The winners of the 77th Annual Academy Awards have been announced! See how Silver Chips Online's predictions--and yours--chalk up to the list of real winners.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
SCO Prediction: Jamie Foxx for "Ray"
Actual Winner: Jamie Foxx for "Ray"
Jamie Foxx was a pretty safe bet for leading actor this year at the Oscars. He had more buzz surrounding his role than any other actor. Also, Foxx was up for two nominations this year (he also grabbed one for Best Supporting Actor for "Collateral"), so it was doubtful that he would walk away empty-handed. Audiences and Academy members alike were shocked at Foxx's turn as a taxi driver in "Collateral" and as the legendary Ray Charles in "Ray." Foxx showed a depth of acting never expected from him before and was rewarded justly.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
SCO Prediction: Morgan Freeman for "Million Dollar Baby"
Actual Winner: Morgan Freeman for "Million Dollar Baby"
Finally, Morgan Freeman is appreciated! Freeman was nominated twice before, once for "Driving Miss Daisy" and once for "The Shawshank Redemption." Do not forget Freeman's awesome performances in the popular movies "Seven" and "Glory." In total, Freeman deserves this Oscar, especially for his performance in "Million Dollar Baby," where he transforms an otherwise pathetic janitor into the model of Swank's blossoming boxing career. Freeman's other contenders, including Clive Owen for "Closer" and Jamie Foxx for "Collateral," were snazzy critic's hopefuls who simply had to lose to Freeman's outstanding performance.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
SCO Prediction: Martin Scorsese for "The Aviator"
Actual Winner: Clint Eastwood for "Million Dollar Baby"
The biggest upset of the year was probably when Clint Eastwood was awarded the Best Directing Oscar over the much-favored and oft-jilted Martin Scorsese. Eastwood's gritty boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby" was in fierce competition with Scorsese's "The Aviator" all night. Though "Aviator" took home more statues (five to be exact), "Baby" won out overall with the more important Oscars (Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture). Though we at Silver Chips Online agree that "Baby" was a better film than "Aviator," we all were pushing for Scorsese to win because the legendary director has never won an Oscar, despite having been nominated four times previously
BEST WRITING, SCREENPLAY BASED ON MATERIAL PREVIOUSLY PRODUCED OR PUBLISHED
SCO Prediction: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor for "Sideways"
Actual Winners: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor for "Sideways"
Alexander Payne's and Jim Taylor's wins for "Sideways" brought a surprise this year to the Academy Awards. As the writer and director of other popular films such as "Election" and "About Schmidt," Payne was the obvious choice over other contenders, including a nomination for the screenplay of "Million Dollar Baby." Because movies like "Million Dollar Baby" are only great because of the acting and not as much for the intricate plot, their stories don't deserve Oscars. But films like "Sideways" rely on plot twists, complexities and wit in order to shine, which Payne matter-of-factly did.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
SCO Prediction: John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara, John Frazier for "Spiderman 2”
Actual Winners: John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara, John Frazier for "Spiderman 2”
Here at SCO we were wondering what "I, Robot" was doing anywhere near the Oscar ceremony last night. It's a good thing we didn't have to eat our words; the visual effects wizards of "Spiderman 2" deservedly took home the Oscar for Best Visual Effects yesterday evening.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
SCO Prediction: Bob Ringwood for "Troy”
Actual Winner: Sandy Powell for "The Aviator"
Here, unlike in the Best Picture category, SCO underestimated the power of "The Aviator." Though Bob Ringwood's costumes for the film "Troy" seemed grandiose, epic and utterly Oscar-worthy to us, the era-perfect costumes that Oscar veteran Sandy Powell designed and crafted for "The Aviator" won the esteemed recognition of the Academy.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR
SCO Prediction: "The Incredibles”
Actual Winners: "The Incredibles"
SCO felt like this one was a no-brainer. "The Incredibles" was easily the best animated film of the year, effortlessly transcending its competitors "Shrek 2" and "Shark Tale." With its clever plot, refreshing characters and dazzling animation, "The Incredibles" was the clear winner in this category. A critic at the New York Times went so far as to suggest that "Incredibles" should be nominated for Best Picture, though we at SCO probably wouldn't go that far.
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN EDITING
Winner: Thelma Schoonmaker for "The Aviator"
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP
Winner: Valli O'Reilly, Bill Corso for "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events"
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
Winner: Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer, Steve Cantamessa, Scott Millan for "Ray"
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
Winner: Michael Silvers, Randy Thorn for "The Incredibles"
BEST SHORT FILM, ANIMATED
Winner: Chris Landreth for "Ryan"
BEST SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION
Winner: Andrea Arnold for "Wasp"
BEST DOCUMENTARY, SHORT SUBJECT
Winner: Robert Hudson, Bobby Houston for "Mighty Times: The Children's March"
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES, ORIGINAL SONG
Winner: Jorge Drexler for "Al Otra Lado Del Rio"
BEST FOREIGN FILM
Winner: Spain's Alejandro Amenabar for "Mar Adentro" ("The Sea Inside")
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