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79th Oscar Nominations Announced
And the Award could potentially go to...

23 January 2007  |  Written by   

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Let the speculation, betting and downright bribery begin! The nominees for the 79th annual Academy Awards have been announced by Salma Hayek (looking unfeasibly glamorous for 5.30am, LA time). And it’s a good year for Babel, which picked up five of the major nominations and seven nods in total. Dreamgirls was the most nominated film with eight nods, but three of those were for Songs, and only two were in the major categories. Closely behind that is The Queen with six nominations, four in the major categories, while The Departed and Blood Diamond scored five each.

Little Miss Sunshine, an outsider-turned-favourite after its PGA win last weekend, picked up four nominations, all in the major categories, while Letters From Iwo Jima also took four spots, three of which are in the majors. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest also had four, all in the technical categories, and picking up three nominations were Little Children, Apocalypto, United 93 and Children of Men. Cars, The Prestige and An Inconvenient Truth all picked up two.

There were some surprises here.  Dreamgirls didn't get the Best Picture or Best Director nod that people were expecting, while Little Children, which was well reviewed but hardly anyone saw, did better than expected. The strong performance of Little Miss Sunshine is less of a surprise, as that's been picking up momentum in recent weeks, culminating in its triumph at the Producers Guild last weekend. It's good to see Paul Greengrass get a nod for the searing United 93, although it does highlight an odd disparity between the Best Director and Best Picture categories.

The acting categories are more as expected. It's good to see two acting nods for Babel, and Mark Wahlberg finally getting some love for his smart, funny turn in The Departed. And Penelope Cruz is recognised for her role in Volver and Eddie Murphy up for Dreamgirls, so all's right in the world.

Overall, however, it's anybody's year. The Best Picture race remains wide open, and even likely shoo-ins Helen Mirren and Forest Whittaker face some stiff competition in the lead Acting categories. This year, more than most, is going to be an interesting race.

The ceremony will take place on February 25 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Check Empire Online between now and then for the very best in Oscar speculation, predictions and discussion.

The Full List Of Nominations:

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

Best Supporting Actress
Rinko Kikuchi - Babel
Cate Blanchett – Notes on a Scandal
Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls
Adriana Barraza - Babel

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

Best Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling – Half Nelson
Peter O’Toole – Venus
Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker – Last King of Scotland

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu – Babel
Martin Scorsese – The Departed
Clint Eastwood – Letters From Iwo jima
Stephen Frears - The Queen
Paul Greengrass – United 93

Best Original Screenplay
Babel
Letters From Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Queen

Best Adapted Screenplay
Borat
Children of Men
The Departed
Little Children
Notes on a Scandal

Best Animated Film
Cars
Happy Feet
Monster House

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

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

 


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Pan's Labyrinth
Pan's Labyrinth deserves more recognition for its unbelievable achivement in film-making. i think it should have been nominated...if not win...the best picture award. an unbelivable film from one of the most talented directors around today. More

Posted by 411991 at 10:51 on 09 February 2007 | Report This Post

Like grolu, I'm also a Norwegian desperate to find somewhere to watch the Oscars live online. The only channels airing the event live, are channels I don't have. So if anybody knows anywhere they broadcast the ceremony online, please pm or email me. More

Posted by ChanB at 14:34 on 07 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: 79th Oscar Nominations Announced
well Borat didn't get a proper mention and neither did nicholson! so yes the oscars are becoming a joke! they should be voted for by people not a load of 'film experts' and the like! More

Posted by clarkkent at 17:14 on 04 February 2007 | Report This Post

Pan's?
Every other multiple nommed film got a mention, Empire, so what about Pan's Labyrinth? SIX nominations for a film which could as easily have got only one?! You didn't say a thing about it! More

Posted by Hauru at 18:25 on 31 January 2007 | Report This Post

Big Willy Style
was the pursuit of happiness supposed to be will smith's oscar shot? I thought it was a hammy vomit-inducing mess so glad to see no nominations. On the interview circuit he seemed quite confident... More

Posted by beaudie85 at 17:35 on 31 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Bisoddinglingual
i'm desperately trying to find out if there is anyway to watch the oscars online also... if anyone finds a way please let me know!!   Ta More

Posted by Becs at 14:02 on 29 January 2007 | Report This Post

Bisoddinglingual
I get to watch the oscars-but I don't. In France they OVERDUB the English while leaving the French on, which means I can't understand either. Why don't they just CHOOSE ONE FUCKING LANGUAGE. Drives me bananas. More

