Monday, February 25, 2008

And the Oscar goes to...

Patty here...

You all watched the Oscars last night (I know you did), so it's time for a little Monday morning quarterbacking. Below are some of the winners. So, did any win surprise you? Disappoint you? Who got cheated? Which win was most deserved? And what about the hosting abilities of John Stewart? Personally, I was elated that Marion Cotillard won for La Vie en Rose, because she was transcendent as Edith Piaf. The biggest surprise for me was Tilda Swinton's win for Michael Clayton. I was sure the Oscar would go to either Cate Blanchett or Ruby Dee. What say you?

BEST FILM
Atonement
Juno
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men (Winner)
There Will Be Blood

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
George Clooney in Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood (Winner)
Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tommy Lee Jones in In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men (Winner)
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War
Hal Holbrook in Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie in Away from Her
Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose (Winner)
Laura Linney in The Savages
Ellen Page in Juno

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Cate Blanchett in I'm Not There
Ruby Dee in American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan in Atonement
Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton (Winner)

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Persepolis
Ratatouille (Winner)
Surf's Up

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION
American Gangster - Art Direction: Arthur Max; Set Decoration - Beth A. Rubino
Atonement - Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
The Golden Compass - Art Direction: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Art Direction: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo (Winner)
There Will Be Blood Art Direction: Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - Roger Deakins
Atonement - Seamus McGarvey
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Janusz Kaminski
No Country for Old Men - Roger Deakins
There Will Be Blood - Robert Elswit (Winner)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
Across the Universe - Albert Wolsky
Atonement - Jacqueline Durran
Elizabeth: The Golden Age - Alexandra Byrne (Winner)
La Vie en Rose - Marit Allen
Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Colleen Atwood

BEST DIRECTOR
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - Julian Schnabel
Juno - Jason Reitman
Michael Clayton - Tony Gilroy
No Country for Old Men - Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (Winner)
There Will Be Blood - Paul Thomas Anderson

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
No End in Sight
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
Sicko
Taxi to the Dark Side (Winner)
War/Dance

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Freeheld (Winner)
La Corona (The Crown)
Salim Baba
Sari's Mother

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
The Bourne Ultimatum (Winner)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Into the Wild
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Beaufort Israel
The Counterfeiters Austria (Winner)
Katyn Poland
Mongol Kazakhstan
12 Russia

Happy Monday!

20 comments:

  1. I really liked the Oscar show this year, though I'm slightly bummed that there was no "Bjork wearing a swan" fashion felony.

    As far as the awards themselves, they seemed to be nicely spread around, which was good.

    I thought Daniel Day-Lewis went too far in his performance. And the gloom and doom factor in both "There Will Be Blood" and "No Country for Old Men" was annoying. In my view, Johnny Depp gave the performance of the year in "Sweeney Todd", and it was just goofy that it, and Tim Burton, weren't nominated.

    The Best Song nominees seemed weak to me this year, but I loved the couple who won, and it was very cool that Jon Stewart brought the gal back out to give her acceptance speech.

    All in all, worth staying up late for ;-)

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  2. I watched about 45 minutes of it. In the middle. It didn't exactly blow me away, which is why we switched to ENTOURAGE reruns on HBO at 10.

    Somehow I couldn't get into. Maybe because I hadn't seen ANY of the nominated films for Best Film. I did see ENCHANTED and RATATOUILLE. I also saw ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS, but alas those little rodents weren't nominated.

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  3. patty smiley2/25/2008 7:39 AM

    Rae, what about Tilda Swinton's get-up? It was almost a Bjork moment in reverse. Anybody have a theory on why Sweeney Todd wasn't nominated?

    Karen, I always pledge to see all the nominated movies, but there's always one or two I miss. However, this year I did see all of the winners.

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  4. There are so many of these movies I have yet to see that I can't agree or disagree with any of the winners.

    But am I the only person in the world who didn't know that "There Will Be Blood" was based on Upton Sinclair's 1927 novel "Oil"?

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  5. I didn't watch them, if only because the only movie I'd seen that was nominated for anything was JUNO.

    I watched THE MAGDALENE SISTERS instead, for the second time in two days. Put me into a blind rage AGAIN, too.

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  6. patty smiley2/25/2008 8:37 AM

    Yes, Louise, you ARE the only person who didn't know :o) You need to take a moment away from writing books to catch up on the Hollywood buzz. Let's talk...

