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Awards to be handed out in Santa Monica on Saturday February 26th, the day before the Academy Awards, except honoring indie films. Full noms are here.

Odds are that MAYBE one of the nominated Features will get an Oscar nom. MAYBE.



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Sideways is a near-lock to make the Best Picture slate, and I could see both Payne and Salles being up for Best Director. I think this year's awards are going to be pretty indy-heavy, with the big-budget hopefuls-Alexander, Phantom Of The Opera, etc-underperforming critically.



Once upon a time in China, some believe, around the year one double-ought three, head priest of the White Lotus Clan, Pai Mei was walking down the road, contemplating whatever it is that a man of Pai Mei's infinite power contemplates - which is another way of saying "who knows" - when a Shaolin monk appeared, traveling in the opposite direction. As the monk and the priest crossed paths, Pai Mei, in a practically unfathomable display of generosity, gave the monk the slightest of nods. The nod was not returned. Now was it the intention of the Shaolin monk to insult Pai Mei or did he just fail to see the generous social gesture? The motives of the monk remain unknown. What is known, are the consequences. The next morning Pai Mei appeared at the Shaolin Temple and demanded of the Temple's head abbot that he offer Pai Mei his neck to repay the insult. The Abbot at first tried to console Pai Mei, only to find Pai Mei was inconsolable. So began the massacre of the Shaolin Temple and all 60 of the monks inside at the fists of the White Lotus. And so began the legend of Pai Mei's five point palm exploding heart technique.
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I'd actually expect to see Garden State pick up a handful of nominations come Oscar time - at least Best Original Screenplay.



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Oh, most definitely. Braff winning the screenplay gong would create a really good Affleck/Damon Good Will Hunting throwback moment, and if Portman gets shut out in Best Actress for Closer then she should be nominated in Best Supporting for this.



Once upon a time in China, some believe, around the year one double-ought three, head priest of the White Lotus Clan, Pai Mei was walking down the road, contemplating whatever it is that a man of Pai Mei's infinite power contemplates - which is another way of saying "who knows" - when a Shaolin monk appeared, traveling in the opposite direction. As the monk and the priest crossed paths, Pai Mei, in a practically unfathomable display of generosity, gave the monk the slightest of nods. The nod was not returned. Now was it the intention of the Shaolin monk to insult Pai Mei or did he just fail to see the generous social gesture? The motives of the monk remain unknown. What is known, are the consequences. The next morning Pai Mei appeared at the Shaolin Temple and demanded of the Temple's head abbot that he offer Pai Mei his neck to repay the insult. The Abbot at first tried to console Pai Mei, only to find Pai Mei was inconsolable. So began the massacre of the Shaolin Temple and all 60 of the monks inside at the fists of the White Lotus. And so began the legend of Pai Mei's five point palm exploding heart technique.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.44
    Originally posted by oldschoolhero
    Oh, most definitely. Braff winning the screenplay gong would create a really good Affleck/Damon Good Will Hunting throwback moment, and if Portman gets shut out in Best Actress for Closer then she should be nominated in Best Supporting for this.


The main flaw this year is that with such a weak year, theoretically Jamie Foxx, Natalie Portman & Jim Carrey could ALL get two Oscar nominations. Damn unlikely, but possible.



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I'm not sure why everyone is picking Sideways to be such a heavy Oscar favourite. I have no doubt it'll be a terrific movie, but Alex Payne's films have been too quirky to get any Best Picture nods. I can see Church and the screenplay being nominated, but that's about it.

At this point, I think only these picks are the locks...

Best Picture: Kinsey, Aviator, Closer
Possibles: The Life Aquatic, Finding Neverland, Vera Drake, Ray, Million Dollar Baby

Best Director: Scorsese, Condon, Nichols
Possibles: James L. Brooks, Alex Payne, Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Michael Moore, Mike Leigh, Marc Forster

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp
Possibles: Leo DiCaprio, Javier Bardem, Don Cheadle, Jim Carrey
If I had a vote.....Carrey, but for Eternal Sunshine

Best Actress: Julia Roberts, Annette Bening, Kate Winslet
Possibles: Emmy Rossum, Imelda Staunton, Hilary Swank
If I had a vote.....Natalie Portman in Garden State

Best Supporting Actor: Clive Owen, Thomas Church, Peter Saarsgaard
Possibles: John Lithgow, Alec Baldwin, Owen Wilson
If I had a vote.....David Carradine

Best Supporting Actress: Laura Linney, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman
Possibles: Meryl Streep, Virginia Madsen
If I had a vote....Irma P. Hall



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Kinsey ain't getting anywhere near the Best Picture slate, it's got far too much heat on it. The Academy likes little bit of controversy, but it's gotta be their terms.



