For the record, I really did post these BEFORE the nomination announcement, so I get whatever credit is due. The titles listed are my predictions; actuals are in bold:BEST PICTURE - DRAMA
(4/5=80%)BabelThe DepartedLittle ChildrenThe QueenUnited 93
alt. Flags of Our Fathers
& The Last King of Scotland
...and the shocker was: Bobby
I thought Bobby
was done... especially since the HFPA didn't even nominate the similar Crash
here last year. Oh well. Glad my Little Children
hunch was right, though... Kate is now in it for the long haul.
And doesn't it look like Babel
might actually win this? It is really the HFPA's kind of thing...BEST PICTURE - COMEDY/MUSICAL
(4/5=80%)BoratThe Devil Wears PradaDreamgirlsLittle Miss SunshineA Prairie Home Companion
alt. Stranger Than Fiction
& Thank You For Smoking
got snubbed. Oh well. Other than that, it went as expected, except that Dreamgirls
both have FAR less support than we all thought. Dreamgirls
will still take it, but perhaps not in a runaway, as was previously thought.BEST ACTOR - DRAMA
(4/5=80%)Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed)
Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson
)Peter O'Toole (Venus)Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happiness)Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)
alt. Ken Watanabe (Letters from Iwo Jima
) & Hugh Jackman (The Fountain
...and the shocker was: Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond
Not that shocking, I guess. I thought of predicting him, but double nominations at the globes are quite rare. This probably helps his chances with oscar, since I don't think they're going anywhere near Blood Diamond
and the double nom only gives him more visibility. Too bad Gosling and all the other potential 5th slotters got snubbed here.
It's still O'Toole vs. Whitaker. Smith seems to be out of the running for the win (will he even be nominated now that his film's tanking with critics? hmm...).BEST ACTRESS - DRAMA
(4/5=80%)Penélope Cruz (Volver)Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal)
Nicole Kidman (Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
)Helen Mirren (The Queen)Kate Winslet (Little Children)
alt. Maggie Gyllenhaal (Sherrybaby)
& Cate Blanchett (The Good German
Not surprised by the Maggie inclusion. It seems that they COULD in fact resist voting for Kidman again, and instead went with the hip young thing (it is a bit weird and unnerving though that the HFPA have abandoned artsy Nicole but stayed firmly behind dingbat Renée). But it's all kind of moot anyway, since Streep has that spot reserved at the oscars.
I assume this race is Mirren's to lose. Could she lose it? (*cough*CRUZ*cough*)BEST ACTOR - COMEDY
(4/5=80%)Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat)Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest)Aaron Eckhart (Thank You For Smoking)Will Ferrell (Stranger Than Fiction)
Jamie Foxx (Dreamgirls
alt. Gael Garcia Bernal (The Science of Sleep
) & Richard Griffiths (The History Boys
...and the shocker was: Chiwetel Ejiofor (Kinky Boots)
And WHAT a shock. I figured if someone unexpected would sneak in, it would be Bernal for his lovely work in Gondry's Science of Sleep
. And I figured that if that happened (not that I thought it would), it would be at the expense of "been there, done that" Depp and not "look how much cooler I am than you" Foxx. I am SHOCKED beyond shocked that Foxx missed here. It could just be distaste for him personally... or it could be that they just don't really love Dreamgirls
that much. Probably both. How unexpected...
This award will go to Cohen, btw. His only real competition was snubbed.BEST ACTRESS - COMEDY
(3/5=60%)Annette Bening (Running With Scissors)
Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine
)Beyoncé Knowles (Dreamgirls)
Catherine O'Hara (For Your Consideration
)Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada)
alt. Renée Zellweger (Miss Potter)
& Gretchen Mol (The Notorious Bettie Page
...and the shocker was: Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine)
OK, I assume the Collette nod is just because they wanted to throw her a bone. She IS after all great and always underrated by everyone. But I didn't realize she was even being considered for this category. It's very strange to see her put here instead of Breslin (the heart of the film). Not surprised by anyone else, though... even the god-awful Renée. And I thought the Cinderella Man
snub meant they were over her...
It's Beyoncé vs. Streep for the win. And NO, it's not all locked up. I'll be on the edge of my seat when they call this one. Go, Streep, go! Please don't let it be 1991 all over again.BEST DIRECTOR
Bill Condon (Dreamgirls
)Clint Eastwood (Letters from Iwo Jima)
Paul Greengrass (United 93
)Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu (Babel)Martin Scorcese (The Departed)
alt. Clint Eastwood (Flags of Our Fathers)
& Stephen Frears (The Queen)
No real shock inclusions here, but one SHOCK exclusion in Bill Condon. I can't believe they passed him over. This is really bad news for Dreamgirls
. If he can get snubbed here, he can most definitely be snubbed for oscar. It's the musical curse (I don't get this particular curse at all, though, since musicals are arguably the most challenging of film genres to direct).
