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OSCAR (AND I DON'T MEAN MADISON) AWARDS
Yes, here we are again, at the cusp of entertainment glory. The 74th Annual Academy Awards will soon commence and, hopefully, several unjust slights of the past will be reconciled with righteousness. As always, however, it isn't important who walks away with the statue lacking genitalia. The thing you really gotta keep you eye on is if your picks are more accurate than those of my cohort in crime, Mike. As regular readers may recall, Mike is the antithesis of design when it comes to picking the Oscars. There was a time when I may have matched him, but he's more than shown he is Mike, Icon of Oscar. Hopefully Nolan and I can do more than a mere appearance in his wonderful world of prediction, as we did last year. As you may know, they're no longer "winners" as the announcement is now "and the Oscar goes to..." (which I think sucks). So in honor of tradition, .......AND THE WINNER IS.........

BEST ACTOR: Agree with Mike this is a two man race. Don't see Penn or Smith swinging the votes. Pretty much comes down to Denzel and Russell. While Crowe could easily take this, my vote goes to Washington for his incredibly believable intense personality altering performance. Wow. The lucky guy in all this could be Wilkinson, who might take it if Denzel and Russell cancel each other out! WINNER: DENZEL WASHINGTON

BEST ACTRESS: While deep down I would love to see Nicole Kidman take this, I've gotta give the nod to Sissy Spacek, who's performance was real and riveting. Kidman turned in her excellent performances this past year in the face of personal turmoil. Halle Berre could walk away with this, and I wouldnt have a problem with it either. But for status sake....WINNER: SISSY SPACEK

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: While I really want to lean towards one of my all time faves, in Ben Kingsley, and wouldn't mind seeing Ian McKellen win, I gotta hand it over to Jon Voight, who just explodes off the screen! WINNER: JON VOIGHT

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: There are three actresses here who I think truly deserve being nominated. The others are fodder. As much as I love Marisa Tomei, she was pretty much Marisa Tomei! Nothing spectacular in my view, as she's one of my personal favorites so I try to see everything she's in. Kate Winslet????? She was good....but how in the world she got nominated and the best actress of the year, Cameron Diaz for Vanilla Sky, didn't is totally beyond reason! But seeing as she isn't nominated, then I have to give it to the person left standing who truly deserves it. WINNER: JENNIFER CONNELLY

BEST DIRECTOR: This is an easy one. How can you not root for Opie? There would be zero hesitation if David Lynch hadn't been nominated for Mulholland Drive. Peter Jackson and "Lord"? Wouldn't hurt my feelings, but "Beautiful Mind" literally takes you into the world of schitzophrenia, where the subject's worries and suspicions become yours, as well. WINNER: RON HOWARD

BEST MOVIE: I know, I know...."Lords" or "Mind", "Mind" or "Lords"......yada, yada, yada. I went thru it too. When it all came down to where the rubber meets the road, I had to go with the only choice I could. WINNER: MOULIN ROUGE

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:MEMENTO
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:IN THE BEDROOM
ANIMATED SHORT FILM:FOR THE BIRDS
EDITING:MOULIN ROUGE
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:AMELIE
SOUND:BLACK HAWK DOWN
SOUND EDITING:PEARL HARBOR
ORIGINAL SONG:PAUL MCCARTNEY/VANILLA SKY
ORIGINAL SCORE:HOWARD SHORE/LORD OF THE RINGS
ANIMATED FEATURE:SHREK
ART DIRECTION:LORD OF THE RINGS
CINEMATOGRAPHY:MOULIN ROUGE
COSTUME DESIGN:MOULIN ROUGE
VISUAL EFFECTS:LORD OF THE RINGS
MAKEUP:LORD OF THE RINGS (to be renamed "THE RICK BAKER SHAFTED AWARD")

FORRY ILLNESS I heard about Forry Ack's cancelling KC on one of the Yahoo groups I'm a member of. Sorry you won't get to see him this go round, Mike. I'm still very excited about my opportunity to meet the man himself this coming June at Monster Bash in Pittsburgh. With all the criminal crap being thrust upon him it's amazing he still has the wherewithall to go to all the conventions, but he does, God bless him. I know one of the guys working his table so hopefully I'll have an in to spend some time there as well.

That's about it for now, so watch those awards, and remember...It isn't winning that's important, it's your opponent losing that means everything.

Take care and God bless,
Matthew


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