Once upon a time in China, some believe, around the year one double-ought three, head priest of the White Lotus Clan, Pai Mei was walking down the road, contemplating whatever it is that a man of Pai Mei's infinite power contemplates - which is another way of saying "who knows" - when a Shaolin monk appeared, traveling in the opposite direction. As the monk and the priest crossed paths, Pai Mei, in a practically unfathomable display of generosity, gave the monk the slightest of nods. The nod was not returned. Now was it the intention of the Shaolin monk to insult Pai Mei or did he just fail to see the generous social gesture? The motives of the monk remain unknown. What is known, are the consequences. The next morning Pai Mei appeared at the Shaolin Temple and demanded of the Temple's head abbot that he offer Pai Mei his neck to repay the insult. The Abbot at first tried to console Pai Mei, only to find Pai Mei was inconsolable. So began the massacre of the Shaolin Temple and all 60 of the monks inside at the fists of the White Lotus. And so began the legend of Pai Mei's five point palm exploding heart technique.
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    Originally posted by oldschoolhero
    Kinsey ain't getting anywhere near the Best Picture slate, it's got far too much heat on it. The Academy likes little bit of controversy, but it's gotta be their terms.


I disagree. I think the controversy will keep it from winning, but a nomination is pretty much assured. Linney will is the heavy favourite for supporting actress and Condon might have a shot at winning a screenplay award.

Then again, this is one of the most wide-open years in Oscar history, so who knows what movie will still have legs come late February. Coming after last year's cakewalk for Return of the King, it's kind of fun to be back in a horserace.



You know, first of all, we are doing this for her, okay? Because neither one of us wants to get divorced. And second-of-ly, I know you're the big marriage expert... Oh, I'm sorry, I forgot. Your wife is dead.

[laughs]
[beat]

...I'm sorry, that was 100% inappropriate, and I do apologize profusely...I'm...oh...


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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.13
Speaking of controversy, you guys really think "Passion of the Christ" won't get nominated for best picture?

Anyways, back to the Independent Spirit Awards. All in all I felt this year was kind of weak for independent films, but it was good to see Napoleon Dynamite get some love.



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Passion is the film likely to get that "controversial" spot over Kinsey. It's religious rather than salacious (I know Kinsey ain't either, but hey, that it's being labelled) and Gibson's running it on a holier-than-thou "no advertising" ticket, which means if it gets nommed it'll be totally down to the Academy. THAT'S the kinda press-baiting picture they like. Plus, like Finding Neverland, Kinsey is a biopic, and it's unlikely two of 'em will make the slate. They'r ethe place for the actors to shine, after all. Neverland has the Miramax machine behind it, Kinsey has nothing but negativity. It'll score a nod for Neeson, Linney, Condon's screenplay and maaaaybe Tim Curry or Peter Sarsgaard, but outside of that it's a total outsider.



Once upon a time in China, some believe, around the year one double-ought three, head priest of the White Lotus Clan, Pai Mei was walking down the road, contemplating whatever it is that a man of Pai Mei's infinite power contemplates - which is another way of saying "who knows" - when a Shaolin monk appeared, traveling in the opposite direction. As the monk and the priest crossed paths, Pai Mei, in a practically unfathomable display of generosity, gave the monk the slightest of nods. The nod was not returned. Now was it the intention of the Shaolin monk to insult Pai Mei or did he just fail to see the generous social gesture? The motives of the monk remain unknown. What is known, are the consequences. The next morning Pai Mei appeared at the Shaolin Temple and demanded of the Temple's head abbot that he offer Pai Mei his neck to repay the insult. The Abbot at first tried to console Pai Mei, only to find Pai Mei was inconsolable. So began the massacre of the Shaolin Temple and all 60 of the monks inside at the fists of the White Lotus. And so began the legend of Pai Mei's five point palm exploding heart technique.
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.36
*REALLY* vague predictions:

PICTURE: The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Ray, Fahrenheit 9/11 & Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
-The big mainstream three, then the controversial one, then the semi-indie darling.
ACTOR: Johnny Depp [Neverland], Jamie Foxx [Ray], Leonardo Dicaprio [Aviator], Paul Giamatti [Sideways] & Jim Carrey [Eternal Sunshine]
S. ACTOR: Thomas Haden Church [Sideways], Clive Owen [Closer], Peter Sarsgaard [Kinsey], Morgan Freeman [Million Dollar Baby] & Rodrigo de la Serna [Motorcycle Diaries]
ACTRESS: Annette Bening [Being Julia], Hilary Swank [Million Dollar Baby], Imelda Staunton [Vera Drake], Catalina Sandino Moreno [Maria Full of Grace] & Uma Thurman [Kill Bill]
S. ACTRESS: Kate Winslet [Finding Neverland], Natalie Portman [Closer], Virginia Madsen [Sideways], Sharon Warren [Ray] & Meryl Streep [Manchurian Candidate]
DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese [Aviator], Michael Mann [Collateral], Mike Nichols [Closer], Michel Gondry [Eternal Sunshine] & Marc Forester [Finding Neverland]
O. SCREENPLAY: John Logan [Aviator], Charlie Kaufman [Eternal Sunshine], Zach Braff [Garden State], Taylor Hackford & James L. White [Ray] and Bill Condon [Kinsey]
A. SCREENPLAY: Paul Haggis [Million Dollar Baby], Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor [Sideways], Patrick Marber [Closer], Jose Rivera [Motorcycle Diaries] & Tod Williams [The Door in the Floor]
ANIMATED FEATURE: The Incredibles, Shark Tale, Shrek 2

Super Size Me gets Documentary Feature nod. Spider-Man 2 gets nominations for Visual Effects, Sound Mixing & Sound Editing. Collateral gets Cinematography. Motorcycle Diaries get Cinematography. Fahrenheit 9/11 gets Editing nom.



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