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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Oscar countdown

I saw fewer films in 2006 than in any year of my adult life, but there were enough gems to make it a good year in film. Over the next seven days, let's talk about the year in film. I'll offer my predictions as well as the films that should win, whether nominated or not. I hope you will join me in the comment threads.

For now, I'm posting the complete list of nominees as the first comment in this thread. The text is unformatted, so you can copy it and easily do whatever you like with it. My list has the advantage of including the names of all the individuals nominated. This information is harder to find that one might think. The list of nominees at the official Oscar site lists all the actors' names but only movie titles in most other categories. Unlike the Academy, I think everyone from the cinematographer to the makeup artist deserves to be recognized by name.

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Blogger Jeff Strabone said...

BEST PICTURE
'Babel'
'The Departed'
'Letters from Iwo Jima'
'Little Miss Sunshine'
'The Queen'

DIRECTOR
Alejandro González Iñárritu, 'Babel'
Martin Scorsese, 'The Departed'
Clint Eastwood, 'Letters from Iwo Jima'
Stephen Frears, 'The Queen'
Paul Greengrass, 'United 93'

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Leonardo DiCaprio, 'Blood Diamond'
Ryan Gosling, 'Half Nelson'
Peter O'Toole, 'Venus'
Will Smith, 'The Pursuit of Happyness'
Forest Whitaker, 'The Last King of Scotland'

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Penelope Cruz, 'Volver'
Judi Dench, 'Notes on a Scandal'
Helen Mirren, 'The Queen'
Meryl Streep, 'The Devil Wears Prada'
Kate Winslet, 'Little Children'

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alan Arkin, 'Little Miss Sunshine'
Jackie Earle Haley, 'Little Children'
Djimon Hounsou, 'Blood Diamond'
Eddie Murphy, 'Dreamgirls'
Mark Wahlberg, 'The Departed'

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Adriana Barraza, 'Babel'
Cate Blanchett, 'Notes on a Scandal'
Abigail Breslin, 'Little Miss Sunshine'
Jennifer Hudson, 'Dreamgirls'
Rinko Kikuchi, 'Babel'

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Guillermo Arriaga, 'Babel'
Iris Yamashita and Paul Haggis, 'Letters from Iwo Jima'
Michael Arndt, 'Little Miss Sunshine'
Guillermo del Toro, 'Pan's Labyrinth'
Peter Morgan, 'The Queen'

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer and Todd Phillips, 'Borat'
Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, 'Children of Men'
William Monahan, 'The Departed'
Todd Field and Tom Perrotta, 'Little Children'
Patrick Marber, 'Notes on a Scandal'

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
'After the Wedding' (Denmark)'
'Days of Glory' (Algeria)
'The Lives of Others' (Germany)
'Pan's Labyrinth' (Mexico)
'Water' (Canada)

ANIMATED FEATURE
'Cars'
'Happy Feet'
'Monster House'

ORIGINAL SCORE
Gustavo Santaolalla, 'Babel'
Thomas Newman, 'The Good German'
Philip Glass, 'Notes on a Scandal'
Javier Navarrete, 'Pan's Labyrinth'
Alexandre Desplat, 'The Queen'

ORIGINAL SONG
'I Need to Wake Up', 'An Inconvenient Truth'
'Listen', 'Dreamgirls'
'Love You I Do', 'Dreamgirls'
'Our Town', 'Cars'
'Patience', 'Dreamgirls'

ART DIRECTION
John Myhre and Nancy Haigh, 'Dreamgirls'
Jeannine Oppewall, Gretchen Rau and Leslie E. Rollins, 'The Good Shepherd'
Eugenio Caballero and Pilar Revuelta, 'Pan's Labyrinth'
Rick Heinrichs and Cheryl A. Carasik, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'
Nathan Crowley and Julie Ochipinti, 'The Prestige'

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Vilmos Zsigmond, 'The Black Dahlia'
Emmanuel Lubezki, 'Children of Men'
Dick Pope, 'The Illusionist'
Guillermo Navarro, 'Pan's Labyrinth'
Wally Pfister, 'The Prestige'

COSTUME DESIGN
Yee Chung Man, 'Curse of the Golden Flower'
Patricia Field, 'The Devil Wears Prada'
Sharen Davis, 'Dreamgirls'
Milena Canonero, 'Marie Antoinette'
Consolata Boyle, 'The Queen'

