Tuesday, January 23, 2007

And the winner is . . .

Nominations for the 79th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday, January 23, 2007, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Academy member and past Oscar® nominee Salma Hayek.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

The Oscars® will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour red carpet arrivals segment, “The Road to the Oscars.” Ellen DeGeneres will host the event.

Here are some of the nominees:

Best Leading Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio - Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling - Half Nelson
Peter O'Toole - Venus
Will Smith - The Pursuit of Happiness
Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland

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 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

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

Best Animated Feature
Happy Feet
Monster House

Best Directing
The Departed
Letters from Iwo Jima
The Queen
United 93

Best Original Song
"I Need to Wake Up" - An Inconvenient Truth
"Listen" - Dreamgirls
"Love You I Do" - Dreamgirls
"Our Town" - Cars
"Patience" - Dreamgirls

Best Screenplay - Adapted
Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Children of Men
The Departed
Little Children
Notes on a Scandal

Best Screenplay - Original
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
Pan's Labyrinth
The Queen

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

Thus far, I've only seen three films from the Oscar ballot: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest; Cars; and The Devil Wears Prada. My favorite of the three was Cars, (great story) followed by The Devil Wears Prada. Meryl Streep was awesome, but when is she not? She made the movie for me. I really enjoyed the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but was disappointed in the second one. The story was not as engaging as the first one, although Johnny Depp was as hot as a July night in Mississippi.

What are your Oscar picks for the year?


Blogger Elizabeth Parker said...

Wow, Diana, I haven't seen most of the nominated films yet! Guess I'll have to go on a movie-watching spree, but that won't be a hardship.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Melissa Marsh said...

What was Pirates nominated for? I enjoyed the second one, but not nearly as much as the first.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Diana Celesky said...

Pirates was nominated for four Academy Awards, just not any of the biggies: Best Art Direction, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.

8:48 AM  
Blogger Robin L. Rotham said...

How pathetic is this? I've seen none of the nominees. Not one. Not even Pirates of the Caribbean (I or II). Pathetic.

12:06 AM  

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