Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Oscar Nominations and the Films of 2006

The Oscar Nominations were released yesterday.  I have only seen two of the best picture noms thus far.  The Departed and Little Miss Sunshine.  (The others are Letters From Iwo Jima, Babel, and The Queen) 

Although I'll do my full and in depth Oscar preview and prediction post once it gets closer to the actual show (and after I've seen everything) I have to say I think that Babel and The Queen are the early favorites.  Babel because it won a Golden Globe Best Picture (as did Dreamgirls which surprisingly didn't get nominated) and The Queen because of all the press and fervor behind this movie, (much like Crash last year).

I've got to say, I'm in the minority on Little Miss Sunshine, don't get me wrong, I liked it, but it won't even make my top ten this year (which owing to how many movies I am behind will also come in a later post).  It wasn't even the best dark comedy of the year, Thank You For Smoking was.  It just goes to show how much the timing of a movie's release matters.

I mentioned I was surprised to see that Dreamgirls didn't recieve a best picture nom (although I'm kind of glad, because I really had no desire to see it and I would have had to if it had gotten a best picture nod), but what I find a bigger shock is that United 93 wasn't nominated.  This is another film I had no desire to see initially, but due to the power of Netflix, and the unending praise for this film by some people whose opinions I trust, I went ahead and got it.  It is amazing.  It is a very powerful film, and it is done extremely well.  It is not at all preachy and not at all sappy.  It is very realistic, filmed in documentary "you are there" style.  It works.  Interestingly enough, it did get nominated for Best Director despite it not getting the Best Picture nod.

Until Next Time, Once I see the rest of the Best Pic noms as well as a few other important films I will get my full Oscar Preview and Prediction Post up for your reading pleasure.

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