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The Oscar Nominations Are In!!!

Published at: Jan. 23, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST by headgeek

Oh my fucking god. I have NEVER... NEVER in my life been so happy with the Academy. I just got off the phone this morning with Guillermo Del Toro. We were talking for 10 minutes before he realized. You see, he and his wife were watching ABC this morning for the nominations. He knew he was nominated for Screenplay and for Foreign Language - but he had NO IDEA about the other 4 nominations... All of a sudden - he lost the capacity to speak English as he started screaming in spanish - naming all his friends that just got nominated to his wife - and he's so happy, so much more so for his friends that he made this with. I'm so happy for Guillermo and his team. This is the first OSCARS in a long time, where I'm ecstatic... just with the nominations.






Hey Folks, Harry here. For the last 11 years, I've stayed up all night waiting on the Academy to announce their Nominations. I just really want to get the nominations up and ready for comment on AICN. It's not that I believe that the Academy will startle me - or perhaps introduce me to any films that I haven't heard of, or seen. That's usually reserved for the animated shorts, documentary shorts and the live action shorts. Not that we really get to see them as a result, but it's nice to know they exist each year. Usually - I get aggravated. I've never been very happy with how they handle the Foreign film and Documentary categories, but ultimately - you can't ask the Academy to be as EDGY as you want it to be, nor will it be as geeky cool as we'd want it to be. From time to time though, they surprise us. You sit around reading the various Oscar prediction sites, you follow the trends from the different Guild and Critic Societys - and you look at the bones and tea leaves and suddenly - the Academy goes fucking nuts. Well, did that happen this morning? Let's take a look, shall we?

Performance by an 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

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Alan Arkin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Jackie Earle Haley - LITTLE CHILDREN Djimon Hounsou - BLOOD DIAMOND Eddie Murphy - DREAMGIRLS Mark Wahlberg - THE DEPARTED

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Penélope Cruz - VOLVER Judi Dench - NOTES ON A SCANDAL Helen Mirren - THE QUEEN Meryl Streep - THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Kate Winslet - LITTLE CHILDREN

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Adriana Barraza - BABEL Cate Blanchett - NOTES ON A SCANDAL Abigail Breslin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Jennifer Hudson - DREAMGIRLS Rinko Kikuchi - BABEL

Best animated feature film of the year

CARS HAPPY FEET MONSTER HOUSE

Achievement in art direction

DREAMGIRLS THE GOOD SHEPHERD PAN'S LABYRINTH PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST THE PRESTIGE

Achievement in cinematography

THE BLACK DAHLIA CHILDREN OF MEN THE ILLUSIONIST PAN'S LABYRINTH THE PRESTIGE

Achievement in costume design

CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA DREAMGIRLS MARIE ANTOINETTE THE QUEEN

Achievement in directing

BABEL THE DEPARTED LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA THE QUEEN UNITED 93

Best documentary feature

DELIVER US FROM EVIL AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS JESUS CAMP MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY

Best documentary short subject

THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT RECYCLED LIFE REHEARSING A DREAM TWO HANDS

Achievement in film editing

BABEL BLOOD DIAMOND CHILDREN OF MEN THE DEPARTED UNITED 93

Best foreign language film of the year

AFTER THE WEDDING DAYS OF GLORY (INDIGÈNES) THE LIVES OF OTHERS PAN'S LABYRINTH WATER

Achievement in makeup

APOCALYPTO CLICK PAN'S LABYRINTH

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Gustavo Santaolalla, BABEL Thomas Newman, THE GOOD GERMAN Philip Glass, NOTES ON A SCANDAL Javier Navarrete, PAN'S LABYRINTH Alexandre Desplat, THE QUEEN

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

"I Need to Wake Up" - AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH "Listen" - DREAMGIRLS "Love You I Do" - DREAMGIRLS "Our Town" - CARS "Patience" - DREAMGIRLS

Best motion picture of the year

BABEL THE DEPARTED LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE THE QUEEN

Best animated short film

THE DANISH POET LIFTED THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL MAESTRO NO TIME FOR NUTS

Best live action short film

BINTA AND THE GREAT IDEA (BINTA Y LA GRAN IDEA) ÉRAMOS POCOS (ONE TOO MANY) HELMER & SON THE SAVIOUR WEST BANK STORY

Achievement in sound editing

APOCALYPTO BLOOD DIAMOND FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST

Achievement in sound mixing

APOCALYPTO BLOOD DIAMOND DREAMGIRLS FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST

Achievement in visual effects

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST POSEIDON SUPERMAN RETURNS



Adapted screenplay

Sacha Baron Cohen and Anthony Hines and Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer and Todd Phillips, BORAT CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN Alfonso Cuaron and Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, CHILDREN OF MEN William Monahan, THE DEPARTED Todd Field and Tom Perrotta,LITTLE CHILDREN Patrick Marber, NOTES ON A SCANDAL



Original screenplay

Guillermo Arriaga, BABEL Iris Yamashita and Paul Haggis, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA Michael Arndt, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Guillermo del Toro, PAN'S LABYRINTH Peter Morgan, THE QUEEN

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  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:02 a.m. CST

    I don't think I've seen a single one of those movies.

    by rev_skarekroe

    I mean, where the hell is "Snakes on a Plane"?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:04 a.m. CST

    Snakes on a train:FIRST

    by Snikkar124

    I love it!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST

    What Great Nominations!

    by BigTuna

    Usually, everyone craps on who the Academy nominated or didn't, but this is the best list of nominees I can ever remember. Great job!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Viva El Gordo

    by CuervoJones

    A por ellos, Guillermo

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Crap as Usual

    by greenhorn1

    It's a fucking travesty that the fountain didn't get nominated for best original score at the very least. (should have been for best picture, actor and director as well but it was a given it would be snubbed there).

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST

    Are they accurate this time Harry?

    by Ricky Henderson

    heh

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    DEL TORO BITCHES!

    by THE KNIGHT

    Whooo hooo! I loved Pans....

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Prediction

    by c4andmore

    Iwo Jima for best pic (Eastwood) <b> Departed for best director (Scorsese) <b> best of both worlds

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:07 a.m. CST

    CHILDREN OF MEN

    by rollin2001uk

    at last children of men gets recognised for something! it was my favourite film of last year easily and glad it got some nominations but should of got atleast best director nod over stephen frears!! MArky MArk got nominated for being himself amusing too.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:08 a.m. CST

    "Original" screenplay

    by rentfan

    I have a question. LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA was based on the general's letters. So how can that be original screen play if it was based on something?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Would love to see peter o

    by Langerlad

    Would love to see peter o toole win for best actor...Martin scorsese better not be over looked this time round

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Infernal Affairs didn´t get an Oscar nomination

    by CuervoJones

    damn you, Academy

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:09 a.m. CST

    How the fuck is Borat adpated?

    by Grando

    Well? Oh, and yay for Little Miss Sunshine and United 93!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Casino royale and BORAT

    by rollin2001uk

    snubbing bastards too. casino royale was the best bond film in a longlong time and borat is the funniest as well.so fuck the academy with its babel bullshit. oh yeah and brad pitt did not get nominated did he, fuck him too. plus was salma hayek drunk? hope so.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:13 a.m. CST

    HOW LONG TILL

    by THE KNIGHT

    The Paul Greengrass lovers come storming in.... Another year, another Scorsese/Eastwood battle... Anyone smell an upset?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:12 a.m. CST

    grando

    by Holodigm

    borat is a character who has appeared in previously published/released material. it's based on the show. and no jack nomination?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Babel

    by Rodolfo

    Adriana Barraza, now that's a fuckin'good performance!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:13 a.m. CST

    borat adapted!

    by rollin2001uk

    i think thats because the character and similar situations appeared in the ali g show in the UK therefore not an originalcharacter as it is based on that TV show.i think?!?!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Children of Men...

    by Avert Therapy

    I find it hard to believe that the first nomination for this film didn't go for sound, throughout the film the sound production was superb. Good round of nominations in all, Winslet's been nominated 5 times now, maybe that role on extras will finally pay off...

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:16 a.m. CST

    CONGRATS DEL TORO

    by THE KNIGHT

    Pans is definitely a great film... great imagination you have there....

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST

    All fairly predictable

    by echobase

    It'll be a British Year I think...

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Snakes on the OscarTrain!!!

    by Snikkar124

    Helen Mirren,Peter O`Toole,Martin Scorcesse,Alan Arkin will all Win one i think.Im sure the best pictiure will go to The Queen.Also Pirates will get the one for Visual FX.Im glad to see that x3 got nothing for makeup.I think Apocolypto will get that one.I think pirates 2 should have gotten a nod for costume design,but that one will go to the devil:) The rest is up in the air.I really hope Borat wins for adapted screenplay!!Cate Blanchet for support.Can`t wait to not watch the show.I`ll read about it the next day:) Can`t belive Snakes on a train has no nod!!! Will get it for the sequel !!SNAKES ON A TRAIN!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST

    SCORSESE VS EASTWOOD

    by MIYAGISAN

    The best Oscar showdown in years, and neither are going to win it.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST

    HArry and his CHILDREN OF MEN

    by rollin2001uk

    not as bad as it sounds i promise. but i missed harrys review on this film and wondering if you thought there was a slight miscarriage of justice for this film not receiving more nominations in the MAIN catergories.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Six for PAN'S, and Greengrass for Best Director!

    by Nordling

    Cool. Although I think Scorsese should get it, if for nothing else because the man's paid his dues for damn sure.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST

    RYAN GOSLING

    by THE KNIGHT

    I did not see that one coming....

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    No Volver?

    by scratcher

    I haven't seen the nominees for foreign film, but it's crazy that Volver didn't make the list. It's nice the Cruz got a nomination, but the film was better than her performance. It's also great that Wahlberg got a nomination - he's underrated. And is there a more obvious winner this year than POTC for visual FX? They may as well hand that out today.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    SNOOP DOGG'S HOOD OF HORROR WAS ROBBED!

    by Vern

    I gotta say, I don't get the love for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. I actually saw that at an early screening with the directors present and everything, and I didn't bother to review it because there was nothing much to say. The entire review should be "cute." I mean come on America. It's a better than average indie comedy. I love Alan Arkin and the little girl was good too but all this is pretty ridiculous. As ten thousand people will have typed above and below me by the time I hit post comment, it is fuckin horse shit to nominate that movie for best picture and not CHILDREN OF MEN, among other things.<p> Also, we've been getting spoiled with the Academy being with it enough to nominate Johnny Depp for the first PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and a few other surprising but deserved ones in the last couple years, so I was thinking they might be cool enough to nominate Sascha Baron Cohen for actor and Alfonso Cuaron for director. But I guess not. <p> The adapted vs. original category is always weird too. Why does LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA count as original, even though it's adapted, while BORAT counts as adapted, even though it's original? I got no idea what the script for that one would've looked like but I'm glad it gets acknowledged for something. It will be remember longer than most of these movies.<p> Biggest outrage: you fuckers gotta nominate three god damn fake Motown songs from that musical but don't have the courtesy to give one fucking slot to Prince? Don't you guys love those cartoon songs? Come on freakos. We coulda seen PRmotherfuckinINCE on stage during the Oscars, instead we get to see various winners from game shows and the Mickey Mouse Club or wherever the fuck those prefabricated test tube singers that the kids listen to come from. Thanks alot, assholes.<p> Mark Wahlberg: I think he's getting credit for the writing and not his performance, because he had all the funny lines. But he is a good actor so good job.<p> Will Smith: I predicted his nomination when I saw the test screening like half a year ago, but I was too chickenshit to put it in writing in case I'd look like an idiot.<p> Clint: thank the Lord those knuckleheads nominated the right one. LETTERS FROM IWO truly is great but I was worried they would get confused and pick FLAGS.<p> Also, good to see PAN'S LABYRINTH getting so many nominations, even if it is just a retroactive "thank you for BLADE II" career award.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:19 a.m. CST

    Mistakes A Plenty

    by bobinnova

    Once again the Academy completely hoses up the nominations. "Letters from Iwo Jima" (completely in Japanese) as Best Film and leaving out "United 93"? The press has already harped on "Dreamgirls" also being left out. Sasha Cohen was a good enough best actor for the Golden Globes but not good enough for the Academy? Wahlberg and DiCaprio were nothing without Jack Nicholson in "The Departed". Just give the Oscar to Scorsese and Forrest Whitaker, and all will be right in the world.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Really love the noms - especially Gosling

    by eppdude

    That was an amazing performance in such a little film. So glad the Academy was paying attention.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    where's The Fountain for music or visuals?

    by evilmasterfoo

    Sure the film might have been a little lacking, but the music and effects were amazing!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    SALMA HAYEK GOTTA EAT!

    by rollin2001uk

    i love that crazy drunk emotional wreck of a woman cheering for her lesbian fuck buddy( penelope cruz not judi dench)getting nominated.god bless you salma and all your crazy days of vitamin pill taking.chin up girl chin up

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:20 a.m. CST

    By the way Harry

    by Vern

    why do you stay up all night? Did you know you could just get up early instead? Try it out next year. You don't even have to get up as early as I do because of the time zones they got out there. hope this helps bud thanks.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:21 a.m. CST

    also love that Dreamgirls got the shut out.

    by eppdude

    Really, all the films nominated for best picture WERE better films. Still really would have loved to have seen Children of Men nominated more.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:22 a.m. CST

    re:Snakes on the OscarTrain

    by MIYAGISAN

    Snakes on a Planes Trains and Automobiles, starring Steve Martin. Well it's got to be better than him doing Clouseau

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:22 a.m. CST

    BORAT for screenplay? Why? They should have...

    by eppdude

    given that nom to THank you For Smoking.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:23 a.m. CST

    The Fountain

    by nEo4EvEr

    The Fountain got robbed...should have gotten a oscar for there score or visual effects..Your telling me POSEIDON had better effects?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:24 a.m. CST

    no, bobinnova. You're wrong about Jack Nicholson

    by eppdude

    He was good, but really overly hammy. And I dont believe Wahlberg shared one scene with him. So i dont understand your comment about him being "nothing" without Jack. I was really impressed the Academy ignored Jack, who really was good in the movie, but these other actors were great.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    marky mark and jack torrance!

    by rollin2001uk

    wrong eppdude they did share a scene on the pier in the second act with martin sheen present and correct where they talk about those missile chips to chinese and shit.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Bobinnova

    by Vern

    You're saying LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA doesn't deserve a nomination because it's in Japanese? What's that about buddy. I think maybe you got a problem with the Japanese language. I'd like you to say that to the Japanese language's face.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Could this be Scorcese's year?

    by Sheriff_Hoyt

    I actually didn't get to see The Departed in the theater (I'll be getting the DVD the day it comes out though) but I've heard from just about everyone that it's fantastic. My all-time favorite movie is Goodfellas, so I hope Marty finally gets his Oscar since he should already have at least four or five of 'em by now... I can't believe Borat was nominated?! I thought the flick was absolutely hilarious, but I would have never seen that coming. I've been a big fan of Da Ali G show for a couple years now so good for them.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST

    i stand corrected.

    by eppdude

    Wahlberg was shit in that scene because of Jack. And shit in the whole movie for that matter BECAUSE of that scene. yes, fucking Academy.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    was daniel craig overlooked and eva green?

    by rollin2001uk

    i mean they did great the scene on the train with them deconstructing each other was greatand oscar worthy i thought, amazing chemistry instead we get an 8 year old in a sub standard indie flick.whatever

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    was daniel craig overlooked and eva green?

    by rollin2001uk

    i mean they did great the scene on the train with them deconstructing each other was greatand oscar worthy i thought, amazing chemistry instead we get an 8 year old in a sub standard indie flick.whatever

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    was daniel craig overlooked and eva green?

    by rollin2001uk

    i mean they did great the scene on the train with them deconstructing each other was greatand oscar worthy i thought, amazing chemistry instead we get an 8 year old in a sub standard indie flick.whatever

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    was daniel craig overlooked and eva green?

    by rollin2001uk

    i mean they did great the scene on the train with them deconstructing each other was greatand oscar worthy i thought, amazing chemistry instead we get an 8 year old in a sub standard indie flick.whatever

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    was daniel craig overlooked and eva green?

    by rollin2001uk

    i mean they did great the scene on the train with them deconstructing each other was greatand oscar worthy i thought, amazing chemistry instead we get an 8 year old in a sub standard indie flick.whatever

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    was daniel craig overlooked and eva green?

    by rollin2001uk

    i mean they did great the scene on the train with them deconstructing each other was greatand oscar worthy i thought, amazing chemistry instead we get an 8 year old in a sub standard indie flick.whatever

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    was daniel craig overlooked and eva green?

    by rollin2001uk

    i mean they did great the scene on the train with them deconstructing each other was greatand oscar worthy i thought, amazing chemistry instead we get an 8 year old in a sub standard indie flick.whatever

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    was daniel craig overlooked and eva green?

    by rollin2001uk

    i mean they did great the scene on the train with them deconstructing each other was greatand oscar worthy i thought, amazing chemistry instead we get an 8 year old in a sub standard indie flick.whatever

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    was daniel craig overlooked and eva green?

    by rollin2001uk

    i mean they did great the scene on the train with them deconstructing each other was greatand oscar worthy i thought, amazing chemistry instead we get an 8 year old in a sub standard indie flick.whatever

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:30 a.m. CST

    was daniel craig overlooked and eva green?

    by rollin2001uk

    i mean they did great the scene on the train with them deconstructing each other was greatand oscar worthy i thought, amazing chemistry instead we get an 8 year old in a sub standard indie flick.whatever

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:31 a.m. CST

    whoops

    by rollin2001uk

    sorry

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:31 a.m. CST

    If the Academy had any balls (which they don't)

    by Itchy

    Borat would've garnered a Best Picture and a Best Actor nod. Instead ? Same old crap. And Apocolypto shouldve been there in Best Picture and Best Director, but unfortunately Hollywood Oscar Voters are prejudiced against Anti-Semites. I pray - PRAY - that The Departed gets Best Picture and Best Director, but I don't see either happening as it didn't even have enough steam to get perennial swingin-dick Jack Nicholson an acting nod.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST

    was daniel craig overlooked and eva green?

    by Vern

    i mean they did great the scene on the train with them deconstructing each other was greatand oscar worthy i thought, amazing chemistry instead we get an 8 year old in a sub standard indie flick.whatever

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:33 a.m. CST

    the usual

    by AllieJamison

    Harry shouldn't exaggerate. It's great for Pan's Labyrinth, yeah...but what about all the other achievements (fountain, Children Of Men...) getting robbed? <br> It just has been a wonderful year which led to some films accidentally getting some of the academy love they deserved. No need for undeserved praise. I will watch as usual and wait for these little moments of film celebration and instead get these little miss sunshine crashy episodes...argh.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST

    its the new GOTTA EAT subject caption

    by rollin2001uk

    cheers vern appreciated

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Vern

    by HEADGEEK

    Actually - I didn't want to wake up Yoko with an alarm - and I usually goto bed around 4am each night/morning. So staying up a few extra hours isn't a big deal!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Little Miss B.S.

    by anymajordude74

    There are innumerable films this year better than this barely average indie comedy. Children Of Men, Old Joy, A Prairie Home Companion even Blood Diamond was better and it wasn't that good. Oh well, as long as it doesn't win.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:37 a.m. CST

    ..

    by AllieJamison

    thus..good thing that harry actually confined his ecstasy to the nominations.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    L. M. Sunshine is this year's Sideways

    by scratcher

    Okay, it wasn't THAT overrated, but it sticks with you for about 5 minutes.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:01 a.m. CST

    Vicenzo

    by Vern

    I know that, but it's not adapted really, so they are not really honoring a writer for adapting in that case. (among other things.) I guess I shouldn't have thrown that in, obviously I understand that technicality, but can anybody explain LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA?<p> Last year it was SYRIANA in the original category even though it's based on a book. It seems like there was another recent example, but maybe I'm imagining it.<p> I guess none if this is as bad as STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL getting nominated as a documentary.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:03 a.m. CST

    Uh... did my post just disappear?

    by theoneofblood

    Or is the talkback acting all dimensional-portal like again? Anyway, my point is that Children of Men should have at least been also nominated for Directing, Visual Effects, Production Design, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST

    No United 93 for best picture!

    by eric haislar

    Bullshit no matter what your option on this film is. Its still best picture quality.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST

    dude, my post disappeared

    by Vern

    this is an outrage, this is censorship, I demand justice, etc.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Letters from Iwo Jima

    by HEADGEEK

    Couldn't be nominated for Foreign Language film - because according to the retarded Academy rules - a film has to be designated as coming from a country. Thus - Pan's Labyrinth was nominated by Mexico. Although - it was shot in Spain. Each country can nominate 1 film. Yeah, I know. It SUCKS. But this is how it goes some times.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:05 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Scorcese 10 minutes ago

    by The Funketeer

    He lost all power to speak Spanish and started shouted excitedly in English so happy for all his friends. How cool am I?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:06 a.m. CST

    CLICK??????????????????????????????????????????????????

    by torontoxic

    CLICK??? <P> Oscars = officially and without question a total joke.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:07 a.m. CST

    actually

    by HEADGEEK

    we're having server freak outs due to increased traffic - as a result - stuff can be lost - I lost an update to the nominees I tried a while back

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:08 a.m. CST

    I'm afraid...

    by maxwell's hammer

    ...that "Little Miss Sunshine" is going to end up being that movie that everyone loved when it came out, but everyone decides will be fun to abuse now that a few months have gone by.<BR> <BR> And I know not everyone loved LMS, but it was good, and yes, I would have liked to have seen "Children of Men" nominated, but oh well.<BR> <BR>LMS was a good movie. I loved it when i saw it during its original release, and I loved it when I watched it the other day with some friends. Kudos to Abigail and Arkin and everyone else who worked on what I think was a great little movie.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I could not care less

    by Mister Man

    And to have Salma screeching about Mexicans taking over the Oscars - whatever. "Little Miss Sunburn" ain't Best Pic material. And anybody who "sits up all night" waiting for the announcement is, well, creepy. This year isn't any different - glaring omissions, jaw-dropping inclusions.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    GDT FOR EVERYTHING

    by DOGSOUP

    Seriously Pan's Labyrinth deserves everything it's nominated for. Wow, Oscar night is really about the triumph of 3 friends isn't it? Too bad Alfonso Curon couldn't get a bigger slice of that pie...

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Take It Easy People

    by bobinnova

    My comments were not to be taken as racist or against the Japanese people. The Japanese are are people with a proud and honorable tradition and I would not discredit them in anyway. I am simply saying that in my opinion, however right or wrong that it is, that I thought United 93 deserved to be nominated for Best Picture and that Letters from Iwo Jima deserved to be in the Foreign Picture category. If we're going with foreign language films should be nominated for Best Picture, then why not nominate Pan's Labyrinth for Best Picture? As the Academy is limited to 5 nominees, what nominated film would you replace it with?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:12 a.m. CST

    THE KNIGHT GOTTA EAT!

    by THE KNIGHT

    I'm starving...

