That time of year again: Oscars

So, I was bummed that Eternal Sunshine didn’t get a best picture nomination, and that Jim Carrey didn’t get nominated. I suppose neither of those is really surprising, but it would have been nice. And I really thought it should have gotten a direction nomination. Anyone want to make any predictions? I haven’t seen Sideways yet, and don’t plan on seeing The Aviator, so I’m going to go into these Oscars pretty ill-informed.

Here’s a link to the nominees.

For Christ’s sake, fucking Closer was the worst acted and worst written movie I’ve seen in years. Fuck the Oscars.

And where’s F9/11? I thought it was still eligible as long as it didn’t actually get aired on TV. And no love for Life Aquatic at all. Huh.

Yeah, that’s got to be a deliberate snub because of his speech last time. F9/11 was even better than BFC, and deserved a nomination if not a win (I didn’t see the other documentaries).

I thought Paul Giamatti was a shoe in for at least a best actor nomination

What?

I am more shocked that Eternal was not mentioned for Direction, Cinematography then Carrey’s performance which I thought was mediocre. But can someone explain how Jamie Foxx was nominated in a supporting role for Collateral? If he was a supporting actor in that who was the star? The Taxi? He was clearly the lead in that movie and I can’t dream up any excuse how they managed that nomination

Best Picture

THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
RAY (Universal Pictures)
SIDEWAYS (Fox Searchlight)

Achievement in Directing

Martin Scorsese for THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
Clint Eastwood for MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
Taylor Hackford for RAY (Universal Pictures)
Alexander Payne for SIDEWAYS (Fox Searchlight)
Mike Leigh for VERA DRAKE (Fine Line Features)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Don Cheadle for HOTEL RWANDA (United Artists)
Johnny Depp for FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
Leonardo DiCaprio for THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
Clint Eastwood for MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
Jamie Foxx for RAY (Universal Pictures)

Best Supporting Actor

Alan Alda for THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
Thomas Haden Church for SIDEWAYS (Fox Searchlight)
Jamie Foxx for COLLATERAL (Dreamworks SKG)
Morgan Freeman for MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
Clive Owen for CLOSER (Columbia Pictures)

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening - BEING JULIA (Sony Pictures Classics)
Catalina Sandino Moreno - MARIA FULL OF GRACE (Fine Line Features)
Imelda Staunton - VERA DRAKE (Fine Line Features)
Hilary Swank for MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
Kate Winslet - ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Focus Features)

Best Supporting Actress

Cate Blanchett for THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
Laura Linney - KINSEY (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Virginia Madsen for SIDEWAYS (Fox Searchlight)
Sophie Okonedo - HOTEL RWANDA (United Artists)
Natalie Portman for CLOSER (Columbia Pictures)

Best Original Screenplay

THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Focus Features)
HOTEL RWANDA (United Artists)
THE INCREDIBLES (Disney/Pixar)
VERA DRAKE (Fine Line Features)

Best Adapted Screenplay

BEFORE SUNSET (Warner Independent Pictures)
FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (Focus Features)
SIDEWAYS (Fox Searchlight)

Best Foreign-Language Film

AS IT IS IN HEAVEN - Sweden
THE CHORUS - France
DOWNFALL - Germany
THE SEA INSIDE - Spain
YESTERDAY

Best Animated Feature Film

THE INCREDIBLES (Disney/Pixar)
SHARK TALE (Dreamworks SKG)
SHREK 2 (Dreamworks SKG)

Achievement in Art Direction

THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Paramount Pictures)
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Warner Bros.)
A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (Warner Independent Pictures)

Achievement in Cinematography

THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (Sony Pictures Classics)
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (Newmarket Film Group)
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Warner Bros.)
A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (Warner Independent Pictures)

Achievement in Costume Design

THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Paramount Pictures)
RAY (Universal Pictures)
TROY (Warner Bros.)

