The 80th Annual Academy Awards

24 February 2008

The 80th Annual Academy Awards

 

After the settlement with the writer guild of America, Hollywood entertainment industry is up and running again. The first remarkable show benefited from the agreement was this year Oscar show at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on February the 24th, 2008. The glamorous red carpet is what Hollywood needs to rekindle its spirit and it certainly did. Hosted by Jon Steward, the show emphasized on the 80th anniversary of the awards history with numerous clips from the previous years. There were a couple of hilarious moments and jokes, especially the puns regarding the heating presidential candidacy at this moment. All in all, it’s good to see the stars and their works recognized once a year. Here are the list of this year nominees and winners, according to the announcement order. (Winners are presented in red bold case.)

Achievement in Costume Design
Atonement
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Across the Universe
La Vie En Rose

Best Animated Feature Film
Surf’s Up
Persepolis
Ratatouille

Achievement in Makeup
Norbit
La Vie En Rose
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Best Visual Effects
The Golden Compass
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Transformers

Best Art Direction
Atonement
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
There Will Be Blood
American Gangster
The Golden Compass

Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men)
Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War)
Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild)
Casey Affleck (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford)

Best Live-Action Short Film
At Night
Il Supplente (The Substitute)
Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)
Tanghi Argentini
The Tonto Woman

Best Animated Short Film
I Met the Walrus
Madame Tutli-Putli
My Love (Moya Lyubov)
Peter & the Wolf
Meme Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There)
Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)
Amy Ryan (Gone, Baby, Gone)
Saorise Ronan (Atonement)
Ruby Dee (American Gangster)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Atonement
Away From Her
No Country for Old Men
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
There Will Be Blood

Achievement in Sound Editing
There Will Be Blood
The Bourne Ultimatum
Ratatouille
No Country for Old Men
Transformers

Achievement in Sound Mixing
The Bourne Ultimatum
Ratatouille
3:10 to Yuma
No Country for Old Men
Transformers

Best Actress
Ellen Page (Juno)
Julie Christie (Away From Her)
Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose)
Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth: The Golden Age)
Laura Linney (The Savages)

Best Film Editing
The Bourne Ultimatum
No Country for Old Men
Into the Wild
There Will Be Blood
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Foreign-Language Film
The Counterfeiters
Mongol
Beaufort
Katyn
12

Best Original Song
Falling Slowly (Once)
Raise It Up (August Rush)
Happy Working Song (Enchanted)
So Close (Enchanted)
That’s How You Know (Enchanted)

Achievement in Cinematography
Atonement
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood
The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford

Best Original Score
Atonement
3:10 to Yuma
Michael Clayton
The Kite Runner
Ratatouille

Best Documentary Short
Freeheld
La Corona (The Crown)
Salim Baba
Sari’s Mother

Best Documentary Feature
Taxi to the Dark Side
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
No End in Sight
Sicko
War/Dance

Best Original Screenplay
Juno
Michael Clayton
Ratatouille
Lars and the Real Girl
The Savages

Best Actor
George Clooney (Michael Clayton)
Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd)
Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)
Tommy Lee Jones (In The Valley of Elah)

Achievement in Directing
Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men)
Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood)
Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton)
Jason Reitman (Juno)
Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and Butterfly)

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

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

14 January 2008
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is originally a Broadway musical play by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. The film adaptation is directed by the acclaimed director Tim Burton and stars Burton’s favorite actor Johnny Depp as the main character Sweeney Todd, an unfortunate barber who was sentenced to life by the false charge because the lustful judge wanted to take away his wife. He escaped 15 years later and went back to London for a revenge, beginning the story of murder and meat pies which you would never want to taste.

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No Country for Old Men

13 January 2008
No Country for Old Men

Every year during the award season for movie, there would be a couple of films which have been nominated and won the awards from almost every institutes. These films are favorable by critics but might not do well at box office. Anyway, they are the center of attention for movie-goers and all involved in the film industry. As for this year, No Country for Old Men could be considered as that kind of awards sweeper film. The film gets high praises from critics and scores fair at the American box office. With the awards boost, the film would be a center of attention with a chance for more viewers.

No Country for Old Men is an adaptation of the novel with the same name written by Cormac McCarthy. The film was written and directed two brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. Set in the landscape of West Texas and Mexico’s border, the film tells a story of cat and mouse chase between a hitman and a guy who discovered a suitcase full of money from the drug-deal gone wrong during his hunting in the desert. The guy could get away with the money but his good conscience brought him back to the scene. Thus, the hitman got the lead. After inspecting the crime scene, veteran local sheriff tries his best to save the man life. The series of action follows afterwards. The story seems simple but it’s intensified by the way it unfolded.

