Best Motion Picture – Drama
Babel, Bobby, The Departed, Little Children, The Queen
I've seen 3 of 5 of these movies. I didn't see Bobby or Little Children, so can't comment on them, other than through other people's buzz. I really enjoyed The Queen
as a biopic and as an insight to that bizarre world, but not so much as
a movie. Any awards it wins should only be actor awards. Both The Departed and Babel were excellent movies, I thought, both deserving. I'd give my Golden Globe award to Babel,
however, simply because of its international flavour. I think GG
members will follow my lead, although I won't be surprised or
disappointed if The Departed wins.
Best Actress, Motion Picture – Drama
Penelpe Cruz-Volver, Judi Dench-Notes on a Scandal, Maggie Gyllenhaal-Sherrybaby, Helen Mirren-The Queen, Kate Winslet-Little Children
Of these movies, I've only seen The Queen.
I hear great things about Maggie Gyllenhaal, but I think Mirren will
win. Since I haven't seen the other performances, I can't really say
she deserves it. But for her performance alone, she deserves it.
Best Actor, Motion Picture – Drama
I've only seen The Departed. Hear great things the performances in Blood Diamond and Last King.
Leonardo DiCaprio-Blood Diamond, Leonardo DiCaprio-The Departed, Peter O’Toole-Venus, Will Smith-The Pursuit of Happyness, Forest Whitaker-The Last King of Scotland
I hope Will Smith doesn't win, based solely on the trailer for the
film. I wonder if DiCaprio will split his own votes? I thought he was
great in The Departed and would be glad to see him win for it.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Borat: CLoAfmBGNoK, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine, Thank You For Smoking
Sadly, I haven't yet seen any of these movies. I suspect Borat will win, based on the overwhelming gushing everyone heaps on it. Little Miss Sunshine may
be the one to take it away from Borat though. Heard good things about
Prada, too And about Smoking as well, but I didn't realise it was a
comedy (or musical). Favourite to win has to be Borat.
Best Actress, Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Annette Bening-Running With Scissors, Toni Collette-Little Miss Sunshine, Beyonce Knowles-Dreamgirls, Meryl Streep-The Devil Wears Prada, Renee Zellweger-Miss Potter
Guess I need to go see more movies. Haven't seen any of these, but
based solely on what I hear, Bening will win. I suspect it's a race
between her and Streep.
Best Actor, Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Sacha Baron Cohen-Borat: CLoAfmBGNoK, Johnny Depp-Pirates of the Caribbean:Dead Man’s Chest, Aaron Eckhart-Thank You For Smoking, Chiwetel Ejiofor-Kinky Boots, Will Ferrell-Stranger Than Fiction
Not having seen the movie, I hope Sacha Baron Cohen doesn't win. Haven't even heard of Kinky Boots. My money is on Johnny Depp.
Best Animated Feature Film
It won't be Happy Feet (which means it WILL be Happy Feet). Between the other two, Cars seems to have the popular vote and Monster House the critical vote. I may be totally wrong on that. I'll go with Monster House. Haven't seen any of them.
Cars, Happy Feet, Monster House
Best Foreign Language Film
Apocalypto, Letters From Iwo Jima, The Lives of Others, Pan’s Labyrinth, Volver
is getting good reviews, but it depends, I guess, on how many Jews are
voting in this category. I'll say Gibson gets redeemed and wins.
Adrana Barraza-Babel, Cate Blanchett-Notes on a Scandal, Emily Blunt-The Devil Wears Prada, Jennifer Hudson-Dreamgirls, Rinko Kikuchi-Babel
I will say Rinko Kikuchi will win. She was great. She'll win.
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Ben Affleck-Hollywoodland, Eddie Murphy-Dreamgirls, Jack Nicholson-The Departed, Brad Pitt-Babel, Mark Wahlberg-The Departed
category. One of the monthly magazines is talking up Eddie Murphy's
performance for Oscar buzz. Brad Pitt was very good, but really, other
than a couple of quiet-emoting scenes, his role wasn't that demanding.
Both Wahlberg and Nicholson were very good. Nicholson will win unless
too many people thought his performance was a bit too "Nicholson
hammy". Personally, I thought it was wonderful.
Best Director – Motion Picture
I'm surprised with the two Eastwood noms, and suspect they'll cancel each other out. Frears doesn't deserve it for The Queen. Other than the acting, it was a pretty pedestrian film. It's down to Babel and The Departed. Again, either one wins and I'm happy. I'll say Babel wins because it's just a more subtle film.
