Saturday, February 24, 2007

Oscarfever! '07

It's awards time once again. Just like last year I'll present my predictions for who will win the various awards, along with presenting my own winners for each category. Also like last year, I haven't seen a great many of the contenders (I've seen one of the twenty acting nominees, for example). Unlike last year, I'll be following the Academy's eligibility rules, so a movie like Three Times, from 2005 but released in the US in 2006 will be winning some awards.

Best Picture:

Me: Three Times
Oscar: The Departed

Best Director:

Me: Hou Hsiao-hsien, Three Times
Oscar: Martin Scorsese, The Departed

Best Actor:

Me: Sasha Baron Cohen, Borat
Oscar: Forest Whitaker, The Last King Of Scotland

Best Actress:

Me: Shu Qi, Three Times
Oscar: Helen Mirren, The Queen

Best Supporting Actor:

Me: John Ortiz, Miami Vice
Oscar: Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls

Best Supporting Actress:

Me: Gong Li, Miami Vice
Oscar: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

Original Screenplay:

Me: Three Times
Oscar: Little Miss Sunshine

Adapted Screenplay:

Me: The Departed
Oscar: The Departed


Me: Dion Beebe, Miami Vice
Oscar: Emmanuel Lubezki, Children Of Men

Film Editing:

Me: Thelma Schoonmaker, The Departed
Oscar: Thelma Schoonmaker, The Departed

Foreign Language Film:

Me: Three Times
Oscar: Pan's Labyrinth

Animated Feature:

Me: Cars
Oscar: Cars

Feature Documentary:

Me: Dave Chappelle's Block Party
Oscar: An Inconvenient Truth

Short Documentary

Me: NA
Oscar: The Blood Of Yingzhou District

Art Direction:

Me: Curse Of The Golden Flower
Oscar: Pan's Labyrinth

Costume Design:

Me: Princess Raccoon
Oscar: Dreamgirls


Me: Marie Antoinette
Oscar: Pan's Labyrinth

Original Score:

Me: Princess Raccoon
Oscar: The Queen

Original Song:

Me: Kazakhstan National Anthem, Borat
Oscar: Listen, Dreamgirls

Animated Short:

Me: NA
Oscar: The Little Matchgirl

Live Action Short:

Me: My Dad Is 100 Years Old
Oscar: West Bank Story

Sound Editing:

Me: Miami Vice
Oscar: Letters From Iwo Jima

Sound Mixing:

Me: The Departed
Oscar: Dreamgirls

Visual Effects:

Me: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Oscar: Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Master Thespians

The subject came up somewhere on the internet today of the best film performances of the decade thus far. As a bit of a prelude to my upcoming Oscar picks, if figure I might as well post my list here. Split into the four categories, the nominees for the best performances from 2000-2006 are:


Tony Leung - 2046
Steve Coogan - 24 Hour Party People
Tadanobu Asano - Last Life In The Universe
Johnny Depp - Pirates Of The Caribbean
Bill Murray - Lost In Translation
Will Farrell - Anchorman
Clint Eastwood - Million Dollar Baby
Sasha Baron Cohen - Borat


Maggie Cheung - In The Mood For Love
Shu Qi - Millenium Mambo
Audrey Tautou - Amelie
Zhang Ziyi - House Of Flying Daggers
Zhang Ziyi - 2046
Zhao Tao - The World
Julie Delpy - Before Sunset
Q'orianka Kilcher - The New World

Supporting Actors:

Ian McKellen - The Fellowship Of The Ring
Daniel Day-Lewis - Gangs Of New York
Seu Jorge - City Of God
Andy Lau - House Of Flying Daggers
Jason Bateman - Dodgeball
Mickey Rourke - Sin City
Ian McDiarmid - Revenge Of The Sith
Jack Nicholson - The Departed

Supporting Actresses:

Zhang Ziyi - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Gwynneth Paltrow - The Royal Tenenbaums
Cate Blanchett - The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Faye Wong - 2046
Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain
Maria Bello - A History Of Violence
Michelle Yeoh - Memoirs Of A Geisha
Gong Li - Miami Vice

And the winners are:

Actor: Tony Leung - 2046
Actress: Q'orianka Kilcher - The New World
Sup. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis - Gangs Of New York
Sup. Actress: Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain