79th Academy Awards (for 2006): Nominees


I usually don’t watch the Oscar nominations live. It will soon be all over the web, so I am not sure why people would come here to see them. I mean, you could go elsewhere to see the slick graphics and eye-catching pictures. Still, I figured I would eventually put up the Oscar nominations, so why not do them live? So, anyway, here we go. These nominations are in the order they are announced.


Adriana Barraza, Babel
Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal
Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine
Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
Rinko Kikuchi, Babel

Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine
Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children
Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond
Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls
Mark Wahlberg, The Departed

Penelope Cruz, Volver
Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
Helen Mirren, The Queen
Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada
Kate Winslet, Little Children

Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond
Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson
Peter O’Toole, Venus
Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Babel
Martin Scorsese, The Departed
Clint Eastwood, Letters from Iwo Jima
Stephen Frears, The Queen
Paul Greengrass, United 93

Guillermo Arriaga, Babel
Iris Yamashita / Paul Haggis, Letters from Iwo Jima
Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine
Guillermo del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth
Peter Morgan, The Queen

Sacha Baron Cohen, et. al., Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Alfonso Cuaron, et. al., Children of Men
William Monahan, The Departed
Todd Field / Tom Perrotta, Little Children
Patrick Marber, Notes on a Scandal

After the Wedding (Denmark)
Days of Glory (Algeria)
The Lives of Others (Germany)
Pan’s Labyrinth (Mexico)
Water (Canada)

Happy Feet
Monster House

The Departed
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen

The ceremony is Sunday, February 25. There’s not a lot to be said as far as commentary goes at such an early stage. Besides, I’m tired. The big, big news is that Dreamgirls really did a lot more poorly than expected. It’s a crowd-pleaser, but does it really have the substance? Anyway, if I think of things to say about the nominees, I’ll put it in the comments section.

3 responses to “79th Academy Awards (for 2006): Nominees

  1. Most of the surprises are people not getting nominated. Here are a few snubs. Best Picture: Dreamgirls; Best Foreign Language Film: Volver; Best Director: Bill Condon, Dreamgirls; Best Supporting Actor: Jack Nicholson, The Departed.

    It’s also surprising that Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated for Blood Diamond, rather than The Departed.

  2. I’m a tad peeved that “A Scanner Darkly” didn’t get a nod for Best Animated Film. Gosling’s nomination for “Half Nelson,” however, leaves me more than satisfied. Should be an interesting ceremony with one or two surprises, I’m betting.

  3. Volver didn’t get nominated because Spain doesn’t like Almodovar. They didn’t even back Talk To Her, which was the best movie out of Spain THAT year. So it’s clearly apparent unless the academy nominates it, that any Almodovar movie will not be up for best foreign film any time soon or ever.

    The Leo nomination was retarded, I’m sorry. He WAS The Departed’s best performance and should have been nominated for it, similar to Sean Penn getting the nod and win for Mystic River, but should have gotten it for 21 Grams.

    I truly am shocked that Jack didn’t get the nod for The Departed, considering the academy usually loves him. He really did deserve it more than Wahlberg. He and Leo made the movie….period and neither got nominated. The Departed also deserves more than a measley 5 nods as well IMO.

    Dreamgirls simply wasn’t one of the top five movies of the year. Hudson and Murphy made that movie and they were deservedly nominated along with the songs, anything else was overhyped, well maybe except costumes.


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