"No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood," two stark dramas about obsessed men, are the top nominees for the 80th annual Academy Awards.
The two films earned eight nominations apiece, including nods for best picture, best director (Paul Thomas Anderson for "Blood" and Joel and Ethan Coen for "No Country") and best adapted screenplay (Anderson and the Coens again). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hand out the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24.
Fellow best picture nominees "Atonement" and "Michael Clayton" each have seven nominations, with "Atonement" also picking up nods for Christopher Hampton's adapted screenplay, supporting actress Saorise Ronan, cinematography and original score. "Michael Clayton's" writer-director Tony Gilroy was nominated in both the original screenplay and directing categories, and stars George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson all scored acting nods.
The fifth best picture nominee is "Juno," which also scored nods for Ellen Page as best actress, Jason Reitman as best director and for Diablo Cody's original screenplay.
Other multiple nominees include Pixar's "Ratatouille," which has five including best original screenplay and best animated feature; "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," whose four nods include one for director Julian Schnabel; and "Sweeney Todd" with three, including one for lead actor Johnny Depp.
Schnabel's best director nomination left "Atonement" director Joe Wright on the outside. He's the only director of a best picture nominee not to make the best director cut.
Here are the nominees:
"No Country For Old Men"
"There Will Be Blood"
Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"
Julie Christie, "Away from Her"
Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose"
Laura Linney, "The Savages"
Ellen Page, "Juno"
'Old Men,' 'Blood' Lead Oscar Nominees
'Juno,' 'Michael Clayton,' 'Atonement' up for best picture
'There Will Be Blood'