And the winners are.....
Posted 23 March 2003 - 09:59 PM
Here's the link to the NYTimes coverage, the complete winners list.
No one would have won money betting on "Chicago;" that was a sure thing. But I was surprised (and pleased) that Brody got it -- much longer odds, and well-deserved, IMO.
Anyone have an opinion on Polanski? Sympathy vote? "Come back home, all is forgiven?" Lifetime achievement award? Or just that "The Pianist" is a good film?
Posted 24 March 2003 - 02:37 AM
And Polanski, I finally saw The Pianist and I thought it was a great film. I think he's a great filmaker and he deserved it, but still is considered to be a fugitive.
Posted 24 March 2003 - 02:57 AM
I think losing the red carpet is a good idea, too. People, by and large, didn't look like they were playing "dress-up" with their mothers' clothes, and presenters and most of the recipients looked subdued and dignified. There was some glitter, sure, but not wretched excess. The ladies, in particular took on additional beauty by letting their own looks speak most clearly and not being manikins for various designers and Harry Winston. And the gentlemen looked like gentlemen, without going over into next-generation proposed semi-formal wear. Hollywood looked truly glamourous in the classic sense.
Posted 24 March 2003 - 07:41 AM
There was something so poignant about O'Toole's appearance, especially after the clips of his youthful roles in which he was so beautiful.
I thought Steve Martin was exemplary as host. He does not bring the frantic silliness that Billy Crystal uses, but his lines about the Teamsters and about thanking Steven Spielberg were classics.
I haven't enjoyed the Oscars this much in years -
Posted 24 March 2003 - 12:07 PM
Best Cinematography: A posthumous nod to the late lamented Conrad Hall, for the otherwise unwatchable Road to Perdition. This filmgoer will miss him.
Best Actress: No surprises here, alas. I was rooting for Diane Lane in "Unfaithful," but I guess it's not good to give the female performance of the year in an Adrian Lyne summer bodice-ripper. She was great, though. However, Kidman wasn't a bad choice, although judging from the movie and last night her forehead looks distinctly Botoxed. (So did others, I'm sorry to say. I mention this not only for reasons of cattiness. This policy of not allowing women to age in a way even approximating natural is having actual aesthetic repercussions.) I wasn't greatly impressed by her We're-Here-for-the-Art-of-It-All stance, either.
Best Actor: I'm happy for Brody there's a man who richly deserves his goodie bag. I have been keeping an eye on him since Liberty Heights some years ago so I'm pleased at having my taste confirmed. Nor can I feel sorry for Jack (who turned out to be just fine in "About Schmidt," incidentally) or Nick, who sat together and after the ceremony doubtless repaired to their respective hot tubs for some R&R with a starlet or two. However, I'd like to put in a word for Michael Caine. He wasn't quite at his best and was about twenty years too old for the part, but at some points in his performance he reached a kind of transparency in his emotions one rarely sees. (You don't catch this man acting.) He looked crushed, incidentally. Anyway, congrats to Brody, who brought his mom, and I'm sorry Halle Berry seemed less than enthusiastic about your Big Smooch. (I thought I saw her take an opportunity to wipe her mouth, in fact (like, "Ewww, gross!").
Further thoughts re the Kiss -- is it more acceptable for men to be aggressive in this way? I recall that people made fun of Julia Roberts last year for her, uh, attentions to Denzel Washington. When men do it, it's cute -- women just seem desperate? Just asking.
Best Director: Difficult. Pleased that Marshall did not win, but the Polanski Issue is, in my view, a serious one and not to be brushed aside without discussion. Under any other circumstances I would have been jumping up and down for him, but here are the problems as I see them:
He is a fugitive from American justice for a very serious crime, and not one who was unjustly accused or received an unfair trial, or was convicted on a trumped-up charge. If he'd Paid His Debt to Society, it'd be different, but he left the country to evade what seems from all reports to be his just deserts. If Britain and France want to give him the award, fine. It's their choice to make. But I question whether he should have been up for nomination here at all. It doesn't give me a whole lot of pleasure to get judgmental about someone who was victimized by Hitler and then by a lesser light, Charles Manson. But there it is.
Secondly, he wasn't the overwhelming choice in this category. The award could have gone with equal justice to Almodovar or Scorsese, for various reasons. I admired The Pianist greatly and think it deserving of Best Picture regardless of whether Polanski had been disqualified or not (if "Talk to Her" had gotten a nomination here as well, my feelings would be more divided, however, and I wouldn't have cried if "Gangs of New York" had won, either. It's a very flawed movie but I can make an argument for it), but if the Academy had said, "We're sorry, Roman, you did a fine job, but there are some things for which we have to call off prize day, and evading a rape conviction is one of them" they would have been justified, IMO.
However, I can also argue the other way if you think he was the best, he was the best, and the other guys would just be getting a Mr. Nice Guy Award, and who in Hollywood wants one of those? However, it's just an entertainment award, not the Nobel Prize. Not really that big a deal either way, in other words.
Posted 25 March 2003 - 10:28 AM
Posted 25 March 2003 - 11:01 AM
Posted 25 March 2003 - 12:41 PM
You do have a point, Hans. If Brody hadn't been so obviously stunned and if he hadn't won for a movie set in wartime, I suspect his conduct and speech wouldn't have been quite so well received. (I actually don't think much of stars who bully the orchestra conductor, who's doing his job as instructed. But I'm willing to cut Brody more slack than Julia Roberts in this respect, who really embarrassed herself the year she won for Erin Brockovich.)
Posted 25 March 2003 - 02:28 PM
(By suggesting the foregoing, I mean no disrespect to the still-striking Miss Asherson, who was a ravishing Princess Katherine of France to Olivier's Henry V.)
Posted 25 March 2003 - 08:00 PM
Originally posted by dirac
Additional thoughts on the Smooch.
My initial thought on this (I haven't had any more) is that Brody would be slapping 'high fives' with his buddies at the next keg party, being congratulated for his good fortune for getting the best of Hale Berry.
He acted like a jerk.
Posted 25 March 2003 - 09:30 PM
Berry's look certainly DID say it all.
I say she has a good sexual harrassment case.
Posted 26 March 2003 - 03:43 AM
I thought "the kiss" was fine.
We're talking about people who "kiss" strange people on a daily basis. I don't think he shoved his tongue down her throat, and they asked him at the press interviews after, he and she both said no.
I feel like I'm reliving the Angelina Jolie, I'm in love with my brother moment, which so many people blew out of proportion to.
What's next, Nicole Kidman doesn't get along with her father, because she didn't thank him?
Posted 26 March 2003 - 04:04 AM
Posted 26 March 2003 - 10:21 AM
I don't know about Nicole's dad, but if I were Nicole's son, I might have said something later like,"Uh, Mom? I know I wasn't in the audience or anything, and you won for starring in a chick flick, but gee "
Mel, from what I've heard, Mostel used to do things like that onstage, especially during the end of long runs when he was getting really bored.
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