2008 Academy Awards Winners

No Country For Old Men

Here is a listing of the 2008 Academy Award winners, followed by some commentary. Tell me what you think of the winners and losers in the comments below.

No Country For Old Men

The Cohen Brothers

Best Picture

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

No Country For Old Men

The Cohen Brothers

Best Director

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

There Will Be Blood

Daniel Day-LewisBest Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood
George Clooney in Michael Clayton
Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd
Tommy Lee Jones in In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises

No Country For Old MenJavier Bardem in No Country for Old MenBest Supporting Actor

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

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Marion CotillardBest Actress

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

Michael ClaytonTilda Swinton in Michael ClaytonBest Supporting Actress

Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton
Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There
Ruby Dee in American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan in Atonement
Amy Ryan in Gone, Baby, Gone

JunoBest Original Screenplay

Diablo Cody for Juno
Nancy Oliver for Lars and the Real Girl
Tony Gilroy for Michael Clayton
Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird for Ratatouille
Tamara Jenkins for The Savages

No Country For Old Men

The Cohen BrothersBest Adapted Screenplay

Joel Coen & Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men
Christopher Hampton for Atonement
Sarah Polley for Away From Her
Ronald Harwood for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Paul Thomas Anderson for There Will Be Blood

RatatouilleBest Animated Feature

Ratatouille
Persepolis
Surf’s Up

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Taxi to the Dark SideBest Documentary Feature

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

Sweeney ToddBest Art Direction

Dante Ferretii and Francesa Lo Schiavo for Sweeney Todd
Arthur Max (Art Direction); Beth A. Rubino (Set Decoration) for American Gangster
Sarah Greenwood (Art Direction); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration) for Atonement
Dennis Gassner (Art Direction); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration) for The Golden Compass
Jack Fisk (Art Direction); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration) for There Will Be Blood

There Will Be BloodBest Cinematography

Robert Elswit for There Will Be Blood
Roger Deakins for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Seamus McGarvey for Atonement
Roger Deakins for No Country for Old Men
Janusz Kaminski for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Elizabeth: The Golden AgeBest Costume Design

Alexandra Byrne for Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Albert Wolsky for Across The Universe
Jacqueline Durran for Atonement
Marit Allen for La Vie En Rose
Colleen Atwood for Sweeney Todd

The Bourne Ultimatum

Best Film Editing

Christopher Rouse for The Bourne Ultimatum
Juliette Welfling for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Jay Cassidy for Into the Wild
Roderick Jaynes for No Country for Old Men
Dylan Tichenor for There Will Be Blood

The CounterfeitersBest Foreign Language Film

The Counterfeiters
Beaufort
Katyn
Mongol
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Didier Lavergne, Jan Archibald for La Vie en Rose
Rick Baker, Kazuhiro Tsuji for Norbit
Ve Neill and Martin Samuel Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End


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OnceBest Original Song

Once for “Falling Slowly” Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Enchanted for “So Close” Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
Enchanted for “That’s How You Know” Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
Enchanted for “Happy Working Song” Music by Alan Menken; Lyric by Stephen Schwartz
August Rush for “Raise It Up” by Jamal Joseph, Charles Mack and Tevin Thomas

AtonementBest Original Score

Dario Marianelli for Atonement
Alberto Iglesias for The Kite Runner
James Newton Howard for Michael Clayton
Michael Giacchino for Ratatouille
Marco Beltrami for 3:10 To Yuma

The Bourne Ultimatum

Best Sound Mixing

Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis for The Bourne Ultimatum
Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter Kurland for No Country for Old Men
Randy Thom, Michael Semanick and Doc Kane Ratatouille
Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Jim Stuebe for 3:10 To Yuma
Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Peter J. Devlin for Transformers

The Bourne UltimatumBest Sound Editing

Karen Baker Landers, Per Hallberg for The Bourne Ultimatum
Skip Lievsay for No Country for Old Men
Randy Thom, Michael Silvers for Ratatouille
Matthew Wood for There Will Be Blood
Ethan Van der Ryn, Mike Hopkins for Transformers

The Golden CompassBest Visual Effects

Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood for The Golden Compass
John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl and John Frazier for Transformers

2008 Honorary Academy Award

Robert F. Boyle (For career in Art Direction)

Best Animated Short Film

Peter & the Wolf
I Met the Walrus
Madame Tutli-Putli
Même les Pigeons vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go To Heaven)
My Love (Moya Lyubov)

Best Live Action Short

Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)
At Night
Il Supplente (The Substitute)
Tanghi Argentini
The Tonto Woman

Best Documentary Short

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

Good Quotes from Host host Jon Stewert:

“No Country For Old Men, Sweeney Todd, There Will Be Blood. All I can say is: thank God for teen pregnancy.”

“Even Norbit got a nomination, which is great. Too often, the Academy ignores movies that aren’t good.”

“Diablo Cody wrote Juno, such a great movie. Cody used to be an exotic dancer and now she’s an Oscar-nominated writer. I hope you’re enjoying the pay cut.”

“Film Editing, alright. Someone just took the lead in their office pool based on a guess!”

My Thoughts:

The opening which combined characters from some of the most memorable films of all time was EPIC.

Transformers got screwed for Best Visual Effects. Did any of the academy members who voted for The Golden Compass have 20/20 vision?

Of all the nominees in the best supporting actress category, Tilda Swinton was the least expected contender for Michael Clayton. But somehow Swinton beat out Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There, Saoirse Ronan in Atonement and Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone. How could this have happened? Amy Ryan deserved the win, even Tolda looked shocked when they read her name.

Enchanted had three of the five original song nominations, but the power of Once could not be stopped. I’m so glad that Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova took home a statue. They deserve it. And how fucking cool was it for Jon Stewert/The Academy to bring Marketa back on stage to speak after the music cut her off.

How cool is it to hear Greenwood’s There Will Be Blood theme being played as people walk to the stage?

I was so much looking forward to what Michael Moore was going to say once he got up on the Oscar stage once again. And besides, he deserved to be there, but it didn’t happen. And I’m still angry that The King of Kong wasn’t even nominated.

Diablo Cody wins best screenplay – Hell yeah. And how great was it to see the tough girl breakdown.

In true Oscar fashion, The Coen Brothers were rewarded by the Academy for their combined filmography, where Paul Thomas Anderson clearly deserved the Best Director and Best Picture awards.

The 2008 Academy Awards has come to a close. There Will Be Blood lost to No Country, The Bourne Ultimatium had three wins, Norbit and Transformers lost, and Diablo took home a gold statue.

What did you think?

Do you agree with the winners?

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