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Please no whining

    by Fount of Useless Info

    Look, I know everyone on this site loves Children of Men and feel that it's so important and timely because it deals with immigration, but it got nominated where it should have been nominated. In fact, I think it even got one more nod than it should have. It looked great, and it was filmed wonderfully, but any screenplay that takes that source material and turns it into a glorified action film and has Michael Caine reduced to a stoned old man asking people to pull his finger does not deserve a nomination.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:18 a.m. CST

    That;s exactly what I's saying Fount

    by theoneofblood

    We can agree that CoM looked really fucking great and so should have been nominated for production design and visual effects. (I've never seen stuff done so seamlessly). As for the sound, come on that bomb blast? The shrill piecing whine of shellshock blending into a hight-pitched violin note? That shit deserves some nomination motherfucker.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Really excellent nominations...

    by DanielKurland

    So happy to see Little Children and Little Miss Sunshine love, but it would have been awesome if Carell got a nomination. Pleased as hell to see Wahlberg's nomination, and wonderful to see Black Dahliaup for cinematography, what else would you expect from De Palma. A very good list, and although I'd love to see DiCaprio win, that is a really tough best actor list.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Rip-off

    by Right Bastard

    Who said Best Animated Feature had to be a kid's film? Why no SCANNER DARKLY? The oscars are so damn pointless.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Hmm, that last comment made me look drunk

    by theoneofblood

    I assure you I am not.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Little Miss Sunsine - The Griswalds with no Jokes

    by MontyPigeon

    Overrated alert.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    CHILDREN OF MEN...

    by Napolean Solo

    BEST PICTURE = NO; BEST DIRECTOR = NO; BEST ACTOR (CLIVE OWEN) = NO. An utter sham. I agree with Vern, but as DIE HARD Prince fan, I couldn't agree more with the Academy. That Happy Feet song is trash, and if that's the circumstance in which we get to see him perform at the awards, I'd take a raincheck homie.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Little Miss Sunshine Blows Goats

    by Dr. Sid Schaefer

    Sorry - but talk about contrived! Hey - let's get a bunch of wacky characters together and put them on a road trip! Then we'll all stand up and make asses out of ourselves onstage to show our support for the loser main character! Gee - I haven't seen that before... except in "About a Boy," which was a thousand times better!!! Sheesh!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Pan's Labyrinth

    by beelkay

    I saw this movie yesterday, and I'm still not sure what I think of it. It was gruesome and creepy and sad and in some ways too realistic to be a fairy tale, but also fantastical and beautiful and interesting. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Scanner Darkly

    by scratcher

    The academy doesn't just pick from the films eligible, the studios have to submit them. I don't believe that Waking Life was submitted (but Jimmy Neutron was), and this is probably the case here as well. Waking Life was more deserving than SD. It was a very disappointing year for animated features - can anyone really get excited about either of those 3 films? I enjoyed Monster House (thanks Capone!), but Oscar-worthy? Not a chance.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Little Miss Sunshine

    by beelkay

    Yeah, I saw this movie last summer, and it was pretty good, but overall I don't think it deserves the praise it's been getting. The actors did good jobs, and there were some very affecting moments, like when the boy found out he couldn't go to space camp or whatever, but it definitely congealed into a "cute Sundance movie."

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:33 a.m. CST

    LMS over CoM!?!?!?

    by movieman742

    I don't understand that at all. I mean, yeah LMS was good but CoM was one of the best movies I've ever seen. CoM better win in the Art Direction though, I'm really suprised it wasn't nominated for more, technical awards. Personally, I though Clive Owen gave an oscar nominated performance. Definetly not the best of the year, but for sure in the top 5. And Dicaprio in Blood Diamond was good but I thought he was by far better in The Departed. It will be a great night if CoM sweeps and The Departed gets the major ones.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:36 a.m. CST

    shame for Children of Men

    by Kizeesh

    It really deserved better. That said it is a great bunch of nominations, (Little Miss Sunshine aside) I'm overall fairly pleased.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Cars

    by beelkay

    I agree, scratcher...While I think Cars was the strongest of the bunch, and one of the better movies of the year, it was one of Pixar's weaker films. Still, compared to just about anybody else's stuff, Pixar is still the tops.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    No Adam Beach

    by chuck finley

    Holy Crap. Beach should have totally gotten some recognition for Flags of our fathers. Eh... At least Wahlberg and Gosling got noms.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Was Lady Vengeance last year?

    by Right Bastard

    Because that was the best damn movie I saw in '06 (though I think it was released in Asia in '05).

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Alfonso

    by Saluki

    Would have KILLED to see him nominated, even if Scorsese is taking it home with him this year.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:39 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Clint!

    by brolly

    Yer apparently he's thrilled with the new toaster I got him for Christmas and is having a great breakfast this morning! Way to go Clint!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Throw a Brick at them

    by Lerkst

    It's been building to this for the last few years....the Oscars are becoming obsolete. The show doesn't reflect anything relevant within the industry or Film fans. The media has killed the oscars; look at last year. Crash wins best picture--but in ten years if you ask who won, someone will say Brokeback Mountain. Nobody gives a shit about a TV-movie with racial expletives. This year, it's just deepfried quickfix protein shake realitytv nominations. Nothing new, or daring. Where's the real films of the year? Casino Royale, Rocky Balboa, Brick, The Prestige, hell, even the Descent? These are the movies that are best picture--I don't see me talking about Forrest Whitaker or with someone here in a few years; but we WILL remember Daniel Craig's beyond Oscar portrayal of Bond. Stallone's best film of his career--and hopefully watch him become the next Eastwood, Hugh Jackman finally burying Wolvie, the best cop shootout in very long time (if I have to tell you what it's from, you have no right to even BE here)-So do yourself a favour--skip the Oscars. Watch something you think is a winner, that wiped the floor with the competition in YOUR mind. Better yet, on the night of the Oscars, show that movie to someone who HASNT seen it. Create a memory that won't fade, like the Oscars will.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Nice nom for Wahlberg, though.

    by Dr. Sid Schaefer

    I thought he stole The Departed.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:41 a.m. CST

    LMS is great and I loved it

    by emu47

    Sometimes, people perplex me. I really loved LMS a lot; I'm happy to see it get nominated. Also loved Pan's Labyrinth, really loved Children of Men, and am head over heels in love with The Departed ... so I guess I'm happy this year. I still think that screenplay nom for Children of Men is a joke, though ... primarily because it's all about the great direction in that film. Give John Carpenter that same script and you get a steaming pile of feces. Cuaron worked that material like no one else before him would've thought to, and the result is breathtaking. And Wahlberg, though great, is the wrong call from that film. Jack would be too. The true stars were DiCaprio and, even better, Matt Damon, who was entirely overlooked but was so damned good in The Departed. But whatever; overall, I'm crazy pleased by these nominations.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    I didn't think a Dreamgirls snub was possible

    by CherryValance

    I think I went blind when they said "Letters From Iwo Jima" or whatever Salma said. Who knows with that girl. And she was crying to boot.</p> My problem was not that Letters was nominated but that in alphabetical order Dreamgirls had been passed by. That and Leo's nomination for that stupid ass movie. I haven't been this shocked in a long time and I have a very low opinion of the Academy to start. So the fact that they can still shock me like this is impressive.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST

    I recognised cars

    by BendersShinyAss

    maybe pirates, but that film was trash. Sometimes i think the visual effects are all it's about and they forget about story and editing

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Del TORO,Felicidades!Cuaron you should have gotten more

    by pipergates

    Too much Sunshine,Blood Diamond,not enough Children of Men,Fountain,Casino Royale! And Apocalypto is cool but hacky.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:46 a.m. CST

    For my money

    by Ralije

    For my money Little Miss Sunshine and Children of Men were the two best films of the year. Both were hyped beyond belief before I saw them and both were better than the hype lead me to believe. I do hope Letters From Iwo Jima wins, though, just because Clint is awesome and Marty is a little bitch. The Departed was enjoyable and fun but it wasn't great. It was about par with Casino Royale or Slither were for me this year. All were enjoyable popcorn movies that had some memorable moments but none of them were great. Plus I think fans of Marty are the same people that like Battleship Galaxy. They confuse drama with characters that look sternly at each other and scream a lot. They also think Marty or Battleship Galaxy represent something close to how people actually act in the real world. Not that they'd know for sure since none of them has ever actually lived a life of their own to find out, though. I would have liked to have seen Borat nominated for best actor. He seriously acted his ass off there. I also think Leo did a better job in The Departed than he did in Blood Diamond, although he was good in both. Doubly so because without Leo the Departed would have just been a black comedy with Mark Wahlberg being funny and Jack Nicholson overacting and being silly. Yeah, I wanted more love for Children of Men. It was fantastic. It had a great story, great theme, great acting (although Clive Owen seemed to play another incarnation of Clive Owen in it), a good score, wonderful camera work and a ton else to like. If not best movie of the year than easily best director of the year. But again that might also have to go to Eastwood because Letters From Iwo Jima is really quite that good. Not bad picks but I'd like to have seen more love for CoM and less for The Departed and Marty.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Snakes on a train!! Just got of the phone with...

    by Snikkar124

    Sam Jackson.He totally lost his ability to curse,he`s so mad.Now he can`t wait to do SNAKES ON A TRAIN!!!!He also said he was gonna send Steve Martin to hell for his Pink Panther movie.Sellers rocks!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:47 a.m. CST

    I can't belive COM wasn't nominated for Best Director

    by Lovecraftfan

    I mean seriously did the Academy people even watch the film.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:51 a.m. CST

    emu47

    by CherryValance

    were you not reminded of National Lampoon's Vacation and About a Boy when watching LMS? That's why I can't take it seriously.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:50 a.m. CST

    The Joke That Is The Oscars

    by moviemecca

    People...friends...various hangers-on...The Oscars are a bad joke. Always have been. I take Dustin Hoffman's position (before he pussied out and embraced the bullshit): Let's say all five of the noms are really, really deserved. Who's to say who is the best? It's unfair, misleading, and a total popularity contest that has no bearing on the lives of us regular people. I used to enjoy watching the Oscars, until I reached an age and realized how fucking sad the whole display is; a four hour plea for attention from the whole world. "Look at me!Look at me!!!!" That said, I think we should shit-can the whole awards thing (why do these people need awards anyway? They don't make enough money, they have to have awards to compensate?)and maybe focus on making better movies. Of course, I could be wrong...but I'm not.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Huge Mistake in Original Screenplay

    by Mr. Winston

    PAN'S LABYRINTH as one of the best WRITTEN movies of the year? You've got to be fucking kidding me. Hey, that movie deserves every single one of the nominations it got otherwise, but c'mon now Academy...the writing was by far the weakest element of that film. I smell a Sofia Coppola-style "We're Sorry for Not Giving You the Best Director Oscar" apology at work in this one. What a shame. <br> <br> And here we go with the bullshit again - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE is becoming this year's CRASH, and the reflexive, fake animosity is coming in so fast it's gone to plaid. You douches are so predictable I could set my watch to you. I can't wait until TRANSFORMERS sucks and your whole life goes blank.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Forrest Whitaker

    by Ralije

    I'm glad Forrest Whitaker was nominated. He was great in the Last King of Scotland. He was also fantastic on the Shield this season and I'm rooting for him to win because of those two.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Lerkst

    by Saluki

    Your choices are good, but so are the nominations. Give them a shot, you might be surprised this year.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:56 a.m. CST

    How about Jackie Earle Haley?

    by skimn

    I read a heart wrenching feature about him in Entertainment Weekly a coulple months ago as Little Children was coming out. Talk about a comeback...hopefully it will lead to more roles...

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:02 a.m. CST

    THE FOUNTAIN GOT ABSOLUTELY ROBBED. IT'S A CRIME!!!

    by Proman1984

    Yes, as happy as I mam to see Steven Spielberg, Philip Glass and Del Toro get nominated, I am also equally saddend that they snabbed The Fountain. I mean how do you ignore Clint Mansell's amazing score??? Tell me?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Little Miss Sunshine vastly overrated

    by jimmy_009

    This will be one of those that two years from now people will be scratching their heads at.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:03 a.m. CST

    alan arkin rules

    by reckni

    So stoked he got nominated, really made LMS great. Recently revisted two great movies of his, Catch 22 and The In-Laws, both of which I highly recommend. I'm definitely going to see Iwo Jima today.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:03 a.m. CST

    not enough PRESTIGE

    by pipergates

    Bale and Jackman deserve recognition and Nolan too. The Fountain,how could they overlook it?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Agreed Proman1984

    by jimmy_009

    The effects were fantastic, much better than anything on the Effects list, and done without computers! Also cinematography.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST

    re: cherryvalance and little miss sunshine

    by emu47

    *BEWARE SPOILERS BELOW* <br><br> I see where you're going comparing LMS to Vacation and About a Boy, but really ... I think the comparisons are all surface value. Yes, About a Boy and LMS both end with crazy performances in front of a crowd -- and I usually hate scenes like these. But the key difference is that LMS has a point to what it's doing and stays grounded in a real(ish) world. It does not end with the audience rising to its feet in applause; rather, everyone ends up horrified. Which is great. About a Boy ends with a scene that is the height of cheese; LMS manages to escape that by some really dangerous high-wire manuevering. I think the comparison to the Griswolds' is stronger, but even if it is Griswold-ish it's a good variation on the Griswold mold. It is not, for example, R-fucking-V. There is also important and fun stuff that happens in the VW bus. <br><br> The thing that weirds me out the most, though, is that LMS is a movie about people becoming better by LOSING. Isn't that kind of, I don't know, antithetical to going home with an Oscar? I think I'd feel very, very weird if my little movie about the beneficial powers of losing all the world's "beauty contests" became a little Hollywood darling on the red carpet. Just weirds me out, is all.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    Whitaker should have been nom.for best supporting actor

    by BigTuna

    It wasn't a lead performance.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:08 a.m. CST

    and yes, Thank You for Smoking was robbed

    by emu47

    Absolutely agree with that one. I loved it, and it's been getting the shaft all year.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Wouldn't it be ironic

    by mr jones

    If Scorcese won for the one completely unoriginal movie he made. From those Director noms, I say Greengrass because at least he went original, (Cuaron would have been cool tho). I see Scorcese getting Best Film as a sop, but no director, (prolly Clint again, because I guess he bought a bigger mantelpiece or something). Oh, and Vern, nice comments. Missed funny Vern....

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:09 a.m. CST

    true,the effects of The Fountain are the best

    by pipergates

    what a bunch of cacaheads,they nominate Pirates and ignores this masterpiece?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST

    LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE??? WTF???

    by sevadro

    Did I.Q.'s suddenly drop while I was away? The Oscars have no credibility. Shit has been going downhill since they gave Halle Berry an award for best fuck.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Transformers is going to own next year

    by BendersShinyAss

    I'm kidding, but not when I say I'm FUCKING EXCITED about that film!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST

    thank you for smoking

    by pipergates

    was perfect,cacaheads

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Harry, You did not steal this list from a Laptop?!!!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Just Kidding! But some of the expected names are missing! Nicholson for Departed? I think that Dreamgirls got a tad too much love! And lastly, where is the nomination for Beerfest?!!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Now I don't have stay up all night 2 watch!

    by Prague23

    Thank GOD! I've got a reason Vern, I live in the Czech Republic. I hope Babel and Pan clean up, Scorsese gets something, and Borat walks away empty handed. What was funny about Borat on Da Ali G Show was the unscripted nature of his material. Scripting a film totally ruined it for me. It's NOT FUNNY IF THE VICTEM OF A JOKE IS IN ON IT!!! That whole nude scene in the business conference was scripted, you know. Much of everything was. Those who should win won't because they've done it once or twice before and the big names that win at the box office will. Who cares when so much (I think we all agree so far) was overlooked. My final word: Go Al Gore! May YOU finally win for being the best man!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST

    frankly, I'd rather see the Queen gone than LMS

    by emu47

    I mean, did any of you see it? It was good, but BOTH LMS and COM were better. In my mind, anyway.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Pan

    by CTU Mole

    The Departed was a very competent Scorsese gangster movie and the all star cast was very competent in doing what they always do but it was hardly groundbreaking. He'll win Best Director though, not for this but for his body of work in general, which is why the whole thing is bullshiat.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST

    I can't believe people are whining about the nominees

    by BigTuna

    This is the best year I can ever remember for nominations. Dreamgirls left out for best pic and director. Gosseling for Half Nelson. Barraza for Babel. Jackie Earl Haley for best supporting. Terrific year for the Oscars considering what usually happends.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    mr. jones...:completely unoriginal"

    by skimn

    ..ever see a little movie called "Cape Fear"..?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I know I just blew all credibility with last post, but.

    by moviemecca

    If any film deserved to be nominated for Best Picture this last year, it was UNITED 93. I have been going to the picture show for 30-plus years now, and I have never had such an intense experience. People in the audience, intelligent people who knew how things really ended, were standing up at the end and yelling at the screen "Get them! Kill them!". Don't get me wrong, LMS was a cute flick that I've already forgotten, but UNITED 93 stays in the back of my mind forever. THAT is what a fucking Best Picture should do.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:18 a.m. CST

    BigTuna: my quibbles aside, I couldn't agree more

    by emu47

    I mean, despite this strange backlash against LMS, I still think there are no dogs on that list, other than Click.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST

    No offense to Jackie Earle Haley.

    by Bubba Gillman

    But Gordon Jump in that very special episode of Diff'rent Strokes remains the high water mark in pedophile performances.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:20 a.m. CST

    What year did these films come out?

    by JacksParasites

    Cause I've been to the theater many times and haven't seen most of them? I'd love to see how well Helen Merrin would act behind a Guy Fawkes mask.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Obviously

    by Ralije

    Obviously the marketers are in control of the Oscars. I remember hearing everyone on the streets, poor and rich people alike, talking about The Queen and the Last King of Scotland. Also, Marty is incredibly popular with people outside of losers that post on message boards. /sarcasmoff

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST

    CHILDREN OF MEN

    by QuinnTheEskimo

    The fact that Cuaron doesn't get a director nod is terrible.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Worst Original Song

    by Spandau Belly

    Goes to Casino Royale!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Hey, call me crazy, anchorite, but I think the Oscars

    by emu47

    are finally finding a new voice. They've been going less and less with the big tent pole movies and more with indies that no one has seen. As evidenced by many people asking, "What movies are those?" w/r/t the nominated films. I think the Oscars are getting increasingly MORE relevant, and the real hack job is the Golden Globes.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:27 a.m. CST

    best direction

    by Spandau Belly

    Science of Sleep, hands diggity down!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:30 a.m. CST

    QuinnTheEskimo, I couldn't agree more:

    by emu47

    I think Children of Men is the best directed film of the year, hands down.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:32 a.m. CST

    We now live in a world where...

    by sleepy holloway

    man has walked on the moon and Eddie Frickin'Murphy is oscar nominated. Sheesh! BTW, just wanted to mention I also slept with a chick last night. Small World.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Stick It overlooked?

    by Spandau Belly

    Massa won't watch.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    See Danielcraigisnotbond to read about how

    by Jugs

    Casino Royale is now the ultimate flop because it didn't get nominated for an Oscar! Read about how Daniel Craig's career is now over. Oh My! Mirren and Gosling gotta win!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Little Miss Sunshine was bad

    by ebolamonkey

    bad...bad...bad...bad...bad...bad...bad. OK, maybe it wasn't that bad, but it certainly wasn't good. Gotta love those honest moments like the gay guy who gets caught buying porn in the middle of nowhere by another gay guy who knows him. Gosh, we've all had that happen to us. And then the porn comes in handy because the cop is a letcherous creep - scenes like that make you look deep into your own soul.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    jfp2006, about Casino Royale song

    by Spandau Belly

    that song is loved out in the"real world"? I'll have to go there some time if Homeland Security doesn't make too big a deal about my homemade passport (its hot pink leather!)<br><br>I hope the next Bond outing the get Goldfrapp to do the song.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Peter O'Toole?

    by riskebiz

    Did he get nomintated for being old? I think he's the only one not deserving of being nominated this year. Give him a lifetime achievement Oscar instead.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Domo Arigato, Mr. Headgeeko

    by PoopAgoose

    Thanks for the explanation.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Ian Flemming's 007 Homely Blonde Man with No Charisma

    by Spandau Belly

    Please Clive Owen, reconsinder taking this role. You'd be a great 007 and it would be more worth your time than the garbage you normally waste your talent on (King Arthur, Inside Man, Derailed).

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    An inconveient truth

    by CtrlTristan

    that truth is that Al Gore is a selfish douche bag who now feels more important and thinks he stop global warming well he can eat my ass because trying to save kids from manbearpig well fuck him!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    anchorite

    by Lerkst

    --why does Harry care, you ask? Because he doesn't have a choice. It's business; if he doesn't show support, he'll money. Studio's will take their advertizing to Dark Horizons or Coming Attractions. Hell, even Superhero Hype. These are sites that don't show as much opinon (though CA does get out of hand) as Aint it Cool, and the studios don't have to worry as much about negative feedback. This point will be disputed, but it's a simple fact.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Children of Fucking Men.

    by Gilkuliehe

    Children of Fucking Men.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    no Volver?

    by SantiagoAtez

    What the hell? It's not up for best foreign film? That's crazy.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:42 a.m. CST

    I don't like these nominations.

    by riskebiz

    Is it me, but are all the Supporting Actors basically except for Jackie Earle Haley playing types that are basically themselves? I've seen each of those actors play the same part in other films. Nothing special in any of the parts nominated (except for Jackie Earle Haley) and I wouldn't bet a penny that Jackie Earle Haley has a chance. Eddie Murphy will win for playing Eddie Murphy and ridiculous.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Kate Winslet

    by riskebiz

    Did you see her in Extras last season? What makes me think of this nomination in that context?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Leonardo DiCaprio

    by riskebiz

    Did he get nominated for dropping his accent all the time in Blood Diamond? Or was it for not being believable in the part?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    KNOWTHYSELF...

    by Napolean Solo

    No it must come under 2006 because it got nominated for other awards, just none of the other ones it was supposed to; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and even Best Supporting Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor)

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Thank God no Jack Nicholson.

    by Barry Egan

    I thought he was absolutely horrible in The Departed. Gald to see Wahlberg get the nomination instead.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Oh And GILKULIEHE

    by Napolean Solo

    CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Loved Departed BUT COM was the Best Directed Film

    by Lovecraftfan

    Martin Scorcese deserves to win at some point but if were actually going on technichal merits Cuaron blew everyone out of the water with Children Of Men.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Children of Men.

    by Winterchili

    Fuck you. At LEAST give Cuaron the nod. The Queen was BORING and just had one good performance, it was otherwise worthless. Little Miss Sunshine, come on, you gotta be kidding.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Scorcesse vs Eastwood, the winner is...

    by Evil Hobbit

    ...Paul Greengrass, that's where I'll put my money. Now, bring on that Pan's Labyrinth cleansweep!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Alejandro in the Emperor's New Clothes

    by subfreq

    Babel is a 6/10 movie at best and it only gets that rating thanks to some great performances. Where it failed was story, direction and editing. All at the hand of Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu. It's a great example of what the Oscars really are, recognition based on lobbying and good campaigns.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11 a.m. CST

    i just got off the phone with salma hayek...

    by rollin2001uk

    apparently the revolution will happen soonand the mexican border will be abolished as mexico becomes the new hollywood... just with less gays and whores..wait a minute...

