A handful of films are set to dominate this year’s Oscars. “No country for old men” has been nominated in eight categories, including best picture. “There will be blood”, about a pioneering Californian oilman, starts on an equal footing, also with eight nominations. George Clooney’s Michael Clayton has seven, with Clooney himself bidding for best actor.
Britain’s fortunes will largely rest with “Atonement”. A star at the Golden Globes, it now has seven oscar nominations. Although Keira Knightly doesn’t make the best actress list. A question mark still remains over whether the Oscars will suffer the same fate as the Golden Globes with the normal glitzy ceremony cancelled due to the Hollywood writers’ strike.
For now organisers are insisting all is on track for a star-studded night on February 24th.