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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Black Tie

The Academy Awards are finally here... ... woo? Really when you think about it, the Oscars are pretty boring in comparison to all the over the top awards shows today. Despite this, i will be paying $10 to play dress up and watch the Oscars with a bunch of friends. This year i tried to get really into it and watch all the movies nominated... Unfortunately, i am both cheap and lazy, so i ended up watching maybe half of them. But, without further ado, these are my winners for the 2008 Academy Awards (not like you care):
Best Picture - No Country for Old Men This was a tough choice, I loved so many of the nominee's. And i am actually excited to see the outcome of this category.
Best Director - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men Considering i don't know quiet where the directors job begins and ends this is always hard for me to choose. But the Coen Brothers are unstoppable.
Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood It was close, George Clooney did a superb job but Daniel Day-Lewis was breathtaking. Sorry Johnny Depp... and i didn't see, In the Valley of Elah and Eastern Promises as much as i would have liked to have an unbiased opinion.
Best Actress - Ellen Page - Juno I'm not going to lie... i didn't see any of the other movies. and i want to marry Ellen Page, so this one is pretty unfair. All well.
Best Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men - This one was really tough, infact i may have made the wrong choice. As much as i totally love Javier, Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton was just awesome. Either will do in my eyes.
Best Supporting Actress - Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There Ruby Dee had such a small role in American Gangster i don't think it would be fair for her to win. And as much as Tilda Swinton pulled off a timid evil, i heard Cate Blanchett will be unstoppable for this award.
Best Original Screenplay - Michael Clayton - Tony Gilroy Juno was a close second... but i felt the lines were a little "overdone" and offensive to a millennial through stereotypes (though funny). Michael Clayton was total pay-off in the end and that makes for good writing in my book.
Best Adapted Screenplay - No Country for Old Men - Joel and Ethan Coen, from No Country for Old Men, novel by Cormac McCarthy I thought this was an original screenplay... but none the less, it was well done. Oil! a novel by Upton Sinclair was definitely a close second.
Less important awards:
Best Original Song - Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova - "Falling Slowly" from Once Even though it's not original... *sigh* it's totally amazing.
Best Sound Editing - Skip Lievsay - No Country for Old Men It was the most interesting part of the movie for me.
Best Original Score - Marco Beltrami - 3:10 to Yuma Even though it should have been There Will Be Blood, even though it was like the only category it wasn't nominated for.

I absolutely loved Michael Clayton and There Will Be Blood despite my predictions here. This is why i could never be on this comity... who are these people anyhow?

Enjoy the Oscars.

Movie watcher,
Josh

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2 Comments:

At February 25, 2008 11:30 AM , Blogger T-Bit said...

on the best actress category...Marion Cotillard totally deserved to win (and did!), but I was equally pleased just because I had actually seen the movie she was in. Movie=not so good. Marion Cotillard=awesome.

 
At February 26, 2008 4:01 PM , Blogger Aaron Guillermo Hale said...

what do you mean "falling slowly" isn't original?!??! Glen Hansard totally wrote that song... and i have a large man-crush on the man...

 

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