Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Nutshell Prediction: 80th Annual Academy Awards

So it's probably a good thing that the writers guild strike is over so that I can partake in the annual pot of gold prediction of the winners... to make it easier on myself (still recovering from the after-effects of late nights... getting old, getting old), here are my choices:

Best Motion Picture of the Year - No Country for Old Men
Heart says Juno though

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Julie Christie for Away from Her
Heart says Ellen Page for Juno, though Marion Cotillard may just steal it from everyone.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Javier Bardem for No Country for Old Men

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Rube Dee for American Gangster
Heart suggests Cate Blanchett, but I've not seen I'm Not There, yet (opening film for this year's SIFF). Moreover, hasn't she won enough recently too, and a Supporting Role one for The Aviator.

Best Achievement in Directing - Ethan Coen, Joel Coen for No Country for Old Men

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen - Juno; Diablo Cody
The rest of the nominees though, are just as worthy.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published - Atonement, Christopher Hampton
Heart says Away from Her

Best Achievement in Cinematography - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Roger Deakins
Roger has 2 shots at this though, the other being for No Country for Old Men

Best Achievement in Editing - Scaphandre et le papillon, Le; Juliette Welfling
Heart says The Bourne Ultimatum has an outside chance

Best Achievement in Art Direction - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Dante Ferretti, Franscessa Lo Schiavo

Best Achievement in Costume Design - Elizabeth: The Golden Age; Alexandra Byrne

Best Achievement in Makeup - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End; Ve Neill, Martin Samiel

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score - Atonement; Dario Marianelli

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song - Enchanted; Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz "That's How You Know"

Best Achievement in Sound - Transformers; Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell, Peter J, Devlin

Best Achievement in Sound Editing - Transformers; Mike Hopkins, Ethan Van der Ryn

Best Achievement in Visual Effects - Transformers; Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl, John Frazier

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year - Ratatouille; Brad Bird
Heart says Persepolis.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year - Falscher, Die (Austria)

Best Documentary, Features - No End in Sight; Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs

Best Documentary, Short Subjects - Freeheld; Cynthia Wade, Vanessa Roth

Best Short Film, Animated - Peter & The Wolf; Suzie Templeton, Hugh Welchman

Best Short Film, Live Action - Mozart des picpockets, Le; Philippe Pollet-Villard

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