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The Oscar Nominees announced

— Posted by Rodney

Well the nominations for the Oscars were announced this morning. Only a couple of surprises jumped out at me, the biggest of which was that Nicole Kidman was not nominated for best actress. The second surprise was that neither of the 2 Matrix films were nominated for Visual Effects. Besides that the list looks really solid.

The Nominees are listed below and my personal picks are bolded and in red. What do you think? Are you surprised by any of the nominations or those who were not nominated? What do you think of my picks?

BEST PICTURE
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

LOST IN TRANSLATION
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
MYSTIC RIVER SEABISCUIT
DIRECTING
CITY OF GOD
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
LOST IN TRANSLATION
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
MYSTIC RIVER
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Johnny Depp – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
Ben Kingsley – HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG
Jude Law – COLD MOUNTAIN
Bill Murray – LOST IN TRANSLATION

Sean Penn – MYSTIC RIVER
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Keisha Castle-Hughes – WHALE RIDER
Diane Keaton – SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE
Samantha Morton – IN AMERICA
Charlize Theron – MONSTER

Naomi Watts – 21 GRAMS
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alec Baldwin – THE COOLER

Benicio Del Toro – 21 GRAMS
Djimon Hounsou – IN AMERICA
Tim Robbins – MYSTIC RIVER
Ken Watanabe – THE LAST SAMURAI
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Shohreh Aghdashloo – HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG
Patricia Clarkson – PIECES OF APRIL
Marcia Gay Harden – MYSTIC RIVER
Holly Hunter – THIRTEEN
Renée Zellweger – COLD MOUNTAIN
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
AMERICAN SPLENDOR
CITY OF GOD
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

MYSTIC RIVER
SEABISCUIT
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS
FINDING NEMO
IN AMERICA
LOST IN TRANSLATION
FILM EDITING
CITY OF GOD
COLD MOUNTAIN
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
SEABISCUIT
VISUAL EFFECTS
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
BROTHER BEAR
FINDING NEMO

THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE
MUSIC (SCORE)
BIG FISH
COLD MOUNTAIN
FINDING NEMO
HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
CINEMATOGRAPHY
CITY OF GOD
COLD MOUNTAIN
GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
SEABISCUIT
SOUND
THE LAST SAMURAI

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING
MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL
SEABISCUIT

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8 thoughts on “The Oscar Nominees announced

  1. I’m sure I own something around here… ah yes, the kitchen table. That’s it. Seriously. And I saw 21 Grams, thank you very much. Some very good character acting, not very coherent story.

  2. Hey G:

    What do you mean biased!?!?! To the best of my knowledge I didn’t personally work on ROTK nor do I have any distant cousins who did nor do I have any money invested in the film. I just objectivly thought it was the best of the bunch. And by the way… didn’t you notice that I picked it to loose in 2 of the categories I listed? Not just one… but 2 whole categories!I mean come on! SO why don’t you shut your stupid mouth and go fill your cake hole with some of Day-Vuh’s favorite casserole and get a life!

    (you know I’m kidding right?)

  3. I believe tha Johnny Depp should win best actor. He deserves it. I think him not winning the Golden Globe was not right because Lost In Translation isn`t even a comedy.

  4. Slight ROTK bias in evidence here :) It’s almost impossible to see all of these films but I have seen most of them and therefore feel like I have some semblance of credibility in suggesting that your list might be a bit different if you’ve seen Mystic River, Triplets of Belleville, and City of God (all amazing), and in a negative sense Cold Mountain (Zellweger more or less plays a caricature of ‘strong sassy Southern belle’ type). Perhaps you have and still lean towards the few movies you emphasize (I agree with you re. Lost in Translation). My two cents

  5. here’s the thing about the oscars. And in a way I can understand it, but it’s still sort of frustrating.

    You mentioned that the 2 Matrix films didn’t get nominated for special effects — and most people would simply see that and say “well, that’s cuz they sucked.” But the thing is, as far as EFFECTS go, the fact the a film was or wasn’t enjoyable doesn’t and SHOULDN’T make a difference. But sadly – in public opinion and hence in the Academy voting, it seems to.

    – No ill-will against Julia Roberts or the makers of “No Man’s Land”, but I’m still ticked that Ellen Burstyn and Amelie didn’t win an Oscar in their perspective categories for virtually the same reason.

    Then again, none of this changes the fact that I’d like to win an Oscar of my own thank you very much.

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