Oscars will happen after all, noms announced

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The stars may not be out on February 24, but the red carpet sure will be.

The Academy Awards ceremony is going forward as planned, show director Louis J. Horvitz said, according to USA Today. During this morning's 80th Academy Awards nominations announcement, the main focus wasn't what celebrities were planning to wear, but whether they would show up at all.

The strike by the Writers Guild of America has already left a few awards-show casualties in its wake, the Golden Globes and the People's Choice Awards among them, and many feared the Oscars would be next.

However, a red carpet doesn't automatically mean this will be a must-see event. There are plenty of other categories that go beyond acting, meaning cinematographers, sound guys, and composers may be more front and center--not exactly the idea of glamour the public is used to.

"We want [the actors] to come back," Horvitz told reporters. "But we have access to the clips from the films, and we can still name best actor, best actress, all of them."

Of course there was more than just talk about the show itself. Leading the nominations this morning were critics' favorites No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood, both of which nabbed eight nods each, including one apiece for Best Picture.

A partial list of Academy Award nominees is below. A full list of nominees is available at the Academy Awards official Web site.

Best motion picture of the year
Atonement
Juno
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
There Will Be Blood

Performance by an actor in a leading role
George Clooney in Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tommy Lee Jones in In the Valley of Elah
Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War
Hal Holbrook in Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie in Away from Her
Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose
Laura Linney in The Savages
Ellen Page in Juno

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Cate Blanchett in I'm Not There
Ruby Dee in American Gangster
Saoirse Ronan in Atonement
Amy Ryan in Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton

Best animated feature film of the year
Persepolis
Ratatouille
Surf's Up

Achievement in directing
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Julian Schnabel
Juno, Jason Reitman
Michael Clayton, Tony Gilroy
No Country for Old Men, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson

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No Country for old men best picture
Daniel Day Lewis Best Actor
julie Christie Best Actress
Javier BArder Best Supporting Actor
Cate Blanchett Best Supporting Actress

These will be with the winners
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i havent seen any of the other movies.
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Ratatouille for best animated.
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This year is such a great movie year! Right now I've seen all the nominees for Best Picture except for Michael Clayten (It just had to come out when I didn't have time, didn't it?) and right now have to say that No Country for Old Men is my favorite, followed by There will be Blood, Atonement and a ver distant Juno (It was a good movie, but just not in the same league as the other nominees. It was the 'popular' nom, IMO Eastern Promises should have been the fifth nom). My pick for Best actor is def. Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises (anyone who hasn't seen that needs to) He was incredible! Javier Bardem for best supporting actor, no doubt. He was just SO amazing in that role, there's no competition. Being scary as hell with that bowl haircut is truly a crowning acheivement. Best actress I'm thinking Ellen Page (even though I don't think that the movie is Best Picture material, her peformance was fantastic). Best supporting actress is a bit more blurry for me, but I'm leaning towards either Ruby Dee in American Geangster or Saoirse Rohan in Atonement. For Best Director I'm leaning towards the Coen Brothers for No Country for Old Men, but Paul Thomas Anderson for There will be blood is a very close second. This is probably the toughest year for the Oscars that I've seen in ages, it should be great!
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my choice

should = s will = w

best film

s- juno w- no country best actor

s- george clooney for michael clayton

w- daniel day lewis for there will blood

best actress

s/w- Marion cotillard for la vien rose

best supporting actor s- philip seymour hoffman for Charlie Wilson's war

w- Jardin Bardham for No Country for Old Men

best supporting actress

s/w- cate blanchett for I'm not there

best director

s/w- Julian for Diving bell and butterfly

best original screenplay

s/w- Ratallioue

best adapted screenplay s- sarah polley for away from her

w- joel and ethan for no country for old men

best cinematography

s/w- diving bell and the butterfly

best art direction

s/w- there will blood

best costume design

s/w- la vien rose

best sound

s/w- ratailloue

best sound editing

s/w- ratailloue

best visual effects

s/w- transformers

best makeup

s/w- la vien rose

best editing

s- diving bell and the butterfly

w- no country

best music score

s/w- ratalioue

best original song

s/w- enchanted (that how you know)

best animated film

s/w- ratalioute

best forgein film

s/w- beaufort isreal

no best documentry, best short film
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I will tune in. I hope this will NOT affected wga strike. This will hit!. I will watch every cateorgy (excpet forgein lanuage because these are not popular and I don't know film of this cagetory, documantery and any short films
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While I am glad to see that the Oscars are on after all I still think that it won't be the same without all the celebs there to accept the awards they win, granted there are a lot of awards for directing and categories like that. I would just hate to see more missed speeches. When Johnny Depp won the Academy Award for Sweeney, which also nabbed best picture (comedy or musical), I felt so hurt that Johnny didn't get to deliver a speech. I would hate to see a repeat at the oscars, though to be honest I don't think he'll get this one being up against Daniel-Day Lewis.
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I just hope actors show some spine, and actually show up, someone's gotta put a stop to the WGA bullying
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Juno and Ellen Page FTW!
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Beaufort sould win the Best Forgeign Language Film
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Everything's orbiting toward 'real stories' and 'real people'. Makes me wonder who writes good original scripts any more.
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98% of the named movies suck! Makes for a boring awards night this year.
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This should be fun to watch.
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Horrible Nominees to an excellent year of movies.
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What a travesty of justice. Best Motion Picture of the Year = Sweeney Todd
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Interesting bunch this year. Let the predictions begin!
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