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Oscar nominees announced

Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 2:52pm

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This year's Academy Award nominations have been announced! It's quite an eclectic year, with most nominations spread between the big budget Atonement, the latest works from the Coens and PT Anderson, indie darling Juno and Pixar hit Ratatouille.

Click here to check them out, then let us know what you think!
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 4:41pm

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JunojunojunojunojunojunojunojunojunojunojunoWHY GOD WHY?!?

Other than that I'm really pleased. Glad to see PTA finally get some appropriate Oscar attention. Really, It's a toss up between No Country and There Will be Blood to win (though secretly I'm rooting a little bit more for TWBB). I hope Casey Afflek wins for best supporting actor, and Daniel Day Lewis wins for leading man. That's about it. GOD WHY JUNO??!?!
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 4:53pm

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Waser wrote:

JunojunojunojunojunojunojunojunojunojunojunoWHY GOD WHY?!?

The Oscar panel is run by old, easily influenced white dudes.

Juno was written by a stripper.

(Also, old guys love movies that involve the word "Quirky")
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 5:22pm

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I'm just miffed that Sunshine didn't get a best visual effects nom. unsure
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 5:50pm

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Oh, yeah, definently. I think Sunshine deserved a cinematograpgy nomination as well.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 6:14pm

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Go Roger Deakin's! Nominated for two films in the cinematography department. Impressive stuff.
Edit : Oh yeah, Sunshine missing out for a vfx nod is a big shame.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 7:20pm

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Tarn wrote:

I'm just miffed that Sunshine didn't get a best visual effects nom. unsure
In a perfect world, Sunshine would have gotten a Director and Picture nod as well. But agreed, I can't believe it didn't get Visual Effects, especially when I Am Legend snatched a nod, considering that the CG in that is on par with Jurassic Park.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 8:14pm

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If Lewis doesn't win for actor in a leading role, I'm going seppuku up in this hizouse fo sho. Just for the record though, I also thought that Viggo Mortensen's performance in Eastern Promises was exceptional, and although I don't think it comes close to giving Lewis a run for his money, I feel that its worth mentioning how impressed I was by it.

On another note, I agree with Waser about Best Picture, it definetely needs to go to either There Will Be Blood or No Country. Personally, I wouldn't be upset to see either of those films win, but I thought that There Will Be Blood was just so exceptional that I'm leaning a little more in that direction.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 9:29pm

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Waser wrote:

especially when I Am Legend snatched a nod, considering that the CG in that is on par with Jurassic Park.
The worst part about that movie was the horrible "mouth open way too far" thing that the MAIN MAIN BAD GUY did, similar to the MAIN MAIN BAD GUY in The Mummy. I hate that...

Also, I hate the Oscars. I have yet to see Atonement or There Will Be Blood, but I can tell by the trailers that Juno isn't even in the same league, especially since I have seen No Country For Old Men and it's one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. And I wasn't interested at all in Michael Clayton.

Nominating Juno is like nominating Napoleon Dynamite. Give me a break. It was decent, but nowhere near THAT good...

Also, the animated film section has always been pretty lame, since it's pretty much always been that one amazing Pixar movie of the year, and two other animated movies that didn't completely tank. I wonder which one will win! Ratatouille, duh.
Posted: Tue, 22nd Jan 2008, 9:51pm

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Waser wrote:

Tarn wrote:

I'm just miffed that Sunshine didn't get a best visual effects nom. unsure
In a perfect world, Sunshine would have gotten a Director and Picture nod as well.
Absolutely! I also agree with Redhawk about cinematography - more so than visual effects, in fact. Sunshine's cinematography is just astounding.

In fact, the key to Sunshine's brilliance is that the cinematography and visual effects blended COMPLETELY, such that the effects were more-or-less utterly seamless and unnoticeable, despite being extremely 'in your face'.

