Monday, February 25, 2008

Oscars! Winners & Reaction

Nobody could stop what was coming. That the Academy put together a nominees list better than any in recent memory was the real victory for the year, but the embracing of No Country For Old Men, a film that a decade ago surely would have lost, suggests Oscar is changing. A great list of winners. Here are the lucky people:

Best Picture: No Country for Old Men
Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men
Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton
Best Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Coens, No Country for Old Men
Best Doc Feature: Taxi to the Dark Side
Best Doc Short: Freeheld
Best Score: Atonement
Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit, There Will Be Blood
Best Song: Falling Slowly, Once
Best Foreign Language Film: The Counterfeiters
Best Editing: The Bourne Ultimatum
Best Sound Mixing: The Bourne Ultimatum
Best Sound Editing: The Bourne Ultimatum
Animated Short Peter and the Wolf
Live Action short: Le Mozart des Pickpockets
Art Direction: Sweeney Todd
Visual Effects: The Golden Compass
Best Makeup: La Vie Rose
Best Animated Feature: Ratouille
Best Costume Design: Elizabeth, The Golden Age

Prediction Score: 14/24 (Same as last year. I'm pleased!)


Best Victory: Tilda Swinton's win for Michael Clayton. One of the best ever Supporting Actress wins. I would have been happy with anyone but Ruby Dee winning but this was a bonus.

Speech: Diablo Cody. Lovely, genuine, and she appropriately dedicated her award to the writers. Tilda Swinton bringing up Batman and Robin is a pretty close second though. Oh and I also loved the Freeheld people. Visibly overjoyed.

Best Moment: Marketa Irglova returning to the stage shortly after Once's song victory, and giving the speech she was prevented from giving at the time.

Worst Victory: Generally very good this year. Gone are the days of Sean Penn in Mystic River and Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby. I liked most of these choices. Maybe the effects win for The Golden Compass is the worst of them, and was clearly awarded because animals are cuter than robots.

Worst Speech: Any of The Coen Brother's wins. Not bad. Just boring.

Worst Moment: Any of the clips. Do we need to know every Oscar winner since 1928? Absurd. Especially when you consider they cut a load of time off the In Memoriam slot.


Best Dressed: Jennifer Garner. Simple black dress with gorgeous detail at the bottom, beautiful hair, and a stunning diamond necklace to top the outfit off. Insanely pretty. Laura Linney also did very well. Loved her hair. LOVED Diane Lane's dress. Lovely thing on the waist. Katherine Heigl's shoulder detail. Wasn't sure about the hair. Marion Cotillard. Brave choice. The men: Javier, as ever, and Dwayne Johnson. Yummy. Best dressed couple, Seal and Heidi Klum. Dreamy.

Worst Dressed: I hated the colour of Amy Ryan's dress. Or at least on her. Didn't like the choice of Cameron Diaz. Boring. Amy Adams' deep green dress was not to my liking. Cate Blanchett. Weird neckline.


DL said...

Totally agree with Jennifer Garner being best dressed of the night. She may not have stood out from the crowd any other (less boring) year, but I loved her hair especially. Gorgeous.

Yaseen Ali said...

I gonna remain a sour puss and carry over my grumpy comments from dl's blog re: Garner - I have to disagree re: Jennifer Garner being best-dressed though. Her overly botox-ed, tightly stretched scary face will give me nightmares for weeks. That heavy, cake-y makeup wasn't helping matters either.

I stand by them fighting words. But I agree with the runners-up: Linney, Lane, and Katherine Heigl would make my theoretical list.

I'm glad someone agrees on The Golden Compass being the worst win of the night, but even then, nothing too embarrassing for the Academy. And not even much of a surprise - they did hand Chronicles of Narnia Best Make-Up two years ago.

Cal said...

You're such a bitch Yaseen! Lol. Botoxed? Really? I just thought she looked totally clean and classy. Not trying too hard at all. Same goes for La Linney. And I will always think Diane Lane is hot after Unfaithful. She could totally turn me.

And yeah, I always thought cute animals were gonna beat bulky robots. The Art Direction nom was kinda a giveaway. Especially as the border between what is art direction and what is visual effects is very sketchy in the film.