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Oscar Report

Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 10:52am

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The results are in, and Return of the King has triumped in each of its categories. In what is being widely hailed as the most entertaining Oscars ceremony for years - after the toned-down affairs of the last couple - the Academy saw fit to finally acknowledge the existence of the fantasy genre, a move far more unexpected than you might imagine, given the traditionalist nature of the voters.

The other winners offered up few surprises however, with most of those tipped to win walking off with the statuettes. Below is the full list of winners, coupled with what the FXhome polls had predicted. Time to see how accurate we all were...

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

Directing
Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
FXhome prediction: Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)

Actor in a leading role
Sean Penn (Mystic River)
FXhome prediction: Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)

Actress in a leading role
Charlize Theron (Monster)
FXhome prediction: Charlize Theron (Monster)

Actress in a supporting role
Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain)
FXhome prediction: Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain)

Actor in a supporting role
Tim Robbins (Mystic River)
FXhome prediction: Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai)

Writing (adapted screenplay)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
FXhome prediction: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Writing (original screenplay)
Lost in Translation
FXhome prediction: Lost in Translation

Animated feature film
Finding Nemo
FXhome prediction: Finding Nemo

Cinematography
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
FXhome prediction: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Visual effects
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
FXhome prediction: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Film editing
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
FXhome prediction: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Art direction
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
FXhome prediction: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Costume design
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
FXhome prediction: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Makeup
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
FXhome prediction: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Music (score)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
FXhome prediction: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Best foreign language film
Les Invasions Barbares

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

Best sound editing
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Best animated short
Harvie Krumpet

Best live action short
Two Soldiers

Best documentary short
Chernobyl Heart

Best documentary feature
The Fog of War

Best song
"Into the West" (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 11:42am

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Pretty accurate then.

I stayed up the entire night to watch that with friends. Charlize was embarassing, & so were all the songs except Alison Krauss & Belleville Rendez-vous. Into the West? Worst song ever, in my opinion. Ok, a Brit won, but that doesn't matter to me.

I was expecting some political speeches, especially from Sean Penn & Tim Robbins, but the only political one was the 'rabbit hole' one. Wow. Profound.

On the night, I think I got every prediction right but one, which was the short animated one. They didn't go for the glitzy Disney-meets-Pixar "Nibbles", or whatever it was called, but instead went for a surreal Wallace & Gromit-meets-Magic Roundabout animation. You've got to hand it to Oscar - at least every award wasn't predictable...
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 12:04pm

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*Andrew yawns*

How predictable. Cept' for maybe like 2 tard

Andrew biggrin
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 12:23pm

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It does seem that they kind of shocked themselves so much by giving the big awards to a fantasy movie, that every other award then had to be really obvious. smile

I still think it's pretty ridiculous that Kill Bill Vol.1 didn't get nommed for sound. The Academy seems to do something silly in at least one category every year, I guess that was this year's oversight.

Shame City of God didn't get more...both City of God and Lost in Translation would have done much better in any other year, but RotK kinda stomped on everything. Still, that doesn't bother me too much, because I really like RotK. smile
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 12:58pm

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I was genuinely surprised that Return of the King won all the awards it was nommed for and managed to beat out Lost in Translation (which I thought was a more likely bet to win the top two awards). Kudos to Peter Jackson and Sofia Coppola (who will no doubt make a return to the awards with something great in a year or two, and I'll be looking forward to it).

As usual, the best part of the evening was Joan Rivers on the Red Carpet on E!, making wide cracks about everyone there and interrogating the nominees with the skills of someone who's worked in torture.

My biggest disappointment for the evening were the wins for Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, who really did nothing to impress me in Mystic River.

It was a shame Kill Bill Vol.1 wasn't nominated and frankly it's not very likely Vol.2 will make a dent at next year's awards ceremonies. Still, as long as the film's good, that's what really counts.

Hopefully next year's awards will be more varied, as currently there seem to be no powerhouse surefire nominees along the lines of Return of the King (of course no doubt nearer the time, more top line films will have been scheduled).

All in all a predictable year, but honestly quite a good one for the Oscars.

