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Off The Reel issue 894 - Academy Awards Nominees

Author: Paul China
Thursday, 31 January 2008
Attention folks: while the Oscar nominees were announced last week, it was also revealed that the prestigious Academy Awards will boldly continue with its planned ceremony…even if nobody bothers showing up. Despite the ongoing writer’s strike in Hollywood, organisers have confirmed they intend to carry on with pre-show arrangements. Still, as informal talks continue between the Writer’s Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, separate deals have now been reached with Lionsgate and Marvel Studios, signifying that a possible settlement is in the works. Unfortunately, if the strikes do continue, no movie stars will attend the Oscar bash, even if the cameras are rolling and the red carpet is out. Here’s hoping for a quick resolution; after all, who’d want to see a leather-faced Joan Rivers interviewing make-up artists and sound editors-

As for the nominees, thriller No Country For Old Men and historical epic There Will Be Blood lead the way with eight nods each, while British romance drama Atonement gained seven nominations; even though director Joe Wright and stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy were disappointingly left out. Also, rather surprisingly, Into the Wild was chiefly avoided, as was Sweeney Todd (though Johnny Depp was nominated for his haunting performance as the demon barber of Fleet Street). Acclaimed filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are the likely favourites to win the Best Director gong, having just been awarded the same prize from the Directors Guild of America over the weekend. Similarly, Daniel Day-Lewis and Julie Christie are the frontrunners for the lead actor awards, since they were both honoured by the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday.

Major nominees for the 80th Annual Academy Awards are as follows:

Best Picture: Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, No Country For Old Men, There Will Be Blood.
Best Actor: George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd), Tommy Lee Jones (In the Valley of Elah), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises).
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Julie Christie (Away From Her), Ellen Page (Juno), Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose), Laura Linney (The Savages).
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).
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).
Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country For Old Men), Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), Jason Reitman (Juno), Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly).
Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody (Juno), Nancy Oliver (Lars and the Real Girl), Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), Tamara Jenkins (The Savages), Brad Bird (Ratatouille).
Best Screenplay Based On Other Material: Christopher Hampton (Atonement), Sarah Polley (Away From Her), Ronald Harwood (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country For Old Men).

Catch you further on down the trail, folks.