If this year's Academy Awards proved anything, it's that you can pose all the theories and strategize all you want, but in the end, the numbers don't lie. No Country for Old Men tore through the awards circuit all season, dominating unlike any movie in years, appropriately being awarded Sunday night with Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor honors. This is a film that took the PGA, the DGA, the WGA, the SAG and the Oscar, joining an elite group that includes only American Beauty and The Return of the King. You truly couldn't stop what was coming this year. That's now two very hip picks by the Academy in two years (as The Departed triumphed last year), hopefully signifying a sea change within this typically conservative group.
I scored 7/8 in the main categories, and 14/21 overall (not counting the short film categories). A few thoughts:
No matter my opinion of the film, there is no denying that Marion Cotillard did great work in La Vie En Rose. Although she wouldn't have gotten my vote, I can't really complain about her win here.
And I guess all that time over-thinking Supporting Actress paid off, as Tilda Swinton triumphed in what had to be the closest race in years.
I'm also proud of my editing pick for the Bourne Ultimatum, although I will say that I am rather shocked the film also took home both sound awards over Transformers, which also surprisingly got trumped in Visual Effects by The Golden Compass.
Roger Deakins unfortunately (but predictably) got shafted as a result of his double nod for cinematography, but Robert Elswitt's work on There Will Be Blood was a more than worthy recipient.
And lastly, seeing Glenn Hasard and Marketa Irglova win Original Song for Once provided maybe the night's best moment, as Jon Stewart invited Irglova back out on stage to relay her thanks as she was ridiculously cut-off before she could speak.
And that's that. Another year gone. Here is the full list of winners:
Best Picture: No Country for Old Men
Best Director: Joel Coen Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, There Will be Blood
Original Screenplay: Diablo Cody, Juno
Documentary: Taxi to the Dark Side
Best Doc Short: Freeheld
Best Score: Atonement
Best Cinematography: There Will Be Blood
Best Song: Falling Slowly, Once
Best Foreign Language Film: The Counterfeiters
Honorary Oscar Tribute to Robert Boyle
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard
Best Sound Mixing: The Bourne Ultimatum
Best Sound Editing: The Bourne Ultimatum
Best Adapted Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Best Supporting Actress: Tilda Swinton
Animated Short Peter and the Wolf
Live Action short: Le Mozart des Pickpockets
Best Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem
Art Direction: Sweeney Todd
Visual Effects: The Golden Compass
Best Makeup: La Vie Rose
Best Animated Feature: Ratouille
Best Costume Design: Elizabeth, The Golden Age