When the National Gallery of Art hosted an exhibition of paintings from the Rijksmuseum Vincent Van Gogh in 1998, this painting was featured on one of the exhibition posters. He painted it for his brother on the occasion of the birth of his son, Vincent Willem.
Consider the following Oscar nominees:
- Paul Newman, The Color of Money
- Dustin Hoffman, Rain Man
- Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men
- Holly Hunter, The Firm
- Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jerry Maguire
- Ken Watanabe, The Last Samurai
- Jamie Foxx, Collateral
I'm not saying that Paul Newman owes his Oscar to Tom Cruise, but it does appear that if you act in a movie with Tom Cruise, you have a reasonably good chance of getting an Academy Award nomination. Something to think about during the montages tonight.
I wonder why they played the theme to Star Trek: The Motion Picture going into the first commercial break? Yes, it was an Oscar-nominated score, but it still seems like an odd choice.
If Drew Barrymore is going to move her head around that much, she shouldn't have worn dangly earrings.
I disapprove of the posture of some of those choristers. How do they expect to get good tone when they're sitting slumped over like that?
JHeaton: "Man, this must really be a loser award if they're presenting it from the balcony." Scarlett Johannsen: "I had the honor of presenting the Scientific and Technical Awards." And let me take this opportunity to renew my objection to the Academy's practice of presenting the scientific and technical Oscars at a separate ceremony. If they want to give out the plaques and certificates elsewhere, that's fine, but if the award is an Oscar statuette, it should be presented at the main ceremony.
They sure didn't show much of Sophie Okonedo's performance in her clip.
Adam Duritz didn't sound quite right. John thinks he had a cold.
Hey, where's Catherine Zeta-Jones? I guess if I had to appear with Adam Sandler, I'd skip the ceremony too.
I generally prefer the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, but I have to say that Melissa Gilbert is way hotter than Frank Pierson.
Vin Diesel looks strange with hair.
By the way, I'm doing incredibly poorly on my predictions tonight. I got the Animated Short winner right, though, so at least I got that going for me.
What's with all the wierd off-screen noises tonight?
Very few of the Documentary Short Subject nominees applauded for the other nominees. Strange.
"Thanks. Gracias. Ciao!" Wow, the Best Song winner is trilingual!
I just realized that they haven't shown any clips from the Best Picture nominees. Interesting.
Jamie Foxx does a pretty good Sidney Poitier impersonation. Something to keep in mind for when they make Sidney.
I redeemed myself a bit at the end, but I still did rather poorly on my predictions: 11 categories correct out of 24. Those I guessed correctly: Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Animated Feature, Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Foreign Language Film, Picture, Animated Short Film, and Adapted Screenplay.
For the record, I think the best film won this year. That's kind of a switch.