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Oscars 2007

Gold Standard

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

JANUARY 22, 2007: The nominations came in this morning with a few excellent films overlooked, a lot of overhyped films and a few overall good choices. No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood led with eight nominations each. Awards will be announced Sunday, February 24th.

FEBRUARY 24, 2007: I fared quite poorly in my predicting, with only 10 out of 22 correct. I didn't bother to predict Foreign Language film, with its list of unknown factors, or Documentary Short, none of which I'd seen. Though I suppose I could have guessed after I saw the awful The Counterfeiters that the Academy would zero in on it. Not even my seeing the animated and live action shorts helped me to guess the winners. Ah well. Maybe next year. It seems as if the age of big sweeps is over. Very few recent films have won more than 4 awards. But that still doesn't stop the Academy from awarding the usual awful films (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) as well as the latest biopic. On the plus side, No Country for Old Men is actually the fourth great film to win the Best Picture award since 2000. Here's the final score: No Country for Old Men - 4, There Will Be Blood - 2, The Bourne Ultimatum - 3, La vie en rose - 2, and Michael Clayton, Juno, Atonement, Once, Sweeney Todd, The Golden Compass, Ratatouille, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Counterfeiters, Taxi to the Dark Side, and the shorts Freeheld, Peter & the Wolf and The Mozart of Pickpockets, with one each.

