Posted by: dutchimport | February 22, 2008

It’s Here!

Limo’s and black, tinted windows SUV are driving all over town. They have the sign on their front windows to get through to the Kodak Theater, since Hollywood Blvd is blocked off. Everyone in the film business is in town right now, and you see party tents rise up at the usual locations for the after parties. Now the Writer’s strike is over, the broadcast can go on as usual, and I can’t wait to see Jon Stewart hosting the show on Sunday!
IT’S OSCARS TIME!!!
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As every year, I will give my 2 cents on what I think will win, and what I think should win. I will update this over the weekend if I feel neccesary, since I still have to see 4 movies before the awards (American Gangster, I’m Not There, In the Valley of Elah, The Savages). Here we go:

Performance by an actor in a leading role
George Clooney in “Michael Clayton”
Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood”
Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd…”
Tommy Lee Jones in “In the Valley of Elah”
Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises”
Note: really though choice: haven’t seen Tommy yet, but loved George and Viggo was good, don’t think Johhny deserved the nomination. Should have nominated: Emile Hirsch for Into the Wild”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men”
Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Charlie Wilson’s War”
Hal Holbrook in “Into the Wild”
Tom Wilkinson in “Michael Clayton”
Note: very strong competition! Haven’t seen Philip, but Tom and Hal both deserve an Oscar for their performances. I do think Javier will win, which he deserves, but my emotional pick is Hal Holbrook

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (Come on! I love Cate, but please, for this part?! NO!)
Julie Christie in “Away from Her”
Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose”
Laura Linney in “The Savages”
Ellen Page in “Juno”
Note: my favorite performance this year was by Angelina Jolie in “A Mighty Heart”. Since she was not even nominated my pick is Marion Cotillard, but Julie will win. Possible upset: Ellen Page

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There”
Ruby Dee in “American Gangster”
Saoirse Ronan in “Atonement”
Amy Ryan in “Gone Baby Gone”
Tilda Swinton in “Michael Clayton”
Note: the Academy loves Cate, and so do I. I haven’t seen it yet, so don’t know. My TOP favorite here is Tilda Swinton. Possible upset: Ruby Dee

Best animated feature film of the year
“Persepolis”
“Ratatouille”
“Surf’s Up”
Possible upset: “Persepolis”

Achievement in art direction
“American Gangster”
“Atonement”
“The Golden Compass”
“Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
“There Will Be Blood”

Achievement in cinematography
“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
“Atonement”
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
“No Country for Old Men”
“There Will Be Blood”

Achievement in costume design
“Across the Universe”
“Atonement”
“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”

“La Vie en Rose”
“Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” – Should win!

Achievement in directing
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” – Julian Schnabel

“Juno” – Jason Reitman
“Michael Clayton” – Tony Gilroy
“No Country for Old Men” – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
“There Will Be Blood” – Paul Thomas Anderson

Best documentary feature
“No End in Sight”
“Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience”
“Sicko”
“Taxi to the Dark Side”
“War/Dance”

Achievement in film editing
“The Bourne Ultimatum”
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
“Into the Wild”
“No Country for Old Men”
“There Will Be Blood”

Achievement in makeup
“La Vie en Rose”
“Norbit”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“Atonement” – Dario Marianelli
“The Kite Runner” – Alberto Iglesias
“Michael Clayton” – James Newton Howard
“Ratatouille” – Michael Giacchino
“3:10 to Yuma” – Marco Beltrami

Best motion picture of the year
“Atonement”
“Juno”
“Michael Clayton”
“No Country for Old Men”

“There Will Be Blood”
Note: my favorite movie was “Michale Clayton“, but “No Country…” a close 2nd. Should have been nominated: “Gone Baby Gone”

Achievement in sound editing
“The Bourne Ultimatum”
“No Country for Old Men”
“Ratatouille”
“There Will Be Blood”
“Transformers”
Note: I so hope “The Bourne Ultimatum” wins at least one Oscar!

Achievement in sound mixing
“The Bourne Ultimatum”
“No Country for Old Men”
“Ratatouille”
“3:10 to Yuma”
“Transformers”

Note: but I hope for “Bourne…”

Achievement in visual effects
“The Golden Compass”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
“Transformers”

Screenplay Adapted
“Atonement”
“Away from Her”
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

“No Country for Old Men”
“There Will Be Blood”

Original screenplay
“Juno” – Written by Diablo Cody
“Lars and the Real Girl” – Written by Nancy Oliver
“Michael Clayton” – Written by Tony Gilroy
“Ratatouille” – Screenplay by Brad Bird; Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird
“The Savages” – Written by Tamara Jenkins

So, there you have it. I know everyone was waiting for my input on the Oscars:)
I think “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” will get almost a clean sweep and win everything it’s nominated for. Kinda strange it’s not nominated for Best Picture…

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