Posted by cantie at 13:45 on 29 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
Once again I'm on a desperate hunt to watch the Oscar's. Last year none of my channels sent it and I was stuck watching the amputated summary a few days later. They always leave out the best bits... does anyone know of any way a poor Norwegian girl can watch the Oscar's live? I saw that someone in a different thread mentioned watching a live stream online last year... gn] More

Posted by grolu at 10:30 on 29 January 2007 | Report This Post

I'm backing little miss sunshine all the way, i adore that film. a bit unlikely tho. and abigail or rinko for supporting actress. and mark or jackie for supporting actor! marie antoinette for costume design. More

Posted by stargirl at 18:16 on 28 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Go Pan's Labyrinth
believe what I'm reading! People go on and on about how good these movies are all year, then by the time the Oscar nominations roll around, people are saying that the movie that they've liked all year didn't deserve the nomination! People who say they like Little Miss Sunshine all year, then when the Academy nominates it they're angry that it pushed out another movie like United 93. I think that every single one of the nominations this year was well deserved. I actually thing that the Best Pic More

Posted by AJS at 16:39 on 26 January 2007 | Report This Post

Go Pan's Labyrinth
It's nominated for 6 Oscars and I hope it wins them all. Mark Whalberg or Jackie Earle Haley for best supporting actor and Rinko Kinkuchi for best supp actress I hope More

Posted by raven_girl at 11:49 on 26 January 2007 | Report This Post

Peter the Great
If the Academy don't right the wrongs of 45 years then I am fed up with them. Peter O'Toole is one of the all time cinematic greats. Okay sometimes he does veer from brilliance to camp OTT, but that's why we love him. He has something many modern stars lack: CHARISMA. His performances in Lawrence of Arabia, The Lion in Winter and the witty, brilliant My Favourite Year were all overlooked. They left it too late for Richard Burton (7 nods = 0 wins) and O'Toole has an identical record, More

Posted by Private Hudson at 02:09 on 26 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: elab49 And while we are on films shown earlier in the year and completely ignored, I'd add the Proposition to the list. Unless that was eligible and ignored last year? or="#006600"]Ray Winstone should have got a nomination for Best Actor, really surprised at how good he was in that film. Also feel Emma Thompson should have been nominated for Stranger than Fiction, not a great film but a great performance by her, and Ellen Page in Hard Candy. More

Posted by Dave B at 00:36 on 26 January 2007 | Report This Post

Winslet - because she's worth it!
PLEEEASE give the woman(Kate Winslet) an Oscar! I know I know, she's just as thrillingly kick ass cool and talented without one, but she's gotta want to have one on her mantlepiece or something! More

Posted by Evelyn at 20:54 on 25 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Oscar Noms
im pissed that Volver didnt get nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. I would love Penelope Cruz to win Best Actress, although she wont. More

Posted by *emz6* at 12:48 on 25 January 2007 | Report This Post

Oscar Noms
Some random thoughts on the Oscar Noms. I'm quite glad that Nicholson didn't get nominated, because it was seriously getting like "Jack makes a film lets give him a nomination." However it there is a definite feeling of "Meryl makes a film lets give her a nomination" though. I'll be gutted if Jennifer Hudson doesn't win for Dreamgirls, she was outstanding, truly brilliant. Not bad for a debutante and a former American Idol contestant at that (obviously the US version doesn't feature a More

Posted by Juror No 8 at 12:16 on 25 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: 79th Oscar Nominations Announced
No Open Season, Over The Hedge or Disney's The Wild? More

Posted by Timmy_Brisby_05 at 11:42 on 25 January 2007 | Report This Post

Wahlberg trumps Jack
Look, I love Nicholson as much as the next guy, but let's just face it, his performance in The Departed was not that remarkable. He simply acted like a caricature of himself. Wahlberg, on the other hand, effortlessly stole every scene he was in and delivered his awesome lines perfectly. That's why he deserves the nomination over Jack. Of course, this is all a fait accompli, since Eddie Murphy seems poised to take the Oscar. More

Posted by Metafact at 10:02 on 25 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: elab49 Departed is Oscar favourite?!? Seriously - just a decent thriller should be crowned best film of the year?!?! t's no Oscar favourite apart from the bookies (the same bookies btw who proclaimed two years ago that atoring to win when it was evident for several months before the ceremony that Dollare one stunning voters). I think the Academy sees artedmarily a director's movie and if it gets awarded it'll be in that category. There is no clear frontrunner in the race anyway and I k More

