80th oscarsIt’s 2008 Academy Awards time! The nominations have been announced and the journy to the Oscars has begun. True the writer’s strike might change up the award show but awards will be given in some manner.

OK. Enough with the Writer’s Strike. Let’s talk about the 2008 Academy Awards!

Nominees are the following:

Best Picture

‘Atonement’
‘Juno’
‘Michael Clayton’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies

Best Director

Julian Schnabel, ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
Jason Reitman, ‘Juno’
Tony Gilroy, ‘Michael Clayton’
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, ‘No Country for Old Men’
Paul Thomas Anderson, ‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies

Best Actor

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’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies – but I do know who these actors are

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’
Julie Christie, ‘Away From Her’
Marion Cotillard, ‘La Vie en Rose’
Laura Linney, ‘The Savages’
Ellen Page, ‘Juno’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies and barely know these actresses

Best Supporting Actor

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’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies and barely know these actors

Best Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett, ‘I’m Not There’
Ruby Dee, ‘American Gangster’
Saoirse Ronan, ‘Atonement’
Amy Ryan, ‘Gone Baby Gone’
Tilda Swinton, ‘Michael Clayton’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies and don’t know these actresses

Best Foreign Film

‘Beaufort’ (Israel)
‘Counterfeiters’ (Austria)
‘Katyn’ (Poland)
‘Mongol’ (Kazakhstan)
‘12′ (Russia)

Comment – If I haven’t seen any of the American movies nominated, I think you can guess what my comment will be for foreign films.

Best Original Screenplay

Diablo Cody, ‘Juno’
Nancy Oliver, ‘Lars and the Real Girl’
Tony Gilroy, ‘Michael Clayton’
Brad Bird, ‘Ratatouille’
Tamara Jenkins, ‘The Savages’

Comment – AH! Finally! I did see ‘Ratatouille’. It wasn’t bad.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Christopher Hampton, ‘Atonement’
Sarah Polley, ‘Away From Her’
Ronald Harwood, ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, ‘No Country for Old Men’
Paul Thomas Anderson, ‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies 

Best Animated Feature Film

‘Persepolis’
‘Ratatouille’
‘Surf’s Up’

Comment – Again, I saw ‘Ratatouille’.

Best Art Direction

‘American Gangster’
‘Atonement’
‘The Golden Compass’
‘Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’
‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies

Best 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’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies

Best Documentary Feature

‘No End in Sight’
‘Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience’
‘Sicko’
‘Taxi to the Dark Side’
‘War/Dance’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies 

Best Documentary Short Subject

‘Freeheld’
‘La Corona’ (‘The Crown’)
‘Ochberg’s Orphans’
‘Salim Baba’
Sari’s Mother’

Comment – Never saw any of these Movies 

Best Original Score

‘Atonement’
‘The Kite Runner’
‘Michael Clayton’
‘Ratatouille’
‘3:10 to Yuma’

Comment – Did “Ratatouille” have good music? News to me.

Best Original Song

‘Falling Slowly’ from ‘Once’
‘Happy Working Song’ from ‘Enchanted’
‘Raise It Up’ from ‘August Rush’
‘So Close’ from ‘Enchanted’
‘That’s How You Know’ from ‘Enchanted’

Comment – ‘Enchanted’ has a 3 out of 5 chance of winning. I never saw it but with those odds, it has to win (or they’re just really lame songs).

Best Makeup

‘La Vie en Rose’
‘Norbit’
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’

Comment – Of course I did see ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ and i agree the makeup was good. But I didn’t see the others. But I do know Norbit involved a ton of makeup (as does most of Eddie Murphy’s movies these days – so sad).

Best Animated Short Film

‘I Met the Walrus’
‘Madame Tutli-Putli’
‘My Love (Moya Lyubov)’
‘Peter & the Wolf’

Comment – Why do they even have this category?

Best Live Action Short Film

‘At Night’
‘Il Supplente (The Substitute)’
‘Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)’
‘Tanghi Argentini’
‘The Tonto Woman’

 comment – What the hell are these movies????

Best Film Editing

‘The Bourne Ultimatum’
‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
‘Into the Wild’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘There Will Be Blood’

Comment - I saw ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’. Sure, I guess it looked like it was edited well.

Best Sound Editing

‘The Bourne Ultimatum’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘Ratatouille’
‘There Will Be Blood’
‘Transformers’

Comment – I saw ‘Transformers’, ‘Ratatouille’, and ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’. They all sounded good to me.

Best Sound Mixing

‘The Bourne Ultimatum’
‘No Country for Old Men’
‘Ratatouille’
‘3:10 to Yuma’
‘Transformers’

 Comment – see above

Best Visual Effects

‘The Golden Compass’
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’
‘Transformers’

Comment – Now this one is a toughy. ‘Transformers’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ both had some good visual effects.
 

Best Costume Design

‘Across the Universe’
‘Atonement’
‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’
‘La Vie en Rose’
‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’

Comment – What about Transformers? Those Transformer costumes were awesome (and must have cost a ton)!
Hmm. It looks like I might not be an entertaintment buff after all. Oh well.

Comments

2 Responses to “2008 Academy Awards – Nominations – And My Comments”

  1. Tony on January 22nd, 2008 5:23 pm

    I am sorry to say that I haven’t seen most of these movies either. Didn’t seem to be enough time this year. Sad that Heath Ledger is gone today, looks like Cate Blanchett got a nom for the film that they were in together.

  2. erik on January 22nd, 2008 6:27 pm

    Yeah, total bummer about Heath. He was a cute kid and now he’s gone. Hope it was worth it.
    I didn’t see too many of those movies either but I have to say that No Country was awesome. I happen to have read the book too. I think any adaptation of a McCarthy novel would work. Happy trails Heath!

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