This my 50th post! I started this blog last October as an experiment in social computing. Since I work in the Internet space, I thought it would be good research as we look at launching community for our brand. I’m really into it now.
It’s very early Sunday morning February 24th, 2008, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are scant hours away from bestowing their highest honors on the very best in filmmaking. While I’m writing this post there are only two men who know for sure who will take home the Oscar. They are Brad Oltmanns and Rick Rosashey, partners at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Mr. Oltmanns, Mr. Rosashey and approximately 12 other PWC employees steal off to an undisclosed location to count the 6,000 ballots by hand. The process is designed so no one except Brad and Rick know the final tally and they personally stuff the presenter envelopes. Four sets of winner cards are preprinted for all the nominees, and the leftovers are discarded. Do they still handcuff the briefcase to their wrists?
Here are my picks (guesses) in the major categories:
- Actor Daniel-Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood
- Actress Julie Christie in Away from Her
- Supporting Actor Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men
- Supporting Actress Saoirse Ronan in Atonement
- Animated Feature Ratatouille
- Cinematography There Will Be Blood
- Film Editing Roderick Jaynes for No Country for Old Men
- Original Screenplay Tony Gilroy for Michael Clayton
- Adapted Screenplay Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men
- Music Score James Newton Howard for Michael Clayton
- Direction Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men
- Picture No Country for Old Men
As you can see, I’m a keen on No Country for Old Men. I believe it to be the best film of the year by a long shot for so many reasons. You can follow the links to read my reviews.
No I’m not in an office pool. I won’t be hosting or attending an Oscar party. I will do what I always do. Have a savory dinner at home, pour a nice red and watch the ceremony. I never complain about it running past three hours, or grumble because one of my favorites didn’t win (by the way that only recently stopped since Marty finally won last year). I will enjoy, and marvel, and wish I was part of this magical art form called film.