Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Oscars 2007

Well, it's 7:55 a.m. and the Oscar nominees are out.

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

Best Actor:
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"

Best 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 Actor:
Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine"
Jackie Earle Haley, "Little Children"

Dijmon Hinsou, "Blood Diamond"

Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls"
Mark Wahlberg, "The Departed"

Best Supporting Actress:
Cate Blanchett, "Notes On A Scandal"
Abigail Breslin, "Little Miss Sunshine"
Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"
Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel"

Best Director:
Clint Eastwood, "Letters from Iwo Jima"
Paul Greengrass, "United 93"
Alejandro González Iñárritu, "Babel"
Stephen Frears, "The Queen"
Martin Scorcese, "The Departed"

All those other categories I can't ever keep in my head here.

So, what have I seen? Just "The Queen," which Mr. Sweetie and I saw last weekend, mostly because I love Helen Mirren. But then, who doesn't? In fact, "The Madness of King George" has been running on cable recently, and I'd watch that again just to see her. Okay, and Nigel Hawthorne is great, and I love watching Rupert Everett...

Several years ago, Mr. Sweetie and I tried to see all the Best Picture nominees, and ended up seeing about 3 of the 5. This year? Well, I can tell I'm not going to go see "Letters from Iwo Jima" for one. I could probably see the other three. I think I'm going to have to see "Little Children," because Kate Winslet? Rocks.

Babel? Looks like a Must See now. Meryl Streep? I can't believe I haven't seen "Prada" yet, just because she is such a hoot, and it's such a departure from the character she played in "Prairie Home Companion" movie. A movie with both Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett? Okay, guess I'll make a special effort to see that one too.

Do you know what I just noticed? I don't really care about the movies all the Best Actor nominees are in. I saw the trailer for "Happyness," and I'm desperately afraid of seeing it. I had a really bad reaction to "Working Girl," plus Will Smith in an Afro and porn star mustache gives me hives. "Blood Diamond" is just to miserable for me. "Dreamgirls" I can imagine going to see. "The Departed?" Ummm, just how violent is Scorsese this time?

So, maybe it's time to join Netflix?

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