Tuesday, January 31, 2006
The envelope please...
Amidst all the much-ados-about-nothing yesterday over the rehashed State of the Union address which in bound to shred social budgets into a trillion little pieces and the slam-dunk Alito confirmation to the Supreme Court, the reminder could've easily been color-coded on the lower rungs of priority.
In a way, the days after the Academy Award nominations have been revealed are almost as fascinating as Joan Rivers' latest cosmetic tweak for Oscar night. What makes the buildup so maddening is the never-ending search for patterns of ceremonies past for an inside track for which way the prize winds will blow. We wonder, what is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences trying to tell us? Couldn't they just put in a text message to save time?
Courtesy of a valiant effort to brave hoardes of flashing cameras in the bewitching hours of that darned Pacific Time difference, Mira Sorvino futzed through the roll call of the chosen few and millions of dollars in advertising capital will prove a bust or boon to frenzied studio lobbyists. And there's also a few deserving candidates will probably get more recognition in the next few days then they've accrued in their entire career (hel-lo Amy Adams!). So, without further ado, a partial list of the major contenders:
- Best Picture: "Brokeback Mountain," "Capote," "Crash," "Good Night, and Good Luck," "Munich."
- Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Capote," Terrence Howard, "Hustle & Flow," Heath Ledger, "Brokeback Mountain," Joaquin Phoenix, "Walk the Line," David Strathairn, "Good Night, and Good Luck."
- Best Actress: Judi Dench, "Mrs. Henderson Presents," Felicity Huffman, "Transamerica," Keira Knightley, "Pride & Prejudice," Charlize Theron, "North Country," Reese Witherspoon, "Walk the Line."
- Best Supporting Actor: George Clooney, "Syriana," Matt Dillon, "Crash," Paul Giamatti, "Cinderella Man," Jake Gyllenhaal, "Brokeback Mountain," William Hurt, "A History of Violence."
- Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, "Junebug," Catherine Keener, "Capote," Frances McDormand, "North Country," Rachel Weisz, "The Constant Gardener," Michelle Williams, "Brokeback Mountain."
- Best Director: Ang Lee, "Brokeback Mountain," Bennett Miller, "Capote," Paul Haggis, "Crash," George Clooney, "Good Night, and Good Luck.," Steven Spielberg, "Munich."
- Adapted Screenplay: Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, "Brokeback Mountain," Dan Futterman, "Capote," Jeffrey Caine, "The Constant Gardener," Josh Olson, "A History of Violence," Tony Kushner and Eric Roth, "Munich."
- Original Screenplay: Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, "Crash," George Clooney & Grant Heslov, "Good Night, and Good Luck.," Woody Allen, "Match Point," Noah Baumbach, "The Squid and the Whale," Stephen Gaghan, "Syriana."
- Original Song: "In the Deep" from "Crash," Kathleen "Bird" York and Michael Becker; "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" from "Hustle & Flow," Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman and Paul Beauregard, "Travelin' Thru" from "Transamerica," Dolly Parton.
- Animated Feature Film: "Howl's Moving Castle," "Tim Burton's Corpse Bride," "Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit."
The little gay ranchhands that could in
Last year my crystal ball was right on the money in all leading categories as I wound up queen of the office pool, but this time around will prove to be a bit trickier to read. But then again, guessing's half the fun. Time to consult with my bookie on the daily odds updates right up until game time on March 5th.
- Rell commented at 2/08/2006 11:09:00 AM~
hopefully "Crash" will win multiple awards, but I suppose this is the year for "brokeback."
- Will commented at 2/08/2006 03:50:00 PM~
Heyyyy ... I have no idea who will win this year. It's hard to handicap since so many films have split the lesser awards thus far. I promise you, though ... I will fall out of my chair in shock if "It's Hard Out There for A Pimp" wins for Best Song. On.the.floor. LOL
And ... I'm glad I could make you smile. OH ... YOU made ME smile when I looked to my left and saw you had Seduction on your radio blog.
That song brings back good memories.
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