Academy Awards Revisited: Who Should Have Really Won (2003-2005)

Academy Awards Revisited

On the verge of yet another awards season, I decided to revisit past Academy Awards and see if I agree with the list of winners. I will mostly concentrate on the following categorys:

MUSIC

CINEMATOGRAPHY

ACTING (LEAD AND SUPPORTING)

WRITING (ORIGINALS AND ADAPTATIONS)

DIRECTOR and

BEST FILM

And if there’s other notes about that years other categorys, I’ll do a quick run-by at the end. I shall begin the list from 1979, the year I was born and try to reach all the way to the year 2014. That seems appropriate. Shall we begin?

Previous Entries:

1979, 1980, 1981

1982, 1983,1984

1985, 1986, 1987

1988, 1989, 1990

1991, 1992, 1993

1994, 1995, 1996

1997, 1998, 1999

2000, 2001, 2002

2003

Music:

WON: Howard Shore, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

SHOULD: Hans Zimmer: THE LAST SAMURAI

Cinematography:

WON: Russell Boyd, MASTER AND COMMANDER: THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD

SHOULD: Eduardo Serra, GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Renée Zellweger, COLD MOUNTAIN

SHOULD: Patricia Clarkson, DOGVILLE

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Tim Robbins, MYSTIC RIVER

SHOULD: Bill Nighy, LOVE ACTUALLY

Best Actor:

WON: Sean Penn, MYSTIC RIVER

SHOULD: Billy Bob Thornton, BAD SANTA

Best Actress:

WON: Charlize Theron, MONSTER

SHOULD: Uma Thurman, KILL BILL: VOL. 1

Original Screenplay:

WON: Sofia Coppola, LOST IN TRANSLATION

SHOULD: Quentin Tarantino, KILL BILL VOL. 1

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

SHOULD: Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini, AMERICAN SPLENDOR

Directing:

WON: Peter Jackson, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

SHOULD: Well here’s the thing. The first Lord Of The Rings deserved all the awards this movie had. So that in mind, ANG LEE for HULK. Holy shit that flick is awesomely directed.

Best Film:

WON: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING

SHOULD: THE LAST SAMURAI

Other notes: Best editing should’ve gone to Tim Squyres for his outstanding work for HULK.

2004

Music:

WON: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, FINDING NEVERLAND

SHOULD: James Newton Howard, THE VILLAGE

Cinematography:

WON: Robert Richardson, THE AVIATOR

SHOULD: Ellen Kuras, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Cate Blanchet, THE AVIATOR

SHOULD: Lynn Collins, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: Morgan Freeman, MILLION DOLLAR BABY

SHOULD: Thomas Haden Church, SIDEWAYS

Best Actor:

WON: Jamie Foxx, RAY

SHOULD: Simon Pegg, SHAUN OF THE DEAD

Best Actress:

WON: Hilary Swank, MILLION DOLLAR BABY

SHOULD: Kate Winslet, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

Original Screenplay:

WON: Charlie Kaufman, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

SHOULD: A million times yes.

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, SIDEWAYS

SHOULD: Yes. Huh…the Academy got these screenplays right this year…

Directing:

WON: Clint Eastwood, MILLION DOLLAR BABY

SHOULD: Michel Gondry, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

Best Film:

WON: MILLION DOLLAR BABY

SHOULD: ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

Other notes: Rick Baker’s work for HELLBOY should have been awarded in the Best Makeup category, and “America, F**k Yeah!” from TEAM AMERICA:THE WORLD POLICE was the year’s Best Song. DOWNFALL (DER UNTERGANG) was the Best Foreign Film.

2005

Music:

WON: Gustavo Santaolalla, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

SHOULD: John Williams, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. Johnny had an awesome year with Geisha, MUNICH, WAR OF THE WORLDS and STAR WARS: EPISODE III REVENGE OF THE SITH.

Cinematography:

WON: Dion Beebe, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

SHOULD: Robert Rodriquez, SIN CITY

Best Supporting Actress:

WON: Rachel Weisz, THE CONSTANT GARDENER

SHOULD: Frances McDormand, NORTH COUNTRY

Best Supporting Actor:

WON: George Clooney, SYRIANA

SHOULD: Sam Rockwell, THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

Best Actor:

WON: Philip Seymour Hoffman, CAPOTE

SHOULD: Oh yes.

Best Actress:

WON: Reese Witherspoon, WALK THE LINE

SHOULD: Haha, no. Charlize Theron for NORTH COUNTRY.

Original Screenplay:

WON: Alan Ball, CRASH

SHOULD: George Clooney & Grant Heslov, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK

Adapted Screenplay:

WON: Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

SHOULD: Shane Black, KISS KISS BANG BANG

Directing:

WON: Ang Lee, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

SHOULD: Robert Rodriquez, SIN CITY

Best Film:

WON: CRASH

SHOULD: Hahahaha….no. NO!!! You want to have a left-field nominee to win? Okay: KISS KISS BANG BANG. Now that’s a film. Or EVERY SINGLE NOMINATED BEST PICTURE CONTENDER EXCEPT CRASH!

OTHER NOTES. Fuck you, Crash.

Next: 2006-2008

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