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Post 80th Round of Oscars®

February 25, 2008

Alright, I got six out of twenty correct with my picks for the the 80th Round of Oscars®. I’ve got to see more movies this year. Congrats to Diablo Cody for taking home the Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay for Juno, and to the Coen Brothers for kicking much with wins in the Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture categories for No Country For Old Men.

The actual award show itself didn’t seem as painfully long and boring as it has in the past, but it wasn’t all that exciting and enthralling either. The annual “In Memoriam” montage seemed shorter than usual and lacking a name or two. I understand that the tribute pays tribute to those in the movie industry that have passed away between the dates of February 1, 2007 to January 31, 2008, but… Roy Scheider, who passed away on February 10th should have been included with the memory of his passing so fresh in our minds. A year from now it’ll seem a bit after the fact to include the two-time nominated actor. Brad Renfro (The Client, Ghost World) who died from an accidental heroin overdose at the age of 25, on January 15th 2008 was also missing.

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Speculating On The 80th Round Of Oscars® [AMENDED]

February 24, 2008

Back on January 22nd I speculated on the winners for the 80th annual Academy Awards. Here’s a quick rundown on what I picked with a few last minute amendments. Like a lot of folks I will be gathered with friends watching the event played out on television — the same house and folks that I watched the Super Bowl with. It’s a reason to get together with friends, eat junk food, throw back a couple of beers, and judge the appearances of those attending the actual event at the Kodak Theater.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men”

[AMENDED] Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Ellen Page in “Juno” – Having seen Juno now I’m going to have to go with my new crush Ellen Page on this one. Originally, I was going with Julie Christie to win for Away From Her.

[AMENDED] Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Ruby Dee in “American Gangster” – I’m going with more of an award for her body of work than this actual role. Originally I had Cate Blanchett picked for her role in I’m not There.

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney)

Achievement in art direction

  • “There Will Be Blood” – Art Direction: Jack Fisk, Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Achievement in cinematography

  • “No Country for Old Men” – Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

  • “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” – Colleen Atwood

Achievement in directing

  • “There Will Be Blood” – Paul Thomas Anderson

Achievement in film editing

  • “No Country for Old Men” – Roderick Jaynes

Best foreign language film of the year

  • “Mongol” – Kazakhstan

Achievement in makeup

  • “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” – Ve Neill and Martin Samuel

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • Atonement” – Dario Marianelli

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “So Close” from “Enchanted” – Music by Alan Menken, Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

Best motion picture of the year

  • “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)

Achievement in sound editing

  • “Transformers” – Ethan Van der Ryn and Mike Hopkins

Achievement in sound mixing

  • “Transformers” – Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin

Achievement in visual effects

  • “Transformers” – Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl and John Frazier

Adapted screenplay

  • “No Country for Old Men” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Original screenplay

  • “Juno” Written by Diablo Cody

Speculating On The 80th Round Of Oscars®

January 22, 2008

Time to once again blindly (for the most part — having seen very little of the contending nominated films in the following categories) pick my picks for 80th Annual Academy Award winners. I didn’t bother with the Documentary categories this time around — figured I’d better my odds.

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • George Clooney in “Michael Clayton”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” – Everything that I’ve heard seems to indicate this is the performance to beat, and that likely it won’t be.
  • 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”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
  • Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men” – Having not seen the movie I’m already prepared to hand over the award to him from just what I saw of his performance in the trailer.
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Charlie Wilson’s War”
  • Hal Holbrook in “Into the Wild”
  • Tom Wilkinson in “Michael Clayton”

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”
  • Julie Christie in “Away from Her” – Shot in the dark here. Though my crush on Ellen Page wants me to lean toward her.
  • Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose”
  • Laura Linney in “The Savages”
  • Ellen Page in “Juno”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Cate Blanchett in “I’m Not There” – Just the weird fact that she plays Bob Dylan — that, and they’re not going to give her the award for best actress.
  • Ruby Dee in “American Gangster”
  • Saoirse Ronan in “Atonement”
  • Amy Ryan in “Gone Baby Gone”
  • Tilda Swinton in “Michael Clayton”

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “Persepolis” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • “Ratatouille” (Walt Disney) – This flick got a lot of nomination nods, which has me leaning toward picking it as the favorite. There’s also the fact that no one saw Persepolis — and Surf’s Up? Really?
  • “Surf’s Up” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Achievement in art direction

  • “American Gangster” – Art Direction: Arthur Max, Set Decoration: Beth A. Rubino
  • “Atonement” – Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • “The Golden Compass” – Art Direction: Dennis Gassner, Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
  • “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” – Art Direction: Dante Ferretti, Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
  • “There Will Be Blood” – Art Direction: Jack Fisk, Set Decoration: Jim Erickson – Nice period piece, and it doesn’t look half as dark and gray as Sweeny Todd.

