Monday, February 25, 2008

Oscars: Yep, the Coen Brothers Clean Up

As I predicted (and many had expected), No Country for Old Men deservingly picked up four major Oscars - picture, director(s), adapted screenplay and supporting actor.

So I got 6 of 8 correct - not bad for these things, I guess. Marion Cotillard beat out Julie Christie for best actress, and Tilda Swinton, as a fierce executive in Michael Clayton, trumped sentimental favorite Ruby Dee in the category of best supporting actress.

I could have guessed that "Falling Slowly," from Once, would have won for best song (so why didn't I?) It's a beautifully played folk-rock piece, from an emotionally compelling little film made for $100,000, shot mostly on the streets of Dublin.

Tonight's best speech: Daniel Day-Lewis. Touching that he dedicated his Oscar to his grandfather, his father and his three boys (a father-son relationship is at the heart of There Will Be Blood; had director Paul Thomas Anderson figured out a way to end the movie, he might have walked off with the Oscar)

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