Bring Your O Game
Whats your favorite month of the year? December is always a popular choice, what will all the gift giving (and more importantly receiving) holidays. How about October, with Halloween and the World Series? If youre from somewhere other than Arizona, June and July are often popular because of surf, sand and sun. For me though, its March by a landslide. Why you ask? Let me count the ways. Spring Training, St. Patricks Day, the NBA finally inching toward the playoffs, the NCAA tournament (and all those pools I become champion of) and most importantly, the Academy Awards. Yes friends the Oscars are Sunday March 23, and Im throwing down the gauntlet. Your brackets will be locked in, and the sporting world takes an evening off. Want something besides a buzzer beater to talk about over the water cooler? Then enter the BEAT THE flmGEEK contest. Pick the winners of the 9 major categories (well get to those in a bit) and if you pick more right than I do well give you a sweet T-shirt and an opportunity to make a damn fool out of me, your not-so-humble flmGEEK. Now mind you, the chances of you fools actually beating me are slim to none, but give it a shot, and dont worry, you couldnt beat Jordan in one on one either.
The next few pages are your cheat sheet. Ill break down each category, let you know who the smart money is on, and then let you know my pick. If youre doing well Sunday youll even have the chance to talk smack directly to me, as Ill be hosting an online chat during the entire Awards show. So post your picks on the flmGEEK Forum, then post the running time of the actual awards telecast (for the tie-breaker), and that was the entire internet world will have the chance to laugh at you and we will.
The Nominees are
BEST PICTURE: Chicago, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Pianist
BEST DIRECTOR: Pedro Almodovar for "Talk to Her," Stephen Daldry for "The Hours," Rob Marshall for "Chicago," Roman Polanski for "The Pianist"
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: "Far From Heaven" by Todd Haynes, "Gangs of New York" by Jay Cocks, Kenneth Lonergan, Steven Zaillian, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" by Nia Vardalos, "Talk to Her" by Pedro Almodovar, "Y Tu Mama Tambien" by Carlos Cuaron, Alfonsa Cuaron
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: "About A Boy" by Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, "Adaptation" by Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman, "Chicago" by Bill Condon, "The Hours" by David Hare, "The Pianist" by Ronald Harwood
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Ice Age, Lilo & Stitch, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Spirited Away, Treasure Planet
BEST ACTOR: Adrien Brody for "The Pianist," Nicolas Cage for "Adaptation," Michael Caine for "The Quiet American," Daniel Day-Lewis for "Gangs of New York," Jack Nicholson for "About Schmidt"
BEST ACTRESS: Salma Hayek for "Frida," Nicole Kidman for "The Hours," Diane Lane for "Unfaithful," Julianne Moore for "Far From Heaven," Renee Zellweger for "Chicago"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Chris Cooper for "Adaptation," Ed Harris for "The Hours," Paul Newman for "Road to Perdition," John C. Reilly for "Chicago," Christopher Walken for "Catch Me If You Can"
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Kathy Bates for "About Schmidt," Queen Latifah for "Chicago," Julianne Moore for "The Hours," Meryl Streep for "Adaptation," Catherine Zeta-Jones for "Chicago"
There you have it kids. Pick those nine categories and dont forget the running time (for the tie-breaker). Best of luck to you all. Just entering is like getting a nomination, and remember just being nominated is an honor, so you shouldnt feel too bad when I whip ya!