Sunday, February 27, 2005

Oscars: Predictable, Terrible, Disappointing

I remember when the Oscars had surprises in store, but for the past couple of years all of the favorites are winning left and right. The most mildly surprising event was Million Dollar Baby winning Best Picture. Everything else went as scripted--yes, even the Eastwood Best Director win, who was odds-on ahead of Scorsese.

The winners:

Million Dollar Baby: Best Picture, Best Director (Eastwood), Best Actress (Hilary Swank), Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman)

The Aviator: Best Supporting Actress (Cate Blanchett), Editing (Thelma Schoonmaker), Cinematography (Robert Richardson), Art Direction (Dante Ferretti, Francesca LoSchiavo), Costumes (Sandy Powell)

Ray: Best Actor (Jamie Foxx), Best Sound (Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer, Steve Cantamessa, Scott Millan)

Sideways: Best Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor)

Finding Neverland: Best Score (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek)

The Incredibles: Best Animated Feature, Best Sound Editing (Michael Silvers, Randy Thorn)

The Motorcycle Diaries: Best Song (Jorge Drexler, "Al Otro Lado Del Rio")

Spider-Man 2: Best Visual Effects (John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara, John Frazier)

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: Best Makeup (Valli O'Reilly, Bill Corso)

The Sea Inside: Best Foreign Film

I will now edit the Oscar nominee reviews to reflect the wins, and keep them up for a week or so before dropping them down on the pull-down list.


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