Oscar Post-Mortem, Part 3 of 6

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
My Head Says: Juno
My Heart Says: Juno
Winner: Juno

Comments: Diablo Cody's first screen-writing effort for Juno is a monumental success, receiving an Oscar nomination and winning it handsomely on Oscar night. A highly fitting award to one of the most talented female writers in recent years since Sofia Coppola (Lost In Translation, The Virgin Suicides).

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
My Head Says: No Country For Old Men
My Heart Says:
No Country For Old Men
Winner: No Country For Old Men

Comments: The Coen Brothers' second Oscar-winning screen-writing effort since their critically-acclaimed crime thriller Fargo. A captivating blend of frightening tension, detailed characterization, and yes, that critically-acclaimed ending! This year's adapted screenplay nominees are in fact very strong, with The Diving Bell And The Butterfly posing a serious threat to the Coens' chances.

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
My Head Says: No Country For Old Men
My Heart Says: There Will Be Blood
Winner: There Will Be Blood

Comments: It seems like the Academy might get this wrong here. Riding on the Oscar wave, No Country For Old Men might have just snatched this one. Another string of heavy contenders, but There Will Be Blood comes out tops and so is my respect for the Academy again for their ability to see through the mirror.

BEST FILM EDITING
My Head Says: The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
My Heart Says: The Bourne Ultimatum
Winner:
The Bourne Ultimatum

Comments: One clear favorite. The Bourne Ultimatum is 2007's best technical film. Great vision by director Paul Greengrass, and that COAT (camera on a trampoline) technique is just remarkable. An action-thriller that rivals the best in its genre and is arguably one of the best edited films of the last decade.

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly chronicles the life of a completely paralyzed man with an amazing desire to live life to the fullest. The flashbacks, the 'blinking eye' scenes in the film are examples of competent editing. The next worthy runner-up to the throne if the Academy decides to make a wrong call.



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