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Read our post-Oscar reaction to the night's festivities.



Posted: March 7, 2002

By Laurence Station

Lord of the Rings dominates this incredibly biased ballot, but that probably won't be the case come Oscar night. A Beautiful Mind will dominate a conservative and safe ceremony with Moulin Rouge playing the roll of wild card. Look for Rings to win its fair share of technical awards, but get shut out when it comes to the higher profile categories.

Listed below are the nominees, with Shaking Through's pick in bold text alongside accompanying image. The actual Oscar prediction to our wishful-thinking Grover award follows. Official winners highlighted in red.

Best Picture     Best Director
A Beautiful Mind
Gosford Park
In the Bedroom
▪ Moulin Rouge
▪ Robert Altman, Gosford Park
Ron Howard, A Beautiful Mind
▪ David Lynch, Mulholland Drive
▪ Ridley Scott, Black Hawk Down
Who Will Win: A Beautiful Mind     Who Will Win: Ron Howard, A Beautiful Mind
Why: Hollywood loves it when mentally challenged characters overcome tough obstacles and persevere in the end. It's a slam dunk. Although, if there's an upset, Moulin Rouge could play spoiler.     Why: Loyal. Consistent. Career Hollywood director. The timing is right.
Best Actor     Best Actress
  Denzel Washington, Training Day
▪ Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind
▪ Sean Penn, I Am Sam
▪ Will Smith, Ali
▪ Tom Wilkinson, In the Bedroom
  Sissy Spacek, In the Bedroom
Halle Berry, Monster's Ball
▪ Judi Dench, Iris
▪ Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge
▪ Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jones's Diary
Who Will Win: Denzel Washington, Training Day     Who Will Win: Sissy Spacek, In the Bedroom
Why: We sense a Crowe backlash coming. Washington, who deserved it for 1999's Hurricane, should take home the gold this time around.     Why: Great performance in an actor's film. Competition not overwhelming. Naomi Watts' unrecognized  performance in Mulholland Drive was easily the year's best, though.
Best Supporting Actor     Best Supporting Actress
Jim Broadbent, Iris
▪ Ethan Hawke, Training Day
▪ Ben Kingsley, Sexy Beast
▪ Jon Voight, Ali
  Kate Winslet, Iris
Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind
▪ Helen Mirren, Gosford Park
▪ Maggie Smith, Gosford Park
▪ Marisa Tomei, In the Bedroom
Who Will Win: Ian McKellen, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring     Who Will Win: Kate Winslet, Iris
Why: McKellen's a veteran who's paid his dues. If he's ever going to get one, this is the moment.     Why: Winslet's the solid alternative to Connelly, who simply had much less to work with. The other actresses delivered solid performances, but nothing overpowering.
Best Screenplay (Original)     Best Screenplay (Adaptation)
  Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, Memento
▪ Milo Addica and Will Rokos, Monster's Ball
▪ Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, The Royal Tenenbaums
Julian Fellowes, Gosford Park
▪ Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Amélie
  Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
▪ Daniel Clowes and Terry Zwigoff, Ghost World
Akiva Goldsman, A Beautiful Mind
▪ Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman and Roger S.H. Schulman, Shrek
▪ Rob Festinger and Todd Field, In the Bedroom
Who Will Win: Julian Fellowes, Gosford Park     Who Will Win: Akiva Goldsman, A Beautiful Mind
Why: Memento's too edgy and independent to rate for voters, who will go with the safe, classier choice.     Why: Residual boost from near Beautiful Mind sweep.
Cinematography     Film Editing
▪ Bruno Delbonnel, Amélie
▪ Roger Deakins, The Man Who Wasn't There
▪ Slawomir Idziak, Black Hawk Down
▪ Donald M. McAlpine, Moulin Rouge
▪ Jill Bilcock, Moulin Rouge
▪ Dody Dorn, Memento
▪ Mike Hill and Dan Hanley, A Beautiful Mind
Pietro Scalia, Black Hawk Down
Who Will Win: Slawomir Idziak, Black Hawk Down     Who Will Win: Pietro Scalia, Black Hawk Down
Why: Black Hawk Down's wins will come in the technical categories and this one may present its strongest chance.     Why: Solid editing could net Black Hawk Down an upset over Rings here.
Visual Effects     Art Direction
▪ A.I. Artificial Intelligence
▪ Pearl Harbor
  Moulin Rouge
▪ Amélie
Gosford Park
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Who Will Win: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring     Who Will Win: Moulin Rouge
Why: Perhaps the safest Oscar bet Rings has.     Why: Definitely the safest bet Moulin Rouge has.
Costume Design     Makeup
▪ The Affair of the Necklace
Gosford Park
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Moulin Rouge
A Beautiful Mind
▪ Moulin Rouge
Who Will Win: Gosford Park     Who Will Win: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Why: Gussied up period costume dramas consistently appeal to voters, although Moulin Rouge could sway enough voters to pull the upset.     Why: No other competition. And where's the nomination for the best thing about a very bad movie: Planet of the Apes?
Sound     Sound Editing
  Pearl Harbor
▪ Amélie
Black Hawk Down
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
▪ Moulin Rouge
  Pearl Harbor
Monsters, Inc.
Who Will Win: Black Hawk Down     Who Will Win: Monster's Inc
Why: Artistically speaking, the more respectable of the war films.     Why: Pear Harbor gets sunk by the animated powerhouse.
Original Song     Original Score
  May It Be, Enya, Nicky Ryan and Roma Ryan ("The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring")
If I Didn't Have You, Randy Newman ("Monsters, Inc.")
▪ There You'll Be, Diane Warren ("Pearl Harbor")
▪ Until, Sting ("Kate & Leopold")
▪ Vanilla Sky, Paul McCartney ("Vanilla Sky")
▪ A.I. Artificial Intelligence, John Williams
A Beautiful Mind, James Horner
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, John Williams
Monsters, Inc., Randy Newman
Who Will Win: Sting or McCartney     Who Will Win: A Beautiful Mind, James Horner
Why: A real toss-up. Perhaps Randy Newman will steal it. Not a very exciting category, either way. Where's Björk and her swan dress when you need her?     Why: Not as memorable as his Titanic score, but Horner's on the winning Beautiful Mind team, so he gets another little gold man.
Best Animated Feature Film     Best Foreign Language Film
▪ Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
  No Man's Land (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
▪ Amélie (France)
▪ Elling (Norway)
▪ Lagaan (India)
▪ Son of the Bride (Argentina)
Who Will Win: Shrek     Who Will Win: No Man's Land (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Why: Waking Life is most deserving of the award, but was ignored. Thus, it will go to the one with the biggest box office.     Why: The most socially and politically relevant of the bunch. Should win gold.

