Oscar Nominees

The nominees for the 79th Academy Awards, to be held at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles on 25 February:

Best picture : Babel; The Departed; Letters From Iwo Jima; Little Miss Sunshine; The Queen

Best director : Clint Eastwood, Letters From Iwo Jima; Stephen Frears, The Queen; Paul Greengrass, United 93; Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Babel
Martin Scorsese, The Departed

Best actor : Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond; Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson; Peter O’Toole, Venus; Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness; Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

Best actress : Penelope Cruz, Volver; Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal; Helen Mirren, The Queen; Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada; Kate Winslet, Little Children

Best supporting actress : Adriana Barraza, Babel; Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal; Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine; Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls; Rinko Kikucki, Babel

Best supporting actor : Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine; Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children; Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond; Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls; Mark Wahlberg, The Departed

Best foreign language film : Efter Brylluppet (aka After the Wedding), Denmark; Indigenes (aka Days of Glory), Algeria; El Laberinto del Fauno (aka Pan’s Labyrinth), Mexico; Das Leben der Anderen (aka The Lives of Others), Germany; Water, Canada

Best animated feature film : Cars; Happy Feet; Monster House

Best music (song)
I Need to Wake Up – An Inconvenient Truth (performed by Melissa Etheridge);Listen – Dreamgirls (performed by Beyonce Knowles); Love You I Do – Dreamgirls (performed by Jennifer Hudson); Our Town – Cars (performed by James Taylor); Patience – Dreamgirls (performed by Eddie Murphy, Keith Robinson, Anika Noni Rose)

Best visual effects : Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest; Poseidon; Superman Returns 

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I was born and lived in Bombay before moving to Chennai 11 years ago to coach the Indian national squash team....what a journey its been!!

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