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Old 01-31-2006, 10:45 AM   #31
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A History of Violence was supposed to be very good. I can't wait to see it on DVD.

I'm surprised Capote was nommed for best picture - I thought it would be too small a movie, despite the critical raves. I really want to see that one, too. I see Phillip Seymour Hoffman winning the Oscar over Joaquin Phoenix.

Also a nice surprise to see Terrence Howard nominated. I wasn't impressed with him in Crash, but then I watched Hustle and Flow this weekend, and he blew me away.
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I can't believe Walk the Line and Hustle and Flow was not nominated for an Oscar.

Here are my picks on who will win:

Best Actor: This one is hard. I'm picking between Joaquin Phoenix and Terrence Howard. Terrence is such an in depth actor. Plus he's nice on the eyes.

Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon. She did a really good job in the movie.

Supporting Actress: Michelle Williams. That would be interesting to see someone from Dawson's Creek win an Oscar! I haven't watched Brokeback Mountain but I heard that she was really good in it.

Supporting Actor: I really would like George Clooney to win. Matt Dillon I want to win also.

Best Director: Really good directors in here but I would pick Ang Lee.

Best Movie: Either Brokeback Mountain or Good Night and Good Luck.
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Old 01-31-2006, 12:01 PM   #33
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I don't think she's going to win, but I'm thrilled that Amy Adams got a supporting actress nomination for "Junebug." She was brilliant in that movie and a true find. I really hope to see more of her.
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I just watched Junebug, and Amy Adams was the best thing in the movie. I didn't much care for the movie, but she was awesome.
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My picks for the major categories:

Best Picture-Crash
Best Actor-Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Best Actress-Felicity Huffman
Best Supporting Actor-George Clooney
Best Supporting Actress-Rachel Weisz
Best Director-Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
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I haven't laughed this hard in ages. What a great way to start the day: turning on the television to hear about who/what has been "honored" with a nomination (or several). Nothing like starting things off with a laugh, right? Gets you feeling positive...though perhaps a little bit less sure of the general mental health of the peeps all up in the American film industry. Good times, regardless. I love a good knee-slapper.
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Crash being nominated over Walk the Line

And in much lesser importance, how the hell did Narnia get nominated for Visual Effects over Harry Potter and Star Wars? Narnia's effects and sets reminded me of those cheesy and lame (but I must admit fun) 80's fantasies such as Labyrinth and The Neverending Story.
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I haven't laughed this hard in ages. What a great way to start the day: turning on the television to hear about who/what has been "honored" with a nomination (or several). Nothing like starting things off with a laugh, right? Gets you feeling positive...though perhaps a little bit less sure of the general mental health of the peeps all up in the American film industry. Good times, regardless. I love a good knee-slapper.
I realized a bunch of years ago that the Academy Awards don't deserve to be taken quite so seriously, and a lot (a LOT, a lot, a lot) of people would agree with that. I mean, they gave the best picture award to Titanic, for pete's sake. I know it's all subjective, but come on!

Now I just watch them for entertainment value.
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I haven't laughed this hard in ages. What a great way to start the day: turning on the television to hear about who/what has been "honored" with a nomination (or several). Nothing like starting things off with a laugh, right? Gets you feeling positive...though perhaps a little bit less sure of the general mental health of the peeps all up in the American film industry. Good times, regardless. I love a good knee-slapper.
If you are going to give us a big rant, at least say what you think should be nominated
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It's been so long since I saw Crash that I barely remember it. I would have nominated Don Cheadle over Matt Dillon. I thought Walk the Line was a fantastic movie, perhaps the "socially relevant" theme of Crash gave it the edge.

The Oscars are completely subjective, and how do you compare performances in such widely diverse films and roles anyway?
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well, I just reviewed the list and I'm glad to see George Clooney on there. I didn't see either movie yet, but it's on my list of things to do. Just proud of him and for being recognized. The only movies I think I got to see were Walk The Line and Cinderella Man. All the post-release hype for CM, I believe, was to get it nominated for movie & actors, but that only worked for Giamatti. Very interesting...
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If you are going to give us a big rant, at least say what you think should be nominated
A "big rant." Shit's like less than a hundred words or something, for fuck's sake...

Anyway. I can't think of any film released in 2005 that deserves to be nominated for, as an example, best picture other than Grizzly Man, 2046, or perhaps Brokeback Mountain. Howl's Moving Castle is at least worthy of an animated picture winner, but that's the only other film I liked enough even to consider. And it clearly ain't that good. I didn't see a single other picture last year which I would ever watch again for its artistic merit. Maybe to laugh at or study, yeah...but not to "enjoy" or appreciate. Ugh.

How Timothy Treadwell wasn't nominated for best leading actor is unfathomable. Same for Tony Leung.

How the fuck is Jake Gyllenhal a supporting player in Brokeback Mountain...? Oh, yeah...he's fucking not. Good call.

Crash was the single worst (or at least most offensive/irresponsible, though King Kong did it's God-damndest) film released last year and it is nominated for Best Picture. Do I really need to say anything else...?
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How the fuck is Jake Gyllenhal a supporting player in Brokeback Mountain...? Oh, yeah...he's fucking not. Good call.

Crash was the single worst (or at least most offensive/irresponsible, though King Kong did it's God-damndest) film released last year and it is nominated for Best Picture. Do I really need to say anything else...?
Jake G being nominated for a supporting role likely is due to the studio's campaign, not the Academy's choice. The studio probably pushed Heath for best actor and Jake for supporting, maybe so they wouldn't cancel each other out in the lead category.

I didn't think Crash was offensive or irresponsible, but it took an awfully long time to deliver its message, which could have been said in one sentence: "everyone's a little bit racist, and gosh, that's a bad thing!"
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I thought Crash sucked. Period. Overbaked and bloated. But a great cast, nonetheless.

Michelle Williams yelling or crying in a kitchen does not equal award-winning acting. I've always liked her, just don't feel what she did in Brokeback was the revelation the breathless press would like for us to call it as. Amy Adams or Keener have this one locked up.
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A "big rant." Shit's like less than a hundred words or something, for fuck's sake...

Anyway. I can't think of any film released in 2005 that deserves to be nominated for, as an example, best picture other than Grizzly Man, 2046, or perhaps Brokeback Mountain. Howl's Moving Castle is at least worthy of an animated picture winner, but that's the only other film I liked enough even to consider. And it clearly ain't that good. I didn't see a single other picture last year which I would ever watch again for its artistic merit. Maybe to laugh at or study, yeah...but not to "enjoy" or appreciate. Ugh.

How Timothy Treadwell wasn't nominated for best leading actor is unfathomable. Same for Tony Leung.

How the fuck is Jake Gyllenhal a supporting player in Brokeback Mountain...? Oh, yeah...he's fucking not. Good call.

Crash was the single worst (or at least most offensive/irresponsible, though King Kong did it's God-damndest) film released last year and it is nominated for Best Picture. Do I really need to say anything else...?
Yeah, I am not pleased with Crash's nom either. But I really think Brokeback and Munich deserve to be there. Good Night was very good but somehow I found it both too blunt and too subtle at the same time (if that makes any sense). Haven't seen Capote, I really need to. Have you seen these movies? If not, then you should before complaining. If you have seen them, then I will kindly back off.

I would argue that Jake Gyllenhaal is supporting but I realize that he probably has enough screen time to be leading as well - I think he had about 10 minutes less than Heath total.
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