My Prognostication Grade

Well, as you all may know, I made some predictions about a month ago about the Oscars and who I thought would win. Here is a recap to see just how well I did 🙂

(my predictions are in italics while the winners are in bold, so one I got right would be bold and italic)

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Johnny Depp – PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL

Ben Kingsley – HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG

Jude Law – COLD MOUNTAIN

Bill Murray – LOST IN TRANSLATION

Sean Penn – MYSTIC RIVER

Check.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Alec Baldwin – THE COOLER

Benicio Del Toro – 21 GRAMS

Djimon Hounsou – IN AMERICA

Tim Robbins – MYSTIC RIVER

Ken Watanabe – THE LAST SAMURAI

Miss.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Keisha Castle-Hughes -WHALE RIDER

Diane Keaton – SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE

Samantha Morton – IN AMERICA

Charlize Theron – MONSTER

Naomi Watts – 21 GRAMS

Miss.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Shohreh Aghdashloo – HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG

Patricia Clarkson – PIECES OF APRIL

Marcia Gay Harden – MYSTIC RIVER

Holly Hunter – THIRTEEN

Ren?e Zellweger – COLD MOUNTAIN

I knew it.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

BROTHER BEAR

FINDING NEMO

THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE

Duh.

ART DIRECTION

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

THE LAST SAMURAI

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

SEABISCUIT

Check.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

CITY OF GOD

COLD MOUNTAIN

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

SEABISCUIT

Darn.

COSTUME DESIGN

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

THE LAST SAMURAI

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

SEABISCUIT

Check.

DIRECTING

CITY OF GOD

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

LOST IN TRANSLATION

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

MYSTIC RIVER

Woot.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

BALSEROS

CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS

THE FOG OF WAR

MY ARCHITECT

THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND

Stupid political undertow…

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

ASYLUM

CHERNOBYL HEART

FERRY TALES

Lucky guess.

FILM EDITING

CITY OF GOD

COLD MOUNTAIN

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

SEABISCUIT

Yup.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS

EVIL

THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI

TWIN SISTERS

?ELARY

Increasingly I want to see this movie.

MAKEUP

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL

Gotta love them orcs!

MUSIC (SCORE)

BIG FISH

COLD MOUNTAIN

FINDING NEMO

HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

Truthfully I was surprised at this one.

MUSIC (SONG)

“Into the West” – THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

“A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” – A MIGHTY WIND

“Scarlet Tide” – COLD MOUNTAIN

“The Triplets of Belleville” – THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE

“You Will Be My Ain True Love” – COLD MOUNTAIN

“A Kiss At the End of the Rainbow” was amazing… still: I predicted the winner!

BEST PICTURE

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

LOST IN TRANSLATION

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

MYSTIC RIVER

SEABISCUIT

If anybody picked another film other than this one… duh.

SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

BOUNDIN’

DESTINO

GONE NUTTY

HARVIE KRUMPET

NIBBLES

(Sheep just aren’t that cool) Miss.

SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

DIE ROTE JACKE (The Red Jacket)

MOST (The Bridge)

SQUASH

(A) TORZIJA ([A] Torsion)

TWO SOLDIERS

Who cares… nobody ever sees these films anyhow. (I made no prediction… Miss)

SOUND

THE LAST SAMURAI

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL

SEABISCUIT

Ahhh…

SOUND EDITING

FINDING NEMO

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL

Check.

VISUAL EFFECTS

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL

Check.

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

AMERICAN SPLENDOR

CITY OF GOD

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

MYSTIC RIVER

SEABISCUIT

American Splendor had its only nomination here, and along with City of God was good competition. There’s no contesting with the will of Sauron, though. Check.

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS

FINDING NEMO

IN AMERICA

LOST IN TRANSLATION

Thus the Coppolas become the second three-generation-oscar-winning film dynasty after the Hustons. Blah.

Total Nominations: 24

Total I correctly predicted: 17

Total I wrongly predicted: 7

% correct: 71%

My 2003 grade: C

Blah, I got a C this year… next year I will hone my skills more and follow the hype more closely. But I must admit that I payed such close attention this year that I really began to feel ill about the whole Award culture. Well, until my next post… adios!

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