2008 Oscar Predictions

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Best Picture

Nominees: Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood

Winner: No Country for Old Men The Coen Brothers' visceral western has dominated the awards season, and though there is the slightest possibility that it could split the vote with the equally dark There Will Be Blood to the advantage of the upbeat Juno it should prove the ultimate badass.


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Best Director

Nominees: Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men), Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood), Jason Reitman (Juno)

Winner: The Coens strike again. They won the Director's Guild Award, an excellent indicator as to how this category goes.


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Best Actor

Nominees: George Clooney (Michael Clayton), Daniel Day Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street), Tommy Lee Jones (In The Valley of Elah), Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)

Winner: Ladies and gentlemen, when we say Daniel Day Lewis is the winner, you will believe us. Not even Hollywood golden boy George Clooney can beat Daniel's monumental turn as a power-crazed oilman.


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Best Actress

Nominees: Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Julie Christie (Away From Her), Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), Laura Linney (The Savages), Ellen Page (Juno)

Winner: Julie Christie. Yes, the Academy loooves Cate Blanchett, especially in a showy role, but the fact that Christie has already received an armfuls of awards for a performance in a nearly year-old movie proves that the old broad's still got legs.


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Best Supporting Actor

Nominees: Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Pillip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson's War), Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton)

Winner: Javi!! Friend-o has swept every award known to mankind in a run that is as unstoppable as the villain he created. What's that you say? Hal Holbrook might steal this one away for as a nod to his career? I defy you to name another movie he's been in.


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Best Supporting Actress

Nominees: Cate Blanchett (I'm Not There), Ruby Dee (American Gangster), Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)

Winner: Speaking of career wins, here's someone else who won't be scoring one: Ruby Dee—although in a category where voters that tends to surprise, she could up and slap the brown off us, proving us wrong. Still, we're thinking the academy will opt for fave Cate Blanchett's gutsy cross-dressing romp as Bob Dylan.


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Best Animated Feature

Nominees: Persepolis, Ratatouille, Surf's Up

Winner: If this were a contest about out-and-out originality, beauty and insight, the winner would be Persepolis. But it's not, so the cute, immensely successful Disney Pixar flick, Ratatouille will win.


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Best Cinematography

Nominees: No Country for Old Men, There Will be Blood, Atonement, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Winner: No Country for Old Men. Half of this movie's effectiveness is cinetographer Roger Deakins' gorgeous shots of the spare, scrubby unforgiving Texas badlands. Though, dare we suggest that Atonement may sneak in on the Oscar-bait strength of that jaw-dropping five-and-a-half minute tracking shot during the scene at Dunkirk?

 


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Best Art Direction

Nominees: American Gangster, Atonement, The Golden Compass, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, There Will Be Blood

Winner: There Will Be Blood. That burning oil derrick. Those oil-slicked clothes. That blue office of Plainview's. That wine-red blood on the gorgeous bowling alley wood floors.

 


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Best Original Screenplay

Nominees: Diablo Cody (Juno), Nancy Oliver (Lars and the Real Girl), Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), Brad Bird (Ratatoiulle), Tamara Jenkins (The Savages)

Winner: Dude, Diablo will totally be boss.

 


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Best Adapted Screenplay

Nominees: There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, Atonement, Away from Her, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Winner: No Country for Old Men. It's spare, funny, poetic and dark.

 

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Best Costume Design

Nominees: Across the Universe, Atonement, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, La Vie en Rose, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Winner: Elizabeth: The Golden Age. The more uncomfortable-looking the costumes, the bigger the prize!

 

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Best Foreign Language Film

Nominees: Katyn (Poland), Beaufort (Israel), The Counterfeiters (Austria), Mongol (Kazakhstan) 12 (Russia)

Winner: The Counterfeiters is the only one we've ever heard of, therefore, it will win.

 

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Best Original Song

Nominees: Falling Slowly (Once), Happy Working Song (Enchanted), Raise it Up (August Rush) So Close (Enchanted), That's How You Know (Enchanted)

Winner: Falling Slowly. The Enchanted songs will all cancel each other out, leaving the iconic song from the tiny-but-beloved indie to eek out a win.