    Miss C, will you invite us all to the Oscars when your book adaptation is nominated?

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  7. Actually, wrong on two accounts: 1) I did not watch the Oscars. Meant to, would have, but forgot--was wrapped in a project and oblivious to the real world. The only movie of all those nominated I saw was "La Vie en Rose" and thought Ms. Cotillard was superb. How she compared with the others: I have no idea.
    2) Louise is NOT the only person who didn't know about the Upton Sinclair connection.

    And Patty, I misspoke myself: it was a Coca-Cola hat, not a Pepsi. I found it nicely preserved (probably never worn) in a plastic bag on a closet shelf. It's yours if you want it--made it about 32 years ago. Haven't found the beer-can hat yet.

    Groupie

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  8. Actually, I liked Tilda's dress. It worked well for her persona, I thought; she has a reputation for being sort of offbeat and funky, and to me, her outfit went along with that image.

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  9. It probably says something about my wife and I that we gagged our way through the red carpet crap (Is Helen Mirren sexier and classier than 90% of the women there or is it just me?), watched Jon Stewart's monologue (okay), then turned to the Discovery Channel to watch "Dirty Jobs" which is a show that makes me feel very, very good about being a writer.

    He was doing a piece on fishing and processing of "slime eels" which is a job I will not do.

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  10. Whizzed through some Red Carpet photos on-line this morning: was Tilda the one who looked like she stepped out of the "Flintstones"? And who was the redhead who looked like that old androgynous-looking rock/moviestar? Maybe I should be glad I forgot to watch last night...?

    Groupie

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  11. patty smiley2/25/2008 3:48 PM

    YES to the coke hat!!! And I think that was Tilda on both counts. Your description made me laugh so loud. Mark, I heard some of the "inmates" at my mother's assisted living place talking about the Red Carpet walkers. Someone said, "They're a new generation. We don't even know them."

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  12. All right! I have removed the hat from the closet and it is yours!

    I didn't mean to be unkind about the Oscar fashions, but geesh--talk about willing suspension of disbelief! Who convinces these people that they have the emperor's new clothes?!

    Groupie

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  13. "Is Helen Mirren sexier and classier than 90% of the women there or is it just me?"

    No, it's not just you, Mark.

    Paris Hilton, pfft.

    (wanders off to look for Oscar photos)

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  14. patty smiley2/25/2008 6:29 PM

    Groupie, I'm nominating you to replace Joan Rivers on the Red Carpet next year. You rock!

    Jeff, love the Paris pfft. Are you still wandering?

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  15. I'm coming in late today, as I'm "on the road" - as you probably know. I am so glad that the pair from the film "Once" won the Oscar for best original song - I loved the movie and loved the song, and I'm glad they allowed Marketa Iglova back on stage to make her speech, because it was one of the best speeches ever. My only other highlight was when my husband asked (watching George Clooney and his girlfriend being interviewed), "So, is that his daughter?" Uh-oh, sorry, love, no ....

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  16. patty smiley2/25/2008 9:39 PM

    Hope the road is treating you well, Our J. I think George and his pal make an odd couple. She just doesn't seem like his type, not that I'd know what his "type" is...but nevertheless.

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  17. Tilda Swinton was the biggest surprise but a good one.
    The Magdalene Sisters. That film gave me nightmares for months after seeing it. Can't imagine seeing it twice although it was brilliant.
    I liked the lower-keyed show although apparently nobody watched it.

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  18. Quixotically, Patty.

    Dang, George is my age--and he's letting all of that gray creep in?

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  19. patty smiley2/26/2008 9:01 AM

    Pattinase, I just read an article in the newspaper that speculated that the low viewership may have been because of the writers strike and the gloomy nature of the nominated films. Hard to say...

    Jeff, I'm glad George went gray. So many times when men color their hair it doesn't look natural. Too dark and stark...sort of like the Best Picture noms.

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  20. Helen Mirren-- adored her from her Mystery turn as DC Tennyson & when she won an award and announced that she nearly "fell ass over tits: on the way to the podium....

    Tilda Swinton looked like Annie Lennox in a Hefty Trash Bag sans makeup...

    Google my elementary school classmate, Rebecca Miller (Mrs. Day-Lewis), as she was widely thought to have won this year's Bjork Award. The fact that she looks like a smarter Angelina Jolie and is Arthur Miller's daughter, a Yale Grad AND married to D. D-L I'm sure dulls the pain of fashion criticism.....
    mbh

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