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Oscars 2007: Best Supporting Actor Nominees

Today I am taking a look at the Best Supporting Actor nominees, many of whom are first time nominees. Alan Arkin, despite this being his third nomination, has not been nominated since 1969. In some cases, it is nearly impossible to find a screen caption of the actor, hence the two youtube videos.

Here are the 2007 Best Performance by an Actor Supporting Role nominees.

Alan Arkin as Grandpa, who is a cantankerous, drug-addict, but incredibly caring, in Little Miss Sunshine.

This is Arkin’s third Oscar nomination; he has never won.

What the critics have said:

“The casting is flawless. … Arkin has the best lines, and delivers them with the timing of a vaudeville pro.” –Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

Jackie Earle Haley as Ronnie McGorvey in Little Children

This is Haley’s first Oscar nomination.

What The Critics Have Said

“Besides Winslet, the actor most deserving of Oscar recognition is Jackie Earle Haley as the despised Ronald James McGorvey. ” — Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews

Djimon Hounsou as Solomon Vandy in Blood Diamond

This is Hounsou’s second Oscar nomination; he has never won.

What The Critics Have Said:

“What keeps you watching is the level of acting, especially between the two male leads [DiCaprio and Hounsou].” — Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News

Eddie Murphy as the James Brown-esque performer Jimmy “Thunder” Early in Dreamgirls

This is Murphy’s first Oscar nomination; he is the favorite to win.

What the critics have said:

“An entertaining movie made an event by Murphy — an actor some have deemed a has-been — and Hudson — a newcomer many in the industry misjudged as a never-will.”– Steven Snyder, Zertinet Movies

Mark Wahlberg as Sergeant Dignam in The Departed

This is Wahlberg’s first Oscar nomination.

What The Critics Have Said:

“Sensational. Before Martin Scorsese, DiCaprio, Damon, and Wahlberg were movie stars, now they are “Class A” actors. The only woman is the weak link. –Victoria Alexander,

Review: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

If Snakes on a Plane does not appeal to your weekend movie appetite, then perhaps you should consider a different sort of film for you viewing pleasure.

Little Miss Sunshine is the story of an Albuquerque family that travels in a VW bus in order to help young Olive compete in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.

An adorable Abigail Breslin (it’s the oversized glasses and armbands) shines as 10-year-old Olive, who is shockingly different from her fellow pageant contestants. Along for the ride is Olive’s dysfunctional family. Richard (Greg Kinnear),the overbearing father; Sheryl (Toni Collette) the overwhelmed mother; Uncle Frank (Steve Carell), a suicidal, gay, Proust scholar; the foul-mouthed, drug addicted Grandpa (played by Alan Arkin) and Dwayne (Paul Dano), Olive’s older brother who has taken a vow of silence.

Clearly, they have their problems. But during their eventful road trip the family discovers that they need each other more than they thought.

Little Miss Sunshine is a superb black comedy that is simply brilliant especially when outrageous humor is needed (i.e. the pageant scene). It is a touching, endearing, hysterical, dark, and special film that should be remembered (at least mentioned a lot) during award season and it is one that should not be missed.

Updated October 11, 2010