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[Sunday, February 24, 2008]

79th Annual
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"Departed" Wins Big at the 79th Oscars


Three Six Maffia - 1; Martin Scorsese - 1

This is the part where I'm supposed to fall to the floor on my knees and scream "I'm ruined!" But...nah. This race was crazy, and even though a number of "consensus" picks won out in the end, an equal number of upsets were awaiting the audience of the 79th Annual Academy Awards. It was a roller coaster night, one worthy of taking a few chances. Sometimes they pay off, sometimes they don't. But truly, upsets were afoot.

The first eye-brow-raisers were the animated categories, which surprisingly went to "The Danish Poet" and "Happy Feet" respectively. But the real doozey was minutes away: Alan Arkin taking the prize for Best Supporting Actor. The moment the nominations landed last month, I knew this was Arkin's award for the taking. I pulled my punch for about a week, but eventually settled back on the old guy. Glad he's finally got a statue.

And there's no better segue than from those words to these: A Martin Scorsese film has finally won Best Picture and Best Director. And...holy shit...of the nominees, it is the most deserving contender. I am so, SO happy the Academy was this cool. That they were this smooth. That they were this...badass. You have to go back to "The French Connection" to find a film this hard boiled winning the big prize, and even THAT was a film that advanced the medium considerably. "The Departed" is just an unassuming genre picture, one that was a critical and box office champ, sure. But one that was unconventional for this group all the same. Bravo.

(More and a full list of Oscar winners after the jump.)


Before continuing on to the highlights, let me say a big "SHAME ON YOU" to the Academy for being so ignorant as to ignore Emmanuel Lubezki's miraculous cinematography on "Children of Men." I had a feeling it would prove not "pretty" enough for them in the end, and sadly, that inkling was proven to be a valid one. Let alone the fact that Alfonso Cuaron's film deserved nominations across the board that it didn't receive. But this should have been a gimme. Ridiculous.

Anyway, the highlights for this viewer have to begin with Ennio Morricone's gracious and beautiful acceptance of a much-deserved Honorary Oscar. Following close behind, other than Marty getting his due, I have to say I found the banter between Abigail Breslin and Jaden Smith a delight as they were presenting the short film awards. And that "Dreamgirls" number was SENSATIONAL. I was sad to know that each of those tunes was about to lose Best Song, but nonetheless, a sweet, flawless moment in the program.

Ellen Degeneres was so-so as the hostess. A good joke popped through here and there, but nothing sensational. The best material was reserved for Al Gore (who proved tonight he'd have this whole town behind him if he'd just...run...). I laughed out loud here and there, but, eh, there's only one Billy Crystal. The show was kind of a bore, to be honest.


Before I check out here, I have to say this. Sasha Stone called the win for "The Departed," which became a "consensus" pick later in the season, as far back as November. She never totally went on the record with that prediction until the nominations were released, but, well, there it is. While some of us were being silly and predicting the outside shot, she was calling the outside shot that became the clear Academy favorite. Kudos, doll. I took a bath. You hit the right notes.

As for predictions, I went 16/24. I matched fellow pundits Pete Hammond (damn you, Pete, for convincing me on "Recycled Life") and David Carr. I was bested by my partner here at In Contention, Gerard Kenney, who nailed 17. I believe Anne Thompson, Erik Childress and David "'Dreamgirls' would have won if it was nominated" Poland landed 18 correct guesses. If you want to be petty and include alternates, make my tally 20/24.

As for the awards recipients, "The Departed" lead the pack with 4 wins, "Pan's Labyrinth" close behind with 3(they loved this movie...well, ouotside of the stuck-up foreign film viewing committee). "Dreamgirls," "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Little Miss Sunshine" take 2 each.


And with that, the 2006 film awards season is FINALLY over. And it was a long one. But guess what? We're going to dive head-long into next year's forecast tomorrow (one day only...and then I'm checking out of all things Oscar for a LONG time). So tune in for that tomorrow and, in the meantime, bask in the glory of a deserved set of wins for Martin Scorsese's "The Departed." It's been a long time coming.

Quick Oscar links for today's coverage:

Live Blogging the Pre-Shows
Live Blogging the Telecast
Kristopher Tapley's Final Predictions
Gerard Kennedy's Final Oscar Predictions

And the Oscars Went To...

