Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Academy Awards nominations are out today but it really seems like this year it will be a total let down if the writers’ strike continues. It’s kind of cool that most of the actors won’t cross a picket line but it seems pretty clear that they’re acting out of fear and I’d warrant a guess that deep down they are still hoping that enough of them will band together to make it viable to go while not looking like assholes.

The Golden Globes were actually mercifully short because no one went and that worked for me. Except for the one segment in which Mary Hart made a few inane perky remarks which made me want to stab my ears out so I wouldn’t have to witness her horror any more. I kid, I love her. She’s like a cheap, sell out American Julie Andrews with no discernible talent except forced optimism. Sort of. She has a certain maternal glow that makes you feel bad if you trash her. Right now, for instance, I feel terrible although it could just be the combination of melatonin I took last night coupled with the carbonara I ate for dinner. Ugh. Too much of everything.
Anyway, so it’d really suck if you were nominated for an Academy Award this year and you didn’t get to go get it on the stage and cry and scream and hyperventilate and thank God. I’m pretty sure a large component of the value of an Academy Award is the visibility you get in that moment that you accept the award. You’re up there, you’re visible to the entire world, you say something etc. etc. People know who you are and they’re really paying attention. Without that minute of focused international homage, would winning an Oscar mean that you end up not as well off as if you had appeared at the ceremony? I mean, do you still get the gift basket with the million bucks worth of gifts? You still get that right? The gift basket? I just would hate to lose that. They give you free first class round trip tickets to New Zealand or something.

Here are the nominations:

Best Picture:

"Atonement," "Juno," "Michael Clayton," "No Country for Old Men," "There Will Be Blood."


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."


Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"; Julie Christie, "Away From Her"; Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose"; Laura Linney, "The Savages"; Ellen Page, "Juno."

Supporting Actor:

Casey Affleck, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; Javier Bardem, "No Country for Old Men"; Hal Holbrook, "Into the Wild"; Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Charlie Wilson's War"; Tom Wilkinson, "Michael Clayton."

Supporting Actress:

Cate Blanchett, "I'm Not There"; Ruby Dee, "American Gangster"; Saoirse Ronan, "Atonement"; Amy Ryan, "Gone Baby Gone"; Tilda Swinton, "Michael Clayton."


Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"; Jason Reitman, "Juno"; Tony Gilroy, "Michael Clayton"; Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"; Paul Thomas Anderson, "There Will Be Blood."

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