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02.12.2002

I've updated the list below to add my petty little comments.  I know every Tom, Dick and Harry Knowles is doing this and I probably won't say anything new or inventive, but hey, I've gotta keep up with the Joneses.  I'm also going to go out on a limb and try to predict an early winner.  I'm sure momentum will change but these are my thoughts about who'll take the prize.

BEST PICTURE
A BEAUTIFUL MIND

MOULIN ROUGE
LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
GOSFORD PARK
IN THE BEDROOM

No surprises here.  Ho-hum...pretty boring group if you ask me.  I enjoyed MIND, hated MOULIN and GOSFORD, haven't seen LOTR (not a big Tolkein fan...uh-oh, here come the angry e-mails), haven't seen IN THE BEDROOM.  I just wish I had something to stand behind this year and really root for.   I guess I'll get behing MIND but that's no fun at all.  That's like rooting for the Rams at this year's Super Bowl.  I went Pats all the way and that paid off in spades.  So will there be a similar upset?  Who will be the Patriots of this year's Oscars?...

BEST ACTOR
Russell Crowe - A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Denzel Washington - TRAINING DAY
Sean Penn - I AM SAM
Will Smith - ALI
Tom Wilkinson - IN THE BEDROOM

Sean Penn?!?!  Are these people crazy?   Penn is a great actor but this performance was nowhere near one of the top 5 of the year.  I suppose as long as Will Smith doesn't win I'll be happy (my anti-Will Smith agenda still going strong).  While I thought Russell Crowe was great in MIND, I really hope the Academy gives in to Denzel, who really deserves it.  Most actors would've phoned in a TRAINING DAY performance (let's face it, the film wasn't all that great) but he turned it into one of the most memorable performances of the year.

BEST ACTRESS
Nicole Kidman - MOULIN ROUGE
Sissy Spacek - IN THE BEDROOM
Halle Berry - MONSTERS' BALL
Renee Zellweger - BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY
Judi Dench - IRIS

I hate to say I told you so but...take a look back at my early picks for the Oscars.  This guy went out on a limb and saw Renee Zellweger coming.  I said it then and I'll say it now - never count out Miramax.   Now that she's nominated though, you can rest assured her chances of winning are nil.  The Spacek/Berry/Kidman race should be an interesting one...

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ben Kingsley - SEXY BEAST
Jim Broadbent - IRIS
Ethan Hawke - TRAINING DAY
Ian McKellan - LORD OF THE RINGS
Jon Voight - ALI

Damn you Academy!  Damn you for leaving Steve Buscemi high and dry!  And for Ethan Hawke?  I didn't even know he was being considered.  For shame... And while I'm on the record, Jon Voight's Howard Cosell was all make-up.  If they were going to give a shout to someone from ALI, Jamie Foxx was the man.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Connelly - A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Helen Mirren - GOSFORD PARK
Maggie Smith - GOSFORD PARK
Kate Winslet - IRIS
Marisa Tomei - IN THE BEDROOM

Go Jenny!  It's your birthday!!  I'm rooting for Jennifer Connelly for one simple reason - two simple reasons, actually...

BEST DIRECTOR
Ron Howard - A BEAUTIFUL MIND
Peter Jackson - LORD OF THE RINGS
Ridley Scott - BLACK HAWK DOWN
Robert Altman - GOSFORD PARK
David Lynch - MULHOLLAND DRIVE

This category mirrored the DGA nominations with two visible exceptions - Baz Luhrmann and Christopher Nolan were missing.  In their place were Robert Altman (nothing against the man personally but could his movies be any more booooring??) and David Lynch.  Traditionally, if your film isn't nominated for Best Picture, the odds of you winning a Directing award are slim, so I'd say the race is down to Ron Howard and Peter Jackson.  Let's see who wins the DGA award first.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
MEMENTO - Christopher Nolan
THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS - Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson
MONSTERS BALL - Milo Addica & Will Rokos
GOSFORD PARK - Julian Fellowes
AMELIE - Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Pretty cool that Wes and Owen were nominated (for this and not RUSHMORE??) but here's where I root for MEMENTO and Chris Nolan to squash the competition to bits.  Take that GOSFORD PARK!  Eat my dust AMELIE!

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
A BEAUTIFUL MIND - Akiva Goldmsan
SHREK - Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio and Joe Stillman and Roger S.H. Schulman
GHOST WORLD - Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff
IN THE BEDROOM - Rob Festinger and Todd Field
LORD OF THE RINGS - Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson

GHOST WORLD would be a great upset choice but I doubt that'll happen.  Look for Akiva Goldsman standing on stage on Oscar night.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
AMELIE
ELLING
LAGAAN
NO MAN'S LAND
SON OF THE BRIDE

I haven't seen any of these films.  Maybe I should expand my horizons.  Hmmm...I'll pick......NO MAN'S LAND?