Best MOTION PICTURE of the Year


Graham King, Producer

Achievement in DIRECTING


Martin Scorsese

Performance by an ACTOR in a LEADING ROLE


FOREST WHITAKER in "The Last King of Scotland"

Performance by an ACTRESS in a LEADING ROLE


HELEN MIRREN in "The Queen"

Achievement in FILM EDITING


Thelma Schoonmaker

Achievement in MUSIC Written for Motion Pictures (ORIGINAL SONG)


Music and Lyric by Melissa Etheridge



Written by Michael Arndt

Achievement in MUSIC Written for Motion Pictures (ORIGINAL SCORE)


Gustavo Santaolalla



Davis Guggenhiem


Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Performance by an ACTRESS in a SUPPORTING ROLE


JENNIFER HUDSON in "Dreamgirls"



Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Achievement in VISUAL EFFECTS


John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall



Guillermo Navarro

Achievement in COSTUME DESIGN


Milena Canonero



Screenplay by William Monahan



George Miller

Performance by an ACTOR in a SUPPORTING ROLE


ALAN ARKIN in "Little Miss Sunshine"

Achievement in SOUND MIXING


Michael Minkler, Bob Beemer and Willie Burton

Achievement in SOUND EDITING


Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman



Ari Sandel



Torill Kove

Achivement in MAKEUP


David Martí and Montse Ribé

Achievement in ART DIRECTION


Art Direction: Eugenio Caballero
Set Decoration: Pilar Revuelta


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Nice job tonight, Kris. Well done, indeed. Happy for Marty. It's about time.

I LOVED the fact that Departed won Pic and Director. I got 18/24 -- correctly predicting the Lives of Others and "I Need to Wake Up" surprises (if it's considered a surprise). Overall, not a bad set of winners this year.

Oh. 17 on 24 actually. Anyway, just wanted to say a loud BOO for denying Lubezki his award.

I've been meaning to tell you that you have one of the most visually pleasing Oscar sites online.
I particularly appreciated the coverage and talks with the techies.

I, too, was really upset that Children of Men didn't win cinematography. There was very loud applause for the film when they showed the clip. I thought that it was going to win when I heard that.

I actually enjoyed the show tonight and Ellan. Almost all the hosts I've seen doing the Oscars have to stop making jokes after two hours because the show gets too long. They probably could have done without Celine Dion and the America montage, though the Foreign Film montage was very good.

I thought the opening was great showing the nominees and I liked the reading of lines from screenplays. I agree the Morricone tribute was touching.

I won my Oscar pool tonight, mainly because of choosing The Departed for BP, Arkin, and Melissa E.'s song. I got the animated and live action short wrong early on so I thought I was doomed but I redeemed myself later.

Ellen Degeneres was so so as a hostess like you said, but I was so glad the academy went full out in honoring the tech categories even more than the acting categories. The script readings, the editing clips, the cinematographer's narration, the sound choir, everything there was just perfect, and please please keep everyone talking about how wonderful that was, because I want that happening again year in and year out. Nevertheless, there were some moments of comic genius. Al Gore's attempted run was this huge build up that couldn't have ended any cooler. I sat with a bunch of film students, and we were all pleasantly surprised with everything. I have very few complaints this year, except that god awful snub to Children of Men. Shame Shame Shame Shame Shame Shame Shame. And did Santaolalla have to win another one so soon?

Thx for the great coverage Kris! Even reading it a day later (time zones... ugh!) I still get more of a feel for the whole event than just reading the results in the news...

Yay for 'upsets' Happy Feet and Alan Arkin and Melissa Etheridge! Terrible sigh for the losses of Children of Men, Pan's (for foreign and soundtrack) and especially Babel which should have won BEST PICTURE!!! :(

But all in all I think it was a very good year for the movies, and I hope in the future we'll continue getting such high-quality, intersting film making, with a wide diversity of subjects and talents!

Congrats to all the winners!

And congrats to you Kris for hosting this excellent site! I'll be sure to tune back in next year for more! ;)

I believe I got 17. ;)

Ugh, Al Gore was a condescending holier-than-thou asshole. Why bring him and Leo out to speak for 5 minutes that lead nowhere. Although it may be that I just hate the movie. Why was he up on stage anyway? It wasn't his award.

Loved the wins for Scorsese, Departed, Pan's, Happy Feet, Arkin. Loved the Dreamgirls and the Ferrel/Black/Reilly numbers. The Errol Morris opening was brilliant, too.

That COM loss was strange though. Big WTF moment. Same for Babel and score.

I thought Ellen was great. Sure, maybe "safe", but I'd rather safe than mean spirited (Rock) or comically-challenged (Stewart).


"Before I check out here, I have to say this. Sasha Stone called the win for "The Departed," which became a "consensus" pick later in the season, as far back as November."

I think you give her way too much credit. Yes, she got it right but she also got very lucky. She was so fangirlish about the movie I could imagine her behaving the same way even if the movie wasn't as popular.

"And there's no better segue than from those words to these: A Martin Scorsese film has finally won Best Picture and Best Director. And...holy shit...of the nominees, it is the most deserving contender."
Meh, I diasgree and of all people you should know that this movie pales compared to the likes of
"The Fountain". Also Alfonso Cuaron directed circles around Scorsese.

"I am so, SO happy the Academy was this cool. That they were this smooth. That they were this...badass. You have to go back to "The French Connection" to find a film this hard boiled winning the big prize, and even THAT was a film that advanced the medium considerably."
Really? You think the Academy was cool and badass in the year that "A Clockwork Orange" was nominated and lost?

