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2008 Academy Award Nominations

Academy Awards statueThe nominations for the were announced bright and early Tuesday morning from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Assuming the ceremony goes on as scheduled, you can see the live broadcast Sunday, February 24th on .

Notable additions/omissions from today’s announcement:

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Daniel Day-Lewis Marks Return With ‘Blood’

There Will Be Blood- Daniel Day LewisKnown for his odd little ways, his do-or-die acting methods, and his fabulous skill, has enjoyed a stellar film career - though by Hollywood standards, he makes films infrequently. Missing from the big screen since 2005, the award-winning actor has made a triumphant return to films today in Paul Thomas Anderson’s . Very different from the bevy of family-oriented holiday flicks currently clogging up the theaters, this feature film deals in avarice, oil, madness and, of course, blood.

is known for dramatic films like Magnolia and break-out film Boogie Nights, but isn’t like either one of these previous efforts. Day-Lewis (whose own unique brand of method acting has labeled him as truly eccentric and maybe even a little ’round the bend) plays Daniel Plainview in a performance that’s being heralded by the critics (he’s already received a , too).  Plainview is involved with oil in a century-old setting, a man who will do whatever he has to do to get his own way.

Yahoo! reviewers have called the dramatic epic a “masterpiece” and granted the film three and a half stars (on a scale of four total).  Why is the film this good? Because Daniel Day-Lewis is in it.

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2008 Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations (Film)

Thanks to an interim waiver granted by the , the telecast will air as scheduled on Sunday, January 27.  Since plans for the and the are still up in the air, this could be most viewed awards show in quite some time.

This year’s film nominees are:

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  • George Clooney, Michael Clayton
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
  • Ryan Gosling, Lars And The Real Girl
  • Emile Hirsch, Into The Wild
  • Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises

OUTSTANDING LEADING FEMALE PERFORMANCE

  • Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Julie Christie, Away From Her
  • Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose
  • Angelina Jolie, A Mighty Heart
  • Ellen Page, Juno

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AFI’s Top Films of 2007

The , probably best known its ‘100 Greatest’ countdowns, has just selected their top films of this year.  Unlike the other lists we have seen on television, this particular grouping does not include rankings nor does it highlight a winner.

Before the Devil Knows You're DeadThe AFI Movies of the Year are:

  • Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Into the Wild
  • Juno
  • Knocked Up
  • Michael Clayton
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Ratatouille
  • The Savages
  • There Will Be Blood

(You can find the AFI’s list of Top Shows here.)

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2008 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

Assuming the ongoing doesn’t put a wrench into everyone’s plans, the 65th Annual ceremony is scheduled to air on Sunday, Jan. 13th. (The telecast will come just 9 days prior to the nominations.)

Here are the most notable omissions/additions in this year’s list of film honorees:
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(Click below for the full list of film nominees; click here for the TV nominations.)

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New York Film Critics Choose ‘No Country’

No Country for Old MenOn Monday, the New York Film Critics Circle revealed their 2007 film award winners.  This announcement comes shortly after the National Board of Review (NBR) and the Los Angeles Film Critics (LAFCA) revealed their honorees.  Although the nominations are still two days away, certain trends have already started to emerge from just these three lists.

The 2007 NYFCC winners:

  • Best Picture: No Country for Old Men*
  • Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
  • Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis**, There Will Be Blood
  • Best Actress: Julie Christie*, Away from Her
  • Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
  • Best Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan***, Gone Baby Gone
  • Best Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen*, No Country for Old Men
  • Best Animated Film: Persepolis**
  • Best Foreign Film: The Lives of Others
  • Best Documentary: No End in Sight**

*also the NBR winner
**also the LAFCA winner
***both the NBR and LAFCA winner

 

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Los Angeles Film Critics Favor ‘There Will Be Blood’

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There Will Be BloodAn adaptation of the Upton Sinclair novel, Oil!, was just selected Best Picture of the Year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.  , which opens in theaters December 26, stars (Gangs of New York) as an oil tycoon in the early 1900’s.  Blood won four honors overall including Best Director (), Best Actor (Lewis) and Best Production Design.  Just earlier this week, the National Board of Review gave its top prize to .

The New York Film Critics Circle is expected to announce its picks later today while the nominations come out this Thursday.

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This Week on HD DVD and Blu-ray: October 2, 2007

Evil Dead 2 posterThis Tuesday brings the release of some great titles, new and old.  As expected, the studios are rolling out some Halloween-inspired classics, filled with zombies, vampires and serial killers; though sadly, only Blu-ray supporters seem to be taking advantage of the upcoming holiday.

HD DVD studios chose instead to use this week to re-release a bunch of titles that were previously only available in those obnoxious HD DVD/DVD Combo discs.  You know, the $40 releases that were appealing to neither the HD owners nor the standard-definition owners?  Those of you who rightly refused to make such a silly purchase can now have some great HD titles for a lower price, thanks to Warner Home Video coming to its senses.  Any of the following films with an asterisk (*) in the title are the re-released versions.

Check out this Tuesday’s HD DVD and Blu-ray releases after the jump.

To see this week’s standard-definition DVD releases, click here.
To see this week’s TV-On-DVD releases, click here.

 

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