Thursday, February 21, 2008

Plenty of Awards for Old Men

I can live without the Grammys, the Tonys and the Emmys, but I love to watch the Academy Awards.

That said, even though I haven't seen most of the nominated films, I'm going with my gut and giving you my picks for the 2008 Academy Awards (in no particular order):

Best Actor - Daniel Day Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
(I could see the academy giving it to Johnny Depp, but it seems Lewis' performance is too good. Too nasty.)

Best Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men)
(Perhaps the Academy thought they slighted Holbrook for his awesome work in Creepshow and are giving him the sympathy award for INTO THE WILD. But those who have seen No Country are in awe of Bardem's evil performance)

Best Actress - Julie Christie (Away From Her)

Best Supporting Actress - Cate Blanchett (I'm Not There)
(A lot of people are picking Amy Ryan, but I hear Blanchett was spot-on as Bob Dylan. This is my upset special)

Animated Feature - Ratatouille
(Had Ratatouille not been made this year, I would have put my money on Persepolis. But, in my opinion, Ratatouille should have been a Best Picture nominee. No kidding)

Art Direction - Sweeney Todd

Cinematography - The Assassination of Jesse James
(Roger Deakins is nominated twice in this category for No Country For Old Men. I'm 100% positive he's walking away with a statue on Sunday. Choose your poison. Although I thought Jesse James was a beautiful pic.)

Costume Design - Sweeney Todd
(When it comes to costume design and art direction always bet on black, er, I mean Tim Burton)

Directing - The Coen Brothers
(I wouldn't be surprised if the Academy pulled the ol' Saving Private Ryan and gave the directing award to PTA and best movie to No Country)

Documentary Feature - No End in Sight
(Sicko and Taxi to the Dark Side could sneak in, but i thought No End In Sight was one of the best documentaries I've seen in quite some time.)

Documentary Short - La Corona
(A wild guess)

Film Editing - The Bourne Ultimatum
(I have never lost the best editing category.)

Foreign Language Film - Mongol
(A lot of people, i.e. movie geeks, are eating this movie up. Here's the trailer.)

Makeup - Norbit
(I hated the movie, but the make-up was well done. Pirates already won and, after watching the trailer, I can't imagine what La Vie En Rose did that was so freaking great.)

Original Score - Ratatouille
(Like I said, best picture nominee and the score was french and fun.)

Original Song - "Falling Slowly" from Once
(This is the lock pick of the night.)

Short Film, Animated - Peter & the Wolf
(Click here to see why I chose it. Although, I wouldn't be surprised if Madame Tutli-Putli won too. Check out the wierdness right here.)

Short Film, Live Action -The Substitute

Sound Editing - The Bourne Ultimatum
(Just a hunch.)

Sound Mixing - Ratatouille
(Music, sound effects and voices come together for a great film)

Visual Effects - Transformers
(I heard The Golden Compass creatures were pretty good, but the Transformer robots weren't too shabby either.)

Adapted Screenplay - Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country For Old Men
(How can you not pick the screenplay with the screwed up WTF ending?)

Original Screenplay - Diablo Cody for Juno
(I'm hearing good word on The Savages, but I just can't see NOT giving Juno's Diablo something. I mean, she's a former stripper, which gives hope to anyone that wants to break it in the movie biz.)

Best Picture - No Country For Old Men
(Any other year, There Will Be Blood would have swept the Academy Awards. It's been said the Coen Brothers have directed what may be considered the next Citizen Kane.)

Well there you have it. What do you think about the picks. Do you even care? I'll give you my tally on Monday.


Anonymous said...

Great Picks. But I disagree on some. Mostly Best Supporting Actress. I'm picking Ryan with Dee a close second.

Your Finest Eimer said...


I thought about Dee, but I'm still leaning towards Blanchett.