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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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And the nominees are ... (2008)

* Denotes winner.

Best Picture "Atonement" "Juno" "Michael Clayton"* "No Country for Old Men" "There Will Be Blood"

Actor George Clooney - "Michael Clayton"* Daniel Day-Lewis - "There Will Be Blood" Johnny Depp - Tommy Lee Jones - "In the Valley of ElahViggo Mortensen - "Eastern Promises."

Actress Cate Blanchett - "Elizabeth: The Golden AgeJulie Christie - "Away From Her"* Marion Cotillard - "La Vie en RoseLaura Linney - "The SavagesEllen Page - "Juno"

Supporting Actor Casey Affleck - "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"* Javier Bardem - "No Country for Old Men" Hal Holbrook - "Into the WildPhilip Seymour Hoffman - "Charlie Wilson's WarTom Wilkinson - "Michael Clayton"

Supporting Actress Cate Blanchett - "I'm Not ThereRuby Dee - "American Gangster" Saoirse Ronan - "Atonement" Amy Ryan - "Gone Baby Gone"* Tilda Swinton - "Michael Clayton"

Director Julian Schnabel - "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" Jason Reitman - "Juno" Tony Gilroy - "Michael Clayton"* Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - "No Country for Old Men" Paul Thomas Anderson - "There Will Be Blood"

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