Both ends of the Hollywood spectrum were celebrated late last night and early this morning. I can remember waking up in college to watch the official Oscar announcements, don’t know if they still do that. Especially this year with the strike and all. Without further ado here are your major category nominees for The Oscars.
Atonement. The sweeping saga of a World War II-era romance doomed by false accusations.
Juno. The story of a precocious, pregnant teen locks up the slot that voters seem to reserve each year for a low-budget comedy.
Michael Clayton. The George Clooney thriller that affirms audiences’ worst attitudes toward lawyers.
No Country for Old Men. Writers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen’s bloody, contemporary Western.
There Will Be Blood. A ruthless tycoon’s struggle with a small-town preacher over drilling for oil. A gusher for nominated lead actor Daniel Day-Lewis.
(I’d say this is a two horse race between There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men, but don’t count out the dark horse love story in Atonement)
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
George Clooney, Michael Clayton
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie, Away From Her
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Laura Linney, The Savages
Ellen Page, Juno
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
Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
Ruby Dee,American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan, Atonement
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Jason Reitman, Juno
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Oscar Award Ceremony will take place on Feb. 24, with Jon Stewart as a host. For those who care There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men led the way with eight nominations each. However, one of those nominations wasn’t for Radiohead guitarist Johnny Greenwood’s amazing score for There Will Be Blood. It was disqualified from competition because it contained previously composed material.
Also: Lindsay Lohan swept the nominees for The Razzies. Good for her!