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3BlackChicks™ ...
...make our Academy Awards® picks

"Wait a minute...this is 74 years here!" You tell 'em, girl.

Whether or not The Academy got it wrong more than right...whether a more-deserving performance won or not...whether one truly doesn't believe in Awards Shows, or their reaction is just sour grapes - you simply cannot deny the history Halle Berry and Denzel Washington made in earning the Best Actress and Best Actor Oscar® at the 74th Annual Academy Awards®. And in front of honorary Oscar® winner Sidney Poitier, no less. You'll pardon us, we hope, if we stick our chests out a wee bit here, and congratulate Ms. Berry, Mr. Washington, and Mr. Poitier, for their amazing achievements. Let's hope that Halle was right, and Doors do, indeed, start Opening.

Update: along with our commentary below, be sure to check out two new "At The Oscars" additions: Cass' review of the 2002 Oscars® broadcast; and Chris Utley's "Beyond The Screen" Oscars® commentary - "A Seat At The Table"

And the Oscar® will/should/DID go to...

Best Picture | Best Actor | more nominees

Best Picture

  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Gosford Park
  • In The Bedroom
  • The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
  • Moulin Rouge
      Who will win?
      • Bams: I don't know that I would've picked these five, but at least these picks didn't have me wondering (too much) WTF the Academy was smokin' this year. I've seen all but one...and that's the one I think Oscar® will be bedding with this year: The Lord Of The Rings. Oscar® loves an Epic Opus, and all.
      • The Diva: Gosford Park. It's just "foo-foo" enough for the Academy.

      Who should win?
      • Bams: Hard call. They're each okay picks, but of the lot, In The Bedroom worked for me the most.
      • The Diva: I pulled for Moulin Rouge until I saw The Lord Of The Rings.

      Who did win?: A Beautiful Mind
      • Bams: I'm sorry; I pretty much stopped paying attention after Halle and Denzel left the stage. But seriously, this one was somewhat surprising.

    Best Picture | Best Actress | back to top

    Best Actor

  • Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind
  • Sean Penn, I Am Sam
  • Will Smith, Ali
  • Denzel Washington, Training Day
  • Tom Wilkinson, In The Bedroom
      Who will win?
      • Bams: Looking back at his win last year, and at Hollywood's tendency to stick with the status quo, Russell Crowe.
      • The Diva: Tom Wilkinson. I think Russell Crowe is brilliant, but I don't think he is paid his dues enough to warrant back to back Oscars.

      Who should win?
      • Bams: I'm happy as hell that Smith and Washington round out the Black actor trifecta, along with Halle Berry, for the first time in 30 years. But for my money, Wilkinson was a cut above the rest.
      • The Diva: I say this not having seen Training Day: Denzel. He has paid his dues and he is long overdue.

      Who did win?: Denzel Washington, Training Day
      • Bams: This one surprised me (remember, this one came after Halle's win). Straight up: I didn't think "They" would give "Us" two...something which even Washington referred to in his acceptance speech. Not that Washington isn't worthy - though I still say Wilkinson's performance was the better of the five. But I have to ask: isn't there anyone who wants to hear Russell Crowe's poem?

    Best Actor | Best Supporting Actor | back to top

    Best Actress

  • Halle Berry, Monster's Ball
  • Judi Dench, Iris
  • Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge
  • Sissy Spacek, In The Bedroom
  • Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jones's Diary
      Who will win?
      • Bams: My heart - and admittedly, some cultural pride - wants to say "Halle Berry"; but the pre-Oscar® buzz is strong for Sissy Spacek in one camp, Nicole Kidman in another. Except for the WTFF? choice of Zellweger (Naomi Watts wuz robbed), this is the best, most deserving group of nominations out there.
      • The Diva: I really don't know other than Renee won't.

      Who should win?
      • Bams: "Heart" and "pride" aside, Berry more than earned her nomination on the strength of her performance, not because of the color of her skin. As much as any of the others (and more than at least one), she's deserving of the statue.
      • The Diva: I was in the Nicole camp until I saw Halle's performance. If she wins, I can honestly say that I'm not disappointed.

      Who did win?: Halle Berry, Monster's Ball
      • Bams: I won't front: first, I screamed. Then I cried. Then, I stood and applauded her. What a classy lady...and her statue was totally deserved. No asteriks on this one.

    Best Actress | Best Supporting Actress | back to top

    Best Supporting Actor

  • Jim Broadbent, Iris
  • Ethan Hawke, Training Day
  • Ben Kingsley, Sexy Beast
  • Ian McKellen, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
  • Jon Voight, Ali
      Who will win?
      • Bams: If I close my eyes, throw a random dart, and play eenie meenie miney moe ... McKellen, I guess.
      • The Diva: Ben Kingsley.

      Who should win?
      • Bams: Um, "none of the above"? Not that any of the supporting men are bad, per se; it's just that this group was, for the most part, rather forgettable.
      • The Diva: A tie between Voight and McKellen.

      Who did win?: Jim Broadbent, Iris

    Best Supporting Actor | Best Director | back to top

    Best Supporting Actress

  • Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind
  • Helen Mirren, Gosford Park
  • Maggie Smith, Gosford Park
  • Marisa Tomei, In The Bedroom
  • Kate Winslet, Iris
      Who will win?
      • Bams: Tomei won't be allowed to escape the brouhaha over her My Cousin Vinny win, the Gosford Park duo might cancel each other out, and not enough people know about Iris to call that one. I see A Beautiful Mind going home with lots of gold this year.
      • The Diva: As far as I'm concerned none of them should have been nominated.

      Who should win?
      • Bams: Jennifer Connelly. But can I grumble about Nona Gaye not having been nominated?
      • The Diva: What Bams said.

      Who did win?: Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind
      • Bams: Though I picked Connelly's win, I'm surprised that ABM got the awards it won - but not the big one that it didn't. Hmmm.

    Best Supporting Actress | more nominees | back to top

    Best Director

  • Ron Howard, A Beautiful Mind
  • Ridley Scott, Black Hawk Down
  • Robert Altman, Gosford Park
  • Peter Jackson, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
  • David Lynch, Mulholland Drive
      Who will win?
      • Bams: Since the nominating committee failed to recognize directors Todd Field and Baz Lurhmann (or conversly, that the "Best Picture" committe didn't recognize Lynch's or Scott's films), eenie meenie...Peter Jackson. Um, or Ridley Scott.
      • The Diva: Robert Altman.

      Who should win?
      • Bams: Anyone but David Lynch. Who, me, bitter?
      • The Diva: Baz Lurhman; what, he wasn't nominated? Yeah, you get my point.

      Who did win?: Ron Howard, A Beautiful Mind
      • Bams: Maybe "Opie" will find more "doors open" for him now...or at least, will stop being taken so lightly.

    Best Director | more nominees | back to top

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