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The 13th Critics’ Choice Awards

7 January 2008

January is the beginning of the new year and it’s also the beginning of the awards season for entertainment industry in the states. Unfortunately, according to the on-going strike of the Writers Guild of America, it is likely that the annual Golden Globe Awards, which is considered as one of the biggest awards events before the Oscars, would not be presented as a star-stud telecast as it had been. Anyway, we had a chance to watch a few stars from one of the first awards event of the year at the annual 13th Critics’ Choice Awards on Monday 7th January 2008. The ceremony was held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles hosted by comedian D.L. Hughley. As the name of the awards stated, the awards are nominated and selected by members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) of America. Here are the list of this year nominees and winners. (Winners are presented in red bold case.)

 

Best Picture
American Gangster
Atonement
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Into the Wild
Juno
The Kite Runner
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
Sweeney Todd
There Will Be Blood

Best Actor
George Clooney – Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd
Ryan Gosling – Lars and the Real Girl
Emile Hirsch – Into the Wild
Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises

Best Actress
Amy Adams – Enchanted
Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie – Away From Her
Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose
Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
Ellen Page – Juno

Best Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson’s War
Hal Holbrook – Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson – Michael Clayton

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
Catherine Keener – Into the Wild
Vanessa Redgrave – Atonement
Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton

Best Acting Ensemble
Hairspray
Juno
No Country for Old Men
Sweeney Todd
Gone Baby Gone
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Best Director
Tim Burton – Sweeney Todd
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
Sidney Lumet – Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Sean Penn – Into the Wild
Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joe Wright – Atonement

Best Writer
Diablo Cody – Juno
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton
Nancy Oliver – Lars and the Real Girl
Sean Penn – Into the Wild
Aaron Sorkin – Charlie Wilson’s War

Best Animated Feature
Bee Movie
Beowulf
Persepolis
Ratatouille
The Simpsons Movie

Best Young Actor
Michael Cera – Juno
Michael Cera – Superbad
Freddie Highmore – August Rush
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada – The Kite Runner
Edward Sanders – Sweeney Todd

Best Young Actress
Nikki Blonsky – Hairspray
Dakota Blue Richards – The Golden Compass
AnnaSophia Robb – Bridge to Terabithia
Saoirse Ronan – Atonement

Best Comedy Movie
Dan in Real Life
Hairspray
Juno
Knocked Up
Superbad

Best Family Film
August Rush
Enchanted
The Golden Compass
Hairspray
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Best Picture Made for Television
The Company
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Tin Man
The War

Best Foreign Language Film
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
La Vie en Rose
Lust, Caution
The Orphanage

Best Song
“Come So Far”, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley – Hairspray
“Do You Feel Me”, Anthony Hamilton – American Gangster
“Falling Slowly”, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Once
“Guaranteed”, Eddie Vedder – Into the Wild
“That’s How You Know”, Amy Adams – Enchanted

Best Composer
Marco Beltrami – 3:10 to Yuma
Alexandre Desplat – Lust, Caution
Clint Eastwood – Grace Is Gone
Jonny Greenwood – There Will Be Blood
Dario Marianelli – Atonement
Alan Menken – Enchanted

Best Documentary
Darfur Now
In the Shadow of the Moon
The King of Kong
No End In Sight
Sharkwater
Sicko

 

In the last couple of years, the winners from the Critics’ Choice Awards have been the strong contestants to win the Oscars. It is to be seen in this year how the result will turn out to be.


Charlie Wilson’s War

3 January 2008
Charlie Wilson’s War

 

Charlie Wilson’s War is a film based on true story of Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson who played an important role in the event that leads to the collapse of the Soviet Union and eventually the end of the Cold War. The film is adapted from the book “Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History” by George Crile. Tom Hanks starred the leading role as Charlie Wilson. Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman also starred in the film with notable supporting roles.

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Juno

2 January 2008
Juno

Juno is a 16-year-old high school girl who got pregnant unexpectedly with her classmate. After deciding not to go for abortion, she found a perfect couple who are willing to adopt her child. The storyline sounds simple but the film touches so many critical issues and expresses them in style. Most importantly, the film explores the underage pregnancy as well as love and caring from family. The credit goes to the director Jason Reitman and the script writer Diablo Cody.

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Enchanted

1 January 2008
Enchanted

 

As the tag line of the film stated, Enchanted brings together the animation and the live action movie together. This Disney’s comedic fantasy musical film featured a number of tributes to Disney’s memorable movies from Snow White to Mary Poppins. It starts with a beautiful maiden named Giselle who lives in blissfully animated world Andalasia. She dreams of a prince-charming coming to ask her for marriage and she finally finds her prince. However, on her way to the wedding, the wicked queen who is the prince’s step-mother (all ingredients for villain in this colorful world) sent her to another world which happens to be downtown New York city. How the character in optimistic animated world survives in the real world? It’s interesting to watch.

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