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I don't understand how Zero Dark Thirty got an Oscar nomination not to mention the Golden Globe nominations it got (though ♥ Jessica Chastain, who won Best Actress Drama) for best picture, because... no. I want my 2 1/2 hours back, damn it. Sorry, I know, I know... BUT IT HAPPENED! BUT THIS IS WHAT WE DID! Blah blah... bleh.

More babbling this way! )

I have to see Django Unchained yet, and have that planned for tonight. Also need to see Beasts of the Southern Wild. Haven't seen Amour, don't know if I really need to? Anyone seen it and think it might be worth my while?

In other news I took a break in my Oscar movie watching and watched Pitch Perfect. I loved it! It was a cute movie.
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For my newer followers, you'll find I'm a movie freak and love the Oscars! Every year I do an Oscar marathon where I try and catch up with movies that I hadn't seen and weigh in with my picks. Seth McFarlane and Emma Stone just got done announcing the Oscar nominations for 2013. They are:

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin - Argo
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln

more here... )

There will also be a 50th Anniversary James Bond retrospective!

This years telecast will be Feb. 24. Seth McFarlane hosts. See the full list of nominees here!
I have some movie watching to do. I need to see Silver Linings Playbook, Argo, Django Unchained, The Master and Life of Pi. Les Mis was wonderful and I'm rooting for Anne there, but I think this will be between her and Sally. I'll come back and weigh in further with my picks in a few days.
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As I try to do each year, I pop in here with the nominees and my picks for the wins.

This year's awards is on Sunday February 26 at 7 pm ET.

and the nominees are... )

Anyway, there you have it. We'll see you at the Academy Awards!

YAY! Billy Crystal is BACK!!!
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They're in! Here are the 2011 Oscar Nominations! I will also give you my picks.
Where do you think the main awards are going to go? Is there something not nominated that you feel deserved to be? Impart. Discuss. Yes, I spent a long time working up this entry. Haha! There are a couple films I need / want to see yet, "The Fighter" "The Kids Are All Right" and "Winter's Bone" specifically. I don't think I can handle "127 Hours" though I heard a lot about it and well know the story.

and the nominees are... )

To see the rest of the nominations Go Here.

See you on Oscar night!
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We're just nine days away from the telecast of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards.

Just a quick update as to how I am doing in my movie watching preparation. I've watched the films online which is I think the easiest way to do it. With the exception of "The Blind Side" and "The Hurt Locker" which were viewed at the theater.

I've seen everything except "Avatar" and "A Serious Man" now. Not too shabby. I'll be watching "A Serious Man" this weekend sometime. Not sure if I want to bother with "Avatar" at all.

I can say my picks haven't changed much from my earlier entry. In fact they haven't changed at all.

That's my update. See you next on Sunday March 7!
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Yes dahlings! The nominees were announced this morning. I've given you my picks thus far as well.

And the nominees are... )

Anyway those are the biggies. See the entire list here: http://oscar.go.com/

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards air on ABC Sunday March 7.
Tag team of Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin hosting. We'll see how that goes. I tend to prefer just ONE host.
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I don't know how much more of the pre Oscar stuff on E! I'll be watching because of the annoying factor of the two lady correspondents. Someone gag them please, they've had too much Red Bull. Maybe I'll tune in and out.

Running commentary (maybe... as I see fit and as I can run back in here and do it)

6pm: There is action on the red carpet now!

O hai there Emile Hirsch!

GTFO Miley. UGH. She's on with Seacrest. You WISH Angelina would adopt you, you cow. LOL!
Okay, okay, her dress *IS* very pretty. I love the silhouette.

6:20: How much cuter can Hugh Jackman be I ask you? LOL!

Dev Patel!!! ♥

Taraji P. Henson has her little girl with her. Awwww... :)

THAT is Jennifer Grey?! I did NOT recognize her at ALL. MAJOR face work, even beyond nose job. It's a shame. I thought she had distinctive looks before. So much for hacking up your face to get more jobs. *sigh*

UGH the attack of the Disney spawn! Vanessa and Zac. *eyeroll*

Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline!! :) :) :) :) :)

HUGE break in tradition. It was just mentioned that in lieu of showing clips from the nominees (actor, actress, supporting) they'll have past winners do the announcing and then award it. I want the clips! It's all about the Oscar Clip dammit! I don't know if I'll like this turn of events. We'll see.

