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JASON'S BEST: If I Voted For The Oscars 2004 (Return to Jason's Best Main Page)


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Here's the detailed list of my Oscar choices for 2004, if I were allowed to vote -- my choice for the winner is in bold -- in addition, I have also included a few additional categories worth mentioning...


Million Dollar Baby, The Best Film of 2004

BEST PICTURE
The Aviator
Closer
Fahrenheit 9/11
Million Dollar Baby
Sideways

BEST ACTOR
Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Don Cheadle in Hotel Rwanda
Liam Neeson in Kinsey
Paul Giamatti in Sideways
Jamie Foxx in Ray

BEST ACTRESS
Catalina Sandino Moreno in Maria Full of Grace
Julia Roberts in Closer
Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake
Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Vol. 2
Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
C.J. Sanders in Ray
Thomas Haden Church in Sideways
Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby
Clive Owen in Closer
Peter Sarsgaard in Kinsey

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett in The Aviator
Laura Linney in Kinsey
Maia Morgenstern in The Passion of the Christ
Natalie Portman in Closer
Paz Vega in Spanglish

BEST DIRECTOR
Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby
Mike Nichols for Closer
Michael Moore for Fahrenheit 9/11
Michael Mann for Collateral
Martin Scorsese for The Aviator

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Aviator
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Garden State
The Incredibles
Spanglish

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Before Sunset
Closer
Friday Night Lights
Million Dollar Baby
Sideways

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE
Carter Burwell for Kinsey
John Debney for The Passion of the Christ
Howard Shore for The Aviator
Rupert Gregson-Williams & Andrea Guerra for Hotel Rwanda
Vangelis for Alexander

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG
"Broken" from The Punisher -- performed by Seether & Amy Lee
"Remember" from Troy -- performed by Josh Groban & Tanja Tzarovska
"Ordinary" from SpiderMan 2 -- performed by Train
"Accidentally in Love" from Shrek 2 -- performed by Counting Crows
"Believe" from The Polar Express -- performed by Josh Groban

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Aviator
Collateral
Kill Bill Vol. 2
The Passion of the Christ
House of Flying Daggers

BEST FILM EDITING
The Aviator
Closer
Fahrenheit 9/11
Kinsey
Kill Bill Vol. 2

BEST ART DIRECTION
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera
The Aviator
A Very Long Engagement
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Terminal

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Aviator
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera
Finding Neverland
House of Flying Daggers
Vanity Fair

BEST MAKEUP
The Aviator
The Passion of the Christ
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

BEST SOUND
The Aviator
The Day After Tomorrow
Ladder 49
The Passion of the Christ
SpiderMan 2

BEST SOUND EFFECTS EDITING
The Aviator
The Incredibles
The Polar Express

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Day After Tomorrow
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
SpiderMan 2

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
The Aviator
Closer
Million Dollar Baby
Kinsey
Sideways

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Incredibles
The Polar Express
Shrek 2

BEST SCENE OR SEQUENCE IN A 2004 MOTION PICTURE
Larry (Clive Owen) breaking up with Anna (Julia Roberts) with their vicious exchange in Closer
The final talk between The Bride (Uma Thurman) and Bill (David Carradine) at the end of Kill Bill Vol. 2
Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett) visiting Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) one last time talking on each side of the door in The Aviator
Paul Giamatti and Virginia Madsen intimately talking to each other about their love for wine and what it means to them in Sideways
Paul Rusesabagina and his wife Tatiana (Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo) sitting together on the roof of the hotel and talking while guns and firefights rage around them below in Hotel Rwanda

BEST FILM QUOTE OF THE YEAR
"I'm a fingerprint on the window of a skyscraper." from Sideways
"No, I shot him. The bullets and the fall killed him." from Collateral
"Sex is a risky game, because if you're not careful, it will cut you wide open." from Kinsey
"If you do this thing, you'll be lost, somewhere so deep you will never find yourself." from Million Dollar Baby
"I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now, watch this drive." from Fahrenheit 9/11
"We may not always be as happy as you always dreamed we'd be, but for once, let's just allow ourselves to be whatever it is we are." from Garden State
"No. You're not a bad person. You're a terrific person. You're my favorite person, but every once in a while, you can be a real cunt." from Kill Bill Vol. 2

BEST MOVIE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM
Fahrenheit 9/11 (Songs and Artists That Inspired Fahrenheit 9/11)
Garden State
Hotel Rwanda
Ray
SpiderMan 2

BEST MOVIE POSTER
The Day After Tomorrow
Million Dollar Baby
Friday Night Lights
Kill Bill Vol. 2
Kinsey

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR: BEST INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM
Alice's Misadventures in Wonderland
A Home at the End of the World
Dandelion
Rick
Open Water

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR: BEST INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM
Dysenchanted (directed by Terri Edda Miller)
Perils in Nude Modeling (directed by Scott Rice)
The Sky is Falling (directed by Adam J. Kreps)
Tackle Box (directed by Matthew Mebane)
This Land (directed by Gregg and Evan Spiridellis)