24 January 2007

2007 Oscar predictions

Personally, like the Golden Globes, Letters from Imo Jima, should've been nominated in the Best Foreign Film catagory. However, I'm unsure of the rules, considering this was a Janpanese/American production.

Still, that is why I think Dreamgirls failed to score a Best Picture nod on Tuesday. Still, it will walk away with a few Oscars on February 25.

Here's what I think will happen:

Best Picture:

Should Win: The Queen
Will Win: Babel

Best Actor:

Should win: Forest Whitaker
Will win: Forest Whitaker

Best Actress:

Should Win: Judi Dench
Will win: Helen Mirren

Best Supporting Actor:

Should win: Jackie Earle Haley
Will win: Eddie Murphy

Best Supporting Actress:

Should win: Jennifer Hudson
Will win: Jennifer Hudson


Should win: Stephen Frears
Will win: Martin Scorsese (finally)

Foreign Language:

Should win: Pan's Labyrinth
Will win: Pan's Labyrinth

Adapted Screenplay:

Should win: Children of Men
Will win: Children of Men

Original screenplay:

Should win: The Queen
Will win: Babel

Animated Feature:

Should win: Monster House
Will win: Cars

While Cars is by far a better film -in the sense in the way it was made, as its fully CGI, while both Monster House and Happy Feet used the motion capture and then animated around it, I actually beileve Monster House has a better story. Cars storyline was far from original and one done many times over -even in Pixar's own library. Monster House's story was more original and much more funny -and scary. The young actors actually brought more scope to the characters than just their voices using motion capture.

As for Happy Feet, well, while bottom of the barrel CGI is coming left and right, the film was choosen based on how popular it became. Artistically, I feel the film is nothing more than a so-so idea that became a hit in spite of itself.

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