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Saturday, March 04, 2006


Oscarcasting: Picking Winners

Dig if you will a picture: on Sunday night, I'll be sitting watching the red carpet arrivals between the Twin Gods Of Cinema, Nathaniel and Nick, at the former's swanky Oscar bash, high atop Manhattan in his gorgeous 17th floor apartment. Could you die? Assorted friends and boyfriends and girlfriends will be scattered about, drinking up the spiked punch, eating the Wolfgang Puck-ish delectables, and waiting with baited breath to see if heterosexuals did the right thing and voted for the cowboy movie.

I'm guessing they will; in fact, I don't anticipate too many surprises to take place on the Kodak Theatre stage. (It's a pretty dull year, truth be told.) So to make it a little more interesting for you (and me), I'm giving you a sneak peek at my Oscar ballot...AND reminiscing about favorite film moments of 2005 that could have made Sunday night's affair a bit more provocative.

BEST FILM: Brokeback Mountain
Come on, did you think I was going to pick anything else? What blog have you been reading, kids? I liked all of the nominees (four of them made my Top Ten), but there's no question about which one has the all-around package. ModFab's Fantasy Nominee: Oldboy

BEST ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Despite the buzz for Heath and the ardent fans of Terrence, it's again not even close. Hoffman's power and dexterity dwarfed the competition, transcending imitation and attaining a pure sense of character unmatched in 2005. ModFab's Fantasy Nominee: Romain Duris, The Beat That My Heart Skipped

BEST ACTRESS: Reese Witherspoon, Walk The Line
Felicity's overly fussy performance is the only real competition Reese has, and she's (gasp) a TV actress. I loved Kiera, but even I know that Miss Witherspoon is nigh unstoppable. ModFab's Fantasy Nominee: Patricia Clarkson, The Dying Gaul

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: George Clooney, Syriana
Finally, an actual race! Paul Giamatti's is poised to steal, and one can't discount Gyllenhaal. But since they'll be skipping Clooney in his other two races (as director and screenwriter of Good Night, and Good Luck), it'll be time to pay the man here. ModFab's Fantasy Nominee: Jesse Eisenberg, The Squid and the Whale

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
The only way Weisz loses this is if Brokeback sweeps Michelle Williams into an upset, or a bunch of voters managed to rent Junebug this week to see Amy Adams. ModFab's Fantasy Nominee: Maria Bello, A History of Violence

BEST DIRECTOR: Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
The most solid lock of the evening. Don't doubt it. ModFab's Fantasy Nominee: Gregg Araki, Mysterious Skin

Don't think that liberal-guilty Hollywood isn't going to play the race card at least once on Oscar night. Crash needs to get a moment in the sun, and this will be it. ModFab's Fantasy Nominee: Hany Abu-Assad, Bero Beyer and Pierre Hodgson, Paradise Now

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain
There are perhaps more deserving writers in the category (Kushner and Roth, Futterman), but the cultural impact of gay cowboys can't be underestimated...and these two are the ones who championed the script when no one wanted to make it. ModFab's Fantasy Nominee: Deborah Moggach, Pride and Prejudice

And the rest:

Best Animated Feature: Wallace and Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Best Animated Short: 9
Best Art Direction: Good Night, and Good Luck
Best Cinematography: Brokeback Mountain
Best Costumes: Memoirs of a Geisha
Best Documentary Feature: March of the Penguins
Best Documentary Short: A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin
Best Editing: Crash
Best Foreign Language Film: Tsotsi
Best Live Action Short: Six Shooter
Best Makeup: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Best Music (Score): Gustavo Santaolalla, Brokeback Mountain
Best Music (Song): Dolly Parton, "Travelin' Thru", Transamerica
Best Sound Editing: King Kong
Best Sound Mixing: Walk The Line
Best Visual Effects: King Kong


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