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Old 01-23-2007, 10:51 AM   #31
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I'm really looking forward to the Oscar show this year, so many top performances, behind the scenes work, and motion pictures have been nominated. It's going to be exciting.

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Whoot! I love awards season!

I'm surprised by Dreamgirls being snubbed for best picture, considering Chicago had been nominated (and won). Little Miss Sunshine in its place? I'm okay with that. Dreamgirls wasn't that great as a whole picture (very enjoyable, but not best-picture-worthy perhaps), and LMS didn't make me laugh as much as I had heard it would, but there you go.

Very happy to see Ryan Gosling's nomination, and the United 93 director. He won't win, but he did an outstanding job with that movie.

Very meh on kids receiving acting nominations. If she wins, I'm going to be super pissed. Besides, even though she's cute and a perfectly fine little actress, I don't think her performance merited a nomination.

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Am I the only one that doesn't get the Dreamgirls fuss? It was a good movie but I don't know why it should be oscar worthy even.

I do think Eddie Murphy gave a great performance, but I was looking at my watch during the film.
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i'm going to incurr the possible ire of everyone and say that, while Helen Mirren was totally good and all, Judi Dench in "Notes on a Scandal" was better.

she eats Cate Blanchette for breakfast in that movie, and Ms. Blanchette is a very good actress.

go, Dame Judy, go!
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Old 01-23-2007, 12:19 PM   #35
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I'd love to see Kate Winslet finally win something, but it ain't going to happen this year with that competition!
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Borat was an adapted screenplay?

Children of Men didn't get nearly enough recognition.
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I had the same question about Borat. Adapted from what? The Borat sketches on the Ali G show?
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I need to get out and see these movies
Would prefer to see them from the comfort of my couch, but... oh well. Not happening if I want to see them before Oscar time. Although the year The Aviator was out, we got an academy DVD to watch (overrated)
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Originally posted by corianderstem
I had the same question about Borat. Adapted from what? The Borat sketches on the Ali G show?

I liked seeing some Prestige noms, even though I think it should've been under Best Adapted works too.

Children of Men get fucked too, pure and simple.

Here's what I see happening:

Picture: Little Miss Sunshine / The Departed
Actor: Forest Whitaker
Actress: Helen Mirren
Supp. Actress: Jennifer Hudson / Abigail Breslin.
Supp. Actor: Eddie Murphy
Director: Martin Scorcese

I haven't seen Dreamgirls, but Little Miss Sunshine was definitely one of the best movies of the year, and deserves every bit of recognition it gets.

Abigail Breslin could beat out Hudson, just because of the lack of Dreamgirls love. Eddie Murphy is in a tough category, I'm basing off of the Golden Globe and other critical awards.

Scorcese will win this year, even if The Departed doesn't.

Oh, and is it creepy that the guy that played Kelly Leak from The Bad News Bears is playing a pedophile?

Answer: Yes.
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Old 01-23-2007, 05:14 PM   #40
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OK, here we go. I've seen (I think) 43 movies this year, at my last tally...some thoughts on the nominations, from what I've seen:

SO GLAD that Dreamgirls got shut out from the major categories (can't wait to hear what Papa Knowles is going to have to say after Beyonce and the picture didn't get noms, after his bitching when they won their 3 Golden Globes). I thought it was just OK. I think Murphy and Hudson deserved their nominations (though, I don't think either of them would be my choice to win; that'd be Haley and probably one of the Babel ladies). I think the THREE Best Song nominations are kind of ridiculous (love how they're going to ride their "Most Nominated Film" bit, while almost half of them are in this category). The design nominations are also deserved.

Totally A-OK with the Best Actor and Actress nominees. I'm so thrilled Sacha Baron Cohen didn't sneak in there over Ryan Gosling (though, I haven't had a chance to see Half Nelson yet...waiting with baited breath for it to be released on DVD). I still need to see Venus, so I can't really compare fairly, but I really hope Whitaker wins and they don't give a "pity" award to O'Toole. Sure, he's gotten the shaft before, but overlooking a career-high performance (from a solid, underrated actor) is not the way to go here, folks!

Kind of glad to see Nicholson dropped from the Supporting Actor list. I sometimes feel he makes the cut just for "being Jack." Though, I would have preferred James McAvoy or Michael Sheen to have gotten in there over Wahlberg.

WHERE IS VOLVER?!?!?! Admittedly, I've only seen Volver and Pan's (which I'd imagine has this pretty much sewn up now), but I'll be catching Water on DVD, and The Lives of Others and Days of Glory are due out in limited release in a few weeks, so I'll be pretty much caught up by Oscar night. I thought Volver would be a shoe-in just because it was Almodovar (and it had strong buzz). This was more surprising to me than the Dreamgirls "snub."

WTF is up with Borat's Adapted Screenplay nomination? First of all, it's basically improvised. I know they must have conceived of general plans that they wanted to execute, etc, but I don't see how this could be nominated for Screenplay. As much as I LOVE Christopher Guest movies, that would be like nominated one of his here...And when they're dropping Thank You for Smoking and The Devil Wears Prada (which I didn't love, but was a VAST improvement on the novel)...GRRRR!!!!

Guess that's enough bitching for now.

A few positives before I go, though...

LOVE the love for Pan's Labyrinth! I hope they pick up some design nominations in addition to Foreign Film.

*fingers crossed* for a Cinematography win for Children of Men. Those jaw-dropping long takes were outrageous, and I'd love to see this pick something up on Oscar night. (Wish studios would shy away from the ridiculously late release dates; I think this suffered big-time because of this).

What a come-back for Jackie Earle Haley! I'd love to see him win, but it's probably rather unlikely (though he has won his fair share of critics' awards). Pretty ballsy to take on a role like that!

Even though I'm not as gaga over her performance as most, what a hell of a story Jennifer Hudson has! I was so livid when she got ousted from Idol, and boy, what a way to bounce back.

And one more big hooray for Little Miss Sunshine. Probably not the best film out there, but I love when a little film show up in a BIG way!
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Soooo happy for my fav Brit actresses - i've always wanted Kate to win one but it's got to be Helen this year

One day Kate
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Old 01-23-2007, 05:38 PM   #42
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I didn't love Little Miss Sunshine like everyone else, so I'm a little put off by its Best Picture nomination. I guess it took Dreamgirls' place on the list, and I definitely wouldn't say Dreamgirls was better than LMS.

Eh, whatever. I'll only be cheesed off it it wins, which I doubt it will.

But yeah, I can't wait to hear Daddy Knowles get all het up about the nominations. Tee hee!
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I was disappointed to that Leo wasnt nominated for The Departed.
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I actually like this year's nominations, Babel is one of the best movies ever made... seriously
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My reactions:

I hope "The Departed" wins but I have a dreadful feeling that the Academy will pick the good but not great "Babel" instead. Oh well, at least it will be a more deserving winner than the frigging TV-movie-of-the-week "Million Dollar Baby".

I really hope Scorcese wins and I don't see it as a pity award because IMO "The Departed" was superb. Very happy to see Mark Wahlberg nominated for his turn. VERY happy that Rinko Kikuchi got a nomination; the Japanese section of "Babel" was easily the best thing about the film.

I'm not sure why exactly Meryl Streep is nominated for Best Actress when her role is basically supporting (not to say that I didn't adore her in "Devil Wears Prada"). But then the same bunch gave Judi Dench supporting gong for what amounts to a cameo,

Yay for "Water" getting a Best Foreign Film nod, but where the bleeding heck is "Volver"???

THREE songs from "Dreamgirls"? Overkill anyone?

As expected, "Casino Royale" gets no love from the Academy.

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