Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

27 February 2004

Oscar Talk

Easy money first:


Picture: The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King


Director: Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King


Supporting Actor: Robbins, Mystic River


Actress: Theron, Monster


Animated Feature: Finding Nemo


Visual Effects: The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King


It is my opinion that those listed above are the only locks.  If any of the above names aren't called the stars will fall from the sky.  Seriously.  Less likely predictions:


Actor: Penn, Mystic River  (Murray, Lost in Translation, is now the favorite, but I stick with Penn.)


Supporting Actress: Aghdashloo, House of Sand and Fog (Zellweger, Cold Mountain, is the favorite.)


Adapted Screenplay: Helgeland, Mystic River (tough category: anyone could surprise.)


Original Screenplay: Sheridan, In America (Coppola, Lost in Translation is the favorite and the only other script with a shot.)


Foreign Language Film: Les Invasions Barbares, Canada (though, really, who the Hell knows)


Documentary Feature: The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (though Capturing the Friedmans is thought to be real competition)


The rest are just guesses on my part


Art Direction: The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King


Cinematography: Serra, Girl with a Pearl Earring


Costume Design: Dickson, The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King


Song: "A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" A Mighty Wind


Score: Shore, The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King


Makeup: Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl


Editing: City of God


Documentary Short: Chernobyl Heart


Animated Short: Destino


Live Action Short: Two Soldiers


Sound Editing: Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World


Sound: The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King


I think that's it.  My fingers will be crossed for Depp, Aghdashloo, American Splendor, A Mighty Wind, In America, and Master and Commander.