Oscar Nominations

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The nominees were announced early this morning. And, for the most part I’m actually very happy with them. Here are the nominees for the major categories:

Best Picture:

Atonement

Juno

Michael Clayton

No Country For Old Men

There Will Be Blood

Best Director:

Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)

Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country For Old Men)

Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton)

Jason Reitman (Juno)

Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

Best Male 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 Female Actor:

Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth)

Julie Christie (Away From Her)

Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)

Laura Linney (The Savages)

Ellen Page (Juno)

-Total, No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood were given the most nominations with 8 each, followed by Atonement and Michael Clayton each with 7.

All in all I think it’s a great list. I’m very happy that P.T. Anderson and the Coen brothers both got recognized. Surprises include Tommy Lee Jones’ nomination for best actor, and the lack of Joe Wright (Atonement) for best director. Other surprises are that Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead received no nominations, and Sweeney Todd received fewer than expected.

My only complaints are that I don’t think Juno deserves to be nominated for picture or director. Also, as always, the foreign film category is flawed due to many films not being eligible either because they went for a best picture nomination, their country can only nominate one film, or various political reasons. This year films such as Lust, Caution, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, and Persepolis were all not eligible for best foreign film. And, finally, Jonny Greenwood was once again ignored for his brilliant There Will Be Blood score. So, let the predictions begin…

*edit* As it turns out, Jonny Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood score was not eligible for an oscar nomination as a few pieces were not composed specifically for the film. Yeah, stupid. At least The Great Debaters didn’t get any noms though.

For a full list of nominations head to http://www.oscars.com/nominees/

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