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Oscar nominees as reviewed in CL

A look back at what the critics said

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In anticipation of Sunday's Academy Award ceremonies, we thought we'd share with you a round-up of the nominees as seen through the eyes of film critics Felicia Feaster and Curt Holman. Click on the movie to see the reviews.

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprio in Blood Diamond (Warner Bros.)

Ryan Gosling in Half Nelson (THINKFilm)

Peter O’Toole in Venus (Miramax, Filmfour and UK Council)

Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland (Fox Searchlight)


Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin in Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight)

Jackie Earle Haley in Little Children (New Line)

Djimon Hounsou in Blood Diamond (Warner Bros.)

Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls (DreamWorks and Paramount)

Mark Wahlberg in The Departed (Warner Bros.)


Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Penélope Cruz in Volver (Sony Pictures Classics)

Judi Dench in Notes on a Scandal (Fox Searchlight)

Helen Mirren in The Queen (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)

Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada (20th Century Fox)

Kate Winslet in Little Children (New Line)

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Adriana Barraza in Babel (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)

Cate Blanchett in Notes on a Scandal (Fox Searchlight)

Abigail Breslin in Little Miss Sunshine (Fox Searchlight)

Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls (DreamWorks and Paramount)

Rinko Kikuchi in Babel (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)


Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Cars (Buena Vista) John Lasseter

Happy Feet (Warner Bros.) George Miller

Monster House (Sony Pictures Releasing) Gil Kenan

Achievement in Art Direction

Dreamgirls (DreamWorks and Paramount)
Art Direction: John Myhre
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

The Good Shepherd (Universal)
Art Direction: Jeannine Oppewall
Set Decoration: Gretchen Rau and Leslie E. Rollins

Pan’s Labyrinth (Picturehouse)
Art Direction: Eugenio Caballero
Set Decoration: Pilar Revuelta

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Buena Vista)
Art Direction: Rick Heinrichs
Set Decoration: Cheryl A. Carasik

The Prestige (Buena Vista)
Art Direction: Nathan Crowley
Set Decoration: Julie Ochipinti

Achievement in Cinematography

The Black Dahlia (Universal) Vilmos Zsigmond

Children of Men (Universal) Emmanuel Lubezki

The Illusionist (Yari Film Group) Dick Pope

Pan’s Labyrinth (Picturehouse) Guillermo Navarro

The Prestige (Buena Vista) Wally Pfister

Achievement in Costume Design

Curse of the Golden Flower (Sony Pictures Classics) Yee Chung Man

The Devil Wears Prada (20th Century Fox) Patricia Field

Dreamgirls (DreamWorks and Paramount) Sharen Davis

Marie Antoinette (Sony Pictures Releasing) Milena Canonero

The Queen (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) Consolata Boyle

Achievement in Directing

Babel (Paramount and Paramount Vantage) Alejandro González Iñárritu

The Departed (Warner Bros.) Martin Scorsese

Letters From Iwo Jima (Warner Bros.) Clint Eastwood

The Queen (Miramax, Pathé and Granada) Stephen Frears

United 93 (Universal and StudioCanal) Paul Greengrass

Best Documentary Feature

Deliver Us From Evil (Lionsgate)
A Disarming Films Production
Amy Berg and Frank Donner

An Inconvenient Truth (Paramount Classics and Participant Productions)
A Lawrence Bender/Laurie David Production
Davis Guggenheim

Iraq in Fragments (Typecast Releasing)
A Typecast Pictures/Daylight Factory Production
James Longley and John Sinno

Jesus Camp (Magnolia Pictures)
A Loki Films Production
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady

My Country, My Country (Zeitgeist Films)
A Praxis Films Production
Laura Poitras and Jocelyn Glatzer

Best Documentary Short Subject

The Blood of Yingzhou District
A Thomas Lennon Films Production
Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Recycled Life
An Iwerks/Glad Production
Leslie Iwerks and Mike Glad

Rehearsing a Dream
A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production
Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon

Two Hands
A Crazy Boat Pictures Production
Nathaniel Kahn and Susan Rose Behr

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