Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Yesterday saw the announcement of the ALA awards (the Newbery, the Caldecott, the Printz, etc., etc.), but as I hadn't heard of most of the books that won awards, I didn't get very excited about them. What I am excited about, is the shortlist of Oscar nominations, that was announced today - Dame Judi Dench (whose film and TV work I adore), is up for Best Actress, for Notes from a Scandal (which I've not seen - although it's only just opened here - nor have I read the book !). Mind you, she's up against stiff competition from Dame Helen Mirren (for The Queen), so that's going to be a tough call.

The one category that does get me excited though, is Best Animated Feature Film - and this year's nominations are: Cars, Happy Feet and Monster House. I've seen two of the three (Cars is the first Pixar film I've not immediately gone to see as soon as it opens for about 3 years). Personally, I'm torn: Monster House is a terrific film - quite dark (for an animated film for children) and fascinating. But I adore Happy Feet ! The dancing and singing penguins were just marvellous. To be honest, I'll be surprised if Happy Feet doesn't win it.


Anonymous said...

I just watched Cars last weekend. Have been meaning to check out Happy Feet, but haven't gotten to it. I'm not so up on Monster House, not sure what that's all about.

Michele said...

Then I shall point you to my review of Monster House !