominated/voted on based on subject not quality of the film. At least the Motion Picture Academy has finally settled the question: Hitler=Evil.

No song nominations for Eddie Vedder or Kimya Dawson? Three songs from Enchanted? (Jay-Z's American Gangster songs weren't in the film).

Posted by anna | January 22, 2008 9:50 AM

There Should Be Blood for virtually ignoring "Into the Wild" - but then maybe the Academy feels they've already given Bad Boy Penn his due. Hal "Mark Twain" Holbrook would win were it not for Anton Chigarh. Otherwise, it's the Coen Bros., Depp et Cotillard. And Blanchett [as Bob not Liz] will be the first person to win two Oscars for portraying two persons who've also won Oscars. Unless Tilda rightly squeaks by.

Posted by OSCAR AMPAS | January 22, 2008 9:54 AM

ya know, I loves me some Ruby Dee, but is her 4 minute hamfisted turn in American Gladiator: the Movie, really worthy of attention?

and I seriously loves me some Cate Blanchett, but Elizabeth: the Golden Age of Overwrought Cinematography was a big piece of poo...

other than that, the acting nominations aren't bad, but I wish they had nominated James McAvoy from Atonement, and Josh Brolin from No Country...oh, and Helana Bonham Carter, too.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 22, 2008 9:56 AM

i'm predicting johnny depp for best actor. why? because people in hollywood, and the academy, like him. and he likes people!

daniel day-lewis is bat-shit crazy, doesn't like to do promotion for his films, doesn't like people, period, and his character is hugely unlikeable. not to mention he's a fucking ham actor.

Posted by scary tyler moore | January 22, 2008 10:05 AM

Is it just me? I am so not on this Juno bandwagon. I thought it was completely charming and cute but best picture of the year? That is just sad.

Posted by Darrell | January 22, 2008 10:07 AM

Is it just me? I am so not on this Juno bandwagon. I thought it was completely charming and cute but best picture of the year? I don't get that at all.

Posted by Darrell | January 22, 2008 10:07 AM

Still wondering why people didn't laugh out loud when Johnny Depp thought it would be a good idea to sing in a modern day musical. And then he goes and poses on the cover of RS w/ his shirt half open, a cross necklace 'round his neck, out dated facial hair and hair to match. Is this the 80's? Yes, he's a great actor and a handsome guy. But I wonder if he did these things as a joke.

Posted by yearning | January 22, 2008 10:11 AM

I thought Once and Sweeney were both better than Juno. Agreed that McAvoy got robbed...he was by far the best thing in Atonement. Vedder should have gotten in for best song. "Surf's Up" over the Simpsons Movie? Bullshit. And of course, the failure to make "4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days" eligible for best foreign flick is a travesty.

Posted by Matthew | January 22, 2008 10:15 AM

@11 - I believe it's called "Show Business" - next question.

Posted by OSCAR AMPAS | January 22, 2008 10:16 AM

@5 I don't think any of Dawsons songs for Juno were original.

Posted by jewritto | January 22, 2008 10:35 AM

Juno for Best Director, really? That's so confusing. If they needed a nomination to round out the category, couldn't they throw in some other token like Polley for Away from Her? Same small chance of winning, but at least her nomination would be more interesting.

Posted by Gloria | January 22, 2008 11:06 AM

Juno was funny, but not worth that many nominations. The one for Ellen Page might be the only one I agree with. But Best Actress is going to go to Marion Cotillard.

I think the nominations for the most part are pretty exciting this year, since I liked most of the movies nominated.

Posted by Andy | January 22, 2008 11:13 AM

@4 - I saw Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. She deserves the nomination.

So, my two picks I agree with are:

Performance by an actress in a leading role:
Cate Blanchett for Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose

Performance by an actor in a leading role:
Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 22, 2008 11:21 AM

Very nice to see TWBB get a bunch of noms. Sarah Polley and PT Anderson nom'ed in the same category is great!

Very nice to see Atonement not get a bunch of acting noms.