Posted by cold lands at 08:49 on 25 January 2007 | Report This Post

...
well we have all heard of 'where's wally?' or 'waldo' to the american readers. but screw that stripy jumpered feak! WHERE THE HELL IS JACK? More

Posted by mr_pringel at 23:36 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: What about Jack???
L: Mustang82 Nicholson, you know, 70-ish, wears sunglasses a lot, arguably one of the best actors of all time, might have heard of him???? sp; Yes- but your post didn't actually say who you were talking about. The Departed - you may recall it - extensive cast list? More

Posted by elab49 at 20:54 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Very Good Line-Up of Nominations
Best Film - The Departed Best Director - Martin Scorsese Actor - Forest Whitaker Best Actress - Helen Mirren Best Supporting Actor - Eddie Murphy Best Supporting Actress - Abigail Breslin More

Posted by Jacks User ID at 20:14 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

Very Good Line-Up of Nominations
Some good nominations but I think that United 93 should not be included for best picture or director. It'a an educational film with absolutly nothing good to recommend, SORRY GREENGRASS. Whitaker for Best Actor and Mirren for Actress. Why was Leo DiCaprio nominated for actor in Blood Diamond when it should be a double act between him and Jack Nicholson for the Departed. Martin Scorsese for Best Director with Departed for Best Picture. Glad to see Pan's Labyrinth reconised though I think the Pres More

Posted by DrachirFilm at 16:49 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

FUCK LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE IN THE BALLS
That film is DECENT at best. and where the hell is jack??? what about the FOuntain? I know the idiot Academy can't get it, but at least a nomination for visual effects and music, something you don't need brain cells to appreciatte? retarded....at least we have The Departed, let's hope they can take their anti-scorsese stick outta their asses and give it to im already...oh, And Letters from Iwo Jima shouldn;t be on the list, it's another ass kissing session from oscar to eastwood More

Posted by fratass at 15:57 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: What about Jack???
*sighs* Why is Hollywood so stupid? Why is one of the best films EVER nominated in only one of the  bigger categories? Give Del Toro his Oscar for best director, Doug Jones his Oscar for best actor and Pan's labyrinth it's Oscar for best film. NOW!!!!! More

Posted by Heidi80 at 14:55 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: What about Jack???
Nicholson, you know, 70-ish, wears sunglasses a lot, arguably one of the best actors of all time, might have heard of him???? More

Posted by Mustang82 at 13:37 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: What about Jack???
Um - who is? More

Posted by elab49 at 13:33 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

What about Jack???
Okay, so he is generally brilliant in all his films, and some may say that he hasn't surpassed himself enough in The Departed to earn an Oscar nomination, but I can't help feeling like he should be in the Best Supporting Actor category along with Mark Wahlberg. In my opinion, they were both as good as each other. More

Posted by Mustang82 at 13:30 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
I do kind of agree on that, as I mentioned - but I did think Amores Perros was superb. It is just my opinion of that lessens because I keep seeing the same thing repeated, which is a pity, I think. At least it didn't have quite as silly and tenous connections as Babel. But Arriaga should have been nominated for Three Burials, a far superior piece of work. And while we are on films shown earlier in the year and completely ignored, I'd add the Proposition to the list. Unless that was eligib More

Posted by elab49 at 13:23 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
I agree that Babel is showing that innaurritu (sorry no idea how to spell it) is a one trick pony. i dont think his films are up to much. Soap opera, nowt else, dressed up fancy. More

Posted by boot at 11:56 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
Here's how I think it'll go down:   BEST FILM - The Departed BEST DIRECTOR - Martin Scorsese - The Departed BEST ACTOR - Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland BEST ACTRESS - Helen Mirren - The Queen BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Mark Wahlberg - The Departed BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Adriana Barraza - Babel   I reckon it will be Scorsese's year, The Departed was great but not necessarily his best film. I'm surprised these lot didn't get a nomination:   George More

Posted by Beetlejuice! at 11:55 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

united 93 not in best picture that sucks babel not that brilliant saw it yesterday butis probably fave to win litle miss sunshine wont its a comedy helen mirren will win for best actress the film wont departed wont win its to violent and marty never wins letters from iwo jima wont win because its foreign language the babel chap will probably win best director as well the brits wont win More

Posted by quizkid at 11:49 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

Mark Wahlberg
I hope Mark Wahlberg wins, for the comedy value of TV channels trying to find a clip where he doesn't swear. Haha (Forest Whitaker and Meryl Streep- they need to sort this out, because NEITHER OF THEM WERE LEADS. They were never on-screen when the LEAD characters, played by James McAvoy and Anne Hathaway, weren't. They may have been the best performances in each film, but that's not the same thing!) More

Posted by Professional Pirate at 11:02 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Casino Royale?
I'm not so sure on Director. Greengrass - no. Sorry - but I think people have gotten confused with United 93. Yes - it evokes powerful emotion. But that is OUR memory of the day being evoked - same as with every other documentary out there, not the film particularly. So if we try to look at the film separately - the acting is by and large awful and so is the 'real' script - sorry, again, but if you put a bunch of actors in a room and get dialogue from them what you get is a bunch of luvvi More

Posted by elab49 at 10:42 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

Casino Royale?
Where were the nominations for this film, it has been completely overlooked. Its a brilliant film and deserved noms in the following catogories film, actor, visual effects, music, sound, adapted screenplay More

Posted by adamdavidsmith at 10:23 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

Casino Royale?
Where were the nominations for this film, it has been completely overlooked. Its a brilliant film and deserved noms in the following catogories film, actor, visual effects, music, sound, adapted screenplay More

Posted by adamdavidsmith at 10:18 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

Best Actor
Most people i have spoken to thin Will Smith will get the beat actor award "because he should have won for Ali"....but hello,..the best actor awards got Peter O'Toole written all over it because he should have won for Lawrence of Arabia all those years ago, and well,...lets be honest,..meant in the best possible way,..it might be his last chance!! Mirren for best actress, Greengrass for Director It'll be a good year for the Brits,...you watch!! More

Posted by lukeyboy at 10:05 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

Best animated feature.
Happy feet will win it but Monster House SHOULD win it, hands down no question... More

Posted by drawmyfoot at 09:59 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

What about James Bond
What about Casino Royale that was a fantastic film More

Posted by lwepenn at 09:44 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

For those of you who didnt notice, the best film of 2006, Pan's Labyrinth picked up 6 nods. Good on ya Del Toro More

Posted by Calsterman at 06:35 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

Helen Mirren Rocks
If she doesn't win Best Actress..............I'll eat my hat! More

Posted by Beatrice Kiddo at 06:35 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Notes on a sandal?
L: Gazdance Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness?  Hmm, should have won for Ali so the Academy are making up for it now? sp; Yah, same for M. Scorsese. Now, I know The Academy is gonna give him this year. However he must have got one before. hat's Academy doing ? Going mad ? Making things up for their mad nominees ? More

Posted by m_er at 04:54 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

Animated and Song...
What about Flushed Away? I mean you might as well put it on the list at least... it's a pretty dull year for animated movies... no contenders for Spirited Away's crown... on another note (almost worthy of a job at empire given the recent spat of poor puns), the best song is a joke, right? They've already written Dreamgirls on an oscar, haven't they? Three nominations in one catergory? Damn, we need some more original musicals out there to get things flourishing! If you ask me, Tenacious D's 'Bee More

Posted by DGE Fuller at 00:51 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

Animated and Song...
What about Flushed Away? I mean you might as well put it on the list at least... it's a pretty dull year for animated movies... no contenders for Spirited Away's crown... on another note (almost worthy of a job at empire given the recent spat of poor puns), the best song is a joke, right? They've already written Dreamgirls on an oscar, haven't they? Three nominations in one catergory? Damn, we need some more original musicals out there to get things flourishing! If you ask me, Tenacious D's 'Bee More

Posted by DGE Fuller at 00:51 on 24 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: OSCAR WRONG ACADEMY CHOICES
Delighted to see Will Smith up for 'The pursuit of happyness'! A restrained and touching performance indeed. However, Forrest Whittaker is almost certain to take that crown and well deserved it would be too. Mirren i]take home Best Actress and Babel stands the best chance of taking Best Film, although i would love to see Little Miss Sunshine get its just rewards. I think the Academy will almost certainly give Scorsese the nod for Best Director this year. As was said a couple of times above, More

Posted by dark crystal at 23:53 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: OSCAR WRONG ACADEMY CHOICES
L: MoviePsychoOne Little Miss Sunshine No do not agree not Oscar Material the film is a small Indie film that should not be there o problem if personally you don't like the film but because it is a "small indie film" is no reason for it not to be nominated. Personally i'd love to see it win. a delightful film. United 93 not being nominated shows the academys typical lack of balls. I'm not surprised that Children of Men didnt get nominated for best film. Some fantastic stuff in it (th More

Posted by boot at 23:35 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Letters From Iwo Jima SUCK
L: chloebelle I haven't seen the Departed but I strongly hope that IF scorcese wins, it will be on the merit of the film, not because of his past history as a loser. I really don't think its good to let people win just because its here turn - people inevitably look back and feel the win was inadequate as the another movie should really have got it. Scorcese is too good to have that sort of legacy i.e. the man who just got given an Oscar cos it was about time. I'm sure he himself More

Posted by bobsmith1698 at 23:30 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Letters From Iwo Jima SUCK
I haven't seen the Departed but I strongly hope that IF scorcese wins, it will be on the merit of the film, not because of his past history as a loser.   I really don't think its good to let people win just because its here turn - people inevitably look back and feel the win was inadequate as the another movie should really have got it.   Scorcese is too good to have that sort of legacy i.e. the man who just got given an Oscar cos it was about time. I'm sure he himself would r More

Posted by chloebelle at 23:26 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Letters From Iwo Jima SUCK
NONONOOOOOOOOOOO@@GIRLS............... More

Posted by rottenrottenrottten at 23:18 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
I hope either Babel or Little Miss Sunshine wins the biggie. The Departed wasn't bad, but no Oscar winner, let's be honest. As for everything else, I hope Babel and LMS win all the races they are running in. Clearly the best two films of the year, by some margin. Good on Wahlberg for the nom, god alone knows whose dick he sucked to get that.... More

Posted by bobsmith1698 at 23:14 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Letters From Iwo Jima SUCK
NONONOOOOOOOOOOO@@GIRLS............... More

Posted by rottenrottenrottten at 23:11 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

OSCAR WRONG ACADEMY CHOICES
Just heard about the Oscar Nominations, i am a bit baffeld about the Selections for Best Picture:- The Departed Yes agree Last years best Film, Babel yes Agree, Little Miss Sunshine No do not agree not Oscar Material the film is a small Indie film that should not be there, Letters Feom Iwo Jima Yes agree, and The Queen yes agree,. In the place of Little Miss Sunshine there should be World Trade Center i do not know why this film is left out when United 93 is included for Best Director, talkin More

Posted by MoviePsychoOne at 23:09 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: FLUSHED AWAY!
ed and glad to see Paul Greengrass get a well deserved nomination but it does shine more light on the fact that United 93 wasn't nominated for Best Picture. Seems like another case of the Academy playing it safe. Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron were cruely overlooked, both producing films with greater skill, passion and ingenuity than Scorsese did with The Departed (even though that is a cracking thriller). Again, it seems the Academy are playing it safe. I've only seen The Depa More

Posted by Dave B at 22:29 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: FLUSHED AWAY!
TER HOUSEb]CARSb]HAPPY FEET you've got me there. More

Posted by Wazoo at 22:18 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

FLUSHED AWAY!
Absolutely criminal that flushed away isn't up for best animated film as it is better than all 3 nominations that have been chosen. More

Posted by Angusto at 22:12 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: 79th Oscar Nominations Announced
would liked to have seen sly get a nom for Rocky Balboa (acting) thought he was tremendous. His scene where he breaks down is a gut puncher. More

Posted by Sutty at 22:09 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: 79th Oscar Nominations Announced
Only 2 things to say: 1: where the hell is Nicholson`s nomination?? 2: why no Volver for Best Foreign film?? can`t understand that... More

Posted by TheGodfather at 21:56 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

pfffttttttt
Good to see brilliant movies like pans laberinth, children of men, the departed, the prestige and united 93 getting nominations! But where the fuck is Borat? surely cohen shud be in the best actor! hell the film should at least be nominated for best film! but then again soem of the best films, i my oppinion have been really over looked and those that were average have been wrongly rewarded! (pirates of the caribean? come on it wasnt anything special and the special effects werent anything i had More

Posted by clarkkent at 21:45 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: and so to another year...
I can't help but feel that Children of Men is one of the most underrated films since 2000. The fact it wasn't nominated for Best Picture or Best Director is unbelievable, if it doesn't win Achievement in Cinematography and Editing then the Academy are just snobbing it completly. I feel it is one of the best "films" made in a long time. More

Posted by Hartigan at 21:10 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

and so to another year...
overall I'm fairly pleased with the nominations this year, though there are some disappointments. Nice to see a few surprises though. I'm pretty sure Helen Mirren and Forest Whitaker are shoe-ins though, despite both coming up against some strong competition. Good to see a nom for Ryan Gosling, and absolutely brilliant to see Little Miss Sunshine. A film that has grown so much through word-of-mouth, it's lovely to see. Marty deserves it this year if only to make up for the criminal overlooking o More

