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Sunday, February 25, 2007

2007 Oscar Picks

This is the first year in a very long time that I've seen almost every film nominated. I'm usually clueless when it comes to half the movies out during the year, but with both Netflix and that great Blockbuster deal, I'm pretty much caught up. The Boy and I have both made our picks for tonight's show. I'm looking forward to the Oscars in a way I haven't in a long time. I love Ellen Degeneres. She keeps it clean but very fresh and funny, and if she isn't completely nervous, she's going be be great. Plus...no freaking Beyonce! Last year was Beyonce overkill, and no offense, but I can't stand her. So overblown.

My pick for Best Picture is way down at the bottom. I've struggled with this one, but I think I made the right choice. I don't think that the Best Director is also going to win the Best Picture award. The academy likes to split them up, according to the buzz.

I'm also psyched that there is some live blogging on at Go Fug Yourself, which has got to be hilarious. I'm planning on watching and maybe doing some commentary on particularly horrid outfits. Because honestly, isn't that the best part of the Oscars?

Performance by an actor in a leading role

Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Alan Arkin in “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Helen Mirren in “The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Adriana Barraza in “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)

Best animated feature film of the year
“Cars” (Buena Vista) John Lasseter

Achievement in art direction
“Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse)
Art Direction: Eugenio Caballero
Set Decoration: Pilar Revuelta

Achievement in cinematography
“Children of Men” (Universal) Emmanuel Lubezki

Achievement in costume design
“Marie Antoinette” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Milena Canonero

Achievement in directing
“The Departed” (Warner Bros.) Martin Scorsese

Best documentary feature
“An Inconvenient Truth” (Paramount Classics and Participant Productions)
A Lawrence Bender/Laurie David Production
Davis Guggenheim

Best documentary short subject
No opinion, didn't see any

Achievement in film editing
“Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise

Best foreign language film of the year
“Pan’s Labyrinth” A Tequila Gang/Esperanto Filmoj/Estudios Picasso Production Mexico

Achievement in makeup
“Apocalypto” (Buena Vista) Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage) Gustavo Santaolalla

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

“Love You I Do” from “Dreamgirls”
(DreamWorks and Paramount)
Music by Henry Krieger
Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Best motion picture of the year
“Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
An Anonymous Content/Zeta Film/Central Films Production
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik and Steve Golin, Producers

Best animated short film
No Opinion, didn's see any

Best live action short film
No opinion, didn't see any

Achievement in sound editing
“Flags of Our Fathers” (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by Paramount)
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman

Achievement in sound mixing
“Flags of Our Fathers” (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by Paramount)
John Reitz, Dave Campbell, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin

Achievement in visual effects
“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (Buena Vista)
John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall

Adapted screenplay
Can't decide between these two:

“The Departed” (Warner Bros.
Screenplay by William Monahan

“Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
Written by Guillermo Arriaga

So, what are your picks? What did I get dead wrong? What's the inside scoop where you live?

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Blogger Genilimaa said...

I've only seen The departed, and I still don't know what happened there. Was everyone drunk at the editing table? (Perhaps the Hong Kong original makes more sense? I should try to find that.)

What you got dead wrong was the spelling of Ms DeGeneres' name, but other than that...?

Just kidding ;)

25/2/07 7:48 AM  
Blogger margalit said...

Oh, you're right. I fixed the spelling. I guess blogging in the middle of the night isn't exactly the best thing for my spelling and punctuation, huh?

25/2/07 1:31 PM  
Blogger Belinda said...

Melissa Ethridge's song was for "An Inconvenient Truth." Which made the win saweeet.

So tell me, did you, like me, not enjoy the Golden Globes a WHOLE lot more this year? I think it's the whole mixing in T.V. awards with movie awards thing, and the creative categories. I think I'll do that one next year, and leave the Oscars alone.

26/2/07 8:06 PM  

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