My Academy Awards Recap

I’m sorry that I’m posting this so late in the day, but what can you do?

The Academy Awards 2007 have come and gone. This year’s ceremony was by far my favorite that I’ve seen in a while.

I didn’t think it was too long (then again the Oscars could go on for 12 hours and I wouldn’t care).
I enjoyed not having the Supporting Acting races in the beginning because it forced people to pay attention to the awards that are actually important.

And Ellen DeGeneres did a great job. She did what she does best; she was Ellen DeGeneres. Who cares if she didn’t mention any of the movies in the opening monologue,she didn’t have to. She provided enough entertaining moments throughout the show to make me want her to host again.

Of course, there were plenty of perfect moments that made this year’s Oscars really shine.

Alas I will also remember it as the year-I-had-to-watch-the-Academy-Awards-with-twenty-plus-females-who-thought-they-know-every-thing-about-movies-but-have-absolutely-no-respect-for-the-Oscars. AND the year that I came incredibly close to killing these twenty plus females (except for Ruth, of course). I will be ranting A LOT about them.

So here it goes.

My thoughts as I watched the Academy Awards with 20 plus females who don’t know it, but they almost died last night.

What happens when Cinefille gets mad

7:30 — I look at the clock. Only an hour to go and why is this two page paper taking me forever to write. Oh right, I have Oscar-itis.

7:45 I stroll down to the TV room. Little do I know that I will grow to hate to room in a matter of 4 hours and 15 minutes.

8:00 — I am joined by the first of many people to walk in and out of the room during the telecast. Really annoying girls #1 and #2 arrive. (I will now refer to them as RAG1 and RAG2.)

8:12 — Boring red carpet on NBC. OMG! DID YOU SEE PENELOPE CRUZ’S DRESS!!!! [source]

8:03 — Two things: Naomi Watts is pregnant and Nicole Kidman looks like she attached a bow to her head. [source]

8:27 — ONLY 3 MINUTES!

8:30 — RAG#1 “Every one talking ceases now!”.

8:36 — The introduction saluting the nominees was fantastic. I love Peter O’Toole!

8:43 — I actually liked Ellen’s monologue. Maybe it’s because I was a room full of lesbians. RAG#1 “I wish they wouldn’t have a comedian host. It takes away from the seriousness of the event.”

8:45 — Apparently Dreamgirls is now Dreamgowls. Nicole Kidman, since when did you come from my homeland?

8:46 — First Award goes to Pan’s Labyrinth for Art Direction. They are switching it up this year. I like it!

8:48 — If there is one thing I hate, it is the speech about the Sci. Tech. Awards. Have some energy Maggie Gyllenhaal! Act like you care!

8:50 — MONTAGE TIME! Oh dammit. It’s some rolling people. WTF? I want to see a montage.

8:54 — Will Ferrell, Jack Black, and John C Reilly = hilarious. (Sorry, there is a french translation going on at the same time).

8:58 — Award: Best Makeup to Pan’s Labyrinth. “It’s Mexican Oscar domination!” — the only worthwhile statement made one of the RAGs all night. Wait, RAG#1 is talking during the acceptance speech. I thought all talking ceased at the start of the show or can your brain not remember what you said an hour ago?

9:00 — Abigail Breslin and Jaden Smith presenting awards. Jaden is clearly inherited his father’s humor. [source] Best Animated Short – The Danish Poet, Best Live Action Short – West Bank Story

9:13 — I found a youtube video of the sound effects choir, although I could have done without it.

9:15 — Best Sound Editing goes to Letters from Iwo Jima. So, it’s not winning Best Picture.

9:18 — Best Sound Mixing goes to Dreamgirls. It’s not getting completely shut out!

9:21 — Best Supporting Actor goes to …. ALAN ARKIN!!!!!!!!!!! “Wow I didn’t expect that,” said a girl who thought Mark Wahlberg (?) was going to win. I feel kind of bad for Eddie Murphy. But hey, good performances stand the test of time, Oscar or not. I love how Arkin put the award on the floor. Whatevs, you deserve it! [source]

9:31 — Best Song nominees are performing. “36 Mafia where are you?”, cries out RAG#1.

9:39 — Um, Al Gore is awesome! Seriously, the Oscars belonged to him. Go see An Inconvenient Truth now.

9:42 — Happy Feet?!?!? Best Animated Feature?!?!?!?!?!? Ugh!

9:46 – MONTAGE TIME! This one is about screenwriting in films. I love the Oscar montages.

9:49 — Adapted Screenplay goes to The Departed. Worst speech of the night, but I forgive you. You’re not a RAG William Monahan.

