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Favorite Movies of 2007

by Richard Vialet
These were my favorite films of 2007, the ones that engaged, affected, and intrigued me the most! I also included my favorite movie-making achievements this year (my “nominations” if you will). Asterisks are next to the ones I consider to be the best. Hopefully my opinion can help you if your looking for new movies to re-discover or watch for the first time! These are also just a great record for myself! Best Picture: *There Will Be Blood No Country For Old Men The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Sunshine Gone Baby Gone Lust, Caution 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days Before The Devil Knows… Read more

These were my favorite films of 2007, the ones that engaged, affected, and intrigued me the most! I also included my favorite movie-making achievements this year (my “nominations” if you will). Asterisks are next to the ones I consider to be the best. Hopefully my opinion can help you if your looking for new movies to re-discover or watch for the first time!

These are also just a great record for myself!

Best Picture:

*There Will Be Blood
No Country For Old Men
The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Sunshine
Gone Baby Gone
Lust, Caution
4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
Before The Devil Knows Your Dead
Ratatouille

Director:
*P.T. Anderson- There Will Be Blood
Coen Bros- No Country For Old Men
Julian Schnabel- The Diving Bell and The Butterfly
Ang Lee- Lust, Caution
Sidney Lumet- Before The Devil Knows Your Dead
David Fincher- Zodiac

Actor:
*Daniel Day-Lewis- There Will Be Blood
Philip Seymour Hoffman- Before The Devil and The Savages
Casey Affleck- Jesse James and Gone Baby Gone
Viggo Mortensen- Eastern Promises
Gordon Pinsent- Away From Her

Actress:
*Tang Wei- Lust, Caution
Julie Christie- Away From Her
Marion Cotillard- La Vie En Rose
Ellen Page- Juno
Laura Linney- The Savages
Amy Adams- Enchanted

Supporting Actor:
*Javier Bardem- No Country For Old Men
Hal Holbrook- Into The Wild
James Marsden- Enchanted
Tommy Lee Jones- No Country Old Men
Paul Rudd- Knocked Up

Supporting Actress:
*Amy Ryan- Gone Baby Gone
Saoirse Ronan- Atonement
Leslie Mann- Knocked Up
Kelly McDonald- No Country For Old Men
Emily Mortimer- Lars and the Real Girl

*Special mention: The collective ladies of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Ensemble:
*Before The Devil Knows Your Dead
No Country For Old Men
Gone Baby Gone
Juno
Knocked Up
3:10 to Yuma

Original Screenplay:
*The Savages- Tamara Jenkins
Michael Clayton- Tony Gilroy
Ratatouille- Brad Bird
Before The Devil Knows Your Dead- Kelly Masterson
Juno- Diablo Cody
Sunshine- Alex Garland

Adapted Screenplay:
*No Country For Old Men- Coen Bros.
The Diving Bell and Butterfly- Ronald Harwood
There Will Be Blood- P.T. Anderson
Gone Baby Gone- Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard
Away From Her- Sarah Polley

Cinematography:
*There Will Be Blood- Robert Elswit
The Assassination of Jesse James- Roger Deakins
No Country For Old Men- Roger Deakins
Diving Bell And Butterfly- Janusz Kaminski
Atonement- Seamus McGarvey
Zodiac- Harris Savides

Editing:
*No Country for Old Men- Roderick Jaynes
There Will Be Blood- Dylan Tichenor
Ratatouille- Darren Holmes
Michael Clayton- John Gilroy
The Diving Bell and Butterfly- Juliette Welfling
3:10 to Yuma- Michael McCusker

Art Direction:
*There Will Be Blood- Jack Fisk
La Vie En Rose- Olivier Raoux
Across The Universe- Mark Friedberg
Atonement- Sarah Greenwood
Sunshine- Mark Tildesley
Zodiac- Donald Graham Burt
Eastern Promises- Carol Spier

Costume Design:
*Lust, Caution- Pan Lai, Lui Fung Shan
The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford-
Patricia Norris
3:10 to Yuma- Arianne Phillips
Atonement- Jacqueline Durran
There Will Be Blood- Mark Bridges

Best Score:
*Lust, Caution- Alexandre Desplat
There Will Be Blood- Johnny Greenwood
The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford – Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Atonement- Dario Marianellii
Sunshine- John Murphy and Underworld
Ratatouille- Michael Giacchino

Best Sound Mix:
*No Country For Old Men
Transformers
There Will Be Blood
Ratatouille
3:10 to Yuma
Sunshine

Best Sound Editing:
*Transformers
Ratatouille
No Country For Old Men
The Bourne Ultimatum

Best Makeup and Hair:
*La Vie En Rose
Hairspray
Eastern Promises

Visual Effects:
*Transformers
The Golden Compass
Sunshine
300

Best Sequences of 2007:
*No Country For Old Men- “Motel Showdown”
There Will Be Blood- “I drink your milkshake!”
No Country For Old Men- “Dawn Chase”
There Will Be Blood- “Baptism”
Before The Devil Knows Your Dead- “Break-up/Quiet Tantrum”
Ratatouille- “Escape From Old Woman’s House”
Lust, Caution- “Virgin Murder”
I Am Legend- “Neville is Duped”
Eastern Promises- “Bath House Ambush”

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