Oscars 2005 Open Thread

Will Scorsese finally win an Academy Award? How many times will the show’s producers have to press the mute button? Who’ll make the most overtly political Oscar speech? Who’s wearing the worst tuxedo? Discuss all the important questions of the night right here.

Update: I guess the answer to that first question is “no.” In other news, I recieved a very gracious “thank you” during one of tonight’s acceptance speeches.

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  1. Chuck Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:14 pm

    There’s always Girlfight, but the list isn’t that long. IMDB shows a grand total of nine movies with “female boxer” as a keyword.

  2. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:15 pm

    Girlfight was the only other one I could even think of. I figured there had been a few. But Girlfight is probably more typical of the ‘female boxer’ movie — not exactly Oscar material.

  3. Chuck Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:16 pm

    Amenabar wins for foreign film. Not a bad call in a pretty weak field this year. Ousmane Sembene’s Moolaade should have been among the nominees.

    So has there been a single interesting acceptance speech tonight?

  4. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:17 pm

    Not a speech I’ve enjoyed.

    Writing — Eternal Sunshine is truly the BEST ORIGINAL screenplay (or should I say MOST original)… and the winner is: YES — Kauffman!!

  5. Chuck Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:17 pm

    Charlie Kaufman and the gang win!! Hooray!

  6. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:19 pm

    Charlie focuses on the countdown instead of just giving his speech — somehow, that seems about right. Amazingly pedestrian speech for such a great writer, but still…

    Hey– can I just say how nice it is to watch this in another time zone, where it’s not so frickin’ late when the show ends?

  7. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:22 pm

    Kauffman and Winslet, I just realized, were the only nominees I was actually rooting for other than Scorsese… kaufman is truly among the most deserving. His writing has changed the way people look at films… there is a willingness to take chances… it’s a small change, but it’s a change…

  8. Chuck Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:26 pm

    Paul Giamatti wins for best actor! Oh wait, he wasn’t even nominated….

    Seriously, Foxx deserves it. Glad he won, even if Don Cheadle would have been my top choice.

  9. Clancy Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:26 pm

    Jamie Foxx!!! I heart him! Why did they play the “Designing Women” theme, though…?

  10. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:27 pm

    Jamie Foxx for Best Actor — not a surprise there either… amazing to see someone from In Living Color winning an Oscar… but he’s gotten steadily better as an actor and has taken more and more challenging and dramatic roles.

  11. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:28 pm

    LOL — I thought the same thing when I heard the music… I was thinking how sometimes great music can be cheapened by its association with something like a rather silly sitcom…

  12. chuck Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:30 pm

    You know, I’m such a night owl that I don’t really think it’s late when the show ends. Yeah, I think Kaufman has really made it possible for more creative screenwriters to get their work done. Kaufman’s speech makes sense, especially given his obsessive tendencies….

    I have to say: Foxx’s tribute to his late grandmother is really nice.

  13. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:31 pm

    I appreciated the heartfelt nature of Foxx’s speech much more than the seemingly-forced emotionalism of Halle Berry a few years ago…

  14. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:32 pm

    Now I just have to go out and see some of these films… the one I really wish I saw on the big screen was The Aviator, since it seems like a ‘big screen’ sort of film…

  15. chuck Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:32 pm

    I didn’t even notice that it was the Designing Women theme. It was Georgia on my Mind, no? I always associate that song with the laser show at Stone Mountain….

  16. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:33 pm

    Best Director… will it finally be Scorsese? I think this is his night…

  17. chuck Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:33 pm

    Holy shit! I can’t believe that Marty lost.

  18. Clancy Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:33 pm

    WTF is the academy’s problem?

  19. chuck Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:34 pm

    That’s just cold.

  20. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:34 pm

    Amazing upset!! I can’t believe Eastwood beat out Scorsese… I can’t believe Scorsese didn’t win AGAIN! It almost seems vindictive or something… like they don’t want him to win…

  21. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:35 pm

    Man, they just so don’t get it. How can they not finally give him this award. Really — for someone who so adores Hollywood as Scorsese does, it must be hard to be gracious – but he no doubt will be.

  22. Chuck Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:36 pm

    Yeah, it’s really weird. I get the fact that his ’70s films were pretty threatening. Wow, guess he’ll get the Lumet treatment in a few years….

  23. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:37 pm

    I hate that. He’s deserved it on so many occasions, especially for Taxi Driver and Goodfellas.

  24. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:38 pm

    Call me stunned. After so many early awards for Aviator, I thought it would be a sweep.

  25. Chuck Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:39 pm

    Wow, I’m genuinely surprised. Not that Million Dollar Baby was a bad film or anything….

  26. TerminalMFA Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:40 pm

    Another Oscar night over. Nice blogging with you, Chuck.

  27. Chuck Said,

    February 27, 2005 @ 11:43 pm

    Yeah, Terminal MFA, it was fun. Too bad for Scorsese. I feel like there should be a post-Oscar wrap-up show, kind of like the post-game show after the Super Bowl, with interviews of the losing contestants, that sort of thing….

  28. Creford Wong Said,

    March 11, 2005 @ 10:55 pm

    How wonderful it is! Today, I had seen the film – “The Incredibles” this afternoon, My father also had seen this film in this evening. This cartoon movie is powered by Disney-Pixar.
    In this film, I love the people’s sensation, scene, bugbears. The scene is so sublime.
    With the great imagination.

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