79th Annual Academy Award Nominations

In a slight departure from my normal posts about Photoshop and photography, the nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Awards have been announced. I’ve done an initial look through the list but will write more later once I get home from work.

UPDATE:
After having a chance to review the nominees for the 79th Oscars, and having not yet seen a number of the films that received nods this year, I will only make my picks based on the performances I have seen. So for what it’s worth…

Best Actor:
Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond
*Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness
Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland (he’ll probably win, though)

Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine
*Djimon Hounsou – Blood Diamond

Best Supporting Actress:
Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine
(I really liked her performance but I don’t think she’ll get it.)

Best Animated Feature:
*Cars
(Once again, Pixar hits one out of the park.)

Art Direction:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Cinematography:
Children of Man
The Illusionist

Editing:
*Blood Diamond
Children of Men

Original Song:
*”Our Town” – Cars

Best Picture:
*Little Miss Sunshine
(I loved this film but I think it’s certainly the underdog.)

Sound Editing/Sound Mixing:
Blood Diamond
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Visual Effects:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
*Superman Returns
(I didn’t like it but the effects were pretty good.)

Adapted Screenplay:
Children of Men

Original Screenplay:
*Little Miss Sunshine
(Again, its an underdog. If it doesn’t win Best Picture, it should definitely grab Original Screenplay.)

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