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79th Annual Academy Awards Winners

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I don't think 2006 produced as many great motion pictures as in some years passed, however there were a few. None of my favorites were nominated and in fact, I hadn't even seen too many of the movies that were. So, it was with less enthusiasm than usual that I watched this year's Academy Awards ceremony.

This year's nominees:

Best Leading Actor:

  • Leonardo DiCaprio in "Blood Diamond"

  • Ryan Gosling in "Half Nelson"
  • Peter O'Toole in "Venus"
  • Will Smith in "The Pursuit of Happyness"
  • Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland" - Winner

Best Leading Actress:

  • Penélope Cruz in "Volver"

  • Judi Dench in "Notes on a Scandal"
  • Helen Mirren in "The Queen" - Winner
  • Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada"
  • Kate Winslet in "Little Children"

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine" - Winner

  • Jackie Earle Haley in "Little Children"
  • Djimon Hounsou in "Blood Diamond"
  • Eddie Murphy in "Dreamgirls"
  • Mark Wahlberg in "The Departed"

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Adriana Barraza in "Babel"

  • Cate Blanchett in "Notes on a Scandal"
  • Abigail Breslin in "Little Miss Sunshine"
  • Jennifer Hudson in "Dreamgirls" - Winner
  • Rinko Kikuchi in "Babel"

Best Director:

  • Alejandro González Iñárritu for "Babel"

  • Martin Scorsese for "The Departed" - Winner
  • Clint Eastwood for "Letters from Iwo Jima"
  • Stephen Frears for "The Queen"
  • Paul Greengrass for "United 93"

Best Script

  • "Babel"

  • "Letters from Iwo Jima"
  • "Little Miss Sunshine" - Winner
  • "Pan's Labyrinth"
  • "The Queen"

Best Animated Feature:

  • "Cars" John Lasseter

  • "Happy Feet" George Miller - Winner
  • "Monster House" Gil Kenan

Best Picture:

  • "Babel"

  • "The Departed" - Winner
  • "Letters from Iwo Jima"
  • "Little Miss Sunshine"
  • "The Queen"

Foreign Films

Volver and Pan's Labrinth are both excellent. I have watch both several times. I'm gonna watch Idegenes next. I really _LOVE_ foreign films, especially french and spanish.

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