23 January, 2007

Oscar Nominations



I decided not to do my best films of 2006 list as it would have taken me ages to decide but the number one was pretty obvious, Little Miss Sunshine. As I said last year, comedies don't stand a chance of winning best picture even though they are harder to write than drama. I hope it being a comedy-drama might fool voters but if any of the others win instead I wouldn't be complaining.

I'm making an assumption about Letters from Iwo Jima being good, as I haven't seen it, but not much of one if people think it's even better than Flags of our Fathers.

Little Miss Sunshine might get the best screenplay award instead but, again, there's nothing wrong with the other nominations.

Also I'm very pleased about Little Children getting a nomination for adaptation considering how the brilliantly used narration was questioned. But I would probably prefer Children of Men to get it, which can consider itself unlucky to not get a nomination for best picture.

Happy Feet should win for animation but it's nice to see Monster House recognised, which was very well written.

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PICTURE


"Babel" Steve Golin, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik, producers; Anonymous Content Production/Una Producción De Zeta Film/Central Films Production; Paramount Pictures/Paramount Vantage (Paramount Vantage)
"The Departed" Brad Grey, Graham King, Brad Pitt, Martin Scorsese, producers; Vertigo Entertainment/Plan B Entertainment/Warner Bros. Pictures (Warner Bros.)
"Little Miss Sunshine" Albert Berger, David T. Friendly, producers; Big Beach/Bonafide Productions (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
"Letters from Iwo Jima" Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Steven Spielberg, producers; Malpaso Productions (Warner Bros.)
"The Queen" Andy Harries, Christine Langan, Tracey Seaward, producers; A Granada production (Miramax)

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

"Babel"
Guillermo Arriaga
"Letters from Iwo Jima" Iris Yamashita, Paul Haggis
"Little Miss Sunshine" Michael Arndt
"Pan's Labyrinth" Guillermo del Toro
"The Queen" Peter Morgan

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

"Borat" Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer, Todd Phillips
"Children of Men" David Arata, Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Fergus, Timothy J. Sexton, Hawk Ostby
"The Departed" Wiliam Monahan
"Little Children" Todd Field, Tom Perrotta
"Notes on a Scandal" Patrick Marber

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"

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"

DIRECTOR

Clint Eastwood, "Letters from Iwo Jima"
Stephen Frears, "The Queen"
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Babel"
Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"
Paul Greengrass, "United 93"

ANIMATED FEATURE

"Cars" John Lasseter, Joe Ranft (Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studio; Buena Vista Pictures Distribution)
"Happy Feet" George Miller (Kingdom Pictures, LLC; Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures)
"Monster House" Gil Kenan (Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

"After the Wedding" Zentropa Entertainments; IFC (Denmark)
"Days of Glory" Tessalit Productions; The Weinstein Co. (Algeria)
"The Lives of Others" Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion; Sony Pictures Classics (Germany)
"Pan's Labyrinth" Estudios Picasso/Tequila Gang/Esperanto; Picturehouse (Mexico)
"Water" Téléfilm Canada/Noble Nomad Pictures Ltd.; Fox Searchlight (Canada)

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

"The Blood of Yingzhou District" Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon; A Thomas Lennon Films Production
"Recycled Life" Leslie Iwerks and Mike Glad; An Iwerks/Glad Production
"Rehearsing a Dream" Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon; A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production
"Two Hands" Nathaniel Kahn and Susan Rose Behr; A Crazy Boat Pictures Production

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

"The Danish Poet" Torill Kove; A Mikrofilm and National Film Board of Canada Production(National Film Board of Canada)
"Lifted" Gary Rydstrom; A Pixar Animation Studios Production (Buena Vista)
"The Little Matchgirl" Roger Allers and Don Hahn; A Walt Disney Pictures Production (Buena Vista)
"Maestro" Geza M. Toth; A Kedd Production (Szimplafilm)
"No Time for Nuts" Chris Renaud and Michael Thurmeier; A Blue Sky Studios Production(20th Century Fox)

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

"Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea)" Javier Fesser and Luis Manso; A Peliculas Pendelton and Tus Ojos Production
"Éramos Pocos (One Too Many)" Borja Cobeaga; An Altube Filmeak Production (Kimuak)
"Helmer & Son" Soren Pilmark and Kim Magnusson; A Nordisk Film Production
"The Saviour" Peter Templeman and Stuart Parkyn; An Australian Film Television and Radio School Production (Australian Film Television and Radio School)
"West Bank Story" Ari Sandel; An Ari Sandel, Pascal Vaguelsy, Amy Kim, Ravi Malhotra and Ashley Jordan Production

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