Oscars 2007: Only 257 days left!

There are still close to 37 weeks till the Academy Awards, but that hasn’t stopped the good folks at Movie City News from putting together a ranking of the 20 leading contenders for Best Picture — plus an additional 18 challengers. Admittedly, I’m in full popcorn mode right now (I saw the surprisingly funny remake of The Omen this weekend — riddle me this: What pre-K kid has red satin sheets on his bed?), and yet the prospect of a full fall slate of Important Films fills me with giddy anticipation.

On that note, here’s a tough exercise for all of you: Let’s say you were restricted to seeing only three of the 38 movies on MCN’s roster, and you had to decide right now which ones they’d be, which would you choose? I’d go with Dreamgirls (yeah, I’m predictable, but for the love of J.Hud, I am telling you that I’m going), The Black Dahlia (terrific book, and it looks like it’s snagged the right cast and director), and Babel (check out a clip here).

Okay, I’m not going to lie: That hurt my brain a little. But c’mon, folks, it’s important to keep those brain cells in working order between viewings of RV and Little Man, so have at it!


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  • Paul U.

    I said when I first heard that Annette Benning was cast as the mother in Running With Scissors is…she is finally going to get her Oscar. And I still stand by that statement. Mark my words!

  • Crystal

    Only three, huh? Well, hopefully The Da Vinci Code won’t count against me since I have already wasted those two hours of my life…uhmm, let’s see.
    #1 Slezak, though predictable, you are right about “Dreamgirls”, though you have the wrong Jennifer when you mention why this film is so drool worthy. Granted Jennifer Holliday is not actually in this version, but if it means a new generation of divas will be introduced to one of the greatest of them all through replays of her “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going”, then bring on the movie musical.
    #2 The Good Shepherd looks quite titilating even with a sans-Brad Angelina. Matt Damon starring, Robert De Niro directing, and a story revolving around the ever intriguing CIA, how can you not want to see this movie? With all the local espionage going on in this country, everyone could use a good thriller. And, besides, since Anjelina will be playing Matt Damon’s wife it will be interesting to see if her relationship with Brad makes it out of post-production alive.
    #3 I love Sofia Coppola. Love, love, love her. The preview for this movie looks awesome and though Kirsten Dunst has not been my favorite since, well, forever, the prospect of seeing her meet her end at the hands of a guillotine makes me perfectly giddy. And to think I might learn a little (stylized Hollywood envisioned) history is a little bit of a turn on too. Oh, and PS Jason Schwartzman and Molly Shannon (will she be serious? will she be hilarious?); enough said

  • Alexa

    My three: The History Boys, Babel and Volver. But I’ve already seen Marie Antoinette and Southland Tales, so it’s kind of cheating :)
    And, dear God, Southland Tales should NOT be on that list. But it will probably sweep the Razzies.

  • Crystal

    Oh….and though it should be obvious, the Sofia Coppola/Kirsten Dunst vehicle I was describing is, of course, “Marie Antoinette”.

  • Alexa

    Crystal… slightly sad news: we never seen Kirsten Dunst get the chop in Marie Antoinette. The film ends before she and her family meet a bloody end. It’s sad, really, because I would have LOVED to see the final chapter of her life dramatized.
    But Dunst has some really moving dramatic moments, and Schwartzman gives his character a loveable oddball angle that really works.

  • Liza

    Who cares? The wrong movie will win again, like this years Oscars

  • andy

    #1 The Good Shepherd
    #2 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
    #3 Babel
    I’m going for the Pitt-Jolie trifecta. Becuase i’m a glutton for punishment.

  • JL

    I definitely hope Annette Benning gets her Oscar this time for her role in Running With Scissors. I think this is the one movie I really cant wait to see this year. What a book!

  • Al

    I am looking forward to Dreamgirls and Running with Scissors.
    I just took a look at the link to Movie City News and have officially taken offense that they dismiss Dreamgirls as a Best Picture contender because it is a black film.

  • Lora

    Running With Scissors
    Maria Antoinette
    For Your Consideration
    Generic? Maybe. That’s just how I roll

  • Howard

    You’re gonna tell me that after the reception that “Southland Tales” got at Cannes that this list has any credibility?

  • Miles

    Wayyyyyyy to early to tell. and I always find that the Oscar nominees come out of no where… Shakespeare in love wasn’t even a bleep on the map till it robbed Saving Private Ryan of it’s oscar for best picture. (then again I did like in love better.)
    I’m calling Dreamgirls as nomination for Eddie Murphy in the best supporting actor category. Why? well, the academy hardly recognizes his years as a comic genius, but I know this musical and his character has a huge oscar clip scene coming his way… I think the academy could see it as a way to reward all those years of great work, as well as calling it the comeback story of the year.
    The History Boys just cleaned up at the Tonys, but this may be another Proof… great on stage, but not a great film. On film it would lose a lot of its theatricality and could come off as a little edgier version of Dead Poets Society. I loved this play on Stage but cannot imagine it making a great film, it would lose a lot of its stage immediacy.
    I would like to throw in the film – The Namesake — it looks beautiful, the trailer is amazingly touching, and it could be the surprise sleeper hit of the award season.

  • theBigE

    So “United 93″ has no chance? Wasn’t someone in your magazine (S. King?) positively raving about that film this past week?

  • CineRam

    With only three to choose from, I’ll go with Scorcese’s “The Departed” (though I’ve seen the original, so I know what happens), De Palma’s “Black Dahlia” and David Fincher’s “Zodiac”, with “Stranger Than Fiction” as my saftey if De Palma gets terrible reviews. But the movie I’m looking forward to seeing the most this fall isn’t on the list at all: Hugh Jackman and new mom Rachel Weisz in Darren Aronofsky’s sci-fi epic “The Fountain”. I know, sci-fi and fantasy don’t usually mean Oscar gold, but anything’s possible since “Return of the King” cleaned up.

  • Jaime

    I’m with Big E; I know the Academy perhaps wouldn’t honor it because of the taboo surrounding it (and it’s good, too, which means it’s definitely not getting anything) but I’m pretty sure it deserves it.
    If I had to see three movies from the list, they’d probably be Youth Without Youth, Babel, and Stranger Than Fiction. Nothing really appeals that much to me, though; as opposed to last year, there’s nothing that’s really all that interesting or controversial. It all just seems like Oscar-bait to me.

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