OK, all two of you, it's time for NB's Oscar nomination picks! Tomorrow the nominations for the year's "best" in film are announced, and it's always semi-fun to try to guess what's going to triumph. OK, it's not fun at all, but, seriously, since we've already covered Carson dying, there's not much else out there. There's a new Bjork video featuring a cat, but the link doesn't work presently. Consider yourselves so lucky.
Anyway, since you haven't asked, here are the predictions:
Million Dollar Baby
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Duh to the first three. The Academy always likes to pick one movie from early in the season, so ESotSM gets the vote, even though it's a loathesome movie. And Ray has blacks. You're saying, so does Hotel Rwanda. True. But Ray Charles died this year, and the Rwanda massacres happened under Clinton. As for Finding Neverland, this year the blacks trump the kids. Proudly, I've only seen two of these films and disliked one.
Again, the first three are a lock. Hackford's directed a few other movies, so they'll throw him a bone for Ray. The Academy always likes to nominate one director whose movie is not up for Best Picture, so they'll give it to the Finding Neverland guy. Michel Gondry doesn't have a chance.
The girl from Maria Full of Grace
The first three are locks. Kate Winslet dyed her hair and looked frumpy, so she "worked." And the girl from Maria Full of Grace is the Academy's chance to recognize work in smaller movies, even if those movies are not worth recognizing.
Obviously Jamie Foxx will win for impersonation, though Paul Giamatti deserves it for acting.
Best Supporting Actress
They loves the Streep.
Best Supporting Actor
Jamie Foxx (Collateral)
James Garner (The Notebook—it came out last summer. You didn't see it.)
Blacks, oldies, black oldies, TV actors and a devastatingly beautiful man. A cornucopia of talent.
There they are. Feel free to add your own predictions and laugh at mine. And, remember, it's not what's best, it's what's shiniest.