So mere minutes ago, the people over there who get to do these things announced the nominees for this year’s Oscar-oos. And the British as per are putting up a pretty good fight.
So much so, that for the first time, like ever, there are more Brits nominated in the Best Actress category (three. Dame Judi of Dench, Kate Winslett and Hezza Mirren. Count ’em!) than Yanky Doodles (one). The other one’s the delicious Penelope Cruz. Of Spanish and silky smooth hair fame.
Dreamgirls got a whole bunch, but shockingly not a Best Picture nod (eek). Jennifer Hudson did get her nom for Best Supporting Actress, for her turn in the musical-we-j’adore.
As for Best Actor, the money’s on Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), though we’re a-wishin’ and a-hopin’ Peter O’Toole gets it. ‘Cause Venus is genius, and he’s been nominated about seven time already yet nada. And he is 137, so c’mon kids!
And for Best Picture, it’s a toss-up between The Queen and Babel. Even if Babel sent us to sleep after 37 seconds. Though Little Miss Sunshine – how much did we j’adore that film?
Ps. ‘Toss’. That’s funny.
And for those who like a list, here’s a list:
Best Film: Babel, The Departed, Letters From Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen
Best Actor: 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)
Best Actress: Penelope Cruz (Volver), Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal), Helen Mirren (The Queen), Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada), Kate Winslet (Little Children)
Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jackie Earl Haley (Little Children), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond), Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls), Mark Wahlberg (The Departed)
Best Supporting Actress: Adriana Barazza (Babel), Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Rinko Kikuchi (Babel)
Best Director: Clint Eastwood (Letters From Iwo Jima), Stephen Frears (The Queen), Paul Greengrass (United 93), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel), Martin Scorsese (The Departed)