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:01 a.m. CST

    what shitty movies this year..

    by jojo-pimp

    like a few of the posters have said, barely seen any of them except The Departed. wow, 2006 was truely a shitty year for films

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:02 a.m. CST

    POTC Best visual effects!!!

    by Orionsangels

    Say what you will about the movie. Davey Jones tenticul face was the most realistic effect of the year. I wanted to eat his face.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Children of Men got robbed

    by The Ghost of Marcus Brody

    that was easily the best picture of the year.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:08 a.m. CST

    I agre the Oscars are generally crap.

    by Barry Egan

    How do you have a competition for something as subjective as art? When the Superbowl gets played in a couple of weeks you will get to see two teams decide for themselves in a head to head competition who is best, and even that doesn't always work. That's one of the reasons why ESPN having an awards show is so stupid -- athletes have the opportunity to see who is best on the field. They don't need to be handed out a bunch of subjective awards. History will tell us which films are the important ones and which aren't. Is there any doubt in anybody's mind whether Brokeback Mountain will be viewed historically as a better and more significant film than Crash?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:10 a.m. CST

    2006 was not a shitty year for films.

    by Winterchili

    The Fountain United 93 A Scanner Darkly The Departed Children of Men Borat Casino Royale Brick Volver Pan’s Labyrinth Inland Empire The Science of Sleep Clerks 2 Bad blockbusters though and no good "academy award" type movies.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST

    No Dreamgirls

    by DarthDooku

    "Dreamgirls" got snubbed! Aside from that, the nominations seem pretty ok, "Pan's Labyrinth" for best pic would've been neat. Here's to hoping "Little Miss Sunshine" takes the gold!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:15 a.m. CST

    riskebiz

    by Babyshamble

    I just saw Venus last night and Peter o' toole is fantastic in it. Charming, funny, sad, it's a really honest performance about how it feels to age. I would have liked to have seen Leslie Philips get a nod as he's equally good.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Dreamgirls snub

    by CaptainBitchway

    Yeah it was pretty surprising considering it got the most nominations, but no BEST PICTURE? Okay, so I didn't think it was one of the top 5 pictures of the year, but it was certainly better than Little Miss Sunshine and it was a far better musical than shitty CHICAGO.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:18 a.m. CST

    skimn

    by mr jones

    oh yeah, forgot about that. thought that was eminently average, tho. as least, despite it's source, this one's good.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:21 a.m. CST

    EDITING for Children of Men?

    by LHombreSiniestro

    How can a movie with so many long single takes be nominated for EDITING? Cuaron was robbed of a BEST DIRECTOR nod.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:22 a.m. CST

    No Paprika nomination???

    by Johnno

    BOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Marcus Brody Nailed it. Children of Men-Robbed Blind

    by modlight

    This list is boring and predictable. Children of Men may or may not be the best film of the year, but at the very least it deserved some more recognition. And I just saw Apocolypto this past weekend... No Foreign Language nod at least!? What cause he got drunk and said stupid shit? Didn't they give Kazan a lifetime achievement? Was he really drunk when he ratted out his friends? I'm perpetually irritated by these awards. I hope at least Departed takes it so Scorcese can win for a good picture. I'm happy the Mexicans did as well as they did though. Although again... No Effects awards for Children of Men? Why cause Clive Owen didn't fly up and turn into a monster? grrrrrr.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    EDITing on COM

    by rollin2001uk

    are you crazy? editing is not just about chopping and changing bits of the film its make the film seamless and interesting, long takes and all

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:23 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with James Bond...

    by oh_riginal

    ... and he lost his ability to drink martini's and started drinking 211! He feels angry for being shafted so harshly... take that how you will.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST

    a few thing...

    by maxwell's hammer

    1) Riskebiz, did you actually see Dreamgirls? That performance was a lot more than just "Eddie Murphy playing Eddie Murphy".<BR> <BR> 2) Leo was FAR better in The Departed than he was in Blood Diamond. But I was thrilled to see Djimon Hounsou get a nomination. He was the strongest thing in that movie.<BR> <BR> 3) I liked the above posters phrase, "reflexive animosity", as a description for how so many people are suddenly treating Little Miss Sunshine. Fuck the trolls.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:34 a.m. CST

    no director nom for Cauron?!

    by Jared

    rediculous

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST

    animosity on LMS

    by rollin2001uk

    it aint a bad film at all, however there were much better more interseting, funnier, heart rendering than it but they were nt independent or had a cute kid to sell it as cute.nothing for V for vendetta either.. touched a nerve with some people maybe hope someone does something outrageous, who is the host by the way?!?1

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:37 a.m. CST

    Mel Gibson

    by beelkay

    He might get a lifetime achievement award someday, but for now, he's still in the doghouse. What a douche.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Dreamgirls wasn't that good...

    by JohnGalt06

    But then neither was The Departed. I am actually rooting for Clint Eastwood to beat Scorsese again. Think about it--he'll be in a class all by himself: the only director to lose 6 TIMES!! What a feeling.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:38 a.m. CST

    Brokeback

    by beelkay

    Maybe it'll win this year!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    DiCaprio hasn't been any good...

    by Dr Gregory House

    ...since 'Gilbert Grape'. But then again, can't really call that acting.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Just Be Happy that Rocky Balboa Wasn't Razzie-Worthy

    by tonagan

    Having them say nice things about it is an achievement in itself.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:46 a.m. CST

    All awards and lists and such

    by skimn

    are totally subjective anyway. What does it matter. "The Fountain was brilliant...no, fuck you it stunk...wheres A Scanner Darkly?....."bla bla bla. The Oscars are heavily promoted because there are certain moviegoers that wil see " fill in the blank" because if its nominated/wins then it must be good...just remember, Raging Bull lost to Ordinary People and Hitchcock was never once nominated for best director....

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:48 a.m. CST

    ust (from what I have seen....)

    by ripper t. jones

    1. Children of Men, 2. Borat, 3. The Queen, 4. Pan's Labyrinth, 5. Casino Royale. Bable bored the everlovin piss outta me. Little Miss Sunshine was cute but not BP worthy. But then again, I'm a rube.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:49 a.m. CST

    United 93 robbed

    by donutbreath

    The Academy is bullshit.The other best picture noms are good but goddamnit United 93 was as powerful and relentless a film released this year. It doesn't matter what your political leanings are. If you are a film lover the Academy dropped the ball big time and I am done with it.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:53 a.m. CST

    ellen degenerative brain disease!! gotta eat!

    by rollin2001uk

    ellen degeneres is host! holy shit might as well put a black female lesbian satanist on stage with a sign saying "we are liberal" at least that will get a laugh. 1 more than what ellen will, hope anne heche is there to talkabout going mental and aliens and stuff, after all she was the "sane" one of the coupling.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Little Miss Sunshine is a very good movie.

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Excellent xreenplay and acting. There's nothing wrong with cute if its got soul as well. <p> Anyway Scorcese for Director, Eddie Murphy for Supporting Actor. The rest I dont really mind

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Skimn - Re: Hitchcock

    by Moa Kaka

    Hitchcock was NOMINATED for several Best Director awards; he just never won any. (Rebecca 1940, Lifeboat 1944, Spellbound 1945, Rear Window 1954, and Psycho 1960).

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:04 p.m. CST

    A WRITING nod for Little Miss Sunshine?

    by ebolamonkey

    JEEEEZUS. It should at least be in the Adapted category. Based on NLs Vacation, About a Boy, and Kids do the Darndest Things (cue laugh track).

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Hitchcock...

    by skimn

    whoops, I'm an idiot. Got carried away with my anti-Oscar rant.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    There were special fx in Superman Returns?

    by JohnGalt06

    I must have slept through that part. And by "that part", I mean everything after the opening credits.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:15 p.m. CST

    There were special fx in Superman Returns?

    by JohnGalt06

    I must have slept through that part. And by "that part", I mean everything after the opening credits.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Djimon Hounsou better win best supporting, the rest....

    by The Founder

    I'm pleased with and it doesn't matter one way or the other who wins, cause all were good, well not Mark marky mark Wahlberg. He shouldn't have been nominated. Never cared for the guy as a person, and his acting is decent enough, but nothing he's done is Oscar worthy.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:22 p.m. CST

    United 93 Was A Great Work Of Fiction

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Executive Decision was more real than that pile of turd.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Bobinnova again / misc.

    by Vern

    Unlike the crazy Golden Globes, the Oscars won't put LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA or APOCALYPTO in the foreign category because they are American movies. And at the same time, nobody ever said that foreign films aren't eligible for best picture, why the hell would that be? Cartoons have been nominated for screenplays and best pictures, foreign films have been nominated for screenplays, CROUCHING TIGER and AMELIE were nominated for best picture. THE PIANIST was nominated for best picture, it's in English but it's a director who's not even allowed inside the US, so why should an American director be disqualified for having the taste to make his movie in the language that was actually spoken in the story? I don't think there's any logic there.<p> And the movie is great by the way, have you seen it? If you didn't think it deserved the nomination that's fine but I don't think the spoken language is relevant.<p> LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE animosity: come on dude, of course there's gonna be a backlash. It IS this year's CRASH in that it's the movie that obviously doesn't belong. It's not as flawed as CRASH or as pretentious, on the other hand it's not as ambitious. So it's this year's CRASH, or this year's GHOST, or this year's FULL MONTY. I'm down for them honoring comedies, but if there was a groundbreaking comedy this year it was clearly BORAT. Man, if they put CLERKS 2 or some shit on there are you telling me you wouldn't think it was weird? I got no problem with LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, I enjoyed it, I was glad I saw it, and I forgot it the next day. Now we got people talking like it raised people from the dead and saved babies from a fire and this simply is not the case.<p> You want the real kneejerk reaction, how about the 450 people who every year at Oscar season have to come on here with the earth shattering news that they "could care less about the Oscars" although they took the time to write up the same complaints that everybody has and that don't have to be pointed out. Or the people who say that all these are shitty movies, although they haven't seen any of them. Or that they haven't even heard of them (how the fuck do you read this sight and never heard of all these obvious mainstream choices?)<p> Finally, I would like to say that although my post before was deleted by computers I would still like to congratulate Guillermo Del Toro for BLADE II. And the six Oscar nominations since that is more timely, but mainly BLADE II.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST

    as always

    by ziondragon

    the academy did a lousy job. shouldn't this be about film quality and achievement (as the full name of the award suggests)?? Leo for Blood diamond? Wait a minute... wasn't he waaay better in the departed? wtf? In BD he was rehearsing many already seen similar roles. Uh, I get it, he has an accent in that... oh yeah, now it's clear. He must be better in a movie with an accent, because you see, that's how us stupid douchebags can understand that he's acting! Jokes aside, giving him a nomination for BD and not for The departed is an outrage! I've not been a fan of his for well known reasons, but I admit that he has grown into one of the best actors around in the last few years. He has shaken off the sweet boy image better than anybody in the biz. nowdays and the departed was a personal triumph for him. It's by far the best performance of the year along with Forest's take on Idi Amin and that ugly guy from Apocalypto that calls jaguarpaw "almost" all the time. Now, as much as I'd love to see Leo giving the thaks speech for the billy costigan role, I'll be devastated if he gets it for BD. It's not that he's bad in it, but it's not a career changing role as the departed one was. Let's face it, if there wasn't for the departed BD would be just another Leo DiCaprio movie. Nothing special, just another one. I get it, the academy aknowledged the fact that BD is a message movie, a "important" movie and that the departed was a bunch of macho irish pricks kicking the living shit out of each other and displaying a great knowledge of the english language and the many uses of the word fuck, but by god the made a mistake. Academy awards motivate actors, and giving them those for badass roles means that they'll be searching for more of those. immagine a world with a movie like the departed (and such performances) every once in a while. alas, politics dictate everything. My predictions: best movie - Babel (well deserved by the way), best or.screenplay also Babel (also deserved), best ad. scr.- the departed (the patriot act line and alec's explanation why marriage is important alone deserve it), best director - scorcese (if he doesn't get it this time he never will), best actor - forest (sorry leo, but he's better that you in BD), best actress - hellen mirren (truly a queen), supp. actor - djimon (i'd love that *he deserved it for amistad* but eddie will teke it), supp.actress - who gives a fuck? (it'll be that annoying abigail little fuck) and so on... last notes, children of men was snobbed as SciFi is always snobbed, the unimmaginative fucks at the academy take that a movie cannot be serious if set in the future. Pan's overrated status is confirmed by six nominations of wich it deserved maybe two. Letters was a bit too much considered (we the academy loove clint... why the fuck didn't you give him the oscar for best role in the unforgiven then, shitheads?). LMS is a piece of crap, period. United deserved more, but it's too soon!!! No Apocalypto? Well, we can't have such a brutal film nominated. Noooooo, a movie that depicts the things as they are, noooo. My, if a jaguar jumps at your face, you think it looks nice and clean? If someone rips your heart out, it looks pretty and feel-good? If a self proclamed prophet kills his own people in the name of some stupid idea, it sounds neat? If the urban development leads to self destruction, it is gloomy and cheerful? Mwaah, it'll be just another year at the Kodak theatre, the academy still hasn't grown the balls to do more.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Children of Men is getting more credit than it deserves

    by Chumkid

    Everything that I saw in Children of Men has been done better in the following films: Minority Report, 12 Monkeys, 28 Days Later, Artificial Intelligence, Blade Runner, Brazil, THX 1138 and V for Vendetta. My favorite movies of the year were The Departed, The Prestige, Pan's Labyrinth, Borat and Apocalypto. I hope that these movies lose everything that they're nominated for though, because there is no honor more dubious than an Oscar.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:25 p.m. CST

    oh, another thing

    by ziondragon

    vern, you're a god

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    another year for scorscese to get screwed.

    by JacksonsPole

    the nominations are a joke. and, they'll just screw marty in the ass again. when will hollywood recognize their greatest living asset?!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    oh, another thing

    by ziondragon

    Vern, You're a GOD

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:28 p.m. CST

    will smith

    by kwisatzhaderach

    as best actor...bizarre.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    I didn't see any of the movies mentioned

    by Toby___Wong

    Good for me.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Snakes on a train!Hoodwinked &Inside man,was robbed!!!!

    by Snikkar124

    Cum on Eilin!!!Hoodwinked was better than those animated shits that got nod`s!!Disney/Pixar blows!!!And what about Inside Man!!!That film was fuckin awesome!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:30 p.m. CST

    with all the marvaleus movies out last year..

    by Im rich bitch

    the Oscars are such a gimmick. Funny how so many people still follow this circus like show. The Fountain got robbed in so many ways, you American made one good movie last year after all.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Why UNITED 93 didn't get nominated, I bet

    by Vern

    Because alot of people don't want to see it. Everybody I've ever heard of seeing it swears it's great, and I believe them. I still don't want to watch it though and I know there are many other people who feel the same. Most people because they just don't want to put themselves through it, some because they still think it's distasteful and exploitative, some who think the official story is bullshit and shouldn't be promoted in quasi-documentary form (please don't debate this, I'm just saying that's one reason for not wanting to see it). I'm sure many of the people who saw it voted for it, that's how it got in best director. But alot more Academy voters saw and enjoyed LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE I guess. It's easier to swallow.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:31 p.m. CST

    SUPERMAN RETURNS BABY!

    by apolo_sputnik

    One Award nomination. Much more than that dung pile X-men 3. Eat Steven Segal nadds Rattner!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:33 p.m. CST

    PAN'S LABYRINTH

    by apolo_sputnik

    Should sweep every nomination it was given. Best film of the year. The US films should be lucky it's foreign. It would win best picture too. Although, best foreign picture is good too.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Gordon Jump / Different Strokes

    by Itchy

    Bubba Gillman - hilarious. Nothing in my childhood was more unintentionally hilarious than that particular Different Strokes episode. I was about 13 when it aired and I was just staring at the tv going "WTF ?!?". Shirtless Dudley rocked. Between that episode, the "Kimberly's hair turned green from acid rain" and the Nancy Regan "Just Say No" episode, Different Strokes packed a lot of horrible "Very Special Episodes" into their final season.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:34 p.m. CST

    BORAT!

    by apolo_sputnik

    Best screenplay. All it was missing was Chuck Norris or Steven Segal.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Pirates for Effects. Cuaron robbed.

    by performingmonkey

    Fuck you all in the face. Goodbye.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    if Click has been nominated....

    by samsquanch

    Basically that means that every single post in this talkback means absolutely fucking nothing. No one should comment on the Oscars this year, and no one should bother to read any posts on it, including this one.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Penélope Cruz can act?

    by apolo_sputnik

    Was that a typo when I saw she was nominated? If you want further proof the academy is fixed and total BS, you will have SAVING PRIVATE RYAN loose to SHAKESPEAR IN LOVE for best picture. Or nominate Penélope Cruz for her acting. But to really hit home what a farce this is, do both.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Penélope Cruz can act?

    by apolo_sputnik

    Was that a typo when I saw she was nominated? If you want further proof the academy is fixed and total BS, you will have SAVING PRIVATE RYAN loose to SHAKESPEAR IN LOVE for best picture. Or nominate Penélope Cruz for her acting. But to really hit home what a farce this is, do both.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST

    No Michael Sheen nomination?!

    by riskebiz

    Again, the Supporting Actor list is crap.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:38 p.m. CST

    PIRATES FOR EFFECTS?

    by apolo_sputnik

    Uh, you have not seen SUPERMAN RETURNS. Or maybe you are one of those who thought Penélope Cruz can act?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST

    riskebiz

    by ziondragon

    michael sheen? HTF is that :o)

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    C'mon Fellas, Ladies, Vern

    by Mr. Winston

    This place is one of the few, I'm sure, where there's a backlash over LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. Why? Because apparently it's not cool to like anything on this site that's outside of the Popular Geek Realm of Taste, like PAN'S LABYRINTH or CHILDREN OF MEN. You're like all those bobble-headed, aristocratic music huffers who try to tell you that Led Zepplin was a more revolutionary band than the Beatles because they're so afraid to agree with a notion that's popular. <br> <br> The fact of the matter is that, outside of AICN, I've talked to demonstratively few people who didn't completely dig LMS. And it's not that I think that most of the people on here who now say that they hated LMS are lying - I don't think they are. But I think the vitriol comes from some absurd mini-mob mentality that makes it a vogue concept to deride something that was successful because it was good. It's a predisposition to feign some kind of authority on an I-Know-Better-Than-the-Academy kind of level that's obnoxious and annoying.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Apocalypto

    by PoopAgoose

    an Aussie making a film about the Mayans. non-sense that it isn't in the Foreign Film category. Oy Gavalt!! How long can you hold a grudge?!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST

    I have NEVER seen a worse list of nominees.

    by Veraxus

    Jesus fucking christ - this has got to be the worst list of Oscars nominees I have EVER seen. First, Ellen is announced as the host - then, the worst list of nominees in the history of the Academy. What a joke. Babel, The Queen, and Dreamgirls are the three most overrated movies since Mystic River. For the first time in 24 years, I'm not going to bother watching the awards. I wonder if Battlestar Galactica is playing that Sunday?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Little Miss Sunshine

    by Fing Fang Foom

    Meh' Overhyped, unrealistic with good actors - and a Napoleon Dynamite ending. Obesseing about being an airforce pilot and not knowing you can't be if you are color blind, doesn't play with me.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:45 p.m. CST

    As Far as ROCKY BALBOA

    by Mr. Winston

    Come on. I mean seeing the movie was an incredibly enjoyable experience and I loved it and I'm glad it was made, but getting nominated for an Oscar? Please. It was barely a good movie and there wasn't a single facet of it that could be labeled "great" unless you count the scene where Rocky rips up his son in the street. I'm starting to really worry about the lot of you.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    another thing about UNITED 93

    by Vern

    since it wasn't nominated that means we won't get a hilarious opening where Billy Crystal (special guest cameo) is in footage from the movie saying inappropriate things. Oh well, there's always the next SCARY MOVIE.<p> By the way, I agree that CHILDREN OF MEN should've been nominated for effects, but to say PIRATES doesn't deserve a nomination is to speak complete gibberish. If you're thinking of the porno movie PIRATES that may be where the confusion comes from, those were some pretty basic CGI skeletons. But DEAD MAN'S CHEST had amazing effects on Davey Jones and his crew. An obvious shoo-in. (shoe in? I don't know what shoo in means.)<p> p.s. this black box makes it more obvious when I'm posting too much

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Not a bad bunch

    by Spikey

    The 2 biggest ommisions are children of men for best film (and winner) and the biggest is the selection for best animated cause Flushed Away, Ice age 2 and Over The Hedge were all better than Cars and on par with the other 2 noms.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Snakes on a train!!!HOODWINKED!!!

    by Snikkar124

    Come on!!!Also Flushed away.Yes that one should have been in too...

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:54 p.m. CST

    BEST animated feature

    by rollin2001uk

    is it just me but does monster house deserve this outright, cars and happy feet were enjoyable and made a fair bit of money, but in terms of characters and good laughs, MH was great.hope it wins

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 12:57 p.m. CST

    CGI Skeletons, STOP TRASHING JANINE!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    Janine has had a tough time lately! Vern, Fill in the blanks: Pirates is to Janine, what _______ is to Seagal.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1 p.m. CST

    Penelope Cruz and Davey Jones can act!

    by scratcher

    I'm sure you'r basing your opinion of Cruz on having seen Volver, right? Obviously not, cause she acted the fuck out of that film. Just because she can't get any real roles in the US doesn't mean she can't act. And Davey Jones is the best piece of VFX in the history of cinema, case closed. Even though I know its CGI when I watch it, I still get the feeling that Bill Nighy is wriggling around and chewing up scenery beneath those tentacles.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1 p.m. CST

    Mr. Winston

    by Vern

    This is the third time I'm saying this, but I liked LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE. And I agree, I don't know hardly anybody that didn't like it. I also don't know anybody that thinks it's anything great, but obviously those people are out there. Here in Seattle at least it had an endless theatrical run and is hugely popular on video (like NAPOLEON DYNAMITE except it appeals more to older folks instead of teens).<p> CRASH was actually different, the people I know who aren't into movies had never heard of it, and the people who are almost unanimously hated it. Although I laughed uproariously through about half the movie I liked it better (or hated it less, at least) than almost anybody I know. So that one was more out of left of field than this one.<p> Still, I don't get it, that's all I'm saying. I am not some hipster contrarian and I take offense to you accusing me of that. I just don't see what is great or special or memorable about this particular movie. Maybe you could explain the appeal. As far comedies, I think BORAT and even TALLADEGA NIGHTS were way funnier, better executed, more original and had more to say about the world we live in. If BORAT had been nominated I would've been surprised but happy. This one wasn't surprising but I don't think it's worthy.<p> And if I have to explain this a fourth time there will be hell to pay. for somebody. Alan Arkin, maybe.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Gordon Jump / Different Strokes cont ...

    by vaskark

    The best part was when Gordon Jump asked Dudley if he wanted to go in the shower and play 'Neptune: King of the Sea'. Classic. Almost on par with Rudy getting her period on Cosby.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Vern is DEAD on with Little Miss Sunshine

    by IndustryKiller!

    Without questiont he most overrated film of the year. When I ask people who loved it "What was it about?" theya lways respond. "It's about a family coming together int eh face of adversity. And I say "no its not". Unless the plot literally fails to achieve what its supposed to be about. Two cheesy minutes of the family onstage dancing after two hours of hating each other is not a family coming together. The movie is quirky for the sake of being quirky like Napoleon Dynamite and crushingly depressing. I'm not sure where people got the comedy of that movie. They just heap pile after pile of shit on these characters until they are nothing but shells. And when the film ends I get the feeling their problems are just beginning, not starting to turn around

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:05 p.m. CST

    maxwell's hammer

    by maxwell's hammer

    I really liked Little Miss Sunshine, and I'll shake hands and have a cup of coffee with anyone who says they don't think it deserves an Oscar nomination. I've just tired of all the vitriol-spewing hate-mongers who think they'll build up some street-cred by bashing the movie. I'm sure there are people who honestly didn't like it, but I get the sense that most of the people on this talkback who are taking shots at LMS are just assholes trying to impress the other assholes.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    LMS surprise

    by scratcher

    The main surprise in LMS is the glaring hole left from the removal of the wife's storyline. Wha happened? She seemed like a good enough actress. There must have been an explanation of the business loan and their marriage failing right? I thought maybe I'd been in the bathroom and missed a whole scene when the scene between them in the hotel room came up. Alan Arkin drove that movie, and it was a mistake to kill him off so early. Okay movie, not the Best Picture of the Year.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:06 p.m. CST

    And how did The Fountain...

    by Veraxus

    NOT get a nomination for VFX? It had, BY FAR, the most awe-inspiring imagery of any movie released this year... and with virtually no CG to boot. IMO, should also be on the the lists for Best Editing, too. Is there no god? Is there no justice?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:07 p.m. CST

    hate mongering on LMS

    by rollin2001uk

    hey dude its called having an opinion.. dont let that knockyou off your chair will you. your entitled to yours and so are we. most of these so called hatemongers including myself dont hate or detest the movie but we all seem to have movies we loved this year and to see it get beaten to a nomination spot by a film that is seen it before flick. just to much to take i guess

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:10 p.m. CST

    What about Lady In The Water?

    by The Dum Guy

    It at least should get a nom. for screenplay (didn't anyone understand how important M. Night was? He was the savior...) Seriously though, how about Shysumaklan getting rejected by every studio, I can say I saw this coming.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Babel is also the worst of the 3 Mexican films

    by IndustryKiller!

