Alex's 2008 Oscar Predictions

February 21, 2008

The Oscars

With the Oscars arriving this Sunday, it's time to play a little prediction game. As it stands, Ken and I will be dropping off our predictions and a few other sites around the web will be doing the same (check out Ken's here). There's really nothing to win, besides maybe some respect, but that's it. Personally, I'm a bit less competitive than the rest, and that's because I just want my personal favorites to win and that's it. I'm usually rooting for a particular film even if I know it has no chance in hell, but I still think I've got a fairly good grasp on the winners this year. The 80th Annual Academy Awards air this Sunday, February 24th, so check back afterwards to see who got the closest.

The one thing that I do know is that it'll be a great year no matter who wins. Jon Stewart is back and there are so many fantastic films that there were numerous categories where I was truly stuck between two because they were both phenomenal. I'm very curious to see which the Academy favors more: No Country for Old Men or There Will Be Blood, though I'm leaning towards the Coens. Or maybe Juno will sneak up and steal some big ones, too. Only time will tell - see you on Sunday!

Alex's Oscar predictions are highlighted in red in the nominations list with a brief reasoning for the choice included below each category.

Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

As much as I want There Will Be Blood to win, I think No Country is going to be the bigger winner this year. And to be honest, I'm fine with that, although I'm still partial towards Blood.

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

They're not my own choice, but they already took the DGA's, the BAFTA's, and the WGA's, so why not the Oscars, too? I'd actually prefer Jason Reitman or even Tony Gilroy, who got nominated for his first movie ever, but the Coens are going to win it.

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

This is a shoo-in. There is no doubt in my mind that Day-Lewis will win it and he definitely deserves it. I'm just excited to see his acceptance speech, as I'm expecting that will be great, too.

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

I've never actually seen Away from Her, but she's won enough damn awards already that I feel like the Academy members are thinking on the same level. I wish Ellen Page would win, but it's probably not going to happen. And I'll be kicking myself is she does win and I was too stupid to pick her!

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

Casey Affleck deserves it more, but Javier Bardem is as much of a shoo-in as Day-Lewis above. In fact, Hal Holbrook is the one I really want to win, so if he wins I'll be happier, although I'll have guessed wrong. He's like Peter O'Toole - he deserves to win one before he dies.

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

I'm sticking with my gut feeling and going with Amy Ryan who has been the "buzzed about" winner since Gone Baby Gone came out last year. Other than that, I don't have a preference, because my personal choice isn't even one of the five mentioned above.

Juno - Diablo Cody
Lars and the Real Girl - Nancy Oliver
Michael Clayton - Tony Gilroy
Ratatouille - Brad Bird
The Savages - Tamara Jenkins

If this doesn't win, not only will I be quite pissed, because she deserves it, but I'll have missed another category! These categories are too damn tough to guess at, they're all deserving of a win, but it comes down to politics not what I want to win and that's the toughest part of choosing!

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

As mentioned above, No Country will be the big winner and with the WGA win under their belt already, this is more than likely. Though, There Will Be Blood again could take it if the Academy decides to favor that more.

Surf's Up

Persepolis is a great movie, but Ratatouille deserves it more and will certainly win. I've been wondering what the Academy members could be thinking here, but after mulling over Ratatouille for months, I've realized that movie is truly amazing.

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

This is where things start to waver because these are all great in their own right and not one seems to have the upper hand on the others. But I'll go with There Will Be Blood, I think it has a good chance because of how detailed and meticulously crafted the sets were in it.

Beaufort - Israel
The Counterfeiters - Austria
Katyn - Poland
Mongol - Kazakhstan
12 - Russia

Where the hell is Persepolis here? Or even Lust, Caution? Goodness, I haven't seen a single one of these so this is a completely blind guess. Plus after the Pan's Labyrinth upset last year, there's no saying what might win this, because even when something deserves it, it usually doesn't win!

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

I think Diving Bell will win just because of how touching and emotional the cinematography was, although I loved Deakins work in Jesse James, too. Tough choice!

No End in Sight
Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience
Taxi to the Dark Side

Sicko won't win, so I'm going with what I've "heard" will take the prize. Haven't seen the others, so not much to go on anyway.

Freeheld - Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth
La Corona (The Crown) - Amanda Micheli and Isabel Vega
Salim Baba - Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello
Sari's Mother - James Longley

I Met the Walrus - Josh Raskin
Madame Tutli-Putli Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski
Même Les Pigeons Vont au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven) - Samuel Tourneux and Simon Vanesse
My Love (Moya Lyubov) - Alexander Petrov
Peter & the Wolf - Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman

At Night - Christian E. Christiansen and Louise Vesth
Il Supplente (The Substitute) - Andrea Jublin
Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets) - Philippe Pollet-Villard
Tanghi Argentini - Guido Thys and Anja Daelemans
The Tonto Woman - Daniel Barber and Matthew Brown

The Golden Compass
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

It could be Pirates, but I think Transformers is going to squash everything when it comes to the technical categories. Plus, ILM's effects in Transformers were actually the best of the year anyway.

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

Another category where I have no clue nor do I really care. But alas, I'm going to go with the probably unpopular choice of Atonement, even though it's probably not going to win - but I'll take my chances!