The adorable Slumdog Millionaire children! They flew them in to L.A. for this, they'd never been on a plane before. SO cool they are there and they're adorable and having the time of their lives. SO CUTE.

Now I'm off. Too hard running back and forth here. LOL! Barbara Walters is interviewing Anne Hathaway and Mickey Rourke at 7 then we get into more red carpet then the show. See you on the flip side.

12 Midnight:

SEAN?! OMG!!!! And I missed totally on Supporting Actress. Penelope?! Wow. WOW. More later.
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Since my entry right after the nominations were announced, I've watched ALL of the nominated movies (go me!) and have my final picks for tonight's major awards.

Best Actress:
Kate Winslet (The Reader)

Meryl was her usual brilliant amazing self in Doubt, but Kate will get this. I am REALLY wanting her to. She is on the cover of TIME as well with the banner Best Actress, so maybe that's a sign? I hope so.

Best Actor:
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)

Sorry, Sean. I had you pegged but after re watching The Wrestler, I have to say they're gonna give this one to Mickey.

Best Supporting Actress:
Taraji P. Henson (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

This was and is actually a very tough category to call. I had such a hard time!

Best Supporting Actor:
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)

Oh, Heath. :( ♥

Best Director:
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Animated Feature:

Best Picture:
Slumdog Millionaire.

I think Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire will take best song. O...Saya is excellent too, though. I'm presently in love with that entire sound track. I am looking forward to seeing how they perform these.

I'm intrigued by the fact that it'll be made to look like a night club this year and they're doing some other new-ish things, so we'll see what it's like. And! Hugh Jackman! I've got the popcorn, the Pepsi, and the Ben and Jerry's and I'm good to go! Bring it.
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Actor in a Leading Role

Sean Penn - Milk
Richard Jenkins - The Visitor
Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon
Brad Pitt - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

My pick: Sean Penn in Milk. But I think it's going to be really hard to call here, because lots of people want Mickey Rourke to get this one. ARGH! And no Leo DiCaprio for Revolutionary Road?! :p Brad was good but oh come on LEO!!!!!!!!

Actor in a Supporting Role

Josh Brolin - Milk
Robert Downey, Jr. - Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt
Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon - Revolutionary Road

My pick: Heath. I just really think they'll do this. Love me some RDJ but that nomination is so random.

Actress in a Leading Role

Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie - Changeling
Melissa Leo - Frozen River
Meryl Streep - Doubt
Kate Winslet - The Reader

My pick: Meryl. She's the Academy Award warhorse. Won twice, nominated a ton. I love her. However, I'd love more than anything for Kate to get this.

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams - Doubt
Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis - Doubt
Taraji P Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler

My pick: Taraji P Henson for Benjamin Button. Hers is a role that got expanded from the F Scott Fitzgerald book. Queenie started out as Benjamin's nanny, but in the film became his surrogate mother. Her performance was completely wonderful.

Animated Feature Film

Kung-Fu Panda

My pick: Wall-E. It touched my heart.


David Fincher - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard - Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant - Milk
Steven Daldry - The Reader
Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire

My pick: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire. I have this between him and Gus Van Sant though I'd love to see Fincher get it for Button. I don't know, this is a hard one, I'll get back to you. LOL!

Best Picture

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

My pick: Slumdog Millionaire. Though Benjamin was completely wonderful too...

I'll refine my picks as I view more films (crash viewing time... this is one year there are plenty of nominees I want to see) and things MAY change. Stay tuned.

For the full list of categories and nominations go here. You can see video of the nominees being announced on the main page of oscar.com as well.

OMG forgot to add... Jai Ho is one of the songs nominated (there are three and two are from Slumdog) and I want to see Dev Patel, Freida Pinto and a bajillion other dancers on stage doing THIS:

Suh-weet. *nods*
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Nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards will be announced on Thursday, the 22nd, but based on buzz and talk, I've been trying to get some movie watching in before the telecast. So far I've seen:

Slumdog Millionaire - It was simply wonderful and I recommend it... go see it before the Oscars and because it's the most talked about film of the moment.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Brad Pitt was fantastic in this and I adore Cate Blanchett too. I think Brad works well with David Fincher directing him (see also Se7en and Fight Club) and his chemistry with Blanchett was excellent.

Revolutionary Road - I love Kate and Leo together. It can get quite heavy handed for some, but I liked it well enough. Just to watch these two onscreen is worth it.