MAKEUP
Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano, 'Apocalypto'
Kazuhiro Tsuji and Bill Corso, 'Click'
David Marti and Montse Ribe, 'Pan's Labyrinth'

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
'Deliver Us From Evil'
'An Inconvenient Truth'
'Iraq In Fragments'
'Jesus Camp'
'My Country, My Country'

SOUND MIXING
Kevin O'Connell, Greg P. Russell and Fernando Camara, 'Apocalypto'
Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer and Ivan Sharrock, 'Blood Diamond'
Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer and Willie Burton, 'Dreamgirls'
John Reitz, Dave Campbell, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin, 'Flags of Our Fathers'
Paul Massey, Christopher Boyes and Lee Orloff, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'

SOUND EDITING
Sean McCormack and Kami Asgar, 'Apocalypto'
Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer and Ivan Sharrock, 'Blood Diamond'
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, 'Flags of Our Fathers'
Alan Robert Murray, 'Letters from Iwo Jima'
Christopher Boyes and George Watters II, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'

VISUAL EFFECTS
John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall, 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest'
Boyd Shermis, Kim Libreri, Chaz Jarrett and John Frazier, 'Poseidon'
Mark Stetson, Neil Corbould, Richard R. Hoover and Jon Thum, 'Superman Returns'

FILM EDITING
Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise, 'Babel'
Steven Rosenblum, 'Blood Diamond'
Alex Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, 'Children of Men'
Thelma Schoonmaker, 'The Departed'
Clare Douglas, Christopher Rouse and Richard Pearson, 'United 93'

SHORT FILM - ANIMATED
'The Danish Poet'
'Lifted'
'The Little Matchgirl'
'Maestro'
'No Time For Nuts'

SHORT FILM - LIVE ACTION
'Binta and the Great Idea'
'Éramos Pocos (One Too Many)'
'Helmer & Son'
'The Saviour'
'West Bank Story'

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
'The Blood of Yingzhou District'
'Recycled Life'
'Rehearsing A Dream'
'Two Hands'

1:59 AM, February 18, 2007

 
Blogger Asad said...

Thanks for the list, Jeff. Just so you know, I believe our very own Alan Page of the NYU English Department translated the shooting script of "Babel" from Spanish, in which Guillermo Arriaga wrote it, into English, in which it was made. So though Arriaga is nominated for the Oscar, those are Alan's words!

I'm betting this is Marty's year, despite a pretty uninspired effort. They'll reward him for finally going fully Hollywood, with all the scenery-chewing and foreign-film adapting that implies.

3:18 AM, February 18, 2007

 
Blogger Tristan said...

Click seems a little random

3:18 AM, February 18, 2007

 
Blogger Jeff Strabone said...

I was not aware that a colleague had worked on Babel, a film that became the subject of a recent comment thread.

Why has Scorsese never won an Oscar before? I think it's racism, but you'll have to wait for the upcoming entry on the nominated directors to read why.

As for Click, that is quite a mystery. Can anyone exlain how it was nominated for best makeup?

1:36 PM, February 18, 2007

 
Anonymous blinky said...

Did the "costume design" for The Devil Wears Prada amount to anything more than blagging outfits from designers? If not, is that worthy of an Oscar nomination?

3:53 PM, February 19, 2007

 
Anonymous blow the belt said...

Blinky - a bit of Oscar etiquette: one does not ask of any contender in any Oscar category, "Does X entail any more than Y? If not, does it deserve an Oscar?" It's only one step above the "I cudda done that" comment one hears in art museums.

9:01 PM, February 19, 2007

 
Blogger Jeff Strabone said...

I still have not seen The Devil Wears Prada. I love Meryl Streep, but I have learned the hard way not to see films just for the actors. Is it worth my time?

11:43 PM, February 19, 2007

 
Anonymous blinky said...

...and those people nominated for the acting awards. Did they really do anything more than learn some lines, stand in the right place, and try not to blink? And if not, does that really deserve an Oscar?

Mr Strabone, to answer your question I would need a detailed spreadsheet of your weekly activities, so as to judge whether seeing The Devil Wears Prada is likely to be a better or worse use of time than what you ordinarily do. But I can't imagine a Streep-lover feeling short-changed.

4:15 PM, February 20, 2007

 

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