Entertainment Weekly predicts the Oscar nominations...

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...in what they call "the most uncertain season ever."

BEST PICTURE:

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

BEST ACTOR:

George Clooney, Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Ryan Gosling, Lars and the Real Girl
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

BEST ACTRESS:

Julie Christie, Away From Her
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose
Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart
Laura Linney, The Savages
Ellen Page, Juno

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James...
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson's War
Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There
Ruby Dee, American Gangster
Catherine Keener, Into the Wild
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton

BEST DIRECTOR:

Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Sean Penn, Into the Wild
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joe Wright, Atonement

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Brad Bird, Ratatouille
Diablo Cody, Juno
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Tamara Jenkins, The Savages
Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Christopher Hampton, Atonement
Ronald Harwood, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Aaron Sorkin, Charlie Wilson's War



On the whole, I'd say it's "on the money."

Might slip in (my guesses):

Frank Langella for Best Actor
Amy Adams for Best Actress
Tommy Lee Jones for Best Supporting Actor
Jennifer Garner for Best Supporting Actress

Strong possibilities, all.
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They have it dead on. I certainly think it's one of the most uncertain seasons as well.

The only one I don't think will happen is Laura Linney, The Savages.
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It's just so disappointingly white.

And were women given much to do this year?
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For some reason, I really don't see Ryan Gosling getting a nod.
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"And were women given much to do this year?"

The usual.

Sing, lose their minds, and die.
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Or get pregnant.
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Forgot that. Yep.
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But, more seriously, I think there were some fantastic roles for women this year: namely the ones that fit the cliches best mentioned. Julie Christie, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Laura Linney....I'd give any one of them an Oscar in a second for their work in their respective films.
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"I'd give any one of them an Oscar in a second for their work in their respective films."

That may be the case literally, if the strike rages on.
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After last year, which featured spectacular performances of a wide range from women (of different colors even!), it's just such a letdown.

Especially when you think of both Streep and Mirren's performances last year. They both played exceedling powerful women who, whatever other deals with the devil they made, did not give up their femininity.
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Best Actress will be between Marion & Julie. I personally, want Marion to win. Her performance was beyond extraordinary!

Robbiej, what do you mean when you say that it's disappointingly white? What does one's race have to do with determining a nomination or a win?
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What I mean is that films featuring strong, award-worthy roles for people of color were few and far between this year. It has less to do with the awards and more to do with the fact that these movies aren't getting made regularly.
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Although it might not be the strongest year in recent memory for women in front of the camera, it IS notable that this may (and most likely will) be the first year women outnumber men in the Best Original Screenplay race.
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That may be true. But, that's not the Academy's fault. You can't nominate something that never came to be.
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There was a time when awards shows aired,
With their jokes written down,
And the mood was exciting...
There was a time when it felt colorblind
And the world played along,
And Best Song wasn't fright'ning.
There was a time,
Then it all went wrong.

re: Entertainment Weekly predicts the Oscar nominations...
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I just saw my EW, and boy oh boy, PTA is just getting more and more handsome the older he gets.

i'm thrilled he may finally getting this kind of much deserved attention.

And y'all are right. this may be one very white party.
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The only race that is interesting to me at all is Best Actress, the others seems to be pretty much the usual suspects (Best Actor, anyways). I also like the Best Supporting Actress race as well.
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I'm not faulting the Academy...I'm using these presumptive nominees (especially in comparison to last year's) to make a comment on the movie business in general. Really, do I need to spell it out this much?
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No, you don't need to spell it out. Every year is different. Some years the films and the choices are fantastic. Other years, it's a little slower, a little less diverse. Remember a few years back when women in films dominated the Oscars..........."Chicago," "Far From Heaven" and "The Hours" were all in the same year?

Nicole Kidman was wonderful in "The Hours." I personally wanted Julianne Moore to win for "Far From Heaven." Many felt that when Nicole won for "The Hours," it was her makeup award from "Moulin Rouge" when she was the expected winner. Halle Berry won that year.




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I just find it unfortunate that it does, indeed, ebb and flow.

And I so wanted Zellwegger (sp??) to win that year!
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So you all think Sweeney Todd will be completely shut out, huh?
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It will be interesting to see how SW does when the nominations are announced week after next. I'm sure that Johnny Depp will get a nod. And, I'm sure that the film will get quite a few nominations......art direction, costumes, cinematography, etc...

Renee Z won The Golden Globe that year in the Musical/Comedy category for "Chicago." I like the fact that The Golden Globes has 2 categories........Drama and Musical/Comedy. Interesting how Marion C was nominated in the Musical/Comedy category and not in the Drama category this year.
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"So you all think Sweeney Todd will be completely shut out, huh?"

Except for Johnny. They presented it as "The Johnny Depp Show" so I'm not surprised.

Tim and Helena have a chance but not a huge one... although I would love to see Helena recognized for her work. I just don't "predict" that she will be.
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It's certainly still a contender for a nod in many categories. Just not a favorite.

Depp will get a nod and it'll get some design nods. The others are possible, but not likely.
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they constantly do that--award people a year (or two or three) after they should have won.

Crowe winning for Gladiator instead of The Insider is another.

that's why I think you can engrave best actor with ddl. not only is he exquisite, he's due from his gangs of new york loss.