John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Oscar fan

Oy, what a day this has been. This is the first chance I've had all day to sit down in front of the computer. So I won't be doing a full Academy Awards predictions entry this year. I actually haven't started watching yet -- we're letting it record onto the TiVo so we can fast forward through the commercials -- but since I'm writting this after the ceremony has officially started, I feel that it would be impossible to prove that I hadn't checked the results before posting.

I will say that I expect The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King to win many awards, and I even think it will deserve many of them. I wouldn't have voted fot it for Best Picture (I would have voted for Mystic River) though I won't be upset if it wins. For one thing, getting upset over something that is, in the long run, so completely trivial, is a foolish exercise. Also, getting upset that the best film didn't win Best Picture is a bit like getting upset that the sun rose in the east. And even though I liked one of the nominees better, I liked LOTR more more than the other three, so it's not like, say, Ghost winning Best Original Screenplay or something absurd like that.

Just for kicks, here's who I would have voted for in the so-call major categories:

1. PICTURE: Mystic River
2. ACTOR: Johnny Depp
3. ACTRESS: Charlize Theron
5. SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Abstain (I didn't see any of the nominated performances)
6. DIRECTOR: Peter Jackson
7. ANIMATED FEATURE: The Triplets of Belleville

I expect my choices will prevail in nos. 3, 4, 6, and 9.

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