Posted by dave89 at 20:57 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Forrest Whitaker...
After taking a look at all the noms I must say that I have mixed feelings, like most people have said the complete exclusion of Children of Men and United 93 in the best film (and for Children best director) noms is unforgivable. But the noms for Greengrass, Forest Whitiker, Monster House (loved this movie), Judi Dench, Pan's Labyrinth and Alfonso Cuaron for screenplay has given me some hope. I do not get the fuss over Dreamgirls and Little Miss Sunshine, both are very over-rated in my opi More

Posted by lbiu at 20:54 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Forrest Whitaker...
But they adore the overrated La Streep and nominate her whenever they can. But it is a support.   Babel is overnominated I think, although the acting is generally admirable - the film is just a tad too self-important to be a good one. Ditto Departed - doesn't deserve a best film nom, even if it is a pretty decent thriller, nor does Wahlberg deserve a nom for his minimal role. Pretty decent thrillers don't get Oscar attention - unless it is Scorcese. Another example of a film being cons More

Posted by elab49 at 20:49 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Forrest Whitaker...
    L: mebbetheywasinjuns was great in Last King and everything, and i suppose he did steal the film, but am I the only one that thinks his wasn't the lead role? It just seems odd to me that it doesn't seem to have been an issue at any point that he was neither the most prominent in terms of screen time, nor was he the focus of the plot. Plus, all this rather detract from what was an excellent performance from James McAvoy. I'm not saying Forrest doesn't the Oscar, I'm just t More

Posted by Moonpixie at 20:34 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: rudeboy Shocked that Volver was snubbed for best foreign film.  Even more shocked that Dreamgirls didn't get in for picture or director - correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is the first time since They Shoot Horses Don't They? in 1969 that the nomination leader is not a best picture nominee. ing had the serious misfortune to catch a preview of Dreamgirls, it was lucky not to be nominated in every category in the Razzies. Truly abysmal film-making, woefully acted & More

Posted by felix sore foot at 20:30 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Forrest Whitaker...
]The only pleasant surprise was Abigail Breslin's nod for Little Miss Sunshine. Her's was truly an excellent performance in a fantastic film. Unlikely to win, but would be totally justified if she did. A few mentions in the main categories for Pan's Labyrinth wouldn't have gone amiss either. More

Posted by felix sore foot at 20:24 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Forrest Whitaker...
was great in Last King and everything, and i suppose he did steal the film, but am I the only one that thinks his wasn't the lead role? It just seems odd to me that it doesn't seem to have been an issue at any point that he was neither the most prominent in terms of screen time, nor was he the focus of the plot. Plus, all this rather detract from what was an excellent performance from James McAvoy. I'm not saying Forrest doesn't the Oscar, I'm just thinking it should be in the right category.... More

Posted by mebbetheywasinjuns at 20:15 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Rocky Balboa
I'm surprised Children of Men picked up so little, particularly for Best Director.  More

Posted by furrybastard at 20:14 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Rocky Balboa
Where the hell is Rocky Balboa, the most hard hitting and exciting movie of the year. A nod to Bill Conti at least would have been nice. More

Posted by bosscoe at 20:03 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

huh?
Mostly a good spread of nominations I think but two things confuse me: 1) How is Borat "adapted"? Because the character was in a tv show? 2) If the Good German qualifies for this year (Music Written for Motion Pictures) I'm suprised it hasn't garnered a few more nominations - of course I havn't seen it yet but it looks very Oscar friendly, More

Posted by gusbuster at 19:49 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Flushed Away
Where was Flushed away in best animation? Is it assumed that because its CG Aardman hav lost their spark. It should deserve best film, let alone a nod in the animation category. This is a travesty of Justice. More

Posted by swordsandsandals at 19:45 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Ho hum
I reckon Robert Downey deserved a nom for A Scanner Darkly, that was the performance of the year for me More

Posted by Bezerker at 19:21 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Ho hum
Really gutted Paul Greengrass' United 93 didn't get a nom for best film and even more of a travesty that Alphonse Cauron didn't get nominated for best director for Children Of Men. Both the afore mentioned films and directors are more than worthy. More

Posted by monkeyman1976 at 19:18 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

How is it possible that United 93 didn't get nominated for best picture?! I am shocked. More

