The Oscar Throwback, 2002

March 23, 2003

“Chicago” named Best Picture

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Full list of Oscars won:

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (CATHERINE ZETA-JONES)

– What else was nominated?

About Schmidt – Kathy Bates
Chicago – Queen Latifah
The Hours – Julianne Moore
Adaptation. – Meryl Streep

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

Chicago and Adaptation.  Saw those.

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

Well, it appears to be getting good.  Finally!  Meryl Streep for Adaptation.  Followed by Queen Latifah in Chicago.

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

Note: the above was not an easy choice for me, even with three nominees to choose from.  Chicago is a pretty well-acted movie.

SHOULD HAVE WON (BY A MARGIN)!

BEST ART DIRECTION-SET DECORATION

– What else was nominated?

Frida
Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Road to Perdition

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

The middle half.  Seen ’em.

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

How hard can ya get?  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, well, it did look pretty, but so did Chicago!  I am glad that won, but I’ll leave that as a runner-up, because I’m pretty partial to Martin Scorsese, whose Gangs of New York (as with anything of his) looked beautiful.  Sorry, Peter Jakson!  Quit golluming at me!  And making such long, meaningless movies!

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

Quite sane, actually.

SHOULD HAVE WON!

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

– What else was nominated?

Frida
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Pianist

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

Gangs of New YorkThe Pianist – saw ’em.

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

Chicago wins by a longshot.  Then, I’ll eventually settle on…ah why go for another tie?  Let’s just go with…The Pianist.

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

You couldn’t get much saner, which is a compliment, at least for the Academy.

BEST FILM EDITING

– What else was nominated?

Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Pianist

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

Seen ’em all, except The Hours.

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

Gangs of New York.  That’s Scorsese, with Thelma Schoonmaker editing.  Best recurring collaboration, and often the most overlooked.  Next, I’ll go with the enhanced beauty that was thanks to editing in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist.

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

Chicago was well-edited, though if I remember correctly, the ending was a bit sudden (and overly typical for a Broadway flick).

SHOULD HAVE WON!

BEST PICTURE

– What else was nominated?

Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Pianist

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

I’ve seen all here but The Hours.

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

Still didn’t understand what in pluperfect hell Peter Jackson was trying to say with regard to adapting a classic novel, but I did enjoy The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, dare I say enough to win over Chicago.  Though I’d hate to see it beat Gangs of New York.  And I hate that Chicago did, even though I love Chicago.

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

They don’t appreciate Martin Scorsese enough, though it shows a hell of a lot more when you look at Dances with Wolves beating Goodfellas.

SHOULD HAVE WON!

BEST SOUND

– What else was nominated?

Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Road to Perdition
Spider-Man

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

All of ’em, other than Road to Perdition.

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

Y’know, thwip! does sound pretty good onscreen, but I’ll have to say Spider-Man is a fair runner-up because damn it, Chicago is a musical, a well-made musical!

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

Miles from the asylum.

Other nominations:

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (John C. Reilly)
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Renée Zellweger) [deserved]
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Queen Latifah) [deserved]
Best Cinematography [deserved]
Best Director (Rob Marshall)
Best Original Song (“I Move On” by John Kander and Fred Ebb)
Best Adapted Screenplay

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One thought on “The Oscar Throwback, 2002

  1. Cool post. I wouldn’t have been mad if Gangs took th big prize, since I really liked it, but I absolutely love Chicago and my heart breaks a little when people say it’s the worst BP winner. I’m just glad Two Towers didn’t win. I hate that one!

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