Ellen Page is cute (and I'd love to see her play janeane garofalo's kid in a movie), but I don't know if that role was "acting" - she comes across the same way in interviews.

More noms for Once would have been nice.

The shutout of 4 luni, 3 saptamani si 2 zile in best foreign film is a crock.

Posted by stinkbug | January 22, 2008 11:29 AM

Will, Cate is wonderful, (I don't think she is capable of being awful), but there WERE better performances last year...spread the wealth, I say and that movie was very silly.

Ellen Page is a charming and unique screen personality, but so far, she seems to be a one trick pony...she does sarcasm very, very well but that's about it...still, I'd rather see her nominated than Angelina Jolie.

Posted by michael strangeways | January 22, 2008 11:42 AM

oh, I forgot to post this; Oprah is going to be one missed off mother that "The Great Masturbators" didn't get a nomination...

If Obama fails to get the nomination, she may go nuculear...

Posted by michael strangeways | January 22, 2008 11:44 AM

my brain usually blows up with the noms because i don't know if I should focus on commenting about who DID get nominated or if should spend more time commenting on who SHOULD HAVE gotten nominated. i suppose it's all a simple process though.

sad for no darjeeling limited.
was the aerial or the violin eligible for anything?

Posted by stinkbug | January 22, 2008 11:51 AM

@ 7 -

Short performance nominations are nothing new. Judi Dench was in "Shakespeare in Love" for just a few minutes and took that Oscar. It was a consolation Oscar because she should have won (and everyone knows it) for "Mrs. Brown" the previous year (when Helen Hunt inexplicably got it for "As Good As It Gets").

Oscar history is rife of people not getting a deserved Oscar and then getting one the following year for something less.

It's all still fairly exciting because one hopes the Academy will make the right decision and avoid sentimental favorites (Elizabeth Taylor in "Butterfield 8" and John Wayne in "True Grit").

By the way, I keep hearing that Marisa Tomei didn't really win for "My Cousin Vinny" but her name was read out by Jack Palance and the Academy didn't want the embarrassing job of a public retraction.

Posted by Bauhaus | January 22, 2008 12:48 PM

@22, that Marisa rumor .

Posted by stinkbug | January 22, 2008 12:55 PM

(fixed link:) that rumor is false

Posted by stinkbug | January 22, 2008 12:55 PM

Ratatouille should have been nominated for best picture.

Posted by Andrew | January 22, 2008 12:56 PM

There Will Be Blood should win for nearly everything its nominated for.

Posted by Marcel Duchump | January 22, 2008 1:17 PM

@26 Including the seldom seen category: Best Death by Conversion of a 7-10 Split.

Posted by OSCAR AMPAS | January 22, 2008 1:29 PM

No Best Song or Best Score nominations for Eddie Vedder's work in Into the Wild is a travesty of a mockery of a sham. But the one that really frosts my cookies is no Best Makeup nomination for Eastern Promises - the work the makeup artists did creating those Russian-mob tattoos was AMAZING.

Posted by Geni | January 22, 2008 5:19 PM

Pardon my complete, profound and utter ignorance, but...was Once not eligible for nominations or did it just not garner any?

Posted by gnossos | January 22, 2008 6:54 PM

@11: The reason I don't laugh at Johnny Depp is that I think he picks interesting roles. Even if it's not a good idea (I haven't seen Sweeney Todd yet but want to), it's interesting. The guy either really doesn't give a shit about Hollywood expectations or he's good at pretending he doesn't, but he always plays interesting characters. Even if the movies suck or if he winds up sucking, he's at least interesting. Plus, I want to fuck him, so I'll watch anything he's in. ;)

Of the best picture nominees, I've only seen Juno, so I have no way of knowing what should win. I did love Ellen Page in the role, though.

Posted by Jo | January 22, 2008 7:04 PM

Yeah for Tommy Lee Jones in In the Valley of Elah........he deserves to win.....

Posted by pm phill | January 22, 2008 8:11 PM

Persepolis vs. Ratatouille? Christ, what a choice.

Posted by David | January 22, 2008 8:59 PM

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