Sunday, January 21, 2007

Oscar Nod Predictions

It's that time of the year again when all the critics make their predictions who will be nominated for Academy Academy Awards when the nominations are announced bright and early Tuesday morning. This year it's pretty easy to speculate since there's really only a handful of films that are under consideration and most of them were released in the past two months alone, as usual. I've also included my "For Your Consideration" picks of nominations that don't have a snowball's chance in hell of happening. This could be one or more picks per category I'd love to see but won't. My picks this year are really longshots that haven't generated any Oscar buzz at all. I think they're definitely deserving though.

However, the big news isn't the Oscar nominations, but the Golden Raspberry Award Nominations that will be announced tomorrow celebrating the worst in cinema for the year. I can't wait since 2006 was a banner year for awfulness. Such esteemed previous winners include Tom Green (Worst Actor for Freddy Got Fingered) and Halle Berry (Worst Actress for Catwoman). To their credit they are the only two winners to ever show up in person to accept their award. You have to respect that. At the end of this blog I've included who and what I'd like to see be nominated for Razzies this year. Feel free to let me know your picks.

So, here we go:

Best Picture:
The Departed
Letters From Iwo Jima
United 93
*For Your Consideration: Brick, Little Miss Sunshine

Best Director:
Bill Condon (Dreamgirls)
Clint Eastwood (Letters From Iwo Jima)
Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu (Babel)
Paul Greengrass (United 93)
Martin Scorsese (The Departed)
*For Your Consideration: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), Rian Johnson (Brick)

Best Actor:

Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed)
Peter O'Toole (Venus)
Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness)
Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)
*For Your Consideration: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Brick)

Best Actress:
Peneope Cruz (Volver)
Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal)
Helen Mirren (The Queen)
Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada)
Kate Winslet (Little Children)
*For Your Consideration: Natalie Portman (V For Vendetta)

Best Supporting Actor:
Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children)
Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond)
Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls)
Jack Nicholson (The Departed)
Brad Pitt (Babel)
*For Your Consideration: Steve Carell (Little Miss Sunshine), Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine)

Best Supporting Actress:
Adriana Barazza (Babel)
Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal)
Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine)
Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)
Rinko Kikuchi (Babel)
*For Your Consideration: Rosario Dawson (Clerks II), Jacinda Barrett (The Last Kiss), Norah Zehetner (Brick)

Best Original Screenplay:
Guiellermo Arriaga (Babel)
Iris Yamashita (Letters From Iwo Jima)
Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine)
Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth)
Peter Morgan (The Queen)
*For Your Consideration: Rian Johnson (Brick)

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men)
William Monahan (The Departed)
Todd Field and Tom Perrotta (Little Children)
Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal)
Bill Condon (Dreamgirls)

Razzie Wishlist:
Worst Picture: The Lady in the Water, Superman Returns, Click, Miami Vice
Worst Actress: Lindsay Lohan (Just My Luck), Jessica Simpson (Employee of the Month), Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns),
Worst Actor: Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), Adam Sandler (Click)
Worst Supporting Actor: Ashton Kutcher (Bobby)
Worst Supporting Actress: Demi Moore (Bobby), Lindsay Lohan (Bobby)

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