Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Daniel's Predictions for the NBR

I'm sure Brian will post his at some point but, for now, here are mine:

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men
Alternate: Atonement

Best Director: Sidney Lumet, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Alternate: Todd Haynes, I'm Not There

Best Actor: John Cusack, Grace is Gone
Alternate: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Best Actress: Laura Linney, The Savages
Alternate: Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Alternate: Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild

Best Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Alternate: Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There

Best Original Screenplay: Once
Alternate: Michael Clayton

Best Adapted Screenplay: No Country for Old Men
Alternate: Away from Her

Best Cast Ensemble: Juno
Alternate: I'm Not There

Breakthrough Actor: Michael Cera, Juno and Superbad (Yes, he was already loved by many, including myself, as George Michael on Arrested Development but this year he's starred in two of the best, and funniest, films of the year.)
Alternate: Jamie Campbell Bower, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Breakthrough Actress: Ellen Page, Juno
Alternate: Nikki Blonsky, Hairspray

Animated Feature: Ratatouille
Alternate: The Simpsons Movie

Best Debut Director: Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton

Foreign Language Film: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Alternate: The Orphanage

Top 10 (in alphabetical order)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Into the Wild
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
The Savages
There Will Be Blood


AJ said...

What defines "breakthrough performance?" Just whatever they decide counts? I mean Ellen Page was amazing in Hard Candy and was in the blockbuster X-Men The Last Stand. While it was Nikki Blonsky's first movie.

Daniel Crooke said...

Right, I was going to put a little disclaimer on Page, like I did for Cera, but I didn't. The Breakthrough Performance, or I've always thought, honors an actor or actress who, whether they have been acting for years or this is their first movie, comes into the spotlight with a great performance (or performances) that year and establishes themselves.