It's still the best film of 2007 for me. Other than Fingerman, obviously.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 12:27am

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I have yet to see Atonement or Juno but I feel quite confident saying There Will Be Blood should win best picture. Daniel Day-Lewis gave the best acting performance I have ever seen in a film and he has to win best actor. Supporting actor is a toss up between Casey Affleck and Javier Bardem for me although I think I liked Bardem slightly better. I can't say I care about either of the actress categories this year.

Cinematography should go to Roger Deakins for the Assassination of Jesse James and Paul Thomas Anderson is probably the best choice for best director and adapted screenplay. It would be interesting to see The Bourne Ultimatum win editing however, I think There Will Be Blood probably deserves it more. As far as original screenplay goes, out of the nominated films I've seen, I think Ratatouille is the one I'd vote for.

I have to say that I found Michael Clayton to be incredibly mediocre. I'm kind of perplexed about it garnering so many nominations. I mean, I know George Clooney is great and all but when you put him up against everyone else in that category, it isn't even close. Same thing for the best picture category - No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood are both leagues better than Michael Clayton (I have yet to see Atonement or Juno so I can't really say about them but at the very least Atonement looks like it belongs with the other two, not sure about Juno).

Michael Clayton aside, I'm pretty happy with the nominations overall. Looks like they got it mostly right this year. Can't wait to see who the winners are.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 12:46am

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I hope Cate Blanchett wins for I'm Not There -- her portrayal of Bob Dylan was astounding. Not so bothered about Elizabeth, though.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 1:32am

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I'm generally pleased with the nominations, though Juno is becoming so overrated I can't even begin to understand it. Aculag's right, it'd be like if they nominated Napolean Dynamite- which, in its own right, was at least bold enough to follow through with its esoteric jokes than sideplay them into an 'indie vibe' like Juno did.

The worst part of Juno is that the screenwriting is so hailed as fresh and inventive when really it is unnatural, unbelievable, and overall embarrassing to watch.

Of course Ebert and the like appreciate it as nouveau dialog that's 'hip' with the teenage generation, but because they aren't part of that generation they're mistaken. Uggh.. It's like "Honey, honey! They just said 'honest to blog, wizard'! Isn't that what all the young folk are saying these days? Oh, how zany and true-to-life!"

But, digressing, I'd like to see the Coens win direction (obviously) as 'No Country' encompassed all the nuances of cinematic merit good directing should give. The actors had a divine subtlety about them, and they blended perfectly with the scenery and the technical aspects without being overtaken by them (a la 300). Just great direction all around. Especially with Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones. Christ, it was good.

I have yet to see There Will Be Blood, sadly, but from EVERYONE I've heard the movie is good, but not as good overall as 'No Country'. I did hear, however, that Day-Lewis's performance made the movie, and that he's the shoe-in for Best Actor.

Neither of the actress categories I care about, but Day-Lewis or Clooney for Best Leading, Bardem for Best Supporting. Just not Ellen Page for Juno. Jesus, what a trainwreck.

Surf's Up for animated. I LOVED every part of Ratatouille, and it was simply perfect, but Surf's Up was a fresh break from Pixar's usual glory. The mockumentary put into animated form is something new that I think deserves to be recognized.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 1:40am

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How was American Gangster not nominated?
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 2:54am

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While I loved 'American Gangster', at the end of the year it somehow ended up being completely forgettable and lower quality than the group of films like 'Michael Clayton, 'No Country', 'There Will Be Blood', etc.

However, I completely protest 'Juno'. After such critical praise, it's still lower-rated than 'Gone Baby Gone' on Rotten Tomatoes and has garnered less awards thus far, and most importantly is generally a much lower caliber of movie in my opinion. My point? Those nominations could have easily and deservingly gone to 'Gone Baby Gone'.

