Nominations for the 79th Annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning by Salma Hayek - presumably because of the abundance of Latino names that she so
deliciously enunciated - and
Dreamgirls bested the rest with eight total nods, yet was conspicuously left out of the best-picture race.
Babel followed with seven noms. Here's a look at the major contests:
Babel, The Departed, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen
Penélope Cruz ( Volver), Judi Dench ( Notes on a Scandal), Helen Mirren ( The Queen), Meryl Streep ( The Devil Wears Prada), Kate Winslet ( Little Children)
Leonardo DiCaprio ( Blood Diamond), Ryan Gosling ( Half Nelson), Peter O'Toole ( Venus), Will Smith ( The Pursuit of Happyness), Forest Whitaker ( The Last King of Scotland)
Adriana Barraza ( Babel), Cate Blanchett ( Notes on a Scandal), Abigail Breslin ( Little Miss Sunshine), Jennifer Hudson ( Dreamgirls), Rinko Kikuchi ( Babel)
Alan Arkin ( Little Miss Sunshine), Jackie Earle Haley ( Little Children), Djimon Hounsou ( Blood Diamond), Eddie Murphy ( Dreamgirls), Mark Wahlberg ( The Departed)
Cars, Happy Feet (gee, that wasn't a documentary?), Monster House
Deliver Us from Evil, An Inconvenient Truth, Iraq in Fragments, Jesus Camp, My Country, My Country
After the Wedding, Days of Glory, The Lives of Others, Pan's Labyrinth, Water
Alejandro González Iñárritu ( Babel), Martin Scorsese ( The Departed), Clint Eastwood ( Letters from Iwo Jima), Stephen Frears ( The Queen), Paul Greengrass ( United 93)
Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, Pan's Labyrinth, The Queen
Borat, Children of Men, The Departed, Little Children, Notes on a Scandal
Having typed up all that, how about a film titled "Little Miss Sunshine's Children of Men"?