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The Oscar Nominations Are In!!!

Oh my fucking god. I have NEVER... NEVER in my life been so happy with the Academy. I just got off the phone this morning with Guillermo Del Toro. We were talking for 10 minutes before he realized. You see, he and his wife were watching ABC this morning for the nominations. He knew he was nominated for Screenplay and for Foreign Language - but he had NO IDEA about the other 4 nominations... All of a sudden - he lost the capacity to speak English as he started screaming in spanish - naming all his friends that just got nominated to his wife - and he's so happy, so much more so for his friends that he made this with. I'm so happy for Guillermo and his team. This is the first OSCARS in a long time, where I'm ecstatic... just with the nominations.






Hey Folks, Harry here. For the last 11 years, I've stayed up all night waiting on the Academy to announce their Nominations. I just really want to get the nominations up and ready for comment on AICN. It's not that I believe that the Academy will startle me - or perhaps introduce me to any films that I haven't heard of, or seen. That's usually reserved for the animated shorts, documentary shorts and the live action shorts. Not that we really get to see them as a result, but it's nice to know they exist each year. Usually - I get aggravated. I've never been very happy with how they handle the Foreign film and Documentary categories, but ultimately - you can't ask the Academy to be as EDGY as you want it to be, nor will it be as geeky cool as we'd want it to be. From time to time though, they surprise us. You sit around reading the various Oscar prediction sites, you follow the trends from the different Guild and Critic Societys - and you look at the bones and tea leaves and suddenly - the Academy goes fucking nuts. Well, did that happen this morning? Let's take a look, shall we?

Performance by an actor in a leading role

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

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

Alan Arkin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Jackie Earle Haley - LITTLE CHILDREN Djimon Hounsou - BLOOD DIAMOND Eddie Murphy - DREAMGIRLS Mark Wahlberg - THE DEPARTED

Performance by an actress in a leading role

Penélope Cruz - VOLVER Judi Dench - NOTES ON A SCANDAL Helen Mirren - THE QUEEN Meryl Streep - THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA Kate Winslet - LITTLE CHILDREN

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Adriana Barraza - BABEL Cate Blanchett - NOTES ON A SCANDAL Abigail Breslin - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Jennifer Hudson - DREAMGIRLS Rinko Kikuchi - BABEL

Best animated feature film of the year

CARS HAPPY FEET MONSTER HOUSE

Achievement in art direction

DREAMGIRLS THE GOOD SHEPHERD PAN'S LABYRINTH PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST THE PRESTIGE

Achievement in cinematography

THE BLACK DAHLIA CHILDREN OF MEN THE ILLUSIONIST PAN'S LABYRINTH THE PRESTIGE

Achievement in costume design

CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA DREAMGIRLS MARIE ANTOINETTE THE QUEEN

Achievement in directing

BABEL THE DEPARTED LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA THE QUEEN UNITED 93

Best documentary feature

DELIVER US FROM EVIL AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS JESUS CAMP MY COUNTRY, MY COUNTRY

Best documentary short subject

THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT RECYCLED LIFE REHEARSING A DREAM TWO HANDS

Achievement in film editing

BABEL BLOOD DIAMOND CHILDREN OF MEN THE DEPARTED UNITED 93

Best foreign language film of the year

AFTER THE WEDDING DAYS OF GLORY (INDIGÈNES) THE LIVES OF OTHERS PAN'S LABYRINTH WATER

Achievement in makeup

APOCALYPTO CLICK PAN'S LABYRINTH

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

Gustavo Santaolalla, BABEL Thomas Newman, THE GOOD GERMAN Philip Glass, NOTES ON A SCANDAL Javier Navarrete, PAN'S LABYRINTH Alexandre Desplat, THE QUEEN

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

"I Need to Wake Up" - AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH "Listen" - DREAMGIRLS "Love You I Do" - DREAMGIRLS "Our Town" - CARS "Patience" - DREAMGIRLS

Best motion picture of the year

BABEL THE DEPARTED LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE THE QUEEN

Best animated short film

THE DANISH POET LIFTED THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL MAESTRO NO TIME FOR NUTS

Best live action short film

BINTA AND THE GREAT IDEA (BINTA Y LA GRAN IDEA) ÉRAMOS POCOS (ONE TOO MANY) HELMER & SON THE SAVIOUR WEST BANK STORY

Achievement in sound editing

APOCALYPTO BLOOD DIAMOND FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST

Achievement in sound mixing

APOCALYPTO BLOOD DIAMOND DREAMGIRLS FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST

Achievement in visual effects

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST POSEIDON SUPERMAN RETURNS



Adapted screenplay

Sacha Baron Cohen and Anthony Hines and Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer and Todd Phillips, BORAT CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN Alfonso Cuaron and Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, CHILDREN OF MEN William Monahan, THE DEPARTED Todd Field and Tom Perrotta,LITTLE CHILDREN Patrick Marber, NOTES ON A SCANDAL



Original screenplay

Guillermo Arriaga, BABEL Iris Yamashita and Paul Haggis, LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA Michael Arndt, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE Guillermo del Toro, PAN'S LABYRINTH Peter Morgan, THE QUEEN

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