Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

05 February 2007

The Nominees: Part III of VIII


LITTLE CHILDREN
3 Nominations:

  • Best Actress: Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Iris, Titanic, Sense and Sensibility)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jackie Earle Haley
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Todd Field (In the Bedroom) and Tom Perotta

  • Director: Todd Field (In the Bedroom)
    Cast: Patrick Wilson, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Noah Emmerich, Jackie Earle Haley, Phyllis Somerville, Jane Adams

    This movie was predicted as one of the big prestige pictures of 2006. A screenplay nomination is a very big deal, so it still looks as though a lot of people paid attention to and liked this film, but it seems like reception to the film is overall more cool than anything else. This is to be expected for a film that worked hard to create distance from its audience. Still, three nominations is a lot of love and the Jackie Earle Haley nomination was a welcome surprise on nomination morning. This is Kate Winslet's fifth Oscar nomination. Make a note. She has yet to win.
    Will Win: N/A
    Might Also Win: Best Supporting Actor
    My Rating: #51 out of 69

    CHILDREN OF MEN
    3 Nominations:

  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mamá También), David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Otsby
  • Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (The New World, Sleepy Hollow, A Little Princess)
  • Best Film Editing

  • Director: Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Y Tu Mamá También, Great Expectations, A Little Princess)
    Cast: Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Julianne Moore, Claire-Hope Ashitey, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Charlie Hunnam, Pam Ferris

    This is my favorite movie of the year. Blame its weak showing at the Academy on a too-late release date (this is Universal's fault) and on subject matter (sci-fi is not usually their thing.) But a film this good doesn't need a whole lot of Oscar nominations. People are going to be talking about how great this movie is for years to come. At any rate, Emmanuel Lubezki deserves to win in his category hands down. Hopefully by then, members of the Academy will all have seen this gem.
    Will Win: Best Cinematography
    Might Also Win: Best Film Editing
    My Rating: #1 out of 69

    APOCALYPTO
    3 Nominations:

  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Makeup

  • Director: (Crazy) Mel Gibson (The Passion of the Christ, Braveheart, The Man Without a Face)
    Cast: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead, Carlos Emilio Baez

    This is a good movie, for the most part, though its subject matter and director obviously make it a tough pill for Hollywood to swallow. Still, The Passion of the Christ got Oscar nominations and so did this film. Winning anything is a different story altogether, and the presence of Pan's Labyrinth in the makeup category means Apocalypto will go home with nothing on Oscar night. That said, the makeup in this film (as in Gibson's last film) is extraordinary and the nomination is well-deserved.
    Will Win: N/A
    Might Also Win: N/A
    My Rating: #26 out of 69

    UNITED 93
    2 Nominations:

  • Best Director: Paul Greengrass
  • Best Film Editing

  • Director: Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, Bloody Sunday, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, The Theory of Flight)
    Cast: David Alan Basche, Cheyenne Jackson, Christian Clemenson, Trish Gates, Khalid Abdalla, Lewis Alsamari, Omar Berdouni, Jamie Harding

    These nominations are a big surprise. Critics loved this film, and clearly so did the Academy's director's branch, which is—in general—more discriminating than the body as a whole. But audiences didn't seem to take notice of this movie, despite critical enthusiasm about it. I personally loved the film and it sat at my number one spot for almost the entire year. It's a superbly directed film. I can't wait for Greengrass's next offering: The Bourne Ultimatum.
    Will Win: N/A
    Might Also Win: Best Film Editing
    My Rating: #2 out of 69


    THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
    2 Nominations:

  • Best Actress: Meryl Streep (Adaptation., Music of the Heart, One True Thing, The Bridges of Madison County, Postcards from the Edge, A Cry in the Dark, Ironweed, Out of Africa, Silkwood, The French Lieutenant's Woman; she has Oscars for Sophie's Choice and Kramer vs. Kramer but hasn't won in 24 years.)
  • Best Costume Design: Patricia Field

  • Director: David Frankel (Miami Rhapsody)
    Cast: Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Adrien Grenier, Simon Baker

    The Best Actress nomination was a given, but the Best Costume Design nomination is a big surprise. The Academy usually likes to nominate period films and fantasy films in this category. Contemporary costume work usually gets left behind. This bodes well for the future. Streep hasn't won an Oscar since 1983. It is time to hand her another trophy, people! Her work is always stellar, never even slightly sub-par, and it always feels like you never knew her before when she's onscreen.
    Will Win: N/A
    Might Also Win: Best Costume Design
    My Rating: #47 out of 69