BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
There Will Be Blood. And this was a really hard one for me to call. I'd be perfectly happy if it went, instead, to No Country For old Men, Atonement, or Michael Clayton. Anything but Juno, and I'm a happy camper. But, still, I do think There Will Be Blood was the single most amazing film I saw from 2007.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Again, an embarrassment of riches. My pick is Daniel Day-Lewis for There Will Be Blood, but I'd be pleased to see the Oscar go to Johnny Depp, George Clooney, or Tommy Lee Jones.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
I'm going with Cate Blanchett.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
I'm going to say Casey Affleck, but I wouldn't be at all unhappy to see the Oscar go to Javier Bardem.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Tilda Swinton, but I'd settle for Cate Blanchett (oh, if only...).
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
This is always the big one for me. This year, I'd be most happy to see the award go to Paul Thomas Anderson, because I genuinely believe that There Will Be Blood is going to prove to be a milestone of American cinema. But I'd be pleased as punch to see it go to the Coen Bros., all the same.
BEST WRITING: SCREENPLAY WRITTEN DIRECTLY FOR THE SCREEN
My pick is Ratatouille, which is surely one of the very best animated films ever, but I'd be cool with Michael Clayton.
BEST WRITING: SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED OR PUBLISHED
This one is truly difficult for me this year, but I'm going with the Coen Bros. adaptation of No Country for Old Men. Still, I'd be almost as satisfied to see the Oscar go to either There Will Be Blood or Atonement.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Here I favor The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, one of the most superbly shot films I have seen in ages. But I'd have no qualms if the Oscar went, instead, to Atonement.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
There Will Be Blood, though No Country for Old Men is a close second.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION
This is a category where I simply cannot lose this year. My pick is Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but I'd be thrilled to see it go to either The Golden Compass or American Gangster, and Atonement and There Will Be Blood are equally deserving.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
One of my favourite categories. And this year, my pick is Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but I'd be happy with the Oscar going to either Atonement or Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, plain and simple.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES, ORIGINAL SCORE
Atonement, with Ratatouille in second place.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES, ORIGINAL SONG
I have a feeling this one will go to one of the three songs nominated from Enchanted, but I have honestly heard not a single of the nominees, so I'm not making a pick.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
I'm going to say No Country for Old Men, though the film from 2007 that soundscape most wowed me was, in fact, There Will Be Blood, not nominated in the category (horrid oversight).
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
I'm going with There Will Be Blood (see above), but I'd be happy with either No Country for Old Men or Ratatouille.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Some terrible oversights in this category this year, but I'm going with Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End; second choice, The Golden Compass.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
There should be no doubt this Oscar belongs to Ratatouille, but I wouldn't be too displeased to see it go to Persepolis.
I'm not making calls in any other categories, as I have not seen enough of the nominees to make a call. I will say that Danny Boyle's Sunshine was, at the very least, deserving of a visual effects, editing, or art direction nomination. But I know I'm in the minority on this film.