Now here's a movie that pushed the medium much much further than "French Connection" even dreamed to do. If that movie won, that would have been truly badass.

The Departed is actually a relatively safe although very good genre film. You want badass, try Takashi Miike some time.

To me this was a terrible year at the Oscars. That Emmanuel Lubezki's miraculous (you're absolutely right here) work lost is a crime against cinema. Really. I can't even begin to make sense out of this or the fact that Babel's score had won.

Or how about Departed's fairly straightforward editing loosing to a brilliant ambitious mosaic that is Babel? How about Chris Mansell's masterpiece of a score not even being nominated?

I could go on and on...

Also, Elen great Oscar host! Definitely the best since Crystal.

how quickly everyone in Hollywood seems to have forgotten what an enemy to popular culture Al Gore and his wife are. they were the ones who spear-headed the campaign to censor music in the 80's and 90's and are directly responsible for the useless parental advisory stickers that still appear to this day. Gore himself vowed to "help parents and strengthen families...by giving parents the tools to protect their children against cultural pollution." During his last Presidential campaign Gore said he would give industry leaders six months to "clean up their act." If they don't, and if he wins in November, he vowed to step in and urge the FTC to enforce restrictions on commercial speech. His work on global warming is phenomenal, don't get me wrong. But as a member of the movie industry, he is no candidate of mine

Hey Kris, I just wanted to comment on next year's Oscar predictions. I know it's early, but I too have hopes for Day-Lewis and The Kite Runner.

The only thing that I think will inevitably change is the acting lineup. If we just examine recent Oscar history, the Academy is far more inclined to nominating newcomers or non-winners before anyone else. Therefore, I don't think Streep, Kidman, Fonda, or Washington will return for nominations and Redgrave won't get a dual one. Conversely, I think Nicholson will make up for his "snub" this year by getting another nod for The Bucket List. Also, Roberts for Charlie Wilson's War? How about Amy Adams? (We need to hope...) But uh, I hope Rescue Dawn makes a splash--just more so for Christian Bale.

Jesus, cinemaniac, let's not analyze it that deeply YET.

Camel, you couldn't have read a guy like Gore more wrongly. Though at least Chad has some valid points about the guy. Regardless, he was on stage because there'd be no film without him. He deserved to be there, producer or not. And Guggenheim did the classy thing by indicating as much.

Furthermore, Gore on stage with Leo talking about what they did is much more needed than Celine Dion putting us to sleep or Jerry Seinfield auditioning for a hosting gig. It was brief, to the point, and had a funny punchline. We need more of that in the Oscar telecast.

Roman, even though you're dreadfully wrong about The Departed [;)], I nontheless agree with your vision of the Academy awards. But a step like Departed (HARDLY "safe") winning is the best we can hope for on the way to something like A Clockwork Orange winning the big award. Otherwise, you're living in a fantasy world.

Basically, I'll take what I can get.

Chris, I won't argue how safe or unsafe the Departed win was. Considering that "Infernal Affairs" wasn't even nominated for "Best Foreign Film" (even though it was offered by Taiwan) I have to wonder a. How many of people actually seen it or are actively aware of it, and b. How many of the nominations bestowed on "The Departed" are due to it being a Scorsese film.

I won't argue the merits of this movie, to me it's great (and I did enjoy it), but let's face it: lately Scorsese is nominated for absolutely everything he's done. Half of all his best director nominations are for a period between 2002-2006. That's a love of love for a short period of time, especially considering that one of these movies is the overrated "Gangs of New York".

And what's "safe" anyway? Everything can be percieved through comparisson. Compared to "Babel", I think "Departed" is safe. Compared to "Queen", it's safe. Compared to "Letters" it's safe. You see what I'm doing here? And yes, it's safer than "Little Miss Sunshine".

Yes, by itself "The Departed" may not be the most Academy (read: older voter) friendly film on the surface and I may even believe that it wasn't meant to be a movie for Awards, but remember: "Silence of the Lambs" got there first ;).

P.S. And I'm not living in a fantasy world, I've matured the moment I realized that my beloved "A.I." was never going to be nominated for anything it deserves.

I'm very sorry Kris, I didn't mean to misspell your name. That was a typo :).

I honestly can't believe you find a film as graphic and genre as Departed "safer" than the rest of the field (MAYBE Letters). But that's your own interpretation and you're welcome to it.

As for Scorsese, I think he's deserved every nomination he has received. And in many cases, he should have won.

I think that it's the safest out all of the other nominees because even at the time of the nominations, it was by the most popular film (most those who haven't seen it thought that it should have won) and also the most American (together with LMS). There is very little controversy surrounding its win, most people and media outlets take consider it the right choice. Nobody is calling it an "upset". I believe that there would have been a lot more controversy had any other movie won. That's why I view it as the safest of the bunch but, yeah, taken by itself I agree that it's not your average Oscar Winner.

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