Oscar Watch: Who should be nominated?

14484__amy_l_1It’s getting down to the wire; Mira Sorvino is already asleep, getting some beauty ZZZs in before she has to get up before sunrise tomorrow to announce the Oscar nominees. So it’s your last chance, PopWatchers, to tell us who you think should be nominated.

Who actually will be nominated seems pretty easy to predict this year; at this point, I’m just hoping that in between the Brokebacks and Capotes and Crashes and Walk the Lines, the Academy voters find some room to recognize movies like Junebug (starring potential Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams, pictured), Pride & Prejudice, The Squid and the Whale, A History of Violence, The Constant Gardener, The Upside of Anger, and Match Point.

Meanwhile, in Bizarro Hollywood, the Golden Raspberry nominations are out. Son of the Mask, a movie I wished I’d forgotten, tops the list of worsts, but the Razzies also gave multiple spankings to Jessicas Alba and Simpson, Hilary Duff, Will Ferrell, Jenny McCarthy’s Dirty Love, Paris Hilton, and Tom Cruise. Cruise is named twice in the new category of Tiresome Tabloid Targets; I fear the Razzies may be going too far afield in recognizing stars’ offscreen work, but then again, Cruise’s offscreen performance as ”Tom Cruise” was much more cringeworthy than his onscreen work this year. In fact, it’s the snark the Razzies direct at Cruise for his War of the Worlds performance that’s undeserved.

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  • Eddie

    I hope that somebody with a brain will give “40 Year Old Virgin” some love, if only a screenplay nomination.

  • djm

    I hope “The Upside of Anger” doesn’t get any noms – it was one of the worst movies I saw last year and Joan Allen was part of the reason why.

  • dave

    i’d just like catherine keener to get a nomination. she was great in capote. and i wish jonathan rhys-meyers would get a nod for match point. he was brilliant in that movie. i’d love it if michelle williams actually WON an award for brokeback mountain, but that’s only because i’m a dawson’s creek fan.

  • David

    If the Razzies want to be taken seriously, they ought to wise up to the difference between onscreen and offscreen. Offscreen, Tom Cruise may have annoyed the piss out of America this year. But onscreen, in War of the Worlds, his performance was far from the worst of the year.

  • Bren

    The Razzies aren’t meant to be taken seriously though. And they know that.

  • mo

    i agree that tom’s worst actor nom was undeserved. i know the razzie’s aren’t to be taken tooo seriously, but they’re usually on the money with worsts of the year and cruise in that category was just a cheap shot.
    anyways, i feel like the awards season has been going on forever already!

  • Ep Sato

    I am with Susman on this beef with the Razzies. That awards ceremony went from from recognizing bad movies (like Leonard Part 6) to kicking easy targets while they are down. This year’s targets Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Paris Hilton are TOO EASY.
    Also, War of the Worlds and Batman Begins were critically acclaimed moneymakers, meaning the public AND the critics liked their movies. “Actors who’s eccentricities grind our gears” is not (yet) an award, so these nominations, IMHO, are unjustified.
    Movies that everyone expected to suck from day one ended up on the top of the nomination list (did ANYONE think Bewitched, Mask 2, Deuce Bigaloo 2, Dukes of Hazzard, or Alone in The Dark were going to be high grossing, criticially aclaimed Oscar nominees?). IMHO, we should not be able to give Razzies to movies that everyone knew from the beginning were going to suck.
    On the other hand, over-hyped critical and financial bombs (Didn’t Kingdom of Heaven, and Elizabethtown both get EW covers? DISCO) went totally untouched. What gives? Is Orlando Bloom is too cute and cuddly to be called out for making two really bad movies in less than 12 months?

  • Laura

    The Upside of Anger, deserving of an Oscar nomination? Seriously?

  • Corran

    Dakota Fanning for War of the Worlds and Sandra Bullock for Crash could be out of nowhere nominations that would be more than deserving.

  • Neely

    In the race of best actress we all know reese has it locked. I would love to see Amy Adams recieve a nomination and win the award for best supp actrees, im a dawsons fan too but Adams was amazing. Crash would be awesome if it got a best pic and screenplay nod. I would also love to see a little movie called RENT somewhere in there but its a wash. I think Phillip Seymor Hoffman has it for actor and Don Cheadle really should be getting that supp actor nod and win he deserves. Ang lee will get director and im sure brokeback will win best pic.

  • Neely

    In the race of best actress we all know reese has it locked. I would love to see Amy Adams recieve a nomination and win the award for best supp actrees, im a dawsons fan too but Adams was amazing. Crash would be awesome if it got a best pic and screenplay nod. I would also love to see a little movie called RENT somewhere in there but its a wash. I think Phillip Seymor Hoffman has it for actor and Don Cheadle really should be getting that supp actor nod and win he deserves. Ang lee will get director and im sure brokeback will win best pic.

  • Danny

    I’m so glad Crash won the SAG ensemble award, because it puts it right up there with Brokeback Mountain, and those two films were my favorite this year. I’d love for Crash to get more acting recognition though–it was truly a phenomenal job by the whole ensemble, which obviously hurts its chances because how do you choose? You almost have to measure it by screen time, which gives Thandie Newton the edge over Sandra Bullock’s surprisingly deep performance and Jennifer Esposito, and Matt Dillon the edge over Terrence Howard, Don Cheadle, and the underrated endearing performance by Michael Pena.
    If Brokeback Mountain wins best picture, Crash should certainly get Original Screenplay, it was beautifully and brilliantly written.

  • Ep Sato

    Totally agree with Daniel about Crash.
    That movie felt like an epiphany. Hopeful, but also very real. I dug how all the bitter realites, our own hypocracies were all laid out so plainly in Crash. Cooler about it was that they didn’t make it ├╝ber gritty, made room for lots of redemtion, and gave me reason to root for people I never thought would be worth rooting for. Was it the acting, the writing, the directing, or the rare combination of a strong performance by all three? Great movie and I would love to see it gain some recognition.
    Since we are on Crash, I gotta give it up for Terrence Howard. THE MAN. This cat is on the “should have been discovered at least a few years ago because he’s just that good” list. I only hope his future roles are as well written and as powerful as the ones he took this year.
    And whoever wins best actor, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE (EP SATO’s ON HIS KNEEES) do not waste your god given talent and current hot streak to make another Snowdogs or Stealth!

  • jon

    I hope Joan Allen (for The Upside of Anger), Ralph Fiennes (for The Constant Gardener) and Chris Cooper (for Capote) get nods although I’m sure they won’t… hopefully, crash won’t be a big draw as it was preachy, heavy handed, provided little resolution to its setups and, aside from Sandra Bullock and Terrence Howard, was not acted very remarkably. Brokeback Mountain was far superior which is why it’s won almost all the other guild awards…

  • Tommy Marx

    Although I think Tom Cruise is bizarre, of course he didn’t deserve the nomination for worst actor. Offhand, I can’t think of a single movie Cruise has done where he hasn’t been good.
    But let’s be honest – does anyone really believe Halle Berry was the worst actress for Catwoman? I finally saw the movie a few months ago, and it was pretty lame. But beyond her questionable taste in deciding to appear in the movie, she did a fine job. There were a hell of a lot more performances worse than hers in 2004.
    The Razzies are a used-up gimmick – they don’t recognize the worst performances, they just go after easy targets and big names. Maybe once they were fun, but now they’re almost as relevant as a Paris Hilton joke. And I thought Jay Leno’s humor played it safe…

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