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Archive for February 9, 2011

The Oscar Quest: Best Picture & Best Director – 2003

Was there really any surprise here?

Best Picture – 2003

And the nominees were…

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (New Line Cinema)

Lost in Translation (Focus Features)

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (Fox, Miramax, Universal)

Mystic River (Warner Bros.)

Seabiscuit (Universal, DreamWorks)

Return of the King — Clearly worth it. The entire trilogy gets one big Oscar. That’s absolutely fine, because it is a brilliant piece(s) of filmmaking. Sure, the CG is dated, but it’s still a great feat that deserved some recognition. No one can really disagree with this one.

Lost in Translation — A great, great film, but not one anyone can vote for knowing Rings is also involved. It deserved the Screenplay win and all the good will people have toward it. It is a great movie, but never a Best Picture winner. This is exactly how it should have ended up. (more…)

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