2007 Academy Awards Nominations: Shocks, Surprises, and Snubs

The nominations are in! And there are some big shockers this year.


Best Picture
The Departed
Letters From Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

Best Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling – Half Nelson
Peter O’Toole – Venus
Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker- The Last King of Scotland

Best Actress
Penelope Cruz – Volver
Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren – The Queen
Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet – Little Children

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine
Jackie Earle Haley – Little Children
Djimon Honsou – Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls
Mark Wahlberg – The Departed

Best Supporting Actress
Adriana Barraza – Babel
Cate Blanchett – Notes on a Scandal
Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi – Babel

Best Director
Alejandro González Iñárritu – Babel
Martin Scorcese – The Departed
Clint Eastwood – Letters From Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears – The Queen
Paul Greengrass – United 93

Best Adapted Screenplay
Children of Men
The Departed
Little Children
Notes on a Scandal

Best Original Screenplay
Letters From Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Queen

Best Animated Feature
Happy Feet
Monster House

Best Foreign Language Film
After the Wedding
Days of Glory
The Lives of Others
Pan’s Labyrinth


Wow…. wow. This is the first year (ever since I began paying attention to awards shows) that I am really shocked by the Academy Awards nominations.

The biggest shocker is Dreamgirls was NOT nominated for Best Picture or Director. Even though, Dreamgirls did receive 8 nominations in total, including nominations for Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy, all you’re going to hear about is how Dreamgirls was shut out. That is true… to an extent. As E! news pointed out this morning, it won the Golden Globe so how could it not be nominated for an Oscar?!? Considering that the Academy Award nomination ballots are turned in the day before the Golden Globes are handed out, clearly the AMPAS saw something in the other movies nominated for Best Picture that the HFPA didn’t. I’ll talk more about the Dreamgirls snub later on.

Other major snubs include Jack Nicholson for The Departed, Ben Affleck for Hollywoodland, Brad Pitt for Babel, and Volver.

The best surprise has to be Little Miss Sunshine. I actually screamed when Abigail Breslin and the movie were nominated. Does Abigail Breslin stand a chance against Jennifer Hudson? Perhaps. If she wins the SAG Award, who knows who the Academy Award could go to.

The other big surprises are: Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson (not that I really expected Leonardo DiCaprio to be nominated twice in the same category), Jackie Earle Haley for Little Children, and Paul Greengrass for directing United 93.

I’m pretty excited for the Oscars right about now.

The 79th Academy Awards air on February 25th on ABC. Visit http://www.oscars.org/ for mre information

One thought on “2007 Academy Awards Nominations: Shocks, Surprises, and Snubs”

  1. I was satisfied with the nominations; definitely glad “Dreamgirls” was not nominated for Director or Picture. I was thinking today how the Academy could award Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, and Meryl Streep all Oscars by having a tie between the Dames for Best Actress and giving Meryl the Supporting one; but they are all in the same category, so my dreams of recognizing all my favorites are gone!

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