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Oscarology II: The Oscars

How’d I do?

Best Picture: Million Dollar Baby
Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Ray
Best Actress: Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
Best Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Blanchett, The Aviator

A sweep! This wasn’t exactly the most competitive year ever, though, and in retrospect Best Actress wasn’t a race at all. Nobody saw Annette Bening’s movie.

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, The Aviator Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby

Damn. After the Red Sox won and the Eagles broke the NFC curse, I thought Scorcese was ripe for his golden idol. If The Aviator had been a huge hit – not insane, just Saving Private Ryan-sized – he might have won.

Best Original Screenplay: Keir Pearson and Terry George, Hotel Rwanda Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Hey, they actually went with my preferred choice! I guess not everyone is as enraptured with Rwanda as Don Cheadle is.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Sideways
Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson, The Aviator
Best Score: Jan Kaczmarek, Finding Neverland
Best Song: “Accidentally in Love,” Shrek 2“Al Otro Lado Del Río” from The Motorcycle Diaries

The victims of August and Everything After are avenged!

Best Film Editing: Thelma Schoonmaker, The Aviator
Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell, The Aviator
Best Art Direction: The Aviator
Best Makeup: Keith Vanderlaan and Christien Tinsley, The Passion of the Christ Lemony Snicket’s …

Irony, c’est morte.

Best Sound Editing: Spider-Man 2 The Incredibles
Best Sound Mixing: The Incredibles Ray

In retrospect: Duh.

Best Visual Effects: Spider-Man 2
Best Documentary Feature: Super Size Me Born into Brothels
Best Animated Feature: The Incredibles

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