Oscar Nominees 2008

Earlier this morning, Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates — who actually looked kind of hot rocking this new blonde hairdo — and Academy President, Sid Gannis announced the nominees for the 80th annual Academy Awards.

And while there is much to celebrate — Ellen Page for Best Actress in “Juno”! “Persepolis” snags a Best Animated Feature nod! Hal Holbrook finally scores his first-ever nomination as Best Supporting Actor for “Into the Wild”! — the fact that the bloated, pretty-on-the-outside, empty-on-the-inside “Atonement” scored a whopping seven nominations is just plain criminal.

Best Picture Nominee “There Will Be Blood”

OK, the little girl was good — Saoirse Ronan, who scored a well-deserved best Supporting Actress nomination — but Best Picture? Over “Into the Wild” and “American Gangster”? Are you f-ing kidding me? Ridiculous…

The inexplicably dismal showing for “Into the Wild” aside, I was thrilled to see “Michael Clayton” (one of our favorite pics last year) tie “Atonement” with seven nominations! This movie seriously rocks, so kudos to all the nominated cast and crew, but a special shout out to the incredible Tilda Swinton, a first-time nominee for Best Supporting Actress! Go, Scotland!

Also awesome to see “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood” pick up eight nominations each (the most of any film). These are muscular, stand-out movies and they totally deserve every honor they are showered with this year. So, rock on, guys!

Best Picture Nominee “Atonement”

But perhaps the biggest surprises came in a totally out-of-left-field nomination for Tommy Lee Jones as Best Actor for “In the Valley of Elah”. Huh? Who even remembers that thing? My thinking is that they wanted to honor him for his far superior work in “No Country for Old Men”, but the Supporting Actor category was too full, so they plopped him down here. Odd choice, I would have gone, again, with the devastating performance given by Emile Hirsch in “Into the Wild”. But that’s just me…

Also, very cool (and kind of shocking) to see a comedy director like Jason Reitman nominated for Best Director for “Juno”. That hardly ever happens, and though I had some problems with the first half of the movie, by the end, I was loving me some “Juno” big time. So, rock on Reitman!

Best Editing Nominee “Into the Wild”

Same goes for “Michael Clayton” writer/director, Tony Gilroy. This is his first time directing and he scored a nomination, so, congrats! Speaking of writing, was also delighted to see the ladies make such a strong showing in the Best Original Screenplay category. Not only did “Juno” scribe Diablo Cody score an expected nomination, but so did former “Six Feet Under” scribe Nancy Oliver for “Lars and the Real Girl” and Tamara Jenkins for the hysterical “The Savages”!

And speaking of “The Savages”, I was totally shocked to see the always-amazing Laura Linney score her third Oscar nomination for her work in this film. She is hilarious, desperate, heartbreaking and sometimes all in the same scene. This was a surprise nomination, but man, does she deserve it!

The same goes for Johnny Depp’s all-singing performance in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and Viggo Mortensen’s iconic Russian gangster in “Eastern Promises”. These guys were both awesome!

Best Actor Nominee Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises”

Kudos also to double nominee Cate Blanchett — Best Actress for “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” and Supporting Actress for “I’m Not There” — I really think she is the one to beat for her mercurial turn as Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes’ masterful “I’m Not There”. And if she wins, it would be Blanchett’s second Oscar for playing a real-life celebrity, after winning a Supporting Actress Oscar a couple years ago for playing Katherine Hepburn in “The Aviator”. Kind of funny…

And finally, though I am still stewing over the incomprehensible omission of Eddie Vedder’s towering “Rise” from “Into the Wild” in the Best Original Song category, I was thrilled to see the amazing duo from “Once” score a well-deserved nomination for the soulful “Falling Slowly”.

Best Animated Feature Nominee “Persepolis”

If you haven’t seen “Once” yet, stop reading now and go rent it immediately…it is wow…out of this world amazing. Seriously, I cannot wait to see those shaggy hippies dueting on the Oscar stage come showtime…well, you know, if there is a show this year…

So, for now, here are the Oscar nominees in most of the major categories. For a complete list of this year’s nominees, check out the Academy’s fancy new homepage at: Oscar.com




“Michael Clayton”

“No Country for Old Men”

“There Will Be Blood”


Paul Thomas Anderson – “There Will Be Blood”

Joel & Ethan Coen – “No Country for Old Men”

Tony Gilroy – “Michael Clayton”

Jason Reitman – “Juno”

Julian Schnabel – “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”


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”


Cate Blanchett – “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”

Julie Christie – “Away From Her”

Marion Cotillard – “La Vie en Rose”

Laura Linney – “The Savages”

Ellen Page – “Juno”


Casey Affleck – “The Assassination of Jesse James…”

Javier Bardem – “No Country for Old Men”

Hal Holbrook – “Into the Wild”

Philip Seymour Hoffman – “Charlie Wilson’s War”

Tom Wilkinson – “Michael Clayton”


Cate Blanchett – “I’m Not There”

Ruby Dee – “American Gangster”

Saoirse Ronan – “Atonement”

Amy Ryan – “Gone Baby Gone”

Tilda Swinton – “Michael Clayton”


Diablo Cody – “Juno”

Nancy Oliver – “Lars and the Real Girl”

Tony Gilroy – “Michael Clayton”

Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava & Jim Capobiano – “Ratatouille”

Tamara Jenkins – “The Savages”


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”




“Surf’s Up”


“Beaufort” – Israel

“The Counterfeiters” – Austria

“Katyn” – Poland

“Mogol” – Kazakhstan

“12” – Russia



“The Kite Runner”

“Michael Clayton”


“3:10 to Yuma”


“Falling Slowly” – “Once”

“Happy Working Song” – “Enchanted”

“So Close” – “Enchanted”

“That’s How You Know” – “Enchanted”

“Raise It Up” – “August Rush”


“The Assassination of Jesse James…”


“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

“No Country for Old Men”

“There Will Be Blood”


“Across the Universe”


“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”

“La Vie en Rose”

“Sweeney Todd”


“American Gangster”


“The Golden Compass”

“Sweeney Todd”

“There Will Be Blood”


“La Vie en Rose”


“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”


“The Bourne Ultimatum”

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”

“Into the Wild”

“No Country for Old Men”

“There Will Be Blood”


“No End in Sight”

“Operation Homecoming…”


“Taxi to the Dark Side”







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  1. I was right there awake at 5:30 along with you, crossing my fingers that Sweeney Todd would get more noms than it did (but I’m happy at least that Johnny got one).

    I love this day because it now gives me the roadmap of movies I have to see before the awards (not that I don’t already heed your recommendations) 🙂

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