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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Oscar Noms Out Today

The prestigious list of films, actors, and actresses nominated for Academy Awards came out early this morning. Leading the pack for the 79th annual event is Dreamgirls, the movie based on the Broadway musical of the same name, earned a total of 8 nominations. Yet, it was shut out of the Best Picture category.
And the nominees are...
Best Picture
The Departed
Letters from Iwo Jima
The Queen
Little Miss Sunshine

Best Actor
Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland
Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson
Peter O'Toole, Venus
Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond
Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness
Best Actress
Penélope Cruz, Volver
Judi Dench, Notes On A Scandal
Helen Mirren, The Queen
Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet, Little Children

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine
Jackie Earle Haley, Little children
Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls
Mark Wahlberg, The Departed
Best Supporting Actress
Adriana Barraza, Babel
Cate Blanchett, Notes On A Scandal
Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi, Babel

Best Director
Clint Eastwood, Letters From Iwo Jima
Stephen Fears, The Queen
Paul Greengrass, United 93
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Babel
Martin Scorsese, The Departed
It is most certainly going to be an entertaining show come February 25th. This year's host is the ever popular and funny Ellen DeGeneres.

Fun fact of the day: This Meryl Streep's 14th Academy Award Nomination, a new record.

My Opinion: Some real surprises this year. Dreamgirls didn't get a Best Picture nomination?! I'm very happy that Little Miss Sunshine did get a nom over the musical. I'm excited for 10 year old Abigail Breslin being nominated for her heart warming role as the nerdy beauty queen wannabe, also in Little Miss Sunshine.
Here are my picks:
Best Picture goes to The Departed (though I am pulling for Little Miss Sunshine).

Best Actor is DiCaprio. He's been waiting for a long time, and even though it's not for The Departed, he deserves it for a year of hard work and excellent acting.
Best Actress goes to the Devil herself, Meryl Streep.

Best Supporting Actor...I'm going out on a limb and saying Eddie Murphy. He was given a great opportunity to shine in Dreamgirls, and that is just what he did.

Best Supporting Actress will be Jennifer Hudson. The American Idol runner up will silence Simon forever. Her powerful voice and emotional performance in Dreamgirls has won her this category. I am pulling for little Abigail though!

Director will be Martin Scorsese. His Boston mob movie was an extremely entertaining work, with outstanding acting and plot.


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    By Blogger Timm, At 4:51 PM  

  • I must play devil's advocate. Specifically in regards to your reasoning for your Best Actor choice.

    Leonardo DiCaprio started his acting career in 1990, on the television series "Parenthood" (as per IMDb). This is his third nomination (second in the leading actor category).
    Peter O'Toole began his acting career in 1956, on the television series "The Scarlet Pimpernel". This is his eighth nomination (all in the leading actor category; not including an honorary Oscar, awarded to him in 2003).

    While I'm not making a pick (I haven't seen a single one of the five performances), your reasoning makes no sense.

    (I posted this twice, but deleted the first one due to a typo) :-P

    By Blogger Timm, At 4:52 PM  

  • I could see it going to O'Toole as well, but Leo put out two Oscar worthy performances. He only got nominated for one. I think that Leo's year or so of work puts him above and beyond in this category.

    But, I agree that the old man finally winning an Oscar would be a feel good story.

    By Blogger James O'Leary, At 6:36 PM  

  • If the Oscars actually stood for what they claim to stand for, you absolutely cannot say "Leo had a good year, with two great performances." Films are announced with the nominations for that reason - only that film should be considered.

    That said, the Oscars (and every other award ceremony) are crap, more political than anything.

    By Blogger Timm, At 2:13 PM  

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