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20 February 2007

The Nominees: Part VIII of VIII / Summary


SUPERMAN RETURNS
1 Nomination:


  • Best Visual Effects

  • Director: Bryan Singer (X2, X-men, Apt Pupil, The Usual Suspects)
    Cast: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Kal Penn, Eva Marie Saint, James Marsden

    High flying effects. This movie is big on effects and probably deserves to win this award. The effects really are top-notch. The movie, on the other hand, is laugh-out-loud bad, with all of the main characters being played by people far too young (and untalented) to fill their shoes. Sometimes the movie looks like a really expensive community theatre production of Superman III. And Kevin Spacey hams it up like you've never seen. Don't expect it to win anything on Sunday.
    Will Win: N/A
    Might Also Win: Best Visual Effects
    My Rating: #70 out of 74

    POSEIDON
    1 Nomination:


  • Best Visual Effects

  • Director: Wolfgang Petersen (Troy, The Perfect Storm, Air Force One, Outbreak, In the Line of Fire, The NeverEnding Story, Das Boot)
    Cast: Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Jacinda Barrett, Mia Maestro, Emmy Rossum, Mike Vogel, Jimmy Bennett, Freddy Rodriguez, Andre Braugher, Kevin Dillon

    I liked this movie, and there are a lot of special visual effects in the film, but—here's the thing—they all look fake. I mean, they don't look really fake, but they don't exactly look real, either. I'm assuming that the exterior of the ship is all special effects, which is great, except the boat looks like a CGI creation. I liked the effects better in Casino Royale, though I liked that movie less than this one.
    Will Win: N/A
    Might Also Win: N/A
    My Rating: #39 out of 74

    CLICK
    1 Nomination:


  • Best Makeup

  • Director: Frank Coraci (Around the World in 80 Days, The Waterboy, The Wedding Singer)
    Cast: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Henry Winkler, Julie Kavner, Sean Astin, Christopher Walken, David Hasselhoff, Jennifer Coolidge

    The makeup in this film is really, really good. The film is the most peurile, asinine waste of time you could ever sit through. It's the worst movie I saw in 2006, and I didn't think anything could get worse than De Niro's The Good Shepherd. Boy was I wrong. This movie is unspeakably bad. It has no intended audience, and it recycles a plot we've all seen about three hundred times. Spend less time at work. Spend more time with your family. You'll miss your family when you're older. Then the movie is racist and homophobic on top of all that. Awful. The makeup, as I said, is really, really good. They make Adam Sandler look around 50, and he really looks 50. Like, for real, you believe it. It's damn good makeup.
    Will Win: N/A
    Might Also Win: N/A
    My Rating: #74 out of 74

    HAPPY FEET
    1 Nomination:


  • Best Animated Feature

  • Director: George Miller (Babe: Pig in the City, Lorenzo's Oil, The Witches of Eastwick, Mad Max and its two sequels)
    Cast: Elijah Wood, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams, Hugo Weaving, Brittany Murphy, Johnny A. Sanchez, Carlos Alazraqui, Lombardo Boyar, Savion Glover (for the dancing)

    This film is insane, but it's a fun, ridiculous animated feature. Not my favorite of the year, but in a year without Miyazaki, this film deserves its nomination. The plot begins with a cliché, but quickly leaves any semblance of reality behind. It's an out of control plot with totally unbelievable plot elements, and I was fine with all of it.
    Will Win: Best Animated Feature
    Might Also Win: N/A
    My Rating: #45 out of 74

    MONSTER HOUSE
    1 Nomination:


  • Best Animated Feature

  • Director: Gil Kenan
    Cast: Michael Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke, Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Fred Willard, Catherine O'Hara, Kathleen Turner, Jason Lee, Jon Heder

    So fun. This is a truly imaginative feature with all kinds of cool things going for it. My friend Elizabeth even told me that all of the characters' movement is done through a motion-capture process like the one they used for Andy Serkis when he played Gollum. For all the characters! That is so cool. Anyway, it can't really win the award, but it's a cool picture.
    Will Win: N/A
    Might Also Win: N/A
    My Rating: #42 out of 74

    Wrap-up:

    Best Picture - The Departed
    Best Director - The Departed
    Best Actor - The Last King of Scotland
    Best Actress - The Queen
    Best Supporting Actor - Dreamgirls
    Best Supporting Actress - Dreamgirls
    Best Original Screenplay - Little Miss Sunshine
    Best Adapted Screenplay - The Departed
    Best Foreign Language Film - Pan’s Labyrinth
    Best Cinematography - Children of Men
    Best Film Editing - The Departed
    Best Costume Design - Marie Antoinette
    Best Art Direction - Pan’s Labyrinth
    Best Original Score - The Queen
    Best Sound Mixing - Dreamgirls
    Best Sound Editing - Letters from Iwo Jima
    Best Original Song - An Inconvenient Truth
    Best Visual Effects - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
    Best Makeup - Pan’s Labyrinth
    Best Animated Feature - Happy Feet