Oscars ’08: The show must go on

The Academy Award nominees were released this morning, and if nothing else, they only further proved just how worthless this year’s Golden Globes really were. Most of the categories filled out as expected, but there were a few surprises, including Best Picture and Best Director nods for “Juno,” a Best Actor nod for Tommy Lee Jones, and Sean Penn’s crapfest “Into the Wild” getting almost completely shut out; save for the deserved nomination of Hal Holbrook in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Check out the nominees in all of the major categories, and then click below to read the full list. I’ve also attached stars to my predicted winners, so come back and let me know what you think.

BEST PICTURE

“Atonement”

“Juno”

“Michael Clayton”

(*) “No Country for Old Men”

“There Will Be Blood”

BEST DIRECTOR

Julian Schnabel (“The Diving Bell & the Butterfly”)

Jason Reitman (“Juno”)

Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”)

(*) Joel and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men”)

Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood”)

BEST ACTOR

George Clooney (“Michael Clayton”)

(*) Daniel Day-Lewis (“There Will Be Blood”)

Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd”)

Viggo Mortensen (“Eastern Promises”)

Tommy Lee Jones (“In the Valley of Elah”)

BEST ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”)

Julie Christie (“Away from Her”)

Marion Cotillard (“La Vie en Rose”)

Laura Linney (“The Savages”)

(*) Ellen Page (“Juno”)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Casey Affleck (“The Assassination of Jesse James”)

(*) Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men”)

Philip Seymour Hoffman (“Charlie Wilson’s War”)

Hal Holbrook (“Into the Wild”)

Tom Wilkinson (“Michael Clayton”)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett (“I’m Not There”)

Ruby Dee (“American Gangster”)

Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement”)

(*) Amy Ryan (“Gone Baby Gone”)

Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Christopher Hampton (“Atonement”)

Sarah Polley (“Away from Her”)

Ronald Harwood (“The Diving Bell & the Butterfly”)

(*) Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men”)

Paul Thomas Anderson (“There Will Be Blood”)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

(*) Diablo Cody (“Juno”)

Nancy Oliver (“Lars and the Real Girl”)

Tony Gilroy (“Michael Clayton”)

Brad Bird (“Ratatouille”)

Tamara Jenkins (“The Savages”)

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