Gosh I need to get a step on. Need (want) to see:

The Reader - I ♥ Kate Winslet. I will watch her in anything and was so pleased she won two awards at the Globes!

Milk - Sean Penn is brilliant and I love watching him onscreen. I've read glowing reviews. This is likely to be one of the top nominations along with Slumdog so I need to see this one.

The Wrestler - Hearing good things about this film and Mickey Rourke's performance, for which he won a Golden Globe. I think he's an excellent actor anyway, so I am intrigued.

Doubt - For my girl Meryl and my love for Philip Seymour Hoffman. It's likely to get plenty of nods, as best picture and acting for Meryl and Phil as well as Amy Adams.

Has anyone seen Seven Pounds? I heard from one friend and she really was mixed about it. Gabriele Muccino and Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) team again here. I loved "Pursuit" so I'm interested to hear more about this one. What were your thoughts if you saw it?

I've seen clips of these, but that's not the same as watching the piece in entirety of course. What I did get a taste of though tells me that this year's Oscar race will be a good one. There's lots out there right now for movie lovers to chew on!

I'll check in again with the official nominations and my picks on the weekend.

The 81st Annual Academy Awards airs on February 22 on ABC
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*Polly elegantly floats to the podium in her stunning vintage couture gown, dabs a few tears, and takes a deep breath*

I'd like to thank the Academy. And also my mom and dad, who always believed in me.

*thanks director*
*thanks gorgeous co-star, and the cast and crew*
*thanks significant other, who would have probably knowing H'wood been one of my gorgeous co-stars*
*thanks a few other people that were important to the film and to her*

And I'd like to thank Johnny Depp. For just being Johnny Depp.

*music cue to get the hell off the stage... Polly blows kiss, grabs Oscar*
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Time for my picks and predictions! This year, I'll go with this meme :

With the Academy Awards coming up this Sunday, what are your predictions and hopes for the five major categories?

1. Who do you predict will win Best Supporting Actor? Who do you think should win?

Casey Affleck - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Charlie Wilson's War
Hal Holbrook - Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson - Michael Clayton

Prediction: Javier Bardem
Pick: Javier Bardem

more this way )

Don't get out to movies as much as I'd like to these days. And I feel like every year at Oscar time I want to catch up and see all these movies. I will be making the post Oscars trip to Blockbuster no doubt.

I made notation of this on Donny's community, but just in case I'll do it here too. Donny fans on my list, he's going to be there. He'll be correspondent for Insider. He'll have Debbie with him as well, so I'm hoping for some good pictures of the two of them on the red carpet come Monday morning.
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First let me get this out of the way. YAY MARTIN SCORSESE!! *dances*

*ahem* Anyway.

Ellen did a fine job. My favorite bits were the vacuuming and the MySpace picture with Clint, taken by Spielberg. Bwahaha!

Pilobolus was really cool. My favorite was when they did the penguins from "Happy Feet" and also when they did "Snakes on a Plane".

Abigail Breslin + Jaden Christopher Syre Smith = All kinds of awesome. They were tooooo cute. Jaden was trying too hard to be funny though.

*snickers* Emily Blunt and Anne Hathaway were adorable. And ♥ Meryl!!!

Will Ferrell, Jack Black and John C. Reilly = all kinds of love.

OMG montages. The best one though was the writing one. Enjoyed that.

Psst! "Infernal Affairs" is Chinese, not Japanese.

Psst! Penelope Cruz is Spanish not Mexican.

Saw Tom Cruise of course but no sightings of Katie. Was she there? Anyone see?

Pictures and stuff... )

See you next year!


This was actually begun (posted privately) this morning awaiting some edits, hence the time attached. I had to run and just got home and finished it up. :)
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Here it is, [livejournal.com profile] hippie_chick's annual Oscar Picks!! What and who I think will go home with that little gold bald man...

My Picks! )

Using my Amadeus icon. Remember the year of Amadeus? ♥

There you have it, my picks. See you tomorrow night! I work 8-7, a kinda long day, hopefully I can wrap up what I'm there to do earlier but we'll see. I will be home in plenty of time to watch though. Morning after commentary on Monday.
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It's the morning after. Oscars have been given, parties have been attended. It was a nice night. Nothing really swept, the awards were pretty much across the board. I didn't do too badly guessing. I got all the major acting awards right as well as screenplay and a few others. Best Picture really threw me I should have known Crash would get it, but I really was pulling for Brokeback to do both Director and Picture. It's alright though. Crash was amazing. Everyone must see this film. Really. You must. Other than that, it was a really low key ceremony. I gasped when Jennifer Garner came out to present and almost fell but caught herself. And much MUCH love for Owen and Luke Wilson!! Ben Stiller was a hoot in his green screen suit, too. Jon did alright as host, he was his same deadpan self. By all means not stellar, and many times he downright tanked, but it's not an easy gig and he handled the task adequately. Adorable acceptances from the Wallace and Gromit guys (Oscar bowties!!) and the Penguins team. I WANT one of those stuffed Penguins! OMGSOCUTE! The "gay cowboy" montage was a HOOT. Anyway, on to the awards.

