Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Look at Best Cinematography

Okay, lesson learned: never underestimate 75 math problems. I will do this post and the Editing post simultaneously; I really hate falling behind. Sorry for the lateness. Anyways, the nominees are...

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

I PREDICTED: 5/5. This was the only category I managed to get perfectly.
I'VE SEEN: 4/5. All but Jesse James. And these are all excellent nominees.

THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD-Thus far, this is the favorite to win. However, I can really see any of the nominees winning, besides maybe No Country. While I could change it for the final awards, I'm putting this in second place for now; simply because fewer people have seen it. Could change, though.ATONEMENT-Absolutely gorgeous, but with such heated competition, its chances are slim. But don't count up an upset just yet.

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY-This would be my choice for this category (though Atonement and There Will Be Blood were equally as impressive). The cinematography in this film played a major part, in that we saw about 50% of the action from the main character's only functioning body part--his left eye. Had they done a lesser job, the film could have ended up boring and preachy. It won some critic awards early on; so don't count it out; but since the rise of Jesse James, TWBB and Atonement buzz, it's unlikely.

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN-Probably the least likely of the nominees, but it still had a legitimate shot (that's what makes this race so interesting). If the Academy just looooves No Country for Old Men, which is quite possible, it could easily happen.

THERE WILL BE BLOOD-The cinematography in this film is just extraordinary. Also, the Academy could be looking for a major category to honor TWBB in. This is my tentative prediction as of now.

WILL WIN: There Will Be Blood
SHOULD WIN: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

1. There Will Be Blood
2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
3. Atonement
4. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
5. No Country for Old Men

TOMORROW (aka In a Few Minutes): Best Film Editing

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