FROM Ella Taylor
There Will Be Oscars Last year, the Oscars were dominated by mainstream hits, but this year it's a different story. The pictures with the most nominations did not do well at the box office, although critics liked them. No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood lead this year's race with eight nominations apiece. Atonement and Michael Clayton each has seven. Ella Taylor is a film critic for the LA Weekly .
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