PJ
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 1:14pm

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I was pretty happy with the results EXCEPT Best Actor. I know in my choices on the other thread i put i secretly wanted Depp to get best actor but i found myself wanting Bill Murray to get it and i was actually disapointed and by the looks of things so was Murray.

Billy Crystal is back ladies and gents. I realised how better the night goes along with him there.
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 1:26pm

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Everything was like I expected... Depp should have won thought!
I think this show was so much better then last year, and Billy Crystal was doing a great job!

So, who did you think had the best speeches? My vote goes for Blake Edwards who won the Honor Oscar thing! smile
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 1:35pm

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man it was excactly what i was going to guess. thats cool.
here is what that night was like.
1:LOTR (thank you newziland)
2:LOTR (thank you newziland)
3:LOTR (thank you newziland)
4:LOTR (thank you newziland)
5:LOTR (thank you newziland)
6:LOTR (thank you newziland)
7:LOTR (uh thier is nobody else to thank from newziland, oh well, thank you newziland) eek that is how it was the hole night. lol
the best part of that night was the begging video where they digitally added the host to all those movies. that was cool
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thank you and good night.
peace out
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 2:05pm

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And here was me thinking they were thanking New Zealand (which is two words, not one), not some other place.

Anyway, it's hardly unexpected considering how significant the country's role was in making the trilogy. Can't really say that about many other countries in the world.

PJ
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 6:37pm

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lord of the rings won, and it deerved to win!!
no more comments,
heh, and what was uma thurman wearing?
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 6:41pm

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I had the results picked when they were nominated. No surprises. That's what the academy is all about. I think they're payed to vote for certain things. Like... SEAN PENN....
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 8:47pm

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sad night for filmmaking, last night was unsure
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 9:17pm

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Is there a limit to the number of times you can be nominated? All three of the top nominated moives (LOTR, Titanic, and something else) won 11 awards out of 11 nominations. Why couldn't LOTR be nominated for Cinematography otherwise? And yes, Depp should of won it.
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 9:37pm

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I was shocked that Johnny Depp didnt win best actor sad . He looked really frustrated when he didnt get called up.
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 9:53pm

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As i'm aware, there's no limit to the number of nominations for a film. Return of the King managed 11 out of 11, Ben-Hur managed 11 out of 12 (losing Best Adapted Screenplay) and Titanic managed 11 out of 14 (losing best supporting and leading actress and best makeup).

Also, personally wasn't too bothered about Johnny Depp not winning, though it's a shame Sean Penn won for Mystic River over him. Had Johnny Depp been in the supporting category (where I think he should have been) I think he'd have stood a far better chance.

PJ
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 10:24pm

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I just sat there watching and counting off LOTR wins... 1 of 1... 2 of 2... 3 of 3... 4 of 4... 5 of 5... etc... I was really surprised that Into the West won. I thought that that was a bad song and they would get 10 of 11 in the end because of it. Weird... confused
Posted: Mon, 1st Mar 2004, 10:26pm

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Bill Murray should have won best actor. Hands down.
Posted: Tue, 2nd Mar 2004, 2:42am

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I agree with Aculag...Depp was good in Pirates but I thought he was far better in Mexico. His character was more in depth, but not better than Bill Murray in Lost in Translation. Bill Murray played the most perfect part in one of the most perfect movies of all time, it was as close as they come. Sean Penn got the expected politically correct Oscar for his character...BS!

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Posted: Tue, 2nd Mar 2004, 2:48am

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I didn't even see Mystic River. But from seeing the stuff they showed of his part, it seems like all you have to do to win an oscar is scream a lot, act retarded, make yourself ugly, get naked, or cry. And BOOM! Oscar.

Charlize Theron is a good example. I didn't see Monster. But when I saw pictures of her in makeup I said, "She'll win best actress".
Posted: Tue, 2nd Mar 2004, 5:31pm

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I found the show very entertaining and I'm happy about pretty much all the oscars given cause I found none of them totally off, wich is a first this year. smile

Even though I kinda wished other people would win (for example Johnny Depp, cause he simply rules as an actor, or Danny Elfman, cause he simply rules as a composer), I'm totally happy with how it came out.




