Closing thoughts…

i-86db14d4501a1639092d3188c1d60446-aaron_eckhart_2006_interview_top.jpgThey are literally disassembling the ballroom. Guys with power drills are talking down platforms and all the glitzy TV folks are long gone. It’s just me and some radio reporters and wire reporters. I swear, 30 minutes ago, there was glitz and glam, cameras everywhere and a real buzz in the air. Hollywood is all smoke and mirrors.
So, movies nominated for one category or another that I have never heard of: “Sherrybaby,” “Mrs. Potter,” two of the foregn language films, and “Nomad.”

i-45056b32c58404e82c9c2ab9a5d0bd0c-betty222.jpgPleasant surprises: “Thank You For Smoking” getting a best motion picture nod (comedy or musical) and the film’s Aaron Eckhart for best actor. Eckhart (pictured at top of post) rarely gets the recognition he deserves….America Ferrera nominated for best actress in a comedy series for “Ugly Betty,”…Alec Baldwin’s nod for best actor in a comedy series for “30 Rock,” Justin Kirk for supporting actor television (“Weeds”).

Personal faves: Kyra Sedgwick for TV actress drama (“The Closer”), Meryl Streep for musical/comedy actress (“The Devil Wears Prada”), Best Comedy of Musical movie nominees “Prada” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” Jennifer Hudson and Emily Blunt for supporting actress in a movie for “Dreamgirls” and “Prada,” respectively, Eddie Murphy, supporting actor for “Dreamgirls,” best comedy actor nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor for “Kinky Boots,” the song “Listen” from “Dreamgirls,” Bill Paxton for “Big Love,” and the wicked funny Elizabeth Perkins for “Weeds.”

Left out: Hmmmmm. I guess I expected Jamie Foxx to be nominated for musical/comedy actor for “Dreamgirls” and not Will Ferrell (“Stranger than Fiction”) and everyone expected Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” to get a best picture-drama nod instead of Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby.”

OK, time to leave. The STAGE is being taken out, there is no food left and the lights are going out!

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