My Oscar Nominations

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So the Oscar nominations came out yesterday, and you can view them here. Now notwithstanding the fact that the ceremony might not actually happen this year, the Academy Awards are still the most prestigious, desired trophy in Hollywood. Unfortunately the Academy tends to get things right only about half the time with who they nominate and award… And this year is no different. The following is how I would have narrowed the field of nominees for the eight major categories:

Best Actor:
Daniel Day Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Viggo Mortenson, Eastern Promises
Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl
Emile Hirsch, Into the Wild
Christian Bale, Rescue Dawn

Best Actress
Julie Christie, Away From Her
Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose
Keri Russell, Waitress
Amy Adams, Enchanted
Laura Linney, Jindabyne

Best Supporting Actor
Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild
Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James…
John Carroll Lynch, Zodiac
Steve Zahn, Rescue Dawn
Paul Schneider, Lars and the Real Girl

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
Catherine Keener, Into the Wild
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton
Charlotte Gainsbourgh, I’m Not There

Best Director
David Fincher, Zodiac
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Todd Haynes, I’m Not There
Richard Kelly, Southland Tales

Best Picture
Into the Wild
Zodiac
There Will Be Blood
No Country for Old Men
I’m Not There

Best Original Screenplay
Juno
Lars and the Real Girl
I’m Not There
The Savages
Once

Best Adapted Screenplay
No Country For Old Men
Zodiac
There Will Be Blood
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Into the Wild

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2 responses to “My Oscar Nominations

  1. I’m glad to see “Zodiac” and Christian Bale for “Rescue Dawn” making your selections, Brett. To me, those were the biggest snubs of the Academy nominations, especially the complete absence of Fincher’s film.

  2. I always enjoy reading these kinds of lists. I agree that “Zodiac” was just out-right snubbed by the Academy. Although I would choose “No Country” and “There Will Be Blood” as better pictures, “Zodiac” deserved the recognition it did not receive.

    I also feel like the only one who thinks Tommy Lee Jones was nominated for the wrong film. While his performance in “In the Valley of Elah” was the only thing that kept that film afloat for me, Jones’ work in “No Country” transcends acting. The simple fact that he managed to overshadow even Anton Chigurrh (arguably the greatest screen villian since Lecter) should have been reason enough for a nomination. Oh well.

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