While 'Juno' was enjoyable, it is entirely not deserving of any nominations except Best Actress. And even then, it isn't hard to be a rude teenage prick with half-witty comebacks. I feel incredibly like the Best Director nod should have sidestepped Jason Reitman for 'Juno' and gone to Ben Affleck for 'Gone'. Without a doubt he deserves it. Like I've said before, 'Gone' was my favorite picture of the year. 'Juno' wasn't even on my list.

I liked it fine, but like my Splinter Cell movie, it completely fell flat because of hype. Hype and ridiculous overrated-ness.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 3:31am

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Some food for thought...

I think Reitman's direction shows through much, much clearer in Thank You For Smoking- which is smarter, wittier, and better played than Juno- so I have to pose the question: is the Academy only awarding Juno such accolades (after skipping Reitman on his Eckhart picture) because of the heavy feminist influence in the film? I know I risk sounding chaveunistic, but it seems that Juno's quote-unquote "success" is largely in part due to the fact that the protagonist is a woman dealing with only issues a woman could face.

I dunno. The Academy is run by rich, white Jewish entrepreneurs anyhow, so anything that can desperately prove they aren't bigots (like awarding Crash Best Picture, etc) is open game.

/rant
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 5:42am

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"No Country For Old Men" and "There will be blood" tied for most nominations with 8 each, Including Best Picture. I hope No Country gets the win for Best Picture but I think atonement will get it.
Posted: Wed, 23rd Jan 2008, 7:56pm

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No way 'Atonement' gets it. Not unless this is another 'Crash' year. (Hehe....literally) Rotten Tomatoes has Atonement listed at 82% and No Country at 95%. It's hard to argue those percentages, even with the Academy. (Who I actually like, as they generally do pick the best films of the year. And even when they don't, it seems it's all just to keep us guessing what they want. Haha)

I haven't seen Atonement yet, but it looks excellent. Really, and it's sad because it's going to be hard for me to argue against it just yet, but I doubt it will sway or overbear my liking for No Country, Gone Baby Gone, or Michael Clayton as the best films of the year. And saying that, there's no way it can be Best Picture in my book.

Brokeback Mountain was a sweeping romance epic, it was picked by the Globes for Besst Picture-Drama. The Academy passed on it. The same will likely happen with Atonement. But then again, Crash won and it was 12 percent lower on RT than Brokeback.

I like the Academy for that shiftiness. Let's hope it goes towards No Country. Really, all the performances and movies are so good this year and all so cinematically and technically proficient that it's really anybody's game.

I hope to god George Clooney wins for Michael Clayton. I know we hear DDL whenever he even decides to do a movie, but Clooney played such a conflicted and complex yet realistic and furious character- something completely unlike him- that I want him to win so bad.

Like Casey Affleck in Gone, George is a total mellow badass. And it works.
Posted: Thu, 24th Jan 2008, 3:17pm

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Hm, I've not seen most of this years Nominee-List (Partially because some aren't out here, also though because most simply don't interest me that much) so I'm not overly excited this year. Seems like the typical oscar choices to me, going for the bit more arthouse film.

The only thing I really have some kind of heart for is Ratatouille for best animated film and Michael Giacchino for his score.

From the best motion picture list I've seen "No Country for Old Men" only so far - while well done it wasn't something I remember for long - and apart from "there will be blood" - which I'm only really attracted to because of Daniel Day Lewis - I'm not actually even planning on seeing any of the others. Not sure if some of them even make it to local cinemas, "Atonement" and "Juno" for example I've never even heard of.

Edit: I really really like "Gone Baby Gon", especially the second half. Affleck really surprised me with his directing. Let's hope he can keep that up!
Posted: Thu, 24th Jan 2008, 8:06pm

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Would call Gone Baby Gone, in your terms, Oscar-nod-worthy material, Sollthar?
Posted: Thu, 24th Jan 2008, 11:54pm

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I'd even go as far as calling it oscar-worthy material, at least from all the films I saw. I'd definately put it up there to the "best".

