They've announced their choices for Best of 2007 ...
Picture: No Country For Old Men
Best Picture is what it's about, mais non?
Director: Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell and Butterfly
See previous Schnabel-centric post here --he could be a director nominee with AMPAS. I could totally see that. He's wayyyy too low on my prediction chart. What was I thinking?
Actor: Frank Langella Starting Out in the Evening
I hear this book is excellent
Actress: Marion Cotillard La Vie En Rose
Still the Oscar frontrunner for best actress on account of the mimicry biopic thing
Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem No Country For Old Men
Unless one of the older nominees marshalls 'honor my whole career' support, the Oscar is his to lose, I think
Supporting Actress: Amy Ryan Gone Baby Gone
I still don't really get it.
Screenplay: Brad Bird Ratatouille
Very cool Boston
Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski The Diving Bell and Butterfly
Documentary: Crazy Love
Ensemble: Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
New Filmmaker: Ben Affleck for Gone Baby Gone
Boston's hometown boy (duh!)
Here's a look at the past ten years. They rarely separate Picture and Director wins and their choices for "best" seem to be drifting ever closer to "Oscar Predictions" - unfortunately that's happening with many of the film critic societies and organizations.
2006 Pic: The Departed, Dir: Scorsese (The Departed) Actor: Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) Actress: Mirren (The Queen), Supp Actor: Wahlberg (The Departed) Supp Actress: Epps (Half Nelson)
2005 Pic: Brokeback Mountain, Dir: Lee (Brokeback Mountain) Actor: Hoffman (Capote) Actress: Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Supp Actor: Giamatti (Cinderella Man) Supp Actress: Keener (a bunch of movies)
2004 Pic: Sideways, Dir: Yimou (House of Flying Daggers / Hero) Actor: Foxx (Ray) Actress: Swank (Million Dollar Baby), Supp Actor: Church (Sideways) Supp Actress -tie: Dern (We Don't Live Here Anymore) and Warren (Ray)
2003 Pic: Mystic River, Dir: Coppola (Lost in Translation) Actor: Murray (Lost in Translation) Actress: Johansson (Lost in Translation), Supp Actor: Sarsgaard (Shattered Glass) Supp Actress: Clarkson (Pieces of April and The Station Agent)
2002 Pic: The Pianist, Dir: Polanski (The Pianist) Actor: Brody (The Pianist) Actress: Gyllenhaal (Secretary), Supp Actor: Arkin (13 Conversations about One Thing) Supp Actress : Collette (About a Boy)
2001 Pic: Mulholland Dr, Dir: Lynch (Mulholland Dr) Actor -tie: Cox (L.I.E.) and Washington (Training Day) Actress: Swinton (The Deep End), Supp Actor: Kingsley (Sexy Beast) Supp Actress: Diaz (Vanilla Sky)
2000 Pic: Almost Famous, Dir: Crowe (Almost Famous) Actor: Farrell (Tigerland) Actress: Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), Supp Actor: Willard (Best in Show) Supp Actress: McDormand (Almost Famous and Wonder Boys)
1999 Pic: Three Kings, Dir: O'Russell (Three Kings) Actor: Carrey (Man on the Moon), Actress: Swank (Boys Don't Cry)
1998 Pic: Out of Sight, Dir: Boorman (The General) Actor: Gleeson (The General),Actress: Morton (Under the Skin)
1997 Pic: LA Confidential Dir: Hanson (LA Confidential) Actor: Pacino (Donnie Brasco), Actress: Bonham-Carter (Wings of the Dove)