Sunday, January 20, 2008

Daniel's Predictions for the 80th Academy Awards: Big Eight

Here we go:

Best Picture
Into the Wild
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Sean Penn, Into the Wild
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Actor
George Clooney, Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

Best Actress
Amy Adams, Enchanted
Julie Christie, Away From Her
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart
Ellen Page, Juno

Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War
Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild
Tommy Lee Jones, No Country for Old Men
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There
Catherine Keener, Into the Wild
Saoirse Ronan, Atonement
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

Best Original Screenplay
Brad Bird, Ratatouille
Diablo Cody, Juno
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Tamara Jenkins, The Savages
Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl

Best Adapted Screenplay
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Christopher Hampton, Atonement
Sean Penn, Into the Wild
Aaron Sorkin, Charlie Wilson's War

I thought I'd throw in a couple snubs or surprises just to keep them interesting.

Things that would be entertaining or surprising:
-Marisa Tomei receives a surprise Best Supporting Actress nomination and then wins (a la My Cousin Vinny)
-James McAvoy receives a Best Actor nomination
-Johnny Depp is snubbed of a Best Actor nomination (the most likely)
-Laura Linney AND Philip Seymour Hoffman receive nominations for The Savages
-Kelly Macdonald receives a nomination for Best Supporting Actress; the Academy falls completely, head-over-heels, in love with No Country for Old Men
-Charlie Wilson's War receives a Best Picture nomination
-Leave comments with some more

1 comment:

Alison Flynn said...

I would be thrilled if both Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney got nominations for The Savages. They were both terrific and deserve it. Unfortunately, Linney has been ignored in the precursors for the most part and that bodes ill for her chances; and Seymour Hoffman may be the victim of vote-splitting, with some people voting for this film and others voting for Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.

The Savages is wonderful, very underrated and overlooked film, one that was probably hurt by its late release date. At the very least I hope Tamara Jenkins will get a much-deserved nomination for her wonderful screenplay.