Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Oscars--in case you care

Stock market plunge? That's just payback for the new "greed is good, let's de-regulate energt/safety/healthcare/transportation, let's sell off the USA to the highest bidders whilst declaring other folk traitors" ethos. Here's the real news (BTW, no people of color this year other than Ruby, and no 3-6 Mafia rapping on stage)--the Oscars. An eclectic mix of films. No blockbuster horseshit this year, or insipid nonsense. Of course, none of these heavy handed anti-Bush/War films either...though Sicko will likely win for Best Documentary and I have a legion of very well paid older doctors who say it should! Surprising? Not at all.
My faves: No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood (based on the book by that Michael Moore of yore, Upton Sinclair). Juno? I can do without it, though a few molester/dirty old men types I know proclaimed their worship of Ellen Page back when she was in the last X-Men flick as Kitty Pride.
Best Picture
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

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

Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson’s War
Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton

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
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 Director
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Jason Reitman, Juno
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Diablo Cody, Juno
Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, and Jim Capobianco, Ratatouille
Tamara Jenkins, The Savages

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

Foreign Language
Beaufort, Israel; The Counterfeiters, Austria; Katyn, Poland; Mongol, Kazakhstan12; Russia
Surf’s Up

Achievement in art direction
“American Gangster”
“Atonement” (Focus Features)
“The Golden Compass”
“Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
“There Will Be Blood”

Achievement in cinematography
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
“No Country for Old Men”
“There Will Be Blood”


Anonymous said...

Hold up...where's American Gangster as Best Picture? Rudy Dee? Is this some kind of consolation for her after all these years?

And what's the buzz on Persepolis? Why isn't it in Foreign Language--why's it up against Disney cartoons? They say it's a Bush-Cheney conspiracy to not show Iran in anythign but an evil light, but the artist left Iran, right?

Snowman said...

I haven't any of these movies but "Michael Clayton." I am impressed with Clooney. He should eschew the smarmy roles and take more like that one and the one in "Syriana."

Anonymous said...

"No insipid nonsense"? WTF? Bruh--what else is Juno and Atonement?

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

I just saw "No Country for Old Men". I thought it was excellent.

I am going to read Diablo Cody's other scripts. I don't know if she is the best writer since screenplays were invented or just has a very good publicist. The hype on her out in Hollywood is very strong.

Her blog was discovered by a film executive/manager who was looking at porn. He helped her get a book deal about her stripper days and convinced her to write scripts. Then voila! JUNO is born.

Lola Gets said...

I saw Juno (which was ok) and Atonement (wrote about it - Hot Proletarian Lovin!). I guess I should hurry up and see There Will Be Blood.