Tuesday, January 16, 2007

All Hail "The Queen"

Now that the Golden Globes have weighed in, it is looking like the final five for the Best Picture Oscar will be Babel, The Departed, Dreamgirls, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Queen.

Five fine films to be sure...but Little Miss Sunshine? Really? It's a smart, funny film. But best of the year? No. Not by a longshot. It's too cute and lightweight for the top prize. I would like to see Clint Eastwood recognized for his double-whammy achievement of Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. Letters is the more likely candidate. And the Academy LOVES Clint. I still don't think they will let him go un-nominated.

And I want to be the first to point out something. Each one of those films has a pretty rabid fanbase. But they also have very outspoken detractors. Except for one...The Queen. The Queen is the most universally respected and admired film of the bunch. And is probably the only one that everyone can agree on. Which makes it a major threat to stage an upset and win the Oscar. Picture, Actress, Screenplay, Score...it could pull it off. It would probably be the sole scenario where everyone ends up satisfied about the winners.

The Queen is indeed one of the year's best. And I wouldn't object one bit to seeing it take home the gold. And I doubt anyone else would either.

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