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Oscars Schmoscars, '07
Topic by: underdog
Posted: February 21, 2007 - 11:49 AM PST
Last Reply: February 28, 2007 - 5:19 PM PST

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author topic: Oscars Schmoscars, '07
underdog
post #1  on February 21, 2007 - 11:49 AM PST  
So, the Oscars are this coming Sunday. How do people feel about this year's nominees? It appears to be a diverse bunch, with a lot of good films recognized (and the usual amount of deserving films and people ignored).

For once, I don't hate any of the Best Picture noms, though I find at least 3 of them (Babel, Sunshine, Departed) certainly flawed. I also loved The Departed. The Queen and Iwo Jima come closest to being "perfect" though I don't know if either of them have the momentum to win the top prize.

And is this the year that Scorsese finally takes home the directing Oscar?

I've never completely recovered from the year he lost (for Goodfellas) to Costner (for Dances With Wolves). I enjoyed the latter, and, fine, give it best picture, but for directing, c'mon, there was no comparison.

underdog
post #2  on February 21, 2007 - 11:49 AM PST  
And what will be this year's biggest upset, for that matter?
underdog
post #3  on February 21, 2007 - 11:50 AM PST  
And don't forget to vote in our running Oscar polls, too.

I wonder how close GreenCiners will come to predicting the final, real results.
hamano
post #4  on February 21, 2007 - 1:11 PM PST  
Ah, it's always so nice to find these quiet peaceful corners where I can sit down and catch up on my reading....
Cinenaut
post #5  on February 21, 2007 - 4:54 PM PST  
If Clint hadn't just won, Letters From Iwo Jima would have a strong chance of winning, I think. Once again, I haven't seen enough of these films to have a good idea of which ones to root for. It'd be cool if Children of Men won for cinematography.

Pan's Labyrinth should win for Art Direction.

I'll bet The Departed does win best picture. If not that, then The Queen will, because it seems like just the kind of movie the Academy voters might like. Of course, I haven't seen it, so I might have the wrong impression.




Dreamgirls has three songs nominated!?
artifex
post #6  on February 21, 2007 - 5:48 PM PST  
Well, I didn't watch the Grammys this year, and Police showed up and I missed it. So I guess I'd better watch the Oscars, just in case something good happens. That, and I doubt I will find free space on my DVR before then :)
artifex
post #7  on February 21, 2007 - 5:53 PM PST  
oops, left out 1/2 of hat I wanted to say:

Well, I didn't watch the Grammys this year, and Police showed up and I missed it. So I guess I'd better watch the Oscars, just in case something good happens. That, and I doubt I will find free space on my DVR before then :) But I've been really disappointed the last couple of years for both shows. Not just in who won, but who didn't even get nominated. These are nights that make me glad I have the internet and can read about these movies most people wouldn't want to see. GC's blogs help with that, of course.
hamano
post #8  on February 21, 2007 - 10:16 PM PST  
> On February 21, 2007 - 5:48 PM PST artifex wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Well, I didn't watch the Grammys this year, and Police showed up and I missed it.

I saw a TV news clip about their current tour, and I was shocked! Man, those 3 have NOT aged gracefully! I guess they thought they should cash in before one of them croaked...
Cinenaut
post #9  on February 22, 2007 - 7:46 AM PST  
I think some really good movies are nominated this year.

One thing's for sure... I'm guessing the commercials during the Oscar broadcast will be better than this year's crop of Superbowl commercials.
underdog
post #10  on February 22, 2007 - 10:19 AM PST  
> On February 22, 2007 - 7:46 AM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I think some really good movies are nominated this year.
>
> One thing's for sure... I'm guessing the commercials during the Oscar broadcast will be better than this year's crop of Superbowl commercials.
> ---------------------------------


Don't you mean "crap of..."? [g]

I have to say, this is also one of the few years where I really have no idea which film is gonna win Best Picture, except that Little Miss Sunshine likely won't be it. (That would shock me. Very little else will.)

I wonder how Ellen will do as host this year. She might be a nice change of pace.

Cinenaut
post #11  on February 22, 2007 - 7:10 PM PST  
I think Ellen might do a fine job. She can be pretty funny.

