Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Oscar nominations '07

So before people get to upset with me for taking a few days off from blogging I thought I'd post something that everyone wants to know about, The Oscars. That's right people, the list is out and it's looking good. As usual with this kind of list, my picks for the winners will be in red. So lets get on with it already...

Oscar Nominations 2007

Best Picture: Babel, The Departed, Letters From Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen

Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond; Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson; Peter O'Toole, Venus; Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness; Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Actress: Penelope Cruz, Volver; Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal; Helen Mirren, The Queen; Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada; Kate Winslet, Little Children

Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine; Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children; Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond; Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls; Mark Wahlberg, The Departed

Supporting Actress: Adriana Barraza, Babel; Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal; Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine; Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls; Rinko Kikuchi, Babel

Directing: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Babel; Martin Scorsese, The Departed; Clint Eastwood, Letters From Iwo Jima; Stephen Frears, The Queen; Paul Greengrass, United 93

Foreign Language Film: After the Wedding, Denmark; Days of Glory (Indigenes), Algeria; The Lives of Others, Germany; Pan's Labyrinth, Mexico; Water, Canada

Adapted Screenplay: Sacha Baron Cohen and Anthony Hines and Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer and Todd Phillips, Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan; Alfonso Cuaron and Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, Children of Men; William Monahan, The Departed; Todd Field and Tom Perrotta, Little Children; Patrick Marber, Notes on a Scandal

Original Screenplay: Guillermo Arriaga, Babel; Iris Yamashita and Paul Haggis, Letters From Iwo Jima; Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine; Guillermo del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth; Peter Morgan, The Queen

Animated Feature Film: Cars, Happy Feet, Monster House

Art Direction: Dreamgirls,The Good Shepherd, Pan's Labyrinth, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Prestige

Cinematography: The Black Dahlia, Children of Men, The Illusionist, Pan's Labyrinth, The Prestige

Sound Mixing: Apocalypto, Blood Diamond, Dreamgirls, Flags of Our Fathers, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Sound Editing: Apocalypto, Blood Diamond, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Original Score: Babel, Gustavo Santaolalla; The Good German, Thomas Newman; Notes on a Scandal, Philip Glass; Pan's Labyrinth, Javier Navarrete; The Queen, Alexandre Desplat

Original Song: I Need to Wake Up from An Inconvenient Truth, Melissa Etheridge; Listen from Dreamgirls, Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler and Anne Preven; Love You I Do from Dreamgirls, Henry Krieger and Siedah Garrett; Our Town from Cars, Randy Newman; Patience from Dreamgirls, Henry Krieger and Willie Reale

Costume: Curse of the Golden Flower, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Marie Antoinette, The Queen

Documentary Feature: Deliver Us From Evil, An Inconvenient Truth, Iraq in Fragments, Jesus Camp, My Country, My Country

Documentary (short subject): The Blood of Yingzhou District, Recycled Life, Rehearsing a Dream, Two Hands

Film Editing: Babel, Blood Diamond, Children of Men,The Departed, United 93

Makeup: Apocalypto, Click, Pan's Labyrinth

Animated Short Film: The Danish Poet, Lifted, The Little Matchgirl, Maestro, No Time for Nuts

Live Action Short Film: Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea), Eramos Pocos (One Too Many), Helmer & Son, The Saviour, West Bank Story

Visual Effects: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Poseidon, Superman Returns


Honorary award (Oscar statuette): Ennio Morricone

Jean Hersholt humanitarian award: Sherry Lansing

Interesting... very interesting.... anything jump out at you from that list? I notice that Dreamgirls didn't make the best picture category. And Babel is all over the map here, but I don't know if it will really win too much. I'm happy that Little Miss Sunshine is getting some love, and really surprised to see Pan's Labyrinth in so many categories. I've got to get out and see some more of these films, before the big day. As it is now, I'm kind of just guessing with most things.

There's not too much that I would say is actually a 'Lock'. Cars should definitely win animated, and I think Scorsese will win for directing. Also An Inconvenient Truth will probably win documentary. Other than that though, I think there are a lot of things up in the air. Maybe I'll revisit my picks a little later, after I've got myself up to speed a bit more.

The Oscars will air on ABC on Feburary 25th.

UPDATE - Warner Bros has just announced officially that they will re-release The Departed into more than 1,300 theaters nationally on Friday, January 26th. So if you missed it, like me, now you'll get a chance to catch up :)

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