10:02 — Best Costume Design goes to Marie Antoinette (yay!). And I made a girl cry when I defended this movie. RAG was v. excited, she adored Marie Antoinette.

10:08 — Jean Hersholt Award presented by Tom Cruise. How ironic.

10:12 — Best Cinematograhy goes to Pan’s Labyrinth. (I am so excited)

10:22 — NAOMI WATTS YOU ARE PREGNANT! JUST ADMIT IT! Oh, Best Visual Effects goes to Pirates of the Carribbean.

10:25 — MONTAGE TIME! Foreign language films! RAG#1 sqeals with delight when she sees an All About My Mother clip. By this point, I am ready to strangle her because she is acting as though she knows everything about movies and the Oscars, but in fact, she is stupid and knows only maybe the last 10 years of good movies. Plus she HAS NOT STOPPED TALKING!

10:31 — Best Foreign Language Film goes to The Lives of Others. I saw that one coming. Oh well, Pan’s Labyrinth is still one of the big winners of the night. [source]

1o:33 — J HUD wins Best Supporting Actress! I love her! A star is born really fits this moment!
10:42 — Best Documentary Short. I’m sorry, I don’t know who won. The RAGs were talking. AGAIN.

10:46 — Apparently Jerry Seinfeld told some funny jokes. I didn’t notice, the RAGs were still talking. Best Documentary Feature? An Inconvenient Truth! Go Al Gore! On another note: My Country, My Country, a documentary feature nominee, premiered at MHC last year. Pretty cool.
10:50 — Lifetime Achievement Award for Ennio Morricone. He has scored over 400 films?!?!? Wow! Why is Celine Dion singing a song? That was painful.
11:01 — His speech is in Italian. Everyone looks confused. Except Martin Scorsese. I understood most of it without Clint Eastwood’s translation! HAH! Oh, and the RAGs did not like this. Too foreign for their taste I suspect.
11:05 — Best Original Score is awarded to Babel. The same guy won last year for Brokeback Mountain. Good for him.

11:12 — Original screenplay is awarded to LMS. The funnest? You would think a screenwriter would have impeccable grammar.

11:20 — A Beyonce/ J Hud sing off! Awesome! Sigh, I love the Dreamgirls soundtrack. [source]

11:29 — Dreamgirls snubbed again! The 79th Academy Awards should be called the Green Oscars. Good for Melissa Etheridge.
11:35 — MONTAGE TIME! It was fantastic as always.

11:40 — Best Editing goes to Thelma Schoonmaker for The Departed! Woohoo!

11: 44 — In Memorium.. I always get so sad during this. RAG#1 starts to cry, then turns to RAG#2 and says, “Should I go into acting? I’m not really that sad, I just made myself sad.” RAG#2 tells her to go into acting. RAG#1, “Good, just checking.”

11:52 — Best Actress goes to HELEN MIRREN!!! Okay, I wasn’t that shocked. But totally thought Queen Elizabeth was going to rise out of the floor like Beyonce did during the Dreamgirls number.

12:01 — Best Actor goes to Forest Whitaker. I really wanted Peter O’Toole to win. He looked really upset.

12:06 — MARTIN SCORSESE WINS! I didn’t hear a word of his speech because of who else? The RAGs who spent a great deal commenting on how he a has a 7 year old daughter.

12:14 — Best Picture goes to The Departed. RAG#1 says: “Wow, it won Best Picture and Best Director!” Then FINALLY I respond, “Yeah, that’s usually how it works.” RAG#1 and RAG#2 exchange a look. I guess I’m out of line for correcting her.


So that was my Academy Awards. Next year, I’m getting cable in my room or I’ll just start drinking if I have to watch the Oscars with 20 plus females EVER again.

Oscars 2007: Best Supporting Actress Nominees

Adriana Barazza as Amelia in Babel.

This is Barazza’s first Oscar nomination.

What the critics have said:

“The acting is terrific, especially Barraza, who manages to carry the entire segment by herself.”
Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette

Cate Blanchett as Sheba Hart in Notes on a Scandal

This is Blanchett’s third Oscar nomination. She previously won in 2005 for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator.

What the critics have said:
“A tour de force performance by Judi Dench drives the film, but Cate Blanchett and Bill Nighy also are marvelous in powerful, if more restrained, roles.” -Claudia Puig, USA Today

Abigail Breslin as Olive Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine

This is Breslin’s first Oscar nomination.

What the critics have said:

“…an absolute gem of a performance from Breslin.” –Matt Pais,

Jennifer Hudson as Effie White in Dreamgirls

This is Hudson’s first Oscar nomination. She is the favorite to win.

