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]
Definites:
Babel
Dreamgirls

Maybes:

Flags of our Fathers


The Good Shepard
Little Children
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

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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

Dreamgirls

Babel

Review: The Queen (2006)

Helen Mirren in The Queen

The Queen, directed by Stephen Frears (Mrs Henderson Presents), takes an intimate and touching look inside the British Monarchy the week following Princess Diana’s death in August 1997.

Queen Elizabeth (Helen Mirren) rules according to the long standing traditions of the English monarchy. Because Princess Diana was no longer a member of the royal family, the Queen and Prince Phillip (James Cromwell) prefer to keep their mourning for Diana a private family matter.

The newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen), however, believes that the Queen needs to publicly address Diana’s death in order for the monarchy to stay connected with the people of England.

Queen Elizabeth then finds herself in a difficult position where she must stand by traditions but satisfy the needs of her grieving people.

The Queen is a compassionate drama and powerful character study while at the same time it is an oddly humorous masterpiece. The film skillfully draws you into the lives of Diana and the Royal family by juxtaposing real-life images, forming a deeply personal and honest connection to the Queen.

Helen Mirren is the Queen. In every scene, shot and second, there is no doubt that The Queen is Mirren’s movie. Her performance is Oscar gold and one that should not be missed.

Updated October 12, 2010

Opening This Weekend

The Departed – Martin Scorcese and a crime drama. Need I say more?

The Queen – Helen Mirren is an early Oscar favorite for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in the weeks following the death of Princess Diana.

Employee of the Month – Jessica Simpson and Dane Cook star in this comedy. I don’t want to say more.

I’m going home this weekend, so I’ll probably be watching a lot of movies. Hopefully, I’ll get to see The Departed and The Queen.