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All set for the Oscars? Cant wait for the latest on the Oscars 2005 winners and losers? We understand. The 77th Annual Academy Awards will be held on February 27, 2005 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. Like every year, this year too promises to be an exciting fare, the most awaited movie event of the entire year. Here is our shortlist. The list is by now means comprehensive, but we hope to comprehensivise it very soon. The low-down on what to look out for.
 

BY OUR MEDIA EDITOR

5th  Jan, 2005

Our Oscars 2005 award winner/nominee No.1 FINDING NEVERLAND:

Last year Johnny Depp almost made it with Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. This year he is back with a better performance in Finding Neverland. It is a tale of growing up as the life story of Peter Pan author JM Barrie is told. Depp is closest to an Oscar gold in his career, with Neverland. The film itself is looking at the top prize as Best Picture. Kate Winslet has a good shot at a Supporting Actress nomination. Director Marc Forster may find Neverland giving him the best director nomination. Finding Neverland has a very good chance at several nominations.

Our Oscars 2005 award winner/nominee No.2 VERA DRAKE:

A heart-breaking film. Chart-topping best female performance. Set in London, 1950, this is the story of Vera Drake, an extra-nice woman always helping people and never hesitant to open her home and heart to those in need. Vera's home life is wonderful. Dramatic tension kicks off as Vera visits the house of a distressed young girl. Offering her kind words and reassurance she settles down to help the young lady out of her present situation. Equipped with knick-knacks, she proceeds to give the woman an abortion. Imelda Staunton (the nurse in the Oscar-winning Shakespeare in Love) stars as Vera Drake. She can look for the Best Actress slot. Writer/director Mike Leigh can pitch for original Screenplay prize. It has already received the Golden Lion for Best Film from the Venice International Film Festival.

Our Oscars 2005 award nominee winner/No.3 SIDEWAYS:

So much praise and hype have preceded this film. It was consistently at the tops of critics' lists as one of the best films of 2004. Already with seven Golden Globe nominations, Sideways is a front-runner. Two middle-aged men looking for love on a wine-soaked holiday in California, serving as a bachelor party for one and a search for a new beginning for another. Oscar talk is buzzing and with seven Golden Globe nominations, hardly surprising. Very good acting by Paul Giamatti. He received much acclaim for the small film American Splendor last year. Excellent show by Virginia Madsen. Writer/director Alexander Payne is certain to be one of the front runners for Best Adapted Screenplay and Payne is also going to be amongst names such as Eastwood, Nichols and Scorsese for Best Director. Sideways has created quite a stir in the run-up to Oscars.

Our Oscars 2005 award winner/nominee No.4: MILLION DOLLAR BABY:

A memorable story. Starring Clint Eastwood. The actor is magnificent from his directorial duties and acts alongside Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. Million Dollar Baby is expected to pull as much as Charlize Theron did with Monster. Swank can aspire for Best Actress nomination. Swank worked for three months with boxing trainer Hector Roca and weight lifter and trainer Grant Roberts several hours a day to convincingly play a highly conditioned professional athlete. Morgan Freeman can look for Best Supporting Actor slot. Freeman narrates the story of Million Dollar Baby and is the voice of reason during the film. Eastwood can pitch for Best Director.Excellent cinematography by Tom Stern. Million Dollar Baby, is a front runner right now for Best Picture.

Our Oscars 2005 award winner/nominee No.5 THE INCREDIBLES:

Here is the animated movie trying to make history. It has made $247 million at he box ofice so far. The Incredibles is aiming to be the first animated feature to be nominated for Best Animated Feature as well as Best Picture. In 2002, Shrek had pulled in the very first Oscar for Best Animated Feature. A nomination and most likely a win is more or less inevitable. It will be competing with Shrek 2, the film that currently sits at #3 in all-time domestic box-office sales with $441 million. The Incredibles has already from earning already 16 Annie Award nominations, which is more than Shrek 2 and Shark Tale pulled in combined.


Our Oscars 2005 award winner/nominee No.6 THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR:

Some great performances. The Door in the Floor could be a surprise winner at Oscars 2005. Based on the first third of the novel "A Widow for One Year". Credit for the adaptation goes to Tod Williams. Williams could earn nominations for his job of directing the film, but probably has the best shot at winning an Oscar for the work he did adapting the screenplay. Jeff Bridges can vie for Best Actor. Kim Bassinger plays Bridge's estranged wife, a previous Oscar winner for LA Confidential.


Our Oscars 2005 award winner/nominee No.7: AVIATOR

Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator, is ready to light up silver screens. It has a huge chance at a large amount of nominations and has eyes on a couple of major awards. A Best Picture nomination is definitely on the cards. It was the one big epic film of last year, with Troy and Alexander falling flat. Scorsese may be best director. Surprisingly, he has not won an Oscar yet. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in Aviator. This is DiCaprio's best-ever performance. It has already earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He appears as Howard Hughes. Absolutely brilliant acting. Cate Blanchett is amazing too, with her portrayal as Katherine Hepburn. The cinematography as well as visual effects are amazing, besides the aerial scenes.


Our Oscars 2005 award winner/nominee No.8 CLOSER:

A sexual movie without a sex scene. It is the story of four strangers whose lives suddenly become entangled. It is made in way where we dislike the charaters but still identify with them. Adapted from the popular Patrick Marber play, Closer is a sexual exploration for the modern age. Excellent performances by Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman, Jude Law and Clive Owen. Closer brings out the best of Jude Law. Closer is sure to gain a lot of limelight at Oscars 2005.


Our Oscars 2005 award winner/nominee No.9 COLLATERAL:

Starring Tom Cruise, an actor who has never managed to find an Oscar. he is one of the last big-badge stars not to be blessed an with Oscar gold despie movies like Rain Man, Magnolia, Jerry Maguire, Born on the Fourth of July etc. Film is directed by Michael Mann, that takes place over the course of one night in the dusky glow of Los Angeles as a cabbie named Max, is about to have anything but an ordinary night once he accepts his next fare. Cue Vincent (Cruise) is a hit man for hire with a job to do. With a body count planned for five, the night is only just beginning as he instructs Max to take him to his scheduled "appointments." A Best Actor nomination for Cruise? Lets wait and see! Admirable cinematography.


Our Oscars 2005 award winner/nominee No.10 ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND:


Driven by a brilliant performance by Jim Carrey. Joel (Carrey) is on a struggle to forget his ex-girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) and hires the services of Lacuna Inc. for their sophisticated mind melting process. But Joel's mind won't let him forget what is most important to him and it becomes a battle for intellectual and romantic supremacy. n intelligent story by French director Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman, the Oscar-winning writer of 2002's Adaptation.Carrey and Winslet can both be considered for Best Actor/Actress roles, Gondry will most likely get a nomination for director and Kaufman will certainly be the frontrunner for Original Screenplay. Good work in film editing.

BY OUR MEDIA EDITOR

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