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Oscar thoughts, predix!

So it's Oscar day!

I squeezed in viewings of "Million Dollar Baby" and "The Aviator" this weekend so now I've finally seen all the Best Picture nominees. Both very good, but not perfect. I am now leaning toward "The Aviator" because I think Scorsese is the more accomplished filmmaker and his film is more of a "movie movie," bigger in scope, more dazzling, more cinematic. I tend to favor epics over character dramas when it comes to giving out the big prize, and I think the Academy does too. But I loved the performances and relationships between the characters in "Million Dollar Baby," so if that wins, I will certainly understand why. Both films are really an homage to classic Hollywood and that makes me smile.

And have you all heard about the new ways they are presenting the Oscars in some categories? How reality TV: some will be presented to the winner in his/her seat. Or all the nominees will be herded up on stage, like at a beauty pageant or reality show finale, and *then* the winner announced. How awkward and cruel!

I am not very fond of Chris Rock as a host. As a stand-up, great, as a host, meh bordering on actual dislike. I do like the Academy Awards to be family friendly and not as blue as, say, Whoopi likes to go so I'm worried what Chris will do. At least it's not David Letterman again!

So, here's my picks:

Best Picture: The Aviator

Best Director: Marty!

Best Actor: Believe it or not, I loved Leo in "The Aviator." Very reminiscent of "A Beautiful Mind," although Russell is still the better actor, in my book. But I think Jamie Foxx will win, and deservedly so. Johnny, I love you too, but you'll be back, won't you? If Clint upsets in this category, that would actually be kind of cool. He was funny *and* sad and I didn't know he had that kind or range. Go, you old codger, you!

Best Actress: Hilary Swank's role was so demanding physically and emotionally, I think she deserves it.

Best Supporting Actor: As much as I love Clive Owen, I think it's Morgan Freeman's year to finally be rewarded.

Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett managed to do more than just a caricature of Katharine Hepburn. She made her funny, likable, and still prickly. Also really liked Laura Linney and Virginia Madsen, but Blanchett had much more of an impact in her film.

I haven't seen *any* of the Best Animated film nominees, but I gotta go with Pixar and "The Incredibles." "Shark Tale" looked like crass commercialism and the trailer turned me off completely.

So, hope it's a good show! I know I'll be tearing up at the annual "In Memoriam" clip reel. Lost a lot of good ones this year!

Comments

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yndigot
Feb. 27th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
Lost a lot of good ones, but this will be Johnny Carson's year.

"The Incredibles" was incredible. And given the competition? It can't *not* win.
halfdutch
Feb. 27th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
I know, I will see it one of these days! I think it has the Oscar in the bag.

Who else died this past year: Marlon Brando, Jerry Orbach (more TV, really), Janet Leigh, hmmm, lots more I can't think of right now.
foxxcub
Feb. 27th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
Best Picture: well, like I've said, I think this BD will split, but I'm going to with MDB...

Best Director: ...and go with Marty on this one. But, it could flip.

Best Actor: if Jamie doesn't win, it'll be, like, the biggest upset in Oscar history. But he will ;D

Best Actress: yeah, Hilary's got it in the bag. Kate Winslet could squeeze in there, but I doubt it.

Best Sup. Actor: you know how much I adored "Sideways"! THC should so totally win this, but it'll be Morgan's night since the guy deserves to finally win something. *sigh*

Best Sup. Actress: No clue. I *heart* V. Madsen, but everyone seems to think CB could win. This category's always up in the air, so I'm going to be biased and say Virginia will win it.

Dude, The Incredibles is fabulous! If you're in any way a Ayn Rand fan, you'll love it ;D

Chris Rock...pleh. Not a huge fan, and it's so obvious that he's simply a ratings getter. Now, Dave Chapelle...ooo, that might be a little scary (but in a fucking hysterical way!!). Give me Billy anyday!!



halfdutch
Feb. 27th, 2005 09:35 pm (UTC)
I think you're right about the potential split. Will be curious to see which way it goes! I also think maybe Marty as Best Director because it's more about him than the movie itself this year.

