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Oscar Nominations Open Chat
2007-01-23 07:29
by Jon Weisman

Three of my six favorite films of 2006 were nominated for best picture Oscars today. Letters from Iwo Jima, The Queen and Little Miss Sunshine were in; The Last King of Scotland, Little Children and United 93 were out. I still mean to run my full ranking of my favorite 2006 movies between now and the February 25 ceremony.

Eight of my top 10 2006 acting performances received Oscar nominations.



2007-01-23 08:59:41
1.   overkill94
God help us, Click actually got an Oscar nomination.

I know it sounds a little racist, but how did they get Forrest Whitaker to look so dark in The Last King of Scotland? I just watched him do an interview during which they showed a clip from the movie and there's a significant difference. Is this from the lighting? Camera filters?

2007-01-23 09:42:34
2.   Bob Timmermann
I want Jon to speak all five individuals who received a nomination for the "Borat" screenplay.

And is "Borat" (which has a long subtitle), the longest titled film to get a nomination?

2007-01-23 09:50:34
3.   mintxcore
Bob, any chance of an Oscar pool with the grand prize being a Togo t-shirt?
2007-01-23 09:53:10
4.   Bob Timmermann
The winning prize would be a copy of Al Gore's oscar nominated Powerpoint presentation.
2007-01-23 09:59:20
5.   mintxcore
would the diskette containing the powerpoint presentation be encased in bronze? or chocolate?
2007-01-23 10:06:51
6.   Jon Weisman
2 - We are investigating your second angle now.
2007-01-23 10:20:07
7.   Bob Timmermann
I would think some documentary of short subject may have had a ridiculously long title.
2007-01-23 10:23:47
8.   mintxcore
West Bank Story sounds pretty funny, but why do i have a feeling i could just watch it on youtube?
2007-01-23 10:32:17
9.   Xeifrank
The only two movies nominated that I saw were Cars and Happy Feet. Well, didn't actually make it past the previews for Happy Feet, so make that one. So, I can't really comment on which movie I think will win. How and where does one go about viewing of the short animation films? I usually don't like the movies that Hollywood puts out, but if there is one that is really worth watching please feel free to recommend. I don't like the typical "shoot em up, blow em up" movies. Nor do I enjoy movies that are overly depressing or dark. I really enjoyed that Clint Eastwood movie a few years back, when he was a boxing trainer. Then they went and killed off the main character in an assisted suicide. Talk about depressing. Good luck to all films, what time does the madness begin and will there be live blogging? and popcorn??
vr, Xei
2007-01-23 10:39:10
10.   Bob Timmermann
I think you should see something uplifting like "Letters from Iwo Jima" or "United 93." They will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

February 25 is the big day.

2007-01-23 10:39:14
11.   Bob Timmermann
I think you should see something uplifting like "Letters from Iwo Jima" or "United 93." They will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

February 25 is the big day.

2007-01-23 10:39:44
12.   Bob Timmermann
I'm so excited I can't contain my clicking!
2007-01-23 10:46:59
13.   Greg Brock
I sure would like to see Peter O'Toole win. But the general consensus is that Forrest Whitaker will win, which is okay. I'm really glad some hardware will come his way in recognition of a fantastic career.

This has got to be one of the weakest years for movies I can remember.

2007-01-23 10:48:16
14.   Jacob L
This year I have seen the following movies that are included among the major categories -

Little Miss Sunshine
Devil Wears Prada

That's 4 movies compared to 0 last year. That's the difference betweeen having a child aged 1-2 versus a child aged 0-1. Next year, 0 movies.

BTW, I want to see Departed and The Queen. If I only see 1, which should it be?

2007-01-23 11:01:44
15.   Jon Weisman
13 - I kind of disagree - I think there's some really good stuff out there.

I'm definitely rooting for Forest. O'Toole was O'Toole, but it was not the best performance this year, and I don't buy into the lifetime achievement award idea - especially since he won that already.

14 - I'd recommend the Queen, personally, but it might depend on your taste.

Xeifrank should probably see The Pursuit of Happyness.

2007-01-23 11:11:54
16.   Greg Brock
14 I saw The Queen last weekend, and I highly recommend it. It's one thing that the previews don't really show...Very funny.

And Michael Sheen, as Tony Blair, is every bit as good as the wonderful Helen Mirren. I thought The Departed was a good movie, but just a good movie.

2007-01-23 11:13:57
17.   Xeifrank
10. haha, I'm not that gullable.
15. Is it just a pursuit?
vr, Xei
2007-01-23 11:18:54
18.   Jon Weisman
17 - It's a quality feel-gooder.
2007-01-23 11:28:33
19.   bhsportsguy
The only year in recent memory where I saw all the nominated films was the 2003 slate (Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King won).

I did not see Brother Bear, which lost to Finding Nemo for Best Animated Picture.

I have seen The Queen and Little Miss Sunshine so far.

For those who look at films this way, per, "The Departed" leads the way in terms of box office with a reported current box office of $121 million, "Little Miss Sunshine" on a budget of $8 million, has made $59 million, the remaining three have had limited releases "The Queen" ($31 million), "Babal" ($21 million) and "Letters from Iwo Jima" (just under $1 million).

So the combined total of around 230 million, it is about 200 million less than what the Pirates sequel made last year. Also, aside from the years when a foreign film was nominated for best picture, "Letters from Iwo Jima" has to have the lowest box office at the time of nomination in some time.

2007-01-23 11:35:05
20.   Bob Timmermann
The Departed has a DVD release slated for 2/13.
2007-01-23 12:28:19
21.   Jacob L
19 The Pirates sequel (which was awful) also made way more, presumably than the Pittsburgh Pirates (who were awful).
2007-01-23 13:11:26
22.   El Lay Dave
2 Imitate Borat to require grammatical mangling more of?

"Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" was a pretty long one, but shorter than Borat.

2007-01-23 14:16:22
23.   trainwreck
I am happy Little Miss Sunshine got nominated, I thought it was a very good film. Entertaining and a well made film.

I just saw Pan's Labyrinth and I thought it was a good film. I am happy it is getting some well deserved nominations.

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