Tonight is Oscar night, and I have to ask, Has anyone seen these nominees? I guess I’m just bitter because my Oscar pick, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, save for a Best Actress and Best Screenplay nomination, is no where to be found. (Michel Gondry, Jim Carrey and Jon Brion all deserve nods.) I’ve only seen two of the Best Picture nominees this year (Ray and Sideways), normally I try to see all of them. This year, Million Dollar Baby turned me off from the start, even when I realized that it wasn’t just a remake of The Karate Kid, I still have no desire to see it. The Aviator looks interesting but formulaic, I’m sure I’ll eventually end up seeing it. Finding Neverland looks like it offers me nothing but a chance to dream about Kate Winslet.
That said, armed with the knowledge of my ignorance of the major players this year, here are my picks for who I think SHOULD win:
Best Actor Jamie Foxx – Ray
I saw his performance, and I have to say that Mr. Foxx (no relation to Redd Foxx) was completely transformed into Ray Charles. And he played the piano and sang all of the music himself, which had to make the other actors in the film feel bad for lip syncing.
Best Supporting Actor Alan Alda – The Aviator
Didn’t see this performance, but he is a favorite of mine and I hope he uses this springboard to best Jimmy Smits for President in the general election on The West Wing. If he loses, I think he should pull a Fred Thompson and run for the real Senate. I can see it now, Alan Alda, (D) – Crabapple Cove.
Best Supporting Actress Natalie Portman – Closer
As long as I’m picking favorites, have to go with Luke and Leia’s mom. Actually, I’m picking her for her performance in Garden State, a movie with timing problems but a movie that packs a serious emotional punch. I’ve always felt that Oscars should go to the actor’s entire body of work for the year rather than an individual performance. No matter how good Halle Berry was in Monster’s Ball the year she won, she also was in Swordfish, and those should cancel each other out.
Animated Feature The Incredibles
Pixar, Pixar uber alles. Eisner delenda est. Carpe Oscararium. I have to say that Shrek 2 was thoroughly entertaining, but won’t stand the test of time. I have a feeling that my grandchildren will watch Pixar movies like kids watch old Disney movies today.
Art Direction The Aviator
Because I like planes and stuff.
Cinematography The Aviator
Zoooooommmmm. (That was what I imagine the plane looked like flying by.)
Costume Design Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
I arrived at this one by process of elimination. All of the other nominees are period movies, which means that they just had to shop at thrift stores to find costumes. (Except maybe for Troy, but I’m sure they have thrift stores in Greece.)
Documentary Feature Super Size Me
I’m sure that Michael Moore thinks that he has graciously stepped aside to let another generation of filmmakers into the spotlight, but really Fahrenheit 9/11 wasn’t very good, it did more harm than good. Morgan Spurlock’s film isn’t perfect, but just try and order a Super-Sized value meal at McDonald’s.
Foreign Language Film The Sea Inside
This film is from Spain, and I took Spanish in high school, so it’s the film I’d have the most chance of following along without subtitles. Surprisingly this movie is about the same subject as one of the Best Picture nominees. Will Oscar support two euthanasia movies?
Makeup Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
Only three movies nominated for this category, but I’m glad they only nominate movies that are deserving rather than just trying to fill up the card.
Original Score Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Some of you may notice that this film isn’t nominated for t
his award. Did I mention that Jon Brion rules? I did notice that The Village was nominated, as far as the the “score” goes, it would be M. Night Shalaman – $8.50, Tim’s Level of Surprise During the Third Act of The Village – 0.
Original Song Shrek 2
I did end up buying this Counting Crows song off of iTunes, so it has to win. Or maybe it was just a free download. Hmmm.
Short Film Live Action 7:35 in the Morning
Could this be considered a period movie?
Sound Editing & Mixing The Incredibles
Ok, these are really two categories, but I always get them confused.
Visual Effects Spiderman 2
Another missed opportunity for ETOSM, but thanks to twenty-five years of Industrial Light and Magic, camera tricks don’t count as Visual Effects anymore. The best visual effect in Spiderman 2 is Kirsten Dunst with red hair.
Adapted Screenplay Sideways
You have to appreciate a good buddy flick.
Best Picture The Aviator
Gotta go with a movie that I still want to see.
OK, show starts at 7:30. We’ll see how I do.