Cut for length and being image heavy )

And that's it for this year. See you next Oscars!

Photos from WireImage. "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" download has limited availability.
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It's Oscar Night! I removed that meme from before because well I just didn't like the unreadable coloring. LOL!! Here is my official ballot in all the categories that matter.

Best Picture

Image hosting by Photobucket Brokeback Mountain


Image hosting by Photobucket Ang Lee - Brokeback Mountain Though how often does the best picture winner get best director too?


Image hosting by Photobucket Philip Seymour Hoffman - Capote. His transformation into Truman was astounding.


Image hosting by Photobucket Reese Witherspoon - Walk The Line.

Supporting Actor

Image hosting by Photobucket George Clooney - Syriana GO GEORGE!

Supporting Actress

Image hosting by Photobucket Rachel Weisz - The Constant Gardener

Other categories:

Visual Effects

King Kong

Original Screenplay


Adapted Screenplay

Brokeback Mountain


The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Art Direction

Memoirs of a Geisha

Original Score

Memoirs of a Geisha because John Williams is da man and of this and Munich, he'll get it for this one.

Original Song

Lacking category this year. Only three noms. Though I LOVE "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" I don't feel it has what "Lose Yourself" did to make another rap song win in this category. It'll go to "In The Deep" from Crash.

Animated Feature

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Sound Editing


Sound Mixing

Walk The Line. The quite song-heavy Ray won this last year so I figure it'll go to the musical one of the lot again.

Film Editing



Brokeback Mountain

Documentary Feature

March of the Penguins. And what do you know? They're already in their tuxedos!!

Costume Design

Memoirs of a Geisha

And there you have it. Other categories are up in the air for me since I'm not overly familiar with the nominees. See you after the big show tonight!


Feb. 28th, 2005 03:01 pm
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Okay I made my vacation entry, now for my Oscar observations. Before I get on with the major winners and my thoughts on them, let me say I did like the set this year. It was really contemporary looking. I didn't care for some winners relegated to accepting their awards out in the audience. The point is the walk up there to the podium, and all that right? And to have all the nominees in some categories onstage in a group? No. Go back to the old school ways. It didn't make the show any longer, people, that was because of the long acceptance speeches. That was the only thing I'd change.

Oscar babble )

All in all, it was ehm... alright. No oomph, no punch. No drama, no suprises. As [livejournal.com profile] ragdoll said, it was just... there. Chris Rock was quite apt in my opinion as a host. His opening fell flat in spots here and there but he really warmed up well. Yeah, that about describes it.


Mar. 1st, 2004 10:25 am
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Good weekend, I guess. Worked all day Saturday. Hopefully March is coming in like a lamb for you all. Here it's definitely very lamb-like.

Last night was a blast. Went to Classical Mystery Tour and it was great! I didn't expect to enjoy it nearly as much as I did. These are veterans of Beatlemania so I knew they'd be good, but had no idea just how good.

The two best were Jim Owen as John and Tony Kishman as Paul. There were times when Tony was singing that I actually thought Paul was up there. Same with Jim, I nearly cried as he sang Imagine... so good.

And you George fans on my list will be happy to know that Tom Teeley did him justice. His playing was incredible and he had the stance, mannerisms, everything down well. And Carmine Grippa was an adorable Ringo! <3

They ran the gamut... did about 30 Beatles songs, not including 4 or 5 Wings songs that Tony performed, which were great! The very drunk woman behind me wearing the Paul McCartney tour teeshirt would concur... she was carrying on like I don't know what yelling "I LOVE YOU PAAAAUUUULLL!" Ugh. LOL! Anyroad, I thought it was cool that they did a couple of more obscure songs, Tom did Savoy Truffle and Carmine did Good Night. You can see the set list and hear clips on the site I have linked above. The songs are nowhere near in order... and Jim didn't do Hide Your Love Away unfortunately. But Twist and Shout had the entire place up dancing at the end, and even the orchestra was in on the dancing!

