||[Feb. 22nd, 2005|10:24 pm]
Oscar night is only a few nights away and I've pretty much seen all of the movies I can....Therefore....|
If I could choose the winners on Oscar night 2005.....
"Million Dollar Baby"
Clint Eastwood has crafted a wonderful and intimate movie about the relationship between a female boxer and her trainer with one man narrating from the sidelines. The film is captivating and emotional. The last 20 minutes will stay with you all day. Out of the nominees, it is truly the most emotionally touching and powerful film.
Films overlooked for Best Picture:
Closer: A fascinating look at relationships and the falsity of love.
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind: A truly original and romantic love story.
Hotel Rwanda: A powerful and emotionally gripping tale of a modern day holocaust in Africa.
The Phantom Of The Opera: A wonderful, touching and grand musical that got a rough break.
Martin Scorsese: "The Aviator"
Although he should have won for "Goodfellas" or "Taxi Driver", "The Aviator" is one of Martin's most ambitious projects yet and he pulls it off with great style and flair. It is a vastly epic movie with a large scope, and it takes a strong director to make it work. I loved the choices he made with "The Aviator" and it truly is his time to win an Oscar.
Clint Eastwood: "Million Dollar Baby"
Clint Eastwood forms a hardened character who manages to truly fall in love with his trainee and take her under the wing. The relationship they form is real and palpable. The love he feels for Maggie comes off so well on the screen. Throughout the movie, Eastwood's character undergoes a transformation completely and his final choice at the end of the film is tragic and redeeming.
Kate Winslet: "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind"
Kate Winslet performs the best role she's had yet. In portraying the wacky and vulnerable Clementine, Winslet not only pulls off the character's mood swings and crazy behavior with ease, but becomes someone else. Everyone knows a person like Clementine. She is the heart and soul of "Eternal Sunshine." Her performance is truly not acting. It is one of the hardest things an actor can do: it is another person on screen. A crazy yet loveable person who's portrayer finally deserves an Oscar (This is her 4th nomination.)
Actresses overlooked for a nomination:
Emmy Rossum: "The Phantom Of The Opera". She embodies a young, confused, teenager with nothing but the expressions on her face. A wonderful job.
Uma Thurman: "Kill Bill, Vol. 2". Uma was given one of her best roles yet and deserved some attention for Kill Bill.
Julia Roberts: "Closer". One of her best performances. She WAS that insecure woman and at times I forgot it was "JULIA."
Best Supporting Actor-
Thomas Haden Church: "Sideways"
Church paints a portrait of a sad, lonely, unable to grow up man who just wants to satisfy his "plight" a week before his wedding. Everyone knows a man who just cannot let his youth go and Church pulls it off well. I got everything about this man's past through his actions in one week. As much as I hated the movie, Church was the brigtest spot of it and he pulls off a great, comedic performance which the catagory is made for.
Actors overlooked for a nomination:
David Carradine: "Kill Bill". A sinister evil man which you cannot help but love. Embodied perfectly through Carradine's performance.
Mark Wahlberg: "I Heart Huckabees." A truly funny performance.
Best Supporting Actress
Sophie Okonedo- "Hotel Rwanda"
A gripping performance of a woman forced into horrific situations. She portrays all of the emotions that one would go through realistically and powerfully. I never felt that she was acting. The scenes of horror are all reflected through her emotional reactions of terror. She pulls off a very natural and brilliant performance.
Actresses overlooked for a nomination:
Sharon Warren: "Ray." Great acting in a small part. The scene where Ray falls to the ground as a child is amazing.
Meryl Streep: "The Manchurian Candidate." Ever the acting goddess, Streep pulled a truly evil woman out of her bag of tricks and made for a scene-stealing performance.
Minnie Driver: "The Phantom Of The Opera." Although she did not perform her own singing, Driver portrayed her opera diva character hilariously. Stole her scenes.
This year, most of my decisions were based on my personal reactions to the performances. Unfortunately, my heart chose a few that have no chance of winning.
We shall see...