80th Academy Awards Nominees

by Ed Lau on January 23, 2008

The Academy released the list of Oscar nominees today. I’m not going to bother looking at the more obscure categories like editing and sound mixing so let’s just break down the big ones.

Actor in a Leading Role

  • George Clooney – Michael Clayton
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
  • Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • Tommy Lee Jones – In the Valley of Elah
  • Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises

I have no idea why Denzel Washington isn’t nominated for his role as drug kingpin Frank Lucas from American Gangster. I might be simply because the Academy decided that Denzel has already won enough and wanted to give all these other guys, none of whom have ever won this particular award, a shot at the prize. Depp and Jones have been nominated a number of times but has never won although Clooney and Jones have various other Oscars on their resume. I haven’t seen these movies but Mortensen’s performance in Eastern Promises is certainly Oscar-worthy.

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Javier Bardem – No Country For Old Men
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson’s War
  • Hal Holbrook – Into the Wild
  • Tom Wilkinson – Michael Clayton

Again, I haven’t seen enough of these to make a serious assumption and to be honest, I don’t really have any interest in seeing Michael Clayton or Charlie Wilson’s War at this time. However, No Country For Old Men…Javier Bardem is freakin’ scary for a dude with such a stupid haircut…

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Julie Christie – Away From Her
  • Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose
  • Laura Linney – The Savages
  • Ellen Page – Juno

Can you imagine being only 20 years old and getting your first Oscar nomination? I’m, of course, rooting for Ellen Page in Juno, one of my favorite films this year…not only because I think she did an amazing job as a witty pregnant teenager but because all the other movies don’t seem to be my sort of movie. Historical dramas about British monarchs usually put me to sleep…

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

While Blanchett might not walk away with Best Actress, she is almost a lock in this category for her perfect, spot-on performance as Bob Dylan. If you’ve seen I’m Not There, then you’ll know what I’m talking about. I’m rather surprised to see Ruby Dee in this category since I didn’t really notice her in American Gangster…but then again, nearly everyone in that film other than Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe (and perhaps Josh Brolin) is a bit of an afterthought.

Directing

  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Juno
  • Michael Clayton
  • No Country For Old Men
  • The Will Be Blood

Most likely going to the Coen brothers for their work on No Country For Old Men but this is quite a toss-up.

Best Original Screenplay

  • Juno
  • Lars and the Real Girl
  • Michael Clayton
  • Ratatouille
  • The Savages

Out of it’s four nominations, this is probably the category that Juno has the best chance of winning as the script is fiercely original and well written.

Best Picture

  • Atonement
  • Juno
  • Michael Clayton
  • No Country For Old Men
  • There Will Be Blood

This is obviously the most important category here so I’ll reserve judgment until I’ve seen them all. I’ve got…what? A couple months? I’ll make my predictions before award day comes.

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