Academy Awards nominations 2006

The nominations for the 2006 Academy Awards were announced this morning. In recent years, this announcement has been anti-climactic thanks to all the discussion about, hype around, and build up to who and what will be nominated. There are some surprises on this year's list of nominees -- like Prince not being nominated for Best Song, "Dreamgirls" getting three Best Song nominations but not a Best Picture one, "Little Miss Sunshine" getting the nominations it did -- but otherwise is very blah, reflective of the blah year for movies. The list of nominees is below. Best Picture Babel The Departed Letters from Iwo Jima Little Miss Sunshine The Queen

Best Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel) Martin Scorsese (The Departed) Clint Eastwood (Letters from Iwo Jima) Stephen Frears (The Queen) Paul Greengrass (United 93)

Best Actor 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)

Best Actress Penelope Cruz (Volver) Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal) Helen Mirren (The Queen) Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) Kate Winslet (Little Children)

Best Supporting Actor Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) Eddie Murphy (Dreamgirls) Mark Wahlberg (The Departed)

Best Supporting Actress Adriana Barraza (Babel) Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) Cate Blanchett (Notes on a Scandal) Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)

Best Animated Feature Film Cars Happy Feet Monster House

Best Documentary Feature Deliver Us from Evil An Inconvenient Truth Iraq in Fragments Jesus Camp My Country, My Country

Best Foreign Language Film After the Wedding [Denmark] Days of Glory (Indigenes) [Algeria] The Lives of Others [Germany] Pan's Labyrinth [Mexico] Water [Canada]

Best Original Screenplay Babel (Guillermo Arriaga) Letters from Iwo Jima (Iris Yamashita, story by Iris Yamashita & Paul Haggis) Little Miss Sunshine (Michael Arndt) Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro) The Queen (Peter Morgan)

Best Adapted Screenplay Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Peter Baynham & Dan Mazer, Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Peter Baynham & Anthony Hines & Todd Phillips) Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron & Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby) The Departed (William Monahan) Little Children (Todd Field & Tom Perrotta) Notes on a Scandal (Patrick Marber)

Best Cinematography The Black Dahlia (Vilmos Zsigmond) Children of Men (Emmanuel Lubezki) The Illusionist (Dick Pope) Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Navarro) The Prestige (Wally Pfister)

Best Editing Babel (Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise) Blood Diamond (Steven Rosenblum) Children of Men (Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Cuaron) The Departed (Thelma Schoonmaker) United 93 (Clare Douglas, Christopher Rouse and Richard Pearson)

Best Original Score Babel (Gustavo Santaolalla) The Good German (Thomas Newman) Notes on a Scandal (Philip Glass) Pan's Labyrinth (Javier Navarrete) The Queen (Alexandre Desplat)

Best Original Song "I Need to Wake Up" - Melissa Etheridge, An Inconvenient Truth "Listen" - Music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler, Lyric by Anne Preven, Dreamgirls "Love You I Do" - Music by Henry Krieger, Lyric by Siedah Garrett, Dreamgirls "Our Town" - Randy Newman, Cars "Patience" - Music by Henry Krieger, Lyric by Willie Reale, Dreamgirls

Read the rest of the nominees here.