Oscar nominations announced
Posted 27 January 2004 - 10:42 AM
Posted 27 January 2004 - 02:57 PM
Glad to see the "Les Invasions Barbares" got 2 nominations.
I've heard that "the Triplets of Belleville" is amazing. It opened in Toronto last weekend and I'm excited to see it soon! But I doubt that it will win for best animated feature with "Finding Nemo"'s huge success.
Posted 27 January 2004 - 03:32 PM
Regarding Triplets versus Finding Nemo, I have to say I thought they were both equally good in their different ways -- a rare case of the popular big studio release being just as good as the smaller scale foreign one. In fact, I preferred Nemo. But either one would be an acceptable winner, I think.
Posted 28 January 2004 - 01:32 PM
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Posted 29 January 2004 - 11:07 AM
Her performance has been largely ignored, but I thought Gwyneth Paltrow was excellent in "Sylvia" (a much better movie than I expected, also). The little girl in "Whale Rider" was good, but I have a problem with having adult actresses competing with thirteen year olds.
Posted 29 January 2004 - 02:38 PM
The Oscars have always struck me as very unreal - certainly they don't usually reflect my view of who should win.
I've not seen "City of God" nor several of the others who've been nominated.
How do the Oscars really work? Whose vote counts? Are there lobbyists in the movie world - my bet is that there are - if not by that name.
Posted 30 January 2004 - 09:52 AM
There is a lot of lobbying of Academy members that goes on, although it can backfire if it's too heavy handed.
Posted 30 January 2004 - 07:06 PM
Just a side note. How is it that some actresses manage to gain critical acclaim but cannot dress, stand and speak like grown women at awards ceremonies (or on Charlie Rose, or virtually any other venue)? Is this a world of talented puppets and parrots?
Posted 30 January 2004 - 11:40 PM
My (personal) picks are Johnny Depp and Naomi Watts. As far as Best Picture goes, "Seabiscuit" was sweet but not even worthy of nomination, and I have this fear that it will win...
I saw Thirteen a few weeks ago and thought it was really well done, definitely the most realistic movie I've seen on the "dark" aspects of youth culture and growing up. (I was thirteen four years ago.) The girl who co-wrote the story is obviously intelligent, and she knew her subject first-hand. The acting felt true. As a whole, very sensory and disturbing...
Posted 01 February 2004 - 08:56 AM
I'm glad it's not a Miramax heavy year, hopefully proving at least some of the Oscar nods can't be bought.
I think the most interesting category will be the Best Male Actor, it should be neck and neck with Sean Penn and Bill Murray.
I think Charlize Theron will win for "MONSTER" but I liked Keaton a lot in "SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE"
Zellweger for supporting ( perhaps continuing the tradition of giving the Oscar the following year to the person who should have won it the previous")
and ROTK is a lock for director and picture.
A well rounded group of nominations though.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 11:22 AM
Angel2Be, I wouldn't worry about Seabiscuit winning – the movie, not the horse, that is. A very long shot. (I was disappointed that Gary Stevens wasn't nominated as Best Supporting Actor, though – but that's another very competitive category.)
Calliope, good to hear from you. Do you really think that ROTK is a lock? I'd like to see it win, not so much for itself on its own but because the trilogy is a major achievement that deserves Academy acknowledgment. On the other hand, it's a fantasy film, and historically the Oscars have ignored fantasies. I think Lost in Translation could still be a contender. I'd hate to see Mystic River win, though.
Funny Face, "puppets" might be a bit harsh? Not all actors are very articulate, true. (And the Audrey Hepburns who have their own genuine sense of style are quite rare.) I admit I'm mean spirited enought to enjoy their burblings at the podium, although last year I imagine Virginia Woolf was turning in her grave at Nicole Kidman's incomprehensible acceptance speech. True, they're often overexcited for obvious reasons, but still.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 02:34 PM
Best Actor: Sean Penn
Best Actress: Diane Keaton, I adore her and just have a feeling she's going to get it.
Supporting Actress: Renee Zellweger
Supporting Actor: Tim Robbins and about time! He is such a subtle actor that I think his work gets overlooked in favor of more showy actors.
Best Picture : Return of the King and also Jackson for best director.
Sofia Coppola will get the best screenplay award for Lost in the Translation, more as a consolation prize for not winning best director even though it deserves to win on it's own merit.
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