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- Tuesday, February 20, 2007:
Sixth Annual Oscars Week
I've given amazingly accurate Oscars predictions for five straight years now , predictions made with such accuracy that the Academy called yesterday and told me to just fax over my '07 list so they wouldn't actually need to vote. As I sat down to write this year's list, I realized that I have absolutely no interest in making a sixth sequel in this series and would sooner lick a dog's nose than write all the HTML needed to format a list of movies. Not every tradition or saga needs to be held in perpetual perpetuity, and some, like another Rocky movie or shaking your keys on the third down in college football, should be gently led o...
- Monday, March 06, 2006:
Oscar Wrap Up Day
Like a flipped coin that can predict the future, the URI! Zone accurately picked the winner in 12 of the 24 Academy Award categories (you can see the official list of winners here ). This is a marked improvement over previous years -- take that, everyone who didn't believe my predictions! On Sunday evening, I moseyed on down to a small Oscar party hosted by Chris and Kathy where I filled out a nominee ballot that actually had some sense of internal logic and managed to guess 14 of 24 categories correctly. I only stayed for the first two hours of the ridiculously long ceremony so I don't know if anything goofy happened after that, but overall, my opinion has not changed about the silliness of the whole...
- Thursday, March 02, 2006:
Oscars Week, Part IV of IV
Thank God Oscar week is finally over. This year's batch of movies were too tame and not very fun to make fun of. At least I've now done it for a full five years, so I can sell off the entire series into syndication. You'll no doubt be seeing reruns of BU's Oscar Picks, weeknights on TBS Superstation at 7 and 11. Directing The Nominees: Brokeback Mountain Capote Crash Good Night, and Good Luck. Munich What will happen? This list is identical to the Best Motion Picture category and in all likelihood, whichever movie wins one will win the other. ...
- Wednesday, March 01, 2006:
Oscars Week, Part III of IV
Original Score The Nominees: Brokeback Mountain The Constant Gardener Memoirs of a Geisha Munich Pride & Prejudice What will happen? John Williams is nominated for two scores this year, Munich and Geisha . I think it's about time he retired, allowing three to four young budding film composers to live on his massive salary. No one will have listened to the soundtrack for Pride and Prejudice because they were all waiting for Kiera Knightley to doff the dress, and I will automatically assume that the Brokeback score sounds s...
- Tuesday, February 28, 2006:
Oscars Week, Part II of IV
Film Editing The Nominees: Cinderella Man The Constant Gardener Crash Munich Walk the Line What will happen? I'm still not entirely clear on how you can tell if an editing job was good without seeing every single bit of cut film or alternately angled shots. The two movies I saw were equally unobtrusively edited so I'm going to vote for Munich which is almost Munch which evokes memories of eating tasty foods like pizza and herb-roasted chicken. Cinematography The Nominees: Ba...
- Monday, February 27, 2006:
Fifth Annual Oscars Week, Part I of IV
2005 Picks (9 of 24 right) 2004 Picks (8 of 24 right) 2003 Picks (4 of 24 right) 2002 Picks (9 of 24 right) "For me, hosting the Academy Awards is like making love to a beautiful woman. You can only do it when Billy Crystal's not in town." - Steve Martin, 2001 I've done this for four years so you should know the drill by now. Movies that I've seen are bulleted in the list and I take no responsibility if you lose all your money betting on my completely unscientific choices! Follow the links above to see selections from...
- Friday, February 25, 2005:
Short Film (Live Action) The Nominees: Everything in This Country Must Little Terrorist 7:35 in the Morning Two Cars, One Night Wasp What will happen? A dangling Must is death when it comes to the Academy Awards. When was the last time you? Actually, these movie titles put together could probably be a good outline for a new movie script brimming with patriotism. Wasp will win though.
Sound Editing The Nominees: The Incredibles The Polar Express Spider-Man 2 &...
- Thursday, February 24, 2005:
Foreign Language Film The Nominees: As It Is In Heaven The Chorus Downfall The Sea Inside Yesterday What will happen? It's a sad day for foreign films when not a single title has any kind of accent marking. Going solely on title alone, I'm choosing The Sea Inside because it obviously has something to offer. We know all about the sea outside, so the sea inside is obviously fertile ground for a movie.
Make-Up The Nominees: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events The Passion of the Christ ...
- Wednesday, February 23, 2005:
Cinematography The Nominees: The Aviator House of Flying Daggers Passion of the Christ Phantom of the Opera A Very Long Engagement What will happen? This will be the only Oscar that Passion of the Christ gets, though it's nominated for three. Phantom of the Opera will come in second, mostly because of voters who confused its title with Passion or who had hanging chad on their ballots.
Costume Design The Nominees: The Aviator Finding Neverland Lemony Snicket'...
