First off, here are a handful of movies that I'm thinking will come into play during the '07 awards season:
Atonement -- Kiera Knightley, James McAvoy, and Romola Garai in an adaptation of the novel of the same name, directed by Pride & Prejudice's Joe Wright.
The Brave One -- Jodie Foster teams up with director Neil Jordan in a contemporary revenge drama.
Charlie Wilson's War -- Mike Nichols directs Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, in a story about how the CIA armed the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan in the 1980s. So it's a success story.
The Golden Age -- This would be the sequel to Elizabeth, with Cate Blanchett and Shekhar Kapur returning, and Clive Owen, Samantha Morton, and Abbie Cornish hopping onboard.
I'm Not There -- Todd Haynes's unconventional Bob Dylan biopic. Which I believe is the film's new subtitle. Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Richard Gere, and Blanchett (among others) all play Dylan at various times.
The Kite Runner -- Guilt and betrayal set against the backdrop of recent Afghanistan history. Based on the best-selling 2003 novel.
Love in the Time of Cholera -- More literary adaptations, this time the renowned Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel. Javier Bardem, Benjamin Bratt, Liev Schrieber, and Catalina Sandino Moreno star.
Michael Clayton -- It's not about IRA terrorists, but it should be. No, this one's a legal drama starring George Clooney.
A Mighty Heart -- The story of American journalist Daniel Pearl, murdered by Al Qaeda terrorist, and his widow Marianne. Starring Angelina Jolie and Dan Futterman, directed by Michael Winterbottom.
Reservation Road -- The director of Hotel Rwanda tells a story of tragedy and the aftermath. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, and Mira Sorvino.
The Savages -- Tamara Jenkins directs Laura Linney and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in a family dramady. Partially filmed in Buffalo, this killed at Sundance.
Sweeney Todd -- Big musical adaptation of the year, directed by Tim Burton, starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter.
There Will Be Blood -- PT Anderson's first film in five years, adapted from Upton Sinclair's Oil! Speaking of a first film in five years, Daniel Day-Lewis stars as an oil prospector.
Okay, so, the Oscar predictions. We'll see if I get more than a handful of these right next year. For point of reference, when I did this least year, I nailed Forest Whitaker, Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, and Meryl Streep. And that was it.
- Charlie Wilson's War (Universal)
- Atonement (Focus)
- Michael Clayton (Warner Bros.)
- Love in the Time of Cholera (New Line)
- The Kite Runner (Paramount Vantage)
- Joaquin Phoenix --
- Daniel Day-Lewis -- There Will Be Blood
- John Cusack -- Grace Is Gone
- Javier Bardem -- Love in the Time of Cholera
- James McAvoy -- Atonement
- Julie Christie -- Away From Her
- Jodie Foster -- The Brave One
- Kiera Knightley -- Atonement
- Marion Cotillard -- La Vie En Rose
- Angelina Jolie -- A Mighty Heart
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
- Clive Owen -- The Golden Age
- Mark Ruffalo --
- Philip Bosco -- The Savages
- Dan Futterman -- A Mighty Heart
- Tom Wilkinson -- Michael Clayton
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
- Romola Garai -- Atonement
- Samantha Morton -- The Golden Age
- Jennifer Jason Leigh -- Margot At The Wedding
- Cate Blanchett -- I'm Not There
- Vanessa Redgrave -- Atonement