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Oscar Nominations
Entered on: January 25, 2005 9:38 AM by Ross
Well, they're out:
Million Dollar Baby was nominated in all the relevant categories: best picture, directing, adapted screenplay, editing, best actor, supporting actor, and actress. Naturally, this is like Unforgiven II for me (in fact, I think this movie works better being titled Unforgiven than the western). It's nice to have something to root for.  
Even so, there are still some really good movies this year and I certainly don't feel comfortable in predicting a sweep for MDB. (I am going to watch Sideways this week so I can be sure I'm rooting for the right flick (I'm not going to bother seeing Ray, sue me)).  
Also, I'm really pulling for Spidey 2 at least netting the best visual effects, if not sound.

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From: Swerb Entered on: January 25, 2005 11:19 AM
Bert, MDB mops up everything in the Best Picture category, trust me. Ray is the obvious one-of-these-things-doesn't-belong entry, and Neverland, Aviator and Sideways are all quite good, but they just don't compare. My other predictions:  
Director: Scorsese; even though Clint's movie had better direction, Scorsese will win because he doesn't have an Oscar yet  
Actor: Jamie Foxx  
Actress: Hilary Swank, although Imelda Staunton has a good chance  
Supporting actor: Thomas Haden Church  
Supporting actress: Cate Blanchett (although I'd like to see Natalie Portman win, and Virginia Madsen has a really good chance too - this is the toughest category to predict, methinks)  
Adapted screenplay: Sideways  
Original screenplay: Eternal Sunshine  
Cinematography: Flying Daggers  
Editing: Aviator  

From: Ross Entered on: January 25, 2005 11:55 AM
So you really think MDB will only pull down two Oscars? You might be right...  
I liked he Aviator, but I didn't love it. I thought Leonardo did a good job, but it's just not my kind of movie. I've never liked long stories that span one guy's life for years for some reason. It never grabbed me and made me give a shit about anyone like MDB did.
From: The Bone Entered on: January 25, 2005 8:36 PM
Dont' shit on Ray. It was a pretty decent flick. I'm sure not nearly as good as the others but it was pretty damn good non-the-less. Jaime Foxx did a helluva job, I thought.
From: Swerb Entered on: January 25, 2005 9:54 PM
I agree, Ray is a good movie, and Jamie Foxx is awesome and will probably win Best Actor, but it's not worthy of Best Picture. I'm just cheesed it's there, and not Eternal Sunshine.  
And yeah, I liked Aviator quite a bit too, but there's no beating MDB for getting one emotionally involved with the characters.
From: Ross Entered on: February 7, 2005 11:51 AM
Watching Ebert and Roeper's top movies of the year, I am slowly regaining respect for Ebert. His top of the year is Million Dollar Baby, and Spider-Man 2 was in his top 10 also (like 6 or so, I think?)
From: Swerb Entered on: February 7, 2005 12:02 PM
Hence, the reason why I've always argued for him. I admit, he's slipping, and sometimes he's way off (like his review of the first Spider-Man, or the fact that he liked Garfield: The Movie). I'm of the opinion that there's likely no one more knowledgable about movies than he is (save maybe for David Thomson, whose Biographical Dictionary of Film is terrific:
), and he's probably the best pure writer of most film reviewers out there.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: February 7, 2005 1:32 PM
Yeah, but just when Ebert has lulled you into liking him with his razzle-dazzle skillz, he'll give a glowing review to some stanky turd like Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Crap and you have to totally re-evaluate his opinions.
From: Ross Entered on: February 7, 2005 2:22 PM
Good point. He is often off the mark with big budget craptaculars, and can't often tell the diff between a good big budget flick and a bad one. That's why he's best reviewing traditional movies like MDB.

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