AJademy Awards - 2002 (excuse the bad pun)

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  • Best Picture:
  • The Hours
  • Far From Heaven
  • Minority Report
  • Adaptation
  • Talk to Her
  • Chicago
  • Best Lead Actor:
  • Nicolas Cage, Adaptation
  • Dennis Quaid, Far From Heaven
  • Tom Hanks, Road to Perdition
  • Al Pacino, Insomnia
  • Tom Cruise, Minority Report
  • Michael Caine, The Quiet American
  • Best Lead Actress:
  • Nia Vardalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven
  • Jennifer Aniston, The Good Girl
  • Meryl Streep, Adaptation
  • Renee Zellweger, Chicago
  • Nicole Kidman, The Hours
  • Best Supporting Actor:
  • Cedric the Entertainer, Barbershop
  • Colin Farrell, Minority Report
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York
  • Dennis Haysbert, Far From Heaven
  • Brian Cox, Adaptation
  • Ed Harris, The Hours
  • John C. Reilly, Chicago
  • Best Supporting Actress:
  • Samantha Morton, Minority Report
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, Road to Perdition
  • Meryl Streep, The Hours
  • Amy Adams, Catch Me If You Can
  • Queen Latifah, Chicago
  • Julianne Moore, The Hours
  • Best Director:
  • Christopher Nolan, Insomnia
  • Steven Spielberg, Minority Report
  • Martin Scorsese, Gangs of New York
  • Todd Haynes, Far From Heaven
  • Spike Jonze, Adaptation
  • Pedro Almodovar, Talk to Her
  • M. Night Shyamalan, Signs
  • Best Adapted Screenplay:
  • Charlie Kaufman, Adaptation
  • David Self, Road to Perdition
  • Brian Helgeland, Blood Work
  • Scott Frank and Jon Cohen, Minority Report
  • David Hare, The Hours
  • Bill Condon, Chicago
  • Best Original Screenplay:
  • Pedro Almodovar, Talk to Her
  • M. Night Shyamalan, Signs
  • Mike White, The Good Girl
  • Nia Vardalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Todd Haynes, Far From Heaven
  • Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, Lilo and Stitch
  • Best Cinematography:
  • Conrad L. Hall, Road to Perdition
  • Edward Lachman, Far From Heaven
  • Tom Stern, Blood Work
  • Janusz Kaminski, Minority Report
  • Dion Beebe, Chicago
  • Wally Pfister, Insomnia
  • Javier Aguirresarobe, Talk to Her
  • Best Animated Film (at least partially animated):
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • Ice Age
  • Scooby-Doo
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • New Original Category - Most Consistently Good Person (designed for vote-splitters)
  • Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven and The Hours
  • Steven Spielberg, Minority Report and Catch Me If You Can
  • John C. Reilly, The Good Girl and Chicago and Gangs of New York and The Hours
  • Charlie Kauffman, Adaptation and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Tom Hanks, Road to Perdition and Catch Me If You Can
  • Meryl Streep, Adaptation and The Hours
  • That's it. I'll post the winners once I (maybe) see more 2002 movies.
Author Comments: 

You may complain that my categories have more nominees than the Academy Awards. To this, I offer the explanation that the AJademy Awards are unsatisfied with nominating merely 5 candidates, that we must nominate 6 for each category. Now you may complain that some of my categories have more than 6 nominees as well. To this, I offer the explanation that you suck.

Note that I have only seen the following movies of 2002 (if I see more, I'll nominate more; most likely additions are "Antwone Fisher", "The Pianist", "About Schmidt", and "About a Boy", if I ever get to see them):

Chicago
Talk to Her
Signs
Minority Report
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Adaptation
Far From Heaven
The Hours
Catch Me If You Can
The Quiet American
Gangs of New York
The Good Girl
Blood Work
Lilo and Stitch
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Barbershop
The Count of Monte Cristo
Big Trouble
Road to Perdition
The Bourne Identity
Die Another Day
Ice Age
Spider-Man
Analyze That
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Men in Black II
Scooby-Doo
40 Days and 40 Nights
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Bad Company
Eight Legged Freaks
Master of Disguise

BTW, you may point out that my best picture nominees aren't the first 5 movies on my other 2002 list. That is because those are ranked in order of favorite, not best. :-)

Cloned From: 

Where's the love for Catherine Zeta-Jones's work in Chicago? Certainly more "awards-worthy" than her two female costars. Of course, that's only if you ask me...;)

I'm glad to see the love for Far from Heaven, and surprised by some of your categorization. You deserve credit for ignoring the campaigns and putting the performances where you think they belong (Meryl Streep, Daniel Day-Lewis, Dennis Quaid).

If you want to, check out my similarly themed NKT Awards, tell me what you think of my nominees.

I liked Catherine Zeta-Jones in "Chicago", but I do think that Renee and Queen Latifah were better. Catherine can sing, sure, and "All That Jazz" was very well-done, but I didn't think her acting was as good as her female costars, IMHO.

And I never pay attention to all those annoying little campaigns.

I will check out your NKT Awards right now.

P.S. I noticed that you said Chris Cooper deserved to win the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. You may be wondering why I didn't nominate him here. It was close, I admit, and I thought Cooper was fun in the role, but I just thought that his role was not particularly challenging to play. It was a close call, and maybe someday he might replace one of my current nominees, but for now, he has been snubbed by the prestigious AJademy Awards.

Ah, you see, Catherine's charmisma on screen was what put her over the top for me. She was perfect in nearly every scene. The truth is, I've never really cared for her up until now. I enjoyed everybody else in the movie quite a bit, but Catherine was "best in show" for me.

The thing about Chris Cooper's performance (which is somewhat overrated in my book, he didn't make my top five) is that he takes an annoying, almost unbelievable character and slowly gives him a basis in reality. I thought it was a funny and energetic performance...that said, Cage was better.

I know you've probably had enough of me, but if I can steer you in the direction of the Chlotrudis Awards (I teased their nominees on the front page) I think you might find yourself in agreement with them on some categories. last year's nominees are on my profile in the "A" section for "Awards".