I am both happy and disappointed with the Oscar nominations this year, which is probably a very typical response.
And I think I can already predict the winners in several categories:
Best Picture will be a race between “There Will Be Blood” and “No Country For Old Men”.
“Michael Clayton” is the John Edwards in this race. You have to pay attention to him, but you know he’s not going to win.
“Juno” is this year’s “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Atonement” should not be in this category at all. It did not receive a directors nod or a Best Acting nod, so how could it end up in the Best Picture category?
They should have picked at least one semi-popular film that more than a handful of people have seen to fill the slot wasted on “Atonement”. My pick would have been “Ratatouille”.
I’m very happy with the Best Actor category. I like all the nominees this year, but it is obvious that Daniel Day-Lewis has this category all wrapped up. They might as well just put the statue in the mail for him right now. There is no way any of the other nominees will claim the prize this year. George Clooney already got one, so he is out. Johnny Depp is overdue for an Oscar, but it won’t be this year. Viggo Mortensen’s career just got a big boost and I expect he will get a lot more juicy roles in the near future. And Tommy Lee Jones, while very deserving, got nominated for the wrong movie. What happened to “No Country For Old Men”?
I don’t have a clue about the Best Actress category other than to say that it won’t go to Cate Blanchett because she is going to win for Best Supporting Actress. Nor will it go to surprise nominee Laura Linney or the too-young Ellen Page. So that leaves Julie Christie or Marion Cotillard, neither of whom I know anything about.
In the Best Supporting Actor category the winner will be Javier Bardem for “No Country For Old Men”.
In the Directing category, the prize will go to whoever wins Best Picture - either Paul Thomas Anderson or the Cohen Brothers.
The Animated Feature award had better go to Ratatouille or I will be ticked!