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A Short Note On The 79th Academy Awards

February 25, 2007

by James Harper

The 79th Academy AwardsA Short Note On The 79th Academy Awards

I honestly do not pay a ton of attention to awards shows. I lost my faith when Barry Manilow won a Grammy for Pop Male Vocalist in the 1978 Grammy awards for "Copocabana (At the Copa)", not exactly cutting edge. For the Oscars I usually keep an eye on best picture, director, animated films, cinematography, best special effects, and sound mixing.

I do not suggest that I have seen all of this year's nominee in the various categories. This year's best pictures nominees are:

  • Babel
  • The Departed
  • Letters From Iwo Jima
  • Little Miss Sunshine
  • The Queen

Babel, The Departed and Little Miss Sunshine have already been released on DVD. Of these I think the weakest film is Babel, though it is very well acted. With its plot lines going off in all directions it just did not have the emotional appeal for me that the others did. I think The Departed is going to win the award just because it is probably the most accessible of the nominees, but I have not been following all the insider news on the subject, so I may be dead wrong. I wish Pan's Labyrinth had been nominated in the Best Picture category or Director Category, but it did receive a Foreign Language Film nomination. I think it is actually better than any of the other nominations, just a knock-out homerun movie that you should try to catch while it is still in the theaters. Little Miss Sunshine and The Queen both succeed at what they set out to do. Letters From Iwo Jima, directed by Clint Eastwood, is very well made film, and I would not be disappointed if won, though I think it might not because of Clint's previous victory with Million Dollar Baby.

I was disappointed that TheAnt Bully did not get a nomination in the animated feature film since, in its 3D version, was easily the best animated movie I saw all year. Also Ice Age:The Meltdown is another movie that is oddly missing from the list. In fact how weak all the animated features that did make the nomination were this year, Cars, Happy Feet, and Monster House, was disappointing. Out of these three I would vote for Monster House. Did the people that vote actual see all these films?

In cinematography The Black Dahlia and The Prestige were inspired nominations. The Black Dahlia especially was photographed with care and looks wonderful. In sound mixing I would vote for Letters from Iwo Jima. I am going to have to look up what the difference between sound mixing and sound editing is? If you are mixing aren't you editing at the same time?

You can write James Harper at movielover77061@yahoo.com