Achievement in cinematography

  • “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” – Roger Deakins
  • “Atonement” – Seamus McGarvey
  • “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” – Janusz Kaminski
  • “No Country for Old Men” – Roger Deakins – If the Coen brothers know how to do anything in film, they know how to get the best out of their cinematographer.
  • “There Will Be Blood” – Robert Elswit

Achievement in costume design

  • “Across the Universe” – Albert Wolsky
  • “Atonement” – Jacqueline Durran
  • “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” – Alexandra Byrne
  • “La Vie en Rose” – Marit Allen
  • “Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” – Colleen Atwood – This seems to be about the right “period-piece” to usually clean up in this category.

Achievement in directing

  • “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 – To complete the set of bookends when it whens Best Picture.

Achievement in film editing

  • “The Bourne Ultimatum” – Christopher Rouse
  • “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” – Juliette Welfling
  • “Into the Wild” – Jay Cassidy
  • “No Country for Old Men” – Roderick Jaynes – Nothing to really go on here other than gut feeling.
  • “There Will Be Blood” – Dylan Tichenor

Best foreign language film of the year

  • “Beaufort” – Israel
  • “The Counterfeiters” – Austria
  • “Katyń” – Poland
  • “Mongol” – Kazakhstan – The “Oh, we’re sorry we nominated Borat for best original screenplay last year” award.
  • “12” – Russia

Achievement in makeup

  • “La Vie en Rose” – Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald
  • “Norbit” – Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji
  • “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” – Ve Neill and Martin Samuel – I’d love to root for Rick Baker since he’s been a hero of mine since I was a kid — but Norbit? The makeup in Pirates 3 did rock.

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

  • “Atonement” – Dario Marianelli – flat out guess here.
  • “The Kite Runner” – Alberto Iglesias
  • “Michael Clayton” – James Newton Howard
  • “Ratatouille” – Michael Giacchino
  • “3:10 to Yuma” – Marco Beltrami

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

  • “Falling Slowly” from “Once” – Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  • “Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted” – Music by Alan Menken, Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
  • “Raise It Up” from “August Rush” – Nominees to be determined
  • “So Close” from “Enchanted” – Music by Alan Menken, Lyric by Stephen Schwartz – This only counts as a third of a pick if I win since all I’m going on is that one of Enchanted‘s three nominations in this category will win.
  • “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted” – Music by Alan Menken, Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

Best motion picture of the year

  • “Atonement” (Focus Features)
  • “Juno” (Fox Searchlight)
  • “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)
  • “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
  • “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) – I think I’m going with the odds on favorite here — playing it safe.

Achievement in sound editing

  • “The Bourne Ultimatum” – Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg
  • “No Country for Old Men” – Skip Lievsay
  • “Ratatouille” – Randy Thom and Michael Silvers
  • “There Will Be Blood” – Matthew Wood
  • “Transformers” – Ethan Van der Ryn and Mike Hopkins – Saw this film! Sound was great — especially incorporating the “transforming” sound effects from the old animated show.

Achievement in sound mixing

  • “The Bourne Ultimatum” – Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis
  • “No Country for Old Men” – Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter Kurland
  • “Ratatouille” – Randy Thom, Michael Semanick and Doc Kane
  • “3:10 to Yuma” – Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Jim Stuebe
  • “Transformers” – Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin – See above.

Achievement in visual effects

  • “The Golden Compass” – Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood
  • “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” – John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier
  • “Transformers” – Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl and John Frazier – Having the screenplay sitting at my desk for well over a year before the movie was released, I was skeptical about how they were going to pull this off. They pulled it off quite well.

Adapted screenplay

  • “Atonement” Screenplay by Christopher Hampton
  • “Away from Her” Written by Sarah Polley
  • “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
  • “No Country for Old Men” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – I’m think this is the “sorry we didn’t give you the Best Direction nod” consolation award.
  • “There Will Be Blood” Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

Original screenplay

  • “Juno” Written by Diablo Cody – an ex-stripper with her very first screenplay being nominated?! C’mon, that’s a “Hollywood” story worthy of having a screenplay written about it itself.
  • “Lars and the Real Girl” Written by Nancy Oliver
  • “Michael Clayton” Written by Tony Gilroy
  • “Ratatouille” Screenplay by Brad Bird, Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird
  • “The Savages” Written by Tamara Jenkins

Those are my picks. But, I do reserve the right to mix ’em up a bit if I happen to actually see anymore of the nominated films before February 24th. Let’s hope the writers strike is settled before then.