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At the Movies: There Will Be No Country for Old Men

No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood tied for the number of Oscar nominations for the 80th Academy Awards. They were followed by Michael Clayton, Atonement, and Juno. Two films were also considered strong contenders, Into the Wild and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, but both did not make it into the main categories. The Diving Bell did somewhat better, getting nominations for Screenplay and Director.

The Oscar race amounts to a variety of thematic choices, from teen pregnancy to murderous oil men to facing down corporate America. Juno is the standout with its lighthearted theme and rapid-fire jokes; it is also one of the few Best Picture nominees to be that of a female writer and an original screenplay. Sofia Coppola and Callie Khourie are two in recent memories who wrote films that ended up in the Big Five.

In addition to Diablo Cody’s script for Juno, several other women made it into the screenplay race: Sarah Polley for having adapted Away from Her, which she also directed, and which stars Julie Christie; Nancy Oliver who wrote the quirky Lars and the Real girl; and Tamara Jenkins who wrote The Savages.

Two veterans made it into the Oscar for the first time: Ruby Dee, who should have been nominated for Do the Right Thing, and Hal Holbrook, who should have at least been nominated for All the President’s Men. Both actors come at their nominations for the first time at 83 years old. Holbrook makes history as the oldest Best Supporting actor nominee.

All five of the Best Director nominees are first-timers, except Joel Coen who previously took the nomination for Fargo. This is the first time the two brothers step forward as a directing team, even though, they’ve essentially been directing together since the beginning of their careers.

As far as who will win this race, it’s a tough call. No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood appear to be the two with the most Academy love, with a slight edge to Blood for having showed up on the scene as a late entry, thus no one has gotten bored with it yet. It will likely be a year where the wins are split up across many films rather than one film dominating.

What will define the year is the serious and grim subject matter in all but four of the nominees. Only one film has a real happy ending; the other four have more complicated endings that are almost ambiguous even. Once again, many will say that we are in an era similar to the 1970s, back when the Academy had proven tastes.

Even more strange is the lack of heroes or protagonists. Daniel Day-Lewis plays the black-hearted Daniel Plainview who is consumed with hatred and ambition. Javier Bardem plays the sociopathic embodiment of death itself. There are no heroes; only survivors. Michael Clayton is a hero although he must give up everything to do so. He stands up for what’s right and he pays a price. Only Juno finds happy in the muck and draws a little smiley face across it. Whether this means Juno will win or not is to be decided later.

Here is the complete list of Oscar nominations.

Best Actor

George Clooney in Michael Clayton

Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood

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 Actress

Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Julie Christie in Away from Her

Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose

Laura Linney in The Savages

Ellen Page in Juno

Best Supporting Actor

Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson’s War

Hal Holbrook in Into the Wild

Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Picture

Atonement

Juno

Michael Clayton

No Country for Old Men

There Will Be Blood

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

There Will Be Blood Paul Thomas Anderson

Best Animated Feature

Persepolis Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud

Ratatouille Brad Bird

Surf’s Up Ash Brannon and Chris Buck

Best Original Screenplay

Juno, written by Diablo Cody

Lars and the Real Girl, written by Nancy Oliver

Michael Clayton, written by Tony Gilroy

Ratatouille, screenplay by Brad Bird, Story by Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird

The Savages, written by Tamara Jenkins

Best Visual Effects

The Golden Compass Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier

Transformers Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl and John Frazier

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

There Will Be Blood

Art Direction: Jack Fisk

Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Cinematography

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Roger Deakins

Atonement Seamus McGarvey

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Janusz Ka

No Country for Old Men Roger Deakins

There Will Be Blood Robert Elswit

Costume Design

Across the Universe Albert Wolsky

Atonement Jacqueline Durran

Elizabeth: The Golden Age Alexandra Byrne

La Vie en Rose Marit Allen

Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Colleen Atwood

Best Documentary Feature

No End in Sight Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience Richard E. Robbins

Sicko Michael Moore and Meghan O’Hara

Taxi to the Dark Side

War/Dance

Best Documentary Short Subject

Freeheld Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth

La Corona (The Crown) Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega

Salim Baba Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello

Sari’s Mother James Longley

Film Editing

The Bourne Ultimatum Christopher Rouse

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Juliette Welfling

Into the Wild Jay Cassidy

No Country for Old Men Roderick Jaynes

There Will Be Blood Dylan Tichenor

Best Foreign Language Film

Beaufort Israel

The Counterfeiters Austria

Katyń Poland

Mongol Kazakhstan

12 Russia

Makeup

La Vie en Rose Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald

Norbit Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Ve Neill and Martin Samuel

Original Score

Atonement Dario Marianelli

The Kite Runner Alberto Iglesias

Michael Clayton James Newton Howard

Ratatouille Michael Giacchino

3:10 to Yuma Marco Beltrami

Original Song

Falling Slowly from Once

Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

Happy Working Song from Enchanted

Music by Alan Menken

Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

Raise It Up from August Rush

Nominees to be determined

So Close from Enchanted

Music by Alan Menken

Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

That’s How You Know from Enchanted

Music by Alan Menken

Lyric by Stephen Schwartz

Best Animated Short Film

I Met the Walrus Josh Raskin

Madame Tutli-Putli Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski

Même Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven) Samuel Tourneux and Simon Vanesse

My Love (Moya Lyubov) Alexander Petrov

Peter & the Wolf Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman

Best Live Action Short Film

At Night Christian E. Christiansen and Louise Vesth

Il Supplente (The Substitute) Andrea Jublin

Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets) Philippe Pollet-Villard

Tanghi Argentini Guido Thys and Anja Daelemans

The Tonto Woman Daniel Barber and Matthew Brown

Achievement in Sound Editing

The Bourne Ultimatum Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg

No Country for Old Men Skip Lievsay

Ratatouille Randy Thom and Michael Silvers

There Will Be Blood Matthew Wood

Transformers Ethan Van der Ryn and Mike Hopkins

Achievement in Sound Mixing

The Bourne Ultimatum Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis

No Country for Old Men Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter Kurland

Ratatouille Randy Thom, Michael Semanick and Doc Kane

3:10 to Yuma Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Jim Stuebe

Transformers Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin

Achievement in Visual Effects

The Golden Compass Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier

Transformers Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl and John Frazier

Adapted Screenplay

Atonement, screenplay by Christopher Hampton

Away from Her, written by Sarah Polley

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, screenplay by Ronald Harwood

No Country for Old Men, written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

There Will Be Blood, written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson

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