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Wednesday, December 06, 2006


Oscar-ology: National Board of Review

The first serious awards of the year -- well, serious to a degree, anyway -- is the National Board of Review, who chose the widely-unseen World War II drama Letters From Iwo Jima as Best Film. But the big news is the nearly complete snub of Dreamgirls, which only managed to score Jennifer Hudson in a tie for Breakthrough Actress.

Our patented 8-Point ModFab Analysis after the jump:

Best Film: Letters From Iwo Jima
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, The Departed
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland
Best Actress: Helen Mirren, The Queen
Best Supporting Actor: Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond
Best Supporting Actress: Catherine O'Hara, For Your Consideration
Best Foreign Film: Volver
Best Documentary: An Inconvenient Truth
Best Animated Feature: Cars
Best Ensemble Cast: The Departed
Breakthrough Performance by an Actor: Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson
Breakthrough Performance by an Actress: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls and Rinko Kikuchi, Babel
Best Directorial Debut: Jason Reitman, Thank You for Smoking
Best Original Screenplay: Zach Helm, Stranger Than Fiction
Best Adapted Screenplay: Ron Nyswaner, The Painted Veil

ModFab's 8 Point Analysis
  1. The Real Winner: The Departed, now established as a serious awards candidate with pickups for ensemble and director. Momentum builds for the theory that it's "finally Marty's turn." Expect to hear that a lot
  2. The Real Loser: Dreamgirls. Could've started stronger. A lot stronger.
  3. Totally Suprising: Djimon Hounsou, who has been Oscar bait before, comes out of nowhere with a Supporting nod for Blood Diamond. It couldn't happen to a nicer (or more attractive) guy.
  4. Totally Obvious: Helen Mirren. I'm yawning already.
  5. Good To See You Again: Already on the way to DVD, Forest Whitaker deserves all kinds of praise for his turn earlier this fall in The Last King of Scotland.
  6. What Were They Thinking: I thought we had all moved past Stranger Than Fiction, hadn't we?
  7. Having Abandonment Issues: The Good German, The Pursuit of Happyness, Notes on a Scandal, Inland Empire, The Good Shepherd, Apocalypto
  8. ModFab Thinks: You can't take the NBR too seriously -- a group notorious for their dilletante-filled membership and their pathological desire to make a 'statement' with their nominations. Remember, these are the people we can blame Chocolat's Oscar run on from a few years back...they started the wave of overpraise.



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