Tuesday, January 23, 2007

NO NO NO NO WAY: Your Best Picture nominees are Babel, The Departed, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine and The Queen. Notice anything missing?

Yes, that's right -- the film which would have been the first one with an almost entirely black cast to receive such a nomination** -- Dreamgirls. I thought something weird was up when Bill Condon didn't receive a Best Adapted Screenplay nod, and didn't even notice he didn't get a Best Director nod when I was just jarred (pleasantly) by Paul Greengrass' nomination for United 93. Wow. Nevertheless, Dreamgirls received more nominations than any other film, on the strength of its three Best Original Song nominees ("Listen", "Love You I Do", "Patience").

Other surprises? Borat for Adapted Screenplay, Ryan Gosling for Best Actor, Djimon Hounsou (Hollywood's favorite Magical Negro) receiving his second career nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and Mark Wahlberg (yay!), not Jack Nicholson, getting the Best Supporting nod for The Departed. And none of the Best Cinematography nominees (including both dueling magician films) are Best Picture Nominees.

The full list of nominees is here.

**edited to add: Other than The Color Purple (1985). Oops.

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