    Without question the wqeakest of those three films. Basically the message of babel adds up to "Be nice to your fellow man. People all over hte world have problems too." Well gee thanks, cause we all thought we were the only ones to have it rough. Also when you find out what the connection of the japanese girl is to the rest of the film it becomes clear she was just shoehorned in there because Inarritu felt like making a movie about a japanese girl but couldnt figure out how to make it two hours long. meanwhile Children of Men and Pan's Labyrinth are masterpieces that will go down in film history as such. It's complete bullshit that those two films werent nominated for best film and best director.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:13 p.m. CST

    same reservations for United 93 at first

    by filmfanatic1

    Vern, I felt the same way you do now about U93; I thought it was going to be just a propaganda film and besides, I didn't want to go thru the same intense emotions. But, once I saw it, I was simply amazed how Greenglass put you in the plane, the ops center, NORAD, and somehow did it without exploiting the situation; he is going to be one of the best directors in cinema just for pulling this off. Give the film a chance, like I did; believe me, you'll love it.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I watched LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE with the fam on Xmas

    by Orionsangels

    We went in thinkin it was a comedy. We all agreed, what a depressing movie. I admit we laughed a few times at certain scenes, but for the most part. The movie was too short and and just an after thought. Nothing to really say, wow that was an amazing film. Give it Oscars.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Oscar Noms

    by tom_joad

    I am surprised just like everyone here that Cuaron was not nominated for Best Director, Children of Men was the best directed movie of last year and maybe in the past few years. I am also disappointed that both Pan's Labyrinth and Children of Men were not nominated for Best Picture, both were the best movies of last year in my opinion. I also would have liked to see Aaron Eckhart get a nom for Thank You For Smoking, he carried that whole movie in his back and made it work. People nominated that I really want to see win are Jackie Earle Haley, he was brilliant in Little Children and he was the only good thing in All The King's Men too. Another one is Meryl Streep, I really want to see her win again, she has been under appreciated, she should have won at least 2 more oscars already.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Some Answers

    by Mr. Winston

    Vern, the only thing I took issue with you saying is that it was the one film that didn't belong this year, not that you ever said you didn't like LMS. In fact I'm one of the few people on these boards who - whether anyone else will admit it or not - has seen all of the Nominated films. In that, I find LMS incredibly worthy of the Nomination because it worked so well dually as a comedy (one of the funnier comedies of the year) and a drama (I'd like to see any of you infuse that much depth in an ensemble cast, much less direct them so superbly). There were comedies that were funnier (I agree wholeheartedly on BORAT, which I thought was the most enjoyable movie of the year, and TALLEDEGA NIGHTS) and I thought there were dramas that were more insightful (LITTLE CHILDREN), but as far as an all-around film I don't think there was anything else that did it better. <br> <br> My point otherwise is this: I can't be the only one that finds it strange that the two films Harry and Mori seemed to like more than anyone else - CHILDREN OF MEN and PAN'S LABYRINTH - are now the most incredibly popular on these boards. Let's be honest: more than half of you who are barking haven't even seen one of them much less both. But because they're touted by the guys who run this place (though CoM rightfully so because it's a great fucking movie) and because LMS got the most inspired critical attention this year...TA-DA! You've got an immediate, unrelenting, no-one-really-knows-why backlash. <br> <br> Go back to this summer and check the talkback boards for LMS - EVERYONE is bawling about how great it is with almost no hint of dissent (probably because Harry and Mori liked it so much, weird) and there's all these people calling for it to be Nominated...and then it gets Nominated and there's not but two or three people here to defend it. Mindblowing. And I'll make you another guarantee: if CHILDREN OF MEN had been released in February and V FOR VENDETTA in November, everyone here would be screaming at the top of their lungs that V deserved a Nomination and not a damn person would be speaking on behalf of CoM. <br> <br> You know I'm right. I'm just calling a Spade and Spade here.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    What the public wants you freaking Acadamey douche bags

    by crashbarbarian

    before i read one comment, all i could think about was, where is children of men and apocolypto for best pic, best director? it's a travesty that if these films were made three even four years ago, they would've won every award there is, but because mel and scifi are blacklisted in our unintelligable bore fest movie award world the oscar goes to Little Miss Sunshine and Peter O Toole

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:19 p.m. CST

    Yeah Mr. Winston we are all a bunch of poseurs

    by IndustryKiller!

    Just PRETENDING to hate Little Miss Sunshine because greg Kinnear and Steve Carrel get all the chicks and oooooo are we jealous! C'mon man thats bullshit and you know it. I just saw Little Miss Sunshine a few weeks ago and immediately I wasn't a fan. i felt the same way watching Napoleon Dynamite, Great performanes, no plot, and not funny. Also I think many of the people on this site probably DO know better than the academy. in the last few years especially the Academy has proven itself out of touch with cinematic art and amazingly susceptible to add campaigns and sappy schlock. There is no other way to explainSaving private Ryan losing to Shakespeare in Love, Chicago winning, or Crash even being nominated. The list of the Academy's blunders goes on for miles. To think that simply because they have a title therefore they are all knowing is bullshit. I watch the same movies they do and often my picks are more on par with quality as I'm sure is the case with many people here.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    street-cred?

    by scratcher

    "Don't mess with that dude, he just ripped an Oscar nominee on an anonymous web forum."

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    Maaatt Daaamon!!

    by S-Mart shopper

    Screw the oscars! Where are the AintItCoolNews Awards? Every movie nominated would be *winners*, isn't it an honor just to be nominated...well fuck yeah, 'cause here a nomination is all you get!<p>Catagories would be titled as such:AintItCool Directors, AintIt Cool Actors, AintItCool Music and so on. Whatchya think Headgeeker?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:20 p.m. CST

    to state the obvious

    by mrbong

    the Oscars long ago ceased to have any relevance in regards of quality cinema. they have more to do with popularity and "we should recognize this person in general" than they have to do with a critical appraisal of the past year at the movies. hence Spielberg and Spielberg "approved" projects getting bucketloads of them in the 90's when, in reality, he should have been getting them on merit in the 80's. nice to see Wahlberg get recognized as the best in The Departed, but then again he should have already had an Oscar for Dirk Diggler. any doubt about the validity (or lack thereof) of the Oscars was summed up by Scorsese himself : "movie making is about making enough money to be allowed to make another film, it's not about awards". the only possible redeeming feature of The Oscars is that Jack Black will never, ever get one.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:18 p.m. CST

    very disappointed that "Zwartboek" didn't get a nod

    by beamish13

    I was really hoping to see Holland get another Foreign Film Oscar...

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Also

    by Mr. Winston

    I realize I'm fighting the uphill battle of my life here, disagreeing with Vern on one point and disagreeing with PAN'S and CoM on many others. So yes, I'm expecting the heap of shit that's about to rain down upon me, but I also know where it's coming from so I'm OK with that.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Borat: the Jim Carrey of Kazakhstan

    by Eternal Watcher

    Once again, the Motion Picture Academy considers broad comedy as less than nothing. "The Devil Wears Prada" can get in because it's so sophisticated, and Meryl Streep is in it. But have a movie where we show two nude men wrestling all over the hotel (and it's still better than anything Vince McMahon has forced upon us), and the Academy just pretends it's not there. A screenplay nod is OK, but Sasha should have been in and Will Smith should have been out.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Large Parts of United 93 are Conjecture...

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    ..and that is where I felt exploited. But I suspect that is part of the premise here. Studios and the powers that be WANT us to view the terrible events of United 93 movie as FACT. So what will happen is people watching this movie will feel that it is a faithful recreation of those events. It is a shady form of revisionist history which is going on. I only say this because as a Muslim, I see the fomenting of hate against Islam. I also see how the suffering of the entire Palestinian people is trivialized and discounted. Anyways, I propose that if studios want to make a movie concerning these events, DONATE ALL profits to the victims.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:23 p.m. CST

    where the freak is the bale nominations

    by crashbarbarian

    Academy... wake up and realize that C. Bale is one of the best actors ever!!!! He was marvelous in the prestige... never even got noticed for the machinist (the most devoted role ever in film) Give the many a trophy before he burries you in the bat cave.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Youa re way off base Mr. Winston

    by IndustryKiller!

    I in fact have seen both Children of Men AND Pan's Labyrinth. In fact I saw Children of Men long before anyone on this site had because I knew a guy who got an academy screener of it back in november. When the movie stopped me and two friends, who are also hardcore film geeks where shocked at how good it was. How well it blended social commentary and cinematic bravado to make a film wholly commercial with an indie sensibility underneath that would absolutely rattle you. The same exact thing could be said about Pan's Labyrinth. And as for agreeing with Mori and Harry I have only one thing ot say tot hat.....what the fuck????!!! You obviously don't come here much. They both, but Harry especially, take a shalacking in these talkbacks onw hat seem like a daily basis. in fact most of the time people go out of their way NOT to agree with them. So now both those matters are settled, care to offer another theory.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Industrykiller!

    by Mr. Winston

    If you read my post carefully I was careful to point out that almost everyone here to who claims that LMS was "just OK" or worse actually DOES believe that. However, I'm inclined to believe that it's part of an AICN herd movement rather than an honest reaction to the film. Wait, let me guess - you think the two best films of last year were CHILDREN OF MEN and PAN'S LABYRINTH, right? <br> <br> Were I to meet someone outside of this forum who had a negative raction to LMS - and there have been a few - I would assume that they had a valid and well-earned reason for that reaction, even as much as I'd disagree with them. Within THESE electronic walls, however, I'm far more suspicious.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    As of right now, I agree that LMS is overrated

    by myspoonistoobig

    But I am a fair guy. I'll watch it again soon. <br><br> These awards suck, but if Borat wins the Oscar, then at least Cohen will get to make another speech.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Mr. Winston

    by scratcher

    It's your opinion, get over it. Nobody else is making up extraneous motives behind you defending the film (like you're in love with the little dancing girl or something). I'm sorry that I wasn't around to comment in the earlier LMS talkback - I haven't been brainwashed by the industry into rushing out to see every film on opening weekend. Some of us think it was okay, and find it strange that the film is nominated for best picture. We don't necessarily like the Oscars - they've been dead to me ever since Last Temptation of Christ was bypassed for best picture, we're just wasting time instead of getting some real work done. Stop it with the martyr shit.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Snakes on a train!What about Sam Jackson for Snakes!!!!

    by Snikkar124

    Get these motherfuckin snakes of this motherfuckin plane,and get me a motherfuckin oscar or I`ll motherfuck youre mother!!!And hoodwiked was robbed motherfuckers!!!!Snakes on a train is coming!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    I didn't like LMS and I exist outside AICN!

    by myspoonistoobig

    I've only been out once though.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    We need to invoke some kind of Lauren Graham rulle

    by JacksParasites

    .

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:27 p.m. CST

    darfurontherocks = free trip to jordan

    by crashbarbarian

    dude, there are so many other people who are suffering worse then those on the west bank and gaza strip... palestine has a country and it's called jordan... if you'd stop strapping on bombs and going into cafe's and pizzarias and killing inocent people then maybe your palestinian friends wouldn't suffer so much

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:36 p.m. CST

    How convenient for your argument Mr. Winston

    by IndustryKiller!

    That no matter what anyone says or any valid point brought up you can respond with "Well I think you are brainwashed". Boy I guess you just win by default eevry time and you can go right past that whole nasty little counterpoint thing. There is a herd mentality on this site Winston....with films like Spider -Man and Batman Begins and other superhero films but not with indie comedies like Little Miss Sunshine, sorry but it just doesnt warrant that with geeks. Also I would say Pans labyrinth and COM are in my top ten of the year but I don't know about my favorite. In fact The Departed my top my list for favorite this year. Others up there would be Half Nelson and The Last King of Scotland, which many critics didnt think was as good a movie as Forest Whitakers performance. I disagree. But I digress, my tastes are everywhere Mr. Winston. I'm sorry but you just cant pidgeon hole me or discredit me like that.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:35 p.m. CST

    The more I think about it, the more pissed I get.

    by Gilkuliehe

    For CUARÓN not getting a nod. I mean, sure, they're all good, but what he did in CoM truly feels like a milestone. Something I've never seen or experienced before and I watch a lot of fucking movies. I mean, to me it was the best picture, but I can understand why people could like BABEL or THE QUEEN better. That's understandable. I don't agree with it, but I can understand it. BUT NOT A BEST DIRECTOR NOM? FUCKING BULLSHIT.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST

    I don't know. I've seen LMS

    by Ralije

    I don't know. I've seen LMS three times. I saw it with my girlfriend and we loved it. I can't remember laughing that much at a movie in forever. Plus it was touching. I then saw it with my parents over Christmas and they fucking died laughing. My parents aren't big movie people but they loved it and couldn't stop laughing and talking about it afterwards. I thought it was an incredibly entertaining movie that had a few touching and deep parts to it. It was leagues better than the Departed, at least, that was pretty okay but was only saved from mediocrity by Leo's acting chops and Marky Mark's humor. And Matt Damon being Matt Damon, who I like a great deal but he hardly makes me dislike or like a movie based on him alone. I'm still saying the two best movies this year were LMS and CoM. Hands down. Letters From Iwo Jima is close up there, too, as was Apocalypto. All of those were at least better than The Departed, The Queen, and lots of other movies that got a bit more attention this year than they deserved.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST

    KipKinkel

    by just pillow talk

    If only that were the case. Your kids and their kids will be singing another tune.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    I'm soooooo happy for Pan's!

    by MrFloppy

    And for no Volver nom, muah ha ha. But I'm very angry, Cuaron deserved a nom.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Little Miss Sunshine = Vacation

    by Kirbymanly

    Hated, hated, hated that movie. Did anyone else notice that its basically "N.L.'s Vaction" for depressive types?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:39 p.m. CST

    Oh and NAPOLEAN SOLO...

    by Gilkuliehe

    ¡¡¡¡¡CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN!!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:40 p.m. CST

    I WANT MY AINTITCOOL AWARDS!!!

    by S-Mart shopper

    Just think, all the films would be voted on by true film fanatics/Tb'ers and not by industry assholes trying to get more money for their next project.<p>I officially begin this petition! I got my vote...

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Why does anyone want Scorcese to win???

    by Nice Marmot

    After not winning for Raging Bull or Goodfellas, I say he's ABOVE winning an Oscar. I don't want him winning a pity Oscar. Oh well, if he does win one, at least it wasn't for Gangs Of New York. Children of Men was THE BEST PICTURE and there was a song out of A Prairie Home Companion I can't think of that deserved a Best Song nom.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:45 p.m. CST

    If "Just got off the phone with" is the new "Gotta Eat"

    by The Funketeer

    Then Harry has only himself to blame.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST

    KipKinkel

    by StandUp

    I completly agree. Too bad Before the Music Dies didn't make the list. That is a fucking brilliant movie.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:53 p.m. CST

    CrashBarbarian

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    That is funny, because it I was to say that Israelis should go back to Europe (I AM NOT), I would be labeled an anti-Semite (I AM NOT). But that is the thing with chaps like you, all you can talk about is the typical terrorist bomb jihad pizzeria 70 virgin rhetoric. And that is because any examination of the root cause of Arab aggression would lead to some uncomfortable questions concerning human right violations of Palestinians. But then again, lots of people are hurting more than those rascally Palestinians, living in their palaces!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:55 p.m. CST

    CHEER UP...

    by The Ghoul

    Children of Men joins a list of great movies that didn't get a best picture nod and will stand up to the test of time...Psycho, 2001, Full Metal Jacket, Hoop Dreams, and Big Lebowski, just to name a few of my favorites.<p> If the Academy had a category for "cutest" picture of the year. Little Miss Sunshine wins the Oscar.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:59 p.m. CST

    CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN

    by PVIII

    easily the best picture of the year. THE PRESTIGE--also amazing. Nice it got nominated for something.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 1:58 p.m. CST

    BringingSexyBack' s Sly comment

    by Lerkst

    Agreed about Stallone; his performance is beyond awards. This is a performance that real movie fans remember and pass on to their kids. Eg's over the last few years; Sean Penn: Assassination of Nixon, Viggo M. in History of Violence, Kurt Russell in Dark Blue, James Whitmore AND Bob Gunton in Shawshank, Jeff Bridges in Big Lebowski, Eric Bana in Chopper, Ryan Gosling in the Believer, Nick Cage in Raising Arizona....these are roles that live on, and on and on. The Academy is irrelevant, ignorant, and what is worst of all--BORING.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2 p.m. CST

    PAPRIKA got straight-up cockblocked

    by Harry Weinstein

    There's a reason that ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES was disqualified for Best Animated Feature, while A SCANNER DARKLY wasn't, and it has nothing to do with "excessive use of live action" and everything to do with keeping the Best Animated Feature category narrowed to three films. The academy would much rather piss off the now-weakened Weinsteins than Warner Bros, and a five-film Best Animated Feature category would likely have ended up with CARS and HAPPY FEET cancelling each other out, Warner's MONSTER HOUSE and SCANNER DARKLY eroding some votes, and a victory for the by-all-accounts-excellent PAPRIKA. As it stands, if CARS and HAPPY FEET cancel each other out, then MONSTER HOUSE stands to possibly win. But with two more films in the mix it would have been very different. Scorcese will be picking up his GOODFELLAS Oscar, only with the name of the wrong movie written on it. And to respond to an earlier post, INFERNAL AFFAIRS wasn't nominated for an Oscar because Hong Kong, in one of the all-time dumbest Oscar moves ever, didn't submit it for consideration, instead sending THE TOUCH, not only a God-awful film (when a supporting performance by Dane Cook is the best thing about an action movie, watch out) that was immediately and rightly disqualified for being MADE ENTIRELY IN FUCKING ENGLISH except for maybe one minute's worth of Mandarin-language dialogue. It's OK, this year Hong Kong submitted a film that wasn't really from Hong Kong at all, THE BANQUET. At least it was a Chinese-language film, a step in the right direction. On an unrelated note, the 141 minute Director's Cut version of FEARLESS is on DVD in Hong Kong now, and it's easily one of the best films I've seen from 2006. The short version, while not BAD, really cuts the heart right out of it. The 141 minute version is legitimately a great movie. And for once, this isn't the American company's fault, but rather the Chinese producers wanted to squeeze in an extra screening per day. The slightly longer US version is a notable improvement over the original Asian cut, but the Director's Cut is in another league completely.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2 p.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with Ang Lee

    by crashbarbarian

    who just got off the phone with curon who agreed co direct a foreign language film about two gay samuris staring tom hanks and co starring cuba gooding jr called japanes beauty

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST

    and yes, Penelope Cruz CAN act

    by Spandau Belly

    The thing is, she can't speak English very well and doesn't really get American culture so her English language films have been pretty terrible.<br><br>She's given many great performances in Spanish playing different types of Spanish women. But she doesn't get American women and their mannerisms and I have no idea what she's saying. In Volver she really carried a film but also had the benefit of a great script and one of the most complicated female roles since Juliette Binoche in Trois Couleurs: Bleu.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Um...The Ghoul?

    by Mr. Winston

    CHILDREN OF MEN standing up with 2001, PSYCHO and FULL METAL JACKET? I know a lot of people loved this movie, including me, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Give it more than a few months before we start stepping into hyperbole.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:09 p.m. CST

    That should have read "three AMERICAN films"

    by Harry Weinstein

    n-t

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:10 p.m. CST

    CHILDREN OF MEN

    by PVIII

    did have some choppy dialogue, especially in the front half. And Mark Whalberg was one of the better things I took away from the Departed, which I found a bit overrated.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Could Scorcese Get the Apology Vote?!

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    To give him the award for Departed would be a huge disservice to the other movies. The acting was great and it was a great movie. However, the original Infernal Affairs was better. And I think that its immediate Oscar competition, with the exception of Dreamgirls is better.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    emu, you're wrong about About A Boy

    by DarthCorleone

    They get polite scattered applause - not a standing ovation. And then Hugh Grant's character gets beaned in the head. Anyway, I thought Little Miss Sunshine was o.k., and I did think the ending was extremely satisfying. But worthy of this level of accolades? Not for me. And I do prefer About A Boy.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    why does Babel's score always get nominated?

    by Amy Chasing

    it was, um, interesting - but not something I'd say "give that the Oscar". And where's Borat? And for that matter, where's Christina Hendricks? Oh yeah, she wasn't in a film last year because you're all not giving her enough work (yeah, I know, neither am I, but I'm, um, busy or something). Otherwise, go Monster House!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    A night of sycophantic bukkake!!!!!

    by vivavitalogy

    I can't wait. I wonder who'll ask for it in their ass fitst.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:25 p.m. CST

    And the Pixar steamroller continues

    by The Pusher

    Cars is going to squash Monster House and Happy Feet. As much as it kills me to pick on Pixar, Cars was just not up to their usual standard. But because of their track record, they'll win the Oscar by default. Even if Monster House is a far superior film.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with MY COCK

    by la_sith

    zzzz

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Michael Bay

    by la_sith

    Transformers will knock your dick in the dirt.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Mr. Winston, I admit...

    by The Ghoul

    I may have overstated my case but my point is that the Academy passes up a lot of movies that I really enjoy and that are nomination worthy.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Scooter Libby

    by la_sith

    Dick Cheney set me up!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:28 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with George Lucas

    by la_sith

    "I look forward to raping civilization's collective childhood."

