Oscars 2007
It's that time of year again. Oscar season.
The time where the "experts" at the Academy vote and deem the "Best of the Best" for 2007. Here are my pics for this year.
  • X - My pick for winner
  • * - My personal pick for winner
Categories: 24
Correct X's: 10 / 24
Correct *'s: 8 / 22
Complete Misses: 11 / 24
* beats X: 3 / 13
Performance by an actor in a leading role
  Leonardo DiCaprio in “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.)
  Ryan Gosling in “Half Nelson” (THINKFilm)
  Peter O’Toole in “Venus” (Miramax, Filmfour and UK Film Council)
* Will Smith in “The Pursuit of Happyness” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
X Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight)
  • Presenter: Reece Witherspoon
  • This was a stong category for all nominated. Great acceptance speech, its nice to see someone truly appreciate the honor.
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
* Alan Arkin in “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
  Jackie Earle Haley in “Little Children” (New Line)
  Djimon Hounsou in “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.)
X Eddie Murphy in “Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
  Mark Wahlberg in “The Departed” (Warner Bros.)
  • Presenter: Rachel Weisz
  • Booya, I got this one right. Another great acceptance speech. Another very tough category.
Performance by an actress in a leading role
* Penélope Cruz in “Volver” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  Judi Dench in “Notes on a Scandal” (Fox Searchlight)
X Helen Mirren in “The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)
  Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada” (20th Century Fox)
  Kate Winslet in “Little Children” (New Line)
  • Presenter: Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • This one wasn't a shocker. As much as I was resisting seeing this movie I feel I must see it now.
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
  Adriana Barraza in “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
  Cate Blanchett in “Notes on a Scandal” (Fox Searchlight)
  Abigail Breslin in “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
X* Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
  Rinko Kikuchi in “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
  • Presenter: George Clooney
  • Another truly appreciative speech. But seriously, you don't have to thank God more times than you thank everyone else. I'm sure there is a singing coach out there that feels left out.
Best animated feature film of the year
X* “Cars” (Buena Vista) John Lasseter
  “Happy Feet” (Warner Bros.) George Miller
  “Monster House” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Gil Kenan
  • Presenter: Cameron Diaz
  • My one and only "BULLSH*T" of the evening. Congrats to Penguins....an oval with arms...must have been hard to animate compared to CARS!
Achievement in art direction
  “Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
Art Direction: John Myhre
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
  “The Good Shepherd” (Universal)
Art Direction: Jeannine Oppewall
Set Decoration: Gretchen Rau and Leslie E. Rollins
X “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse)
Art Direction: Eugenio Caballero
Set Decoration: Pilar Revuelta
  “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (Buena Vista)
Art Direction: Rick Heinrichs
Set Decoration: Cheryl Carasik
* “The Prestige” (Buena Vista)
Art Direction: Nathan Crowley
Set Decoration: Julie Ochipinti
  • Presenter: Daniel Craig & Nicole Kidman
  • This win came early and set up the hopes for Pan's Labyrinth. Stiff competition on this one.
Achievement in cinematography
  “The Black Dahlia” (Universal) Vilmos Zsigmond
X “Children of Men” (Universal) Emmanuel Lubezki
  “The Illusionist” (Yari Film Group) Dick Pope
  “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse) Guillermo Navarro
* “The Prestige” (Buena Vista) Wally Pfister
Achievement in costume design
* “Curse of the Golden Flower” (Sony Pictures Classics) Yee Chung Man
  “The Devil Wears Prada” (20th Century Fox) Patricia Field
X “Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount) Sharen Davis
  “Marie Antoinette” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Milena Canonero
  “The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) Consolata Boyle
  • Presenter: Emily Blunt & Anne Hathaway
  • Great way to present this category. They had models wearing the costumes on stage instead of the usual shots from the movie. Someone needs to check the guy from the Dreamgirls set though, I think he was having a seizure. Oh, and yes, I will go out with you Anne Hathaway, you didn't say it specifically but I could see it in your eyes.
Achievement in directing
  “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage) Alejandro González Iñárritu
X* “The Departed” (Warner Bros.) Martin Scorsese
  “Letters from Iwo Jima” (Warner Bros.) Clint Eastwood
  “The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) Stephen Frears
  “United 93” (Universal and StudioCanal) Paul Greengrass
  • Presenter: Francis Ford Copolla & Steven Spielberg & George Lucas
  • JUSTICE!!! Scorsese is the man. They played a little joke on Lucas by having Copolla and Spielberg talk about winning Oscar's to which Lucas could only reply "but guys I don't have one". That's right, you're lucky to be on the same stage as those 2...franchise killer. Seriously? Jar Jar is a good idea, C'MON!
