Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Oscar Picks

The nominations for the 78th Academy Awards are out, so I figured I'd be my usual hyper-arrogant self and pick the movies / people that should [1] win [2] (links lead to relevant reviews by yours truly):

Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'Capote'

Supporting Actor: Matt Dillon, 'Crash'

Best Actress: Felicity Huffman, 'Transamerica'

Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams, 'Brokeback Mountain'

Best Animated Film: 'Wallace and Gromit in the curse of the Were-rabbit'

Art Direction: 'Good Night and Good Luck'

Cinematography: 'Good Night and Good Luck'

Director: Ang Lee, 'Brokeback Mountain'

Best Picture: 'Capote'

Best Adapted Screenplay: 'Capote'

Best Original Screenplay: 'The Squid and the Whale' (or 'Good Night and Good Luck'; I'm okay with either one)

Movies / people who should NOT win:

Keira Knightley for best actress

Rachel Weisz for best supporting actress (can you believe they nominated her and didn't nominate Ralph Fiennes! Are these people blind?)

Anything related to 'Munich'.


[1] As with my earlier posts about the Bookers - this means the ones that should win on merit - not the ones I think are likely to win.

[2] In the interests of disclosure, let me say that I haven't seen the following movies: Walk the Line, A History of Violence, Cinderella Man, North Country, Junebug, Memoirs of a Geisha, The New World. Also none of the foreign film nominees (much to my shame) and only two of documentary features - March of the Penguins and Murderball - neither of which I cared much for.

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