Actor Nominations: Daniel Day Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd), George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises), Tommy Lee Jones (In The Valley of Elah)
One horse race. I really cannot even envisage somebody beating out Daniel Day Lewis this year seeing as he gave the finest performance of his career. Subsequently, this places it among the top ten male performances of all time. True.
I suppose Clooney and Depp could manage to cause an upset but not only would I not hold my breath, I wouldn’t even close up my nostrils for second. Day Lewis will win, deserves to win and will not be defeated.
It should though be noted that I think both Casey Affleck in Gone Baby Gone, Josh Brolin in No Country For Old Men and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead deserve nods over Depp, Clooney and Mortensen. But there you go. Although, Mortensen should’ve got one for History of Violence. All’s fair, eh?
Who Will Win: Daniel Day Lewis
Who Should Win: Daniel Day Lewis
Dark Horse: Um… Clooney?
Well, I am actually so, sorry about the lie. Still, like the saying goes, every lie is sweeter if you mix some Van Halen in.
So the Oscars were announced today and, as you can see my my middling to good predictions, a few interesting surprises occurred. No major ones really in the Picture category, much of that could have been predicted but I like to mix things up. The best director nods too were fairly on the nose with the notable exception of Joe Wright losing out to Jason Reitman for Juno.
The main surprises occurred among the best actors and actresses. Perennial nominee Laura Linney nicked one for The Savages, knocking out Angelina Jolie’s fantastic performance as Mariane Pearl. Then again, Angie already has an Oscar and gets to go home to Brad so she’ll likely be floating around her house singing ‘C’est La Vie’ by Bewitched. The actor category goes one better and delivers two surprise nods for Viggo Mortensen and Tommy Lee Jones. Jones has likely been rewarded for his work in both In The Valley of Elah and No Country For Old Men but Viggo’s is puzzling. It’s a major snub for McAvoy in Atonement, joining Knightley on the list of Brits given the cold shoulder.
The big loser for the nods is Sean Penn whose Into The Wild was roundly disliked. Really nice however to see Sarah Polley given an adapted screenplay nod for Away From Her but annoyance reigns in me for Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead being shoved to the side.
No real surprises in the other categories so onwards to the ceremony folks. Enjoy!!
No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood are leading the nominees for the 80th (EIGHTIETH!!) Academy Awards; both have 8 nominations!
Michael Clayton is also up for a bundle, including Best Picture, best director (Tony Gilroy), best actor (gorgeous George Clooney), best supporting actor (Tom Wilkinson), best supporting actress (Tilda Swinton) and best original screenplay.
The incredible movie Juno is nominated for: Best Picture, Best Director (Jason Reitman), Best Actress (Ellen Page) and Best Original Screenplay (Diablo Cody) !!! YAY!
We’ll find out the winners on February 24 when Jon Stewart presents the ceremony from the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood.
Here’s a summary of the big categories…
Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Years
Julie Christie – Away from Her
Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose
Laura Linney – The Savages
Ellen Page – Juno
George Clooney – Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis – There will be Blood
Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd
Tommy Lee Jones – In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises
Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
Ruby Dee – American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan – Atonement
Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton
Best Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James
Javier Bardem – No Country For Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson’s War
Hal Holbrook – Into The Wild
Tom Wilkinson – Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will be Blood
Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood
Ethan Coen and Joel Coen – No Country for Old Men
Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton
Jason Reitman – Juno
Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Best Animated Feature
More awards nominations! This time for the BAFTAs 2008. Atonement has a massive FOURTEEN nominations… really should watch that now, shouldn’t I? I really think This Is England should win for Best British Film, and I’m happy Juno‘s Ellen Page has nods, and Diablo Cody is in there too. You can watch the Press Conference with all the announcements here.
The ceremony will be on Sunday Feb 10th at the Royal Opera House in London, and the show will be presented by Jonathan Ross.
Okay, I warn you – it’s a long list. More follow under the cut…
AMERICAN GANGSTER – Brian Grazer/Ridley Scott
ATONEMENT – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster
THE LIVES OF OTHERS – Quirin Berg/Max Wiedemann
NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN – Scott Rudin/Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
THERE WILL BE BLOOD – JoAnne Sellar/Paul Thomas Anderson/Daniel Lupi
BEST BRITISH FILM
ATONEMENT – Tim Bevan/Eric Fellner/Paul Webster/Joe Wright/Christopher Hampton
THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM – Frank Marshall/Patrick Crowley/Paul L Sandberg/Paul Greengrass/Tony Gilroy/Scott Z Burns/George Nolfi
CONTROL – Orian Williams/ Todd Eckert/Anton Corbijn/Matt Greenhalgh
EASTERN PROMISES – Paul Webster/Robert Lantos/David Cronenberg/Steve Knight
THIS IS ENGLAND – Mark Herbert/Shane Meadows
GEORGE CLOONEY – Michael Clayton
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS – There Will Be Blood
JAMES McAVOY – Atonement
VIGGO MORTENSEN – Eastern Promises
ULRICH MÜHE – The Lives of Others
CATE BLANCHETT – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
JULIE CHRISTIE – Away From Her
MARION COTILLARD – La Vie en Rose
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY – Atonement
ELLEN PAGE – Juno
Following the failure (commercially only I might add) of John From Cincinnati, HBO needs something of quality to fill the void before The Wire restarts. It’s latest proposition is Tell Me You Love Me which has been noted for its frank depiction of sex. The question is though, is the sex any good?
While Showtime is beginning to catch up in recent months, the quality of HBO drama still reigns supreme. More a trend happening upon it is a greater sense of ‘adultness’ in its make up. It’s dramas now seem to almost completely eschew the vicarious, masculine thrills of The Sopranos or the quirky posturing of Six Feet Under. John From Cincinnati, while utterly beguiling, showed how difficult this is for audiences to accept. That show gave a distinct impression that while HBO’s audience is willing to be challenged on the levels of violence and sex on show, they don’t really want to engage with metaphysical, religious allegory. The failure also of Carnivale on a commercial basis, as again there lay a show of rare aptitude, showed the wish for a slightly easier aesthetic to cling onto. The Sopranos, for all its astounding, Shakespearean brilliance, is rooted for much of its audience in the Scorsese-world of recognisable gangster figures. The iconography and basic events of the series gave it a thrilling quality that centred it further towards the mainstream.