The 2008 Academy Awards Nominees Are…

 

Here are (some of) the nominations for the 2008 Academy Awards.
A complete list can be found here.

Best Picture
Atonement
Juno
Michael Clayton
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie – Away From Her
Marion Cotillard – La Vie En Rose
Laura Linney – The Savages
Ellen Page – Juno

Best Actor
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

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
Ruby Dee – American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan – Atonement
Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton

Best Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem – No Country For Old Men
Phillip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson’s War
Hal Holbrook – Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson – Michael Clayton

Best Director
Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Jason Reitman – Juno
Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton
Joel and Ethan Coen – No Country For Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood

Best Animated Feature
Persepolis
Ratatouille
Surf’s Up

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

Best Adapted Screenplay
Christopher Hampton – Atonement
Sarah Polley – Away From Her
Ronald Harwood – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joel and Ethan Coen – No Country For Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood

Best Documentary Feature
No End in Sight
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
Sicko
Taxi to the Dark Side
War/Dance

Best Foreign Language Film
Beaufort (Israel)
The Counterfeiters (Austria)
Katyn (Poland)
Mongol (Kazakhstan)
12 (Russia)

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Wow. I’m actually surprised. Like really surprised.
1) There were no nominations Best Picture or Directing nominations for Into the Wild.
2) The surprise (but welcomed) nominations for Ruby Dee (!) and Hal Holbrook (!)
3) Tommy Lee Jones and Laura Linney received acting nominations, over Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.
4) Jason Reitman and Tony Gilroy received directing nominations (Joe Wright and Sean Penn did not)
5) Not so unexpected: No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood receiving the most Oscar nominations (8). But Michael Clayton received six.
So wow. Lots of surprises this year (for once). And I’m actually looking foward to seeing who wins because the award season has been all over the place meaning that the Oscars really is anyones bet.
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