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 V.16 No.8 | February 22 - 28, 2007 

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Award: What is It Good For?

Analyzing Oscar

You can bet on one thing at this year’s 79th annual Academy Awards (literally, as it happens): Helen Mirren will win the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in The Queen. Online gambling site bodog.com has put her odds at 1/25 (as of press time). Slap down a hundred bucks on Mirren to win, and you could rake in a whole $4 profit!

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79th Annual Academy Awards Ballot

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center.

Best Motion Picture

Babel (GG) Odds: 7/2
The Departed * (BSFC, BFCA, CFCA, FFCC, LVFCA, SA, SEFCA) Odds: 3/2
Letters from Iwo Jima (LAFCA, NBR) Odds: 5/2
Little Miss Sunshine (PGA) Odds: 5/6
The Queen (BAFTA, TFCA) Odds: 19/1

Achievement in Directing

Babel Alejandro González Iñárritu Odds: 10/1
The Departed * (BSFC, BFCA, DFWFCA, DGA, FFCC, GG, NBR, NYFCC, OFCS, PFCS, SEFCA, WAFCA) Martin Scorsese Odds: 1/5
Letters from Iwo Jima Clint Eastwood Odds: 4/1
The Queen Stephen Frears (TFCA) Odds: 14/1
United 93 Paul Greengrass (KCFCC, LAFCA, NSFCA, SFFCC) Odds: 17/1

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio in Blood Diamond Odds: 8/1
Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson Odds: 18/1
Peter O’Toole in Venus Odds: 6/1
Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness Odds: 3/1
Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland * (BAFTA, BSFC, BFCA, CFCA, DFWFCA, FFCC, GG, LAFCA, NBR, NSFC, NYFCC, OFCS, SA, SAG, SEFCA, WAFCA) Odds: 1/4

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine (BAFTA) Odds: 1/1
Jackie Earle Haley in Little Children (CFCA, DFWFCA, NYFCC, OFCS, SFFCC, SEFCA) Odds: 10/1
Djimon Hounsou in Blood Diamond (LVFCS, NBR, WAFCA, SAG) Odds: 9/1
Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls * (BFCA, GG) Odds: 2/3
Mark Wahlberg in The Departed (BFCA, NSFCA) Odds: 5/1

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Penélope Cruz in Volver (EFA, GOYA) Odds: 20/1
Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal Odds: 22/1
Helen Mirren in The Queen * (BAFTA, BSFCA, BFCA, COFCA, CFCA, DFWFCA, FFCC, GG, LVFCS, LAFCA, NBR, NSFCA, NYFCC, OFCS, PFCS, SDFCS, SFFCC, SA, SAG, SEFCA, TFCA, WAFCA) Odds: 1/25
Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada Odds: 15/1
Kate Winslet in Little Children Odds: 7/1

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Adriana Barraza in Babel (SFFCC) Odds: 14/1
Cate Blanchett in Notes on a Scandal (DFWFCA, FFCC, PFCS, TFCA) Odds: 11/1
Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine (OFCS) Odds: 2/1
Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls * (BAFTA, BFCA, GG, LVFCS, NYFCC, SA, SAG, SEFCA, WAFCA) Odds: 1/8
Rinko Kikuchi in Babel (CFCA) Odds: 11/1

Original Screenplay

Babel
Letters from Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine (BAFTA, BFCA, DFWFCA, SEFCA, WAFCA, WGA)
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Queen * (BIFA, CFCA, GG, KCFCC, LAFCA, NSFCA, NYFCC, SA, TFCA)

Adapted Screenplay

Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Children of Men (OFCS)
The Departed * (BFCA, CFCA, FFCC, SA, SEFCA, WGA)
Little Children (SFFCC)
Notes on a Scandal

Best Animated Feature

Cars
Happy Feet
Monster House

Best Foreign Language Film

After the Wedding Denmark
Days of Glory (Indigènes) Algeria
The Lives of Others Germany
Pan’s Labyrinth Mexico
Water Canada

Achievement in Art Direction

Dreamgirls
The Good Shepherd
Pan’s Labyrinth
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
The Prestige

Achievement in Cinematography

The Black Dahlia
Children of Men
The Illusionist
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Prestige

Achievement in Costume Design

Curse of the Golden Flower
The Devil Wears Prada
Dreamgirls
Marie Antoinette
The Queen

Best Documentary Feature

Deliver Us from Evil
An Inconvenient Truth
Iraq in Fragments
Jesus Camp
My Country, My Country

Best Documentary Short Subject

“The Blood of Yingzhou District”
“Recycled Life”
“Rehearsing a Dream”
“Two Hands”

Achievement in Film Editing

Babel
Blood Diamond
Children of Men
The Departed
United 93

Achievement in Makeup

Apocalypto
Click
Pan’s Labyrinth

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

Babel
The Good German
Notes on a Scandal
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Queen

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

“I Need to Wake Up” from An Inconvenient Truth
“Listen” from Dreamgirls
“Love You I Do” from Dreamgirls
“Our Town” from Cars
“Patience” from Dreamgirls

Best Animated Short Film

“The Danish Poet”
“Lifted”
“The Little Matchgirl”
“Maestro”
“No Time for Nuts”

Best Live Action Short Film

“Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea)”
“Éramos Pocos (One Too Many)”
“Helmer & Son”
“The Saviour”
“West Bank Story”

Achievement in Sound Editing

Apocalypto
Blood Diamond
Flags of Our Fathers
Letters from Iwo Jima
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Achievement in Sound Mixing

Apocalypto
Blood Diamond
Dreamgirls
Flags of Our Fathers
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Achievement in Visual Effects

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Poseidon
Superman Returns

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