1/23/2007

Oscar Results

Posted in Oscars at 11:32 am by Sam

Editor’s Note, 2/26/07: The winners have been announced. See our listing of the winners and discussion.

The Oscar nominations are in, and so are the results for the Oscar Nominations Game. User “jkjuice” placed first, correctly guessing 23 of the 26 selected nominees. But the top player whose account had been activated with our prize code was “trip,” who placed fourth overall and correctly guessed 22 out of 26 nominations. Congratulations to both of you!

My initial thoughts on the nominations follow.

The big shocker was the absence of Dreamgirls in the Best Picture and (less so) Director line-ups, although it still managed to pull off the most overall nominations of any film, thanks largely to securing three of the five Best Song nominations. Many people were predicting Dreamgirls to win Best Picture, so for it not to make the slate of nominees is a bit of a shock. It opened the door for Letters of Iwo Jima to slip in. Curiously, Dreamgirls and Letters were considered the two most likely frontrunners a year ago.

A number of people without Oscar wins added to growing collections of nominations. Kate Winslet received her fifth nomination. Peter O’Toole received his eighth in his first leading performance in twenty years. But it’s two of the three guys sharing Apocalypto’s Best Sound Mixing nomination with the impressive track records. One is Greg P. Russell, with his tenth nomination without a win. The other is Kevin O’Connell, with his eighteenth nomination without a win.

One very striking thing is how the technical awards don’t line up with the Best Picture nominees very well. Usually the five Picture nominees filter through and dominate the technical categories. But there are no Best Picture nominees at all in Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Song, Best Sound Mixing, or Best Makeup. Best Costume Design and Best Sound Editing only have one each. The very telling category is Best Editing. No film has won Best Picture without a Best Editing nomination in 26 years. The only two Best Picture nominees also nominated for Best Editing? Babel and The Departed. But that’s just one stat of many that all point toward different ends.

On a personal note, I guessed 21 correctly, and I’m kicking myself for one miss in particular. I got unnerved by the number of people predicting Sacha Baron Cohen for a Best Actor nomination, so I swapped out Ryan Gosling for him at the last minute. Should have stuck to my guns.

The game for predicting the winners will open shortly. We’ll have prizes for that game as well, but we’ll wait to announce them until Episode 18, so keep listening.

8 Comments »

  1. Ferrick (140) said,

    January 23, 2007 at 11:51 am

    EDDIE MURPHY, OSCAR NOMINEE!!! How funny/weird/awesome is that? I love it for no good reason.

    I liked Little Miss Sunshine a lot and thought is was so well done, through and through. But it isn’t a best picture. I would love it if Abigail Breslin won, though.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Streep won for Prada but while her performance was great, it wasn’t an Oscar role.

    I really need to see The Queen. That would make it 3 of 5 movies in the Best Picture category that I have seen, more than most years in the last decade.

    Pan’s Labyrinth is another one on my list but I doubt I’ll be able to get out and see it soon. Is it a must see for the big screen?

    If Scorsese wins for the Departed, I will be surprised. Not because the movie wasn’t good but just because. It doesn’t seem like his year to break the shutout and I’m not feeling sentimental.

  2. Sam (405) said,

    January 23, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    The winners game is open.

  3. Sam (405) said,

    January 23, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    Another whacked stat: First time since 1927 that none of the Best Actor nominees came from Best Picture nominees. That’s just weird.

  4. Ellmyruh (20) said,

    January 23, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Around here, the big interest is in the Best Documentary category, where a film about a local event is now nominated for an Oscar. In “Deliver Us From Evil,” the main couple and their daughter featured in the film are from Lodi, and the priest was in Lodi for years. In fact, one of the loops I run takes me past the couple’s house.

  5. Ferrick (140) said,

    January 24, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    I’m scared to ever go to Lodi again. Only spooky crazy stuff happens there and new cameras are everywhere. They should do a movie about it. There is already a song.

  6. Ferrick (140) said,

    January 24, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    If Helen Mirren hadn’t been nominated, it might have been both Best Actor and Best Actress that had no nominees from a Best Picture nominee. What is the norm?

  7. Sam (405) said,

    January 24, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Usually there is more overlap between Actor and Picture than between Actress and Picture. Last year, the overlap was 3 and 0. Before that, 4 and 1. Before that, 2 and 0. Before that, 2 and 2. Before that, 2 and 2 again.

  8. siochembio (82) said,

    January 24, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Ooh, I saw “Deliver Us From Evil.” I’m rooting for it to win the category.

    I’m glad that now that the nominations are out, more films are getting secondary theatrical releases - more chance to see something I might have missed (The Departed) the first time around.

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