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Academy Awards 2008

Film Magic: The Best Picture Nominees

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

MICHAEL CLAYTON

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