Rex’s Oscar Nom Predictions

LemonWade’s awards prognosticator, Rex Okpodu, has sent me his predictions for the Academy Award nominations, which will be announced next Tuesday. Winners come on February 24. As you’ll see, Rex is hedging his bets mightily when it comes to “Atonement.” Here are his noms:


Best Picture:
“No Country for Old Men”
“Michael Clayton”
“There Will Be Blood”
“Into the Wild”

Alternates: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” or “Atonement”

Best Director:
Ethan and Joel Coen, “No Country for Old Men”
Julian Schnabel, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
Sean Penn, ” Into the Wild”
Paul Thomas Anderson, “There Will Be Blood”
Tony Gilroy, “Michael Clayton”

Alternate: Joe Wright, “Atonement”

Best Actor:
George Clooney, “Michael Clayton”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “There Will Be Blood”
Viggo Mortensen, “Eastern Promises”
Emile Hirsch, “Into the Wild”
Johnny Depp, “Sweeney Todd”

Alternate: Ryan Gosling, “Lars and the Real Girl”

Best Actress:
Julie Christie, “Away from Her”;
Marion Cotillard, “La Vie En Rose”
Angelina Jolie, “A Mighty Heart”
Ellen Page, “Juno”
Laura Linney, “The Savages”

Alternate: Cate Blanchett “The Golden Age”

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Javier Bardem, “No Country for Old Men”
Hal Holbrook, “Into the Wild”
Tommy Lee Jones, “No Country for Old Men”
Tom Wilkinson, “Michael Clayton”
Casey Affleck, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”

Alternate: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, “Charlie Wilson’s War”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Cate Blanchett, “I’m Not There”
Saoirse Ronan, “Atonement”
Catherine Keener, “Into the Wild”
Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone”
Tilda Swinton, “Michael Clayton”

Alternate: Ruby Dee, “American Gangster”

Best Original Screenplay:

“Juno”, written by Diablo Cody
“Michael Clayton”, written by Tony Gilroy
“The Savages”, written by Tamara Jenkins
“Knocked up”, written by Judd Apatow
“Lars and the Real Girl”, written by Nancy Oliver

Alternate: “Ratatouille”, written by Bird Bird

Best Adapted Screenplay:

“No Country for Old Men”
Screenplay written by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, based on the Novel by Cormac McCarthy

“There Will Be Blood”
Screenplay written by Paul Thomas Anderson, based on the novel by Upton Sinclair

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
Screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on the book by Jean-Dominique Bauby

“Into the Wild”
Screenplay by Sean Penn, based on the book by Jon Krakauer

Screenplay by James Vanderbilt, based on the book by Robert Graysmith

Screenplay by Christopher Hampton, based on the novel by Ian McEwan

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