Posted by Annemaj at 19:17 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Ho hum
Really gutted Paul Greengrass' United 93 didn't get a nom for best film and even more of a travesty that Alphonse Cauron didn't get nominated for best director for Children Of Men. Both the afore mentioned films and directors are more than worthy. More

Posted by monkeyman1976 at 19:14 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Pan's Labyrinth deserves more than just Best Foreign language, when will Spanish & French cinema be properly rewarded in the main categories? Well done Adriana Barraza, she was excellent in Babel. Apart from this, the Oscars are still all to predictable. Throw in a best director nomination for David. R Ellis! More

Posted by NickHilton at 19:01 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Children of Men being overlooked in some of the more major categories is a travesty especially for Best Film and Best Actress for her portrayal of Kie. However they didnt do themselves any favours releasing it in the US on Christmas Day not exactly giving it the coverage it needed for these awards More

Posted by sportyrich2000 at 19:00 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: no no no
Gutted that Sascha Baron Cohen didn't get a best actor nod for Borat, to dupe all of those unsuspecting people was a masterstroke. As was mentioned earlier, it is by far the bravest performance, given the fact that he was at the mercy of the public and not in the comfort of a film studio. Hope he wins the Adapted screenplay oscar as consolation but can't see how Borat qualifies for this award?    The snubbing of Children of Men in Best Picture category is shocking, its a fantastic f More

Posted by Darth Goonie at 18:20 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
A few nice surprises in there. Great to see Miss Sunshinecturend i'm hoping it gets the win. Also, eengrassnly deserves the rectortion, and i must make sure to check out slingHalf Nelson the awards.   hink will winolor=#ff0000]who i want to win:p; lmThe Departed #ff0000]Little Miss Sunshine est Supporting Actresslor=#ff0000]Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine ifer Hudson – Dream Girls i]Best Supporting Actorlor=#ff0000]Djimon Hounsou – Blood Diamond e Murphy – Dre More

Posted by Art Vandelay at 18:18 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: no no no
Did anyone see Sky News when the nominations were announced?? They had the editor from fackin heat magazine giving his views!!! What the fack does he know?? I'm happy for Mark Whalberg tho,he may just win it. More

Posted by pete c at 18:16 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

no no no
a scanner darkly, best aniamated picture... anyone? More

Posted by BlueDragon21120 at 18:09 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

how in the name of arse can Jack Nicholson - JACK FUCKING NICHOLSON - not get nominated for The Departed? the acedamy call go sexy time themelves. More

Posted by Hughezy at 17:59 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Come on 'Little Miss Sunshine'
So glad to see Little Miss Sunshine get some nominations. This was THE film of last year in my opinion and deserves recognition. Unfortunately the oscars near enough always get it wrong and I'm sure this year will be no different. I fully expect The Queen to win awards and is totally over-blown. Hope Pan's wins a few, I think it will. More

Posted by danny darko at 16:33 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
SLING GOT A NOD! I'm so pleased! Best performance of last year by any actor, male or female. Here are my thoughts on some of the awards: (#FF0000]*ze=1]WHO I WANT TO WINor=#FF0000]*font] Trebuchet MS"] PICTURE #FF0000]LITTLE MISS SUNSHINEb]/ FROM IWO JIMAsize=1]TOR #FF0000]RYAN GOSLINGWHITAKERsize=1]TRESS #FF0000]PENÉLOPE CRUZIRRENsize=1]PPORTING ACTOR #FF0000]MARK WAHLBERGHLBERGIE MURPHYu]PPORTING ACTRESS #FF0000]ABIGAIL BRESLIN]IKUCHIR HUDSONu]RECTOR #FF More

Posted by Wazoo at 16:22 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Utterly disappoiting (not that ive come to expect much more) The oscars are truely ruled by politics and underhanded tricks. Last king of scotland?! Very few nominations for this film, far too many for the queen, which i consider to be highly overrated and a kiss ass piece of monarchy cinema. Children of men and the prestige are also wearing thin, while dreamgirls get wrapped in oscar nominations for a dull, camp unofficial supremes flick! More

Posted by silent_dave at 16:17 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Down the Pan(s)
, the movies up for best film fall into two camps. Either I havent seen them yet or they don’t deserve to be there. And whats cruz doing in best actress? What is the rule with a performance in a foreign film getting an acting nod? It doesnt happen that often does it?  And good as he is in blood diamond, leo is better in the departed. Oh and glad to see that neither letters from Iwo Jima or apocalypto got nominated in best foreign film. It has to be foreign in all categories not just have s More

Posted by MartinBlank76 at 16:15 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