Ayn Rand, huh? Yeah, I went through an Ayn Rand phase like most sorta literate chicks. Where's my movie adaptation of "Atlas Shrugged" starring Russell Crowe? ;->

Dave Chappell is frickin' hysterical. Way funnier than Chris Rock. But yeah, probably more dangerous. I like Billy too. Tradition at the Oscars is OK by me. It *is* pretty stodgy. It's *not* the MTV Movie Awards!
foxxcub
Feb. 27th, 2005 10:03 pm (UTC)
Bwaha, Russell Crowe...I think hubby's head would explode if they made that adaptation. He's the biggest friggin' Ayn Rand nut, but he hates RC. EDIT: I just asked him what he thought of RC being in the film version and he said, "Eh, too ugly." WTF?!? Guh, men... :p

MTV Movie Awards *shudders* I may be a closet MTV addict, but I detest those damn things...

halfdutch
Feb. 27th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)
Russell, ugly?! Augh! Serously, John Galt would have to be ultra masculine. I think some of the actors from the '40s would have cut it but who today would fit the bill? I think another Aussie, maybe. Hugh Jackman? His Wolverine is just so ... guh.....!

OT: I saw the trailer for Kingdom of Heaven! Woo! It looks FANTASTIC. Actually, it looked like Gladiator: The Crusades, which is *fine* by me! I think it just shot up to my most anticipated movie of the year. Two more months! Squee!

foxxcub
Feb. 27th, 2005 10:45 pm (UTC)
Aw, I haven't seen that trailer yet :( But me gusta anything Gladiatorish, so woot!! I actually loved Troy, soooo...super hot guys in very little clothing? Uh, yes please! :D
halfdutch
Feb. 27th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
Hmm, me no gusta Troy. I didn't buy Brad with that silly fake British accent. I kept thinking - he's no Russell! ;-> But Eric Bana & Sean Bean. Mmm. Me gusta mucho!

I can't say this one has super short skirts or anything, but lots of epic battle scenes and more of a love story than Gladiator, looks like. I CANNOT wait. Gladiator was only my favorite movie since maybe the original Star Wars films. Oh, and Liam Neeson's in this one, too. Nice.
foxxcub
Feb. 28th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
Yes, copious amounts of Fake British Brad, but oh well. If I got over Fake British Kevin in Robin Hood, I figured I could get over Brad, too :D

*squees* I *HEART* Sean Bean.
halfdutch
Feb. 28th, 2005 02:08 am (UTC)
Ah, Sean Bean! Still crying over Boromir. ;->
foxxcub
Feb. 28th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
*sniff*
I STILL cry everytime he says, "They took the little ones!"
halfdutch
Feb. 28th, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
Oh great, now I'm getting teary just thinking about it! Augh. That's why Fellowship will always be my favorite LOTR film. Was my favorite book too.
foxxcub
Feb. 28th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC)
Oh, don't get me started. I've seen Fellowship, what, 500 billion times and I weep like a baby (even more so than Boromir's line) at the final Frodo/Sam scene. Sam saying, "I made a promise. Don't you leave him, Samwise Gamgee!" makes me BAWL. It's ridiculous ;)I think Fellowship is tied with ROTK as my fav LOTR film.
halfdutch
Feb. 28th, 2005 05:38 am (UTC)
That's a good moment, but my ROTK cryfest is over Faramir. Damn, I love the men of Gondor. Er, except for crazy pops. I mean, I love him as a great tragic figure.
foxxcub
Feb. 28th, 2005 02:01 pm (UTC)
I love Faramir, but he cannot top "It is time, Frodo." *sobs through an entire box o' Kleenex*
ada_farrow
Feb. 28th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
*sigh* Estoy indifferenté. I never get to watch many nominated movies, and this year a total of ZERO. I tune in for the "preshow" dress parade, though. Ditto to the Chris Rock comment.
Kinda rooting for Ray, though.
halfdutch
Feb. 28th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
Jamie got it! Good for him. Classy speech.
belleimani
Mar. 2nd, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
I was really hoping that Hilary would win again and she did which made me so happy. I really had hoped that Virginia would win because lord knows the girl deserves it but I'm glad Cate won too.
You must see the Incredibles that and Finding Nemo were two of the best movies, not just animated but plain movies I've seen in a long, long time.
halfdutch
Mar. 2nd, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
I *do* plan on seeing "The Incredibles." Just one of those cases of all my friends seeing it without me first. Not that I can't catch a movie on my own, but the holidays were just so darn busy!

I think just being nominated has helped Virginia out a lot. I saw an interview with her where she said she was doing a movie with Harrison Ford next. So good for her! Cate deserved it for "Elizabeth," I think, but she was very good in "The Aviator" too.
belleimani
Mar. 2nd, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
I understand completely. I've always loved Virginia, since Dune and I'm glad she's getting the props she deserves. I too feel Cate should have won for Elizabeth. Don't even get me started on the BS of Paltrow winning. I do feel she was sort of rewarded for earlier work like Denzel with Training Day which he shouldn't have won for. He should've won for Malcolm X but that's politics...
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