2006 Academy Award Nominations

23 Jan

I have lost faith in the Academy Awards 10 years ago now. But despite what others say about them not getting it right all the time, it still wouldnt stop me making my own fearless forecast of the ones I feel deserve an Academy for their exceptional work last year. All eyes will be on the red carpet of the Kodak Theater come February 25, and I suppose today’s much-awaited announcement of the nominees eclipsed so many of the major news headlines and not wanting to be behind (even if I have already posted my own predictions in Filmstalker) I am posting a partial list of the major nominations here. For a full list of the nominations, check the Academy Awards website.

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio in “Blood Diamond”
Ryan Gosling in “Half Nelson”
*Peter O’Toole in “Venus”
Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happyness”
*Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland”

Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role
Alan Arkin in “Little Miss Sunshine”
Jackie Earle Haley in “Little Children”
Djimon Hounsou in “Blood Diamond”
*Eddie Murphy in “Dreamgirls”
Mark Wahlberg in “The Departed”

Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role
Penélope Cruz in “Volver”
Judi Dench in “Notes on a Scandal”
*Helen Mirren in “The Queen”
Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada”
Kate Winslet in “Little Children”

Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role
Adriana Barraza in “Babel”
*Cate Blanchett in “Notes on a Scandal”
Abigail Breslin in “Little Miss Sunshine”
Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls”
Rinko Kikuchi in “Babel”

Best Animated Feature Film Of The Year
“Cars” John Lasseter
“Happy Feet” George Miller
“Monster House” Gil Kenan

Achievement In Directing
“Babel” Alejandro González Iñárritu
*”The Departed” Martin Scorsese
“Letters from Iwo Jima” Clint Eastwood
“The Queen” Stephen Frears
“United 93” Paul Greengrass

Best Documentary Feature
“Deliver Us from Evil” – Amy Berg and Frank Donner
*”An Inconvenient Truth” – Davis Guggenheim
“Iraq in Fragments” – James Longley and John Sinno
“Jesus Camp” – Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
“My Country, My Country” – Laura Poitras and Jocelyn Glatzer

Best Foreign Language Film Of The Year
“After the Wedding – Denmark
“Days of Glory ” – Algeria
“The Lives of Others” – Germany
“Pan’s Labyrinth” – Mexico
“Water” – Canada

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures
“Babel” Gustavo Santaolalla
“The Good German” Thomas Newman
“Notes on a Scandal” Philip Glass
“Pan’s Labyrinth” Javier Navarrete
“The Queen” Alexandre Desplat

Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures
“I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth” Music and Lyric by Melissa Etheridge
“Listen” from “Dreamgirls” Music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutle, Lyric by Anne Preven
“Love You I Do” from “Dreamgirls” Music by Henry Kriege, Lyric by Siedah Garrett
“Our Town” from “Cars” Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
“Patience” from “Dreamgirls” Music by Henry Kriege, Lyric by Willie Reale

Best Motion Picture Of The Year
“Babel” – Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik and Steve Golin, Producers
*”The Departed” – Nominees to be determined
“Letters from Iwo Jima” – Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and Robert Lorenz, Producers
“Little Miss Sunshine” – Nominees to be determined
*”The Queen” – Andy Harries, Christine Langan and Tracey Seaward, Producers

Achievement In Visual Effects
*”Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” – John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall
“Poseidon” – Boyd Shermis, Kim Libreri, Chaz Jarrett and John Frazier
“Superman Returns” – Mark Stetson, Neil Corbould, Richard R. Hoover and Jon Thum

Adapted Screenplay
“Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” – Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Peter Baynham & Dan Maze, Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Peter Baynham & Anthony Hines & Todd Phillips
“Children of Men” – Screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón & Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus & HawkOstby
*”The Departed” – Screenplay by William Monahan
“Little Children” – Screenplay by Todd Field & Tom Perrotta
“Notes on a Scandal” – Screenplay by Patrick Marber

Original Screenplay
“Babel” – Written by Guillermo Arriaga
“Letters from Iwo Jima” – Screenplay by Iris Yamashit, Story by Iris Yamashita & Paul Haggis
“Little Miss Sunshine” – Written by Michael Arndt
“Pan’s Labyrinth” – Written by Guillermo del Toro
*”The Queen” – Written by Peter Morgan

The one with the asterisks are my choices to win. What about you?

3 Responses to “2006 Academy Award Nominations”

  1. Peter January 27, 2007 at 6:13 pm #

    Hello! My choices to win in the categories listed are:

    Leonardo DiCaprio: Because despite his youthness, he displays maturity in all his performances.

    Mark Wahlberg: His character in “The Departed” was tremendously funny… and ultimately sinister.

    Meryl Streep: Why not a third Oscar? She is formidable, no less.

    Cate Blanchett: I have a weakness for her. The others simply don´t appeal to me.

    Happy Feet: Haven´t seen it yet, but Cars is a very conservative and cliched movie, despite its brilliance, and Monster House is not animation at all.

    Martin Scorsese: Because it´s about TIME!!!!!! And because The Departed, though far from being his best movie, is far superior than the average.

    Best Documentary: Well, Al Gore presents a bunch of theories instead of proven facts, but no other documentary has a chance. Anyway, I am with Michael Crichton in this things.

    Pan´s Labyrinth: It´s overrated, and Guillermo del Toro is overrated too, but since it was made in Spain…

    Anything with Thomas Newman in it should deserve the prize.

    Who doubts that the winner wong will come from that cheesy movie with Beyonce in it?

    The Departed: I´d like to see Jack Nicholson smiling. He is this movie. And please, no more Clint Eastwood´s.

    Superman Returns: The hell… Pirates???? I hope NOT!!!!!!!!!! Superman is FAR superior, in this level as well.

    Borat: I am sorry, but this movie is much more intelligent than people might think. It´s not only a funny (and creepy) look at american people, but at the stupidity of our modern societies. And don´t forget the director is Larry Charles, so please…

    And I would give the Original Screenplay to Letters from Iwo Jima. It´s a pity this tremendous effort of Eastwood has failed at many levels, but a serene view of the two movies on DVD can be very, very interesting.

    All in all, the prizes will go, most likely, to your choices, Simone. Mine´s are quite particular. And I think I will be disappointed and angered, and I will not follow the show at all.

  2. Drewbacca January 28, 2007 at 5:06 pm #

    You’ve chosen “The Departed” AND “The Queen” to win best picture. Which will it be? If my prediction, “Letters from Iwo Jima” doesn’t win, I think it will be Departed.

    It will be interesting to see if Scorsese wins best director. He is up against some TOUGH competition this year. Eastwood will beat him… again. And anyway, the last 8 seconds of The Departed should disqualify him anyway.

    ramble on…

  3. Simone January 29, 2007 at 12:57 am #

    Peter, I dunno where to begin, but you’ve really given it a lot of thought eh? ;D At least we agree on The Departed and Marty. I share your sentiments, all this Eastwood adulation come Academy night has to stop because this year it’s Marty who deserves it more.

    Hey Drewbacca, thanks for dropping by. 🙂 As for my choice for Best Picture it’s actually between those two, but I prefer The Departed to get it really. Although I already said in the outset that I have lost faith in the Academy and maybe youre right, that they wont give it again to Marty, I still think he rightfully deserve that Oscar. And why would that last 8 seconds disqualify him? I can not comprehend that at all. Humor me please!

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