To wrap up our week of Oscar-worthy gadgets, is the final 2008 Best Picture Oscar Nominee There Will Be Blood. Based on the novel Oil! by Upton Sinclair, There Will Be Blood is set in the late nineteenth century in Southern California and stars main-man Daniel Day-Lewis. Unlike the other Best Pictures, There Will Be Blood lacks any modern technology, since it's set in a time way before electronics . . . certainly not as gadget filled as some other movies from 2007, (yes we've been spoiled)!
Although there was one regularly featured gadget that can't go unnoticed in this film — the mechanized oil drill, whereby rods were turned by hand via a rope for it to slowly chip away at the rock below. In the movie, we see this method regularly being used, especially when the big explosion occurs with the derrick (the massive lifting device). Definitely an important piece of technology during the big oil boom, which has now been fined tuned into massive, complex pieces of equipment.
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