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The 79th Academy Awards 2007


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Here is a list of the nominees for the categories we actually care about:

Best Motion Picture of the Year

* Babel

* The Departed

* Letters from Iwo Jima

* Little Miss Sunshine

* The Queen

Achievement in Directing

* Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima

* Stephen Frears for The Queen

* Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel

* Paul Greengrass for United 93

* Martin Scorsese for The Departed

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

* Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond

* Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson

* Peter O'Toole for Venus

* Will Smith for The Pursuit of Happyness

* Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

* Penélope Cruz for Volver

* Judi Dench for Notes on a Scandal

* Helen Mirren for The Queen

* Meryl Streep for The Devil Wears Prada

* Kate Winslet for Little Children

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

* Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine

* Jackie Earle Haley for Little Children

* Djimon Hounsou for Blood Diamond

* Eddie Murphy for Dreamgirls

* Mark Wahlberg for The Departed

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

* Adriana Barraza for Babel

* Cate Blanchett for Notes on a Scandal

* Abigail Breslin for Little Miss Sunshine

* Jennifer Hudson for Dreamgirls

* Rinko Kikuchi for Babel

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

* Cars

* Happy Feet

* Monster House

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

* After the Wedding - Denmark (Susanne Bier)

* Days of Glory (Indigènes) - Algeria (Rachid Bouchareb)

* The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) - Germany (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck)

* Pan's Labyrinth - Mexico (Guillermo Del Toro)

* Water - Canada (Deepa Mehta)

Adapted Screenplay

* Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

* Children of Men

* The Departed

* Little Children

* Notes on a Scandal

Original Screenplay

* Babel

* Letters from Iwo Jima

* Little Miss Sunshine

* Pan's Labyrinth

* The Queen

So, which of the nominees would you like to see win in each?

My heart is set on these predictions:

Best Pic: Little Miss Sunshine

Director: Martin Scorsese

Lead Actor: Peter O'Toole

Lead Actress: Penelope Cruz

Support Actor: Alan Arkin

Support Actress: Abigail Breslin

Animated Pic: Cars

Foreign Film: Pan's Labyrinth

Adapted Screenplay: Children of Men

Original Screenplay: Pan's Labyrinth

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ok, here's the results of the oscar pool, with the name sent with the ballot:

10 - darkon

9 - mst3kjunkie

8 - dreamergirl

7 - brent *

7 - samurai drifter*

5 - adam

4 - depression **

4 - gundampilotspaz **

3 - amy

categories where none of us got the right winner:

animated short, foreign language, cinematography

* ties broken by number of the "big five" categories correct.

**In event that tie remained, participants were listed in alphabetical order

way to go team AE. If you want to see the spreadsheet I calculated this with, send me a PM.

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