The crowd was really receptive, and the night was perfect... slight breeze and not unbearably hot, just cool enough. It started to drizzle the tiniest bit but stopped.

Having the orchestra there just reinforced the fact that the *music* is just so great. Beautiful orchestrations and every note just as it was meant to be, as it was written. The whirling dervish of a crescendo in A Day In The Life was incredible.

All that, and I still made it home only missing like an hour of the Oscars. My thoughts and observations:

Missed Billy Crystal's opening piece and the supporting acting awards but mom filled me in. Yay Renee!! And I missed Annie Lennox's performance as well and I'd wanted to see that. But I saw her accept the award for the song Into The West ... not the song I'd have picked to win but oh well... and she looked beautiful.

They need to put Joan Rivers out to pasture. Really.

I loved Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy performing Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow (the song that *should* have won, dammit!!) in character as Mitch and Mickey from A Mighty Wind. They were so great! In fact they and the Rendezvous piece were the only two performances I was able to catch of the song nominees.

Charlize!! Yay!!! She looked stunning.

Finding Nemo was a cinch to win in it's category.

OMG! Jack Black and Will Ferrell... AHAHAHAHAHA!! They were great. Mom told me I missed some funniness from Robin Wiliams as well as from Ben and Owen, too. Rats.

But wow, what a night for Peter Jackson and the LotR crew!! I'm so happy for them. I loved the running joke about running out of people in New Zealand to thank. But I had no doubts they'd have a great night. Woohooo!!! Where was Orli?!

Johnny. ::sigh:: Just to see his name up there was cool. And it was high and bloody well time it was, too. I didn't have any expectations, wasn't really thinking he'd win, but I did have a tiny little piece of me that held out hope and crossed my fingers. Haha! Sean was deserving, for sure. His performance was incredible.

Johnny. Yes, I like the hair, dammit! )

Fashion. My favorites: Scarlett Johansson, Naomi Watts, Julia Roberts, Catherine Zeta-Jones (a knockout as always in va va voom red) and Sandra Bullock . Shout out to the men... Johnny rocked his tux, and so did my Hobbitses! Haha! Jude. Law. **drool, drool**
Least favorites: Renee Zellweger was beautiful, but I don't know why I wasn't crazy about her gown. Nicole Kidman... there were gowns that looked way better on her. Angelina Jolie has worn better gowns too. Susan Sarandon's hair and makeup were great, but meh... her gown didn't slay me. Jamie Lee Curtis scares me anymore. EEP! Uma... what was up with that getup, darlin'?

Anyway... other than that, no real Michael Moore-ish drama, everything seemed to be smooth, and well... all was good. Too bad. Could have used some oomph. Hee!
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Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour!
I'm going to this on Feb. 29. They have the Florida Sunshine Pops Orchestra backing them up. Looks like it'll be fun! We have great seats too, close. Anyone seen this? The guy who plays Paul toured with Beatlemania as well. They should be good.

Oscar Nominations are in!

The nominees for best actor are

Johnny Depp ("Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl") Ahhhh!! SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ben Kingsley ("House of Sand and Fog"), Jude Law ("Cold Mountain"),
Bill Murray ("Lost in Translation"), and Sean Penn ("Mystic River").

The nominees for best actress are Keisha Castle-Hughes ("Whale Rider"), Diane Keaton ("Something's Gotta Give'), Samantha Morton ("In America"), Charlize Theron ("Monster") and Naomi Watts ("21 Grams").

The nominees for best supporting actor are Alec Baldwin ("The Cooler"), Benicio Del Toro ("21 Grams"), Djimon Hounsou ("In America"), Tim Robbins ("Mystic River") and Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai").

The nominees for best supporting actress are Shohreh Aghdashloo ("House of Sand and Fog"), Patricia Clarkson ("Pieces of April"), Marcia Gay Harden ("Mystic River"), Holly Hunter ("thirteen") and Renee Zellweger ("Cold Mountain").

The nominees for best director are Fernando Meirelles ("City of God"), Peter Jackson ("The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"), Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation"), Peter Weir ("Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World") and Clint Eastwood ("Mystic River").

Best Picture: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lost in Translation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Mystic River, Seabiscuit.

Holy hell. Johnny got his first Oscar nod!!!! ::dies::


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