Live Blogging The Oscar Nominations!

(Or, actually, using Tivo and the pause button to do so, because I am not a fast or accurate typist. Still, you’re impressed, right?)

Right now, it’s 8:34, and they’re about to announce. I’d like to preface this by saying that EW recently ran a list of the 25 movies of 2006 you Should Have Seen By Now, and I had only seen two: The Devil Wears Prada and Little Miss Sunshine. Which is, in a word, pathetic. But whatever. Right now they’re talking to Joel Siegel, who will always, to me anyway, be the Guy Who Really Hated How to Deal. But, bygones. Bygones. Anyway, I’m busy limbering up my fingers, for both the keyboard and the remote.

Okay, they’re starting. Salma Hayek is announcing (along with the president of the Academy). Best Supporting Actress: a woman I don’t know from Babel, Cate Blanchett from Notes on a Scandal, Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine HOLY CRAP THAT’S SO COOL, Jennifer Hudson from Dreamgirls, another woman I don’t know from Babel. (In the interest of time, if I don’t know someone’s name, I’m skipping them. Nothing personal!)

Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine, Jackie Earl Haley from Little Children (YES! I’m so happy for him and I haven’t even seen this movie!) Dimon Hounsou from Blood Diamond, Eddie Murphy for Dreamgirls, Mark Wahlberg for the Departed. (Somewhere, Johnny Drama is cheering.) Okay, so Little Miss Sunshine now has two noms so far. Who knew?

Best Actress: Penelope Cruz in Volver (and Salma Hayek just totally cheered for her!) Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal, Helen Mirren in the Queen (saw that one coming) Meryl Street for Devil Wears Prada, and Kate Winslet for Little Children. Okay, that’s two noms for Little Children out of three categories. Can we PLEASE get a wider release now? Please?

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio for Blood Diamond (not the Departed?) Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson (serious long shot!) Peter O’Toole for Venus, Will Smith for Pursuit of Happyness, and Forest Whitaker for The Last King of Scotland. Leo’s not nominated for The Departed? Color me surprised.

Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Babel (thank you Tivo pause button!) Martin Scorcese, The Departed, Clint Eastwood for Letters from Iwo Jima, Stephen Frears for the Queen and Paul Greengrass for United 93 (I think that last one is a shocker, I heard some gasps.)

Best Original Screenplay: Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Queen.

Adapted Screenplay: Borat, Children of Men, The Departed, Little Children (yay Tom Perrotta!) and Notes on a Scandal. That’s THREE. I want that movie in my local indie theatre tomorrow, please!

Forgive me for skipping the foreign film announcement to catch up and fix my spelling errors. Oh, already done. Best animated film: Cars, Happy Feet, Monster House.

Okay, Best Picture. Here we go: Babel, The Departed, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen.

The show is Sunday, February 25th. Now, bring on the commentary! What’s missing? Dreamgirls not nominated for best picture or director. Joel Siegel (who really hated How to Deal!) is shocked, shocked, shocked. Brad Pitt wasn’t nominated for Babel but oh, well, he’s got Angie and all those kids, so you can’t feel too bad for him. Frankly, I’m shocked to see Little Miss Sunshine do so well, although I am pleased.

Whew! Even with all my pauses, I’m tired. This live blogging business is tough. I’m glad I don’t have to do it often. But still, the Oscars are special. Now, all we can do is hope for a quick, efficient show, free of all the usual bloating and self-congratulatory nonsense. Yeah, right.

Until then, we have other things to be excited about. Like Veronica Mars returning with a new episode tonight! No pause button needed.

Have a good day, everyone!
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