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Nolan's Pop Culture Review 2007!
Established A.D. 2000, March 19. Now in our eighth calendar year!
Number 362  (Vol. 8, No. 9). This edition is for the week of February 26--March 4, 2007.

The 79th Academy Awards

by Will Moriaty
An Interview With Paul Guzzo
MegaCon 2007

by Mike Smith

"Wilds Hogs"

Nolan Radio: Mike Smith comments on The Oscars

by Matt Drinnenberg

Greetings and Salutations....The Rondos Are Here! The Rondos Are Here!...The Musicality Of It All

by Mike Smith

And The Oscar Goes To....And The Anti-Oscar Goes To....The Real Deal....Whatever Happened To...? Chapter 9: John Belushi

Although I was unable to see the broadcast this year, I saw enough clips, both online and off, to get a good idea that this year's Oscar ceremony was just a tad bit....weird.

From disorienting camera angles and inappropriate shots, to stars not quote prepared to take the podium, to the opening segment shadow puppet performance, nothing seemed to be quite settled at the Kodak Theater.

Ellen DeGeneres generally got good reviews as host. I dare say her usual simple disarming manner likely helped folks at home refocus when things went awry.

The major "upset" (as they say in sports) was Alan Arkin winning Best Suppoprting Actor for Little Miss Sunshine over the expected Eddie Murphy (for Dreamgirls). If I had to choose a second big surprise, I'd say it was Happy Feet winning over Cars as Best Animated Feature.

Of course the biggest news was the 5-times-nominated-but-never-won, odds-on sentimental favorite, Martin Scorsese, winning Best Director for his movie, The Departed, which also won Best Picture. It has been sugggested this was such a sure thing, the producers didn't risk much by having the powerhouse trio of Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas there as presenters.

Well, that brings us to our annual Oscar-picks PCR shootout. Only Mike Smith and Matt Drinnenberg participated this time. I myself simply didn't see enough of the nominated movies to warrant voting and no one else sent in a ballot.

Mike and Matt are two powerful predicters and have scored high in the past, so they should've had no problems with this year's roster, right? WRONG! The plethora of really great movies bloated the barrel and made it much harder to predict. It just goes to show, even with the experts, the Academy Awards are sometimes not always obvious.

Following below are their predictions compared to the final results. Both lists were sent to me before airdate, only Mike's got to me in time to publish last week. Winners are in red. I'll be back at the end with an analysis.

The Departed
Letters From Iwo Jima
Little Miss Sunshine
The Queen
Mike: "The Departed"
Matt: "Letters From Iwo Jima"
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel)
Martin Scorsese (The Departed)
Clint Eastwood (Letters from Iwo Jima)
Stephen Frears (The Queen)
Paul Greengrass (United 93)
Mike: Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"
Matt: Clint Eastwood, "Letters From Iwo Jima"
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)
Mike: Forest Whitaker for "The Last King of Scotland"
Matt: Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"
Peneleop Cruz (Volver)
Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal)
Helen Mirren (The Queen)
Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada)
Kate Winslet (Little Children)
Mike: Helen Mirren, "The Queen"
Matt: Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada"
Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine)
Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children)
Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond)
Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls
Mark Wahlberg (The Departed)
Mike: Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls"
Matt: Mark Wahlberg, "The Departed"
Adriana Barraza (Babel)
Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal)
Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine)
Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)
Rinko Kikuchi (Babel)
Mike: Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"
Matt: Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"
Best Film Editing: The DepartedMike: United 93, Matt: The Departed
Best Original Song: "I Need To Wake Up"--Melissa Ethridge; An Inconvenient TruthMike: "Listen" from Dreamgirls, Matt: "Patience" from Dreamgirls
Best Original Screenplay: Little Miss SunshineMike: Little Miss Sunshine, Matt: Letters From Iwo Jima
Best Original Score: BabelMike: The Queen, Matt: Babel
Best Documentary: An Inconvenient TruthMike: An Inconvenient Truth, Matt: An Inconvenient Truth
Best Documentary - Short Subject: The Blood of Yingzhou DistrictMike: (No Vote), Matt: (No Vote)
Best Foreign Language Film: The Lives of Others (Germany)Mike: Pan's Labyrinth, Matt: The Lives of Others
Best Visual Effects: Dead Man's ChestMike: Dead Man's Chest, Matt: Poseidon
Best Cinematography: Pan's LabyrinthMike: Children of Men, Matt: The Prestige
Best Costume Design: Marie AntoinetteMike: Marie Antoinette, Matt: Dreamgirls
Best Adapted Screenplay: The DepartedMike: The Departed, Matt: The Departed
Best Animated Feature Film: Happy FeetMike: Cars, Matt: Monster House
Best Sound Mixing: DreamgirlsMike: Apocalypto, Matt: Flags of our Fathers
Best Sound Editing: Letters From Iwo JimaMike: Flags Of Our Fathers, Matt: Flags Of Our Fathers
Best Live Action Short Film: West Bank StoryMike: (No Vote), Matt: The Saviour
Best Animated Short Film: The Danish PoetMike: (No Vote), Matt: The Little Match Girl
Best Makeup: Pan's LabyrinthMike: Pan's Labyrinth, Matt: Apocalypto
Best Art Direction: Pan's LabyrinthMike: Dreamgirls, Matt: The Prestige

Out of the standard 24 possible categories listed for PCR, Mike scored 11, Matt scored 6. Considering both colleagues' amazing record in the past, these are astoundingly low numbers for either one, which shows how unpredictable the Oscars can be. Even if the category neither voted on was deleted (Best Short Documentary), the score wouldn't change significantly. In fact, where Matt voted and Mike didn't (Best Live Short and Best Animated Short) Matt missed them both anyway, so the score remains about the same (although I'd have to refigure percentages if he'd gotten one or both).

The surprising number of categories that were total wash-outs has been reflected elsewhere: Alan Arkin's surprise win for Best Supporting Actor being the most publicized example, and wound up also being Mike's only miss in the "Top 6" categories. The other categories that threw both boys for a loop were Best Original Song (Ethridge/Gore), Best Cinematography, Best Animated Feature (many are incredulous that "Happy Feet" won over "Cars"), Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Art Direction. WHEW! (For this part of the commentary, I'm igorning categories where one or both boys didn't vote at all.)

One could also take meaning from this that there were so many really great films out last year, that choosing the best of anything was much more difficult. I suppose that's pretty good news!

Hear Mike Smith comment on the Oscars in the newest episode of Nolan Radio.

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