Oscar noms 'Dream'y, full of 'Little' surprises
Posted Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 12:15 PM Central
by John Couture
Salma Hayek got up early to help announce the nominees for the 79th Annual Academy Awards on behalf of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Dreamgirls led all movies with eight nominations, but was surprisingly snubbed in the Best Picture category.
The musical, which won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, did secure acting nominations in Best Supporting Actor and Actress for Golden Globe winners Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson.
Babel was the second most honored movie with seven nominations including Best Picture and a pair of Supporting Actress noms for Adriana Barrazza and Rinko Kikuchi. Brad Pitt, however, did not follow his Golden Globe supporting actor nom with Oscar recognition.
The real surprises came in "Little" packages. Little Miss Sunshine scored four solid nominations including Best Picture and Supporting Actor and Actress noms for 69-year-old Alan Arkin and 10-year-old Abigail Breslin. Breslin becomes the fourth youngest Oscar nominee ever behind Tatum O'Neal, Mary Badham and Quinn Cummings.
Little Children also turned some heads with its three nominations. Kate Winslet was expected to be honored with her perennial nomination and the screenplay was nominated by the Golden Globes, but the real shocker came in the form of Jackie Earle Haley. The actor was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but you might better remember him from his child-acting days as bad boy Kelly Leak from the Bad News Bears series of movies.
Perpetual loser Martin Scorsese gets another shot at that elusive Oscar for Best Director, but he faces stiff competition in Clint Eastwood. Unlike the Golden Globes in which Eastwood was twice nominated for his twin World War II epics, the Academy chose to only recognize Letters from Iwo Jima, which should help to consolidate his support.
The most competitive category this year looks to be Best Actress where Meryl Streep picked up her record 14th nomination. Dame Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and five time nominee Kate Winslet all lend Oscar cred to a category historically known for some interesting winners. The real wild-card here might be young Penelope Cruz who has been lauded all year for her performance in Volver.
The 79th Annual Academy Awards will be presented on February 25th. The full list of nominees are below.
Adapted Screenplay Sacha Baron Cohen, Anthony Hines, Peter Baynham & Dan Mazer, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America... Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, Children of Men William Monahan, The Departed Todd Field & Tom Perrotta, Little Children Patrick Marber, Notes on a Scandal
Documentary Short Subject The Blood od Yingzhou District Recycled Life Rehearsing a Dream Two Hands
Short Film (Animated) The Danish Poet Lifted The Little Matchgirl Maestro No Time for Nuts
Short Film (Live Action) Binta and the Great Idea Eramos Pocos (One Too Many) Helmer & Son The Saviour West Bank Story