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
There Will Be Blood - Dylan Tichenor

While one might typically choose No Country yet again, I'm thinking having a fake name (which stands for the Coens again) is just a bit too hokey. Thus my vote goes to The Bourne Ultimatum, which I figure the Academy members didn't want to overlook and decided to give it some honor in at least one category.

The Bourne Ultimatum
No Country for Old Men
3:10 to Yuma

The Bourne Ultimatum
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Sticking with my gut saying Transformers will sweep the tech categories. By the way, did I say I hate when two different movies when each of these two categories. I feel like whatever wins one should also get the other.

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

As much as I don't want it to win, it probably will, damnit! My own personal choice goes to Lust, Caution, but alas that didn't even get nominated in any category.

"Falling Slowly" - Once, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
"Happy Working Song" - Enchanted, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
"Raise It Up" - August Rush
"So Close" - Enchanted, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz
"That's How You Know" - Enchanted, Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz

Once deserves this win more than anything and it will be a frustrating upset if it doesn't take it. As much as I absolutely loved Enchanted, not even kidding, I love that song from Once even more, especially considering it was an original song put together by the two individuals from the movie. It's absolutely amazing and it damned well better win!

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

Awesome work here and this time Pirates deserves the win! Screw Norbit!

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Reader Feedback - 13 Comments


I'd agree with MOST of your picks except for Best Director my pic is... DIRECTOR Julian Schnabel - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly I thought that was VERY well directed, better than the rest

Herbert on Feb 21, 2008


gotta love it when Alex makes a pick without having seen the actual film!!? this is amazing. But, I agree with him about best actor, best director, best original & adapted screenplay. However, I have not seen "Away from her" but Marion Cotillard is amazing as Edith Piaf..I think she deserves to win. but will they give it to a French actress? aha, the big question.

sneebee7 on Feb 21, 2008


I don't know, Alex. I think Tilda Swinton has a huge change of winning. However, I do agree with you about No Country... I stumbled upon this video that I think you might like.

Becky on Feb 21, 2008


Sorry, but I'm rooting for August Rush to win best song. Jamia Simone Nash has an amazing voice!

Micah on Feb 21, 2008


These are predictions I made just a few days ago.... Best Picture - No Country for Old Men Best Director - Joel and Ethan Coen Best Actor - Daniel Day Lewis Best Actress - Julie Christie Best Supporting Actor - Javier Bardem Best Supporting Actress - Cate Blanchett Best Original Screenplay - Juno Best Adapted Screenplay - No Country for Old Men Best Editing - The Bourne Ultimatum Best Cinematography - Atonement Best Art Direction - Sweeney Todd Best Costume Design - Sweeney Todd Best Makeup - Pirates of the Caribbean Best Sound - Transformers Best Sound Editing - Transformers Best Animated - Ratatouille Best Documentary - Sicko

TheGuyInThePJ's on Feb 21, 2008


#2 - That's because I'm predicting winners, not stating my opinion on the nominees. I have to choose something that will win and I'm basing it off of what I heard and/or know, not what I've seen. Why is that so wrong? I'm just predicting a winner, not trying to judge the movie... There are some really crazy predictions, besides a few of them, they predictions are really scattered everywhere! Can't wait to see how this all turns out on Sunday!

Alex Billington on Feb 21, 2008


It's "shoo-in."

Andrew on Feb 21, 2008


I'm with you on Blood being a better movie Alex. I would be jumping for joy if it won, because its such a huge underdog. And I could use some explaining on why you think the Coen's shouldnt win the award because of using Roderick Jaynes. I actually wanted them to win that category because they are sticking with the fake name.

Vega Bro on Feb 21, 2008


PICTURE There Will Be Blood (Im going for the upset, although I want No Country to win) DIRECTOR Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men ACTOR Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood ACTRESS Marion Cotillard - La Vie en Rose (It looked good in the previews...) SUPPORTING ACTOR Casey Affleck - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Goddamn Javier Bardem was good, but Casey was so awkward and childlike as Bob Ford Ill give it to him) SUPPORTING ACTRESS Saoirse Ronan - Atonement (This kid has some serious talent, and the only other film form this specific category Ive seen is American Gangster, so Ill give it to Saoirse. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Lars and the Real Girl - Nancy Oliver ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Atonement - Christopher Hampton ANIMATED FEATURE Persepolis ART DIRECTION There Will Be Blood FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Haven't even heard of any of these, so blah. (I still want to see them) CINEMATOGRAPHY No Country for Old Men - Roger Deakins ORIGINAL SCORE Dario Marianelli - Atonement

Keith on Feb 21, 2008


#7 - Thanks... I wrote this very late at night and wasn't thinking... Fixed them. Thanks for everyone else posting their lists, too! We're doing a big web-wide "competition" over the weekend, so check back for that, too!

Alex Billington on Feb 22, 2008


alex,you've got to stop being so defensive-it's no fun shooting out insults knowing someone's actually bothered by it.And no,we won't just be nice and keep peaceful. Anyhu,I agree with you mostly except-3 wins for transformers?!and I'm rooting for tilda. Peace & Love

twispious on Feb 22, 2008


I totally agree with your vehemence regarding Falling Slowly from Once.

Craig on Feb 23, 2008


It'll be fun tracking to see how close the predictors are! Always baffles me why certain movies win when viewers have such different opinions!

MB on Feb 23, 2008

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