The Oscar Nominations for 2008 (for 2007 movies) are out.
I'll keep updating this as I digest the nominations (with comments in Red) but a few surprises (mostly good for people we never thought would get a nomination) and even though I'm still groggy and not totally thinking properly this morning yet, no glarring nominations, or, at least a list that seems generally pretty good.
Though I've been saying, the past few years, Oscars may not have gotten the actual winner right, but they have been getting better at the nominations, with lists that usually include more quality smaller pictures instead of larger bloated Hollywood picks. People may be complaining that the Oscars are less fun now and less relevant because nobody has heard of half the films but that's actually a good thing because it means the Oscars are actually doing their homework before nominations.
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Achievement in Directing
Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen for No Country for Old Men
Tony Gilroy for Michael Clayton
Jason Reitman for Juno
Julian Schnabel for Scaphandre et le papillon, Le (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
Wow, Jason Reitman made it through. Sweeney Todd was glorious but I think it owed more to the music than the direction (not that the direction was bad, it was still amazing but I can see why Tim Burton might have missed the votes).
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Juno - Diablo Cody
Lars and the Real Girl - Nancy Oliver
Michael Clayton - Tony Gilroy
Ratatouille - Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco
The Savages - Tamara Jenkins
Oh thank goodness, at least Ratatouille was deservedly recognized here.
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Atonement - Christopher Hampton
Away from Her - Sarah Polley
Scaphandre et le papillon, Le (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) - Ronald Harwood
No Country for Old Men - Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
There Will Be Blood - Paul Thomas Anderson
Wow, Sarah Polley got recognized. Now I feel really behind in life.
Best Achievement in Cinematography
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - Roger Deakins
Atonement - Seamus McGarvey
No Country for Old Men - Roger Deakins
Scaphandre et le papillon, Le (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) - Janusz Kaminski
There Will Be Blood - Robert Elswit
Best Achievement in Editing
The Bourne Ultimatum - Christopher Rouse
Scaphandre et le papillon, Le (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) - Juliette Welfling
Into the Wild - Jay Cassidy
No Country for Old Men - Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
There Will Be Blood - Dylan Tichenor
Best Achievement in Art Direction
American Gangster - Arthur Max, Beth A. Rubino
Atonement - Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
The Golden Compass - Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo
There Will Be Blood - Jack Fisk, Jim Erickson
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Across the Universe - Albert Wolsky
Atonement - Jacqueline Durran
Elizabeth: The Golden Age - Alexandra Byrne
Môme, La (La Vie En Rose) - Marit Allen
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Colleen Atwood
Best Achievement in Makeup
Môme, La (La Vie En Rose) - Didier Lavergne, Jan Archibald
Norbit - Rick Baker, Kazuhiro Tsuji
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - Ve Neill, Martin Samuel
Best 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
Yay! Michael Giacchino! Seriously, I can't believe he hasn't won before yet (he should have for The Incredibles). Alberto Iglesias? For The Kite Runner? I thought the score RUINED the movie. It was so bloated and overdone. Yech.
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
August Rush - "Raise It Up"
Enchanted - "Happy Working Song"
Enchanted - "So Close"
Enchanted - "That's How You Know"
Once - “Falling Slowly”
Oh sweet! Enchanted got 3 nominations! And cool to see Once there! I'm surprised Into the Wild's Eddie Vedder songs were snubbed but they were alright and fit the movie but weren't spectacular or anything, plus, I'm getting tired of the rock star winning the awards now. I know it was cool at first against all the animation kid family friendly songs but now I'm backlashing that backlash.
Best Achievement in Sound
The Bourne Ultimatum - Scott Millan, David Parker, Kirk Francis
No Country for Old Men - Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland
Ratatouille - Randy Thom, Michael Semanick, Doc Kane
3:10 to Yuma - Paul Massey, David Giammarco, Jim Stuebe
Transformers - Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Peter J. Devlin
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
The Bourne Ultimatum - Karen M. Baker, Per Hallberg
No Country for Old Men - Skip Lievsay
Ratatouille - Randy Thom, Michael Silvers
There Will Be Blood - Matthew Wood
Transformers - Mike Hopkins, Ethan Van der Ryn
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
The Golden Compass - Michael L. Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris, Trevor Wood
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - John Knoll, Hal T. Hickel, Charlie Gibson, John Frazier
Transformers - Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl, John Frazier
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Persepolis - Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Ratatouille - Brad Bird
Surf's Up - Ash Brannon, Chris Buck
Surf's Up? Really? The other two yes, definitely. But Surf's Up? Really? I didn't see it but I've never heard anything about it. Good or bad. In a typical year, I would want something like Persepolis to win (though I still need to see it), but it's up against Ratatouille, which I just LOVED.
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Fälscher, Die (Austria)
Oh poo, Canada's entry didn't make it in. Uh, I haven't heard of ANY of these.
Best Documentary, Features
No End in Sight
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
Taxi to the Dark Side
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Best Short Film, Animated
Même les pigeons vont au paradis
I Met the Walrus
Peter & the Wolf
Best Short Film, Live Action
Mozart des pickpockets, Le
The Tonto Woman