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Award Season - Babel and Departed are Golden

December 15th, 2006

Babel led the way when the Golden Globe nominations were announced today with seven nominations while The Departed was close behind with six.

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Best Director - Motion Picture

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Animated Film

Note:
  • Babel earned seven nominations followed by The Departed with six and Dreamgirls with five. Of those three, I think The Departed has be best chance of being the big winner.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio captured two nominations for best actor in a dramatic role. One for The Blood Diamond and the other for The Departed. Vote splitting could cost him a win for either paving the way for Forest Whitaker to take home the hardware. Then again, some might vote a straight The Departed ticket helping his chances there.
  • Clint Eastwood also earned two nods for Best Directing for Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. However, in this case it looks like it's Martin Scorsese's year to win this battle.
  • Bobby was the only Best Picture contender not to pick up any other nominations in major categories and therefor has to be seen as a serious underdog.
  • Of the Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical nominees, only Dreamgirls has any real shot as Oscar glory, although I was happier to see nominations for Devil Wears Prada and Little Miss Sunshine.
  • Peter O'Toole is a senitmetal favorite to win for his role in Venus, but realistically he has to be considered an underdog. He has a better shot at the Oscar as voting committees like to make up for past mistakes and he's had seven nominations with no wins.
  • Monster House was better than Over the Hedge? I didn't think so.
  • Both Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy seem wide open. I can't pick whose the favorite in those two categories. Even just personal favorite leaves me conflicted.

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Source: Hollywood Foreign Press

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