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Oscar picks 2004
Since my weekend is consisting of doing research and writing for my final NU courses, I’m breaking by doing one of those Oscar tipsheets the kids like so much.

Best Picture
Will win: “The Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King”
Should win: ditto.
The trope about fantasy movies not winning Oscars will be broken, since “ROTK” is also based on a novel – like all the other nominees save “Lost in Translation.”
Shouldn’t have been nominated: “Mystic River”
The acting was fine, but the story was rambling and hackneyed.
Should’ve been: “Monster”
I disagree with the people who say “Charlize Theron shined in a mediocre movie.” Patty Jenkins produced a terrifying gut-punch of a script, and filmed it beautifully.

Best Director
Will win: Peter Jackson
Should win: ditto.
He spent seven years of his life making a masterpiece that could easily – easily- have been crap.
Shouldn’t have been nominated: Clint Eastwood
I like him, but his movie was milquetoast.
Should’ve been: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“21 Grams”)

Best Actor
Will win: Bill Murray
Should win: ditto.
Subtle and sad … should be obvious to anyone who’s seen the movie.
Shouldn’t have been nominated: Jude Law
I just don’t like Brits playing Southerners. Apart from Albert Finney.
Should’ve been: Sean Astin

Best Actress
Will win: Charlize Theron
Should win: ditto.
Shouldn’t have been nominated: Diane Keaton
She played the same fucking character she always does.
Should’ve been: Scarlett Johansson (“Lost in Translation”)

Best Supporting Actor
Will win: Tim Robbins
Should win: Alec Baldwin
Robbins fell completely out of character in the third act. No one else noticed that?
Shouldn’t have been nominated: Tim Robbins
Should’ve been: Eugene Levy (“A Mighty Wind”)

Best Supporting Actress
Will win: Shohreh Aghdashloo
Should win: Shohreh Aghdashloo
Rene Zellweger was hammy and awful in “Cold Mountain.” The “it’s rainin’!” speech should go down in infamy with “The dingo ate my baby!”
Shouldn’t have been nominated: Marcia Gay Harden
Should’ve been: Miranda Otto (“ROTK”)

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