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awards season | frontrunners & underdogs (part one)

awards season | frontrunners & underdogs (part one)

With the publication of the first in a series of awards season article today at indieWIRE, my colleague Peter Knegt and I are publishing a round of predictions for the Oscar race, so far.

NOTE: These are my guesses in a few categories, not necessarily my personal favorites. And I haven’t seen all of the films listed, its a prognostication weighing the current buzz.

1. “No Country For Old Men”
2. “Atonement”
3. “Into The Wild”
4. “There Will Be Blood”
5. “Sweeney Todd”
6. “Michael Clayton”
7. “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead”
8. “Hairspray”
9. “Juno”
10. “American Gangster”
UNDERDOG: “I’m Not There”

More below…

1. Joel & Ethan Coen, “No Country for Old Men”
2. Sean Penn, “Into The Wild”
3. Tim Burton, “Sweeney Todd”
4. Paul Thomas Anderson, “There Will Be Blood”
5. Sidney Lumet, “Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead”
UNDERDOG: (tie) Julian Schnabel, “The Diving Bell & The Butterfly” & Todd Haynes, “I’m Not There”

1. Daniel Day-Lewis, “There Will Be Blood”
2. George Clooney, “Michael Clayton”
3. Josh Brolin, “No Country For Old Men”
4. Emile Hirsch, “Into The Wild”
5. James McAvoy, “Atonement”
UNDERDOG: Frank Langella, “Starting Out in The Evening”

1. Marion Cotillard, “La Vie En Rose”
2. Keira Knightley, “Atonement”
3. Angelina Jolie, “A Mighty Heart”
4. Julie Christie, “Away From Her”
5. Cate Blanchett, “Elizabeth, The Golden Age”
UNDERDOG: Ellen Page, “Juno”

1. Javier Bardem, “No Country For Old Men”
2. John Travolta, “Hairspray”
3. Tom Wilkinson, “Michael Clayton”
4. Hal Holbrook, “Into The Wild”
5. Casey Affleck, “The Assassination of Jesse James…”
UNDERDOG: Phillip Bosco, “The Savages”

1. Cate Blanchett, “I’m Not There”
2. Tilda Swinton, “Michael Clayton”
3. Saoirse Ronan, “Atonement”
4. Catherine Keener, “Into The Wild”
5. Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone”
UNDERDOG: Samantha Morton, “Control”

Note: I’m also participating once again in Movie City News’ “Gurus o’ Gold”, a weekly series of polls prognosticating the latest in the Oscar race. This week’s survey includes best picture, best director, best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay.

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