There may or may not be an Oscars show Feb. 24, but there will be blood. Paul Thomas Anderson's not-that-bloody, critically adored film about the self-destruction of a California oil magnate, and "No Country for Old Men," Joel and Ethan Coen's grisly chase thriller, led Tuesday's Academy Award nominations with eight apiece, including best picture.
Their fellow best picture nominees are equally swept up in bad news. "Michael Clayton," Tony Gilroy's story of corruption at a New York law firm, was right behind "There Will Be Blood" and "No Country" with seven nominations, as was "Atonement," a romantic wartime epic about nosiness, gossip and remorse. The leading mood elevator was "Juno," America's favorite teen-pregnancy comedy, which got four nominations, including a surprising nod for director Jason Reitman.