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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,

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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UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Go Helen Go! As far as the whole movie goes, it's nice that it's recognized beyond the acting category, but I think the film's strength lies in the acting, especially The Queen herself.
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
yeah, the movie was "okay", i agree. it made the royals look like such self absorbed idiots. and at the end it was like i saw a glimpse into "nothing". emotionally the royal family came off as very limited. "heh-hu-ha-hu-heh-he-ha-hu; that's the woody wood pecker song"
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Helen Mirren gave a standout performance in an otherwise "just okay" movie. She WAS The Queen!
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