Thursday, February 21, 2008

Oscar

Look at this--two posts in a row with comments open! 80thposter_2



In the home I grew up in, Oscars night was the equivalent of Super Bowl Sunday in other homes. For years, even after all but the youngest had left home, Kev would still send out ballots and tally the winner among us.



So, regardless of how few movies you've seen (we never let that stop us!), I want to know your vote. Especially Mimi, Liz and Kevin. Whomever has the most correct out of the 8 categories below wins a DVD and popcorn:-)



My picks, based on my preferences & random guesses, are in green. Please list yours under comments. Here are the main nominations (you have to guess in each of these categories to win!):



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



Best Actress: Cate Blanchett; Ellen Page; Julie Christie; Laura Linney; Marion Cotilard



Best Actor: George Clooney; Daniel Day-Lewis; Viggo Mortensen; Johnny Depp; Tommy Lee Jones



Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett; Ruby Dee; Amy Ryan; Tilda Swinton; Saoirse Ronan (I realize she has no chance and zero buzz, but I think she was perfect in a difficult role that was so essential to the film)



Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman; Casey Affleck; Hal Holbrook; Tom Wilkinson; Javier Bardem (that last guy is expected to win, I'd love to see Casey win, but I vote for PSH because he's brilliant and the only thing I liked about "Charlie Wilson's War")



Best Director: Julian Schnabel; Paul Thomas Anderson; Joel & Ethan Cohen; Tony Gilroy; Jason Reitman



Best Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Hampton, "Atonement"; Sarah Polley, "Away from Her"; Ronald Harwood, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"; Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"; Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood" (Hardest category for me---I could see any of them win deservedly).



Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody, "Juno"; Nancy Oliver, "Lars and the Real Girl"; Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"; Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava and Jim Capobianco, "Ratatouille"; Tamara Jenkins, "The Savages."



And if "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (the song that has been playing on this blog since V-day, from the Irish film, "Once") doesn't win BEST SONG, then...well, I guess I really have no great threat to make the Academy. Having ignored all of Eddie Vedder's songs from "Into the Wild", they obviously aren't out to please me.



But hopefully you are! Give me your two cents and winners from the car game and Oscar game will both be posted on Monday. And here's to great montages and at least one surprise win on Sunday night. 






11 comments:

  1. I am laughing as I post this because well....me? Knowing anything about the Oscars? Come on, I would rather give you the stats from the Superbowl. *L* But here are my guesses:
    Best Picture: Michael Clayton
    Best Actress: Cate Blanchett
    Best Actor: George Clooney
    Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan
    Best Supporting Actor: Casey Affleck
    Best Director: Julian Schnabel
    Best Adapted: Atonement
    Best Original: Juno

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  2. I was remembering how you made ballots for all of us when the four of lived together for a stint B.K. (Before Kids). I had no clue who any of the people or films were, but I got them all right! Do you remember? At the conclusion of the award ceremony, you had to wake me up off of the floor to let me know I had won. I figure my knowledge of film hasn't changed much, but hopefully my luck hasn't either :) So here goes:
    Best Picture: No Country for Old Men
    Best Actress: Marion Cotilard
    Best Actor: Danile Day-Lewis
    Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton
    Best Supporting Actor: Hal Holbrook
    Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
    Best Adapterd Screenplay: Sarah Polley
    Best Original Screenplay: Tony Gilroy
    Best Movie IMO (in my opinion): Juno

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  3. I know it seems like a long shot, but this just might be the year that _The Thin Red Line_ will sweep.
    Fingers crossed.

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  4. Best Picture: No country for old men
    Best Actress: Julie Christie
    Best Actor: Daniel Day lewis
    Best Supporting Actress: Ruby Dee
    Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem
    Best Director: Coen Bros
    Best Adapted: PTA
    Best Original: Diablo Cody

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  5. Best Picture: No Country for Old Men
    Best Actress: Julie Christie
    Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
    Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett
    Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem
    Best Director: Joel & Ethan Cohen
    Best Adapted Screenplay: "No Country for Old Men”
    Best Original Screenplay: "Juno”

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  6. Having seen not one movie this past year other than kid flicks, here is my best guess-
    best picture Atonement
    best actress Cate Blanchett
    best actor Daniel Day-Lewis
    best supporting actress Amy Ryan
    best supporting actor Casey Affleck
    best director Joel & Ethan Cohen
    best original screenplay
    Diablo Cody " Juno"

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  7. Best Picture: Atonement
    Best Actress: Julie Christie
    Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
    Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett
    Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem
    Best Director: Joel & Ethan Cohen
    Best Adapted Screenplay: "No Country for Old Men”
    Best Original Screenplay: "Juno"

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  8. Best Picture: No Country for Old Men
    Best Actress: Marion Cotilard
    Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis
    Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan
    Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem
    Best Director: Cohen Brothers
    Best Adapted: No Country for Old Men
    Best Original: Juno

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  9. sorry, I forgot best adapted screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson " There will be Blood"

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  10. Thanks Dee, you don't really want to know my vote. But I'll vote anyway for the prize.
    Best Picture - No Country for Old Men
    Best Actress - Ellen Page
    Best Actor - George Clooney
    Best Supporting Actress - Ruby Dee
    Best Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem
    Best Director - Jason Reitman
    Best Adapted Screenplay - There will be Blood
    Best Original Screenplay - Juno
    Erin

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  11. Did you all know that Diablo Cody went to Benet Academy in Lisle? Shocker.
    Yes, the speech from the girl from Once was excellent.
    I have had Once (Netflix) sitting around for 2 weeks and still have not watched it. So many movies still to see. I only saw Juno.
    Yes, I was almost at the red carpet. Last year Dan and Liam left the morning of the Oscars for CA and, we were watching during a snowstorm in IL. I told the kids that next year we are going to be in the bleachers, and I cannot believe we did not go down. Coincidentally I even have a hotel res. for Sun, Mon and Tues, just north of Hollywood in Van Nuys b/c I am working at a hospital there the next three days. We were thinking of all of us going down - but security is really tight and I did not get in the lottery for the bleachers. If Liam did not have crew in the morning I would have let them hang out at the hotel. Amazingly I do not usually let things like that stop me. So we just had an Oscars party at home. Next year for sure!
    But, I am only working 9-12 today, so I get to explore LA until the evening when I have to return to the hospital. I am going to check the "post oscars Kodak Theatre".
    Congrats on the minivan! It looks good. You will enjoy it.

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