Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Forest Whitaker - King of the Oscars?

'Dreamgirls' picks up eight Oscar nods, but not for best picture

'Dreamgirls' has earned eight Academy Award nominations. However, to the surprise of many, the film is not in the running for best picture or best director. "Babel" received seven nominations, followed by Spanish-language adult fairy tale "Pan's Labyrinth" and royals drama "The Queen" with six each.

Forest Whitaker, who captured a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland," is up for an Oscar for best actor. Other Golden Globe winners with Academy Award nominations: Helen Mirren for best actress as British monarch Elizabeth II in "The Queen," as well as Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson for their supporting roles in "Dreamgirls." Meryl Streep, up for best actress ("The Devil Wears Prada"), has become the most nominated actor in history with 14 nods.

Visit Oscars.org for a detailed list of nominations. The winners will be announced February 25 in Los Angeles.

For those of you who are Jennifer Hudson fans, she learned of her nomination while in London, where 'Dreamgirls' is opening in the UK. NBC Today Show's Al Roker interviewed Hudson live. She seemed genuinely stunned and speechless. She said she was simply "living in the moment."

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Ian Lidster said...

Ah -- a brilliant actor and one of my favorites. I am always amazed when somebody outlines his list of successes they rarely mention 'The Crying Game' in which his turn as a Brit soldier in Northern Ireland offered a spot-on Cockney dialect. He gets my Oscar vote. Thank you dear friend Deb.


Deb S. said...

Ian: I agree. Whitaker is good. I've never seen 'The Crying Game.' I'll see if I can find it on DVD. I'd love to see it.

By the way, I really, really, really like you. LOL! I also encourage readers to check out your post, Sally cared. Should I?

Elizabeth said...

"The Crying Game" was an interesting movie. Forest Whitaker definitely deserves some type of Oscar. I didn't see "The Last King of Scotland" though so I can't comment on it. I thought Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in "Blood Diamond" was really good and Oscar worthy.

I STILL don't think Jennifer Hudson deserves an award for acting...but I think "Dreamgirls" could have gotten a nomination for Best Picture. It was an emotionally powerful film and well-made. Not a classic for the ages, but considering the competition, it deserved a nomination.

deb s. said...

Elizabeth: OK, now I really have to look for 'The Crying Game.' :-)

I agree with you that 'Dreamgirls' is not a classic for the ages, but it was well-made. And, yes, I also think it deserved a nomination for best picture.

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

I adore him!

Rethabile said...

Enjoying the blog immensely...

Deb S. said...

Rethabile: You are very kind. Thank you. :-)

Ian Lidster said...

So, where are you these days, Deb? I miss you.


Deb S. said...

Ian: You missed me? I am touched. :-)

I should be back to blogging by the end of the week. I've been juggling a lot of stuff recently.

Thanks so much for being a dear friend and stopping by.


HeiressChild said...

i think all of the nominees are well deserved ones, especially forest whitaker and jennifer hudson.

Rose said...

Forest Whitaker is a great actor. I too saw the crying game, great actor for real. The people up for a reward did an outstanding job.

AsianSmiles said...

I'm just so happy to see him "on top" of the ranks. I used to see him play forgettable roles on tv soaps before. His success and perseverance is inspiring.

Good to see you again Sis!

Love ya!

deb s. said...

HeiressChild: I agree!

Rose: Another two thumbs up for "The Crying Game." :-)

AsianSmiles: I see you've been following Whitaker's career for some time.

It's so good to see you again! Sending love right back at ya!! (((HUGS)))

Belizegial said...

Happy Valentine Day Deb!