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Jeremy's Ramblings, Babblings, and Other Pretentious Bullshit.
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
 
Oh, did you think I wasn't going to talk about Oscar nominations today? Do you think that I really have a choice? I couldn't stop myself if I tried. Anyway, here are the nominations for the major awards:

BEST PICTURE:
"The Aviator"
"Finding Neverland"
"Million Dollar Baby"
"Ray"
"Sideways"

BEST DIRECTOR:
Clint Eastwood - "Million Dollar Baby"
Taylor Hackford - "Ray"
Mike Leigh - "Vera Drake"
Alexander Payne - "Sideways"
Martin Scorsese - "The Aviator"

BEST ACTOR:
Don Cheadle - "Hotel Rwanda"
Johnny Depp - "Finding Neverland"
Leonardo DiCaprio - "The Aviator"
Clint Eastwood - "Million Dollar Baby"
Jamie Foxx - "Ray"

BEST ACTRESS:
Annette Bening - "Being Julia"
Catalina Sandino Moreno - "Maria Full of Grace"
Imelda Staunton - "Vera Drake"
Hilary Swank - "Million Dollar Baby"
Kate Winslet - "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Alan Alda - "The Aviator"
Thomas Haden Church - "Sideways"
Jamie Foxx - "Collateral"
Morgan Freeman - "Million Dollar Baby"
Clive Owen - "Closer"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Cate Blanchett - "The Aviator"
Laura Linney - "Kinsey"
Virginia Madsen - "Sideways"
Sophie Okonedo - "Hotel Rwanda"
Natalie Portman - "Closer"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
"The Aviator"
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
"Hotel Rwanda"
"The Incredibles"
"Vera Drake"

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
"Before Sunset"
"Finding Neverland"
"Million Dollar Baby"
"The Motorcycle Diaries"
"Sideways"

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
"As It Is In Heaven"
"The Chorus"
"Downfall"
"The Sea Inside"
"Yesterday"

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
"The Incredibles"
"Shark Tale"
"Shrek 2"

I correctly predicted all of the Best Picture nominees (Biography pictures, blind pianists, boyish playwrights, babbling pilots), which makes me happy, since I didn't I got thrown for a loop in nearly every other category. The best surprise was Catalina Sandino Moreno getting nominated for her amazing work in "Maria Full of Grace". The worst surprise was Paul Giamatti getting snubbed for a second time in a row for Best Actor, being replaced by the good-but-not-as-good Clint Eastwood. The most surprising surprise was Alan Alda nominated for Best Supporting Actor (I had my money on Peter Sarsgaard filling that fifth spot).

Other shocks were the Best Foreign Film category (which was missing "Bad Education", "Maria Full of Grace", "A Very Long Engagement" and "House of Flying Daggers"), the snubbing of "Kinsey" (nary a Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard or screenplay nomination) and Mike Leigh getting a Best Director nomination (could it possibly have been better than Michel Gondry's work in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"?).

My bets for the awards are going to be "The Aviator" getting Best Picture, Scorsese walking away with Director, Jamie Foxx snagging Best Actor, and wins for Hilary Swank, Thomas Haden Church and Cate Blanchett. "Eternal Sunshine" and "Sideways" will get the screenplay awards, "The Sea Inside" will be the Best Foreign Film, and "The Incredibles" is going to be the Best Animated Film.

Anyway, yeah. I blew my wad in the Profound Thought Department on last night's post, so I'll leave you with this thought:

Now that he's officially an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, do you think Jose Rivera's wonderful plays will get more recognition? And does anyone beside me care?

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