Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Oscar Nominations -
Are you kidding me?

Let me just break this down for you...

Best Picture - I have not seen any of these movies.
I MIGHT rent Little Miss Sunshine but only because Steve Carell is in it, and he wasn't nominated for a thing! "Babel" is out because I boycott Brad Pitt, "The Departed," another gangster movie, really? Letters from Iwo Jima is out because I do not speak Japanese nor do I like to read at movies, and I can't see "The Queen" because, well, here's the plot outline: A behind the scenes glimpse at the interaction between HM Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair after the death of Princess Diana...snoooooooooze.

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

Best Actor - Nominees include a former star of "Growing Pains," a Mouseketeer, and the Fresh Prince. Leo has three nominations, no wins; Ryan Gosling, first-time nominee; Peter O'Toole has eight nominations, no wins and one Honorary Oscar; The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has two nominations, no wins; Forest Whitaker, first-time nominee.

Best Actor
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

Best Actress - With the exception of first-time nominee Penelope Cruz, it's like a "Best of" collection of former nominees. Judi Dench has six nominations and one win, Helen Mirren has three nominations and no statues, Meryl Streep has 14 nominations and two statues, Kate Winslet has five nominations and no statues.

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 Supporting Actor - Includes the fabulous and hilarious Alan Arkin, who has three nominations; the guy who played Kelly Leak in the "Bad News Bears", a first-time nominee; Djimon Hounsou, two nominations, no wins; Donkey from "Shrek," a first-time nominee and Marky freakin' Mark, a first-time OSCAR nominee...it's SUCH a Good Vibration.

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 - Two ladies I've never heard of, a 10-year old, a perennial nominee and an American Idol also-ran.
Adriana Barraza, first-time nominee (who as far as I can tell is primarily a Mexican telenovela actress, but hey that's how Demi got her start too, not Mexican, but the soaps baby); Cate Blanchett, three nominations, one win; Abigail Breslin, first-time nominee; Jennifer Hudson, first-time nominee and Golden Globe WINNER and Rinko Kikuchi, first-time nominee.

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

I'm stumped.
Any predictions?


Freebird said...

Little Miss Sunshine was a quirky movie. The ending is worth watching.

I thought Departed was a great movie, but I tend to like ganster movies.

I also saw Persuit of Happyness with my boys. We all enjoyed that one and considering there was no violence, nudity, car chases, major profanity or Will Ferrel that speaks volumes about the movie.

Anonymous said...

I hoep Jennifer Hudson doesn't win. I didn't like her at all on American Idol. If she wins I think she's going to be the snot to end all snots. I do wish Kate Winslet would win, as I really like her. But it seems as though she shall be the Susan Lucci of Oscar, always nominated, but somebody's always slightly better. I also want her to win because I read an interview with her recently, and she said yes, she gets disappointed when she doesn't win, because she's been nominated so many times that she would like to win it. Yay for honesty.

Anonymous said...

Little Miss Sunshing is pee-your-pants funny. Rent it, J. You won't regret it.