‘No Country For Old Men,’ ‘There Will Be Blood’ Lead Oscar Nominations With Eight Nods Each

Daniel Day-Lewis, Ellen Page among Best Actor, Actress nominees.

Nobody knows what this year’s Oscar telecast will look like due to the ongoing writers’ strike, but one thing is for sure: “There Will Be Blood.” The acclaimed Golden Globe-winning story of a California oilman starring Daniel Day-Lewis was one of the leading nominees for the 80th annual Academy Awards, along with multiple nominees “No Country for Old Men,” “Atonement” and “Michael Clayton.”

Among the surprise multiple nominees was teen-pregnancy comedy “Juno,” which snagged nods for Ellen Page for Best Actress, first-time scripter Diablo Cody for Best Original Screenplay and Jason Reitman for Best Director, as well as a bid for Best Picture.

The Best Picture race is a strong one, pitting the George Clooney legal drama “Michael Clayton” against the Coen brothers-directed drug thriller “No Country for Old Men,” against “Blood,” the decade-spanning British romance “Atonement” and “Juno.” “No Country” and “There Will Be Blood” earned eight nominations each, while “Michael Clayton” and “Atonement” scored seven.

The Best Actor race features nominees Clooney for “Michael Clayton,” Johnny Depp for his murderous take in “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” the always intense Daniel Day-Lewis in “Blood,” Viggo Mortensen for the Russian crime drama “Eastern Promises” and Tommy Lee Jones in the little-seen Gulf War drama “In the Valley of Elah.”

The Best Actress contest features a number of veteran faces and a few newer ones, including Cate Blanchett for “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” Julie Christie for “Away From Her,” Marion Cotillard for “La Vie en Rose,” Laura Linney for “The Savages” and newcomer Page for her work as a snarky pregnant teen in “Juno.”

The Best Director category will pit Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood”) against Ethan and Joel Coen (“No Country for Old Men”), Tony Gilroy for “Michael Clayton,” surprise nominee Jason Reitman for “Juno” and artist-turned-director Julian Schnabel (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”) for his inspiring take on the story of a Frenchman who suffers a massive stroke and learns to communicate by blinking his left eyelid.

In the Best Supporting Actor category, Hal Holbrook was nominated for what many consider to be his career-best turn as a concerned grandfather figure in “Into the Wild,” one of the only nominations for the Sean Penn-directed movie about a young man’s deadly decision to seek solitude in the Alaskan wilderness. Casey Affleck got a nod for his double-dealing wannabe cowboy in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” Javier Bardem is the front-runner for his work as a menacing psychopath in “No Country for Old Men,” Philip Seymour Hoffman was honored for his turn as CIA operative Gust Avrakotos in “Charlie Wilson’s War” and veteran actor Tom Wilkinson picked up a nod for his role as a mentally unhinged lawyer in “Michael Clayton.”

The Best Supporting Actress category will be a race between Blanchett for her role as Bob Dylan in “I’m Not There,” veteran actress Ruby Dee for her role as the mother of a drug kingpin in “American Gangster,” Saoirse Ronan for her work as a 13-year-old writer in “Atonement,” Amy Ryan as the distraught mother of a kidnapped child in “Gone Baby Gone” and Tilda Swinton as a lawyer in “Michael Clayton.”

Six years after storming the stage to deliver a controversial acceptance speech, Michael Moore will be back as a nominee in the Best Documentary category for “Sicko,” his rabble-rousing take on the state of national heath care. He will compete in the category against the Iraq war doc “No End in Sight,” as well as “War/Dance,” “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience,” and “Taxi to the Dark Side,” a documentary that garnered press when its poster was censored by the MPAA.

In addition to “Juno,” the Best Original Screenplay category included nods for “Lars and the Real Girl,” “Michael Clayton,” “Ratatouille” and “The Savages.” The Best Adapted Screenplay race is between “Atonement,” “Away From Her,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood.”

“Ratatouille,” which comes in just behind “Michael Clayton” and “Atonement” with five overall nominations, leads the race for Best Animated Feature. It will compete against the critically hailed “Persepolis” and, in a surprise announcement, the animated mockumentary “Surf’s Up.”

Though it wasn’t up for any major awards, “Transformers” managed a few props, including nominations for Sound Mixing, Sound Editing and Visual Effects. Another critically slammed box-office giant, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” also managed a few nominations, including Best Makeup and Visual Effects.

The Oscars show is slated to take place on February 24 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, and producers have said the show will go on, despite the ongoing writers’ strike. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ request from the Writers Guild of America to grant a waiver to allow the use of writers for the three-and-a-half-hour show and to be able to show clips from previous Oscar telecasts has so far been rejected. The awards show faces the possibility of several major Hollywood stars boycotting the ceremony in order to avoid crossing picket lines.