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:31 p.m. CST

    They've never been more out of touch...

    by El Scorcho

    Little Miss Sunshine? What the FUCK? Sure, it was a fun little diversion, but not even close to being a Best Picture. United 93 got hosed, as did Dreamgirls. And by nominating that 3 times for best song, they have assured that it will not win. Fuck the Academy. The only way they can redeem themselves is by giving best director and best picture to The Departed. Which they won't, because they're fucking retarded.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Is it possible

    by QuinnTheEskimo

    that there were just too many damn good films this year for the Oscars to adequately cover. No love for the Fountain, Casino Royale, Thank You for Smoking, little love for Children of Men and Apocalypto. I loved Little Miss Sunshine and have no problem with it's placement.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:37 p.m. CST

    EL SCORCHO

    by Gilkuliehe

    The only way they can redeem themselves is by giving Cuarón and the entire cast and crew the HONORARY BEST EVERYTHING ACADEMY AWARD. Which they won't, because they´re a bunch of fucking retarded pussies.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    BTW

    by Gilkuliehe

    CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:40 p.m. CST

    I'm glad Dreamgirls didn't get a BP nod,

    by polyh3dron

    but Children of Men being snubbed is one of the Academy's biggest travesties in HISTORY.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Hey, Fucktards...

    by moviemecca

    Have you people actually seen the nominees? I feel like i'm qualified to post, having seen them all, and some of these posts have obviously been done by morons with too much time on their hands. Go out and actually watch the nominated films-DREAMGIRLS was a boring piece of shit, glad they overlooked it. Hudson deserved the nom, but Murphy is a jackass and deserves to fade into obscurity. CHILDREN OF MEN was amazing and deserved a best pic nom, LMS was cute and did not. UNITED 93 was the bravest film of the year (fuck you, haters!) and blah, blah, blah. Are you going to bark all day, little doggies, or are you going to bite?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I just got off with Don Murphy

    by myspoonistoobig

    ...who I hear pwns teh suk. He was cheadling his taint and told me that flames on Optimus = food in his belly. He's cookin the books because Don Murphy gotta eat, go home, have a beer and cheet on his wife. Damn you Michael Bay/Tom Rothman -- too soon.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:53 p.m. CST

    These noms will cause some revising of rules

    by hatramroany

    All 5 producers from LMS passed with flying colors from the PGA, but the Academy only allows 3 nominees, so who will get kicked out. Screenplays. Borat is adapted because the character was existing, but Letters was based on letters that were written so how is that original?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST

    oh shit

    by myspoonistoobig

    got off THE PHONE. THE PHONE. Oh fuck.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Borat?

    by Manatee

    Wasn't much of the script improvised? In fact, how scripted was the movie? I'm just beside myself with disappointment that Casino Royale didn't get a sniff. I thought the Academy loved critically acclaimed blockbusters? Take out the Borat nomination for adapted and replace it with Casino Royale. Would that have been so outrageous? What a bummer.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Vern-The problem with nominating Prince...

    by CatVutt

    Is that damn song is absolute lightweight, silly fluff that he hopefully tossed off in half and hour in the studio, and something he has no business getting an Oscar for. And frankly, as nearly a lifelong Prince fan myself, I actually rather not even see him try to perform it live.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Not...

    by CatVutt

    That the other songs are much better, I'll give you that...but it's Prince. It's one thing to see him get up there and fucking nail Purple Rain like he did back in the day, but 'Song of the heart'? I'm depressed enough the guy is going to be performing with a damn marching band at the Super Bowl. This is the guy who got Tipper Gore's panties in a bunch and played a huge part in getting them big black stickers slapped all over everything? (sigh)

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:07 p.m. CST

    LMS backlash

    by Mr. Neutron

    Man, everyone drools over the Sundance flicks during the festival, then tears them apart when they get nominated for an oscar. It's like a bunch of goths standing outside the school sharing a smoke. So cool, so... whatever.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:11 p.m. CST

    What did KRS-One say?

    by Darth Thoth

    "And the award shows... for pimps and hoes.. and every other hypocrite..." Say word. The Oscars are a joke. With that said, for what they are worth I'm glad Del Toro and Whitaker (in particular) and a few other folks (not usually recognized) are (finally) being recognized for their talents. By the way, it's also about time Djimon Hounsou was given props for the great actor he is. This is his 2nd nomination. Holla. Finally and I almost forgot. Keke Palmer was excellent in Akeelah and the Bee. Obviously it was just a fun family film. But she carried the flick all by herself at age 13 or whatever. She should get props for that man. She was as dynamic as any other actress I've seen this year. I'm out. I have to get some rest on my brain before listening to our idiot President spew forth more of his traditional nonsense later tonight. Peace.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST

    what is it..

    by Staldo

    what is it that the academy, directors like Scorsese, casting directors, critics, ANYBODY sees in DiCaprio? I know it's been asked before. He does have a kind of bland furrow-browed earnestness about him in all his roles, and a fetus-like face that could make him,with the right makeup, look like just about anybody, but nothing that suggests anything like the accolades and meaty roles that this man has been awarded. In all his roles he sounds like a helium-voiced fourteen year old, and he has a pretty shitty ear for the various accents he's attempted. Could somebody please enlighten this naive prick as to what transcendent thespian quality this eternal man-boy posesses?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Somebody tell Ganymede he's wrong about Moulin Rouge.

    by Gilkuliehe

    Cuz I don't want to say anything unrelated to CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:16 p.m. CST

    For those hating on CLICK...

    by Nachokoolaid

    Fuck off. It's not like they nominated it for Best Picture. One of the toughest things to do convincingly on film is to do age make-up. CLICK did an amazing job of realistically showing the characters age at several points in about a 50 year span. I remember when I saw it that I commented on how good the make-up was and I secretly wished it would get some recognition. I never honestly thought it would get an Oscar nom, but I'm more than pleased that it did.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:17 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Marty Scorscese

    by Pound Sand

    and he said that The Departed was gonna sweep this year, and he already had an acceptance speech that thanked both Jebus and the little people. Also, he said the show was gonna run late.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Children Of Men

    by Cameron1

    is in danger of becoming too overrated, it's going to put people off. I love the film, it's my top one of 2006 but I think we need to chill before calling it a masterpiece.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:22 p.m. CST

    ecstatic why now?

    by Jack Burton

    Oh yeah, for Pan's Labyrinth. A flick that hasn't opened anywhere outside of a major metro area. United 93 passed over without a Best Pic nom, but a best Director nom for Greengrass? Bullshit. That's a pity nomination. And no awards of any kind of V for Vendetta in the art direction or cinematography categories? Bullshit again. Little Miss Sunshine for best picture. Are you kidding me? I saw it last week, it's a good little dysfunctional family dramedy. It's not great and it sure as hell isn't Best Picture worthy. If it had an ending maybe that would have helped. This is Scorsese's year. The academy loves it when auteurs turn in crowd pleasing blockbusters. Still, it's a pretty ridiculous list. I don't know why I even bother, every year the Academy misfires. Why still be surprised?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Dreamgirls Snub - Quick, call Jesse Jackson!

    by Kraaken

    I can hear it now - the great black snub. Jamie Foxx better play this cool and not shoot off his mouth or he could end up getting a smear on his reputation. The film was a good one, but I would hate to see this become another big racial injustice issue, even though it did get a bunch of other nominations. I will say this, however. It could easily have taken the place of Little Miss Sunshine, which was no more than an above average comedy. Absolutely nothing memorable about it other than a really fine performance by Abigail Breslin. I could name 30 or 40 films that I believe are much, much better that that one was. It is truly amazing how Hollywood gets the PR train rolling on some films, while others never get the chance to leave the station.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Moulin Rouge

    by moviemecca

    Hey, fucktard, get yer facts straight, at least. MOULIN didn't win Best Picture...Jesus. And I'm not stating facts, just opinions that all the stupid people should maybe SEE the movies before dissing. 'K?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by CatVutt

    "Over the Hedge" was twice as enjoyable as the often dull and meandering 'Happy Feet', and even "Flushed Away" is more worthy of a nomination than that thing. Seriously, folks. Watch HF again when it comes to DVD. There's long stretches of penguins just dancing and dancing and tapping and dancing which, while being visually kind of nifty at first, gets old and tedious real, real quick.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by CatVutt

    "Over the Hedge" was twice as enjoyable as the often dull and meandering 'Happy Feet', and even "Flushed Away" is more worthy of a nomination than that thing. Seriously, folks. Watch HF again when it comes to DVD. There's long stretches of penguins just dancing and dancing and tapping and dancing which, while being visually kind of nifty at first, gets old and tedious real, real quick.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:29 p.m. CST

    OKAY! Del Toro is your friend! WE KNOW!!!

    by beerbeastredux

    Jeez Harry. Enough name dropping? Benecio, my friend. MY FRIEND DEL TORO got nominated... Doesnt mean you got nominated with him ya leech.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:35 p.m. CST

    And another thing...

    by CatVutt

    I hate double posts.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Alan Arkin

    by vivavitalogy

    I hate these award shows but if you have to give someone a pewter staue then it better be him!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:38 p.m. CST

    And while I'm at it:

    by vivavitalogy

    Forest & Del Toro.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Tune in to see who Scorsese loses to this time!

    by CreasyBear

    .

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:45 p.m. CST

    You folks must understand...

    by Darth Thoth

    It's all a game. These studios put up big $$ so that their films/ actors get props. It's all a game. That's why so many familiar folks get nominated all the time. That's why movies that have no business winning anything always appear out of nowhere. Only here and there do good movies/ actors get in off the sake of their art only. I'm telling you, politics are big time. That's why the Oscars is a joke. I used to get upset. Now, I'm like screw em. I mean for instance, no "critic" can tell me Pan's Labyrinth was not one of the top 5 films to come out last year. Little Miss Sunshine? Are you serious? You see what I'm saying? It's a joke. J-O-K-E Joke. The Academy has always consisted of political sellouts. Literally. Movies are literally "sold" to them, perks included. It's a farce.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:43 p.m. CST

    now couldn't Apocalypto....

    by Buzzsawlenny

    be considered as best foreign language film...there are plenty south american countries where mayans lived...just saying...one of them could nominate it...

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    No United 93 for Best Picture invalidates everything

    by Jinxo

    I was actually into the nominees and some of the choices that were made. But way before this, I told myself, if United 93 isn't up for Best Picture, I think I'll lose all respect for the Oscar Awards. Read the Best Picture nominees and, bam, totally happened. Huge movie fan but for me The Oscars are garbage. Not worth my time. How can the most powerful film I saw all year not only not win Best Picture but not even merit a nomination!?!?! The Academy has lost my respect and my interest in the awards - this year and beyond - is gone. Shame on you, Academy members.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:50 p.m. CST

    New rule for best actor and best actress:

    by CreasyBear

    The award isn't given until the actor submits two movies, playing different characters. For example, Russell Crowe puts in The Insider and Gladiator, showcasing two completely different characters believably. Denzel puts in Philadelphia and Malcolm X. If the actor gives a great performance by simply being himself (a la` excitable Cuba Gooding as an excitable guy in Jerry Maguire), the award goes to the casting agent, not the actor. No range, no Oscar.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:49 p.m. CST

    oh and also....

    by Buzzsawlenny

    BOO....i saw nearly everything on this list and i loved Children Of Men better than every 1 of them<p> With United 93,The Prestige,The departed,and Apocalypto making up the rest of the top 5<p> and a 8 year old for best supporting actress? whaaaaa?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    LETTERS Controversy

    by Mr. Winston

    Here I think is the distinction, and someone can tell me if I'm wrong here: <br> <br> The "Adapted" category only counts as adaptation if the source material was ever published, i.e. if the letters ever ended up, in full or in majority, in a literary publication after being paid for. <br> <br> There was a similar misunderstanding in 2002 when MEMENTO was nominated for Best Original Screenplay even though Christopher Nolan based it on one of his brother's short stories. It just so happened that the story was unpublished when he sold the screenplay. <br> <br> Again, that's just my understanding - if the case is otherwise feel free to correct me. As far as I know the source material for LETTERS had been featured in several magazine articles over the years but the letters themselves were never published in their entirety.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:56 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Guillermo Del Toro

    by crashbarbarian

    "I don't even know this Harry character but i bet he'd give me a bj if i asked him for one... right now, comon Harry.. give me some"

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Hmmm...

    by FilmNerdJamie

    Personally, I think Dreamgirls was the victim of it's own hype, and not some racism conspiracy (some) dumb-fucks will attempt to peg its snubb on; that and the surprise resurgance of Letters From Iwo Jima not to mention the Academy's (apparent) undying love of Eastwood. Btw...you guys think it'll be Babel or The Depated nabbing 'Best Picture' this year?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Monster House v. Cars

    by jimmy_009

    Monster House was more original, and had that cool 80's feel to it, but the ending just plain sucked. Cars might have that been there, done that type of feel to it, but at least it was solid throughout. Happy Feet isn't even worth talking about.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Why all the LMS Hate ?

    by Donnie_Drunko

    Seriously our focus on Little Miss Sunshine taking Children of Men's spot should be redirected at The Queen. It is The Queen that does not belong. Yea The Queen had really great acting in what felt like a well made TV movie of the week but not deserving of a Best Film Nor Best Director nomination!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:09 p.m. CST

    LMS

    by jimmy_009

    I think someone said it before, it's an afterthought. I watched it, got a chuckle here and there, but it just isn't a Best Picture nominee in any stretch of the imagination. The plotting was contrived, the characters Quirky with a capital Q. It was ok, but should not be on that list.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Knobules: Aliens was not nominated for Best Picture

    by Jack Burton

    The best it got was Sigourney Weaver for best actress. It was nominated for a slew of technical awards including editing, effects, etc. Did it deserve a nomination? Abso-freaking-lutely.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Letters from Aliens

    by hatramroany

    Aliens was not up for best picture, the only Sci-Fi movie nominated was Star Wars. But was Borat ever published? Or since the character was on a tv show, that is being 'published'

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Where's Diora Baird for Best Actress?!

    by Kirbymanly

    F-ing Academy losers! Didn't they see her in Texas Chainsaw? Fools I tells ya! FOOLS!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:18 p.m. CST

    The Departed has no chance, because it's good.

    by CreasyBear

    The Academy usually goes for things much more, how to say this without sounding shallow and plebian . . . "boring as hell". For every Return of the King, there are ten English Patients. Anyway, you get the point. To show how erudite they are, the voters naturally gravitate toward anything that's boring, with plenty of angst and ennui. Sissy Spacek's "In the Bedroom", Brenda Blethyn in "Secrets and Lies", blah, blah, blah. I'm no fan of crap like Armageddon and Independence Day, but there surely is middle ground: quality, without being nothing more than a movie about miserable people being sullen and emotional ("Closer", anyone?)

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I'm not mad at LMS for taking COM's spot...

    by El Scorcho

    Children of Men is very overrated. Not quite like Little Miss Sunshine is after this bullshit nomination, but overrated nonetheless. But seriously, Little Miss Sunshine over United 93 and Dreamgirls?!?!? If they were gonna nominate LMS for anything, it should have gotten a couple more acting noms. The Academy is known for not being kind to straight-up fun/entertaining movies, but they were this year... which makes me even more mad that something like The Prestige didn't get more love. I must say I haven't seen Babel, but from the looks of it, fuck that movie, too.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:25 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Michael Richards

    by la_sith

    He's VERY angry that LITTLE MAN was snubbed.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    You LMS haters are pathetic followers...

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    First off, the Academy RARELY nominates comedies, so their nomination of LMS is a gutsy choice. Would you have rather seen Dreamgirls up there? Because I got news for ya, it was either that or LMS. Second, I love how Vern makes a comment and everyone tries to echo his sentiments...what a bunch of lemmings most of you talkbackers are. Noone SAW Children of Men, its as simple as that. You can't vote for a movie if you have 2 weeks to see it. That film should have been an 07 release if they wanted Oscar glory. I'm ticked off about some omissions myself (United 93), but since when have the Oscars been perfect (or even close to the mark)? This is an organization that never gave Kubrick or Hitchcock shit...like 2001, The Fountain had no chance, deal with it, we know how great some of the omitted films are and thats all that matters. But seriously, quit with the "Little Miss Overrated" bullshit...I don't even think most of the people saying that have SEEN the damn movie! Unlike Borat (which, funny or not, is about as un-cinematic as it gets...its one step above Jackass 2), it was a REAL movie rather than a bunch of leftovers from the TV show pasted together. In a year with dreadful comedies like Beerfest and Accepted (and Click and Little Man and....I'm gonna throw up), why can't the Academy nominate one of the good ones? Like I said, it got Dreamgirls' spot...instead of complaining, how about showing some damn gratitude!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:26 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Axl Rose

    by la_sith

    He says CHINESE DEMOCRACY will be out in March!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:29 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with James Brown

    by la_sith

    "HEYYYYyy....bury me already!"

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:33 p.m. CST

    Holy Crap

    by Larry of Arabia

    They are ALL good movies. They may all not be GREAT, but they are at least all GOOD and well-liked. Same with almost all of the nominations (they always screw up song).

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:41 p.m. CST

    JimmyLoneWolf

    by scratcher

    Dude, you're too cool for school. Vern took a swipe at LMS, and somebody defended it. So can we then get your approval to respond to the guy defending, or does that make us followers of Vern? (Not that I'm against being a follower of Vern, mind you.) We're not complaining, we're discussing the merits of a film. Others in this forum have ripped the Oscars, so why are you just following along like a lemming? I love people who complain about complaining, as if that's somehow different.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:43 p.m. CST

    another shitty year for film

    by jojo-pimp

    man, these ones just plain suck. i am sure they are decently acted , well made movies, but man, nothing really overly entertaining or exciting about these nominees at all.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Volver

    by kuryakin

    I was surprised that Almodovar wasn't even nominated, bar the performance of Ms Cruz. I mean the guy is treated like a God in Europe and around the world, yet he rarely seems to register with American audiences/award shows. Also did Michael Haneke's Cache get released in the US? I never saw any mention of it really. Now THAT was an intense experience. I can't remember the last time a film stuck with me for so long afterwards. I'm not surprised we don't see Haneke's film nominated but I am both surprised and disappointed that more wasn't made of Volver. And as for Children of Men - personally I thought it was one of the best films of the year, as well as the best surprise. The trailer made it look dull and worthy but it was truly astonishing. Especially the scene with Danny Huston and the Pink Floyd pig - what the fuck??? To sum up - pull my finger

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5 p.m. CST

    Fuck.

    by BannedOnTheRun

    That Funky Bunch reunion is NEVER gonna happen now.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Kuryakin

    by Jared

    Yes, Cache did have a limited release in the US. Great film.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Is "Childern of fucking men" the new "gotta eat." ???

    by lionbiu

    Anyway, I must add that Children of Men was fantastic...it was flawed, but was ingeniously directed and had me gripped to the screen. Why it was nominated is a big mystery...but it will becoome a cult classic. LMS is slightly overrated, but I think The Queen is vastly more overrated...a big load of tosh. A big screen version of Bremmer's impressions. Just to add CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN!!!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Best short of the year goes to Bruce Campbell

    by Azazyel

    Why shouldn't Casino Royale be seriously considered? It’s been looked at for the BAFTAs (check out Eva Green's nomo) in the UK and entertained me the most in the last year. Why have the Oscars gotta roll their noses up at popular work. There is no such thing as 'high art' or 'low art' - just 'art’ (Bill Watterson). Pan's Labyrinth deserved being thrown in for best movie, not just best movie in a foreign language.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:03 p.m. CST

    Children of Men wasn't a downer

    by caravaggio

    the whole movie was about hope and the human spirit.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:05 p.m. CST

    CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN!!!!!CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN!!!!

    by caravaggio

    why wont anyone recognize CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN!!!!!?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Little Miss Shitshine

    by houndog

    I can't believe this steaming pile of independent film cliches got nominated. Oh I forgot, the octegenarians who vote consider it "edgy".

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:04 p.m. CST

    I love them cupcakes like McAdams loves Gosling

    by Garbageman33

    Glad to see he got nominated. As if going home to Rachel McAdams isn't enough of an award. I would have liked to see Streetfight get nominated for best documentary, though.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:10 p.m. CST

    "It's like... you're opinion man"

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Driving Miss Daisy<br> <br> Forrest Gump<br> <br> Shakespeare in Love <br> <br> American Beauty <br> <br> A Beautiful Mind <br> <br> Chicago<br> <br> Crash<br> <br> Little Miss Sunshine has a BIG chance of winning. The academy in the end always choose the easy, feel good or "quirky" film. I think because usually they stick out. The most solid and challenging films usually end in a depressing manner or are ambiguous.<br> <br> The "easy" film sticks out like a pop song in a playlist full of jazz and punk rock. I think that's what their choices lead too. Not truly based on the film itself, but the context of it's placement among the other films.<br> <br> It's Coldplay vs Radiohead. What can you do? <br> <br> I wouldn't mind any them winning to be honest. I feel their all good in their own right. I can't compare "Sunshine" to "Crash". "Crash" was a heaping pile of BS. At least "Sunshine" has heart.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST

    The Oscars lost all credibility last year

    by CTU Mole

    When it became the Mtv Movie Awards. Although it is indeed hard out there for a pimp.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:15 p.m. CST

    Forgot

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Go <b>RINKO!!!</b> She turned in one of the most amazing and raw performance this year. Hurray Rinko Kikuchi(Da Coochie) Hee hee. Just kidding. Seriously, I hope she takes it home.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:13 p.m. CST

    Vern, here's my defense of LMS...

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    Little Miss Sunshine is something special. Someone complained about it lacking an ending, thats one of the things I loved most about it: we don't get the "happy ending". This family is pretty much screwed, and the film has the balls to not cheat on that. Yeah, the ending FEELS uplifting, but look deeper...the film is more subversive than it seems (especially the stuff at the beauty pageant which is truly horrific and memorable). I love Vacation, but this film aspires to much more than that film did. In fact, it might be the finest celebration of family I've seen anywhere...there are so many touching moments (like when the little girl hugs her mom at her brother's request at the hospital) that just really worked for me. It balances cynicism and sentiment PERFECTLY (better than any other "family" comedy ever made). It also is exceedingly true to its characters...the Dad really does adhere to his principles throughout the movie. I wanted to slap that woman in the hospital, but since Kinnear doesn't believe in "complaining", he plays along and escapes right under her nose. Its not what I'd have done...but its TRUE TO HIM. This is simply a superb character-based film, and I think the people who feel it shouldn't have been nominated simply don't like movies like this on principle. They want "important" films nominated. Well, whats more important than showing America that movies about "families" need not be Christmas with the Cranks or RV or Deck the Halls? A funny thing happened while I watched Little Miss Sunshine...about halfway through I realized this ISNT a "dysfunctional" family, its an AMERICAN family, and thats what I appreciated most about LMS: the way it celebrates the "odd" and "abnormal" as an integral part of the American character. I don't know about you Vern, but I loved that. I haven't seen Talladega Nights yet so you may be right on that one, but I dont think Borat deserved a Best Picture nomination because the entire film was one performance and there was no script. Cohen deserved a best actor nominaion, but thats it.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:13 p.m. CST

    And the award goes to..."Pan's Labyrinth"

    by BannedOnTheRun

    For Best Use of an Eyeball in the Palm since "The Gate!"

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Michael Caine

    by Driver8

    Cuaron got robbed,Michael Caine got robbed. Just watching his performance was infectious including his unique interaction with the other characters. Oh yeah, Borat made me laugh so hard I coughed up my spleen.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I can't believe it!

    by DukeDeMondo

    United 93 isn't down for Best Picture? that's insane! surely it'll walk with that Directing doohickey. ah, how am i kiddin, course it won't, but by god it SHOULD. www.mondoirlando.com/united93.html

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Also, regarding the Inconvienient Truth song

    by DukeDeMondo

    That was easily the most cloying, least impressive element of an astounding picture. www.mondoirlando.com

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Children of Men

    by caravaggio

    there was no commercials for Children of Men. i live in LA and i saw one billboard. it has pleanty going for it. it could have been marketed as an action sci-fi. it's got plenty of great actors in it. i just dont get. actually i do, it's hollywood, who really gives a fuck. that piece of shit crash won last year. i seriously turned that movie off half way thru.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Blackademy 2: Electric Boogaloo

    by Fred Asparagus

    You heard it here first.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST

    scratcher

    by JimmyLoneWolf

    I'm not adressing people who were "having a discussion". I was adrssing people who were writing 3 line posts saying "Little Miss Shitshine". Yeah, those people REALLY came to this talkback with that in their mind. Doubtful. As for the (100) people "defending" Vern's comment (by writing "LMS sucks fuckin ass"), if people aren't simply "echoing" his sentiments (although with some of what they've written, thats actually an insult to Vern's more reasonable position) then why haven't there been any posts complaining about any of the other nominations? Every other post is about LMS! Is it THAT bad? No, its just that you guys have seen hardly any of the other nominees so thats the one that gets picked on (same as Crash, which I didn't like much myself but which I think got a much worse rap than it deserved). You guys haven't said a word about whether The Queen deserved to beat CoM or United 93, I wonder why? Noone's "complaining about complaining", I'm complaining about the sheer number of people miffed about this one movie (ironically, probably the only nominated film most of these people have seen, besides The Departed). Perhaps you had that idea in your head to begin with, but I doubt everyone else did. And I didn't "rip the Oscars" in my post, I defended them and their selection while also admitting that they don't always have th best judgement...learn to read dummy.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:41 p.m. CST

    LMS about the American family?

    by jimmy_009

    I've never met a single family like that one in my whole life. I doubt anyone here has either. It's like the screenwriter watched a Wes Anderson marathon then sat down at his computer, to bang out a script in a day or two. Granted, it had some humorous parts, but it had no more resonance than any other feel good comedy like About a Boy or that movie with the ugly British male strippers. And to the complaint that comedies aren't nominated enough, I agree. Just choose the right comedies. For my money I'd rather see 40 Year Old Virgin get a nomination.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    The Founatin

    by nEo4EvEr

    Where is the aicn news crew at?Everybody raved about the fountain and now your turn your backs on it?It had a amazing SCORE,VISUAL EFFECT AND COULD HAVE GOTTEN ONE FOR EDITING!!!!!! This is a fucking JOKE!United 93 and Cuaron got screwed also.I saw babel it isn't that good...Good for Pan's though.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Sorry, didn't mean to defend my position, JLoneWolf

    by jimmy_009

    I didn't even read Vern's comments. But I will no longer talk about LMS since it bothers you so much.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Why is Babel not under Foreign Film Category?

    by jimmy_009

    but Pan's is? What gives?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:50 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Jared Leto

    by la_sith

    30 Seconds To Mars is the worst band ever.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Alexander Graham Bell

    by Garbageman33

    He said if he'd known it'd be turned into yet another AICN catchphrase, he never would've invented the damn thing. He also asked me what "gotta eat" is supposed to mean.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 6 p.m. CST

    "Dear Vern, . . . love, JimmyLoneWolf"

    by scratcher

    If you want to have private sycophant conversations with Vern without all of us wannabees, go to his site www.lulu.com/outlawvern , his email's there. Sorry to disappoint you, but there've been films other than LMS discussed here, and we're free to talk about as many as we like even if we haven't seen them all. I complained about Volver being left off, for example. I'd still be talking about that, but everyone appears to support that view. It's only when there's a difference of opinion that a CONVERSATION develops. Some of us who thought LMS was just okay have written why, and those of your ilk have defended it. Sure there are some who like to jump in with 3 word posts, but it's a stupid web forum, what do you expect - a grad seminar? As for your opinions of the Oscars, this: "since when have the Oscars been perfect (or even close to the mark)? This is an organization that never gave Kubrick or Hitchcock shit...like 2001," is close enough to ripping the Oscars for me. And the proper grammar would be, "...learn to read, dummy."

