Sunday, February 24, 2008

Oscar Picks.

I'm a big movie fan. Luckily, so is Rykert. We see a lot of movies. This year we didn't do as well with getting all of the Oscar nominated films viewed before the awards, but frankly, I will probably never see Atonement. I really hate overly dramatic fictional period films (the more closely a film follows an historic event, then the more likely I will be to see it), with the exception of Pride & Predjudice with Colin Firth.



Rykert and I have a contest every year related to predicting the winners of the Academy Awards and completing a NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket. Rykert should hold an advantage on the NCAA round, because I really hate basketball in all forms. But, I am actually really talented at making picks. I should probably head to Vegas on it. I managed to beat everyone at our gym last year and came out on top. Generally speaking, I also win the Academy Award picks too.



Anyway, I digress. So without further delay here are my picks for this year's Academy Awards with my picks in bold (there are few surprises here).



Best Picture

Atonement

Juno

Michael Clayton

No Country for Old Men

There Will be Blood



My heart says Juno, but my mind says No Country. We didn't enjoy There Will Be Blood that much. While Daniel Day Lewis was incredible, the movie was lacking and didn't really feel cohesive. I think it's possible that a single brilliant performance took away from the rest of the movie.



Director

Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Tony Gilory, Michael Clayton

Jason Reitman, Juno

Julian Schanbel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly


Best Actor - Leading

George Clooney, Michael Clayton

Daniel Day Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd

Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah

Viggo Mortenson, Eastern Promises

I think there is a slim possibility that George Clooney could sneak in here, but I'm feeling pretty confident about my choice.

Best Actor - Supporting

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


Hands down. Creepiest villain in a long time.


Best Actress - Leading

Cate Blanchett - Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Julie Christie - Away From Her

Marion Cotillard - La Vie en Rose

Laura Linney - The Savages

Ellen Page - Juno



Ok, I only saw one of these movies, and will likely never see the others. Again, my heart wants Ellen Page to pick it up by splitting the vote, but I think Marion Cotillard will pick it up based solely on the few clips I've seen and what I've read about this movie. For the record, it is time for Cate Blanchett to stop making movies about Elizabeth.



Best Actress - Supporting

Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There

Ruby Dee - American Gangster

Saoirse Ronan - Atonement

Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone

Tilda Swinton - Michael Clayton



I think there is a possibility that this could go to the sentimental favorite, Ruby Dee. But I'm putting my money on Amy Ryan, because she was so incredibly, uncomfortably believable in this role. Gone Baby Gone was a much better movie than I anticipated it to be and a lot of that had to do with her performance.



Art Direction

American Gangster

Atonement

The Golden Compass

Sweeney Todd

There Will be Blood



Cinematography

The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Atonement

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

No Country for Old Men

There Will Be Blood



Costume Design

Across the Universe

Atonement

Elizabeth

La Vie en Rose

Sweeney Todd



Documentary Feature

No End in Sight

Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience

Sicko

Taxi to the Dark Side

War/ Dance



Film Editing

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Into the Wild

No Country for Old Men

There Will Be Blood



It's pretty clear to me that There Will be Blood should not win this award. Otherwise, it's up for grabs as I'm no expert on this. I can pick poor editing out a mile away, but not so much with excellence in the area.



Original Score

Atonement

The Kite Runner

Michael Clayton

Ratatouille

3:10 to Yuma



Original Song

"Falling Slowly" - Once

"Happy Working Song" - Enchanted

"Raise It Up" - August Rush

"So Close" - Enchanted

"That's How You Know" - Enchanted



It's a bad year for this category. Let us hope that viewers will not be subjected to live performances of these.



Screenplay - Original

Diablo Cody - Juno

Nancy Oliver - Lars and the Real Girl

Tony Gilroy - Michael Clayton

Brad Bird - Ratatouille

Tamara Jenkins - The Savages



Screenplay - Adapted

Christopher Hampton - Atonement

Sarah Polley - Away From Her

Ronald Harwood - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men

Paul Thomas Anderson - There Will Be Blood

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