Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The 80th Academy Award Nominations - They Might Have Actually Gotten It Mostly Right

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.

I've seen two of the 5 right now, and I guess Atonement is the traditional Hollywood Oscar pick that made it through. I would have loved to see Ratatouille up here but I know animation/Pixar never gets the respect it deserves (plus, my top picks usually don't make it onto the list, as like last years United 93). I do need to catch up with a ton more movies though before I could get mad at any omissions, and while Sweeney Todd nom would have been nice, I knew it had the whole dark musical slasher thing against it.

Wow, Viggo. Apparently showing all your assets can help a lot! I don't really have any complaints. I hear Tommy Lee Jones performance is much deserved and thus negates the old-guy nomination.

As for the old person nomination, this time, I totally approve Julie Christie's nomination. She was luminious and exceptional. Coolio to see Juno's Ellen Page, the new it girl from Halifax! I'm still surprised Cate Blanchett is up especially since she's also nominated in the Best Supporting category but I guess I should never doubt the love for Cate Blanchett. I would have loved to see Amy Adams for Enchanted but it was a hard sell. Comedy rarely gets the respect and this year that slot went to newbie Ellen Page. Yay Laura Linney! She ALWAYS deserves a nomination. And Yay to Marion Cotillard for breaking through! It's going to be a tough category to pick from. I guess Angelina Jolie was snubbed for A Mighty Heart but it was possibly the first time I thought she actually might deserved to be nominated but her omission isn't really bothering me either. 

Nothing really that surprising here. It's really Javier Bardem's for the losing though. For everyone else, it's just an honour to be nominated.

Yay Tilda Swinton! I haven't even seen the movie but I know from every other performance she's done that she's ALWAYS amazing. Kinda neat that Saoirse Ronan (good luck to whoever has to present the awards, assuming there is an awards ceremony) got a nod, and I've heard good and overated things about Amy Ryan and I'm guessing Ruby Dee is there because she's usually consistently good, but more so because she's old, black and the bone they are going to throw American Gangster (hey, I just call it as I see them, but I guess I should watch the movie to judge for myself). I would have loved to see Jennifer Garner sneak in there for Juno but if she can continue picking smarter roles like that, she'll have more chances in the future. 

The rest of the nominations after the jump below:

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

Norbit got a nomination? And Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End? I was going to joke yesterday about seeing how many Razzie nominated movies would also get an Oscar but then I didn't think it would actually happen. Oops. 

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)
Beaufort (Israel)
Mongol (Kazakhstan)
Katyn (Poland)
12 (Russia)

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
War Dance

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Corona, La 
Salim Baba 
Sari's Mother 

Best Short Film, Animated

Même les pigeons vont au paradis 
I Met the Walrus 
Madame Tutli-Putli 
Moya lyubov 
Peter & the Wolf 

Best Short Film, Live Action

At Night 
Supplente, Il 
Mozart des pickpockets, Le 
Tanghi argentini 
The Tonto Woman


Anonymous said...

I dunno...in best supporting actor I'd say Javier is the favorite, but Philip Seymour Hoffman could be tough competition, given his rep for awesomeness and the fact that he was, in fact, awesome in Charlie Wilson's War. And Casey Affleck was in a couple great movies this year... Could be closer than you're guessing. Then again, what the hell do I know about movies? :) (Answer: Not much.)

Vance said...

Maybe, I haven't seen Charlie Wilson's War or Jesse James yet but I feel that since they've slighted CWW already, that PSH's nom is more out of duty because he's always good but he won't win cause he just did 2 years back. Casey is still too new and if they are going to reward newbies this year, it'll go go Ellen Page. Still, who knows what Hollywood thinks.