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The Andrew Alberts Report: Oscar Edition

Sunday, 02.24.2008 / 3:45 PM / The Andrew Alberts Report
By Andrew Alberts  - Special Correspondent | BostonBruins.com
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The Andrew Alberts Report: Oscar Edition
Our intrepid scribe is ready for the red carpet.
Okay, B's fans.

Whether you like them or not all the nominations are in. That's right it's Oscar time -- a.k.a. The Academy Awards or The Movie Awards. The 80th Annual Oscars will be held tonight, February 24 on ABC from 8 o'clock until the sun comes up -- We all know long these things take!

In any case, it's a chance to watch some of your favorite stars walk the red carpet and get some face time for their achievements. But before they get what's coming to them, I'm going to go ahead and give you my predictions!

We will start with Actor in a Leading Roll…

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

Ok, many good movies here, but since we are now judging on an individual, I'm going to have to go ahead and say Daniel Day-Lewis takes this one. As you may have read in one of my past blogs, I didn't think too highly of the movie, but I did think Daniel was exceptional at playing his roll as Daniel Plainview.

Now for Actor in a Supporting Roll…

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

This one is a bit tougher for me to decide. Javier Bardem plays a pretty spooky villain in No Country and deserves some credit, but I think either Casey Affleck or Tom Wilkinson will be taking this one home. Just like Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, Wilkinson was great in Michael Clayton. He's my pick.

Actress in a Leading Roll…

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 have no idea on this one, fans. Shockingly, I have to admit that I failed to see any one of these movies, so your guess is as good as mine!

Actress in a Supporting Roll…

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

Refer to the above. Your guess is as good as mine. Ha-ha!

Art Direction…

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


But will there be an Oscar? (ifilm.com)
Yah, I know what you're thinking: What in the heck is art direction? Well, I would love to tell you but have no idea! So I'm going to go ahead and just tell you I hope American Gangster wins!

Cinematography…

By the way, cinematography is "the art or technique of photography, through the shooting and development of the film."

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


Through my "expert opinion" on the cinematography of film, I would have to choose No Country For Old Men. Anyway, the amazing way in which the movie was filmed leaves you thinking that it's got to be worth something!

Director…

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Juno
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood


Hmmm. Ok, as you may have read in the past, I didn't really care for the last three movies on this list and I haven't seen the first two. But I heard Juno was good and it was filmed in my home state of Minnesota! So, based on that I'm going to give it my pick.

Film Editing…

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


For the record I don't know jack squat about film editing (yes, I know, shocking), but with all the action and fight sequences in Bourne Ultimatum, its my winner!

Foreign language Film…

Beaufort
The Counterfeiters
Katyn
Mongol
12


Yaaaah Riiiiighht. Considering I didn't see a lot of the films where English is spoken, I think I will skip this category.

Music…

Atonement
The Kite Runner
Michael Clayton
Ratatouille
3:10 to Yuma


The film 3:10 to YUMA was a great movie and I liked the county theme in the music. So that is my pick.

Last one (or at least the last one that I can have an educated opinion on -- Ha!).

Best picture a.k.a. Best Movie of the Year…

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


Albe's Oscar Pick -- for best sound! (ifilm.com)
Again this is a hard one for me 'cause I wasn't a huge fan of the bottom three movies and I didn't see the top two. Some movie reviewer I am, eh? But let's get back to the matter at hand.

Michael Clayton may get the nod because
1.    George Clooney has yet to receive an Oscar.
2.    Other people really seemed to like this film.
3.    A lot of the time its a toss up. And you have 20% chance!

As for No Country For Old Men, it may win because:
1.    Javier Bardem has a breakthrough roll that captured many audiences.
2.    Tommy Lee Jones (one of my all time favorites) is up for Actor in a Leading Roll and if he wins that this movie could be a shoe in!
3.    Tommy Lee Jones is in it. Ha!

Last but not least There Will Be Blood could win because:
1.    Daniel Day-Lewis gave a great performance of power, love, and betrayal that won't be forgotten.
2.    He was nasty as Bill The Butcher in Gangs of New York and got snubbed on an Oscar.
3.    It's a long movie and the Academy seems to be drawn to long movies!

In the end I choose There Will Be Blood to take the crown!

Oh, wait! There is one more I want to talk about.

Sound Editing… That's right, I wrote SOUND EDITING!

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


I am a simple guy. You know that there is one reason and only one reason I chose to talk about this category. And, yah, you guessed it! As you remember, I loved the movie Transformers and if you can honestly tell me the sound they make when they turn from machines in to robots is NOT the coolest sound ever, you have got to be lying to me.

That's all I got for now. I'll be back in few, so enjoy the show!
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