Film Magic: The Best Picture Nominees

They're all cinematic champs, but only one will go down in Oscar history. By Suzy Byrne

01 of 06

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Miramax

Stars: Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin
Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen
Plot: In this crime drama based on Cormac McCarthy's book, all hell breaks lose when a hunter (Brolin) becomes the target of a serial killer (Bardem) after finding a treasure trove of drugs and cash.
PEOPLE review: 4 stars

02 of 06

ATONEMENT

And the Oscar Nominees Are...
Alex Bailey/Focus Features

Stars: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, and Best Supporting Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan
Director: Joe Wright
Plot: Based on Ian McEwan's novel, the British romantic drama spans several decades, telling the tragic story of a young couple (Knightley and McAvoy) whose future together is forever changed when a child (Ronan) tells an ugly lie.
PEOPLE review: 4 stars

03 of 06

JUNO

JUNO
Doane Gregory/Fox Searchlight

Stars: Ellen Page, Jennifer Garner, Michael Cera
Director: Jason Reitman
Plot: After a teen (Page) discovers she's pregnant, she chooses to give up the baby for adoption – hitting some bumps on the way – in this quirky comedy written by Diablo Cody.
PEOPLE review: 3½ stars

04 of 06

MICHAEL CLAYTON

MICHAEL CLAYTON
Myles Aronowitz/Warner Bros.

Stars: George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton
Director: Tony Gilroy
Plot: In this tense corporate thriller, a lawyer (Clooney) – known as the "fixer" in his firm – has a crisis of conscience when he tackles the biggest case of his career.
PEOPLE review: 3½ stars

05 of 06

THERE WILL BE BLOOD

THERE WILL BE BLOOD
Francois Duhamel/Paramount Vantage

Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Plot: Very loosely based on Upton Sinclair's novel Oil!, an oil baron (Day-Lewis) heads to California in the late 1800s and eventually strikes it rich – but money doesn't buy him happiness.
PEOPLE review: 4 stars

06 of 06

And the Nominees Are...

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