George CLooney in Michael Clayton courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures
And now to the films that made out like banditsTheres Juno of course and Paul Thomas Andersons bleak There Will Be Blood based on Upton Sinclairs muckraking 1927 novel Oil was nominated for best picture best actor Daniel Day-Lewis best director and best adapted screenplay The quietly effective Paul Dano of last years indie favorite Little Miss Sunshine was passed over for best supporting actor Lewis was widely considered a shoo-in but the rest of the nominations were less than givens despite critical raves for this lengthy 158 minutes epic examination of greed false prophets and near-biblical retributionThinking-mans thriller Michael Clayton scored big with critics without exciting much attention among moviegoers Its nominated for best picture with star George Clooney recognized in the best-actor category Costars Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson were both nominated in the supporting categories and first-time director Tony Gilroy got a nod both for direct
No Country for Old Men and Gone Baby Gone's Amy Ryan are the ones to beat this awards season. Take a look at the accolades issued this weekend:The Boston Society of Film CriticsBest picture: No Country for Old Men (edging out The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by just a single vote)Best director: Diving Bell's Julian Schnabel Best actors: Frank Langella (Starting Out in the Evening) and Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) Best supporting actors: Javier Bardem (Old Men) and Amy RyanThe D.C. Area Film Critics AssociationBest picture: No Country for Old MenBest director: The Coen brothers (Old Men)Best actors: George Clooney (Michael Clayton) and Julie Christie (Away from Her)Best supporting actors: Bardem and RyanLos Angeles Film Critics AssociationBest picture: There Will Be Blood (which I am told is not based on the Saw movie tagline but some Upton Sinclair novel)Best director: Paul Thomas Anderson (Blood) Best actors: Daniel Day-Lewis (Blood) and Cotillard Best supporting actors: Val...
Jessica Alba in Awake courtesy Weinstein Company
Disney's Enchanted repeated this weekend as box-office champ, adding $17 million to its coffers. This Christmas placed second with $8.4 mil. Rounding out the top five were Beowulf (with $7.9 million), Jessica Alba and Anakin Skywalker's Awake (opening with $6 mil) and Hitman ($5.8 mil). In limited release, both The Savages ($38,280 per screen, versus Awake's $3,002) and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly ($25,100 per screen) opened strongly.