Out of the best picture/best directing bunch, I've only seen The Departed, Letters From Iwo Jima and Little Miss Sunshine, and I thought they were all good, but you're right, the comedy doesn't stand much of a chance of winning.

underdog
post #12  on February 23, 2007 - 3:01 PM PST  
> On February 22, 2007 - 7:10 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I think Ellen might do a fine job. She can be pretty funny.
>

I think she should take turns co-hosting with this Ellen. But that's just me.

> Out of the best picture/best directing bunch, I've only seen The Departed, Letters From Iwo Jima and Little Miss Sunshine, and I thought they were all good, but you're right, the comedy doesn't stand much of a chance of winning.
>
>

Comedy never wins, even when it deserves it, even when an actor's performance in a comedy deserves it. (Sascha Baron Cohen wasn't even nominated this year.) But I bet Sunshine gets an Oscar for Arkin and for original screenplay.


> ---------------------------------

Cinenaut
post #13  on February 23, 2007 - 5:32 PM PST  
Hey, the more Ellens the better, as far as I'm concerned.

Yeah, they wouldn't even let Sascha Baron Cohen present an award, because he wanted to do it in character.

You don't think Mark Wahlberg will win for supporting actor?

I could see Little Miss Sunshine winning for best screenplay.

> On February 23, 2007 - 3:01 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I think she should take turns co-hosting with this Ellen. But that's just me.
>
> > Out of the best picture/best directing bunch, I've only seen The Departed, Letters From Iwo Jima and Little Miss Sunshine, and I thought they were all good, but you're right, the comedy doesn't stand much of a chance of winning.
>
> Comedy never wins, even when it deserves it, even when an actor's performance in a comedy deserves it. (Sascha Baron Cohen wasn't even nominated this year.) But I bet Sunshine gets an Oscar for Arkin and for original screenplay.
>
> ---------------------------------

underdog
post #14  on February 23, 2007 - 5:36 PM PST  
> On February 23, 2007 - 5:32 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------

> Yeah, they wouldn't even let Sascha Baron Cohen present an award, because he wanted to do it in character.

Is that right? Sheesh, that's wimpy. They were probably afraid he'd say something embarrassing - god forbid anything fresh happens at the Oscars.
>
> You don't think Mark Wahlberg will win for supporting actor?

I think it's between he, Arkin and Eddie Murphy. And wouldn't be surprised with any of them. I wonder if Murphy hurt his chances with the overexposure of Norbit.
>
ALittlefield
post #15  on February 24, 2007 - 4:26 PM PST  
If Scorsase doesn't win this year, then I'll never watch the show again! Not only was he beat by Costner for DANCES, but he was also beaten by Robert Redford for ORDINARY PEOPLE over RAGING BULL. Two actors making directoral debuts! Ouch what could be worse than that....of yeah being beaten by Roman Polanski for THE PIANIST, who couldn't even legally show up to pick up his award!
ahogue
post #16  on February 25, 2007 - 11:23 AM PST  
> On February 24, 2007 - 4:26 PM PST ALittlefield wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> If Scorsase doesn't win this year, then I'll never watch the show again! Not only was he beat by Costner for DANCES, but he was also beaten by Robert Redford for ORDINARY PEOPLE over RAGING BULL. Two actors making directoral debuts! Ouch what could be worse than that....of yeah being beaten by Roman Polanski for THE PIANIST, who couldn't even legally show up to pick up his award!
> ---------------------------------

Honestly, I don't know why y'all bother. Sure, I don't get to see the occasional celebrity meltdown, but, I don't know, I can live without it.

Speaking of celebrity voyeurism, I caught a few minutes of one of those Entertainment Tonight shows the day after that model's death and...wow! Sleaze-o-rama! I couldn't believe my eyes.
hamano
post #17  on February 25, 2007 - 1:20 PM PST  
The results are in.... here are the winners
hamano
post #18  on February 25, 2007 - 7:36 PM PST  
Oh, Water lost to the German film... too bad...
hamano
post #19  on February 25, 2007 - 7:50 PM PST  
My god, Al Gore looks like he's doing a parody of Alec Baldwin on Saturday Night Live....
hamano
post #20  on February 25, 2007 - 8:33 PM PST  
Finally, a historical moment! A major winner just thanked HER wife during an acceptance speech. You go girl (best song winner Melissa Etheridge)...
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