A lot of minor but welcome surprises were the only thing of note at this year’s 80th Annual Academy Awards. Wins actually ended up going to efforts that many thought deserved to win but wouldn’t as they weren’t as ‘Academy friendly’ as others in the category.
Marion Cotillard deservingly beat out veteran actress Julie Christie for the Best Actress award, “Taxi to the Dark Side” beat out “No End in Sight” and “Sicko” for Best Documentary, “There Will Be Blood” took home best cinematography over Roger Deakins work in both ‘Jesse James’ and ‘No Country’, even New Line’s fantasy bomb “The Golden Compass” landed a visual effects Oscar over the splashier “Transformers”.
Perhaps the only real even vaguely minor upset was Tilda Swinton’s superb “Michael Clayton” performance taking out supporting actress over Cate Blanchett’s more showy and interesting Bob Dylan turn in “I’m Not There”. One welcome surprise was “The Bourne Ultimatum” scooping up three awards in the tech categories, the most awards of the night short of the four nods to Best Picture winner “No Country for Old Men”.
Other wins were more along expected and very much deserving lines, notably ‘No Country’ scoring Best Picture (yay!), Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor & Direction nods. Daniel Day-Lewis taking Best Actor, Diablo Cody’s “Juno” winning Best Screenplay (Original), “Sweeney Todd” for Art Direction, “Atonement” for Score, “La Vie En Rose” for Make-Up, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” for Costumes, and ‘Falling Slowly’ from “Once” winning Best Song.
“The Counterfeiters” won in the absolute joke that was the foreign film category this year (Academy rules blocked out at least half a dozen major films more deserving), whilst “Ratatouille” not unexpectedly won Best Animated Feature.
On the red carpet the likes of Katherine Heigl, Amy Ryan, Cate Blanchett and Laura Linney ruled the fashion stakes whilst Diablo Cody, Julie Christie, Wesley Snipes and Nicole Kidman all ended up in rather questionable attire.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
BEST PICTURE: “No Country for Old Men”
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Daniel Day-Lewis for “There Will Be Blood”
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Marion Cotillard for “La Vie En Rose”
DIRECTING: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen for “No Country For Old Men”
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Javier Bardem for “No Country For Old Men”
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Tilda Swinton for “Michael Clayton”
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: “Ratatouille”
SCREENPLAY (Adapted): Ethan Coen & Joel Coen for “No Country For Old Men”
SCREENPLAY (Original): Diablo Cody for “Juno”
CINEMATOGRAPHY: “There Will Be Blood”
“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”
“Taxi to the Dark Side”
DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT: “Freeheld”
“The Bourne Ultimatum”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “The Counterfeiters”
“La Vie En Rose”
MUSIC (SCORE): Dario Marianelli for “Atonement”
Falling Slowly from “Once”
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED): “Peter and the Wolf”
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
“The Mozart of Pickpockets”
SOUND EDITING: “The Bourne Ultimatum”
SOUND MIXING: “The Bourne Ultimatum”
VISUAL EFFECTS: “The Golden Compass”