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 6:14 p.m. CST

    jimmylonewolf: nice defense of LMS

    by emu47

    And for the record, I picked on The Queen in an earlier post. I'd love to see that one knocked off the list for the sake of Children of Men. I believe in LMS because I really think it is far more subversive, as you say, than it may have appeared to most audiences. Also, hell with it -- I think Letters from Iwo Jima is riding the overrated wave, too, borne on sheer goodwill toward Clint. I'd love to see that replaced with United 93. But what can you do?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Gentlemen, I give you your new catchphrase...

    by Laserbrain

    'I just got off the phone with..._____" Yeah, and Cohen competely deserved an actor nomination.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Shouldn't

    by kikuchiyoboy

    "The Queen" be under "Foreign Film". I'm pretty sure we're not British. At least not since 1776.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 6:39 p.m. CST

    MARK W

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    What i liked about his performance in The Departed is the way he played it so it would seem like a hundred other actors could have done the exact same thing with the role. That being said, good to see greengrass and gosling. it's all subjective people, everyone's right!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 6:43 p.m. CST

    It's official; "CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN!!!!"...

    by Napolean Solo

    The new "GOTTA EAT". ©2007 Gilkuliehe LLC. All Rights Reserved.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the defenses

    by Vern

    I still don't see it, but it's good to know what it is you like about it. To me THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS is kind of about a similar theme but it connects with me more personally and at the same time is light years beyond LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE on technical filmmaking levels.<p> I don't buy Mr. Winston's claim about people talking up CHILDREN OF MEN and PAN'S LABYRINTH without seeing them. Why would they do that? Who does that? That's just weird.And liking something just because Harry likes it? I always thought it was the opposite around here. I don't see that happening.<p> As for THE QUEEN, I haven't seen it but everybody claims it's good. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE I have seen so I can speak for it. I also don't remember any of this Oscar talk and what not when the movie first came out but that's probaly because after seeing the movie I wasn't interested in reading anything about it.<p> For the record: DAVE CHAPPELLE'S BLOCK PARTY was my favorite movie of the year, it got zero nominations. In my opinion. I don't remember if Harry or Moriarty even reviewed that one.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Dave Chappelle's Block Party was ROBBED!!

    by scratcher

    Well, actually, it was kinda uneven, wasn't it? I don't think it was even Gondry's best of the year, that was Science of Sleep (runner-up to Volver as Best Foreign LANGUAGE Film). Ten years from now, I'll probably remember '06 as the year that SoS came out, and forget all the other crap. Gondry's the new Melies, after all.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Doesn't the Queen speak

    by kikuchiyoboy

    Gaelic? Crazy Brits. I know nothing of those dudes except for "Monty Mutha Fuck'n Python". Oh and The original Office rules unholy ass.<br> <br> On a side note: Helen Mirren's performance turned me on. Whenever she cruised around in that Land Rover... I got a chubby. Is that wierd? I could watch a whole movie of her cruising around in that Land Rover. "The Queen Cruises The Country" that's a film if I ever heard one. Rex Rexroth probably had it. Damn that would have been a good screen name, "Rex Rexroth".<br> Whatever.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7 p.m. CST

    Casino Royale: 9 BAFTA noms, 0 Oscar noms

    by Tubbs Tattsyrup

    AND Eva Green got a nomination for the "Rising Star" award. I mean, sure, it's a British film, so it's bound to get more BAFTA nominations than Oscar nominations, but you'd think a film with THAT MANY nominations (beaten only by The Queen for most) would get at least ONE Oscar nod. The BAFTA noms kick ass this year - Bond got 9 and Pan's got 8! Children of Men only got 3 though, but all deserved - cinematography, visual effects, production design. And how come the British Academy nominate 5 films in EVERY category (except for animation, weirdly), whereas the US Academy only do 3 for the technical ones??? The Bafta VFX nominees are Pan's, CoM, Casino Royale, Pirates 2, and Superman btw.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Good analogy kikuchiyoboy

    by IndustryKiller!

    The academy always go for the "pop songs". We should all brace ourselves for a Little Miss Sunshine win. and if Crash and LMS can do it we should expect a tough showdown between Spider-Man 3 and Transformers at next years ceremony

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7 p.m. CST

    Why HAPPY FEET should win

    by Bryan

    I guess I'm the first (and last) person to stand up for HAPPY FEET in the animated feature category. I actually think it will win, because as much of a hit as CARS was, HAPPY FEET seemed to get a much warmer reaction from the general public and from critics. But we'll see.<p> I actually think CARS is underrated. On a technical level it's absolutely incredible. The animation is way ahead of what anyone else is doing. The atmospheric lighting in some of those scenes, the detailed sound design, the textures and reflections, the crowd scenes, the trademark Pixar attention to detail. I liked it as a story too but it's true that it's one of Pixar's least effective (arguably only better than A BUG'S LIFE). And the weirdness of the world-of-cars premise makes it harder to invest in the characters, somehow.<p> MONSTER HOUSE was okay, and it stood out from other animated features (if you count it as animation, which I'm not sure you should since motion capture is not done frame by frame, it's more like puppetry). But I think it's hugely flawed. First of all, in trying to improve on what they did in POLAR EXPRESS I think they actually took a step back. Yes, they avoided the creepy soul-less eyes, but to me the giant cartoony heads with realistic mocap bodies were more distracting and bizarre. And just on an artistic level the look of the movie was not as impressive as POLAR EXPRESS. More importantly, this is a movie that should have been done in live action. There is nothing about the story that is improved by it being animated, and there is plenty that is lessened. If it was a live action world with a special effects house it would have been a much better movie. Even though there are good things about it (the chubby friend was a good character) I think it would be a shame if this somehow won.<p> I think HAPPY FEET is much more effective than the other two and it breaks more artistic ground for animated features. In a year deluged by talking animal movies this is the only one that really caught on big, and I think that's because it doesn't even feel like it's in the same genre. If anything it's closest to live action movies like George Miller's other animal movie, BABE: PIG IN THE CITY. It has the same sort of timeless feel, universal themes and dark undertones. It's also an epic - I don't know how anyone could see it and not be impressed by those early scenes with the thousands of male penguins protecting their eggs in the storm, it was like something out of Lord of the Rings. Plus, most of the movie takes place in locations surrounded by hundreds of penguins. A movie made up mostly of crowd scenes - it couldn't be done in any other medium.<p> Also, the design and movements of the characters is more realistic than most anyone has done in a computer animated feature so far. That's not usually what I would look for, but for this story it was perfect.<p> Of course, to enjoy the movie you have to accept the musical aspect and the fact that Robin Williams plays two characters. But the singing is completely organic to the story and at least one of the Williams characters is so well animated that he becomes lovable.<p> Plus, any harmless penguin movie that drives Massawyrm, Sean Hannity and Michael Medved all into moronic, frothing rages of ridiculousness deserves some extra points.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7:06 p.m. CST

    'since '76'

    by Lerkst

    right on. Being Canadian, I can appreciate that statement. Look, people need to face facts; the Oscars have no relevance in the film industry anymore. This appears to be another 'token black' Oscar show this year. You know what I mean--where the Academy says 'well, I suppose we should make the minorites feel important..they've come SO far!" They did it in in 2001, and they are doing it now. It's archaic, and just plain derivative. Prime example of the irrelevance, this is. Instead, I'll sit my son down and watch Rocky Balboa with him, and show him real talent.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7:10 p.m. CST

    To be honest

    by kikuchiyoboy

    I just like the word Gaelic. So I put it in the sentence. "Gaelic" sounds cool. <br> "The Queen would not approve. She'd bust you up."<br> Hot. I hope Angelina Jolie style.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7:09 p.m. CST

    I actualy prefer the Golden Globes

    by Doctor_Sin

    Fuck the Oscars. They are so out of touch, it's sad.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Monster House was animated, and so was Davey Jones

    by scratcher

    This distortion going around regarding mocap (or "PerformanceCapture") is ridiculous. If you've ever worked with captured data you know that it needs a huge amount of work to make it usable. Plus, it takes a trained ANIMATOR to turn it into something as exaggerated as the performances in Monster House. It's really just an advanced version of rotoscoping, and that's animation. Give some credit to the artists who made that film - it wasn't automatic. Plus, everything else WAS keyframed, especially that amazing House. If you're going to be a stickler about defining animation as being adjusted by a human on every frame, then any keyframed CGI film should be excluded (like Happy Feet).

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7:27 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Dick Cheney

    by la_sith

    Anyone seen my neck?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Happy Feet was my favorite "big name" pic this year

    by Doctor_Sin

    I bet "Pan's" would be my Best Picture pic - if I had seen it. Did it show in Austin? Damn - *I* feel out of touch.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Brian Dennehy

    by la_sith

    He wants to know why he's not going to be in RAMBO 4

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7:28 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Don Cheadle

    by Doctor_Sin

    He's so fuckin' pissed, yo.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7:36 p.m. CST

    i just got off the phone with Brad Pitt

    by crashbarbarian

    "i...i...i... i was in Babel...hello"

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Doctor Sin

    by kikuchiyoboy

    "Pan's "is at Regal Arbor Cinema http://www.fandango.com/TheaterListings.aspx?pn=2&location=Austin,%20TX It's the future, it's called "Fandango". =)<br> <br> Seriously though, I don't live there. But I figured I'd help you out. It's a fine film.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Congratulations to Jackie Earle Haley

    by Ribbons

    He's been snubbed by several other awards shows of significance, so his Oscar nod probably tastes especially sweet. He's worked fairly hard at re-establishing himself as an actor, so hopefully this recognition will garner him more roles.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 7:52 p.m. CST

    Vern

    by Ribbons

    I agreed with most of what you said, just wanted to let you know it's "web site" or "website," like construction site, not "web sight." You may already know this and insist on spelling it "web sight" as an act of defiance, in which case you'll probably use web sight about five times if you respond just to mess with me. But I figured I'd let you know just in case.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:04 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Napoleon.

    by Gilkuliehe

    And yes. Almost 24 hours sinced I read the nominations I'm still saying the same. CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:13 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Paul Haggis

    by Manatee

    He demands a recount!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:21 p.m. CST

    I knew the Academy would lick "Feet"

    by amrisharmpit

    If they didn't nominate it, they would be sniffing "Feet." So it was either gonna get nose or tongue, and they gave it tongue.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:22 p.m. CST

    not enough prestige!

    by Obscura

    funnything.... easily the film i enjoyed most this year. somehow nolan manages to do something to me everytime i see one of his films, i cjust cant get them out of my head... its a little creepy. i like it.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:24 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Schwarzenegger ...

    by caravaggio

    "Children of Men? I made dat movie back in 1994 with Danny DeVito"

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Thanks Industry Killer

    by kikuchiyoboy

    How awesome would that be if next year we heard, "...and the winner is, Michael Bay, for 'Transformers' "<br> <br> "MCVIIIIIIIIInugget" or what have you, would make this site implode. Kinda like the ending of "Poltergeist". All of our computers would be sucked into a vortex. Then a loud screaching noise would be heard by all. "DAMN YOU! DAMN YOUUUUU!!!" <br> <br> Then kaput. We get a sequel.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Thanx, kikuchiyoboy!!!

    by Doctor_Sin

    I will go see it asap. I missed it being listed in Austin. Thanks again!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Jackie Earle Haley....YES!!!!!

    by TheUglyBaby

    This could totally be Haley's Travoltavization a la PULP FICTION .... BREAKING AWAY: The AARP Years, anyone?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:51 p.m. CST

    OSCARS 2007

    by dregmobile

    damn, that's a lot of talkback to get through. who has the time? <br> <br> BABEL does seem like the movie you should like. It's a solid film, but it seems a little too tailored to win any and all Best Picture awards for all of its global themes. I have to admit ... it was kinda boring in places. Would have been good to cut it down. Really liked 21 GRAMS and AMORES PERROS (chapter 1) though. <br> <br> LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA - haven't seen it yet, but I'm glad they didn't go with FLAGS. <br> <br> The Academy has nominated LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE to boost its self-image. Y'know ... "Look how hip we are, homies!" - it also somehow lightens the proceedings. Having IWO JIMA, THE DEPARTED, CHILDREN OF MEN, UNITED 93 and THE FOUNTAIN just would have been too depressing. This event is obviously orchestrated. <br> <br> It's interesting to see the comments here in reaction to the Academy voters - people of a much older generation. I'm guessing they couldn't care less what anyone else here thinks. But really ... despite the level of action and the element of science fiction, CHILDREN OF MEN was a very important film. Universal just did not put any money behind it (other than the film's initial budget), and so it is already disappearing quick. <br> <br> APOCALYPTO was also great, but I'm too scared to talk about that film. <br> <br> And I just got off the phone to Harry Knowles who said he just got off the phone to ...

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:55 p.m. CST

    so happy LMS took dreamgirls spot and departed

    by wcoop893

    kicks ass, i hope it wins best picture, and LMS deserves every other category its up for, especially original screenplay. peace

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Peter O'Toole Best Actor....

    by TheDoctor73

    Mark my words, Peter O'Toole will win just like Paul Newman won for The Color of Money. You don't get nominated 8 times with out winning one. They will give it to him out of pity.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:14 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Vern...

    by El Scorcho

    He was totally serious about loving Dave Chappelle's Block Party... which makes him... a huge fucking moron. And yes, I saw it.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:13 p.m. CST

    I've gotta see that Gordon Jump molests Dudley

    by BigTuna

    Different Strokes again. I haven't seen it since it was in re-runs in the 80's. Did Jump ever work again? He should have fired his agent. What a horrible idea.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Mark Wahlberg wtf?

    by ScreamingPenis

    he was good, but there were so many stronger performances in The Departed. Baldwin? Nicholson? the rat on the railing? i dunno.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Vern is from Seattle?

    by BadMrWonka

    so am I! I kind of agree with Vern about Little Miss Sunshine. I absolutely loved it, I thought it was hilarious and touching and a great example of how a small budget film can turn out to be truly great.<br><br>but what I don't think it did was do anything innovative. it was simply very well done. a film like Borat (even though I think it was a lot more staged than people think...multiple camera angles, etc.) was very innovative, why not nominate that one?<br><br>that having been said, I love it when smaller movies like this get nominated, I jsut wish they had chosen Half Nelson, Borat, or any one of 10 more deserving flicks. still, I saw the departed, and thought it was fairly detached, and prefer infernal affairs. I'd prefer to trade that one for Children of Men, and keep Little Miss Sunshine. Scorcese deserves an oscar, but not for The Departed, in my opinion. Children of Men should definitely be up there though.<br><br>Vern, if I buy you a milkshake, will you come to a screening at NWFF of all my short films in March? ;o)

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:20 p.m. CST

    one more thing...

    by ScreamingPenis

    "i just got off the phone with..." has been used before by harry or mori or someone. it's either catch-phrase bait or coincidence.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Sylvester Stallone should take a bow.

    by darthbinks1220

    Many stations mentioned 'Rocky Balboa' as being snubbed.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:29 p.m. CST

    No worries Doctor Sin

    by kikuchiyoboy

    I know how it is when you can't find a film in your area. I used to live and work in LA. Took for granted the whole "Limited release in NY and LA" thing. Now that I'm in the burbs, I get saddened everytime I see that tagged onto a film.<br> <br> By the way this one MASSIVE talkback. And one thing that amazes me is that it's 90% relevent to the article. That calls for some sort of celebration or an award of it's own.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:38 p.m. CST

    i just got off the phone.........

    by samuraiyao

    VONAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:47 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Peter Ustinov

    by Alonzo Mosely

    He wants to know if he can finally get his obit...

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:48 p.m. CST

    The Academy continues to rule

    by Bronx Cheer

    the Kingdom of Stupidity. Just when I thought that a youth movement might start working its way through the aging Academy voters' ranks, or maybe because, we get Little Miss Sunshine as a Best Picture nominee. This is the sort of film that is supposed to provide one or two Supporting Actor or Actress nods...which it did. But for them, to omit Children of Men is ridiculous. And I am too lazy to look up the rules, but is there a rule keeping foreign films out of the Best Picture category? Not foreign-language, just foreign. Because Pan's Labrynth should have been in there. I never watch the Oscars--it's a crap show, and I don't watch TV anyway--but I am interested in the nominees because I work in the periphery of the industry and have a vested interest. Oscar sucks.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 9:58 p.m. CST

    With no real "crowd films" bet on record LOW TV ratings

    by Triumph poops!

    I happened to be up working late on a writing project when the Oscars nominations were announced and sitting through them all I can say is "eh". LMS for Best Picture of the year, which as many others here have aleady pointed out was nothing more than a glorified Sundance version of freakin' National Lampoons VACATION, right down to stealing some of the same jokes? Are you kidding me? With the limited space of only being able to pick 5...count 'em FIVE movies...to be considered the "best" of the year, the Academy actually thought LMS was one of them? By this time next year -- hell, RIGHT NOW -- no one gives a shit about LMS because it really is the equivalent of a lame made for HBO movie.<p>So here's a prediction. While some of the artsy-fartsy film lovers around here may be happy that the Academy picked these films -- as one person here gleefully noted the Academy is now paying more attention to "art films" over larger crowd pleasers -- here's the flip side to that. With no TITANIC or specific film that people rallied around and that they really, really liked to drive the Oscars (or at least be seeded in amongst the other films), this will be one of the LOWEST rated Oscars ever.<p>Look at this talk back as a good example. Hell, this is a site for film GEEKS and even HERE you have a ton of people saying "Never saw it. Never wanted to. No interest in that one at all." So if its like that here, with those already pre-disposed to seeing a ton of films each year, how do you think average America is reacting these these head-scratching choices?<p>Sheesh, even if UNITED 93 was nominated for Best Picture (which note to the Academy, it SHOULD have been, you mentally challenged and unpatriotic twats!) THAT could have helped drive ratings by having people rally behind it emotionally. Certainly the media would have absolutely, positively LOVED to play up the whole "Will ultra Liberal Hollywood reward UNITED 93?" angle to get people's juices going and get them interested in the Oscar telecast. But on the flip side, do you actually think the average person out there is actually saying "Oh my God! I hope LMS beats the QUEEN for Best Picture!"<p>RECORD LOW RATINGS - MARK MY WORDS!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Where's Beerfest?

    by S-Mart shopper

    It's all Shnitzengigles to them oscars folks

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:20 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Hulk Hogan

    by CherryValance

    and his taint gotta eat. But before it does it wanted to say "Damn you, Michael Bay!" </p> Can we all stop this now? LOL

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:26 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Penelope Cruz...

    by chromedome

    ...and she told me she doesn't care about the award, as long as she can spend another night with me, every night with me...<p>It could happen. I would let her.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Why I like Little Miss Sunshine

    by FluffyUnbound

    It was to me a lot like SIDEWAYS, in that it takes place in an America that looks recognizably like the real world. I've got it from Netflix right now. Look at the scenes in the house for the first third of the film. They're gorgeous. That house is an artwork of the ugly shitbox American style. Too many films take place in "America as seen in commercials". That America doesn't exist. It doesn't even exist where people have money, because I've been all of those places and the creeping shabbiness extends there too. Everything's always just a bit "off" and all the people are just a bit "off" and if you look hard enough there's humor to be found in it. Each of the characters [except Alan Arkin, who is filling a kind of mad prophet function here] in LMS is desperately trying to convince themselves that they're something they're not; the film doesn't need an "ending" because the ending comes when each of them realizes they don't have to pretend any more.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Who are the Academy?

    by dregmobile

    Variety says: <br. <br> "The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences consists of 5,830 voting members in 16 branches. Of those, the largest group is actors, with 1,251 voting thesps. <br> <br> "Each branch nominates in its own category: Actors for actors, director for directors, etc. Special voting groups within the Academy pick the nominees in other categories (docu, foreign-lingo film, makeup, short films, sound editing, visual effects), with all the voting members nominating best pic."

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 10:57 p.m. CST

    FluffyUnbound, quit smoking crack

    by Bronx Cheer

    I am as big a pseudointellectual as they come, and I even thought LMS was charming but hardly a Best Picture nominee. If you are going to be an artfag like me, you have to have taste. Alan Arkin was no mad prophet. He was a grouchy old addict. His performance was great, yet his character was sort of a shithead. You don't teach a child to dance like a stripper for a beauty pagent. That's as funny as some of the sketches they used to perform on "Fridays," that's how lame that bit was. There were some great performances in that film, but give me a break with this crap about it being "real." And the film had an ending. That was the part just before the credits. Go crap in your hat and call it art.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:02 p.m. CST

    I sense good vibrations for Marky Mark!

    by Flim Springfield

    Aw ye-ah!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:30 p.m. CST

    I love Davey Jones. More than Orlando

    by superninja

    Bloom, anyway. Davey and Kiera 4 ever!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:30 p.m. CST

    I love Davey Jones. More than Orlando

    by superninja

    Bloom, anyway. Davey and Kiera 4 ever!

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:33 p.m. CST

    A few things...

    by slapshot

    Total agreement with everyone else about Children of Men and Casino Royale, further proof that the Academy wouldn't know a great film if it got bit in the ass by it. Glad to see Jackie Earle Haley get a nom -- and wouldn't he just KILL as Rorshach in Watchmen? Finally, where the holy hell is Hard Candy? It was released theatrically back in May, so it should have been eligible for this years awards season, but I haven't seen a single critic or awards show even nominate it, not even the Indie Spirit Awards. Great flick, and it seems to have vanished completely. Wha?

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Orlando Bloom

    by Doctor_Sin

    He was drunk and offered me buttsex. I told him he had a wrong number.

  • Jan. 23, 2007, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Oh, btw - Streep will get her noms, just cus she's her

    by Doctor_Sin

    But, I am a bitterly hopeful Dench fan.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Gosling's nom

    by Newfie20

    Nice pick for the academy......Great movie with the best performance this year.....fuck Forest....give it to ryan

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 12:32 a.m. CST

    I may be the only person here

    by oisin5199

    who actually loved Crash and thought it deserved best picture. I just don't agree with 99% of the hate that's been thrown at that film here. Brokeback Mountain was also an excellent film (Lee deserved best director and Ledger deserved his acting nom), but Crash did more for me as a whole film. This year, there's not really a single best picture nom that stands out for me, one that I definitely want to root for, but I hope Pan's wins all its noms. The Fountain was robbed!