The dullest Awards season in ages. Still, I hope An Inconvenient Truth and Monster House win their respective nominations. How the hell did Poseidon get nominated either, it was a VG of a boat getting dumped by water. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 16:11 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Down the Pan(s)
Disappointed Pan's Labyrinth didn't get a Best Picture or Director nod. But fingers crossed it'll get the Best Foreign Language film oscar. It certainly deserves it! More

Posted by MuckyMuckMan at 16:06 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

I've onyl seen four of those films. There's obviously nothing wrong with putting the nominations up and talking about them a bit but I am really bored with Empire's constant talk about Academy Awards. I just care about watching good films not what film's gonna get an Oscar. It's a meaningless icon. Titanic got 11 Oscars. 'Nuff said. More

Posted by giospurs at 16:04 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: 79th Oscar Nominations Announced
i would really like to see Mark Whalberg pick up the little gold statue. More

Posted by *emz6* at 15:54 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: 79th Oscar Nominations Announced
Yeah, I think it's going to be a pretty open competition this year - lack of best pic/director for Dreamgirls shows that.   I think O'Toole may get the sentimental nod to sneak past Whitaker for actor, but I think Mirren is absolutely nailed on for actress. Supporting wise, Murphy will probably get this one (no Nicholson, Sheen or Affleck?with Arkin or Hounsou being his closest challenger. I reckon a surprise will see Breslin take supporting actress from Hudson too.   More

Posted by matty_b at 15:52 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: 79th Oscar Nominations Announced
A bit disappointed Sacha Baron Cohen didn't get nominated, it was a great performance and he should be givena special oscar for having balls of steel. I know it'll never happen but its about time Oscar started taking comedy a bit more seriously. Well done Mark Whalberg as well, its about time he was given some credit More

Posted by davidrobbo at 15:48 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

Too much of the Queen
Sorry, don't think Marty deserves it this year - of the ones nominated greengrass or inarritu are better, although both Children of Men and Pan's Labyrinth should on the list as well! How the Queen gets in ahead of them for both Best Picture and Best Director is just astounding! Yes, Helen Mirren is superb and fully deserves her nom (although for my money Penelope Cruz was better) but the rest of the movie was bad caricatures and cheap satire at the expense of easy targets! More

Posted by tonyotim at 15:48 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: 79th Oscar Nominations Announced
My biggest surprise was the lack of big nods for Dreamgirls, what with most of the media saying it was a shoe-in.   I think there might be some shock wins in the supporting categories. Jennifer Hudson has been tipped to win for ages but I think with the movie missing out on the big gun nods then perhaps she's on thinner ice than previously thought. More

Posted by Moonpixie at 15:46 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE: 79th Oscar Nominations Announced
My thoughts-   The snugging of Casino Royale- What about adapted screenplay? Best Art Direction? Best musical scroe? I thought the orignial score was fantastic considering they didn't use the actual bond theme.   Borat- best adapted screenplay? Adapted from what? 'Borat: The Novel'?   Nothing jumps out of the list as a clear favourite for anything in my eyes... very uninspiring list. More

Posted by ArtDepartmentAlbert at 15:41 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

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L: AFFLECKRULES NO BEST SUPPORTING OSCAR FOR AFFLECK, WHAT A LOAD OF SHIT not at all bias then a? 'AFFLECKRULES' More

Posted by *emz6* at 15:31 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
L: AFFLECKRULES NO BEST SUPPORTING OSCAR FOR AFFLECK, WHAT A LOAD OF SHIT sp; You aren't him are you?   They seem pretty balanced to me, glad to see the one for Gosling. More

Posted by The2ndRing at 15:27 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

i will kill
i tell you eastwood better not win a director nod over marty s or i will take him dressed as a waiter with a plastic gun i made myself ala in the line of fire !!!! More

Posted by animal17582 at 15:20 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

NO BEST SUPPORTING OSCAR FOR AFFLECK, WHAT A LOAD OF SHIT More

Posted by AFFLECKRULES at 15:16 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

mmmm, I prefered the nominations for the BAFTA's.... More

Posted by muse_nut18 at 15:07 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

RE:
L: 411991 i hope kate winslet wins for little children. she deserves it sp; i disagree. i really want her to win an oscar because i think her body of work is bloody great and she is consistently good, however i dont think this is her best performance of film. She will win in the future though for sure, i think in years to come she will be looked at as one of the great actresses. More

Posted by *emz6* at 15:06 on 23 January 2007 | Report This Post

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