Dave Karger's '06 Oscar Picks: Whaddya think?

15268__good_lOur resident Oscar expert already has a few nominees, sight unseen:

All The King’s Men — Sean Penn and Jude Law, in a new adaptation of the Robert Penn Warren classic. (The original won the Oscar in 1949.)

Dreamgirls — Chicago scribe Bill Condon’s screen transfer of the 1981 Michael Bennett musical.

The Good German — A Stephen Soderbergh/George Clooney prestige noir.

The Good Shepherd (pictured) — Robert De Niro directs Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie in a history of the CIA.

The Good German Shepherd — Kidding! Though they can be lovely dogs. Bad hips, though.

Stranger Than Fiction — A Charlie Kaufman-esque Will Ferrell comedy, helmed by Finding Neverland‘s Marc Forster.

What, no Garfield 2? I’m outraged, Karger. We shall have stern words in the breakroom.

Go get ‘em, readers. Who’s really gonna win?


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  • Josh

    It won’t win, but let’s not count at ‘The Science of Sleep.’ I don’t know enough about what other films are coming out this fall… but isn’t ‘All The President’s Men’ bump from Dec to this fall a bad thing? Or no?

  • dan

    Dreamgirls is gonna kick….our….asses! You know what? And I’m telling you, I AM going…to see this movie because it will be HOTT. word.

  • Giorgio

    I think that “The Good German Shepherd” would have a better chance at Oscar time than ANY Will Ferrell vehicle. ANY!!!

  • Eddie

    Ive been missing Jodie Foster doing an OSCAR caliber film. Is she going to have one this year?

  • nathan

    That Zodiac Killer movie with Gyllenhaal and Downey Jr. sounds like a keeper, directed by David Fincher, sounds good to me.

  • nathan

    I don’t know if you can call him a scene stealer since he’s a fairly major character, but Tony Sirico (Paulie) on The Sopranos cracks me up even if he’s just standing in the background.

  • CC

    Dreamgirls is the one to watch, everything that has been said, seen and heard has been spectacular and much like Brokeback (which unsuprisingly got shafted) it is time for another minority movie to set screens ablaze and I know this one will do it!!! Dreamgirls 4ever!!!
    And to clarify, when I say minority I mean a movie whose principal characters aren’t white & heterosexual.

  • Jakeem

    Come on! It’s WAY too early to begin talking about next year’s Academy Awards, isn’t it? That’s like predicting who’s going to be in the World Series or the Super Bowl. With all due respect to Dave, I won’t be surprised if only one of his selections is a strong Oscar contender by the end of the year.

  • Ceballos

    where’s the love for “The Departed”?? DiCaprio…Nicholson…Damon…Scorcese…actually, if history is a guide, that last name will almost certainly keep it from winning the Oscar. Poor Marty.

  • Andrew Chadwick

    German Sherpards do have bad hips.

  • V.M.L.

    Not All The King’s Men. Remaking a movie that won Best Picture a long time ago is always a sin. (And no, I’m not Christian.)

  • Tim L

    Titanic 2. Without a doubt. HIT THE BEATS!

  • Marcus

    I wouldn’t count your chicks before they hatch. I’ve been hearing that most of the budget for Dreamgirls HASN’T been spent on visuals. And, as film is a visual medium, I think that is important to note. Besides, is there any REAL acting talent in the movie? I’m all for it being a success (I LOVE LOVE LOVE the stage version), but I also had high hopes for Rent, The Producers, and The Phantom of the Opera.
    No love for “Little Children?” Kate Winslet is long over-due for an Oscar. But she’ll have tough competition from Nicole Kidman in “Fur.”

  • Jaime

    If both The Good German and The Good Shepherd get best picture nominations, I think it may be the most confusing Oscar year ever. And why do most of these films sound so boring? If All the King’s Men wins, I’ll be a little sad. I’m kind of hoping that Sophia Coppola’s Marie-AntionetteIf both The Good German and The Good Shepherd get best picture nominations, I think it may be the most confusing Oscar year ever. And why do most of these films sound so boring? If All The King’s Men wins, I’ll be a little sad. I’m kind of hoping that Sophia Coppola’s Marie-Antoinette will get an Oscar boost despite its apparent weirdness; at least it’s doing something original. Zodiac looks sort of interesting, too, but it’s not like the Academy was rushing out to honor Fight Club or Se7en. Strange than Fiction looks ok, even though I hated Finding Neverland, but it would be cool to see Maggie Gyllenhaal nominated, and if Jake Gyllenhaal was nominated for Zodiac, too, that would be all good fun. Doubt it will happen, though.

  • Bon

    Snakes on a Plane!!!!

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