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Academy Award Nominations

Published January 25, 2005 in MOVIE AWARDS
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Miramax
Aviator Will The Aviator, with Leonardo DiCaprio at the helm, take a run across the Oscars?
I'm sure you have now been entertained with the Razzie Nominations, but now it is time to get serious and show the best of 2004 with the Academy Awards nominations.

Academy Awards Nominations List


Some of the biggest details to notice is that The Aviator has the most nominations with 11, followed by Million Dollar Baby and Finding Neverland [each holding 7]. One other thing that is also notable is that Michael Moore's documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, failed to receive a single nomination. Michael Moore[the anti-capitalist who attempted to capitalize on the success of his film] did this to himself as he pulled Fahrenheit 9/11 from the documentary bracket [where it stood a chance] and tried to get the film in the running for best picture [where it had no chance].

On a happier note, comedian gone actor Jamie Foxx will have two opportunities to receive an Academy Award; one for best actor in Ray and one for best supporting actor in Collateral.

And Your Nominees Are...


Best Picture
THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
RAY (Universal Pictures)
SIDEWAYS (Fox Searchlight)

Prediction: The Aviator or Sideways

Achievement in Directing
Martin Scorsese for THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
Clint Eastwood for MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
Taylor Hackford for RAY (Universal Pictures)
Alexander Payne for SIDEWAYS (Fox Searchlight)
Mike Leigh for VERA DRAKE (Fine Line Features)

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Don Cheadle for HOTEL RWANDA (United Artists)
Johnny Depp for FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
Leonardo DiCaprio for THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
Clint Eastwood for MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
Jamie Foxx for RAY (Universal Pictures)

Prediction: Jamie Foxx or Leonardo DiCaprio

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Alda for THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
Thomas Haden Church for SIDEWAYS (Fox Searchlight)
Jamie Foxx for COLLATERAL (Dreamworks SKG)
Morgan Freeman for MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
Clive Owen for CLOSER (Columbia Pictures)

Prediction: Jamie Foxx or Clive Owen [I just want to see Clive get an award like Globes]

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening - BEING JULIA (Sony Pictures Classics)
Catalina Sandino Moreno - MARIA FULL OF GRACE (Fine Line Features)
Imelda Staunton - VERA DRAKE (Fine Line Features)
Hilary Swank for MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
Kate Winslet for ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Focus Features)

Prediction: Hilary Swank or Kate Winslet

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett for THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
Laura Linney - KINSEY (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Virginia Madsen for SIDEWAYS (Fox Searchlight)
Sophie Okonedo - HOTEL RWANDA (United Artists)
Natalie Portman for CLOSER (Columbia Pictures)

Prediction: At a loss with this one.

Best Original Screenplay
THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Focus Features)
HOTEL RWANDA (United Artists)
THE INCREDIBLES (Disney/Pixar)
VERA DRAKE (Fine Line Features)

Prediction: Eternal Sunshine or Hotel Rwanda

Lemony Snickets Lemony Snicket's only has a couple chances...
Best Adapted Screenplay
BEFORE SUNSET (Warner Independent Pictures)
FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (Focus Features)
SIDEWAYS (Fox Searchlight)

Prediction: Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, or Sideways

Best Foreign-Language Film
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN - Sweden
THE CHORUS - France
DOWNFALL - Germany
THE SEA INSIDE - Spain
YESTERDAY - South Africa

Prediction: The Sea Inside

Best Animated Feature Film
THE INCREDIBLES (Disney/Pixar)
SHARK TALE (Dreamworks SKG)
SHREK 2 (Dreamworks SKG)

Prediction: close between Incredibles and Shrek 2

Achievement in Art Direction
THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Paramount Pictures)
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Warner Bros.)
A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (Warner Independent Pictures)

Prediction: The Aviator or A Very Long Engagement

Achievement in Cinematography
THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (Sony Pictures Classics)
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (Newmarket Film Group)
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Warner Bros.)
A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (Warner Independent Pictures)

Prediction: House of Flying Daggers or Very Long Engagement

Achievement in Costume Design
THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Paramount Pictures)
RAY (Universal Pictures)
TROY (Warner Bros.)

Prediction: Pitt running around in a skirt may score some points with the academy

Best Documentary Feature
BORN INTO BROTHELS (ThinkFilm)
THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL (ThinkFilm)
SUPER SIZE ME (Roadside Attractions / Samuel Goldwyn Films)
TUPAC: RESURRECTION (Paramount Pictures)
TWIST OF FAITH

Prediction: Super Size Me [just cause it is grossly funny]

Best Film Editing
THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
COLLATERAL
FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.)
RAY (Universal Pictures)

Prediction: The Aviator

Achievement in Makeup
LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Paramount Pictures)
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (Newmarket Film Group)
THE SEA INSIDE (Fine Line Features)

Prediction: Lemony Snicket's

Best Original Score
FINDING NEVERLAND (Miramax)
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Paramount Pictures)
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (Newmarket Film Group)
THE VILLAGE (Touchstone Pictures)

Prediction: Harry Potter or Lemony

Original Song
"Accidentally In Love" - SHREK 2 (Dreamworks SKG)
"Al Otro Lado Del Río" - THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES (Focus Features)
"Believe" - THE POLAR EXPRESS (Warner Bros.)
"Learn To Be Lonely" - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Warner Bros.)
"Look To Your Path (Vois Sur Ton Chemin)" - THE CHORUS (Miramax)

Prediction: A toss up.

Achievement in Sound Mixing
THE AVIATOR (Miramax)
THE INCREDIBLES (Disney/Pixar)
THE POLAR EXPRESS (Warner Bros.)
RAY (Universal Pictures)
SPIDER-MAN 2 (Columbia Pictures)

Prediction: The Aviator or Spider-Man 2

Achievement in Sound Editing
THE INCREDIBLES (Disney/Pixar)
THE POLAR EXPRESS (Warner Bros.)
SPIDER-MAN 2 (Columbia Pictures)

Prediction: Spider-Man 2

Best Visual Effects
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (Warner Bros)
I, ROBOT (20th Century Fox)
SPIDER-MAN 2 (Columbia Pictures)

Prediction: NOT I,ROBOT

Best Documentary Short
AUTISM IS A WORLD
THE CHILDREN OF LENINGRADSKY
HARDWOOD
MIGHTY TIMES: THE CHILDREN'S MARCH
SISTER ROSE'S PASSION

Best Animated Short Film
BIRTHDAY BOY
GOPHER BROKE
GUARD DOG
LORENZO
RYAN

Best Live-Action Short Film
EVERYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY MUST
LITTLE TERRORIST
7:35 IN THE MORNING
TWO CARS, ONE NIGHT
WASP

The Academy Awards will air on Sunday, February 27th.
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