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Monday, January 22, 2007

 

Oscar Predictions

The Oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow morning. Most of the pundits seem to agree on the favorites, which have been out there for some time. In making our picks, we went off the reservation a little, but truthfully we hope we're wrong...we'd love to see the Oscar voters mix it up and make some unexpected choices. (We love, for instance, the eclectic choices of Mod Fab Sixer Nick Davis, who pumped the worthy James McAvoy for The Last King of Scotland in the Supporting Actor category. For my money, McAvoy is welcome to Alan Arkin's slot. Damion at Queering The Apparatus went safer, but I like his choice of Over The Hedge for Animated Film.)

So here they are. We'll check in tomorrow morning with the results, when the race will (hopefully? finally?) get interesting. UPDATE: Altered the Doc Short and Doc Feature categories thanks to the tipoff from commenter Mark (thanks!). My source for all things Oscarian didn't have this info.

2007 OSCAR NOMINATIONS

BEST PICTURE
Babel
The Departed
Dreamgirls
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen
Dark Horse: United 93
In A Perfect World: Marie Antoinette

BEST DIRECTOR
Bill Condon, Dreamgirls
Stephen Frears, The Queen
Paul Greengrass, United 93
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Babel
Martin Scorsese, The Departed
Dark Horse: Clint Eastwood, Letters From Iwo Jima
In A Perfect World: Sofia Coppola, Marie Antoinette

BEST LEAD ACTOR
Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Departed
Peter O'Toole, Venus
Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland
Dark Horse: Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson
In A Perfect World: Daniel Craig, Casino Royale

BEST LEADING ACTRESS
Penelope Cruz, Volver
Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren, The Queen
Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet, Little Children
Dark Horse: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Sherrybaby
In A Perfect World: Kirsten Dunst, Marie Antoinette

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine
Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children
Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls
Jack Nicholson, The Departed
Dark Horse: Mark Wahlberg, The Departed
In A Perfect World: Bill Nighy, Notes on a Scandal

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Adriana Barraza, Babel
Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal
Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi, Babel
Dark Horse: Catherine O'Hara, For Your Consideration
In A Perfect World: Anika Noni Rose, Dreamgirls

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Pedro Almodovar, Volver
Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine
Guillermo Arriaga, Babel
Paul Greengrass, United 93
Peter Morgan, The Queen
Dark Horse: Guillermo del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth
In A Perfect World: Darren Aronofsky, The Fountain

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Todd Field and Tom Perotta, Little Children
Patrick Marber, Notes on a Scandal
Aline Brosh McKenna, The Devil Wears Prada
William Monahan, The Departed
Jason Reitman, Thank You for Smoking
Dark Horse: Sacha Baron Cohen et al, Borat
In A Perfect World: Jeremy Brock, Peter Morgan, and Joe Penhall, The Last King of Scotland

BEST FOREIGN FILM
Indigènes
The Lives of Others
Pan's Labyrinth
Volver
Water
Dark Horse: Zwartboek
In A Perfect World: The Yacoubian Building

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Cars
Flushed Away
Happy Feet
Monster House
Dark Horse: Over The Hedge
In A Perfect World: A Scanner Darkly


BEST DOCUMENTARY
An Inconvenient Truth
Deliver Us from Evil
Iraq in Fragments
Shut Up & Sing
Jesus Camp
Dark Horse: Who Killed The Electric Car?
In A Perfect World: Who Killed The Electric Car?

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, The Painted Veil
Philip Glass, Notes on a Scandal
Clint Mansell, The Fountain
Gustavo Santaolla, Babel
Hans Zimmer, The Da Vinci Code
Dark Horse: Clint Eastwood, Letters From Iwo Jima
In A Perfect World: Shigeru Umebayashi, Curse of the Golden Flower

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"A Father's Way", The Pursuit of Happyness
"I Need To Wake Up", An Inconvenient Truth
"Listen", Dreamgirls
"Never Gonna Break My Faith", Bobby
"The Song of the Heart", Happy Feet
Dark Horse: "O Kazakhstan", Borat
In A Perfect World: "Family of Me", Over The Hedge

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki, Children of Men
Rodrigo Prieto, Babel
Guillermo Navarro, Pan's Labyrinth
Tobias A. Schliessler, Dreamgirls
Dean Semler, Apocalypto
Dark Horse: Dick Pope, The Illusionist
In A Perfect World: Stuart Dryburgh, The Painted Veil

BEST ART DIRECTION
Casino Royale
Children of Men
Dreamgirls
Flags of our Fathers
Pan's Labyrinth
Dark Horse: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
In A Perfect World: Marie Antoinette

BEST EDITING
Babel
Casino Royale
The Departed
Dreamgirls
United 93
Dark Horse: The Queen
In A Perfect World: Children of Men

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Curse of the Golden Flower
The Devil Wears Prada
Dreamgirls
Marie Antoinette
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Dark Horse: The Black Dahlia
In A Perfect World: The Fountain

BEST MAKEUP
Apocalypto
Pan's Labyrinth
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Dark Horse: X-Men: The Last Stand
In A Perfect World: The Fountain



BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Casino Royale
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
X-Men: The Last Stand
Dark Horse: Superman Returns
In A Perfect World: The Fountain



BEST SOUND
Babel
Blood Diamond
Casino Royale
Dreamgirls
Flags of our Fathers
Dark Horse: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
In A Perfect World: United 93

BEST SOUND EFFECTS EDITING
Casino Royale
Dreamgirls
Flags of our Fathers
Letters From Iwo Jima
Superman Returns
Dark Horse: United 93
In A Perfect World: Cars

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Everything Will Be OK
Lifted
Little Match Girl
No Time for Nuts
One Rat Short
Dark Horse: Guide Dog
In A Perfect World: Maestro

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Bawke
Before Dawn
The Pity Card
Preacher with an Unknown God
Zombie Prom
Dark Horse: The Last Dog in Rwanda
In A Perfect World: Paradox

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
The Blood of Yingzhou District
Dear Talula
The Diary of Immaculée
Phoenix Dance
Dark Horse: Two Hands
In A Perfect World: Rehearsing a Dream

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