Oscar Nods, Texas Style

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MARFA- "No Country for Old Men" and "There Will Be Blood" battled it out for best picture not only in Hollywood but on the silver screen in the homes of many people in Marfa who worked on the movies when they were filmed here.

"I am going to watch this year, yes definitely, and "No Country for Old Men" can just sit on the side lines," said David Williams.

Williams, a fourth generation rancher, spent months scouting and helping film crews build the set for "There will be Blood," on a ranch just outside of Marfa.

"Paul Anderson, the Director, came up to me one day and said, 'David I need your help,'" Williams recalls,"'I said we'll what do you need?' I just figured he had another project going. 'I want you in the movie,' he said. I kind of stepped back and I said 'I will try to do what I can for you.'"

Joy Rawls, also a former rancher, celebrated her seventy-ninth birthday on the set of "Blood."

"Like a hundred and ten degrees in wool clothes, it wasn't too exciting," said Rawls, "I've enjoyed it. Every single minute of it."

"No Country for Old Men" won best picture, best adapted screen play, and best supporting actor. Daniel Day-Lewis won best Actor for "There will be blood."

"We were hoping we were filming a movie, that people would really enjoy and get excited over, and that was just a big plus for it," said Williams.