Friday, August 05, 2005

New Column, and I Play Kreskin

Today marks my first column for Nathaniel over at The Film Experience (READ IT HERE). I think it turned out rather well for a first effort. I’ll basically be walking a similar beat as I did at 411 (news and trailers galore!), but focusing a little more on the high-end flicks and a lot more on the Oscar race. If you thought I was a movie fag before, well . . .

Anyhoo, to commemorate – and to throw something out there for readers who might be finding Low Res for the first time via the not-in-the-least conspicuous link I embedded in the new column (“Hey! Read me here!” counts as embedded, right?), I’m offering up my next round of Oscar predictions.

Remember, this isn’t for gambling purposes, nor is it for entertainment. It’s purely so I can say “I told you so!” after I get my customary one guess out of five correct come February. Rankings are for the likelihood of nomination, not of winning the trophy. Comments and exhortations (“Reese Witherspoon?! You dumb asshole!” – stuff like that) are welcome.

Best Picture
01 – Munich (Dreamworks/Universal)
02 – All the King’s Men (Columbia)
03 – Memoirs of a Geisha (Columbia)
04 – Goodnight and Good Luck (Warner Independent)
05 – Jarhead (Universal)

06-Walk the Line (20th Century Fox); 07-The New World (New Line); 08-Elizabethtown (Paramount); 09-Brokeback Mountain (Focus Features); 10-Cinderella Man (Universal); 11-In Her Shoes (Fox); 12-The White Countess (Sony Pictures Classics); 13-The Constant Gardener (Focus); 14-A History of Violence (New Line); 15-Match Point (Dreamworks).

Best Director
01 – Steven Spielberg (Munich)
02 – Rob Marshall (Memoirs of a Geisha)
03 – Sam Mendes (Jarhead)
04 - Terrence Malick (The New World)
05 – Steve Zaillian (All the King’s Men)

06-Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain); 07-James Mangold (Walk the Line); 08-Woody Allen (Match Point); 09-David Cronenberg (A History of Violence); 10-George Clooney (Goodnight and Good Luck); 11-Curtis Hanson (In Her Shoes); 12-James Ivory (The White Countess); 13-Ron Howard (Cinderella Man); 14-Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown); 15-Stephen Frears (Mrs. Henderson Presents).

Acting categories await if you follow the link below . . .

Best Actor
01 – Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line)
02 – Sean Penn (All the King’s Men)
03 – Tommy Lee Jones (The Three Burials of Meliquades Estrada)
04 – Ralf Feinnes (The Constant Gardener or The White Countess)
05 – Eric Bana (Munich)

06-David Strathairn (Goodnight and Good Luck); 07-Viggo Mortenson (A History of Violence); 08-Russell Crowe (Cinderella Man); 09-Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Capote); 10-Bill Murray (Broken Flowers); 11-George Clooney (Syriana); 12-Jake Gyllenhaal (Jarhead); 13-Jonathan Rhys-Myers (Match Point); 14-Cillian Murphy (Breakfast on Pluto); 15-Steve Martin (Shopgirl).

Best Actress
01 – Judi Dench (Mrs. Henderson Presents)
02 – Ziyi Zhang (Memoirs of a Geisha)
03 – Felicity Huffman (Transamerica)
04 – Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)
05 – Charlize Theron (North Country)

06-Natasha Richardson (The White Countess); 07-Joan Allen (The Upside of Anger); 08-Meryl Streep (Prime); 09-Kiera Knightley (Pride and Prejudice); 10-Juliette Binoche (Bee Season); 11-Diane Keaton (The Family Stone); 12-Julianne Moore (The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio); 13-Cameron Diaz (In Her Shoes); 14-Gwyneth Paltrow (Proof); 15-Claire Danes (Shopgirl).

Best Supporting Actor
01 – Jude Law (All the King’s Men)
02 – Peter Sarsgaard (Jarhead)
03 – Ken Watanabe (Memoirs of a Geisha)
04 – Christopher Plummer (The New World)
05 – Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man)

06-Geoffrey Rush (Munich); 07-William Hurt (A History of Violence); 08-Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain); 09-Daniel Craig (Munich); 10-Ed Harris (A History of Violence); 11-George Clooney (Goodnight and Good Luck); 12-Barry Pepper (The Three Burials of Meliquades Estrada); 13-Bob Hoskins (Mrs. Henderson Presents); 14-Don Cheadle (Crash); 15-Anthony Hopkins (Proof).

Best Supporting Actress
01 – Toni Collette (In Her Shoes)
02 – Patricia Clarkson (All the King’s Men)
03 – Susan Sarandon (Elizabethtown)
04 – Scarlett Johansson (Match Point)
05 – Frances McDormand (North Country)

06-Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha); 07-Shirley MacLaine (In Her Shoes); 08-Maria Bello (A History of Violence); 09-Rachel McAdams (The Family Stone); 10-Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain); 11-Brenda Blethyn (Pride and Prejudice); 12-Kate Winslet (All the King’s Men); 13-Kirsten Dunst (Elizabethtown); 14-Vanessa Redgrave (The White Countess); 15-Hope Davis (Proof).


Carlie said...

I need to see more movies apparently. Although I did see "wedding crashers" and it was funny.

digital cable is like crack though. it's so hard to leave the house when either "Eurotrip", "Harold and Kumar" or "Broken Lizard's Club Dredd" might be on at ANY GIVEN TIME!!!!!

Joe R. said...

Oh lord, no. These movies aren't in theatres yet. Certainly not in Buffalo theatres. We'll be almost to April before we get to see many of these flicks.

Carlie said...


That makes MUCH more sense now hehehe.