- Tuesday, February 22, 2005:
I haven't kept up with Oscars or movies much at all this part year, so my selections will be based completely on creative interpretations of anagrams of Nostradamus' propechies. Movies with dots next them are movies I've actually seen.
Actor in a Leading Role The Nominees: Don Cheadle - Hotel Rwanda Johnny Depp - Finding Neverland Leonardo DiCaprio - The Aviator Clint Eastwood - Million Dollar Baby Jamie Foxx - Ray What will happen? If Leo can't earn an Oscar for a movie about a boat, then he won't have any better luck with a movie about planes. Clint Eastwood will not ge...
- Sunday, February 29, 2004:
The Oscars, Part VI of VI
Achievement in cinematography The Nominees: City of God Cold Mountain Girl with a Pearl Earring Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Seabiscuit What will happen? This year has some of the corniest titles ever, and they all sound like they're first cousins of each other. Since I haven't seen any of the movies in this category, I will presume that they all employed cutting edge techniques like following the action with a handheld camera, transitioning with blur, and FADE TO BLACK. You can take your camera to a mountain,...
- Saturday, February 28, 2004:
The Oscars, Part V of VI
Best performance by an actor in a leading role The Nominees: Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Ben Kingsley in House of Sand and Fog Jude Law in Cold Mountain Bill Murray in Lost in Translation Sean Penn in Mystic River What will happen? Johnny Depp modelled his pirate character off of Pepe Le Pew and Keith Richards. Still, a "kid's" movie won't be eligible for an Actor Oscar. Jude Law consistently looks like a creepy Justin Theroux, and I don't know if anyone takes Sean Penn seriou...
- Friday, February 27, 2004:
The Oscars, Part IV of VI
Best animated feature film of the year The Nominees: Brother Bear Finding Nemo The Triplets of Belleville What will happen? Finding Nemo will win this category by a landslide, since Disney has lost its touch. At least Treasure Planet is not in the running this year. It's a risky proposition to not pick The Triplets of Belleville however, since last year's winner was another goofily drawn cartoon that no one had ever heard of.
Best foreign language film of the year The Nominees:&nb...
- Thursday, February 26, 2004:
The Oscars, Part III of VI
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) The Nominees: Big Fish Cold Mountain Finding Nemo House of Sand and Fog The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King What will happen? I'll be happy if I never have to hear LotR 's minor second motive ever again, and the music in general was good but expected (there's really not much you can do with so many expectations and preconceptions in the genre). Big Fish and Finding Nemo will split the vote in a Nader-Goresque man...
- Wednesday, February 25, 2004:
The Oscars, Part II of VI Achievement in art direction The Nominees: Girl with a Pearl Earring The Last Samurai The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World Seabiscuit What will happen? Movies (and children) should never be named Seabiscuit because it quickly dispels any drama and goodwill the movie has. Master and Commander will win the Oscar for nonsensical titles, but tragically that category has not yet been invented. The Last Samurai starring Tom Cruise as Tom Cruise...
- Tuesday, February 24, 2004:
"It was so sweet backstage. The Teamsters are helping Michael Moore into the trunk of his limo." - Steve Martin at the '03 Oscars
It's time for the Third Annual Uri! Picks for Oscar Night! I saw even fewer movies this year than in the past two years, but I'm luckily saved by the fact that the same four movies appear in every category. Before you run off to your bookie, you should know that I got 4 of 24 correct last year and 9 of 24 the year before that. My scores should improve this year, because I'm not letting Booty have any say in the picks.
With that said, let's start with the categories that no one cares about and build up a false sense of suspense through Sunday's update where I'll make...
- Sunday, March 23, 2003:
" I don't feel it makes the song any better - the grammar in it is very bad. " - Randy Newman, on his award for best original song in Monster's Inc
It's time for round two of the URI! Domain's Horribly Uneducated Picks for the Oscars?! I've seen even fewer movies this year than I did last year at this time, so I created a cardboard partition with two dimensional effigies of various stars and placed it in Booty's litter box. The ones she pooped on are all obvious winners, while the one time she pooped in the corner signifies a wildcard pick later in the ceremony. Send me your picks or complaints using the mail button above this news update.
Best performance by an actor in a le...
- Sunday, March 24, 2002:
" He has no genitalia, and he's holding a sword. " - Dustin Hoffman, describing his Oscar to the audiences
It's time for the URI! Domain's Horribly Uneducated Picks for the Oscars?! Since I've actually seen very few of the movies nominated this year (the ones with dots next to them), I'll do what any good statistician would do -- make things up, rely on natural prejudices, and go on gut instincts. Feel free to e-mail me if you blatantly disagree with a pick, or I've overlooked one of your all-time favourite movies.
Best performance by an actor in a leading role
The Nominees: Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind Sean Penn ...