Just a day away from the glamorous night of the Academy Awards and predictions are still flying high over who will get one of the night's most coveted awards -the best picture award. One thing is for sure, the show will be free from striking picketers.
As celebrities, actors, directors, writers, producers flock to Los Angeles, the Hollywood center of the American film industry is buzzing with all things Oscar. The Kodak Theatre is swarming with activity as stand-ins, hosts and stars rehearse for Sunday's big show.
Following the dismal display at the Golden Globes, where all the glitz and glamour was downsized to a rather dull news conference, tensions flew high over whether the Oscars would happen at all. The 100-day writers strike ended less than two weeks before tomorrows big event, putting pressure on event organizers to get everything prepared. Oscar organizers insist everything will go on as planned, with no picketers crossing the line.
I think we're going to have a wonderful turnout because there haven't been awards shows, Gil Cates, producer of the Oscar ceremony told the Associated Press. Not only our community is really excited about all of us getting together, but I think out there in the rest of the world, there is awards fever.
No Country For Old Men, a dark, violent tale about a man who finds two million dollars after several people are killed in an illegal drug deal. A killer chases him across Texas to get the money back. It was named best film by the producers', writers', actors' and directors' guilds and has many experts speculating they will win best movie award for 2007. The movie, directed by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, is based on the book by Cormac McCarthy.
But Juno, the quirky comedy about a smart and funny teenager who becomes pregnant and finds a husband and wife to adopt her baby, is emerging as a dark horse in the Oscars race. The movie was made with just a $2.5million budget, but is the most successful of this year's Oscar contenders, earning more than $125 million at the box office.
Its screenplay is so good, it could sneak through, said Lew Harris of website Movies.com. It's not just a little piece of fluff.
There Will Be Blood is about a man who becomes successful exploring for oil in the early nineteen hundreds. He is opposed by a young religious worker in a small town in California. The movie is based on the book Oil! by Upton Sinclair.
Daniel Day-Lewis, the lead actor of the movie, is predicted to scoop up the best actor award, ahead of fellow nominees that include George Clooney for Michael Clayton and Tommy Lee Jones for In the Valley of Elah.
Adapted from the novel by Ian McEwan, Atonement, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, has seven nominations at the 80th Academy Awards, including the sought-after Best picture. The British period drama follows the story of a young girl who accuses her sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. It takes place in England during World War Two.
The fifth best picture nominee is for Michael Clayton, a story about a lawyer dealing with personal and professional crises. His law firm is trying to settle a case against an agricultural chemical company.