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2008 oscar predictions

My picks have the x next to them. I think I saw only two movies in the theater last year (Transformers and Blades of Glory). I’m going with Transformers sweeping its categories for a total of three. And Blades of Glory, uh well, err, um, yea.

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

Best Director
x 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’

Best Actor
George Clooney ‘Michael Clayton’
x 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 Actress
Cate Blanchett ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’
Julie Christie ‘Away From Her’
Marion Cotillard ‘La Vie en Rose’
x Ellen Page ‘Juno’
Laura Linney ‘The Savages’

Best Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’
x 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
x Cate Blanchett ‘I’m Not There’
Ruby Dee ‘American Gangster’
Saoirse Ronan ‘Atonement’
Amy Ryan ‘Gone Baby Gone’
Tilda Swinton ‘Michael Clayton’

Best Animated Feature Film
‘Persepolis’
x ‘Ratatouille’
‘Surf’s up’

Best Foreign Film
‘Counterfeiters’ (Austria)
x ‘Beaufort’ (Israel)
‘Katyn’ (Poland)
‘Mongol’ (Kazakhstan)
’12’ (Russia)

Best Original Screenplay
‘Juno’ Diablo Cody
‘Lars and the Real Girl’ Nancy Oliver
‘Michael Clayton’ Tony Gilroy
‘Ratatouille’ Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco, Brad Bird
x ‘The Savages’ Tamara Jenkins

Best Adapted Screenplay
x ‘Atonement’ Christopher Hampton
‘Away from Her’ Sarah Polley
‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ Ronald Harwood
‘No Country for Old Men’ Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
‘There Will Be Blood’ Paul Thomas Anderson

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

Best Original Score
x ‘Atonement’ Dario Marianelli
‘The Kite Runner’ Alberto Iglesias
‘Michael Clayton’ James Newton Howard
‘Ratatouille’ Michael Giacchino
‘3:10 to Yuma’ Marco Beltrami

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

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

Best Documentary – Short Subject
‘Freeheld’ Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth
x ‘La Corona (The Crown)’ Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega
‘Salim Baba’ Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello
‘Sari’s Mother’ James Longley

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

Best Costume Design
‘Across the Universe’ Albert Wolsky
‘Atonement’ Jacqueline Durran
x ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’ Alexandra Byrne
‘La Vie en Rose’ Marit Allen
‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ Colleen Atwood

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

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

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

Best Animated Short Film
‘I Met the Walrus’
‘Madame Tutli-Putli’
‘M
me les Pigeons vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go To Heaven)’
‘My Love (Moya Lyubov)’
‘Peter & the Wolf’

Best Makeup
x ‘La Vie en Rose’ Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald
‘Norbit’ Rick Baker and Kazuhiro Tsuji
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ Ve Neill and Martin Samuel

Best Art Direction
‘American Gangster’ Arthur Max; Set Decoration: Beth A. Rubino
‘Atonement’ Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
‘The Golden Compass’ Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
x ‘There Will Be Blood’ Jack Fisk; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

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

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Tom Saaristo
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We had an Oscar pool at work. I got 19 out of 24 and haven’t seen a movie in 8 years. Not too bad.

Matt Maldre
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7 out of 24. Tom so schooled you! I wish i laid down some guesses.

Hey, your blog now has 3,856 comments. Congratulations.

Matt Maldre
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I timed that last comment completely wrong. I should have lead off with the 3856 comments comment first, because that would have been more funny.

Matt Maldre
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Did you know I have an Oscar statue? I do. It’s from Sales Solutions. They gave it to me when I left the company. It’s an MVP statue. And they did a little inscription on the base of the statue. I was not able to predict that they would give me an Oscar. I think it’s illegal to reproduce the Oscar statue, so I shouldn’t even be commenting on it here, but it’s public knowledge. I hope the Oscar Company will come beating on my door to get my Oscar, and I will say, “No! Go away!”