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I haven't been writing much online lately for two important reasons:
- I'm really, really close to finishing my novel
- Jim and I have seriously looking for a new house
So these two priorities are taking over everything else for the time being. But I promise I will be ready for next weekend's Confluence Brainstorming at the PARSEC meeting.
My other typical priority for this time of year is to write a little essay on the Oscars and make predictions. I will watch the Oscars tonight, and here are my predictions for the evening:
- Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman
- Actress: Reese Witherspoon
- Supporting Actor: George Clooney (but don't count Jake Gyllenhaal out!)
- Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz
- Animated Feature: Corpse Bride
- Art Direction: King Kong
- Cinemetography: New World
- Costume Design: Memoirs of a Geisha
- Directing: Ang Lee
- Documentary Feature: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
- Documentary Short: "The Mushroom Club"
- Film Editing: Constant Gardener
- Foreign Language: Joyeux NoŽl
- Make-up: Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
- Music: Memoirs of a Geisha
- Song: "Traveling' Through"
- Picture: Good Night and Good Luck
- Short Film Animated: "Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello"
- Short Film Live Action: "The Six Shooter"
- Sound Editing: War of the Worlds
- Sound Mixing: King Kong
- Visual Effects: King Kong
- Adapted Screenplay: (this may be the hardest category...) Brokeback Mountain
- Original Screenplay: Good Night and Gook Luck
While movies, on the whole, weren't so hot last year, some were, as usual, exceptional. Brokeback Mountain was such a mornful, spare movie, and Jake Gyllenhaal's superb performance was generally ignored (except by the BAFTAs). History of Violence was a real grabber, and given that Cronenberg, Mortensen and Bello were ignored for their excellent work, the movie could wind up with best Adapted Screenplay. But I do think George Clooney will win at least one Oscar tonight, and if he looses Supporting Actor, he'll probably take Original Screenplay.
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