What the critics have said:

“The movie belongs to Hudson as the proud, self-destructive Effie. When she’s center stage, Dreamgirls transports you to movie musical heaven.” David Ansen, Newsweek

Rinko Kikuchi as Chieko in Babel

This is Kikuchi’s first Oscar nomination.

What the critics have said:

“The entire ensemble cast give terrific performances, particularly Kikuchi, whose heart-breaking performance is simultaneously shocking, funny and moving.” Matthew Turner, ViewLondon

Who is your pick?

Review: Dreamgirls (2006)

In 1981, the musical Dreamgirls, the story of a 60’s girl groups rise to fame took over Broadway, winning six Tony Awards. Now, 25 years later, writer and director Bill Condon brings that story to the screen and Dreamgirls has Oscar gold written all over it.

The film begins at a local Detroit talent show, where the Dreamettes, — Effie White (Jennifer Hudon), Deena Jones (Beyoncé Knowles) and Lorrell Robinson (Anika Noni Rose) — meet Curtis Taylor Jr., played by Jamie Foxx. Taylor, an ambitious car salesman appoints himself the girls manager and arranges for them to sing backup for James “Thunder” Early (Eddie Murphy).
Dreamgirls then follows the Dreamettes, later renamed the Dreams, journey from Jimmy Early’s backup singers to legendary recording artists as the group faces challenges along the way. After Deena is promoted to lead singer over the original lead singer Effie, because she is more marketable, the original members go their separate ways. The Dreams is renamed “Deena Jones and the Dreams” whiles Effie battles poverty and single motherhood.
In a stellar cast that also includes Danny Glover and Keith Robinson, it is Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy performances that steal the show. Hudson, who before Dreamgirls was best known for being wrongfully booted off American Idol, delivers an outstanding and powerful debut performance that is almost guaranteed an Oscar win. As Jimmy Early, Eddie Murphy gives his best performance in recent years and like Hudson’s, it is Oscar worthy.
With its great music (including the new songs written for the film), excellent direction, superb acting, and one-of-a-kind musical numbers, Dreamgirls is destined to pick a few Academy Award nominations and even some wins.
After Chicago won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Picture, there has been a rebirth of the movie musical with Phantom of the Opera, Rent, and The Producers all being adapted into motion pictures. The problem with this is that none of them were all that good. While Dreamgirls isn’t the greatest musical of all-time, it is a reminder that movie musicals can be and are fabulous when done right.
Updated October 12, 2010

2007 SAG Award Nominations

The Screen Actors Guild Nominations were announced yesterday. Babel, Little Miss Sunshine, and Dreamgirls led the pack with three nominations each.

The SAG Awards will be presented on January 28.

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
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

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Penelope Cruz – Volver
Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren – The Queen
Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet – Little Children

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed
Jackie Earle Haley – Little Children
Djimon Hounsou – Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Adriana Barraza – Babel
Cate Blanchett – Notes on a Scandal
Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi – Babel

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Departed
Little Miss Sunshine


Here is the complete list of nominees.

The SAG Awards, I feel, are more representative of the Academy Awards than the Golden Globes Awards. Mostly because the major awards are not split between the genres. The actors nominated for SAG Awards will most likely be nominated an Oscar.

It’s interesting that big names such as Beyonce (Dreamgirls), Brad Pitt (Babel) and Jack Nicholson (The Departed) were passed over for nominations. I don’t expect Beyonce or Brad Pitt to be nominated for Oscars, but I definitely think Nicholson will be.

Aside from Nicholson not being nominated, I really have no problems with any of the SAG nominations. There seem to be no other major snubs and no major surprises either.

But maybe you see things a bit differently. So feel free to let me know.

Best Picture Contenders

With only 88 days until the Academy Awards, it is time to start thinking about the possible nominees.

Here are 2007 Best Picture early contenders according to Entertainment Weekly. [SOURCE]


Flags of our Fathers

The Good Shepard
Little Children
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen


And what do I think?

The Departed and Dreamgirls will without a doubt be nominated. I can’t see why not.

I’m on the fence about Babel. But as of right now, there is no other movie that can fill it’s spot.

Flags of Our Fathers is a big NO! No shot. Guarantee it.

I have yet to see Little Children so I’m not sure where I stand on that.

The Good Shepard has yet to be released (December 22).

I wouldn’t be surprised if The Queen was nominated.

Little Miss Sunshine is the one movie that is going to go far at this year’s Academy Awards and surprise everyone. I’m willing to put money on it.

My Predictions:

Little Miss Sunshine

The Departed

The Queen