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#1 dirac

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 10:11 AM

Here they are:

http://seattlepi.nws.....inations List

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 04:41 PM

I'm disappointed that A Very Long Engagement didn't make it in the foreign film category. It was nominated for cinematography, but somehow I doubt it will win. I won't mind so much if the other films receive the award, so long as it doesn't go to Phantom. :)

This is a year when I wish they could give out two best actor awards. Undoubtably it will go to Jamie Foxx, but Don Cheadle's performance in Hotel Rwanda simply cannot be ignored.

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 06:00 PM

Old Fashioned, I haven't seen either Ray or Hotel Rwanda (although I think Don Cheadle has done such marvellous work in so many movies in the past), so forgive my cynicisim when I say that by Feb 27, we may all be so tired of the media yakking on and on about two - not just one, but count them, two - black actors being nominated, you may just be rooting for someone else.

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 06:23 PM

I've already become a bit numbed by all the buzz that has surrounded Foxx, leaning slightly more in favor of Cheadle now (I've also always enjoyed Cheadle in whatever he did, thinking he's one of the most underrated actors today), even reading in the paper that Chris Rock said something about stealing an Oscar from someone else for Foxx if he doesn't win. This doesn't change my mind about him, I still love his tear-jerking performance in Ray- seeing those pictures of him sitting next to the Genius himself always brings a smile to my face- but I wish people would stop acting like the world is going to come to an end if he doesn't win and neither do I think being arrogant about it helps his image.

As for the other nominees in the category, I've never consider DiCaprio a competent actor, much less a great one (the Globe, IMO, should have gone to Cheadle). I love Depp, but I don't think this is his year. Haven't seen Million Dollar Baby, so no comment on Eastwood.

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 06:51 PM

The link I provided wasn’t working, last time I checked. Here’s another:

http://movies.yahoo....0669670000.html

There are always worthy performers and movies that don’t get nominated, but this year the omissions are particularly glaring, I think.

I liked “Ray” and I liked Foxx in it, but I won’t say Hewuzrobbed if he doesn’t get it. Old Fashioned, you are right -- I admit that I'm getting turned off by the tub thumping and the fact that Foxx is acting like a jerk. Sure, he was fine, but no better than others in that category (alas, many of them weren't nominated).

Best Supporting Actress: Where is Regina King (for “Ray”)? Where is Meryl? Either one of them could eat Natalie Portman for breakfast. Sheesh.

I'm prepared to defend DiCaprio. His performance in "The Aviator" didn't work, but it was because of his ineradicable boyishness, not a lack of acting chops. (Voice lessons might be in order, Leo.)

Delighted for Kate Winslet. I'm rooting for her, which means she'll probably lose.

Eastwood did not deserve a Best Actor nomination, but it helps to remember that the Oscars are also a kind of popularity contest, or election, and that may play a role here, no pun intended.

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Posted 25 January 2005 - 06:56 PM

I also enjoyed Winslet in Eternal Sunshine, but my pick is Annette Bening. I was secretly hoping Fanny Ardant would get a nom for her portrayal of Callas in Callas Forever, but the film received so little attention I'm not suprised (the movie itself wasn't so hot, but Ardant was wonderful).

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 12:13 AM

Art direction -- Lemony Snicket. They made a believable, and yet totally wonky world.

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 10:45 AM

Old Fashioned, I thought Ardant was terrific in Callas Forever, too. Unfortunately, that’s just the kind of performance that will be under the Oscar radar: foreign actress, low profile foreign film that wasn’t that great, caused no buzz, made no money. It's too bad.

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 11:36 AM

Well I'm prepared to defend di Caprio. Compared tothe vapid, embarrassing Ben Affleck or Brad Pitt di Caprio brings genuine charm, energy, and individuality to all his roles.
I'm disappointed that Uma wasnt nominated for Kill Bill. She kicked ass!
Also that "Control Room" wasnt nominated for Best Documentary.
I am however glad that Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman werent nominated AGAIN.

#10 dirac

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Posted 26 January 2005 - 04:53 PM

Unfortunately, "Kill Bill" isn't what I would call an "Academy-friendly" picture. :D Lucy Liu was very good in the first installment, too.

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 09:41 AM

While I always expect to be disappointed by the nominations, I was particularly disappointed that Paul Giamatti wasn't nominated for Best Actor for Sideways.

It's quite ironic coming after his Saturday Night Live appearance, where there was a skit where he played himself. His driver didn't know who he was, and kept going on and on about Foxx winning the Golden Globe (Giamatti was also nominated in that category). In his portrayal of himself, Giamatti is quite upset and frustrated by not winning. BUT, at least he got nominated!

-amanda

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 10:48 AM

I suspect that political issues of various kinds may be involved in the apparent snub to Giamatti. However, Jeff Bridges (for The Door in the Floor, not a good movie but he was excellent), Jim Carrey, and Gael Garcia Bernal are in the same boat, so he’s in good company this year.

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Posted 27 January 2005 - 07:30 PM

I agree with Dirac, Jeff Bridges should have had a shot. But look for more good stuff from him in 2005.

In my very humble and uninformed opinion, if Clint Eastwood was going to get nominated in acting for Million Dollar Baby, it should have been for supporting. That would have paved the way for either Giamatti or Bridges in the Best Actor category.

I haven't seen Ray yet, but I would bet on DiCaprio. The movie was overly long, however. Where are the editors?

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 06:02 AM

I would have liked to have seen Javier Bardem nominated for The Sea Inside. I think of DiCaprio as sort of a junior version of Johnny Depp. Both very good looking leading man types who like to portray offbeat character parts.
Much as I love Kate Winslet I'm rooting for Annette Bening.
Vera Drake hasn't played here out here in the cultural boonies ( I happened to see The Sea Inside while out of town recently), has anyone seen it?

#15 dirac

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 10:22 AM

I’m afraid I did not much care for Vera Drake, but I am not a fan of Mike Leigh’s work in general and so it may be that. However, if it shows up in your area I would definitely see it. Now that the nominations are out, there’s a likelihood that it will be shown in more theatres. "The Sea Inside" was playing in my area, but only for two weeks, and I missed it.

The real mystery movie for me is “Being Julia.”

In my very humble and uninformed opinion, if Clint Eastwood was going to get nominated in acting for Million Dollar Baby, it should have been for supporting.


It will sometimes happen in Oscarland that a supporting performance is nominated in a leading category, and vice versa. Jamie Foxx, for example, had a co-starring role in “Collateral,” not a secondary one, and yet there he is. Usually this has to do with studio politicking – a performer who has no chance at Best Actor might win as a Best Supporting, depending upon the circumstances.


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