Hey everybody! It's the disputed Wienerboard movie junkie here with an idea: Let's have an unofficial "Guess The Oscar Nominations" contest. Guess up to 5 in each category. For every nomination correctly guessed, you get a point. Most points wins bragging rights. Contest unofficially closes once the Oscar nominations are announced tomorrow morning at 5:30 am PST.
Best Picture: Chicago, The Hours, Gangs of New York, The Two Towers and Adaptation Best Actor: Jack Nicholson [About Schmidt], Daniel Day-Lewis [Gangs of NY], Richard Gere [Chicago], Adrien Brody [The Pianist] and Michael Caine [The Quiet American] Best Actress: Nicole Kidman [The Hours], Julianne Moore [Far From Heaven], Diane Lane [Unfaithful], Renee Zelwegger [Chicago] and Meryl Streep [The Hours] Best Supporting Actor: Chris Cooper [Adaptation], John C. Reilly [Chicago], Paul Newman [Road To Perdition], Dennis Quaid [Far From Heaven] and Christopher Walken [Catch Me If You Can] Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates [About Schmidt], Catherine Zeta-Jones [Chicago], Meryl Streep [Adaptation], Julianne Moore [The Hours[ and Queen Latifah [Chicago] Best Director: Peter Jackson [The Two Towers], Steven Spielberg [Minority Report], Rob Marshall [Chicago], Stephen Daldry [The Hours] and Martin Scorsese [Gangs of NY] Adapted Screenplay: Charlie & Donald Kaufman [Adaptation], David Hare [The Hours], Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor [About Schmidt], Bill Condon [Chicago] and Peter Jackson, Phillpa Boyens & Fran Walsh [The Two Towers] Original Screenplay: Nia Vardalos [My Big Fat Greek Wedding], Michael Moore [Bowling For Columbine], Jay Cocks, Steve Zaillian & Ken Lonergan [Gangs of NY], Alfonso & Carlos Cuaron [Y Tu Mama Tambien] and Todd Haynes [Far From Heaven]
OTHERS Animated: Spirited Away Documentary: Bowling For Columbine
Adaptation gets the Best Pic nod, leaving Cage out to dry in the Actor race. About Schmidt also loses a B.P. spot due to the acting & script recognition. Polanski & the Pianist largely ignored, leaving Adrien Brody getting a nod for Best Actor (and well deserved, too).
"I know something that will cheer you up, Wesley" "Are you programmed to be thinking what I'm thinking?" "MAKEOVER!!" Princical Scudworth & Mr. Butlertron; Clone High
Best Adapted Screenplay Charlie and Donald Kaufman/Adaptation, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor/About Schmidt, Bill Condon/Chicago, David Hare/The Hours, Chris Weitz and Peter Hedges/About a Boy
Best Original Screenplay Antwone Fisher/Antwone Fisher, Nia Vardalos/My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Todd Haynes/Far From Heaven, Pedro Almodovar/Talk to Her, P.T. Anderson/Punch-Drunk Love
Best Animated Feature Ice Age, Lilo & Stitch, Spirited Away, The Wild Thornberrys
Best Original Song The Hands That Build America/U2, from Gangs of New York Lose Yourself/Eminem, from 8 Mile Something to Talk About/Badly Drawn Boy, from About a Boy Die Another Day/Madonna, from 007: Die Another Day Father and Daughter/Paul Simon, from The Wild Thornberrys
Well Mr. Burns had done it. The power plant had won it. With Rogers Clemens clucking all the while. Mike Scioscia's tragic illness made us smile. While Wade Boggs lay unconscious on the barroom tile. We're talkin'... Softball. From Maine to San Diego. Talkin'... Softball. Mattingly and Canseco. Ken Griffey's grotesquely swollen jaw. Steve Sax and his run-in with the law. We're talkin' Homer... Ozzie and the Straw.
ACTRESS: Streep (hours) Moore (far from heaven) Lane Kidman (hours) Zellweger (chicago)
I think we had this debate before, but I don't think Spirited Away is eligible for the awards, either it being released in Japan in 2001 or it not being submitted as Japan's entry for Foreign Film. I could be wrong. I HOPE I'm wriong.
"No one's ever done a movie about flowers before. So there are no guidelines." "What about "Flowers for Algernon"?" "Well, that's not about flowers. And it's not a movie." "Ok, I'm sorry, I never saw it." -- Adaptation
Spirited Away can get the nod since its being released (although in limited release) throughout America this year. They must really be hurting for good animated flicks because Spirit (that one about the horse) and Treasure Island were also included for the nominations.
Meh... I guess they've already announced the finalists?
Reading SI today, I began to wonder who SI will pick as its yearly Sportsperson of the year, an award that usually combines sportsmanship with athletic achievement. At this point, the likely contenders....