on the Oscar nominations

The complete list of Academy Award nominees is here.

Dreamgirls got a lot of noms (8) but was shut out of Best Picture
- the first time ever that the film with the most noms failed to get one for Best Picture

Babel got seven (7) nominations including best picture
- acting noms for Amelia-playing Adriana Barraza and Chieko-playing Rinko Kikuchi, of Mexico and Japan respectively

favorite for Best Actor: Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)

Peter O'Toole has been nominated and has lost seven times. This (for Venus) is his eighth nomination. **He turned down an honorary Oscar three years ago because he hoped to earn one outright. If he loses, he'd be the actor with the most nominations without a win.

Most Disappointing: Sacha Baron Cohen did NOT get nominated Best Actor for his work in 'Borat - Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.' Did he make it look too easy? The guy's a freakin' genius.

Best Actress: 14th nomination for two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep, the most-nominated actor ever

Abigail Breslin (supporting actress for Little Miss Sunshine), at 10, is the fourth-youngest actress ever nominated. (She carried a Curious George doll at the Golden Globes, and I just found out that she is the younger sister of Spencer Breslin, the chubby kid in the Tim Allen movies.)

Alan Arkin (supporting for Little Miss Sunshine) was last nominated 38 years ago for “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.”

Jackie Earle Haley (supporting actor for Little Children) played Kelly Leak in Bad News Bears! and Moocher in Breaking Away! (I am face-blind.)

In the Best Director category, Martin Scorsese is tied with four other directors for the Oscar record of five nominations and five losses.

79th Academy Awards
February 25, 2007
to be broadcast live from the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland by ABC
begins at 5:00 p.m. (PST) with a half-hour arrivals segment
new host: Ellen DeGeneres