Just came back from "The Mist". Which I just love as well, though it's a genre that would never win an oscar. Still a great film. smile
Posted: Fri, 25th Jan 2008, 12:27am

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Haha, did you catch our Atomic actor, Brian, in The Mist? I think Affleck should've taken Juno's director Jason Reitman's Oscar nod this year. It's such a large difference to me, in quality, that it's laughable. Made all-the-more impressive and funny that's it is Ben Affleck. While I've always loved the guy, he's got so much flak for being a lackluster actor and the rumor of not helping write Good Will Hunting, and he goes and adapts a fantastic script and makes an incredibly strong directorial debut.

I hope he stays behind the camera and works with his brother, Casey Affleck, more. The man is a great frontman when given the chance- as is Ben a director.

And Reitman should have been nominated for director when 'Thank You For Smoking' came out.
Posted: Sun, 27th Jan 2008, 12:16am

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Saw Juno earlier today and, wow, there's no way it deserves any of its nominations (except possibly the best actress one, I'm still trying to make my mind up about it). The writing was just painfully NOT witty, hip, or cool. And when put up against the other films (minus the two I haven't seen) in the best picture and best directing categories, Juno isn't even comparable. Bah.

Atom wrote:

I hope to god George Clooney wins for Michael Clayton. I know we hear DDL whenever he even decides to do a movie, but Clooney played such a conflicted and complex yet realistic and furious character- something completely unlike him- that I want him to win so bad.
The problem I had with George Clooney in Michael Clayton, and well actually any films he's in, is that it's always so blatantly obvious that he's George Clooney. I just always have problems buying into his characters and his films because of this. In contrast, Daniel Day-Lewis, as I said in my previous post, gave the best performance I have ever seen in a film in There Will Be Blood. He WAS Daniel Plainview in that film and he made me believe that he was. Also, I can only think of one scene in TWBB that DDL was not in and he was superb throughout the entire film. That's quite a bit more impressive than any other performance up for best actor this year if you ask me.

Don't get me wrong, I love George Clooney and think he would be one of the most entertaining celebrities to sit down with. I also thought there were some good aspects to Michael Clayton (the cinematography for instance). I just don't think it's as good as most of the other films that it's up against.
Posted: Sun, 27th Jan 2008, 4:25am

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I've been on a nominee watching spree really, still haven't seen everything, but I'm on my way.

Juno: I absolutely loved this film. At the beginning, I really thought it was going to be an awkwardly written film, like Atom/Ben (forgot which) expressed. The beginning absolutely was (the phone call that Atom/Ben quoted was terrible writing. From there it took off and is in my top 10. No way in hell it deserves best picture, but I really enjoyed it and I thought the story was told really well, great characters, directing, and acting. It won't get best picture, probably didn't deserve a nomination. I hope No Country gets it, I absolutely loved it, but I've yet to see Atonement and Michael Clayton (will soon).

There Will Be Blood: this was a psychologically interesting film. I liked it. But it was far too long and far too slow for my taste. It just wasn't interesting enough throughout. It's a very layered film, lots of good stuff in there. Daniel Day-Lewis deserves best actor, but the film doesn't deserve best picture. With all the hype that the audiences and critics gave it, it was disappointing for me. So it was good, but the factors I mentioned above made it not be great and the film didn't make my top 10. Also, the people behind me were so obnoxious, I had to go to the bathroom toward the end (it's near 3 hours long), it was late. I'm going to recommend against seeing this in a theater, and I know it'll be at plenty after its nominations. Very creepy and eery movie though, I recommend seeing this when its out on retail. The cinematography, sound design, and editing were all brilliant (but again, it could have been cut down a bit).
Note: don't pause it and leave, watching bits and pieces. Prepare some food to eat during it, pause for bathroom breaks. It needs to be taken in all at once, because the flow is really important.
Posted: Mon, 28th Jan 2008, 12:19am

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I just saw "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" on Friday. It's definitely a contender for best cinematography as well as direction. It is worth seeing if it is playing around your area.