Oscar Oddities : John Cazale

“You broke my heart, Fredo.”

The late character actor John Cazale appeared in only five features , but they were all nominated for Best Picture: The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather Part 2 (1974), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), and The Deer Hunter (1978). Both Godfathers won, as did ‘The Deer Hunter; only Dog Day Afternoon and The Conversation failed to win Best Picture, but The Conversation was up against Part 2 so the loss can hardly be counted against him.

[Not that the Oscars mean anything]



Oscar Predictions : (not that the Oscars mean anything)

The Nominees of Importance  :

Best Adapted Screenplay (in order of adaptedest) :
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner : Up in the Air
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche : In the Loop
Nick Hornby : An Education
Neill Blornkamp and Terri Tatchell : District 9
Geoffrey Fletcher : Precious

Best Original Screenplay (in order of originalest) :
Joel and Ethan Coen : A Serious Man
Mark Boal : The Hurt Locker
Peter Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy : Up
Allessandro Camon and Oren Moverman : The Messenger
Quentin Tarantino : Inglorious Basterds

Best Animated Feature Film (in order of creativity) :
The Secret of Kells
Fantastic Mr. Fox
The Princess and the Frog

Best Supporting Actress (in order of most likable actress) :
Mo’nique : Precious
Vera Farmiga : Up in the Air
Penelope Cruz : Nine
Anna Kendrick : Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal : Crazy Heart

Best Supporting Actor (in order of most likable actor) :
Woody Harrelson : The Messenger
Stanley Tucci : The Lovely Bones
Christopher Plummer : The Last Station
Christoph Waltz : Inglorious Basterds
Matt Damon : Invictus

Best Actress (in order of acting difficulty) :
Meryl Streep : Julie & Julia
Carey Mulligan : An Education
Sandra Bullock : The Blind Side
Helen Mirren : The Last Station
Gabourey Sidibe : Precious

Best Actor (in order of acting difficulty) :
Jeff Bridges : Crazy Heart
George Clooney : Up in the Air
Jeremy Renner : The Hurt Locker
Colin Firth : A Single Man
Morgan Freeman : Invictus

Best Director (in order of most deserving to least) :
Kathryn Bigelow : The Hurt Locker
Quentin Tarantino : Inglorious Basterds
Jason Reitman : Up in the Air
James Cameron : Avatar
Lee Daniels : Precious

Best Picture (in order of least likely to win) :
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
Up in the Air
A Serious Man
Inglorious Basterds
The Hurt Locker

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Oscars : Worst Picture from 2000-2007

From the nominees, the worst picture:

Nominations: Chocolat, Crouching Tiger, Erin Brockovich, Hidden Dragon, Gladiator*, Traffic
Worst: Chocolat

Nominations: A Beautiful Mind*, In the Bedroom, Gosford Park, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, Moulin Rouge!
Worst: TLotR:TFotR

Nominations: Chicago*, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist
Worst: TLotR:TTT

Nominations: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King*, Lost in Translation, Master and Commander, Mystic River, Seabiscuit
Worst: TLotR:TRotK

Nominations: The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby*, Ray, Sideways
Worst: Ray

Nominations: Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash*, Good Night and Good Luck, Munich
Worst: Crash

Nominations: Babel, The Departed*, Letters to Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, The Queen
Worst: Babel

Nominations: Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men*, There Will Be Blood,
Worst: Atonement

Winners with *

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Silly Vatican, the World is Blessedly not so Simplistic

VATICAN CITY (AFP) — The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano lamented Monday the fact that Hollywood chose to honour films that were “without hope” and violent at Sunday’s Oscars ceremony.

“Hollywood was moved this year by films that were sober, full of violence and above all without hope,” said the paper, referring to “No Country for Old Men” by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen and “There Will be Blood” by Paul Thomas.

“No Country for Old Men” won the best picture Oscar at the 80th Academy Awards late Sunday while Daniel Day-Lewis won best actor for his role in “There Will be Blood.”

“A sign of the times? Probably,” wrote journalist Gaetano Vallini in the newspaper, who praised “Juno” by Jason Reitman about “a story of a teenager who decides to follow through with an undesired pregnancy.”

Oscar Odd Facts

  • The Wizard of Oz was the first children’s film nominated for best picture
  • Gone with the Wind is the longest film nominated for best picture (3hrs 54 mins)
  • Midnight Cowboy was the first X-rated film to win best picture
  • Clockwork Orange was the last X-rated film to be nominated for best picture
  • Godfather II was the first sequel to win best picture
  • Ben-Hur, Titanic, and LotR:tFotR hold the record for Oscars at 11

Oscar for Best Picture: 1990 to 2006

1990: Dances with Wolves : unseen

1991: The Silence of the Lambs : unseen

1992: Unforgiven

1993: Schindler’s List : unseen

1994: Forest Gump : unseen

1995: Braveheart

1996: The English Patient : unseen

1997: Titanic

1998: Shakespeare in Love

1999: American Beauty

2000: Gladiator

2001: A Beautiful Mind

2002: Chicago

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

2004: Million Dollar Baby

2005: Crash

2006: The Departed

80th Oscar Nominees; or There Will Be Expletives

I have very little use for the Oscars, but one of my fondest memories is when Magnolia was up for Best Original Screenplay, but lost to the tepid swill known as American Beauty. P. T. Anderson did not smile weakly, he did not clap politely. He said the eff-word and enunciated it nicely for the camera.

Best Picture
“Michael Clayton”
“No Country for Old Men”
“There Will Be Blood”

I’ve only seen No Country and There Will Be Blood. Juno looks fun, but at its heart I can’t help think that this is a heartless movie. Also, it cannot possibly be as good as Junebug. Michael Clayton is what? Fracture? Relentlessly plotty movies only go so far in my book. Atonement is a wild card, drawing on that wartime nostalgia and weird patriotism. Why is patriotism always wound up with our wars? There Will Be Blood should win this 97 times out of 100 with No Country for Old Men winning it the last three times, but I’m afraid the Little Miss Sunshine/Knocked Up combo will win it. Continue reading “80th Oscar Nominees; or There Will Be Expletives”