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Oscars panel: Richard Brophy
To say I was shocked by some of the nominations would be an understatement.

I'm having mixed feelings about how things turned out and, to be honest, I'm a little disappointed in the Academy.

I was utterly thrilled to see Little Miss Sunshine get some much-deserved AMPAS love, especially in the acting categories for Breslin and Arkin - they were fantastic in that movie and truly warranted this honour.

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Richard Brophy
Name: Richard Brophy
Age: 21
Occupation: Student
Nationality: British
Lives: Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
Favourite film: Requiem for a Dream

I was a little disappointed that Toni Collette didn't nab a nomination for herself, but I'll console myself with the charming Abigail Breslin. I'm sure Dakota Fanning is spitting nails right now...

To my complete bewilderment, the Academy neglected to nominate Dreamgirls for almost any major awards.

This snub is really disheartening, especially considering they went with yet another Clint Eastwood movie in its place.

While Letters from Iwo Jima is a fine movie, I honestly question whether this move was somewhat motivated by the voters' well-known love for Clint, and their apparent dislike of musicals in recent years (except Chicago, although I would say Dreamgirls is better).

Thankfully they saw fit to place Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson on the nominees lists, where Hudson will most likely sweep to her first Oscar.

Murphy will face stiff competition from Arkin and Jackie E Haley of Little Children, who is just fantastic.

Disappointment was also found in the category of best actor, where Sacha Baron Cohen missed out on a nomination.

Still from Pan's Labyrinth
I'm sure Pan's Labyrinth will wipe the floor with its competition

While unsurprising, I was really hoping to see his name in the mix. I hear his character Bruno is being developed into a movie, so perhaps the Academy will see fit to nominate him in the future. One can dream...

Perhaps the biggest snub was the fact that Volver did not make the cut for best foreign language film.

This is truly surprising, as Penelope Cruz made such a breakthrough by being nominated for best actress.

It's fine by me though - I've been rooting for Pan's Labyrinth since I saw it last month, and I'm sure it'll wipe the floor with its competition in this category.

Overall, this race is far from over, and the surprises in many categories prove that this may well be the Oscar season to end all Oscar seasons.



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