Best documentary feature
X “Deliver Us from Evil” (Lionsgate)
A Disarming Films Production
Amy Berg and Frank Donner
* “An Inconvenient Truth” (Paramount Classics and Participant Productions)
A Lawrence Bender/Laurie David Production
Davis Guggenheim
  “Iraq in Fragments” (Typecast Releasing in association with HBO Documentary Films)
A Typecast Pictures/Daylight Factory Production
James Longley and John Sinno
  “Jesus Camp” (Magnolia Pictures)
A Loki Films Production
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady
  “My Country, My Country” (Zeitgeist Films)
A Praxis Films Production
Laura Poitras and Jocelyn Glatzer
  • Presenter: Jerry Seinfeld
  • Note to Al Gore, when you make out with Tipper again...check for lipstick marks. Congrats though.
Best documentary short subject
  “The Blood of Yingzhou District”
A Thomas Lennon Films Production
Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon
X “Recycled Life”
An Iwerks/Glad Production
Leslie Iwerks and Mike Glad
  “Rehearsing a Dream”
A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production
Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
  “Two Hands”
A Crazy Boat Pictures Production
Nathaniel Kahn and Susan Rose Behr
  • Presenter: Eva Green & Gael García Bernal
  • Is it terrible that the AIDS song from Team America was playing in my head when this movie won? Probably. Oh, Eva, in case Anne H. and I don't work out...yes, you're next.
Achievement in film editing
X “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise
  “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.)
Steven Rosenblum
  “Children of Men” (Universal)
Alex Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón
  “The Departed” (Warner Bros.)
Thelma Schoonmaker
* “United 93” (Universal and StudioCanal)
Clare Douglas, Christopher Rouse and Richard Pearson
  • Presenter: Kate Winslet
  • I'm not sure how editing is judged, but this one kind of rang out as "Collateral Damage" from The Departed being so good. No offense to the winner.
Best foreign language film of the year
  “After the Wedding” A Zentropa Entertainments 16 Production
  “Days of Glory (Indigènes)” A Tessalit Production
  “The Lives of Others” A Wiedemann & Berg Production
X* “Pan’s Labyrinth” A Tequila Gang/Esperanto Filmoj/Estudios Picasso Production
  “Water” A Hamilton-Mehta Production
  • Presenter: Clive Owen & Cate Blanchett
  • Not necessarily a "BULLSH*T" but more of a "DAMN, I better see this movie if it beat Pan's Labyrinth". Sorry Del Toro.
Achievement in makeup
  “Apocalypto” (Buena Vista) Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano
  “Click” (Sony Pictures Releasing) Kazuhiro Tsuji and Bill Corso
X* “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse) David Martí and Montse Ribé
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
  “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage) Gustavo Santaolalla
X “The Good German” (Warner Bros.) Thomas Newman
  “Notes on a Scandal” (Fox Searchlight) Philip Glass
* “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse) Javier Navarrete
  “The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) Alexandre Desplat
  • Presenter: Hugh Jackman & Penélope Cruz
  • Another category that I'm not sure how it is judged. All the music was emotionally charged so this must have been a tight race. Tight like Ms. Cruz...mmm MMMMM!
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
  “I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth”
(Paramount Classics and Participant Productions)
Music and Lyric by Melissa Etheridge
X “Listen” from “Dreamgirls”
(DreamWorks and Paramount)
Music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler
Lyric by Anne Preven
  “Love You I Do” from “Dreamgirls”
(DreamWorks and Paramount)
Music by Henry Krieger
Lyric by Siedah Garrett
* “Our Town” from “Cars”
(Buena Vista)
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  “Patience” from “Dreamgirls”
(DreamWorks and Paramount)
Music by Henry Krieger
Lyric by Willie Reale
  • Presenter: John Travolta & Queen Latifah
  • I'd chalk this up to Dreamgirls getting a 3-way split in voting. Not to discredit Melissa Ethridge in any way. Oh, and the subtle reference to Hairspray..yeah, I picked it up. For those out there that dont' know, Travolta plays the Mom.
Best motion picture of the year
  “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
An Anonymous Content/Zeta Film/Central Films Production
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Jon Kilik and Steve Golin, Producers
X* “The Departed” (Warner Bros.)
A Warner Bros. Pictures Production
Graham King, Producer
  “Letters from Iwo Jima” (Warner Bros.)
