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The Goliard's Own MovieManThe Movie Man Looks at the 2002 Oscars

Who the Movie Man thinks will win. Who the Movie Man thinks should win. And, most importantly, who the Movie Man wants to win

Best Picture - "The Hours" and "Chicago" both won Golden Globes but the Oscars does not have separate categories for drama and musical/comedy like the Globes does. Oscar historically favors drama however "Chicago" is the film with the most nominations and did better at the box office. What the Movie Man wants is anything but "Lord of the Rings."

Best Actor - Jack Nicholson is a past favorite of the Academy and he starred in a popular, successful movie that makes the people in the same age group as the majority of the Academy look good. Daniel Day Lewis gave the most riveting and intense performance in this category and should win. There is a soft spot in the Movie Man's heart for the underdog, Adrien Brody, who gets my support.

Best Actress - The odds on favorite is Nicole Kidman. Nicole won the Golden Globe and has received the most critical acclaim of all the nominees in this very strong category. The award should go to Julianne Moore who turned in not one but two of the years best performances. Again, the Movie Man loves an underdog and the Movie Man loves Diane Lane. She gets my (unofficial) vote.  

Best Director - Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg broke their Oscar jinx and this year Martin Scorsese gets the monkey off his back and gets the recognition he deserves. Every Oscar presentation needs something controversial to happen in order to keep it memorable and it is in this spirit that the Movie Man backs Roman Polanski.

Best Supporting Actor - Guilt and longevity often sway Academy voting and since they have long overlooked Paul Newman, they will most likely clear their collective consciences this year by giving him the nod for this award. The Goliard Staff are big fan's of John C. Reilly but the Movie Man breaks ranks and gives his allegiance to Chris Cooper.

Best Supporting Actress - Kathy Bates created the most buzz in this category with widely publicized (no pun intended) and "courageous" nude scene. The notoriety did not fall on deaf Academy ears and members who did not vote for Julianne Moore for Best Actress are likely to vote for her here to keep her from being shut out after having such an outstanding year. The Movie Man proclaims "you go girl" and embraces (pun intended) Queen Latifah.

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Movie Man's Top and Bottom Five for 2001


Movie Man's Top and Bottom Ten for 2002

 

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