Clint Eastwood-Flags of our Fathers, Clint Eastwood-Letters from Iwo Jima, Stephen Frears-The Queen, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-Babel, Martin Scorsese-The Departed
Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Guillermo Arriaga-Babel, Todd Field & Tom Perrotta-Little Children, Patrick Marber-Notes on a Scandal, William Monahan-The Departed, Peter Morgan-The Queen
Seems like I got a boner for Babel. I suspect it'll win this award.
Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat-The Painted Veil, Clint Mansell-The Fountain, Gustavo Santaolalla-Babel, Carlo Siliotto-Nomad, Hans Zimmer-The DaVinci Code
Babel. Oh, why not?
Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“A Father’s Way”- The Pursuit of Happyness (Seal), “Listen”-Dreamgirls (Beyonce), “Never Gonna Break My Faith”-Bobby (Bryan Adams), “The Song of the Heart”-Happy Feet (Prince Rogers Nelson), “Try Not To Remember”-Home of the Brave (Sheryl Crow)
I don't know and, really, don't care about this category. I'll say Seal beats Crow.
Best Television Series – Drama
24, Big Love, Grey’s Anatomy, Heroes, Lost
Based on last year's hype, I'll say Lost wins this one.
Best Actress, Television Series – Drama
Patricia Arquette-Medium, Edie Falco-The Sopranos, Evangeline Lilly-Lost, Ellen Pompeo-Grey’s Anatomy, Kyra Sedgwich-The Closer
Based on that hospital bedside monologue, I give it to Edie Falco.
Best Actor, Television Series – Drama
Patrick Dempsey- Grey’s Anatomy, Michael C. Hall- Dexter, Hugh Laurie- House, Bill Paxton- Big Love, Kiefer Sutherland- 24
As much as I'd like to see Michael C. Hall win, he won't. Hugh Laurie will win. But never discount the love for Kiefer.
Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Desperate Housewives, Entourage, The Office, Ugly Betty, Weeds
Hands down. The Office.
Best Actress, Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Marcia Cross- Desperate Housewives, America Ferrera- Ugly Betty, Felicity Huffman- Desperate Housewives, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss- The New Adventures of Old Christine, Mary-Louise Parker- Weeds
You know what I'm really sick of? The Sex in the City girls getting multi-nominated in catetgories like this. Now that they no longer exist, I hate the Desperate Housewives multi-noms. I'll go with Julia, even though I've not seen the show.
Best Actor, Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin- 30 Rock, Zach Braff- Scrubs, Steve Carrell- The Office, Jason Lee- My Name is Earl, Tony Shalhoub- Monk
Baldwin is good, but too "supporting
character" for this award. Still, they might give it to him. Braff is
too "3 years ago". Steve Carrell is the winner right now. Jason Lee
is too "2 years ago", and Shalhoub is too, what, "10 years ago"? How
long has that show been on? Never saw a minute of it.
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Bleak House, Broken Trail, Elizabeth I, Mrs. Harris, Prime Suspect: The Final Act
Never saw any of them, except Mrs. Harris. I'll say it wins.
Best Actress in Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Gillian Anderson- Bleak House, Annette Bening- Mrs. Harris, Helen Mirren- Elizabeth I, Helen Mirren- Prime Suspect: The Final Act, Sophe Okonedo- Tsunami, The Aftermath
That Helen Mirren, she sure can act, wha?
She splits her own vote. Annette Bening will have already been awarded
for her Motion Picture award. This one goes to Gillian Anderson. No, I don't believe that either. Helen Mirren wins for, hmm, eenie meenie... Elizabeth I.
Best Actor in Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Andre Braugher- Thief, Robert Duvall- Broken Trail, Michael Ealy- Sleeper Cell: American Terror, Chiwetel Ejiofor- Tsunami, The Aftermath, Ben Kingsley- Mrs.Harris, Bill Nighy- Gideon’s Daughter, Matthew Perry- The Ron Clark Story
Seven nominations in this category?
Really, this one is a total guess. Unlike all the other total guesses
I've made. I'll say Andre Braugher wins. And I don't like Andre
Braugher. He's too serious an actor.
Best Supporting Actress in TV Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture
Sarah Paulson won't win. Emily Blunt will.
Emily Blunt- Gideon’s Daughter, Toni Collette- Tsunami the Aftermath, Katherine Heigl- Grey’s Anatomy, Sarah Paulson- Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Elizabeth Perkins- Weeds
Best Supporting Actor in TV Series, Mini-series or Motion Picture
Thomas Haden Church- Broken Trail, Jeremy Irons- Elizabeth I, Justin Kirk- Weeds, Masi Oka- Heroes, Jeremy Piven- Entourage
It'll be either Jeremy Irons or Jeremy Piven. I'll go with Irons.
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