Movie City News' annual Gurus o' Gold awards season survey continues this week with 15 entertainment reporters (including myself) playing along and predicting the potential Oscar nominees (among seen and unseen new films).
I've decided to favor the films I've actually seen, since trying to predict the potential performance of movies that no one has even watched yet is proving pointless (witness the rapid rise and fall of films such as "Flags of Our Fathers," "Running With Scissors" and others once they were actually viewed by prognosticators). That said, I left "Dreamgirls" on my list since I feel it will figure into the end of year awards voting...
My full list (as sent to David Poland for the MCN survey this week) is below; we were asked to pick a Top 10 for best picture and potential nominees for best actor and supporting actor; as I told Poland when sending in my votes, its still early on, lots will change. indieWIRE tracks awards in a special Awards Watch section and MCN's full list from all 15 prognosticators is available on their site.
BEST PICTURE 1. The Departed 2. Little Miss Sunshine 3. World Trade Center 4. The Queen 5. Babel 6. Pan's Labyrinth 7. The Illusionist 8. Volver 9. Flags of Our Fathers 10. Dreamgirls BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1. Vera Farmiga, "The Departed" 2. Carmen Maura, "Volver" 3. Abigail Breslin, "Little Miss Sunshine" 4. Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel" 5. Shareeka Epps, "Half Nelson" BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 1. Jack Nicholson, "The Departed" 2. Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine" 3. Brad Pitt, "Babel" 4. James Cromwell, "The Queen" 5. Ben Affleck, "Hollywoodand"