Conspicuously absent from the list of nominees for Best Original Song, which includes “Raise It Up” from “August Rush,” “Falling Slowly” from “Once” and three songs from “Enchanted,” is Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, whose song “Guaranteed” from “Into the Wild” won the category’s Golden Globe. Vedder was deemed ineligible for the Best Original Score category due to the movie’s use of previously developed music, as was Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s score for “There Will Be Blood,” which also featured music by Johannes Brahms.

Complete list of Academy Award nominees:

Best Picture
· “Atonement”
· “Juno”
· “Michael Clayton”
· “No Country for Old Men”
· “There Will Be Blood”

Best Director
· Julian Schnabel, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
· Jason Reitman, “Juno”
· Tony Gilroy, “Michael Clayton”
· Joel and Ethan Coen, “No Country for Old Men”
· Paul Thomas Anderson, “There Will Be Blood”

Best Leading Actor
· George Clooney, “Michael Clayton”
· Daniel Day-Lewis, “There Will Be Blood”
· Johnny Depp, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
· Tommy Lee Jones, “In the Valley of Elah”
· Viggo Mortensen, “Eastern Promises”

Best Leading Actress
· Cate Blanchett, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”
· Julie Christie, “Away From Her”
· Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose”
· Laura Linney, “The Savages”
· Ellen Page, “Juno”

Best Adapted Screenplay
· Christopher Hampton, “Atonement”
· Sarah Polley, “Away from Her”
· Ronald Harwood, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
· Joel and Ethan Coen, “No Country for Old Men”
· Paul Thomas Anderson, “There Will Be Blood”

Best Original Screenplay
· Diablo Cody, “Juno”
· Nancy Oliver, “Lars and the Real Girl”
· Tony Gilroy, “Michael Clayton”
· Brad Bird, Jim Capobianco and Jan Pinkava, “Ratatouille”
· Tamara Jenkins, “The Savages”

Best Supporting Actor
· Casey Affleck, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
· 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”
· Saoirse Ronan, “Atonement”
· Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone”
· Tilda Swinton, “Michael Clayton”

Best Animated Feature
· “Persepolis”
· “Ratatouille”
· “Surf’s Up”

Best Foreign Language Film
· “Beaufort”
· “The Counterfeiters”
· “Katyn”
· “Mongol”
· “12”

Achievement in Art Direction
· “American Gangster”
· “Atonement”
· “The Golden Compass”
· “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”
· “There Will Be Blood”

Achievement in Cinematography
· “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
· “Atonement”
· “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
· “No Country for Old Men”
· “There Will Be Blood”

Achievement in Costume Design
· “Across the Universe”
· “Atonement”
· “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”
· “La Vie en Rose”
· “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

Best Documentary Feature
· “No End in Sight”
· “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience”
· “Sicko”
· “Taxi to the Dark Side”
· “War/Dance”

Best Documentary Short Subject
· “Freeheld”
· “La Corona (The Crown)”
· “Salim Baba”
· “Sari’s Mother”

Achievement in Film Editing
· “The Bourne Ultimatum”
· “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
· “Into the Wild”
· “No Country for Old Men”
· “There Will Be Blood”

Achievement in Makeup
· “La Vie en Rose”
· “Norbit”
· “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”

Achievement in Music (Original Score)
· “Atonement”
· “The Kite Runner”
· “Michael Clayton”
· “Ratatouille”
· “3:10 to Yuma”

Achievement in Music (Original Song)
· “Falling Slowly” from “Once”
· “Happy Working Song” from “Enchanted”
· “Raise It Up” from “August Rush”
· “So Close” from “Enchanted”
· “That’s How You Know” from “Enchanted”

Best Animated Short Film
· “I Met the Walrus”
· “Madame Tutli-Putli”
· “Even Pigeons Go to Heaven”
· “My Love”
· “Peter & the Wolf”

Best Live Action Short Film
· “At Night”
· “The Substitute”
· “The Mozart of Pickpockets”
· “Tanghi Argentini”
· “The Tonto Woman”

Achievement in Sound Editing
· “The Bourne Ultimatum”
· “No Country for Old Men”
· “Ratatouille”
· “There Will Be Blood”
· “Transformers”

Achievement in Sound Mixing
· “The Bourne Ultimatum”
· “No Country for Old Men”
· “Ratatouille”
· “3:10 to Yuma”
· “Transformers”

Achievement in Visual Effects
· “The Golden Compass”
· “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”
· “Transformers”

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