BEST ANIMATED FILM
SHREK
MONSTERS, INC.
JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS

I know a lot of people are pissed about the omission of WAKING LIFE.  As if it matters.  SHREK will beat the crap out of any other film nominated.  Including MONSTERS, INC.  (Walt Disney must be rolling over in his grave.  What happened to his once great monopoly that the first ever Academy Award for a full-length animated film will go to someone other than Disney?)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
AMÉLIE
BLACK HAWK DOWN
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE
MOULIN ROUGE

THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE deserves to win in my book.  I can't believe this film didn't get nominated for more awards, especially Best Score.  When is Carter Burwell going to be recognized for his work??  If I ever get lucky enough to make a film with a decent budget, I would insist Burwell be my man. 

BEST ART DIRECTION
AMÉLIE
GOSFORD PARK
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
MOULIN ROUGE

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE
GOSFORD PARK
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING

Have I told anyone how bad THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE was?  I don't know if I ever related this anecdote via the site, but I was supposed to interview Hilary Swank.  Part of the deal was I had to screen the movie before-hand.  I did and I'm regretting it.  It would've been worth it had I been able to interview Hilary but I got sick the next day (Coincidence?  I think not...) and couldn't make it. 

BEST SOUND
AMÉLIE
BLACK HAWK DOWN
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
MOULIN ROUGE
PEARL HARBOR

BEST EDITING
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
BLACK HAWK DOWN
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
MEMENTO
MOULIN ROUGE

Well, I'm sure you know who I'll be rooting for.  Although I have to say, if there's a category where I actually think someone against MEMENTO deserves to win also, it's this one.  BLACK HAWK DOWN had some incredible sequences.

BEST EFFECTS, SOUND EFFECTS EDITING
MONSTERS, INC.
PEARL HARBOR

Can we stop making fun of the Sound Effects Editing people?  It was funny the first time someone cracked the joke back in the mid-70s, but c'mon.  These people work just as hard as everyone else.  How bout some respect?  (I'll be anyone anything that Whoopi Goldberg has material on this very topic.  I never thought I'd see the day that a Center Square would be hosting the Academy Awards.   Jim J. Bullock must be kicking himself.)

BEST EFFECTS, VISUAL EFFECTS
A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
PEARL HARBOR

Here's a tough choice.  Technically, I think PEARL HARBOR had the best effects.  But I liked how LOTR and AI used the effects to tell a more complete narrative.  I think stuff like that should be taken into consideration.

BEST MAKEUP
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
MOULIN ROUGE

Here's another category where people are going ape shit (pun intended).   MOULIN ROUGE over PLANET OF THE APES?  Seems awfully strange...

BEST MUSIC, SONG
KATE & LEOPOLD - "Until," Sting
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING - "May It Be," Enya
MONSTERS, INC. - "If I Didn't Have You," Randy Newman
PEARL HARBOR - "There You'll Be," - Faith Hill
VANILLA SKY - "Vanilla Sky," - Paul McCartney

That "Vanilla Sky" song was awful.  I love the Beatles but someone needs to give Paul McCartney the tap on the shoulder and the old "you're coming with me" hand gesture.  This song and that "Freedom" nonsense sealed the deal.  I'm already dreading having to listen to Faith Hill caterwaul that PEARL HARBOR theme.  Bathroom break!

BEST MUSIC, ORIGINAL SCORE
A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, John Williams
A BEAUTIFUL MIND, James Horner
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, John Williams
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, Howard Shore
MONSTERS, INC., Randy Newman

Has anyone else noticed that John Williams has been nominated for an Oscar every year since 1996?  And has been nominated (including this year) 27 times? 

BEST SHORT FILM, ANIMATED
FIFTY PERCENT GREY
FOR THE BIRDS
GIVE UP YER AUL SINS
STRANGE INVADERS
STUBBLE TROUBLE

BEST SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION
THE ACCOUNTANT
COPY SHOP
GREGOR'S GREATEST INVENTION
A MAN THING (Meska Sprawa)
SPEED FOR THESPIANS

BEST DOCUMENTARY, SHORT SUBJECT
ARTISTS AND ORPHANS: A TRUE DRAMA
SING!
THOTH

BEST DOCUMENTARY, FEATURE
CHILDREN UNDERGROUND
LALEE'S KIN: THE LEGACY OF COTTON
MURDER ON A SUNDAY MORNING
PROMISES
WAR PHOTOGRAPHER

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