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 12:37 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with El Scorcho

    by Vern

    He was talking on a cell phone loudly in public, and you could hear everybody calling him "asswipe" and "dickhead" in the background because he wasn't paying attention to where he was walking. He said I was a "fucking moron" for liking DAVE CHAPPELLE'S BLOCK PARTY but gave no explanation or even vague hint of why he would have any problem with such a great movie or why he would feel that someone appreciating a movie that he does not would make them dumb. All I could really do is assume that the guy must be right, he is so confident and everything, the way he just insults everybody and has no substance at all to back up any of his claims, he must know what he's talking about. El Scorcho is my hero now and I keep him on speed dial.<p> p.s. it is dangerous to talk on your cell phone while you're driving drunk on the freeway buddy, please be careful the world cannot bare the loss of such a great, great man who contributes so much. thanks pal.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 1:04 a.m. CST

    There is no Academy group think!

    by Barry Egan

    I despise it when people try to explain why the Academy as a collective group does anything. These are a bunch of individual people who are providing the nominations. They live all over the world. It isn't like the jury of a film festival where there is deliberation about what prizes will be awarded. The Academy members don't have a meeting where they get together and discuss how and why they will nominate films and performances. There is not phone call tree either. In fact, it is highly more likely for this to occur with the Globes since only 90 fucking people vote on them. So no, the Academy did not nominate Little Miss Sunshine so they would appear hip. Enough of them liked it for it to get nominated, just like enough of them like it enough for it to win the Producers Guild Award last weekend. Last year when Crash won, it had nothing to do with the Academy bestowing an award on that film over Brokeback Mountain. It simply means there are more guilty white liberals in Hollywood than closeted homosexuals.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 1:38 a.m. CST

    I'm a Wahlberg fan, but...

    by DarthCorleone

    ...that nomination is just silly. He yells and swears a lot and gets to say some funny lines, but there's really no nuance there at all. I thought he was very entertaining, and I loved The Departed and every scene with him in it, but come on. And this is coming from the guy whose favorite supporting character of a couple years ago was Wahlberg's Tommy Corn in I Heart Huckabees. By the way, JimmyLoneWolf, that's a solid defense of Little Miss Sunshine. I don't agree with it, but you make a good argument.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Vern

    by BadMrWonka

    you might have missed ElScorcho's best line ever:<br><br>"I haven't seen Babel, but from the looks of it, fuck that movie, too."<br><br>gotta respect a guy who's willing to be stupid in advance. preemptive idiocy is a rare thing. you know this guy came out of the theater after seeing Bad Boys and said, "man, I am going to LOVE Bad Boys II!!"

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 1:56 a.m. CST

    We drink the wine you pour us

    by kikuchiyoboy

    We dine in luxurious places<br> <br> We are sent films for free<br> <br> We are treated with gifts by various film companies<br> <br> We make choices that we hope reflect who we are<br> <br> We don't give a shit what you think<br> <br> We are the Acedemy and we vote for things like Crash over Syriana<br> <br> Don't fuck with us!<br> <br> Whatever. I'm actually intrigued on who these voters are. They should do a documentary on this process. Or have they already? Or would it be too ugly and too embaressing for the film world? It's a wierd wierd thing narrowing down a years with of films to five selections and 1 winner. Very odd indeed. It's also amazing how the repercussions on these choice have on the industry. If "Children Of Men" got nominated for best director would it boost it's box office. Would this then incline the industry to take more chances on directors like Cuaron for epic action films? You know to bring something to the table beyond flashy effects. Instead of, hmmm, I don't know? Instead of handing films to Rob Cohen, Paul W.S. Anderson or Sommers?<br> <br> Hollywood. Hollywood. "Tis a silly place"

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Let's compile all the undeserved nominations

    by IndustryKiller!

    For best picture Little Miss Sunshine, babel, and probably The Queen. You could replace those with Children of men, Pan's Labyrinth, and half nelson or another film of your choice that are probably better than the actual nominees. For best actor drop will SMith, replace Leo in Blood Diamond with Leo in the Departed, and Forest Whitaker is the leading actor in Last King, James Mcavoy is and so far his performance has been criminally underrated. Best Actress looks about right although I'm not sure Winslets role in Little Children is really an oscar winning role but whatever. For best Supporting actor drop Wahlberg who Darthcorleone above me is dead on about and Hounsou who has already been nominated twice for playing this same guy. For Supporting actress drop Abigail Breslin who was fine....as a precocious little girl and replace her with Shareeka Epps from Half Nelson if you must have a child. For directing drop Frears and inarritu and replace them with Cuaron and Del Toro. For best original screenplay drop Little Miss Sunshine and babel and replace it with Brick and Half Nelson. And adapted screenplay drop Borat, which doesn't have a fucking script, and replace it with The Last King of Scotland. There that should about do it give or take.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:32 a.m. CST

    To Scratcher

    by Bryan

    Of course I understand that a whole bunch of talented artists worked hard on Monster House, and that everything has to be adjusted and polished. You'll notice I said positive things about both Polar Express and Monster House. I'm just being technical, I've never heard of anyone else who cares about this, but I just think it's a different artform. If they are really basing the performances on, say, Tom Hanks's movements as they promote, then it is more like a digital form of puppetry with lots of post-production polishing than it is like traditional animation. I'm not saying that's bad, I'm just saying it's a different thing.<p> To me, animation is the art of creating acting out of drawings, or frame by frame movements of a puppet, or these days a digital puppet. Once it gets into live action fed through a computer it turns into something different in my opinion, a hybrid artfrom. That's all I'm saying.<p> As for it being like rotoscoping, I agree. But rotoscoping is also a different beast from creating animation out of whole cloth. Even Ralph Bakshi would agree.<p> Of course, the Academy disagrees about motion capture, having nominated both Polar Express and Monster House. I'm not being judgmental. You wouldn't believe how many times I've defended Polar Express from my animation nerd friends (most of whom haven't even seen it).<p> Sounds like you liked Monster House more than I did, though. What do you think, do the cartoon heads look good on motion captured bodies?

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Children "ON" Men?

    by BadMrWonka

    freudian slip? I think that one got nominated for a different award...

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:40 a.m. CST

    I just got out of bed with Del Toro!!

    by Snikkar124

    He told me to get the fuck out so he could call Harry,and tell him he`ll be making SNAKES ON A TRAIN!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 3:12 a.m. CST

    Hahaha nobody's gonna watch these Oscars.....

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    The mainstream does not care about these movies. Talk about being out of touch. Where's Air Buddies?

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Wait, screw Air Buddies, where's Rocky Balboa??

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Thank you BSB for bringing this to my attention. I have not seen most of the nominated films, but Rocky Balboa should be up there for something (seriously). That's the movie everyone's going to stand behind...if Rocky got a nod for Best Picture, or Sly got a nod for Best Actor, it would be the talk of the country. People outside of California would actually be interested! I'd watch the Oscars from beginning to end of Rocky was nominated for something.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Little Miss Sunshine was HORRIBLE

    by Dannychico

    I have no respect for your opinions if you think this is one of the best pictures of the year.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 4:20 a.m. CST

    LMS is a travesty. Not really... but caman, best pic?

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Really? It's so fucking derivative. Like Vern mentioned, Royal Tennenbaums, also Garden State is another good comparison: subtract a 20-something add a family, keep the emo soundtrack (which isn't to say that I don't like Sufjan), and you've got Little Miss Sunshine. Will I see it again? I'll consider it so I can compare, but I've been disgusted with the praise for this movie for months, and I'll continue to be for about 2 months after the oscars at which point I hope I'll have forgotten it getting Best Picture (because it will, those fucking Oscar bastards always do stupid shit like that).

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Children of Men... i agree, totally robbed...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Only movie I've seen this year that had a scene that brought a tear to my eye at the beauty and power of the directing/ acting/ cinematography/ probably the soundtrack too (as I've mentioned in other talkbacks, the scene where Clive finally has the baby and takes the baby and the mom down the stairs and out of harms way and every person who sees here stops fighting).

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 5:14 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with my mom

    by BannedOnTheRun

    She said WATCH your FUCKING LANGUAGE, YOU FUCKIN' RETARDS... its national NO NAME CALLING WEEK. Plus, children and industry types read this site.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Children read this site?

    by Gilkuliehe

    If they're the CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN then tell them they got ROBBED by those academy morons. CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN!!!!

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Dannychico - way to be narrowminded

    by just pillow talk

    I have not seen it, nor can I imagine it being best picture of the year, but if someone really dug it, why be an asshole? It's their opinion, that's all.<p>iamnicksaicnsn - it was a great scene. Some people didn't understand why they would stop fighting. But just think after nearly two decades of not seeing a baby and then to all of a sudden see one with your very own eyes, in the heat of battle...

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 6:33 a.m. CST

    To Bryan re: Monster House

    by scratcher

    Good points Bryan, and interestingly the NYTimes had a good article last week exploring just what the hell an animated film is now. A pretty good expert on the subject is John Lasseter, who said said the distinction lies in the filmmaker’s intent. “For me the fundamental question is: Do you want the audience to know this world does not exist, or do you want to make it look like the real world and just expand what you can do in live action?” In this case, it's obvious that Monster House is an animated film, and POTC2 is not. I liked Monster House, and saw it without knowing that it was mocap. It didn't stand out to me that was the case, but maybe I was so enthralled by the 3D effects. I walked out of the screening (free, thanks to AICN) thinking that the movie was going to be a blockbuster, but I think it just had some bad timing - good opening weekend, but another large film opened right after. It was a bad choice of release date - how do you not open that film during Halloween? I disagree with you that rotoscoping is a different animal than "animation," the artform includes many varied processes. When Max Fleischer invented rotoscoping it was an aid to animation, something he thought would make it better (and if you compare the early Koko films to other animation at the time, it's lightyears ahead). Mocap is the same - it can be used for good (Moster House) or evil (Polar Express), it's just a technique that widens the palette available to the animated filmmaker. Here's the NYTimes article: http://tinyurl.com/2zwg57 , but it looks like they've already taken it off the free list. Good thing I grabbed it.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Harry, When you speak to Guillermo again

    by darthspielberg

    Tell him how fucking amazing he is, and give him my (and I am sure, hundreds of other peoples) thanks for making a beautiful film.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 7:01 a.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with Martin "Jitters" Scorcese

    by Spandau Belly

    He said he's been washed up for over 15 years and just surfing on his cred for the 70s and 80s. When I told him I had endured 'Gangs of New York' and 'The Aviator' he said I had adequately repayed him for his contributions to cinema and I am excused from having to see 'Departed'. He also admitted that 'Departed' was actually directed by Bret Ratner but the he agreed to let 'Jitters' put his name on it in exchange for getting Joe Pesci to go beat up his ex-wife.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 7:09 a.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with the Silver Surfer

    by just pillow talk

    He said his silver package may be small, but it makes up for its lack of size by its super powered cosmic discharge of silverly goodness. Excelsior!

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 7:13 a.m. CST

    should be: silvery

    by just pillow talk

    3rd cup of coffee will correct all future misspellings for today. Or not.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Sly Stallone should get on here to comment

    by Doctor_Sin

    No Rocky Balboa nom = Flaming Silver Nutsack on Optimus Prime

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Oscars deliver the goods...

    by WildcatWildcat

    but some goods are missing. Where is The Fountain in this cinema celebration?

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with Brainy Smurf

    by Orionsangels

    what

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST

    just got off the phone with Spielberg

    by BendersShinyAss

    He tells me He's got his bitch bay right where he wants him and that he's doing just fine with his TRANSFORMERS movie. He also tells me he's given Bay a pretty clip around the ears for not being there for him when he needed a director to keep Jurrasic park going. <p>They're talking about the 4th one now. <P> Bay agrees as long as he never has to see Tome cruise's face in another spielberg film again <p> what is this pans labrynth i keep hearing about anyway?<p> What are any of these films? I'm so out of touch

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with Ace of Cakes

    by just pillow talk

    He said Campbells soup is mmmm-mmmm good. He also says Duff is a bad mo-fo name and he'll stir fry your ass if you disagree.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Children of Men was SO money!

    by The Ghoul

    That whole Michael Caine pull my finger fart thing kinda turned me on. That doesn't make me some kinda fag?

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST

    lil miss sunshine - the dock

    by captainalphabet

    i just saw LMS this week, and did enjoy it. the scene that matters, that made teh film more than just std indie family comedy to me was the scene at the end on the dock: steve carell's character explains about Proust to the teenage son - about how the guy was a loser, had some awful times, but at the end of his life looked back and recognized those awful times as the best bits really - that only through sturggle and misery did he really learn anything - happiness is just complacency, and though that's nice, it's not particularly defining. the movie covers a tumultuous and perhaps terrible time in the life of this family, but there IS growth and change - the story of this road trip is one they'll be telling for the rest of their lives - LMS covers a slice in time that really maters to these people, something that takes them out of their day-to-day lives and really shakes em up - LIFE happens, totally unexpectedly. yes, i also preferred Tennenbaums, and would really have loves to see Clerks2 get a nod this year (best 3rd act all year!), but i undrestand why Lil Miss SUnshine is on this list, and it's respectable.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I just don't see the Tennenbaums comparison.

    by FluffyUnbound

    OK, they're both comedies. But Tennenbaums is EXTREMELY stagey, arch, and magic realist, and LMS isn't any of those. If you did LMS in the style of Tennenbaums, in the opening scene you would have had a narrator telling you what a loser Greg Kinnear was, he would have been wearing some kind of costume [with maybe a monocle or a big cigar or something], and at the end of his presentation there would have been a montage of him riding a skateboard through the city with the losers in his class. As I said above, I think the better comparisons are Sideways or maybe something like Muriel's Wedding. There are lots of people who didn't like Sideways, either, and who thought it was too thin to be a Best Picture nominee. Sideways, like LMS, is only about 75% about the story, and the rest is about observation of the characters and their environment, and if you just aren't in to that of course you'd think it was a made for HBO movie - you're only watching 3 quarters of a movie.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 11:14 a.m. CST

    you forgot to mention your girlfriend, harry

    by RKDN Del Sol

    the whole 'posting for the sake of boasting' is getting stale.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Little Miss Sunshine was SO money!

    by The Ghoul

    That whole thing where Grandpa wouldn't wake up turned me on. That doesn't make me some kind of fag?

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with Harry's colon.

    by The Ghoul

    and Ham, Bacon, Pepperoni, Spicy Italian Sausage, Sausage, Beef, Anchovies, Extra Cheese, Baby Portabella Mushrooms, Onions, Ripe Black Olives, Roma Tomatoes , Green Peppers, Jalapeño Peppers, Banana Peppers, Pineapple, Grilled Chicken said they will be exiting as explosive,wet, toilet chili in 1 minute 23 seconds!!!<p> HARRY, FIND A RESTROOM NOW OR YOU WILL BE WEARING IT!!!

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Responses to all sorts of comments

    by Fount of Useless Info

    To Riskebz who suggested that they give Peter O'Toole the Lifetime award: IIRC, they already did, and he said "I'm not dead yet" and "I still intend to win one anyway." <p> To people suggesting Snakes on Train as a sequel to the great SoaP: It's already been made as a direct to DVD movie that was released before SoaP even made it to theaters. It even included a snake eating the entire train.<p> To people saying that Children of Men was robbed for director or best picture: Do several things for me. Go read the source material and realized how much they missed the boat in the adaptation. Ponder for a moment the absurdity of expelling all immigrants in a world where there aren't enough people to keep things running. That's right, just like in the book, you'd want to have those people coming into your country to help do things. The book dealt with immigration, too; it just did it by talking about the treatment of immigrants rather than making illogical conclusions. Watch the movie again while pretending it wasn't directed by Cuaron (who is much better than that movie) and then go punch yourself in the neck for being such a pompous jerk.<p> For the record, I liked Children of Men. I just don't think it deserved awards for acting, directing, writing or best picture.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, noon CST

    Letters from Iwo Jima for adapted screenplay

    by Vicenzo

    (From FoxNews.com) Eastwood literally filmed "Iwo Jima" while he was editing "Flags," too, without a breather in between. Those would be enough amazing points, but let’s go on. He only got the idea for "Iwo Jima" when a Warner Bros. exec in Japan forwarded Eastwood research during "Flags" about letters written by Lt. Gen. Tadamichi Kuribayashi (played masterfully in the film by Ken Watanabe).

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 12:09 p.m. CST

    The Fountain

    by thebitterendaz

    These nominations are a joke. Pans Labyrinth and Children of Men were incredible films and the fact that The Fountain got zero nominations is a crime. Darren Aronofsky and Clint Mansell are both incredibly talented and need some recognition. When is aint it cool going to have an award show?

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Just got off the phone with the makers of The Fountain.

    by The Ghoul

    they were so touched that thebitterendaz finally gave them the recognition that the Academy so coldly denied them.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Jack got screwed!!

    by Moon_Knight

    He should have gotten it for The Departed. Marky Mark was good but not great.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 12:39 p.m. CST

    You the man now dawg

    by thebitterendaz

    Thanks ghoul, Im sure they appreciate it, you da man.... Can you call and make get pans labyrinth and children of men of the best movie list as well. You can? Great, thanks.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 12:50 p.m. CST

    thebitterendaz...

    by The Ghoul

    for calling me "dawg" and "da man".. I WILL MAKE THE CALL!<p> Rap song, rap song, We do our raps and then the crowd goes wild! And then it's time for the "after" party, And we hang out and do lots of sex with girls! Yo.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Moon_Knight

    by Fount of Useless Info

    Jack should not have gotten it, if for no other reason than for the scene where he talks about how "we've got a rat." That scene was like hitting a wall in the middle of the movie and going from watching a bunch of gangsters and cops try to figure out who is the mole on each side to watching someone do a painful Jack Nicholson as the Joker impression.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Domino's

    by Ribbons

    My pizza should be here in about 20 minutes!

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Papa John's

    by la_sith

    Better ingredients.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I just off the phone with Moviefone

    by la_sith

    IF YOU KNOW THE NAME OF YOUR MOVIE, PRESS ONE NOWWWWWW.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 1:22 p.m. CST

    I just off the phone with Harry's wheelchair

    by The Ghoul

    The tires said, "GET THIS TUBBY MUTHAFUCKA OFF ME DEAR LORD! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! THE HORROR, THE HORROR!"

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 1:28 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with your mother

    by Fount of Useless Info

    It cost me $4.99/minute.<p> Please let this be the end of the horror that is the "I just got off the phone" jokes.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 1:52 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Lil' Kim

    by Spandau Belly

    then we put out hands on the glass partition and wept a single tear and mouthed the words: get busy livin' or get busy dyin'<br><br>And Fountain of Uselessness, this joke will have a half life longer than the damning of Michael Bay.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 1:58 p.m. CST

    ALIEN 5 Script/Project

    by Edward Brock

    Follow link to get more info: http://www.tiny.cc/meCI5 I guess this makes me a spammer. But it's for a good cause. I hope.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with ALIEN 5

    by Edward Brock

    See the above post. Oh, and congrats to GDT.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Snoop Dog

    by The Ghoul

    It was off the hook.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:02 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with the alien symbiote

    by just pillow talk

    it says it is happy with Eddie and they plan on having little alien symbiotes soon. Good luck!

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:08 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Gwen Stacy

    by Edward Brock

    She said she's coming with us.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:15 p.m. CST

    That time when Anchorite made a homophobic

    by samsquanch

    comment kind of turned me on. That doesn't make me some kind of fag, does it? <p> (Sorry Ghoul)

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:16 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Silver Surfer

    by Finchmeister

    He's holding CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN hostage.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Silver Surfer would never do that!

    by just pillow talk

    Tis Thanos.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with dstrbo 1

    by The Ghoul

    I told him the post should have looked like this:<p> Anchorite is so money.<p> That whole Backback Mountain homophobic comment thing kinda turned me on. That doesn't make me some kind of fag?

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 2:34 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Michael Bay

    by just pillow talk

    he says he loves all of AICN and appreciates all the love you give him. In fact, he broke down and wept.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 3:24 p.m. CST

    BSB

    by Fount of Useless Info

    I really wanted this whole just got off the phone thing to end, but that "his credit card is invalid" was really funny. Curse you for making me laugh at this.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    BSB's MOM...

    by The Ghoul

    gives great phone helmet!

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 3:51 p.m. CST

    What if there's a year with only crappy movies?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    They'd still give an Oscar out to Best Picture and Best Actor?<BR>What if the year after that year it's 100% good movies? That means a whole bunch of them will get pwned.<BR> Annual award ceremonies never made any sense to me. They should happen every 5 years or something.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 4:03 p.m. CST

    I just got off with my phone

    by Orionsangels

    I called 1-800-Sexy-Hos

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 4:37 p.m. CST

    This Thread inspired me to got watch united 93

    by crashbarbarian

    and i am the biggest sissy in the world.. not only did i tear up... i felt completely ripped that i haven't heard how freaking good that movie is until yesterday on this thread... this movie rocked.. Academy... give it a nod would you you freaking hole munchers

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 4:42 p.m. CST

    BSB...

    by The Ghoul

    How does he hear your voice with the phone up his ass?<p> Just kidding Fount, we all know you accidently fell on the phone.<p>

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 4:44 p.m. CST

    also... i just got off the phone with osama bin laden

    by crashbarbarian

    "the united 93 movie got it wrong.. my hijackers were stealing that plane to fly it to afghanistan so it could become my new Al Quida One.. and i could fly it to the academy awards show where i will be awarded a lifetime nobel peace prize by all my liberal democrat friends who still think Gdub lied but kerry, h-rod, and all the other dems who voted for the war didnt"

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 4:45 p.m. CST

    crashbarbarian...

    by The Ghoul

    your comments were touching. I haven't seen United 93 yet, I'm a too soon type of guy. Sorry your comment ended up between a bunch of phone sex jokes.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 5 p.m. CST

    Me too, crashbarbarian!

    by Ribbons

    I went and rented 'United 93' last night as a result of this thread. I haven't started watching it yet though.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 5:10 p.m. CST

    United 93 dvd footage is worse

    by crashbarbarian

    if you realy want to tear up watch the dvd footage of the surviving relatives of those who died on the plane... i was crying on my son while i was holding him

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 5:19 p.m. CST

    EXCUSE ME,

    by The Ghoul

    I'm going to take my phone sex jokes and "...is so money humor" somewhere else.<p>

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Borat will own all your bitch asses...

    by Little Beavis

    wah wah WEE wah

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 5:25 p.m. CST

    Why am I not surprised

    by ewokstew

    No Best Picture nomination for Children of Men. But it's good to see Forest Whitaker nominated. Sweet.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Cool to see Jackie Earle Haley nominated as well

    by ewokstew

    It's been a long hard road from his glory days in the seventies. And even those were short lived.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Not a Dem or Lib Issue

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    I find it sad that the excuse that the right wing gives for GW duplicity is that the Democrats also voted for war. Yep, that is true....and you know what? They were wrong also! There is a fundamental problem with elected officials cease to listen to their constituents and send young men and women to kill others, or to get killed. This was a shame when considering that people were protesting against war, ALL around the world. Yet the war goes on against a country that had nothing to do with the tragic events of Flight 93.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 7:10 p.m. CST

    5and5

    by Dick Nicely

    I have a question for you... see Under Siege 3 talkback, or possibly March 28 some years ago.<p>Everyone else, apologies for the intrusion. I don't give a fuck about the Oscars. Carry on.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Why Dreamgirls was snubbed:

    by Barry Egan

    There was a piece on the LA Times today about why Dreamgirls didn't get a nomination for best picture and then they trotted out a bunch of reasons why. Really silly reasons like the studio had over-hyped it. Here is my theory: Oscar voters love movies that make them feel superior or good about themselves. That's why Crash wins best picture. It is a film that allows guilty rich white liberals to feel good about themselves. Look at some of the horrible movies that have been churned out about the Civil Rights movement. Missisippi Burning, a film about the murder of civil rights workers told from which point of view? The heroic white FBI agents investigating the case. Ghosts of Mississippi, about the murder of Medgar Evers this film champions the heroic white lawyer that prosecuted the murder trial. These movies take guilty white people off the hook by creating a bizarre alternate universe where white people are the saviors of African Americans. Now look at Dreamgirls. It is about black musical artists who choose to modify their art so it will palatable to the white audience. In fact, the few white characters in the film are all a bunch of hopeless squares. In fact most of them walk out on the James Early concert in Miami when the performance gets too soulful. Dreamgirls is not a film that shows white people in a flattering light despite the fact that it is likely very realisitic to the time period. And that may be why Academy voters balked.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 7:14 p.m. CST

    BS! No Cinematography/Art Direction for APOCALYPTO

    by BadWaldosRevenge

    What are the Academy members smoking? Apocalypto feels like a visual time capsule and it's an incredible rush to watch. Retaliation against Mel for the slip of tongue, huh? Make-up & other lesser noms seems alright, mm'kay. I saw Pan's Labyrinth and it's as creative as that weird Jean-Pierre Jeunet fantasy movie with HELLBOY main actor but repellently indulgent (Spanish-texted) pathology thesis on moral relativism. Ice queen actress Helen Mirren will own the Oscar all the way, hooray...

