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Saturday, January 4th, 2003 04:59 pm
Yes, I'm hosting an Oscar party again this year. Why geek out on these irrelevant things? Because it's a rare opportunity for a non-sports-fan to get all caught up in points, handicapping, and extremely unscientific predictions, that's why. (Rule of thumb: I am able to bring myself to care in any year when I've actually seen two or more of the Best Picture nominees).

Anyway, here's some guesses of mine. The Best Picture nominees will be:
* The Hours

* Gangs of New York

* The Two Towers

* Chicago

* and either About Schmidt, Catch Me if You Can, or Far From Heaven.


My hunch: Chicago will win Best Picture. Last year, the response to Moulin Rouge means that voters are very open to musicals now, and Chicago seems to have more of the stuff that the voters seem to love (i.e., gangsters, Renee Zellweger). However, Martin Scorsese will win Best Director, on the Because It's Time He Got One principle. The only other major award Gangs has a shot at is either Best Actor or Best Supporting Actor, whichever Daniel Day-Lewis winds up getting nominated for (He's a complete lock if it's Supporting Actor; if it's Best Actor, he's up against Jack Nicholson and that could get ugly.)

Selma Hayek will be nominated for Best Actress, which is the only major nod that Frida will get. Meryl Streep will probably win that, because she's Meryl Streep and that's what she does (Unless voters specifically decide to vote against that cliche, in which case the aforementioned Divine Renee has a good shot).

If The Two Towers wins anything besides technicals/sound/visuals, I'll be shocked. Won't happen. I do think there's a very good chance for an impressive sweep, up to and including Best Picture, for The Return of the King next year, however. (Assuming, of course, that it won't be awful, which I'm going to go ahead and assume.)

What do y'all think?

Next up: Vulgarweed's Casting Couch takes on The Role of Albus Dumbledore.
Saturday, January 4th, 2003 06:27 pm (UTC)
One of my dearest friends used to have an annual Oscar Party. And no Oscar party was complete without The Speech Game.
During the commercials some lucky participant (victim?) would draw an award from the envelope. Then he/she/it had to give an improptu speech thanking as many of his/her/its fellow guests as possible for helping them win. Winner was voted on and took home a cheesy trophy. Thanks for the smile.
Sunday, January 5th, 2003 04:11 pm (UTC)
*pouts at the inability of Hollywood to give the award to fantasy movies*
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