The nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Awards were announced early Tuesday morning. Dreamgirls – favored by critics and the public alike for Oscar nods – did not disappoint with an impressive eight nominations. However, the musical failed to garner nominations in two of the larger categories, those being best picture and best director. As predicted, Dreamgirls did earn nominatiions for two of its performers – Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson – both of whom were nominated in supporting roles.
The film, Babel, came in a close second to Dreamgirls with seven nominations and did earn a best picture nomination. Curiously, the film [Babel] only earned two nominations for its performers – Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuch – both in the category of supporting actress. The film's major stars – Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett – received no nominations (though Blanchett earned a nod for her work in Notes On a Scandal). Likewise, The Departed – starring Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matt Damon – earned best picture and best director nominations, but failed to garner any acting honors for its major stars (though Mark Wahlberg was nominated in the supporting actor category). And United 93 earned a best director nomination for Paul Greengrass; for this honor, Greengrass is pitted against the likes of Martin Scorsese for the aforementioned 'Departed, Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima and Stephen Frears for The Queen.
In the category of best actor, Forest Whitaker and Peter O'Toole are nominated for their roles in The Last King of Scotland and Venus, respectively. And Helen Mirren and Judi Dench were among the best actress nominees for their work in The Queen and Notes on a Scandal respectively.
When all is said and done, this year's Oscar nominations affirm the presitgious award organization's penchant for surprise – never more so than in the Academy's snubbing of Dreamgirls in the best picture and best director categories.
February 15, 2007 01:25 PM PST
Forest Whitaker won best actor honors for his performance in The Last King of Scotland at the British vesrion of the academy awards ( I forgot the name) The Queen won best picture. I forgot who plays the queen (Cate Blanchett?) but she won an award as well.
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