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Academy Awards from the 2007-2008 season

         

The 80th Academy Awards was held on February 24, 2008 hosted by Jon Stewart

Ballots were sent to 5,829 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  Evidently, Film Prophet wasn’t one of then.  A deal was reached early February ’08 to end the writers strike, so plan on the entire Writers Guild members and the Oscars to carry out the greatest entertainment award show tradition.

   

Atonement, Film Prophet's #1 movie of '07, received 7 nods - 2nd most behind No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood's 8 apiece.

I can ramble on like I did in the previous season with a long notes and stats section, but I won't this year. I'll keep it really short and blunt. The main thing is that Atonement was snubbed from directing, actor, and actress, but I'm glad to see the Golden Globe winner for best drama got at least nominated for best picture, jeez.  No Country for Old Men has been getting way too many accolades and precursors.  Michael Clayton and Juno do not belong in best picture race and really have no chance in winning in any best picture award category this season (Globes, SAGs, BAFTAs, etc).  I would take those two out and include American Gangster & Into the Wild in the Oscar best picture category.  The top five performances this season in order were from Daniel-Day Lewis, Julie Christie, Saoirse Ronan, Amy Adams, and Hal Holbrook. Atonement will win best original score and Ratatouille will win best animated film because Atonement has the best soundtrack to date this decade and Ratatouille is close to being the best animated film to date likewise.  I like how the 80th Oscars are on year ’08 and I made the following predictions on the 8th of February.

Fourth Annual Coverage!
(Film Prophet's Frontrunners are in order from top to bottom in each column)

 

No Country for Old Men

Coen Brothers

Daniel-Day Lewis

Julie Christie

And the Oscar goes to...
No Country for Old Men
And the Oscar goes to...
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
And the Oscar goes to...
Daniel Day-Lewis
And the Oscar goes to...
Marion Cotillard
Will Win:
No Country for Old Men
Will Win:
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Will Win:
Daniel Day-Lewis
Will Win:
Julie Christie or
Marion Cotillard
Should Win:
Atonement or
There Will Be Blood
Should Win:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Should Win:
Daniel Day-Lewis
Should Win:
Julie Christie
Final Prediction:
No Country for Old Men
Final Prediction:
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Final Prediction:
Daniel Day-Lewis
Final Prediction:
Julie Christie
BEST PICTURE
No Country for Old Men
Atonement
There Will Be Blood
Juno
Michael Clayton
BEST DIRECTOR
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
(No Country for Old Men)
Paul Thomas Anderson
(There Will Be Blood)
Julian Schnabel
(The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
Jason Reitman
(Juno)
Tony Gilroy
(Michael Clayton)
BEST ACTOR
Daniel Day-Lewis
(There Will Be Blood)
Johnny Depp
(Sweeney Todd)
George Clooney
(Michael Clayton)
Viggo Mortensen
(Eastern Promises)
Tommy Lee Jones
(In the Valley of Elah)
BEST ACTRESS
Julie Christie
(Away from Her)
Marion Cotillard
(La vie en Rose)
Ellen Page
(Juno)
Cate Blanchett
(Elizabeth: The Golden Age)
Laura Linney
(The Savages)

Javier Bardem

Amy Ryan

There Will Be Blood Juno
And the Oscar goes to...
Javier Bardem
And the Oscar goes to...
Tilda Swinton
And the Oscar goes to...
No Country for Old Men
And the Oscar goes to...
Juno
Will Win:
Javier Bardem
Will Win:
Amy Ryan or Cate Blanchett
Will Win:
No Country for Old Men
Will Win:
Juno or Michael Clayton
Should Win:
Hal Holbrook or
Javier Bardem
Should Win:
Saoirse Ronan or Amy Ryan
Should Win:
Atonement or
There Will Be Blood
Should Win:
Ratatouille
Final Prediction:
Javier Bardem
Final Prediction:
Cate Blanchett
Final Prediction:
No Country for Old Men
Final Prediction:
Juno
SUPPORTING ACTOR
Javier Bardem
(No Country for Old Men)
Hal Holbrook
(Into the Wild)
Casey Affleck
(The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)
Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Charlie Wilson's War)
Tom Wilkinson
(Michael Clayton)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett
(I'm Not There)
Amy Ryan
(Gone Baby Gone)
Ruby Dee
(American Gangster)
Saoirse Ronan
(Atonement)
Tilda Swinton
(Michael Clayton)
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
Atonement
Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Away from Her
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Juno
Michael Clayton
Ratatouille
The Savages
Lars and the Real Girl

Oscar night notes:

Film Prophet's highlights of the show:

~ Jon Stewart as the host broke the ice with the standard opening hosting monologue with over a dozen of minutes shuffling through the nominated films and performers and not forgetting the writers. Jon Stewart is welcomed back as host anytime.
~ Very disappointing in the no Keira Knightley appearance as I was mainly looking for her on the tube. Happy that James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan represented.
~ Uninspiring wins (which held the insipid upsets) - Elizabeth: The Golden Age winning costume design, The Golden Compass winning visual effects over Transformers, Sweeney Todd winning art direction… I stopped right there.
~ The show held actress in a supporting role an hour or so later than usual because it's usually the first award handed out on the show, but this year it was the most open of the four acting categories... and it was awarded to Tilda Swinton, wow. I can’t recall any great scene she had from Michael Clayton. As a surprise nomination, how did she win the majority of the vote out of these other amazing performances?
~ Not a single American won one of the four acting awards.
~ List of inspiring wins - not many and that was the problem… I would have raised the roof if Atonement won best picture. However, it only won a single Oscar, of course for Original score.
~ Amy Adams was this year's Beyonce for the singing performances, except it's more interesting to watch an actress at first reenact her own movie performance on a stage.
~ ‘You Raise Me Up’ from August Rush was terrific, and luckily Johnny Depp didn't have to sing anything from Sweeney Todd.
~ Couldn't Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam perform a song from Into the Wild? He did after all win the Golden Globe for best original song, despite no Oscar nomination.
~ Kevin O'Connell for sound has a total of 20 career nominations and 0 wins... wow... Greg P. Russell is 0-12… Transformers went 0-3 and The Bourne Ultimatum went 3-0 on the night
~ The binoculars and wake-ups Oscar salute segments were silly and funny… 'that was really a waste of time.'
~ Favorite segments: How the Academy keeps the ballots secret, and the baby goes to... Angelina Jolie, Jonah Hill and Seth Rogen talking about who should be Halle Berry, the Buffalo apartment mention in The Savages clip for original screenplay.
~ There were still 10 awards to be given out and over two hours have already gone by.
~ Random past footage of the shows winning moments to celebrate the 80th was expected.
~ Thankfully there was an in memoriam tribute and Heath Ledger was saved for last.
~ Congrats to the Coen brothers… it was their night.