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Best Picture Breakdown: The Queen


From now until the 2007 Oscars air this Sunday night, I'll be breaking down each Best Picture nominee and giving you the scoop on why certain movies might win and why others probably don't have a chance. Yesterday, we looked at Little Miss Sunshine, and today's featured movie is The Queen.

This docudrama focuses on Queen Elizabeth II in the aftermath of Princess Diana's tragic death in 1997. Helen Mirren went through a startling transformation to portray this real-life member of the Royal Family, a performance that will likely earn her the Best Actress win. As for The Queen's chances in the Best Picture category, read more

Why It Might Win

  • By and large, critics adored the film for its humanization of a public figure who many perceived to be cold and unfeeling.
  • Mirren's performance has obviously garnered a lot of buzz, but the Academy also thinks highly of the film beyond her work, as The Queen earned a total of 6 Oscar nominations.
  • The film has more pre-Oscar honors under its belt than any other Best Picture nominee. It has earned a whopping 44 awards, including Best Picture wins from BAFTA and the Toronto Film Critics Association. Granted, the vast majority of the other wins were for Best Actress and Best Screenplay, but still...


Why It Might Not Win

  • The subject matter is essentially too narrow, the themes not quite universal enough.
  • All bets are on Helen Mirren to win Best Actress, and because her performance is a huge part of the movie's success, the Academy might think the acting award is enough.
  • In comparison to some of the bigger, more commercial films (Babel, The Departed), The Queen is very quiet and possibly too intimate to win the big one.

Chances of Winning: Slim to Moderate

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