Superfluous Oscar Countdown, Day Two: 2001

Welcome to the start of another week. I hope you all enjoyed your weekends!

I’m sorry to say that Saturday was a bit of a rough day for the Words Become Superfluous girls. Shutterbug Sis got some really sad news about a friend, and I got a really hurtful email from my ex.


So. To help us get our groove back, I spent most of yesterday dancing in my kitchen. Oh, and I cooked too – my famous vegetarian chilli (for Shutterbug Sis, the herbivore) greek beef stew (for Amb, the carnivore) and peanut butter banana loaf with chocolate chips (for both WBS girls – the peanut butter thing runs in the family).

In addition to helping me to eat my feelings, my kitchen party inspired today’s movie choices, too. I’m happy to present the delicious Best Picture nominees from 2001:

  • Chocolat” David Brown, Kit Golden and Leslie Holleran, Producers
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” Bill Kong, Hsu Li Kong and Ang Lee, Producers
  • Erin Brockovich” Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, Producers
  • Gladiator” Douglas Wick, David Franzoni and Branko Lustig, Producers
  • Traffic” Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz and Laura Bickford, Producers

My research surprised me on this one – when I first looked at the list, I assumed the Best Picture winner was Traffic, but the Oscar actually went to Gladiator! Apparently the Academy found Russell Crowe’s accent to be more convincing than I did, because they gave him the Best Actor award, too. However, my friends, here at Words Become Superfluous, we are far more discriminating when it comes to rewarding an well done accent. (And when it comes to rewarding imaginary boyfriends, too). So it will probably surprise exactly none of you to hear that

The Superfluous Oscar Goes to: Chocolat!

And the bonus I-Just-Wanted-an-Excuse-to-Include-his Picture Best Actor Superfluous Oscar Goes to: Johnny Depp



Have a wonderful Monday everyone. I hope to see you here tomorrow – I’ll save you a piece of peanut butter banana loaf! And please, I’d love to hear all about your picks for Best Picture in the Comments.

love amb

12 thoughts on “Superfluous Oscar Countdown, Day Two: 2001

  1. I hope all the lousy aspects of the week were consolidated into one day and that your happy dance welcomed only the best days for the rest of the week..

  2. Come on, Gladiator was the only one of the group worth watching outside of Traffic.

    Personally, I’m tired of watching Mr. Depp playing Bill Murray, playing Hunter S. Thompson in Where the Buffalo Roam. If anyone has the stomach to watch The Lone Ranger, please feel free to tell me that his character was any different in that than Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and every Pirates of the Caribbean film. Is it really acting anymore if you think that’s your life? I think there have been too many trips to The Viper Room for Mr. Depp.

    • Is it really acting anymore if you think that’s your life? You crack me up.

      You’re right though – Chocolat was the last, erm, straight role I’ve seen Depp play, I think. He relies on his costumes to do his acting for him these days, it seems.

      I’ve seen the trailer for The Lone Ranger, and holy bananas, it looks bad. So very, very bad.

  3. I loved “Chocolat”…. found the woman beautifully understated… but after thinking about the entire list, I am going with the Academy on this one. “Gladiator” was one of those sweeping epics that screams Hollywood

    On another note, I am sure yesterday was mighty medicinal and that you have danced in a very good week!

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