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80th Annual Academy Awards: Scorecard on the Frontrunners

[IMG:L]Who will be taking home the Oscar this year? Good question. But in counting the tally of wins and nominations so far–from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and the critic associations–we can at least pinpoint a frontrunner in each of the top six categories: picture, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress and director.

BEST PICTURE
The Frontrunner: No Country for Old Men

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, No Country leads the race with the most wins, including:

Critics Choice Awards
National Board of Review
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Online Film Critics Society Awards
Producers Guild of America Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards (Best Ensemble) 

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The score on the other nominees:
There Will Be Blood: nominated for eight Academy Awards; one major win (National Society of Film Critics)
Atonement: nominated for seven Academy Awards; one major win (Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama)
Michael Clayton: nominated for seven Academy Awards
Juno: nominated for four Academy Awards 

[IMG:R]BEST ACTOR
The Frontrunner:
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

As his fourth Academy Award nomination, Day-Lewis comes out on top for his mesmerizing portrayal of an greedy oilman in There Will Be Blood; major wins include:

Critics Choice Awards
Golden Globe Awards
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
National Society of Film Critics Awards
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards

The score on the other nominees:
George Clooney, Michael Clayton: four Academy Award nominations; one major win (National Board of Review)
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: three Academy Award nominations; one major win (Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy)
Tommy Lee Jones, In the Valley of Elah: three Academy Award nominations
Viggo Mortensen, Eastern Promises: first Academy Award nomination

[IMG:R]BEST ACTRESS
The Frontrunner: Julie ChristieAway From Her

This is Christie’s fourth Academy Award nomination for her graceful performance as an Alzheimer’s patient in Away From Her; major wins include:

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Critics Choice Awards
Golden Globe Awards
National Board of Review
National Society of Film Critics Awards
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Online Film Critics Society Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards

The score on the other nominees:
Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age: five Academy Award nominations (two in this year alone)
Marion Cotillard, La Vie En Rose: first Academy Award nomination; one major win (Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy)
Ellen Page, Juno: first Academy Award nomination
Laura Linney, The Savages: three Academy Award nominations

[IMG:R]BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
The Frontrunner: Javier BardemNo Country for Old Men

Bardem’s Academy Award nomination for his cold-hearted assassin in No Country for Old Men marks his second nomination in total; major wins include:

Critics Choice Awards
Golden Globe Awards
National Society of Film Critics Awards
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Online Film Critics Society Awards
Screen Actors Guild Awards

The score on the other nominees:
Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James: first Academy Award nomination; one major win (National Board of Review)
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson’s War: two Academy Award nominations
Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild: first Academy Award nomination
Tom Wilkinson, Michael Clayton: two Academy Award nominations

[IMG:R]BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
The Frontrunner: Amy RyanGone Baby Gone 

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As the most unpredictable category in the Oscar race, Ryan’s first Academy Award nomination as the drug-addled single mom in Gone Baby Gone still has her edging out the competition with most of the critics’ awards; major wins include:

Critics Choice Awards
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
National Board of Review
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Online Film Critics Society Awards

The score on the other nominees:
Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There: five Academy Award nominations; two major wins (Golden Globe Award; National Society of Film Critics Award)
Saoirse Ronan, Atonement: first Academy Award nomination
Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton: first Academy Award nomination
Ruby Dee, American Gangster: first Academy Award nomination; one major win (Screen Actors Guild Award) 

[IMG:R]BEST DIRECTOR
The Frontrunner: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

With six Academy Award nominations for writing, directing and editing combined, the Coen boys are back in rare form with their quirky take on cowboys and drugs; major wins include:

Critics Choice Awards
Directors Guild of America Awards
New York Film Critics Circle Awards
Online Film Critics Society Awards

The score on the other nominees:
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood: three Academy Award nominations; two major wins (Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards; National Society of Film Critics Awards)
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton: first two Academy Award nominations (for writing and directing)
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: first Academy Award nomination; one major win (Golden Globe Award)
Jason Reitman, Juno: first Academy Award nomination

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