Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Do You Believe In Unlikelihoods?



HUZZAH! HUZZAH! HUZZAH!

JACKIE EARLE HALEY HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD!

If you don't already know that Jackie Earle has been a personal favorite of Felt Up since her innocent young girlhood, then you're not a very careful reader of this blog, as I tend to babble on about him quite a bit from time to time. His amazing and almost unprecedented return to Hollywood from beyond the grave of child actor career death is an inspirational story. He gives me hope to carry on! Kelly Leak is one bad motherf****er!

I was getting a tad worried because he wasn't nominated for a Golden Globe for either his comeback performance in "All The King's Men" (he was one of the few actors in that movie's esteemed cast of scenery-chewing hams--like Sean Penn and Sir Anthony Hopkins--to get good reviews) or for his critically-acclaimed role as a tormented child molester in "Little Children," starring Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson. But in the end the Academy came through and he got the "Best Supporting Actor" nomination which will surely go to Eddie Murphy! At least he was nominated--hopefully that will keep his career in high gear for the forseeable future.

If you're not all that familiar with Jackie Earle's ouvre, check out his Wikipedia entry--which has already been updated to include his nomination, by the way. And if you've never seen THE MASTERPIECES that are "Breaking Away " and the original "Bad News Bears," then do yourself a favor and Netflix those suckers pronto. I also liked him in "Losin' It," a "going-to-Tiajuana-in-the-1960s-to-lose-your-virginity" movie starring a very young Tom Cruise and Shelly Long, if you can believe it.

Jackie Earle then...


...and now:



The only other big suprises in the nominations are that "Dreamgirls" was shut out of the "Best Picture" category, and
Pedro Almodovar's "Volver" wasn't nominated for a "Best Foreign Language Film" award, although Penelope Cruz did get a "Best Actress" nomination.

Here are the rest of the biggie nominations. To nerd out over the complete list, go here.

BEST PICTURE
"Babel"
"The Departed"
"The Queen"
"Letters From Iwo Jima"
"Little Miss Sunshine"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Adriana Barraza, "Babel"
Cate Blanchett, "Notes on a Scandal"
Abigail Breslin, "Little Miss Sunshine"
Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"
Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine"
Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls"
Mark Wahlberg, "The Departed"
Djimon Hounsou, "Blood Diamond"
Jackie Earle Haley, "Little Children"

BEST ACTRESS
Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada"
Helen Mirren, "The Queen "
Penelope Cruz, "Volver"
Kate Winslet, "Little Children"
Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal"

BEST ACTOR
Leonardo DiCaprio, "Blood Diamond"
Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland"
Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness"
Peter O'Toole, "Venus"
Ryan Gosling, "Half Nelson"

BEST DIRECTOR
Clint Eastwood, "Letters From Iwo Jima"
Paul Greengrass, "United 93"
Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"
Stephen Frears, "The Queen"
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Babel"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Guillermo Arriaga, "Babel"
Michael Arndt, "Little Miss Sunshine"
Iris Yamashita & Paul Haggis, "Letters From Iwo Jima"
Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth"
Peter Morgan, "The Queen"

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Patrick Marber , "Notes on a Scandal"
William Monahan, "The Departed"
Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Peter Baynham & Dan Mazer Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Peter Baynham & Anthony Hines & Todd Phillips, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"
Todd Field & Tom Perrotta, "Little Children"
Alfonso Cuarón & Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, "Children of Men"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"After the Wedding" (Denmark)
"Days of Glory (Indigènes)" (Algeria)
"Lives of Others" (Germany)
"Pan's Labyrinth" (Mexico)
"Water" (Canada)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hurrah for Marky Mark! And for the various nominations for "Pan's Labryinth" and "Children of Men" (though "Children" should have received an Art Direction and/or Sound nod instead of "Pirates II")! ¡Viva Mexico!

Terri R.