A DreamWorks Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures Production
Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg and Robert Lorenz, Producers
  “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
A Big Beach/Bona Fide Production
David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub, Producers
  “The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)
A Granada Production
Andy Harries, Christine Langan and Tracey Seaward, Producers
  • Presenter: Diane Keaton & Jack Nicholson
  • Easiest pick ever. This movie was so good it should be allowed to run in next year's Oscars. Side Note: Nicholson looks in trouble, someone needs to check on that guy.
Best animated short film
  “The Danish Poet” (National Film Board of Canada)
A Mikrofilm and National Film Board of Canada Production
Torill Kove
  “Lifted” (Buena Vista)
A Pixar Animation Studios Production
Gary Rydstrom
X “The Little Matchgirl” (Buena Vista)
A Walt Disney Pictures Production
Roger Allers and Don Hahn
  “Maestro” (SzimplaFilm)
A Kedd Production
Géza M. Tóth
  “No Time for Nuts” (20th Century Fox)
A Blue Sky Studios Production
Chris Renaud and Michael Thurmeier
Best live action short film
  “Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea)”
A Peliculas Pendelton and Tus Ojos Production
Javier Fesser and Luis Manso
  “Éramos Pocos (One Too Many)” (Kimuak)
An Altube Filmeak Production
Borja Cobeaga
  “Helmer & Son”
A Nordisk Film Production
Søren Pilmark and Kim Magnusson
  “The Saviour” (Australian Film Television and Radio School)
An Australian Film Television and Radio School Production
Peter Templeman and Stuart Parkyn
X “West Bank Story”
An Ari Sandel, Pascal Vaguelsy, Amy Kim, Ravi Malhotra and Ashley Jordan Production
Ari Sandel
Achievement in sound editing
  “Apocalypto” (Buena Vista)
Sean McCormack and Kami Asgar
  “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.)
Lon Bender
  “Flags of Our Fathers” (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by Paramount)
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
  “Letters from Iwo Jima” (Warner Bros.)
Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman
X* “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (Buena Vista)
Christopher Boyes and George Watters II
  • Presenter: Steve Carrell & Greg Kinnear
  • Thought this might be another split-vote fallout but guess not. Oh, and make the "sound guy gets mad and turns off the microphone" joke one more time...seriously...do it again....cause it was HILARIOUS the other 1,000 times its been done.
Achievement in sound mixing
X “Apocalypto” (Buena Vista)
Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell and Fernando Cámara
  “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.)
Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer and Ivan Sharrock
  “Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks and Paramount)
Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer and Willie Burton
  “Flags of Our Fathers” (DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by Paramount)
John Reitz, Dave Campbell, Gregg Rudloff and Walt Martin
* “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (Buena Vista)
Paul Massey, Christopher Boyes and Lee Orloff
  • Presenter: Jessica Biel & James McAvoy
  • First things first, Jessica....why don't you call me? Seriously. Ok, to the category. Yeah, Dreamgirls?
Achievement in visual effects
X* “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (Buena Vista)
John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall
  “Poseidon” (Warner Bros.)
Boyd Shermis, Kim Libreri, Chas Jarrett and John Frazier
  “Superman Returns” (Warner Bros.)
Mark Stetson, Neil Corbould, Richard R. Hoover and Jon Thum
  • Presenter: Naomi Watts & Robert Downey Jr.
  • Probably the second-most deserved award, behind Scorsese. The work they did was phenominal. In case you didn't know, Davy Jones was all CGI. No make up or prosthetics (except where needed like the key removal scene). Simply amazing.
Adapted screenplay
* “Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” (20th Century Fox)
Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Peter Baynham & Dan Mazer
Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Peter Baynham & Anthony Hines & Todd Phillips
  “Children of Men” (Universal)
Screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón & Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby
X “The Departed” (Warner Bros.)
Screenplay by William Monahan
  “Little Children” (New Line)
Screenplay by Todd Field & Tom Perrotta
  “Notes on a Scandal” (Fox Searchlight)
Screenplay by Patrick Marber
  • Presenter: Helen Mirren & Tom Hanks
  • Props for the win, but BOOO for the Producers comment. I won't even go into it. Oh, Props to the GMILF Mirren, yeah Hanks, I was sneaking a peek too. I saw you.
Original screenplay
  “Babel” (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
Written by Guillermo Arriaga
  “Letters from Iwo Jima” (Warner Bros.)
Screenplay by Iris Yamashita
Story by Iris Yamashita & Paul Haggis
* “Little Miss Sunshine” (Fox Searchlight)
Written by Michael Arndt
X “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Picturehouse)
Written by Guillermo del Toro
  “The Queen” (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)
Written by Peter Morgan
  • Presenter: Tobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst
  • Last but not least, Kirsten.....'sup? Congratz to the ex-assistant of Matthew Broderick, this was my favorite script of the year.

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