Funniest thing for me was the lady winning best foreign film (I think it was) saying:

"Gee, I'm glad Lord of the rings didn't qualify for this cathegory"... heh biggrin
Posted: Wed, 3rd Mar 2004, 1:06am

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bill murray is self absorbed... but anyway the lord of the rings cast should have been nominated. Like sean astin or elijah they spent YEARS making those movies and giving 110%... Bill murray spent 27 days on LIT. i also hated how all the LOTR people were off in the back corner. they were the stars of the show for god's sake!!! Nicole kidman wasn't nominated but she was in the front row!!! its like they hate the LOTR people because they won everything... They deserve 11 oscars!!!
Posted: Wed, 3rd Mar 2004, 1:07am

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oops that was me above
Posted: Wed, 3rd Mar 2004, 1:10am

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Nicole Kidman was in the front row because she's f'ing Nicole Kidman. All the LOTR people were in the back because they're poorly groomed kiwis. (Obviously, this is not the reason. The real reason is unknown and matters not)

It doesn't matter how hard they worked for the role, it matters how well they did compared to others.

Why are you going on about Bill Murray? If you're so concerned, you should be tirading against Sean Penn...
Posted: Wed, 3rd Mar 2004, 3:15am

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but Sollthar....

Johnny Depp may be a great actor (and he definitely is), but this was not the time for him to get that award. One day he will be in a role perfectly deserving of an oscar, and he will do it perfectly, because that's what he does. Let that be his first Best Actor award. Though I loved him as Capt. Jack Sparrow (and try to emulate that role as much as possible), it wasn't the type of thing the Academy would give an oscar for.

I also thought that Into the West winning was bull crap. If anything deserved to win, it was Triplets of Bellville. But, the Academy wasn't about to give them 10/11 on the last movie, they were going for giving them all 11.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Mar 2004, 10:34pm

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I thought it was really funny when Blake Edwards took off like a rocket on his wheelchair, grabbed the Oscar from Jim Carrey, and crashed through the wall. He's pretty old, but it was cool to see him do that. He made tons of slapstick Pink Panther movies, and now he did some slapstick at the Oscars. Plus I agree with someone else who posted that they liked his speech a lot.

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Posted: Wed, 3rd Mar 2004, 10:37pm

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Blake Edward's speech was brilliant. I have always loved him and his work. However, Jim Carrey was a buffoon and WAY too... Jim Carrey...
Posted: Wed, 3rd Mar 2004, 10:38pm

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Now that Triplets of Belleville thing, THAT was a piece of music I really didn't like... Tastes are different obviously.
Posted: Wed, 3rd Mar 2004, 10:49pm

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Depp just has to be even more Jack Sparrow like for Pirates of the Caribean 2.
Posted: Fri, 5th Mar 2004, 1:49pm

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I thought Depp should have won for two reasons:

1. I just though he did the best acting.
2. If he had won, it would have been unorthodox, and one of the things I hate about the oscars is how they will give out best actor to anyone who yells allot in their movie. I mean when you saw the best actress montage, it was like

First up is Naomi Watts, where she plays a dirty looking woman who screams allot. Second we have Charlize Theron, who looked really dirty in her movie and screamed allot. Third we have Samantha Morton who plays a poor mother who is dirty and screams allot.

It seems that this happens to best actor too. I'm going to school...ugh

EDIT: now that I'm back I want to talk about Danny Elfman. I think he is by far one of the best composers in the movie buisness (and member of the greatest band ever OINGO BOINGO!), but I wasn't impressed with what he did this year in Big Fish. It was definetly not up to par with Edward Scissorhands, or Nightmare Before Christmas, or even Planet of the Apes (really didn't like the movie, but loved the music)
Posted: Sun, 11th Apr 2004, 1:50am

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Actually, my biggest surprise was the foreign film award, because for the last 15 years, it seems like the oscars have snobbed Quebec movies. BUT WE WON !!!

Also, I'm also quite disappointed by Finding Nemo winning Best Animated Feature. I saw the movie, and it wasn,t that great. The Triplets of Belleville was a much better movie. And so was the song (since Into the West sucked).

And I think LOTR winning 11 times is just a pity win. They just felt ashamed that the first 2 didn't win enough. But i guess they could've awarded them with an honorary award or something like that.

But the best part of the night was the Michael Moore appearance in the intro movie! Shame on you elves for this war!