Saturday, February 24, 2007

Premiere Magazine's Oscar Picks & Predictions

Premiere Magazine chose to present their picks & predictions for the Oscars in the form of a discussion among two columnists and the editor-in-chief. The discussion is so long-winded, I just barely skimmed over it. Here's the bottom line of it...

Premiere Magazine's Oscar Picks & Preditions

Best Lead Actor
Should & Will Win: Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland)

Best Lead Actress
Should Win: Penelope Cruz (Volver)
Will Win: Helen Mirren (The Queen)

Best Supporting Actor
Should Win: Mark Wahlberg (The Departed)
Will Win: Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls)

Best Supporting Actress
Should Win: Lola Duenas (Volver -- she's not even nominated)
Will Win: Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)

Best Director
Should & Will Win: Martin Scorsese (The Departed)

Best Picture
Should Win: The Departed
Will Win: Little Miss Sunshine

...and their other predictions...

Best Original Screenplay: Little Miss Sunshine
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Departed
Best Animated Feature: Happy Feet
Best Foreign Language Film: Pan's Labyrinth
Best Documentary Feature: An Inconvenient Truth
Best Cinematography: Children of Men
Best Art Direction: Dreamgirls
Best Costume Design: Dreamgirls
Best Film Editing: The Departed
Best Sound Editing: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Best Sound Mixing: Dreamgirls
Best Visual Effects: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Best Makeup: Pan's Labyrinth
Best Original Score: Babel
Best Original Song: "Listen" (Dreamgirls)

Just in skimming through, three things stood out. First, I'm surprised that Premiere prefers Penelope Cruz over Helen Mirren for Best Lead Actress and picks Happy Feet to beat Cars as Best Animated Feature. One commentator said that Half Nelson (for which Ryan Gosling is nominated for Best Lead Actor) "is only a half a good movie, and the half I don't like really irritates me." I like that comment. Also, Ken Watanabe, from Letters From Iwo Jima, was mentioned as someone overlooked for a performance award. I almost forgot about him, but I would agree that he was very good.

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