Post-Oscar Reaction:      
  • 12 out of 20 correctly picked, a respectable, if not beautiful mind blowing 60 percent accuracy rate.
  • A Beautiful Mind performed its job marvelously, contriving its way to Oscar gold. Shame Moulin Rouge didn't pull the upset.
  • Isn't the whole idea of equality not to draw attention to the superficial differences in people? Harping on the triumph of black actors only serves to segregate them further from non-black actors. The issue is about who gave the best nominated performance (in the United States or Britain). Denzel Washington deserved to win, Halle Berry did not. Apparently the Political Correctness Gods are appeased (for the night at least).
  • Jim Broadbent gets the supporting actor award for his fine performance in Iris, but it's Moulin Rouge ringleader Zidler that he'll be most remembered for.
  • Apparently I was the only one in the world who thought Kate Winslet would win in the best supporting actress category for Iris. Wow. As the weeks went on I thought, how out of touch was I on that one? She was great, but not in A Beautiful Mind, so no gold.
  • Highlight: Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller's hilarious skit for Best Costume Design.
  • The show was an hour too long. Though the cleverly sequenced Best Song performances was a nice time saver.
  • Kudos to Randy Newman. 16 nominations and finally a win.
  • Where were the bathroom break seat fillers in the front center aisles? Several shots showed the spots noticeably bare.
  • Mostly predictable and quite feel good safe. No streakers, overt political protests or shocking fashion statements. Oscar played it safe. Congratulations on a job snoringly well done.

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