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February 20, 2007 > The Oscars

The Oscars

By Mona Shah

And the Nominees are......

Yes, it's Oscar-time again, and yet again, it promises to be an eventful evening. This year's Oscar nominated films and performances are spoken at least partly -- often mostly -- in languages other than English in every one of its top categories. The trend this year was a focus on other places and countries.

Babel is about connecting with children, those who are most important, even when they are far flung from you, either emotionally or geographically. Little Miss Sunshine is focused on the beauty of imperfection and silliness of competition. Winners and losers don't matter. Not in this film. The Queen does the opposite - it shows the stuff a true leader is built on. Letters from Iwo Jima, with its partner film, Flags of Our Fathers, strips away our notions about an honorable war. The Departed concerns justice, true and personal.

Within the four acting categories, there is a greater ethnic diversity than ever before, with five black actors, two Hispanics and one Asian recognized with nominations.

Ellen DeGeneres has been set to host the Oscar ceremonies (hopefully in English) honoring film achievements on Sunday, February 25 at 5 p.m.


Best Picture
Babel
(Reviewed in February 13 issue of TCV)

The Departed
(Reviewed in February 6 issue of TCV)

Letters from Iwo Jima
(Reviewed in February 6 issue of TCV)

Little Miss Sunshine
(Reviewed in February 13 issue of TCV)

The Queen
(Reviewed in January 23 issue of TCV)

Best Actor
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'

Best Actress
Penelope Cruz
'Volver'

Judi Dench
'Notes on a Scandal'

Helen Mirren
'The Queen'

Meryl Streep
'The Devil Wears Prada'

Kate Winslet
'Little Children'

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin
'Little Miss Sunshine'

Jackie Earle Haley
'Little Children'

Djimon Hounsou
'Blood Diamond'

Eddie Murphy
'Dreamgirls'

Mark Wahlberg
'The Departed'

Best Supporting Actress
Adriana Barraza
'Babel'

Cate Blanchett
'Notes on a Scandal'

Abigail Breslin
'Little Miss Sunshine'

Jennifer Hudson
'Dreamgirls'

Rinko Kikuchi
'Babel'

Best Director
Clint Eastwood
'Letter from Iwo Jima'

Stephen Frears
'The Queen'

Paul Greengrass
'United 93'

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
'Babel'

Martin Scorsese
'The Departed'

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