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Oscars open thread

[UPDATE: The full winners list is after the flip.]

I don’t think Little Miss Sunshine will win, but how can you not love the film’s skewering of the child beauty pageant industry and how it tarts up little girls? Here’s the preview, which really doesn’t do the film justice at all (L).  Catch the infamous dance scene at the pageant before YouTube yanks it (on the right).


Such a witty, off-kilter film. I can’t believe that something so Alt was nominated for Best Picture, though it was deserving. Alan Arkin is up for Best Supporting Actor for his amazing turn as the devoted and foul-mouthed, heroin-snorting grandpa (see a touching scene here), and cute-as-a-button Abigail Breslin is up for Best Supporting Actress. Steve Carell wasn’t nominated, but he was a hoot as the suicidal gay uncle.

Also, here’s the video for “I Need To Wake Up” by Melissa Etheridge — from Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth — which is up for Best Song.

From AP:

Best Motion Picture: “The Departed”

Lead Actor: Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland”

Lead Actress: Helen Mirren, “The Queen”

Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, “Little Miss Sunshine”

Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls”

Directing: Martin Scorsese, “The Departed”

Foreign Language Film: “The Lives of Others,” Germany

Adapted Screenplay: William Monahan, “The Departed”

Original Screenplay: Michael Arndt, “Little Miss Sunshine”

Animated Feature Film: “Happy Feet”

Art Direction: “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Cinematography: “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Sound Mixing: “Dreamgirls”

Sound Editing: “Letters From Iwo Jima”

Original Score: “Babel,” Gustavo Santaolalla

Original Song: “I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth,” Melissa Etheridge

Costume: “Marie Antoinette”

Documentary Feature: “An Inconvenient Truth”

Documentary Short Subject: “The Blood of Yingzhou District”

Film Editing: “The Departed”

Makeup: “Pan’s Labyrinth”

Animated Short Film: “The Danish Poet”

Live Action Short Film: “West Bank Story”

Visual Effects: “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”

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