Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Oscar nominations

I batted .600 (18 for 30). Not too shabby, but my tastes got pummeled by another poster. Chris-Brad batted .800 (24 for 30). Chris batted .500 (15 for 30).

According to Oscar.com, here is what we'll be arguing about for the next month. I'm already whining about "Children of Men" and "Pan's Labyrinth" being shut out of the major categories. And "Little Miss Sunshine" for best picture? Hmm.

NOMINATIONS BY CATEGORY - 79TH AWARDS

Best motion picture of the year
BABEL
THE DEPARTED
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
THE QUEEN

Achievement in directing
Alejandro González Iñárritu - BABEL
Martin Scorsese - THE DEPARTED
Clint Eastwood - LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
Stephen Frears - THE QUEEN
Paul Greengrass - UNITED 93

Performance by an actor in a leading role
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

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Jackie Earle Haley - LITTLE CHILDREN
Djimon Hounsou - BLOOD DIAMOND
Eddie Murphy - DREAMGIRLS
Mark Wahlberg - THE DEPARTED

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Penélope Cruz - VOLVER
Judi Dench - NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Helen Mirren - THE QUEEN
Meryl Streep - THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Kate Winslet - LITTLE CHILDREN

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adriana Barraza - BABEL
Cate Blanchett - NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Abigail Breslin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Jennifer Hudson - DREAMGIRLS
Rinko Kikuchi - BABEL

Best animated feature film of the year
CARS
HAPPY FEET
MONSTER HOUSE

Achievement in art direction
DREAMGIRLS
THE GOOD SHEPHERD
PAN'S LABYRINTH
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
THE PRESTIGE

Achievement in cinematography
THE BLACK DAHLIA
CHILDREN OF MEN
THE ILLUSIONIST
PAN'S LABYRINTH
THE PRESTIGE

Achievement in costume design
CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER
THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
DREAMGIRLS
MARIE ANTOINETTE
THE QUEEN

Best documentary feature
DELIVER US FROM EVIL
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS
JESUS CAMP
MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY

Best documentary short subject
THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT
RECYCLED LIFE
REHEARSING A DREAM
TWO HANDS

Achievement in film editing
BABEL
BLOOD DIAMOND
CHILDREN OF MEN
THE DEPARTED
UNITED 93

Best foreign language film of the year
AFTER THE WEDDING
DAYS OF GLORY (INDIGÈNES)
THE LIVES OF OTHERS
PAN'S LABYRINTH
WATER

Achievement in makeup
APOCALYPTO
CLICK
PAN'S LABYRINTH

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
BABEL
THE GOOD GERMAN
NOTES ON A SCANDAL
PAN'S LABYRINTH
THE QUEEN

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
"I Need to Wake Up" - AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
"Listen" - DREAMGIRLS
"Love You I Do" - DREAMGIRLS
"Our Town" - CARS
"Patience" - DREAMGIRLS

Best animated short film
THE DANISH POET
LIFTED
THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL
MAESTRO
NO TIME FOR NUTS

Best live action short film
BINTA AND THE GREAT IDEA (BINTA Y LA GRAN IDEA)
ÉRAMOS POCOS (ONE TOO MANY)
HELMER & SON
THE SAVIOUR
WEST BANK STORY

Achievement in sound editing
APOCALYPTO
BLOOD DIAMOND
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST

Achievement in sound mixing
APOCALYPTO
BLOOD DIAMOND
DREAMGIRLS
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST

Achievement in visual effects
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST
POSEIDON
SUPERMAN RETURNS

Adapted screenplay
BORAT CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN
CHILDREN OF MEN
THE DEPARTED
LITTLE CHILDREN
NOTES ON A SCANDAL

Original screenplay
BABEL
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
PAN'S LABYRINTH
THE QUEEN

5 comments:

Chris-Brad said...

I agree with you about "Children of Men." That was an amazing film (I saw it twice, and I NEVER see movies twice). But I detect some sarcasm about "Little Miss Sunshine." It ranks at the top of my personal list, but I completely understand how it doesn't agree with everyone....

Alexandyr Kent said...

Don't get me wrong. I thought "Little Miss Sunshine" was hilarious. To me, though, it wasn't the best comedy of the year. My vote goes to "Borat" (a safe choice, I know) because of its craft and authentic shock value.

I saw both in the theaters, and audiences loved them. But the reactions to "Borat" were priceless. "This is awful! (Laugh.)" "Who made this crap? (Chortle.)" "I can't believe I just watched a naked male wrestling scene! (Snort.)"

I understand the argument for "Little Miss Sunshine." Great ensemble. Arkin is gold. Strong writing. ... I'll warm up to it again before long.

But really, I'm still bummed "Children of Men" got slighted. Its technical prowess, as I've said to others, is awe-inspiring. Orson Welles would be jealous.

Chris Jay said...

YOU'RE MY BOY GOSLING! *straightens tie* ahem. Sorry. Got a little excited there.

Alexandyr Kent said...

Chris Jay! You were one for 30. Congratulations! :)

Chris-Brad said...

You're right on about "Children of Men" being awe-inspiring.... Honestly, I cannot wait for that DVD. I want to see how on earth some of those shots were made. I was trying to describe it to a friend the other day and could only come up with "amazing" and "beautiful." And those barely give justice to the film.

And I'll give you "Borat" being funnier than "LMS." I know I enjoyed it more as a comedy, but I had to give "LMS" the comedic spot in the Best Picture category for all the film qualities that "Borat" doesn't have.... (Granted, that in of itself is a debate, but we are talking about The Academy, and we all know their taste isn't what most of us find funnier...!)

Though, I wonder of the hotel room scene will be what they use as the introduction clip for the flick?!? Something tells me the ABC censors would have their fingers on "THE button" during that part of the telecast!!