I have watched the trailer to There Will Be Blood endless times. It is an incredible trailer. I have always been amazed at how P.T. Anderson has been able to grasp his characters and the time periods he explores at such a young age. The scenes of this trailer remind me of Coppola and The Godfather. No one takes the time to light a scene the way he used to. And the so called 'advancement' of film has practically eliminated the lights and darks of old, taking away from the visual drama that can make a single scene so powerful. But these shots and this movie look to bring all that back.
My friend Brian has an uncanny ability to make spot-on Oscar predictions. He predicted that Penn would take the Oscar from seeing the Mystic River trailer. Not the movie, the trailer. Long before there was talk about Swank for Million Dollar Baby, he predicted she would take the Oscar. Now I will attempt to do the same. Based on this trailer, I predict that P.T. Anderson will be nominated for Best Director this year. I'm not going to go as far as saying he will win it, but I will say he will be nominated. Maybe this isn't as bold as I wanted it to be.