Nominees Jeff's Take & Results
Best Picture
  • Atonement
  • Juno
  • Michael Clayton
  • No Country for Old Men
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Winner: No Country for Old Men
    My Prediction: There Will Be Blood
    My Vote: No Country for Old Men
    Unfairly Overlooked: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    Best Director
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
  • Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, No Country for Old Men
  • Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
  • Jason Reitman, Juno
  • Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • The Winner: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
    My Prediction: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
    My Vote: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
    Unfairly Overlooked: Andrew Dominik, The Assassination of Jesse James; David Cronenberg, Eastern Promises; Sidney Lumet, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
    Best Actor
  • George Clooney, Michael Clayton
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
  • Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
  • Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah
  • Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises
  • The Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis
    My Prediction: Daniel Day-Lewis
    My Vote: Viggo Mortensen
    Unfairly Overlooked: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead; Brad Pitt, The Assassination of Jesse James
    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
  • The Winner: Marion Cotillard
    My Prediction: Laura Linney
    My Vote: Laura Linney
    Unfairly Overlooked: Amy Adams, Enchanted; Ashley Judd, Bug
    Best Supporting Actor
  • Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War
  • Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild
  • Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton
  • The Winner: Javier Bardem
    My Prediction: Javier Bardem
    My Vote: Casey Affleck
    Unfairly Overlooked: Josh Brolin, American Gangster; Armin Mueller-Stahl, Eastern Promises; Andy Griffith, Waitress; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Talk to Me
    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
  • The Winner: Tilda Swinton
    My Prediction: Ruby Dee
    My Vote: Amy Ryan
    Unfairly Overlooked: Kristen Thomson, Away from Her; Taraji P. Henson, Talk to Me; Maggie Smith, Becoming Jane
    Foreign Language Film
  • Beaufort (Israel)
  • The Counterfeiters (Austria)
  • Katyn (Poland)
  • Mongol (Kazkhstan)
  • 12 (Russia)
  • The Winner: The Counterfeiters
    My Prediction: n/a
    My Vote: n/a
    Unfairly Overlooked: Offside (Iran), Private Fears in Public Places (France), The Host (South Korea), 12:08 East of Bucharest (Romania), Exiled (Hong Kong)
    Adapted Screenplay
  • Christopher Hampton, Atonement
  • Sarah Polley, Away from Her
  • Ronald Harwood, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, No Country for Old Men
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
  • The Winner: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, No Country for Old Men
    My Prediction: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, No Country for Old Men
    My Vote: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, No Country for Old Men
    Unfairly Overlooked: Andrew Dominik, The Assassination of Jesse James; The Simpsons Movie
    Original Screenplay
  • Diablo Cody, Juno
  • Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl
  • Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
  • Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Ratatouille
  • Tamara Jenkins, The Savages
  • The Winner: Diablo Cody, Juno
    My Prediction: Diablo Cody, Juno
    My Vote: Diablo Cody, Juno
    Unfairly Overlooked: Kelly Masterson, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead; Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg, Hot Fuzz
    Animated Feature Film
  • Persepolis
  • Ratatouille
  • Surf's Up
  • The Winner: Ratatouille
    My Prediction: Ratatouille
    My Vote: Persepolis
    Unfairly Overlooked: The Simpsons Movie, Paprika
    Cinematography
  • Roger Deakins, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Roger Deakins, No Country for Old Men
  • Robert Elswit, There Will Be Blood
  • Janusz Kaminski, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Seamus McGarvey, Atonement
  • The Winner: Robert Elswit, There Will Be Blood
    My Prediction: Robert Elswit, There Will Be Blood
    My Vote: Roger Deakins, The Assassination of Jesse James
    Unfairly Overlooked: Peter Suschitzky, Eastern Promises
    Art Direction
  • American Gangster
  • Atonement
  • The Golden Compass
  • Sweeney Todd
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Winner: Sweeney Todd
    My Prediction: There Will Be Blood
    My Vote: Sweeney Todd
    Unfairly Overlooked: The Assassination of Jesse James, No Country for Old Men, Bug, The Darjeeling Limited
    Sound Mixing
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Ratatouille
  • 3:10 to Yuma
  • Transformers
  • The Winner: The Bourne Ultimatum
    My Prediction: 3:10 to Yuma
    My Vote: 3:10 to Yuma
    Unfairly Overlooked: The Assassination of Jesse James
    Sound Editing
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Ratatouille
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Transformers
  • The Winner: The Bourne Ultimatum
    My Prediction: There Will Be Blood
    My Vote: The Bourne Ultimatum
    Unfairly Overlooked: The Assassination of Jesse James
    Original Score
  • Dario Marianelli, Atonement
  • Alberto Iglesias, The Kite Runner
  • James Newton Howard, Michael Clayton
  • Michael Giacchino, Ratatouille
  • Marco Beltrami, 3:10 to Yuma
  • The Winner: Dario Marianelli, Atonement
    My Prediction: Dario Marianelli, Atonement
    My Vote: Marco Beltrami, 3:10 to Yuma
    Unfairly Overlooked: Alexandre Desplat, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium; Howard Shore, Eastern Promises
    Original Song
  • "Raise It Up" from August Rush
  • "Happy Working Song" from Enchanted, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
  • "So Close" from Enchanted, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
  • "That's How I Know" from Enchanted, Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz
  • "Falling Slowly" from Once, Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová
  • The Winner: "Falling Slowly"
    My Prediction: "Falling Slowly"
    My Vote: "Happy Working Song"
    Unfairly Overlooked: none
    Costume
  • Across the Universe
  • Atonement
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • La vie en rose
  • Sweeney Todd
  • The Winner: Elizabeth: The Golden Age
    My Prediction: Atonement
    My Vote: Sweeney Todd
    Unfairly Overlooked: The Assassination of Jesse James
    Documentary Feature
  • No End in Sight
  • Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
  • Sicko
  • Taxi to the Dark Side
  • War/Dance
  • The Winner: Taxi to the Dark Side
    My Prediction: No End in Sight
    My Vote: No End in Sight
    Unfairly Overlooked: Into Great Silence, The King of Kong, Strange Culture
    Documentary Short
  • Freeheld
  • La Corona
  • Salim Baba
  • Sari's Mother
  • The Winner: Freeheld
    My Prediction: n/a
    My Vote: n/a
    Unfairly Overlooked: n/a
    Film Editing
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Into the Wild
  • No Country for Old Men
  • There Will Be Blood
  • The Winner: The Bourne Ultimatum
    My Prediction: No Country for Old Men
    My Vote: No Country for Old Men
    Unfairly Overlooked: The Assassination of Jesse James
    Makeup
  • La vie en rose
  • Norbit
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • The Winner: La vie en rose
    My Prediction: La vie en rose
    My Vote: none
    Unfairly Overlooked: Bug, Rescue Dawn
    Animated Short
  • Even Pigeons Go to Heaven (Même les pigeons vont au paradis)
  • I Met the Walrus
  • Madame Tutli-Putli
  • My Love (Moya Lyubov)
  • Peter & the Wolf
  • The Winner: Peter & the Wolf
    My Prediction: Even Pigeons Go to Heaven (Même les pigeons vont au paradis)
    My Vote: none
    Unfairly Overlooked: n/a
    Live Action Short
  • At Night
  • The Mozart of Pickpockets
  • The Substitute (Il Supplente)
  • Tanghi Argentini
  • The Tonto Woman
  • The Winner: The Mozart of Pickpockets
    My Prediction: At Night
    My Vote: n/a
    Unfairly Overlooked:
    Visual Effects
  • The Golden Compass
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Transformers
  • The Winner: The Golden Compass
    My Prediction: Transformers
    My Vote: none
    Unfairly Overlooked: Grindhouse

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