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Dreamgirls Dances With Oscar Nominations

Well, it’s that time of year again. Will Martin Scorsese finally take the statue this year or will a little girl’s quest with her dysfunctional family shut out their categories like we’re seeing at a lot of the other awards? Even the “solid pick” this year (Dreamgirls) missed some of its expected categories. We’ll find out on February 25th. For now, here are the list of nominees for the 29th Acadamy Awards.

The Nominees Are...

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Ryan Gosling - Half Nelson

Leonardo DiCaprio - Blood Diamond

Peter O’Toole - Venus

Will Smith - The Pursuit of Happyness

Forest Whitaker - The Last King of Scotland

Rafe says: I did not expect Gosling to make this list. Whitaker remains the heavy contender in this category, but it could go just about any direction.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Eddie Murphy - Dreamgirls

Alan Arkin - Little Miss Sunshine

Jackie Earle Haley - Little Children

Djimon Hounsou - Blood Diamond

Mark Wahlberg - The Departed

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Judy Dench - Notes on a Scandal

Penelope Cruz - Volver

Helen Mirren - The Queen

Kate Winslet - Little Children

Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada

Rafe says: No big surprises here. Helen Mirren has this category locked down. Sorry to the rest of the ladies – maybe next year.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls

Adriana Barraza - Babel

Cate Blanchett - Notes on a Scandal

Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine

Rinko Kikuchi - Babel

Rafe says: I always have trouble figuring out who is going to fit into this category. It’s neat to see Abigail Breslin nominated for her Sunshine efforts and interesting to see Hudson take the nod instead of Beyonce.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Cars

Happy Feet

Monster House

Rafe says: As much as I want to see Pixar take the award (they did make us sympathize with automobiles after all) I expect Happy Feet will dance away with the award this time. Darn penguins seem to be a shoe-in no matter what category they appear in.

DIRECTING

Martin Scorsese - The Departed

Alejandro González Iñárritu - Babel

Stephen Frears - The Queen

Clint Eastwood - Letters From Iwo Jima

Paul Greengrass - United 93

Rafe says: Quite a few changes from the Director’s Guild nominations. Typically Best Picture and Best Director overlaps for the most part, with exceptions pretty much being out of the running. Greengrass’s United 93 will have quite a fight to have a chance at winning.

BEST PICTURE

The Departed

Babel

Letters from Iwa Jima

The Queen

Little Miss Sunshine

Rafe says: Dreamgirls was expected to be the major contender in this category. The absence of the film opens a huge void. Might that make room for a Little Miss Sunshine win?

And then there are the categories that are just as important, but I’m not going to comment individually on. In interests of time and space I haven’t listed each individual person, just the film involved, but those people’s families know who they are. Here are the rest of the Oscar Categories...

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Borat

Children of Men

The Departed

Little Children

Notes on a Scandal

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Babel

Letters from Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

Pan’s Labrynth

The Queen

MUSIC (SCORE)

Babel

The Good German

Notes on a Scandal

Pan’s Labrynth

The Queen

MUSIC (SONG)

"I Need to Wake Up" - An Inconvenient Truth

"Listen" - Dreamgirls

"Love You I Do" - Dreamgirls

"Our Town" - Cars

"Patience" - Dreamgirls

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Deliver Us From Evil

An Inconvenient Truth

Iraq in Fragments

Jesus Camp

My Country, My Country

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

The Blood of Yingzhou District

Recycled Life

Rehearsing a Dream

Two Hands

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

The Danish Poet

Lifted

The Little Matchgirl

Maestro

No Time for Nuts

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Binta and the Great Idea

Eramos Pocos (One Too Many)

Helmer & Son

The Saviour

West Bank Story

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

After the Wedding

Days of Glory

The Lives of Others

Pan’s Labrynth

Water

ART DIRECTION

Dreamgirls

The Good Shepherd

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

The Prestige

CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Black Dahlia

Children of Men

The Illusionist

Pan’s Labyrinth

The Prestige

COSTUME DESIGN

Curse of the Golden Flower

The Devil Wears Prada

Dreamgirls

Marie Antoinette

The Queen

FILM EDITING

Babel

Blood Diamond

Children of Men

The Departed

United 93

MAKEUP

Apocalypto

Click

Pan’s Labrynth

SOUND EDITING

Apocalypto

Blood Diamond

Flags of our Fathers

Letters from Iwo Jima

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

SOUND MIXING

Apocalypto

Blood Diamond

Flags of our Fathers

Dreamgirls

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

VISUAL EFFECTS

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Poseidon

Superman Returns

The 79th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 25th on ABC Television at 5pm PST/8pm EST. Don’t forget to join us for Oscar Chat 6 here at Cinema Blend, where we’ll no doubt make fun of the winners, losers, and sum up everything everyone will be talking about at the water cooler the next day.