Oscar nominations — my own two bits


The Academy has spoken, and since everyone and his dog will be offering opinions on the nominees announced this morning, I won’t say all that much about them here myself.

However, I will say that I am disappointed to see Zodiac shut out of all the categories. And that this really does seem to be a race between No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood, because those are the only two films nominated for Best Picture and Best Film Editing. And that I can’t recall any other animated film being nominated in as many categories as Ratatouille — yes, Beauty and the Beast (1991) had six nominations, but three of them were for Original Song, not unlike how Enchanted has three for Original Song this year. (The Academy does love Alan Menken.)

I’m sure other thoughts will occur to me over the next few weeks. In the meantime, here are the films that have been nominated for Oscars, ranked from those with the most nominations to those with only one. The titles of those I have seen are in bold:

8 nominations

  1. No Country for Old Men — Picture, director (Joel and Ethan Coen), adapted screenplay, cinematography, supporting actor (Javier Bardem), film editing, sound editing, sound mixing
  2. There Will Be Blood — Picture, director (Paul Thomas Anderson), adapted screenplay, cinematography, actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), film editing, art direction, sound editing

7 nominations

  1. Atonement — Picture, adapted screenplay, cinematography, supporting actress (Saoirse Ronan), art direction, costume design, original score
  2. Michael Clayton — Picture, director (Tony Gilroy), original screenplay, actor (George Clooney), supporting actor (Tom Wilkinson), supporting actress (Tilda Swinton), original score

5 nominations

  1. Ratatouille — Animated feature film, original screenplay, original score, sound editing, sound mixing

4 nominations

  1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly — Director (Julian Schnabel), adapted screenplay, cinematography, film editing
  2. Juno — Picture, director (Jason Reitman), original screenplay, actress (Ellen Page)

3 nominations

  1. The Bourne Ultimatum — Editing, sound editing, sound mixing
  2. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street — Actor (Johnny Depp), art direction, costume design
  3. Transformers — Sound editing, sound mixing, visual effects
  4. La Vie en Rose — Actress (Marion Cotillard), costume design, makeup

3 nominations in 1 category

  1. Enchanted — Original song (x3)

2 nominations

  1. American Gangster — Supporting actress (Ruby Dee), art direction
  2. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford — Cinematography, supporting actor (Casey Affleck)
  3. Away from Her — Adapated screenplay, actress (Julie Christie)
  4. Elizabeth: The Golden Age — Actress (Cate Blanchett), costume design
  5. The Golden Compass — Art direction, visual effects
  6. Into the Wild — Supporting actor (Hal Holbrook), film editing
  7. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End — Makeup, visual effects
  8. The Savages — Original screenplay, actress (Laura Linney)
  9. 3:10 to Yuma — Original score, sound mixing

1 nomination

  1. Across the Universe — Costume design
  2. At Night — Live action short film
  3. August Rush — Original song
  4. Beaufort — Foreign language film
  5. Charlie Wilson’s War — Supporting actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
  6. La Corona (The Crown) — Documentary short
  7. The Counterfeiters — Foreign language film
  8. Eastern Promises — Actor (Viggo Mortensen)
  9. Freeheld — Documentary short
  10. Gone Baby Gone — Supporting actress (Amy Ryan)
  11. I Met the Walrus — Animated short film
  12. I’m Not There — Supporting actress (Cate Blanchett)
  13. In the Valley of Elah — Actor (Tommy Lee Jones)
  14. Katyn — Foreign language film
  15. The Kite Runner — Original score
  16. Lars and the Real Girl — Original screenplay
  17. Madame Tutli-Putli — Animated short film
  18. Même Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven) — Animated short film
  19. Mongol — Foreign language film
  20. Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets) — Live action short film
  21. My Love (Moya Lyubov) — Animated short film
  22. No End in Sight — Documentary feature
  23. Norbit — Makeup
  24. Once — Original song
  25. Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience — Documentary feature
  26. Persepolis — Animated feature film
  27. Peter & the Wolf — Animated short film
  28. Salim Baba — Documentary short
  29. Sari’s Mother — Documentary short
  30. Sicko — Documentary feature
  31. Il Supplente (The Substitute) — Live action short film
  32. Surf’s Up — Animated feature film
  33. Tanghi Argentini — Live action short film
  34. Taxi to the Dark Side — Documentary feature
  35. The Tonto Woman — Live action short film
  36. 12 — Foreign language film
  37. War/Dance — Documentary feature

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17063285871704653303 Mathew Englander

    I’m glad to see The Diving Bell and the Butterfly get so many nominations; that was my favourite film of 2007.

  • Anonymous

    In terms of Sound Editing I don’t know why there is even any other nominees aside from Transformers. I know many are saying that There will be Blood should take the award however I disagree as there was barely any sound to edit in that film!!! Transformers on the other hand takes the cake as not only a great film but a great example of how a movie can be transformed( haha) with a exceptional sound editor.


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