Best Documentary Feature

BORN INTO BROTHELS (ThinkFilm)
THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL (ThinkFilm)
SUPER SIZE ME (Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films)
TUPAC: RESURRECTION (Paramount Pictures)
TWIST OF FAITH

Best Film Editing

THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
COLLATERAL
FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
RAY (Universal Pictures)

Achievement in Makeup

LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Paramount Pictures)
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (Newmarket Film Group)
THE SEA INSIDE (Fine Line Features)

Best Original Score

FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Paramount Pictures)
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (Newmarket Film Group)
THE VILLAGE (Touchstone Pictures)

Original Song

“Accidentally In Love” - SHREK 2 (Dreamworks SKG)
“Al Otro Lado Del Río” - THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (Focus Features)
“Believe” - THE POLAR EXPRESS (Warner Bros.)
“Learn To Be Lonely” - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Warner Bros.)
“Look To Your Path (Vois Sur Ton Chemin)” - THE CHORUS (Miramax)

Achievement in Sound Mixing

THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
THE INCREDIBLES (Disney/Pixar)
THE POLAR EXPRESS (Warner Bros.)
RAY (Universal Pictures)
SPIDER-MAN 2 (Columbia Pictures)

Achievement in Sound Editing

THE INCREDIBLES (Disney/Pixar)
THE POLAR EXPRESS (Warner Bros.)
SPIDER-MAN 2 (Columbia Pictures)

Best Visual Effects

HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (Warner Bros)
I, ROBOT (20th Century Fox)
SPIDER-MAN 2 (Columbia Pictures)

Best Documentary Short

AUTISM IS A WORLD
THE CHILDREN OF LENINGRADSKY
HARDWOOD
MIGHTY TIMES: THE CHILDREN’S MARCH
SISTER ROSE’S PASSION

Best Animated Short Film

BIRTHDAY BOY
GOPHER BROKE
GUARD DOG
LORENZO
RYAN

Best Live-Action Short Film

EVERYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY MUST
LITTLE TERRORIST
7:35 IN THE MORNING
TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT
WASP

I can see folks thinking Cruise was the lead in that, since he was the bigger star.

Given the Collateral trope on Qt3, I would say the star was the chair.

I would’ve put it in for visual effects also. There was some VERY cool stuff in there.

Yeah, that’s got to be a deliberate snub because of his speech last time.

Moore didn’t submit F9/11 in the best doc category. He went for best picture instead. It might still be a snub, but a much smaller one.

Moore gambled on Farenheit 9/11. He hoped that if Kerry won and if he released it as a picture as opposed to a documentary, he’d be applauded as the artist who won the election. Instead, everyone in the academy is pissed at him because the feeling is that his participation in the Democratic Party’s presidency bid did a healthy deal to actually lose Kerry the election.

Ah. That makes more sense then. I’m not surprised it didn’t get a best-picture nomination–too many better movies out this year.

Yeah, this baffles me. All they had to do was show the scene where he sees his ex-wife at the end… watching him trying not to fall apart. That was a great, great scene.

I have to admit that this seems like a really bleh oscar race. I too would have given more love to Eternal Sunshine and would have stripped all the love from Sideways. Best supporting actor??? That guy sucked bad. Giacametti (or whatever) was really the only watchable guy there and he did a great job. I don’t feel too badly about the lack of Life Aquatic love, it doesn’t really deserve it. I hear Ray was actually not that good except for Jamie Foxx, so I’m surprised at all the nods that got. Million Dollar Baby may be well acted, but the little I heard sounds pretty cliche. I’d love to see Scorsese clean house but this was by far his most “safe” movie, so even that is a little disappointing.

I was really hoping Eternal Sunshine would get a Best Picture nom, but I guess I’m not surprised to see it left out.

I thought Jamie Foxx was awesome in Ray, but totally don’t get the nomination for Collateral.

Hate to say it but I have no interest in even watching the awards this year. The last few years have had interesting slates and some controversy regarding the LOTR series being critically recognized. This years list is just meh. Clint gets his nods for Million Dollar Silly and the darling of the critics Sideways gets some props and the actor coming out party for Jamie Foxx is there…but that’s it…and frankly I don’t give a damn

Yeah, Foxx and Cruise are clearly co-stars. Maybe they wanted to have Foxx’s performance in Ray in the running for Best Actor, though. Can the same person be nominated twice in the same category?

I believe so, Steven Soderbergh was nominated for Best Director for both Erin Brockovich and Traffic in 2000.