Oscar nominations: There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men lead with 8 a piece

Posted by: Paul Little  //  January 23, 2008 @ 7:05am

With the writers' strike still upon us and the 2008 Golden Globes coming and going as almost an afterthought, the nominations for the 80th annual Academy Awards were released from Hollywood on Wednesday. The Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men and Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood are both up for 8 awards, while two other Best Picture nominees, Atonement and Michael Clayton, have 7 nominations a piece. The other Best Picture nominee, Jason Reitman's Juno, is up for a total of 4 awards, including Best Actress for up-and-comer Ellen Page.

As with every year, there are always questions surrounding the nominees, primarily which films and actors/actresses are deserving of their nominations and which ones are unfairly absent? However, this year, the big question is: Will the Academy Awards be taking place at all? Organizers say the show will go on, but if newly planned talks between the AMPTP and the WGA don't resolve the strike before the Oscar ceremony, it's anybody's guess what things will look like.

Regardless, ShowbizMonkeys.com will be live in Hollywood, California on Sunday, February 24th to cover the Oscars, whether they're a press conference like the Globes, a picketed ceremony minus most of the actors and writers nominated, or the full-blown extravaganza we're treated to year after year. Keep in mind that not even World War II was able to put a hault to the Academy Awards.

In the meantime, we'll just give you the nominations. Feel free to chime in with your thoughts on who's missing (not enough love for Sweeney Todd in the major categories, perhaps?) and who doesn't deserve to be there (Surf's Up? really?) in the comments section below. Seriously, don't be shy -- commenting on blogs is ALL the rage! Also, check out our finally-posted Top 10 films of 2007 list to see how our choices match up with yours and those of the Academy.

Best Picture

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

Best Director

  • 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
  • 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
  • Laura Linney – The Savages
  • Ellen Page – Juno

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 Supporting Actress

  • Cate Blanchett – I'm Not There
  • Ruby Dee – American Gangster
  • Saoirse Ronan – Atonement
  • Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
  • Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton

Best Screenplay (Adapted)

  • 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 Screenplay (Original)

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

Best Animated Feature

  • Persepolis
  • Ratatouille
  • Surf's Up

Best Foreign Feature

  • Beaufort (Israel)
  • The Counterfeiters (Austria)
  • Katyn (Poland)
  • Mongol (Kazakhstan)
  • 12 (Russia)

Best Original Score

  • 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
  • "Raise It Up" – August Rush
  • "So Close" – Enchanted
  • "That's How You Know" – Enchanted

Best Documentary Feature

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

Best Documentary Short

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

Best Animated Short

  • 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

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

Best 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

Best Editing

  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Into the Wild
  • No Country for Old Men
  • There Will Be Blood

Best Art Direction

  • American Gangster
  • Atonement
  • The Golden Compass
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • There Will Be Blood

Best Costume

  • Across the Universe
  • Atonement
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • La Vie en Rose
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Makeup

  • La Vie en Rose
  • Norbit
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

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

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Paul Little is the founder and Managing Editor of ShowbizMonkeys.com. When not interviewing his favourite musicians and comedians, he can also be found at The Purple Room in Winnipeg, where he is Artistic Director. (@comedygeek)

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