The Oscar Throwback, 2001

March 24, 2002

“A Beautiful Mind” named Best Picture

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Full list of Oscars won:

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (JENNIFER CONNELLY)

– What else was nominated?

Gosford Park – Helen Mirren
Gosford Park – Maggie Smith
In the Bedroom – Marisa Tomei
Iris – Kate Winslet

– Which of the nominations have I seen and which have I not seen?

Gosford Park…and Gosford Park.

– Which deserved to win (first choice and runner-up)?

Believe it or believe it (I guess you can protest), I’d actually forgotten Jennifer Connelly was in this movie.  And even though I couldn’t stand Gosford Park, I’ll go with Maggie Smith, followed by Helen Mirren.  Both from that one.

– How sane was the Academy when they handed this award over?

They must have very photographic memories, and this is coming from somebody who has one himself.

SHOULD HAVE WON!

BEST DIRECTOR (RON HOWARD)

– What else was nominated?

Gosford Park – Robert Altman
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Peter Jackson
Mulholland Dr. – David Lynch
Black Hawk Down – Ridley Scott

– Which of the nominations have I seen and which have I not seen?

All of ’em!  Seen ’em all!  Good for me!

– Which deserved to win (first choice and runner-up)?

While (of that I’ve seen) Mulholland Dr. is what I consider David Lynch’s weakest, it’s also the one that brings out what he’s always intended to do, as a director.  So he deserved the Best Director Oscar.  I didn’t like Gosford Park, and I hated Black Hawk Down mainly because Ridley Scott’s viewpoint was “war is violence nothing else and it’s just like a video game.”  So I’ll have to go for broke.  A tie for the runner-up: Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind.  Both mediocre, so 2001 just wasn’t a great year.  Sorry, Mr. Kubrick.

– How sane was the Academy when they handed this award over?

I’m not sure about sanity, but as far as insomnia, they must have been to the point of hallucinations to be able to a) stay awake and b) see a nonexistent beauty in what Ron Howard did here.

SHOULD HAVE WON!

BEST PICTURE

– What else was nominated?

Gosford Park
In the Bedroom
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Moulin Rouge!

– Which of the nominations have I seen and which have I not seen?

Everything, save for In the Bedroom.

– Which deserved to win (first choice and runner-up)?

Moulin Rouge!  I mean, it screams Baz Luhrmann, but it’s so not him, as far as quality, you know?  Now go down about eighty-eight keys.  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring as a runner-up.

– How sane was the Academy when they handed this award over?

My god were they delirious.

SHOULD HAVE WON!

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

– What else was nominated?

Ghost World
In the Bedroom
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Shrek

– Which of the nominations have I seen and which have I not seen?

The second half, seen ’em.

– Which deserved to win (first choice and runner-up)?

Shrek.  Defined my childhood, so I have to put it there.  And I’ll give A Beautiful Mind a runner-up nod, since I really don’t like the treatment Peter Jackson gave The Lord of the Rings series.  (Yes, J.R.R. Tolkien was on drugs when he wrote it, but that doesn’t automatically mean the movie’s supposed to look pretty and do nothing else.)

– How sane was the Academy when they handed this award over?

Yeah, whatever…has a kids’ movie ever won a Screenplay Oscar?  The bias pisses me off, honestly.

THE GUY BEHIND THE ONE THAT SHOULD HAVE WON!

Other nominations:

Best Actor in a Leading Role (Russell Crowe) [deserved]
Best Film Editing
Best Makeup
Best Original Score

Ruthless People

@ 2:00 PM

Leaving Las Vegas

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