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    Hobbits, naval battles and Bill Murray, oh my!

    The nominations for the 2004 Academy Awards were released today, featuring plenty of expected nods and a few unexpected ones. For this thread, we'll just stick with the six major awards.

    Best Supporting Actress

    Shohreh Aghdashloo - House of Sand and Fog
    Patricia Clarkson - Pieces of April
    Marcia Gay Harden - Mystic River
    Holly Hunter - Thirteen
    Renee Zellweger - Cold Mountain

    Best Supporting Actor

    Alec Baldwin - The Cooler
    Benicio Del Toro - 21 Grams
    Djimon Hounsou - In America
    Tim Robbins - Mystic River
    Ken Watanabe - The Last Samurai

    Best Director

    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
    Clint Eastwood - Mystic River

    Best Actress

    Keisha Castle-Hughes - Whale Rider
    Diane Keaton - Something's Gotta Give
    Samantha Morton - In America
    Charlize Theron - Monster
    Naomi Watts - 21 Grams

    Best Actor

    Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
    Ben Kingsley - House of Sand and Fog
    Jude Law - Cold Mountain
    Bill Murray - Lost in Translation
    Sean Penn - 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

    Have you happened to see any of these movies? What do you think of the case these nominees have built for themselves, and who do you think might win?

    Conversely, if you think someone or something got snubbed, let it be known. Discuss all things Oscar.

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    Keisha Castle-Hughes and Johnny Depp were suprises to me. I wanted Depp to get the nomination, his performance in that movie was the only reason it was worth watching. Keisha Castle-Hughes wasn't talked about at all for a possible nomination, and when I heard her name on the list this morning, I was a bit suprised. I haven't seen Whale Rider, though, so I cannot comment on her performance. The radio said that she is the youngest person to ever be nominated for that award, and IMDB.com lists Whale Rider as her first movie ever. Not bad for a 13 year old in their first movie to get nominated for a major academy award.

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    The only movie I seen in that list was RoTK, and I think it was brilliant. Though it may have some competition with two other movies, but I don't know. :P

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    I saw RotK. and Pirates of the Carribean. All the other movies I didn' t see, and I see a lot of movies. Therefore based on trailers I saw no entertainment value pushing me to go. I heard Seabiscut was good, and will rent that. And I planned to rent the Last Samurai. But i'm not paying 8 bucks for a ticket to those.

    Movie that deserved awards for 2003?? Radio with Cuba Gooding Jr. That was a heartfelt flick, with a great story, based on a true story, and I could personally relate to it. Deserved at least a nomination. But hate critics, and I hate the acadamy awards every year. MTV movie awards has always had the good films up for nomination...Oh I just looked again and Saw Monster got a nomination. I heard that was out of this world good, and a bit creepy

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    Keisha Castle-Hughes and Johnny Depp weren't surprises for me, both had huge buzz around them and Depp was even nominated for the Golden Globes. The only thing that was shocking was that Keisha was consistantly campaigned as a supporting actress and was nominated for the SAGs as a supporting actress. But I'm glad that the Academy recognized that she was the lead role. The only real surprises came from all the love City of God and In America recieved fromt the Academy. I cannot fathom how the Academy could nominate Djimon Hounsou for a performance that was typical and trite at best. Especially over much more deserving actors.

    I was also slightly surprised that Scarlett Johansson was completely shut out, although it was always a possibility that her two steller performances could cancel each other out. Still, I would've liked to see her, Evan Rachel Wood, Uma Thurman and Sean Astin nominated.

    Most of the other nominations were pretty predictable, even the Cold Mountain snub. It's silly how all those "hollywood reporters" are announcing this as a "stunning upset" when Cold Mountain never recieved a warm reception from Critics and audiences alike. I can't say I'm completely happy with the nominations, although the nod to Depp delighted me.

    And with 11 nominations for RotK, that gives the Lord of the Rings Trilogy a record breaking 30 total nominations, 1 more nomination than the Godfather Trilogy and 9 more than Star Wars franchise.

    The only best picture nominee I've yet to see is Master and Commander, but I doubt I'll ever get around to seeing it. Besides, it's a two man race anyway between RotK and Mystic River. Although after the Globes, the MR people can't really be expecting a victory over RotK. *hopes for RotK oscar sweep*
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    Best Supporting Actress
    Not sure.

    Best Supporting Actor

    <B>Want</b>:Tim Robbins - Mystic River


    Best Director

    <B>Want</b>:Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (he deserves it big time)

    Best Actress

    <B>Want</b>:Charlize Theron - Monster (saw it, she did great. Movie sucked, but she did great)


    Best Actor

    <B>Want</b>:Bill Murray - Lost in Translation: Go, Bill, Go!


    Best Picture
    <B>Want</b>:The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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    This is easily one of the best Ocar lists in a long time, with talent ahead of star power, yet amid all this, I still predict ROTK to finally take home the prize because of the sheer amount of time, energy, and resources put into the film, and then, it's unsurp ed success.

    Peter Jackson deserves a lifetime achievement award, not just the Best Director. He spent the better part of 6 years making, editting, and shooting these films. Anything less than a sweep for ROTK would be a severe kick in the teeth.

    I think Sean Penn lost his chance at an Oscar by not attending the GG, and plus, with Billy Murray's great acceptance speech, he finally made some people smile who had long grimaced when he was around. Though, I would be giddy of J. Depp won, this year seems to be Murray's.

    As for the other catagories....

    Give it to the Monster, Charlize for best Actress,
    Tim, the Protester, for Supporting Actor,
    And Holly Hunter for Supporting Actress, Thirteen was actually a great movie, though it hardly got any publicity.

    I predict ROTK's takes home 8 awards including Best Picture to lead this year.

    My only regret was that Sean Astin or Andy Serkis didn't get nominated because their work was really what lifted this film above the first two... but, I understand that it was the whole ensemble that really pushed these films, so it's okay. Honestly, when will the Academy add a Best Ensemble Acting category?

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    well, this is what i'm goin' for:

    Best Supporting Actress
    Holly Hunter - Thirteen

    Best Supporting Actor
    Alec Baldwin - The Cooler

    Best Director
    Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    Best Actress
    Diane Keaton - Something's Gotta Give

    Best Actor
    Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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

    of the other movies up for those awards, the only one i have seen is Master & Commander. all other movies, i haven't seen.

    i absolutely loved Alec Baldwin in The Cooler. this is a GREAT movie, and Alec's character is wonderfully playd out. he's conflicted, ambiguously aligned, powerful, and desperate, and you can see things from both sides... for and against his character's quirks.
    Thirteen is a great teen drama to which a lot of people will be able to relate, whether they're seeing things from the teens' perspectives OR the parents' perspectives

    as for Johnny Depp, i am VERY happy about this. it's about time he got a nod somewhere, and in this movie he STOLE the show. best actor awards are not to be exclusively reserved for seriously dramatic acting jobs - Cptn Jack Sparrow is an enigmatic character and no one could have done this role better.

    i'm not a fan of romantic comedies, but i took my mom to see Something's Gotta Give for her bday and i must say, this was an excellent movie, and Diane Keaton's character was definitely a choice role.

    as for LOTR, well, let's just say that i am enough of a fan of this movie that i have seen it SIX friggin' times. a 200-minute long movie, six times! it's a cinematic art masterpiece. wow.
    -little purple-haired geek

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