It's Clint vs. Clint vs. Marty here... I expect Marty to win it mostly because Clint should cancel himself out.BEST SCREENPLAY
(4/5=80%)BabelThe DepartedLittle ChildrenLittle Miss SunshineThe Queen
alt. Letters from Iwo Jima
...and the shocker was: Notes on a Scandal
OK, it's not really a shocker - they did after all nominate Marber for Closer
- but I'm still a bit surprised it's here. I almost had it as an alternate, but then thought one of the foreign films had a better shot. Ah well. Happy to see Little Children
make the cut here. In fact, I think it could win it... but really, this one could go anywhere...BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
(5/5=100%. YES.)Ben Affleck (Hollywoodland)Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls)Jack Nicholson (The Departed)Brad Pitt (Babel)Mark Wahlberg (The Departed)
alt. Bill Nighy (Notes on a Scandal
) & Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine
BINGO. This is where I get to brag. The shocker to many was Mark Wahlberg
but I totally saw it coming. It's an all-movie-star lineup. I had a feeling that's how they'd go. Tough to say how this translates into oscar, though. I don't think Affleck or Wahlberg will make it that far. And of course Pitt's had some trouble, too... but the big globe boost for Babel
will help him.
Here's hoping Wahlberg siphons off some of Jack's votes and hands this award to Eddie Murphy.BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
(4/5=80%)Adriana Barazza (Babel)Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal)Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)Rinko Kikuchi (Babel)
Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls
alt. Vera Farmiga (The Departed
) & Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada)
Two words: EMILY. BLUNT. I'm SO happy for Emily Blunt. I still can't believe it. Can she get nominated for an oscar? I sure hope so (though I have my doubts). Barazza and Kikuchi are both looking very good for nominations now... and Hudson of course for the win. Dreamgirls
as a whole hasn't done that well, though, and it looks like Noni Rose will get nowhere near the shortlist.
It actually looks like this could be the oscar lineup, give or take the two Little Miss Sunshine
girls and a still-very-possible Vera Farmiga. Blunt will most likely fall to one of them, or to someone else I'm not thinking of. But please please PLEASE pray she doesn't.BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
(2/5=40%)The FountainLetters from Iwo JimaNotes on a ScandalThe Painted VeilThe Queen
& Little Children
...and the shockers are: Babel
and The DaVinci Code
OK, so Babel
is not that shocking. I actually haven't seen it, so maybe I don't realize how great the score is. I left it out mostly just cause I didn't see Babel
getting 7 noms and becoming the nomination frontrunner (!!!). It sure showed me. I also almost predicted DaVinci Code
but alas, I changed my mind. Nomad
is the only one I totally didn't see coming (who knows what that film even is???).
The irony here is that I got two of the unexpected noms (Veil
) and then missed all the rest... but really, there were no "expected" noms in this category. Very cool category.
And just how happy am I about The Fountain
??? ECSTATIC. My second favorite surprise nom of the day. And I predicted it. Yay!BEST ORIGINAL SONG
(1/5=20%. BLECH.)Casino Royale
("You Know My Name")Dreamgirls ("Listen")Dreamgirls
("Love You I Do")An Inconvenient Truth
("I Need to Wake Up")Little Miss Sunshine
("Til The End of Time")
("Patience") & Borat
...and the rest of the category was:Bobby ("Never Gonna Break My Faith")Happy Feet ("Song of the Heart")Home of the Brave ("Try Not to Remember")The Pursuit of Happyness ("A Father's Way")
Whatever. I was way off. But this category is stupid. These songs all sound stupid. I suppose I should've known the Bobby
song would make it, but the others? What up wit' dat? And the snubbing of Melissa Etheridge's "I Need to Wake Up?" Criminal.
Thankfully, oscar often differs strikingly in this category. It's choices are usually far better.BEST FOREIGN FILM
(5/5=100%)ApocalyptoLetters from Iwo JimaThe Lives of OthersPan's LabyrinthVolver
alt. Days of Glory
& Curse of the Golden Flower
5/5 here. Yeah, I rule.
I expect Glory
to replace Letters
at the oscars. Very competitive foreign field this year. That's awesome.
But I expect the globe in any case to go to Letters
.BEST ANIMATED FILM
(3/3=100%)CarsHappy FeetMonster HouseOver the HedgeA Scanner Darkly
alt. Flushed Away
& The Ant Bully
They only picked three, but I got those three. It's just a coincidence that they were the first three I listed (alphabetical, you know), but they would've been my first three picks anyway... in that order, even.
Anyway... WOW.BIGGEST SHOCKS:#1: Ejiofor gets in for Kinky Boots over Foxx for Dreamgirls
. Whaa--?#2: Collette instead of Breslin in lead.
Totally random and crazy.#3: Nomad for best score.
What is this movie???#4: Condon gets snubbed for Dreamgirls.
and lastly... (that's #5 in shockingness but #1 in awesomeness): #omgYES: EMILY BLUNT gets in for The Devil Wears Prada.
YES!!! I am happy as all get-out for her... but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't surprised.
Did MUCH better than expected: Babel, Bobby
Did MUCH worse than expected: Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine
TOTALLY shut out: United 93
(I knew it was no "lock")
FINALLY got some traction: Little Children
(I knew it would)
COOLEST surprise nom: Emily Blunt
DUMBEST surprise nom: Bobby
(I thought it was dead)
My overall prediction rate: 50/68=73.5%
(not too bad)
Thoughts? Comments? Reactions? Gushing praise at my prediction skills? (I really didn't do THAT well)
Lots of food for thought here.