The 2008 Oscar Nominations List!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released their nominations for the 80th annual Academy Awards, to take place February 24, 2008. Unless the writers strike forces a delay, or, shudder, a Golden Globes-like press conference.

Here are the Best Picture nominees:

Atonement (Focus Features)A Working Title ProductionTim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Paul Webster, Producers

Juno (Fox Searchlight)A Dancing Elk Pictures, LLC ProductionLianne Halfon, Mason Novick and Russell Smith, Producers

Michael Clayton (Warner Bros.)A Clayton Productions, LLC ProductionSydney Pollack, Jennifer Fox and Kerry Orent, Producers

No Country for Old Men (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)A Scott Rudin/Mike Zoss ProductionScott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)A JoAnne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company ProductionJoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Lupi, Producers

After the jump are more nominees and some brief thoughts. I know Vic and our readers will have some thoughts about this.

Best Actor nominees:

George Clooney in Michael Clayton (Warner Bros.)

Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)

Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street(DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)

Tommy Lee Jones in In the Valley of Elah (Warner Independent)

Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises (Focus Features)

Best Actress nominees:

Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age (Universal)

Julie Christie in Away from Her (Lionsgate)

Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose (Picturehouse)

Laura Linney in The Savages (Fox Searchlight)

Ellen Page in “Juno” (Fox Searchlight)

Best Director nominees:

Julian Schnabel: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Miramax/Pathé Renn)

Jason Reitman: Juno (Fox Searchlight)

Tony Gilroy: Michael Clayton (Warner Bros.)

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen: No Country for Old Men (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)

Paul Thomas Anderson: There Will Be Blood (Paramount Vantage and Miramax)

To see the complete list, check out the official Oscars website.

So here are my brief thoughts: Interesting that Cate Blanchett is nominated in both the Best Actress and Supporting Actress categories. Will that cancel her out? Why is George Clooney nominated? His track record of late is pretty poor, with more bombs than hits. Is it his political activism that has put him on the list? I do want to see Michael Clayton, though.

To be fair, there are a lot of nominated movies I need to watch, so no predictions from me. However, I'd say it's a lock that the Coen Bros. may win their first Directing Oscar for No Country for Old Men and Diablo Cody will win an Oscar for Best Screenplay for Juno.

What are your thoughts and predictions?

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