THE 2007 ACADEMY AWARDS: A REVIEW
Congrats to No Country, Javier Bardem, and the Coens. It was their night more than anyone else's despite winning only four in an evenly-spaced award ceremony. All five of the Best Picture nominees won at least one award, though There Will Be Blood was the only other movie to win more than one, scoring two: one for Daniel Day-Lewis in the Best Actor category, and the other for Robert Elswit's cinematography. Tilda Swinton's surprise win in the Best Supporting Actress category for Michael Clayton was pleasant, and Bardem won his much-predicted Supporting Actor award. I didn't totally agree with Marion Cotillard's win in the Best Actress category for La Vie en Rose, but it was a joy to see her ecstatic happiness when she accepted it. All in all, I don't have much to say here. I was happy Diablo Cody won Best Original Screenplay for Juno, if only to rub it in the face of all of it's smug criticizers who are more pretentious than the film will ever be. Jon Stewart was funny, and in a night with so many Hollywood hard-hitters, even Glen Hasard and Marketa Irklova from Once were able to share in the joy when they won Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly". Great night, great movies, and now we start again and look forward to 2008.