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Plot, Details & Awards

There Will Be Blood

Rated R for some violence.

R In Theaters 12/26/2007 , 158min.
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Plot & Details

Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson steps outside his contemporary world of dysfunctional Angelenos to explore a very different dysfunctional man -- an oil pioneer whose trailblazing spirit is equaled only by his murderous ambition. There Will Be Blood is Anderson's loose adaptation of the novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair, and it focuses its attentions on Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), a miner who happens upon black gold during a disastrous excavation that ends in a broken leg. Pulling himself up from the bowels of the earth, both literally and metaphorically, Plainview embarks on a systematic and steadfast approach to mastering the oil business. Using plain-spoken and straightforward language, Plainview launches a campaign to convince small-town property owners they should let him drill their land. Without him, they won't have the equipment to access the profit beneath their feet. He builds an empire this way -- and gradually becomes obsessed with the intrinsic value of power, growing increasingly irascible and paranoid in the process. Plainview meets his match in Eli Sunday (Paul Dano), a teenage preacher in the small California town of Little Boston, whose brother tipped Plainview off to the town's plentiful supply of untapped oil. To fully reap the benefits of the land, Plainview must suffer the opposing whims of this "prophet," whose legitimacy is questionable at best. And it's unclear if either man is prepared to pay the humiliating price the other wants to exact. There Will Be Blood features an anachronistic soundtrack by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, and it was shot in the same town where the James Dean epic Giant was filmed.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Directing Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing Matthew Wood Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Robert Elswit Won
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Dylan Tichenor Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Joanne Sellar Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Jack Fisk Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Daniel Lupi Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Jim Erickson Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Matthew Wood Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Jim Erickson Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Joanne Sellar Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Robert Elswit Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Tom Johnson Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Jack Fisk Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Daniel Lupi Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound John Pritchett Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Paul Thomas Anderson Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Christopher Scarabosio Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Michael Semanick Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music Jonny Greenwood Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Daniel Day-Lewis Won

African American Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 African American Film Critics Best Picture Nominated

Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Robert Elswit Won

Art Directors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction in a Period Film Jack Fisk Won

Austin Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Austin Film Critics Best Picture Won
2007 Austin Film Critics Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won
2007 Austin Film Critics Best Original Score Jonny Greenwood Won
2007 Austin Film Critics Best Cinematography Robert Elswit Won
2007 Austin Film Critics Best Director Paul Thomas Anderson Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Berlin International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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