Pick the Flicks IV

Shingle: 2007 Oscar Ballot

Hed: Pick the Flicks IV

Deck: It’s time for Scene’s boffo contest, baby

By M. Scott Morris


HOLLYWOOD The movie world is abuzz with Oscar talk, which means it’s time for “Pick the Flicks IV: Scene Takes Over.”

The 2007 Academy Award winners will be announced Sunday, Feb. 25, and you’ve got a chance to win big:

n The first-place prize is a set of all five best picture nominees (cassette or DVD) as soon as they become available.

n The second-place finisher will get his or her choice of three best picture nominees.

n Third prize is one cassette or DVD from the list of best picture nominees.

Winners, who’ll also get Cinemark movie passes, will be selected on the number of correct picks. In the event of a tie, winners will be chosen through a random drawing.

Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23.

Ballots may be dropped off at Scene’s Pick the Flicks headquarters (aka the Mighty Daily Journal) at 1242 South Green St., Tupelo, or faxed to (662) 842-2233. You may mail them to Pick the Flicks, P.O. Box 909, Tupelo, MS 38802. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number, and an e-mail address wouldn’t hurt.

Ballots also are available at www.scenehere.net.

Winners will be announced no later than March 1.

This contest is not open to employees of Journal Publishing Co. or their families. Only one entry per person.

Now, on with the show:

1. Best picture:

a) “Babel.”

b) “The Departed.”

c) “Letters from Iwo Jima.”

d) “Little Miss Sunshine.”

e) “The Queen.”

2. Actor in a leading role:

a) Leonardo DiCaprio, “Blood Diamond.”

b) Ryan Gosling, “Half Nelson.”

c) Peter O’Toole, “Venus.”

d) Will Smith, “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

e) Forest Whitaker, “The Last King of Scotland.”

3. Actor in a supporting role:

a) Alan Arkin, “Little Miss Sunshine.”

b) Jackie Earle Haley, “Little Children.”

c) Djimon Hounsou, “Blood Diamond.”

d) Eddie Murphy, “Dreamgirls.”

e) Mark Wahlberg, “The Departed.”

4. Actress in a leading role:

a) Penelope Cruz, “Volver.”

b) Judi Dench, “Notes on a Scandal.”

c) Helen Mirren, “The Queen.”

d) Meryl Streep, “The Devil Wears Prada.”

e) Kate Winslet, “Little Children.”

5. Actress in a supporting role:

a) Adriana Barraza, “Babel.”

b) Cate Blanchett, “Notes on a Scandal.”

c) Abigail Breslin, “Little Miss Sunshine.”

d) Jennifer Hudson, “Dreamgirls.”

e) Rinko Kikuchi, “Babel.”

6. Animated feature film:

a) “Cars.”

b) “Happy Feet.”

c) “Monster House.”

7. Directing:

a) Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, “Babel.”

b) Martin Scorsese, “The Departed.”

c) Clint Eastwood, “Letters from Iwo Jima.”

d) Stephen Frears, “The Queen.”

e) Paul Greengrass, “United 93.”

8. Original score:

a) “Babel.”

b) “The Good German.”

c) “Notes on a Scandal.”

d) “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

e) “The Queen.”

9. Original song:

a) “I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth.”

b) “Listen” from “Dreamgirls.”

c) “Love You I Do” from “Dreamgirls.”

d) “Our Town” from “Cars.”

e) “Patience” from “Dreamgirls.”

10. Visual effects:

a) “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.”

b) “Poseidon.”

c) “Superman Returns.”

11. Adapted screenplay:

a) “Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

b) “Children of Men.”

c) “The Departed.”

d) “Little Children.”

e) “Notes on a Scandal.”

12. Original screenplay:

a) “Babel.”

b) “Letters From Iwo Jima.”

c) “Little Miss Sunshine.”

d) “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

e) “The Queen.”

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