Movie Man Looks at the 2002 Oscars
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
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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Man's Top and Bottom Five for 2001
Man's Top and Bottom Ten for 2002