25 February 2008

80th Academy Awards

Oscar. It so nearly didn't happen. With the writer's strike threatening to scupper Hollywood's biggest night of the year, this year's ceromony (held last night) was a subdued affair. Held more with a sense of relief than celebration.

And it was the European's that did the best, with all four acting categories going to actors from this side of the pond. Best Supporting Actor, Javier Bardem, was the first Spaniard ever to win and France's Marion Cotillard, the French Best Actress was only the second to win the top award in a role in a foreign language. Daniel Day Lewis was the Best Actor and Tilda Swinton surprised everyone by winning for her supporting role in Michael Clayton.

Brits won six awards: the Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Make-Up, Visual Effects and Best Animated Short but bookies favourite, Julie Christie lost out again as Best Actress. The biggest loser of the night was Atonement,; nominated for seven, coming away with only the Best Original Score statuette.

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from Irish movie "Once" (my favourite film of last year) won Best Original Song for "Slowly Falling". The American's didn't have a bad night though, with the Coen brother's No Country for Old Men scooping the big two, Best Film and Director.

The Oscar winners 2008

Best film: No Country for Old Men
Best director: No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen
Best actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Original screenplay: Juno
Documentary feature: Taxi to the Dark Side
Documentary short: Freeheld
Original score: Atonement
Cinematography: There Will Be Blood
Song: Falling Slowly, Once
Foreign language film: The Counterfeiters
Honorary Oscar: Robert Boyle
Film editing: The Bourne Ultimatum
Best actress: Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Sound mixing: The Bourne Ultimatum
Sound editing: The Bourne Ultimatum
Adapted screenplay: No Country for Old Men, Joel and Ethan Coen
Supporting actress: Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton
Animated short: Peter and the Wolf
Live action short: Le Mozart des Pickpockets
Supporting actor: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Art direction: Sweeney Todd
Visual effects: The Golden Compass
Makeup: La Vie en Rose
Animated feature: Ratatouille
Costume: Elizabeth: The Golden Age

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