If I Ran the Oscars: 2004

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  • Best Picture
  • Before Sunset
  • Kill Bill, Vol. 2
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Sideways
  • Dogville

  • Best Director
  • Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Vol. 2)
  • Lars von Trier (Dogville)
  • Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
  • Bruno Dumont (Twentynine Palms)
  • Guy Maddin (Cowards Bend the Knee)

  • Best Actor
  • Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
  • Pascal Greggory (Raja)
  • Paul Giamatti (Sideways)
  • Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset)
  • Johnny Depp (Secret Window)

  • Best Actress
  • Nicole Kidman (Dogville)
  • Julie Delpy (Before Sunset)
  • Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
  • Neve Campbell (When Will I Be Loved)
  • Catalino Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace)

  • Best Supporting Actor
  • David Carradine (Kill Bill, Vol. 2)
  • Clive Owen (Closer)
  • Paul Bettany (Dogville)
  • Thomas Haden Church (Sideways)
  • Liev Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate)

  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Darryl Hannah (Kill Bill, Vol. 2)
  • Virginia Madsen (Sideways)
  • Patricia Clarkson (Dogville)
  • Cate Blanchett (The Aviator)
  • Natalie Portman (Closer)

  • Best Original Screenplay
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Primer
  • Dogville
  • Cowards Bend the Knee
  • Kill Bill, Vol. 2

  • Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Before Sunset
  • Sideways
  • Closer
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • The Manchurian Candidate

  • Best Cinematography
  • The Saddest Music in the World
  • Dogville
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
  • Twentynine Palms
  • Hero

  • Best Editing
  • Kill Bill, Vol. 2
  • The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
  • Cowards Bend the Knee
  • Notre Musique
  • Primer

  • Best Original Music
  • The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
  • I Heart Huckabees
  • Ocean's Twelve
  • The Ladykillers
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring

  • Best Original Song
  • "A Waltz for a Night" (Before Sunset)
  • "America - F**k Yeah!" (Team America: World Police)
  • "The Trouble of This World" (The Ladykillers)
  • "Gozu" (Gozu)
  • "Scotty Doesn't Know" (Eurotrip)

  • Best Documentary
  • Touching the Void
  • Control Room
  • The Five Obstructions
  • End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones
  • The Corporation

  • Best Foreign-Language Film
  • Twentynine Palms
  • The Return
  • Red Lights
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
  • A Tale of Two Sisters

  • Best Art Direction
  • Hero
  • The Saddest Music in the World
  • The Aviator
  • Hellboy
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

  • Best Costume Design
  • Hero
  • Troy
  • Hellboy
  • The Saddest Music in the World
  • Spider-Man 2

  • Best Makeup Effects
  • Hellboy
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • The Passion of the Christ

  • Best Visual Effects
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Hellboy
  • Spider-Man 2

  • Best Sound
  • The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
  • House of Flying Daggers
  • The Saddest Music in the World
  • The Aviator
  • Marathon

  • Best Sound Effects Editing
  • House of Flying Daggers
  • Kill Bill, Vol. 2
  • Spider-Man 2
Author Comments: 

The ceremony, for one, would be a lot more interesting. Nominees listed in preferential order.

It's surprising to see Steve Carrell on your supporting actor list, only because i didn't think anybody else loved his performance in Anchorman as much as me... While Will Ferrell was great, it was the supporting performances in that film that really struck me. Paul Rudd and David Koechner were also hysterical.

Steve Carrell was brilliant in that. ("I killed a man with a spear.") I don't think comic performances get enough recognition at award-time, so that's why he's up there right now.

Ah, so Natalie Portman was believable as a pole-dancer in Closer in your opinion?
How was Owen Clive? Remember when he kissed Lara Croft in front of starving African children? That was awesome.

That's what more romances need -- intense suffering and misery to make the relationship seem trivial.

And our Ms. Portman was quite believable as not just a pole-dancer but also as a general all-around hussy. The only thing that would have made her more believable would have been the excision of her contract's no-nudity clause.

Yeah, if she won't give it up for daddy figure Mike Nichols, who will she give it up for?
I'm still waiting for the sequel to Léon with her as an Alias-type assassin. Now that would be sweet!

Johnny Depp for Secret Window? Not Finding Neverland? I think he was fantastic in both, but Finding Neverland really stole the show of the two.

And what about the Aviator? Not even worth a mention?

Otherwise great ideas - pretty close to what I'd nominate

I agree.

Well, I haven't seen either "The Aviator" or "Finding Neverland" -- the latter because I simply don't care enough to pay ten bucks, the former because it hasn't been released yet. I do expect to fill a couple slots with "Aviator" nods once I lay eyes upon it.

How was Sideways? I have heard a lot about it.
P.S.: Interesting list. What about your predictions for the Academy Awards 2005 ?

I loved it. It's one of the warmest, funniest, most moving films of the year. And Giamatti is great.

I don't usually do prognostication - reason being I'm hopelessly bad at it - but I'll see if I can't whip up some predictions for that game.