2008 Academy Award Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 80th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning and two of the most critically well received films of the last year – No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood – lead the pack of nominees with nods in eight categories each.

The two films will go head-to-head in six of those eight categories including Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Cinematography and Best Adapted Screenplay. In addition, There Will Be Blood nabbed a Best Actor nomination for star Daniel Day Lewis, while No Country For Old Men’s Javier Bardem received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Right behind No Country and Blood is the George Clooney legal thriller Michael Clayton, which received seven total nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Original Screenplay for Tony Gilroy, Best Actor for Clooney, Best Supporting Actor for Tom Wilkinson and Best Supporting Actress for Tilda Swinton. When released last fall, the film did steady but unremarkable business. However, Warner Brothers announced last weekend that it was going to re-release the film in approximately 1,000 theaters this Friday. These Oscar nominations should certainly help boast the film’s box-office.

The World War Two drama Atonement also received seven nominations including nods for Best Supporting Actress for Saoirse Ronan, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design, and Adapted Screenplay.

Rounding out the Best Picture nominees is this year’s indie hit Juno, which captured four nominations- the expected Best Original Screenplay nod for Diablo Cody, a Best Actress nomination for star Ellen Page and Best Director for sophomore helmer Jason Reitman.

Several films managed to score three nominations including La Vie En Rose, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford and Transformers. Disney’s animated/live-action mashup Enchanted dominated the Best Original Song category, taking three of the five nominations.

The complete nominees are-

Best Actor
George Clooney – Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tommy Lee Jones – In The Valley Of Elah
Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises

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

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
Rudy Dee – American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan – Atonement
Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton

Best Animated Feature
Persepolis
Ratatouille
Surf’s Up

Art Direction
American Gangster
Atonement
The Golden Compass
Sweeney Todd
There Will Be Blood

Cinematography
The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
Atonement
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Costume Design
Across The Universe
Atonement
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
La Vie En Rose
Sweeney Todd

Best Director
Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
Jason Reitman – Juno
Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton
Joel & Ethan Coen – No Country For Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood

Best Documentary Feature
No End In Sight
Operation Homecoming: Writing The Wartime Experience
Sicko
Taxi To The Dark Side
War/Dance

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

Best Editing
The Bourne Ultimatum
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
Into The Wild
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Best Foreign Language Film
Beaufort
The Counterfeiters
Katyn
Mongol
12

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

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

Best Music – Original Song
“Falling Slowly”- Once
“Happy Working Song”- Enchanted
“Raise It Up”- August Rush
“So Close”- Enchanted
“That’s How You Know”- Enchanted

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

Best Animated Short Film
I Met The Walrus
Madame Tutli-Putli
Même Les Pigeons vont Au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)
My Love (Moya Lyubov)
Peter & The Wolf

Best Live Action Short Film
At Night
Il Supplente (The Substitute)
Le Mozart Des Pickpokets
Tanghi Argentini
The Tonto Woman

Best Sound Editing
The Bourne Ultimatum
No Country For Old Men
Ratatouille
There Will Be Blood
Transformers

Best Sound Mixing
The Bourne Ultimatum
No Country For Old Men
Ratatouille
3:10 To Yuma
Transformers

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

Adapted Screenplay
Atonement
Away From Her
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
No Country For Old Men
There Will Be Blood

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

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