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Academy Awards from the 2006-2007 season

The 79th Academy Awards were held on February 25, 2007 hosted by Ellen DeGeneres


Film Prophet's Oscar nomination short notes & stats in early February '07:

First, stats about the nominations:
~ Dreamgirls, the nomination leader with eight bids because of three song nominations, is shut out for Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay.
~ None of the Best Picture nominations have leading actor nominations. (Leo's snub for The Departed, gets in for Blood Diamond instead)   ~ None are in the best cinematography category either.
~ The best pictures have only a total of 26 nominations, which is the smallest amount since the sixth Oscars back in ’32-’33.
~ If Letters from the Iwo Jima wins Best Picture, co-story writer Paul Haggis would have himself in writing three consecutive Best Picture winners. (Crash & Million Dollar Baby were the previous two)
~ The only actor nominated from The Departed, an all male star cast really, is Mark Wahlberg.
~ If Forest Whitaker wins, it will be only the fourth time in Academy award history that the movie with the Best Actor winner was not nominated for any other award.
~ There are 12 nominations for Mexicans.
~ It is Black History Month, so with that, it was Halle Berry who was the first African-American female to win the best Oscar actress. In the same night, Denzel Washington won the best actor award, as the first black male to do so in 38 years since Sidney Poitier. After that and since 2002, 11 black performers have earned Oscar nominations. Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman have both won and at least one black actor has been nominated every year. This year there’s a record breaking of five, who are Forest Whitaker, Will Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy, and Djimon Hounsou, and three are predicted to win.
~ Kate Winslet at 31 becomes the youngest actress to earn five nominations in just 19 movies.
~ This is the eighth acting nomination Peter O'Toole and has the most nominations without a win.
~ Meryl Streep got her 14th nomination, which extends her lead for the most nominated performer ever.

Notes:
~ The Best Picture this year is a wide open race until the final envelope is opened. There is yet to be a clear-cut unstoppable contender like in some past seasons. Any of the five has a shot to win, but will most likely come as a surprise if The Departed isn’t announced the winner.
~ The supporting actress field is pretty quite weak this season. The Oscar is mostly likely going to a singer in her acting debut because she sang one song really well, but sometimes the role wins for itself.
~ Painted Veil was snubbed in all categories because of its late & limited release date and promotion/campaign/publicity, even after winning original score at the golden globes.
~ Scorsese will receive the longest standing applause in Academy award history when he finally wins a directing Oscar after 8 career nominations.

 

Third Annual Coverage!
(Film Prophet's Frontrunners are in order from top to bottom in each column)

 

And the Oscar goes to...
The Departed
And the Oscar goes to...
Martin Scorsese
And the Oscar goes to...
Forest Whitaker
And the Oscar goes to...
Helen Mirren
Will Win:
The Departed
Will Win:
Martin Scorsese
Will Win:
Forest Whitaker
Will Win:
Helen Mirren
Should Win:
The Departed
Should Win:
Martin Scorsese
Should Win:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Should Win:
Kate Winslet
Final Prediction:
The Departed
Final Prediction:
Martin Scorsese
Final Prediction:
Forest Whitaker
Final Prediction:
Helen Mirren
BEST PICTURE
The Departed
Little Miss Sunshine
Babel
Letters from Iwo Jima
The Queen
BEST DIRECTOR
Martin Scorsese
(The Departed)
Clint Eastwood
(Letters from Iwo Jima)
Alejandro González Iñárritu
(Babel)
Paul Greengrass
(United 93)
Stephen Frears
(The Queen)
BEST ACTOR
Forest Whitaker
(The Last King of Scotland)
Peter O'Toole
(Venus)
Will Smith
(The Pursuit of Happyness)
Leonardo DiCaprio
(Blood Diamond)
Ryan Gosling
(Half Nelson)
BEST ACTRESS
Helen Mirren
(The Queen)
Kate Winslet
(Little Children)
Meryl Streep
(The Devil Wears Prada)
Penelope Cruz
(Volver)
Judi Dench
(Notes on a Scandal)

And the Oscar goes to...
Alan Arkin
And the Oscar goes to...
Jennifer Hudson
And the Oscar goes to...
The Departed
And the Oscar goes to...
Little Miss Sunshine
Will Win:
Eddie Murphy or Alan Arkin
Will Win:
Jennifer Hudson
Will Win:
The Departed
Will Win:
The Queen
Should Win:
Mark Wahlberg
Should Win:
Jennifer Hudson
Should Win:
The Departed
Should Win:
Babel or Little Miss Sunshine
Final Prediction:
Eddie Murphy
Final Prediction:
Jennifer Hudson
Final Prediction:
The Departed
Final Prediction:
Little Miss Sunshine
SUPPORTING ACTOR
Eddie Murphy
(Dreamgirls)
Alan Arkin
(Little Miss Sunshine)
Jackie Earle Haley
(Little Children)
Mark Wahlberg
(The Departed)
Djimon Hounsou
(Blood Diamond)
SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Hudson
(The Constant Gardener)
Abigail Breslin
(Little Miss Sunshine)
Rinko Kikuchi
(Babel)
Adriana Barraza
(Babel)
Cate Blanchett
(Notes on a Scandal)
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Departed
Little Children
Children of Men
Borat
Notes on a Scandal
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Queen
Babel
Little Miss Sunshine
Letters from Iwo Jima
Pan's Labyrinth

Oscar night notes:

Film Prophet's highlights of the show:
~ John C. Reilly coming out of audience seats on stage to sing comedy with Will Ferrell and Jack Black
~ Pan's Labyrinth with its hot start winning the first two Oscars of the night, so that also meant the supporting acting categories were later in the show
~ Realizing that two of the best motion picture nominees (Babel and Letters from Iwo Jima) are not entirely spoken in English and abounded in subtitles
~ Stunned by how short the nominated supporting acting clips were - like one short line about 3 seconds long - while the adapted screenplays each got almost a half of a minute
~ Leonardo DiCaprio announcing with Al Gore and then cutting off on Al's announcement with the ending speech orchestra music
~ Funniest line of the night: Tom Hanks - 'You bet Chris, more fun!'
~ The long montage of all the nominated foreign films in Academy award history, and happy that The Lives of Others won the year's foreign film Oscar right after it
~ Acceptance speech: Jennifer Hudson   'Look what God can do.'
~ Jerry Seinfeld looking like he can host this show in the future
~ The whole Ennio Morricone honorary tribute
~ Favorite shown acting clip: Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland - 'but you did not persuade me Nicholas! You did not persuade me.'