Academy Award Picks 2005

Best Motion Picture of the Year

  • Aviator, The (2004)Michael Mann (I); Graham King
  • Finding Neverland (2004)Richard N. Gladstein; Nellie Bellflower
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)Clint Eastwood; Albert S. Ruddy; Tom Rosenberg
  • Ray (2004/I)Taylor Hackford; Stuart Benjamin; Howard Baldwin (III)
  • Sideways (2004)Michael London (II)
  • You all know I think that Eternal Sunshine was the best film of 2004, but for shits and giggles I’ll take a guess and say that Million Dollar Baby will win best film of the year. I liked all of these films and Million Dollar Baby is my favorite of all 5 of these, but come on members of the academy, where were you on Spiderman 2?!

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Aviator, The (2004)Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Finding Neverland (2004)Johnny Depp
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004)Don Cheadle
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)Clint Eastwood
  • Ray (2004/I)Jamie Foxx
  • I would be fine with anyone of these fellas winning best actor, but I think this is the most obvious of this year’s awards. Jamie Foxx is a shoe in. What I find remarkable is that Paul Giamatti wasn’t nominated and has never been nominated and that Clint Eastwood was nominated. Eastwood was brilliant, but with the abundance of perfect male performances couldn’t he and Johnny Depp’s nominations been given to Giamatti and or Jim Carrey. When will the acadamy wake up and realize that Carrey is an amazing actor with ability and talent that never fail under good material.

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Being Julia (2004)Annette Bening
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)Kate Winslet
  • Maria Full of Grace (2004)Catalina Sandino Moreno
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)Hilary Swank
  • Vera Drake (2004)Imelda Staunton
  • I haven’t seen Being Julia or Vera Drake or Maria Full of Grace. I’m sure they are all wonderful performances that would no doubt, move me, but can I just say two things here…Hilary Swank!! This is the performance of the year, male or female. Once again the Academy has forgotten two of the best performances of the year. Kirsten Dunst from Spiderman 2 and Uma Thurman from Kill Bill Volume Two. These two dark horses, much like Hilary’s were performances with strong emotional performances and remarkable physical ability. One of these days the academy will learn to appretiate the physical performance and then go back and give an Oscar to Keanu Reeves for Matrix Reloaded.

    Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Aviator, The (2004)Alan Alda
  • Closer (2004/I)Clive Owen
  • Collateral (2004)Jamie Foxx
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)Morgan Freeman (I)
  • Sideways (2004)Thomas Haden Church
  • This catagory is full of shit that does nothing but piss me off. First Alan Alda. He was alright in Aviator, but a supporting role nominee is usually known for overshadowing the main character during his presence in the film. That, or being apart of an ensemble team whose cemistry made it impossible to tell who of which this film belongs. Though I’ve been in Thomas Haden Church’s fan corner over the years (haha) I’ve gotta give this to Clive Owen who, along with Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Julia Roberts made one of the best screen teams in romantic tag teaming history. I predict that Clive will win this award and if he doesn’t just be aware you’ve witnessed a crime. The larger crime however is that David Carradine wasn’t even nominated for his appearance and utter pitch perfect delivery of every single sentance in Kill Bill Volume Two.

    Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Aviator, The (2004)Cate Blanchett
  • Closer (2004/I)Natalie Portman
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004)Sophie Okonedo
  • Kinsey (2004)Laura Linney
  • Sideways (2004)Virginia Madsen
  • Traditionally the supporting actress award will go to whatever young, up and coming star of the moment. Renée Zellweger Catherine Zeta-Jones Jennifer Connelly Angelina Jolie Judi Dench. Okay maybe not all of them. Regardless, for this reason I am picking Natalie Portman to win this award, however I wouldn’t be surprised if Virginia Madsen picked it up. Why? She was and always has been fucking rad!

    Best Achievement in Directing

  • Aviator, The (2004)Martin Scorsese
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)Clint Eastwood
  • Ray (2004/I)Taylor Hackford
  • Sideways (2004)Alexander Payne
  • Vera Drake (2004)Mike Leigh
  • I think it’s obvious again that I think this award belongs to Michel Gondry for his stunning and visually mind bending Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I think Scorsese’s got this one, but only because it’s one of those years where there isn’t just one blow away popular and critical success and in these kinds of years the Academy likes to break up best picture and best director in order to spread the love. All of these films were skillfully directed and I’d hate to see several of them handled in different hands, but films like Spiderman 2 and Kill Bill Volume Two and Closer and The Village are films that prove these directors as true gods over their worlds.

    Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

  • Aviator, The (2004)John Logan (I)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)Charlie Kaufman; Michel Gondry; Pierre Bismuth
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004)Keir Pearson (II); Terry George
  • Incredibles, The (2004)Brad Bird (I)
  • Vera Drake (2004)Mike Leigh
  • Charlie Kaufman will not win. There I’ve said it. That doesn’t mean I won’t get worked up into a frenzy when they hand the Oscar to the prolific and only marginally talented John Logan. I can’t talk about this anymore.

    Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

  • Before Sunset (2004)Richard Linklater; Julie Delpy; Ethan Hawke; Kim Krizan
  • Diarios de motocicleta (2004)Jose Rivera (III)
  • Finding Neverland (2004)David Magee (II)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)Paul Haggis
  • Sideways (2004)Alexander Payne; Jim Taylor (III)
  • I’d just like to express how happy I am that Before Sunset was acknowledged here. I promise a review on this film and the earlier Before Sunrise. These two films are the reason that film was invented. Like I said about Eternal Sunshine in my best of blog, these films share deeply honest and sometimes very private and personal moments that make us better human beings for seeing them. That said I think that this will be the one Oscar that Sideways takes home, though my Million Dollar Baby has a pretty good shot just because it will win best pictures and usually that means a best writing Oscar. But in keeping with the love spreading I’m going to stick with Sideways and just be pleasantly surprised when Paul Haggis wins.

    Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

  • Finding Neverland (2004)Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)John Williams (I)
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)Thomas Newman (I)
  • Passion of the Christ, The (2004)John Debney (I)
  • Village, The (2004)James Newton Howard
  • It’s no surprise to see John Williams’ name up here again. He is the most nominated person in the history of the Academy Awards and honestly he deserves it most of the time, though I think he’s only won three times. I don’t know what it is about Finding Neverland that has the Academy all friggin’ excited, but I think this one will win just to piss me off. My vote goes to James Newton Howard who is to M. Night what John Williams has been to Spielberg.

    I’m leaving out the rest of the effects awards and editing and all that other whooplah just in the interest of doing something else with my evening. Don’t forget to listen for the sound of my breaking heart when Charlie Kaufman doesn’t win, once again.


    ~ by fumikaelson on February 7, 2005.

    One Response to “Academy Award Picks 2005”

    1. First I would like to say to you Mr. Cinema, what the fuck! I know that you are a man of the world and what not, but come on! Eternal Sunshine and Spider Man II? If I didn’t know you, I would guess you were a chick or better yet a homosexual? Both good movies, Spotless far better than Spider Man. Both far from Oscar status!

      Give the Academy a break! They have a big task and many people’s asses to lick!

      Me, I am waiting to read about awards from 5 years ago. There is something I can really get into! Matter of fact, I think I will post my top picks for Porn of 1999!

      Great run down, hope for the most part your predictions are right!

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