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Growing up, due to time differences, I had to take a disco nap and then start watching the Oscars at 2 am, which would then end conveniently just before it was time to go to school (where you’re zombie through the day, but still felt oddly satisfied you powered through). Now, I can watch them at 8pm, while having a living room picnic and it somehow feels more labor intensive than when it involved sleep deprivation.

In any case, the results are in, and while some (like Cesar, or that man Alexandra saw crying in the park on her way home) may be dissappointed that “There Will Be Blood” lost out to “No Country to Old Men”, lets just say there were zero suprises, in my book, this year.

“No Country” had positive momentum going for it for months now, with almost no backlash (unlike There Will be Blood, a difficult movie about difficult people made by some difficult people). Marion Cottillard and her undeniable Frenchness (which not even a movie with Russell Crowe could tarnish) won Best Actress for “La Vie En Rose”, Javier Bardem scooped up the Best Supporting Actor (the only 100% sure bet in my book), Tild Swinton was, as expected, the only award that went to “Michael Clayton” (Cate Blanchett lost due to the sheer “ooooh, she will be nominated 10 times next year again” vibe), Daniel Day Lewis and his gypsy earrings won Best Actor and Diablo Cody proved once again that if you make a small, independent movie that gets Oscar buzz, you will never, ever win anything BUT Original Screenplay (and the sporadic supporting actor award). For reference please see: Pulp Fiction, Lost in Translation etc etc.

John Stewart kept things breezy(ish) and won extra brownie points from me for lettng Marketa Irglova come back on stage and finish her “Once” thank you speech.

Rebecca Miller (Daniel Day-Lewis’ wife) wins for worst dress at the Oscars ever (or at least since Barbra stopped attending), Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill were the best presenting duo, John Travolta is looking creepier by the day and if I see Miley Cyrus anywhere else this year, I will probably shoot the screen and then shoot myself.

Oh and Persepolis lost to Ratatouille.
Which, I am afraid to admit, I 100% saw coming.


Best motion picture of the year
“No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
A Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss Production
Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose” (Picturehouse)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Tilda Swinton in “Michael Clayton” (Warner Bros.)

Best animated feature film of the year
“Ratatouille” (Walt Disney) Brad Bird

Best foreign language film of the year
“The Counterfeiters” An Aichholzer Filmproduktion, Magnolia Filmproduktion Production

Achievement in directing
“No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Adapted screenplay
“No Country for Old Men” (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Original screenplay
“Juno” (Fox Searchlight)
Written by Diablo Cody

Achievement in art direction
“Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
Art Direction: Dante Ferretti
Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

Achievement in cinematography
“There Will Be Blood” (Paramount Vantage and Miramax) Robert Elswit

Achievement in costume design
“Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (Universal) Alexandra Byrne

Best documentary feature
“Taxi to the Dark Side” (THINKFilm)
An X-Ray Production
Alex Gibney and Eva Orner

Best documentary short subject
A Lieutenant Films Production
Cynthia Wade and Vanessa Roth

Achievement in film editing
“The Bourne Ultimatum” (Universal) Christopher Rouse

Achievement in makeup
“La Vie en Rose” (Picturehouse) Didier Lavergne and Jan Archibald

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“Atonement” (Focus Features) Dario Marianelli

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Falling Slowly” from “Once”
(Fox Searchlight)
Music and Lyric by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

Best animated short film
“Peter & the Wolf” (BreakThru Films)
A BreakThru Films/Se-ma-for Studios Production
Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman

Best live action short film
“Le Mozart des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets)” (Premium Films)
A Karé Production
Philippe Pollet-Villard

Achievement in sound editing
“The Bourne Ultimatum” (Universal)
Karen Baker Landers and Per Hallberg

Achievement in sound mixing
“The Bourne Ultimatum” (Universal)
Scott Millan, David Parker and Kirk Francis