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Darfur, uh... I agree with you and everything, but

    by samsquanch

    'Round these parts talk like that will just get you called "fag" by guys like crashbarbarian. Don't you have a "I just got off the phone" joke or something to contribute?

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 7:24 p.m. CST

    dstrbo1

    by The Ghoul

    At last I found you. If you are going to bite my "does that make me a fag" shit from Swingers, please follow the formula and go buck wild.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 7:24 p.m. CST

    KipKinkel = Snob A-Hole

    by jimmy_009

    Thanks for your rant on how Scorsese doesn't do good work anymore. It was so insightful. I know a lot of film critics and movie buffs would disagree with you, but what do they know? Also, you are a total flake douche bag for saying you like a movie less because it's being talked about more. What a panty waste you are.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Cape Fear is amazing...

    by BigTuna

    Scorcesse films lately have become so horrible overrated. The Departed was good, but not the masterpiece many make it out to be. The Aviator was so god-damned bland and boring. A paint by numbers biopic that taught us absolutely nothing about Howard Hughes. Cape Fear is indeed his last great film. A movie so stylish visually and entertaining that you can watch over and over.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 8:58 p.m. CST

    TIDELAND is better than PAN'S LABYRINTH

    by Veraxus

    Having seen both movies (and, indeed, just about every nomination on that list, save some of documentaries and all of the shorts) - a can honestly say that every award Pan's Labyrinth was nominated for should have gone to Tideland instead. If you want a dark and challenging movie about a child coping with horrible shit, Tideland is THE standard... not Pan's Labyrinth.

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 9:03 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Barry Egan

    by Veraxus

    Maybe the reason Dreamgirls was snubbed is because it's actually not a very good movie... unless you are self-flagelant liberal movie critic or someone who will see any "black movie" just because it's got black people in it. Of course, I also thought that Chicago was an abortion of a stage-to-film adaptation... so what the fuck do I know?

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 9:42 p.m. CST

    I just got off on the phone...

    by Ribbons

    ...it was only 10 cents a minute...

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 10:38 p.m. CST

    I saw DREAMGIRLS and...

    by wackybantha

    it's a good film BUT I did not think it was a shoe-in for a Best Picture nod. And you know what...I HATED the film version of the musical CHICAGO. It burns me up that it win best pic. Especially since I live in frickin' Chicago. GO BEARS!!!

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Another thing about DREAMGIRLS...

    by wackybantha

    If anyone in that film deserved a nomination, other than Jennifer Hudson, it was JAMIE FOXX!!! Damn fine work!!! Sorry, Mr. Eddie Murphy. You were good but Jamie was better. However, I do think it was the best performance from Eddie Murphy. HOW COULD THEY NOT HAVE NOMINATED JAMIE FOXX??? The Golden Globes dissed him too, didn't they?

  • Jan. 24, 2007, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Hollywood should make a live-action version of...

    by wackybantha

    the old NES video game RYGAR. I would pay double to see that crazy shtuff on screen!!!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 12:25 a.m. CST

    How come no Gilligan's Island movie yet?

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    Or I Love Lucy movie?<BR><BR> Or did I just predict the future...

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 1:51 a.m. CST

    SK299: THANK YOU!!!!

    by Barry Egan

    I was beginning to think I was the only person who hated Nicholson in The Departed. He nearly ruined the movie for me. What a completely self-indulgent piece of work. Just awful.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 1:51 a.m. CST

    SK299: THANK YOU!!!!

    by Barry Egan

    I was beginning to think I was the only person who hated Nicholson in The Departed. He nearly ruined the movie for me. What a completely self-indulgent piece of work. Just awful.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 2:54 a.m. CST

    SK299, you had me at Nicholson

    by BadMrWonka

    overdoing his own handjob of a performance...<br><br> but when you mentioned Lawrence of Arabia, the best movie ever made, and probably the best movies that will ever BE made, I got a slight erection.<br><br>let's agree it's a platonic erection...

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 3:29 a.m. CST

    The fucked up again

    by Blok Narpin

    Every year they fail to nominate the REAL best picture of the year. This year it was United 93/ At least it got the best director nomination. It should be up for best picture, too.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:04 a.m. CST

    I'll say it again

    by arrangedletters

    Pan's Labyrinth is the most overrated movie of the year. This is this year's Crash.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Hey Scratcher

    by Bryan

    I learned from Cartoon Brew that several animators with blogs are complaining about the nominations, making the same argument I did against Monster House being an animated feature, and even using the same puppetry analogy. Ironically, I found myself arguing against them because they all lump Happy Feet in as a motion capture movie even though only the dancing sequences were done that way. <p> Anyway, the definition is getting blurry no matter what you think of motion capture, considering how the Weinsteins submitted Arthur and the Invisibles thinking it was an animated feature, but it was disqualified for having too much live action. Where do you draw the line? In the Academy definition I wonder if the Garfield movies count, since they have animation onscreen the whole time?

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 6:14 a.m. CST

    Haven't seen it!

    by ROBE

    Best motion picture of the year BABEL - Haven't seen it! THE DEPARTED - Haven't seen it! LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA - Haven't seen it! LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE - Haven't seen it! THE QUEEN - Haven't seen it! At least Casino Royale (which I did see) got nominated for a BAFTA.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 7:21 a.m. CST

    Bryan: Cartoon Brew

    by scratcher

    No surprise there - that's where I first read about this backlash. I don't see why those guys have to be so conservative about rules. To me, animation comes from a long tradition of innovation, tinkering and experimentation. Any means necessary, if you will. The only thing that matters is the result. There've been plenty of hand-drawn animated feature films that have SUCKED. Monster House was a good movie, about at the same level as the Goonies I'd say, and better than Spirit or the Rugrats movie. Those same guys rip on every non-traditionally animated series on adult swim: ATHF, SeaLab, etc., but then they scream that civilization is ending when as starts showing Pee-Wee, shich was crucial to the revitalization of animation in the 80s. Those purists should spend less time with that crank Kricfalusi - let animators use whatever technique they want! Why does everyone have to be Bob Clampett? Judge the result, not the method. On that line, I think they should just hold off on offering an Oscar in this category for last year. Do any of those choices really deserve it?? Where are the films of the quality of Spirited Away, or the Incredibles? Maybe some of the work from Europe will end up being worth our time in the theaters.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 7:59 a.m. CST

    Happy belated birthday to Mr. Ernest Borgnine

    by Borgnine JR

    It was yesterday!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Why the hairy nutsack was Dreamgirls......

    by samuraiyao

    made into a feature film? It would be better if it was made into a broadway play instead because it was a musical. i didn't see any turning point in the story or character development. Just a bunch of musical numbers singing their asses off!!! I love porn!!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 8:26 a.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with.....

    by samuraiyao

    my mom, she told me to get the fuck out the house and shut the door on my asses. I don't have a problem with beastiality!!!!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Did traci lords reject semen.....

    by samuraiyao

    Why did they banned all her early criterion porn made films? Did she do it illegally, was she a minor? She was a tremendous actor with great long depth in the mouth. I just don't understand how someone with that much work and talent, that the supreme court eliminated her whole film career. She was so good in riding the long john's wasn't she??

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Haha! Fuck you, Dreamgirls!

    by Tom Whitaker

    Serves you right for being an utter piece of shit.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Who's calling who fag?... darfur and dstrbo1

    by crashbarbarian

    I never called anyone fag nor would i because of your disagreance with the war in Iraq.. i don't totaly agree with it either... but you do have to admit that if Arafat can win a peace prize, bin laden can as well.. i guess that was my point. Also... in my house "round here" is not a trademark phrase for back wood conservative christians chewing dip and having a pig pickin.... im pretty sure it's reserved for that little dump truck with the holes for different shapped blocks you can put in it.. i tell my son to put the round one in the round hole, and he says... round here?... and i say good job son. He'll be voting for the next G-dub anyday now... i couldn't be prouder!

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Scratcher, I agree

    by Bryan

    with just about everything you said there. I stand by what I said before, because I think the art of animation done in frames rather than in real time is an important distinction and that the award is meant, I think, to honor that art. But I don't in any way mean that motion capture is not a legitimate way of storytelling. I'm excited for its possibilities. I like puppetry too, why would I diss this?<p> Jerry on Cartoon Brew is actually very open (sometimes too much so) but Amid is the one that is ridiculously conservative. Those people who can't even acknowledge The Simpsons because of animation theory are just ridiculous. When you see someone trying to argue with a straight face that The Simpsons would work in live action you have to wonder if they even really believe what they're saying or if they're just so stuck on this theory they can't let go.<p> However, I do think all 3 nominees are decent movies, with Happy Feet deserving it the most. Although I think Monster House is the weakest and the least animated of the three, I think all three do break ground for animation, not following the usual formulas. No, they're not as good as Spirited Away, but you don't get a movie as good as The Godfather in the best picture category every year either.<p> Anyway, thanks for the discussion, I appreciate it.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 1:13 p.m. CST

    am i out of touch or the academy?

    by jccalhoun

    Of the award categories listed the only film I saw was Superman Returns. (Although to be fair Children of Man and Pan's Labyrinth are on my list of films to see). I see my fair share of films at the theater and on a lot on dvd. So who is out of touch with the film going public me or the choices of the Academy? Of course I think Crank was the best movie of 2006, so what do I know?

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 1:38 p.m. CST

    jacksparness

    by glodene

    I agree. This is just another slap in the face by Oscar to keep the whiteman down. Thank God they had the common sense to deny Dreamgirls the Best Pic nomination. It had way too many colored people in it. They need to go back to the days of yore, when they (The Oscars) represented everything that was glamorous, classy and white. When they start passing up more deserving one-trick pony comedians like Jim Carrey for hacks like Jamie Foxx or Eddie Murphy, you know the apocalypse is just around the corner. PS That Dane Cook feller with the right push by the Hollywood Marketing Machine could possibly be the Great White Hope you could be lookin' for. (If only his jokes were actually funny).

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 3:23 p.m. CST

    SK229...

    by Jek Piggy Porkins

    I wish I said it first.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:36 p.m. CST

    Mmm

    by brizzers

    The nominations are interesting and refreshing and its good to see a lot of foreign films leaving their mark. However, a few things annoy the shit out of me... Why Wahlberg and not Damon? Why no Bale or Jackman? Bale gave one of the most astonishing performances of the past few years in Harsh Times and not one award or any recognition. The Propositon should have been nominated for best picture, not fuckin Little Miss Sunshine.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 4:47 p.m. CST

    SK229 PWN ME NOW!

    by BannedOnTheRun

    Thanks for putting into words so succinctly what has been bugging me, especially about New York. Classic.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I hear 'The Departed' delivers the goods

    by Ribbons

    Can anyone confirm this?

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Best Picture

    by psycha

    Best Picture will most likely--and should--go to The Queen. Best movie I've seen this year after Chilren of Men (which should deserves it, oh well). Contrary to what many might think, this is actually not a dull senior chick flick but a brilliant piece of work that I daresay is on par with Citizen Kane.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 6 p.m. CST

    My nomination for Best Short Film & Best Costume Design

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    http://tinyurl.com/ymaovo<BR><BR> You're gonna have a hard time saying how the above can be defeated.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 6:24 p.m. CST

    psycha

    by Veraxus

    Did we see the same movie? Who's your crack dealer, because he's selling you some seriously potent shit.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Cobbio Awards

    by Cobbio

    "Children of Men" not being nominated for Best Film discounts any faith I might've had in the Academy. Just like last year. Just like two years ago. In fact, I can't remember a time when I actually gave a shit what the Academy thought.<p> I'm sure it matters to corporate marketing strategies and DVD sales and the financing of future copycat films that'll be based on Academy Award-winning films, but otherwise these awards mean nothing.<p> I'll make my own list of Cobbio Awards and completely ignore the Academy once again.

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Good to see Vern's contributions here

    by NC Blue

    Interesting as always. A few thoughts: <p> 1) Sweet newborn Jesus was this a slim year for animated features. I'm going to have to default to Cars on this one, and yes I know that it's not Pixar's best, but it sure beats the other two. Although my niece did really like Monster House (and she's pretty much a Miyazaki groupie for chrissakes), it's nowhere near as pretty as Cars, which must count for something. And Happy Feet was cute, but let's not start giving out awards just for having penguins in a movie. That's just lame. <p> 2) I know there's a lot of hate for Depp Man's Chest on the internets in general, but bear in mind that it's up for technical awards. You know, the ones that Star Wars always used to sweep? And Star Wars had worse overall acting and writing merit than the Pirates movies, so there you are. They promised a squid-faced undead pirate, and they delivered, I'd say. <p> 3) I haven't seen The Departed, so I'll ask this: does Scorcese get the shaft yet again, or does he finally get the little statue? Considering that his DeNiro 2.0 (DiCaprio) was nominated for another film, I'm betting on the former option here. <p> 4) No Best Supporting Actor nom for John C. Reilly as Cal Naughton Jr.? C'mon, dudes ;) <p> 5) I need to see more movies. WAY more :(

  • Jan. 25, 2007, 11:28 p.m. CST

    More thoughts on Scorcese

    by NC Blue

    Meh, I can never think of everything to say in one post. Oh well. Anyway, some folks mentioned Gangs of NY above so I thought I'd chip in. I jsut re-watched it recently and found it to be a better film than I thought when I first saw it. It still came off as cartoony and over-the-top at times (the fire brigade fight comes to mind - WTF?), but I think this was a stylistic thing. Not sure if that means I like it, though. What improved this movie for me was focusing on the individual performances. Daniel Day-Lewis is obviously the winner here, but Leonardo DiCaprio does a solid job as well. Cameron Diaz is still a weak point, though. Comparing it to the other non-winning recent Scorcese movie, The Aviator, I think that GoNY is a bit more cohesive in terms of story, but Aviator is better stylistically, and allows itself to be taken a bit more seriously. That said, in both cases we're not talking Taxi Driver -level quality or breakthrough here, so I'm not sure if I totally buy into the conspiracy theory. Still, it's interesting to see whether he'll ever win, and for what. It's always a big game, the Oscars.

  • Jan. 26, 2007, 12:43 a.m. CST

    I think...

    by Capt. Spaulding

    I think the Razzies are more on the mark this year than the Oscars. How sad is that?

  • Jan. 26, 2007, 1:53 a.m. CST

    NC Blue:

    by Barry Egan

    I think the first hour or so of The Aviator is fantastic. I love Marty's manipulation of color and the section about making Hell's Angels really works. Then it sort of bogs down as Howard Hughes himself bogs down. Maybe that's inevitable.

  • Jan. 26, 2007, 2 a.m. CST

    I like The Departed minus Jack.

    by Barry Egan

    Whenever he was onscreen the movie jumped the tracks for me. I kept thinking how much better Ray Winstone would have been in the Jack role. I think it's great that Wahlberg was singled out for his role in the film. Overall I thought it was well written and well oiled. But Jack was just ludicrous in it. I read an interview with him this year where he said he wanted to play Costello as a bad man. The thing that has made Scorsese's thugs interesting in the past isn't that they were pure evil but that they were sociopaths. They were 2/3 a normal person and the other 1/3 was totally fucked up. There was nothing intimidating about Nicholson's character, which made Leo's paranoia seem really overwrought and false as well.

  • Jan. 26, 2007, 6:31 a.m. CST

    My Opinion?

    by Lobanhaki

    If there is a Film God in heaven, you do your films for that God, and not for the academy. One can always try and inflict some kind of formula for making a potential Best Picture nominee, or go for some performance heavy on the emoting and the dramatic lines looking to score Oscar, but in the end what defines movies as classic and performances as memorable have nothing much to do with how hard they're trying to get that award. Ultimately, the difference lies in how much you connect with the audience at large. Art is communication, and the best art is that which communicates richly, and beyond the expectations of those who have merely seen the publicity. If you go to a film, and only see what you expected to see, then that film has failed to a certain extent (or the people marketing it have unloaded too much crucial plot in the ads). One way or another, you have to kick more meaning into what goes up on screen than people already thought would be there.

  • Jan. 26, 2007, 8:32 a.m. CST

    CoFM!

    by Sharpe

    Gonna have to jump on the Children of men bandwagon here and play an extra loud trumpet. Definitely deserves more than it's getting, but it seems the Academy spends more time being 'fair' and 'diplomatic' than it does rewarding films. Still - I guess if Children of Men was included in the noms I'd think they were the dogs bollocks and use the Oscars to back up my reasons as to why it's the best film ever. We can be fickle, us movie goers, eh?

  • Jan. 26, 2007, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Lobanhaki: You are very right.

    by Barry Egan

    The worst films that get made are the ones that are meant to get Oscar consideration. They tend to be pompous and self-important. And the best films that get made are the ones in which everybody involved have a story to tell or an idea to communicate.

  • Jan. 26, 2007, 11:51 a.m. CST

    I HATE the OSCARS.

    by PwnedByStallone

    I'll watch of course but as Vern said the yare in perpetual retroactive phase. They consistently fuck up the nominations every eyar and forced to nominate for pasty achievements. It's a vicious cycle. Children of Men was the best movie made in 5 years and it's a shame that it got snubbed by this "lobbying" bullshit going on in Hollywood in which money talks, as usual, the loudest. But fear not CoM fans. Cuarón will get his retoactive award in only three years with three films coming out in 2009.

  • Jan. 26, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    I've seen all the Best Picture noms...

    by PwnedByStallone

    for the first time in a few years and I have to say they are predictable. Most well deserved. I liked LMS but think a Best Picture nom was going a little too far. And I have to say that The Queen disappointed me. It's not that ot's not good. It is. It's extremely well written, acted, and crafted. My problem is that it's got no "bollocks" as the Brits would say. It stars off as a compellign drama about this bubble the British monarchy is in and how fucking pointless and backwards it is, but then it chickens out and ends up groveling at the feet of the very monarchy it is criticizing. It's quite pathetic actually. Yes EII was caught up in media shitstorm whipped up by the tabloids over there that unfairly threw her into a grieving public as if they were hungry wolves, but the bottom line is that her failure to respond wasn't based on some kind of expectations or ideals of her role in the affair, or her want to bee with her grandchildren, it was just that she hated Diana. and the reasons she hated her were simply because she was a modern woman who didn't submit to the forced lifestyle that EII was herself forced into at an early age. the movie explores this but then seems to take it back as if to apologize for sayign what needed to be said. Btu the performances are classic. Mirre nis great, the guy who plays Blaire is great, the guy who plays Charles is great, and James Cromwell as Prince Philip, EII's husband is fuckign hilarious. Good movie, just decidely lacking on backbone.

  • Jan. 26, 2007, 7:22 p.m. CST

    I can't being people don't like these nominations

    by BigTuna

    Gosling nominated, Barraza for Babel, no Dreamgirls for best pic. Greengrass for best director. It's a great year for nominations. They're never going to nominate every film everyone thinks deserves it, but they remembered a lot of great performances from a lot of smaller films.

  • Jan. 26, 2007, 9:23 p.m. CST

    I just got off the phone with Gordon Jump.

    by Dr Gregory House

    Seems Clear Channel just bought WKRP, so they're gonna fire the staff and run Rush Limbaugh 24 hours a day with Fox Radio News from :00-:06 at the top of each hour. Johnny Fever gotta eat, yo!

  • Jan. 27, 2007, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Kelly Muthafuckin' Leak!

    by Skankardly

    word?

  • Jan. 27, 2007, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Children of Men

    by Trader Groucho 2

    Love to Cuaron, but am I the only guy here who thinks Children of Men was totally overrated?

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Trader Groucho: No, you are not the only one.

    by Gilkuliehe

    You are not. If by "totally overrated" you meant "totally underrated, specially by those academy fucks". If that's not the case, then yes, you are. Alone. And stupid. CHILDREN OF FUCKING MEN!!!!

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 2:38 p.m. CST

    Trader Groucho 2....

    by Mr Bonefish

    No sir, you are not. Completely overrated. It was "okay", but a masterpiece?? No way. The comparisons to Bladerunner make me want to gag. My pick for best picture would be Sunshine or Pan.

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Alec Baldwin didn't thank Tracey Morgan at the SAGs!

    by Orionsangels

    Racist!

  • Jan. 28, 2007, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Poseidon...

    by REDD

    get's a visual effects nomination, but none for X3? Poseidon was crap.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 8:41 a.m. CST

    This year's Oscar ceremonies will be a disaster

    by Mr Incredible

    It will have the worst ratings ever, because they have nominated movies and actors most of America doesn't give a fat rat's ass about. And hosted by the unfunny Ellen Degeneres...game over, man. Game over.

  • Jan. 29, 2007, 12:35 p.m. CST

    UNITED 93 a right-wing film?

    by SeattleMoviegoer

    one of the posts said that liberal Hollywood would never vote for something like UNITED 93. am i missing something? i'm a liberal, progressive, a Democrat, the whole shmeer...and i consider UNITED 93 the very best film of the year. i didn't see it as jingoistic, rah-rah American or anything such thing. it was a tense, superbly crafted film about recent history that completely shattered me, made me think deeply, and weep like a baby. i wasn't thinking about the flag and mom and apple pie when they stormed the cockpit. i was just proud as hell that they didn't go down quietly. right-wing movie? by Greengrass? he's as against Bush as anyone. in fact Greengrass' next movie is a critical expose of the war set in the Green zone.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST

    LMS - Most overrated movie in years.

    by Veraxus

    While I didn't particularly HATE Little Miss Sunshine, I definately didn't like it either. The director uses cheap slapstick style music to lighten what would otherwise be a pretty depressing picture. It's not funny (I chuckled once at the grandpa telling the quite guy to fuck as many girls as he could), it's not even profound - it's just... there. More overrated than Mystic River, Crash, and Chicago combined - I can't for the life of me figure out why so many people are making such a big deal about this. LMS deserves, more than any other film this year, to fade quietly into shameful obscurity.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 1:43 p.m. CST

    messi, your quote:

    by one9deuce

    "Andrew Lesnie was not nominated for best cinematography for The Two Towers or Return of the King, even though they were the first series of movies to make the general public aware of cinematography and how beautiful something can look" <p> Are you twelve?! So the general public wasn't aware of how beautiful a film could look until the 21st century huh? What about the 100 years of cinema before that? And sorry to point this out, but The Two Towers and The Return of the King don't even have great cinematography. Merely very good.

  • Jan. 30, 2007, 6:04 p.m. CST

    LMAO: "Shameful Obscurity"

    by BurnHollywood

    How does *that* work? *** "It was then that I realized that I had been forgotten and was now irrelevant...in a word, obscure. A deep sense of shame overtook me."

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 8:59 p.m. CST

    NO UNITED 93 OR DREAMGIRLS?

    by williamD

    Every year I have a beef with the Oscars, and that is mine. And what, no Jack? C'mon!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9 p.m. CST

    NO UNITED 93 OR DREAMGIRLS?

    by williamD

    Every year I have a beef with the Oscars, and that is mine. And what, no Jack? C'mon!

  • Feb. 1, 2007, 9 p.m. CST

    NO UNITED 93 OR DREAMGIRLS?

    by williamD

    Every year I have a beef with the Oscars, and that is mine. And what, no Jack? C'mon!

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 1:42 p.m. CST

    Messi

    by one9deuce

    Yep, you're twelve all right! <p> And your point about cinematography is 100% wrong. The mainstream isn't discussing cinematography any more now than ever. Sorry, but 3 mediocre looking films didn't change that.

  • Feb. 4, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    The Oscars mean nothing....

    by Mr. Charmand Grimloch

    Unless you are a LOTR fan, who claims they mean nothing when A Beautiful Mind and Chicago trump Fellowship and Two Towers, but suddenly declare them all important when Return of the King wins everything in site.

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