Academy Awards nominees released …

… and for the first time ever, I haven’t seen any of the best picture nominees. Perhaps I should spend less time seeing Transformers, and more time seeing good movies. Meh.
I’ll do my best to see at least four of them before the awards … I pretty much could care less about Michael Clayton. I’m sure it’s good and all, but it’s called Michael Clayton. Who wants to see a movie about a mediocre Baltimore Ravens receiver anyway?

And the nominees are …

Best Picture
“Atonement”
“Juno”
“Michael Clayton”
“No Country for Old Men”
“There Will Be Blood”

Best Actor
George Clooney in “Michael Clayton”
Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood”
Johnny Depp in “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
Tommy Lee Jones in “In the Valley of Elah”
Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises”

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth:
The Golden Age”
Julie Christie in “Away from Her”
Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose”
Laura Linney in “The Savages”
Ellen Page in “Juno”

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

Best supporting actor
Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men”
Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Charlie Wilson’s War”
Hal Holbrook in “Into the Wild”
Tom Wilkinson in “Michael Clayton”

Best supporting actress
Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There”
Ruby Dee in “American Gangster”
Saoirse Ronan in “Atonement”
Amy Ryan in “Gone Baby Gone”
Tilda Swinton in “Michael Clayton”

Best animated film
“Persepolis”
“Ratatouille”
“Surf’s Up”

Achievement in visual effects
“The Golden Compass”
“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
“Transformers”

That’s right … Transformers got an Oscar nod (two actually, one for sound editing, too).
The world is coming to an end.

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2 thoughts on “Academy Awards nominees released …

  1. I haven’t yet seen Juno, but if Ms. Page does as good a job as she did in “Hard Candy” then she is deserving.

    I’ve been wanting to see the movie for some time.

    “Eastern Promises” was pretty amazing as well, and although I’m not squeamish when it comes to movies, there were a few scenes in that film that made me squirm. It is definitely not for the faint of heart, or more appropriate, stomach.

    I’ve also been hoping to see “No Country for Old Men” and
    “There Will Be Blood”, but I may have to wait for them to get to DVD. It’s just hard to get out and see many movies with three kiddos and all.

    But we did make it to see the 25th anniversary and “Final Cut” of “Blade Runner” last Friday up in Durham at “The Carolina” theater. There are only four 35mm prints of this final edit running around the nation, and one was playing this last weekend here in the triangle. I was thankful I ran across it before it moved on to the next city.

    As expected, the film was just as amazing as it was 25 years ago, and the final vision that Ridley Scott had before it had been edited for mass consumption was indeed grittier and a better version.

    I’m glad we caught it.

    Al

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