Superfluous Oscar Countdown, Day Four: 2004

Happy Friday, my friends! We made it to the end of another week.

I’m tucked in and am working from home today; it started snowing yesterday afternoon and it hasn’t stopped yet. The theory is that I’ll be more productive if I’m cozy at home and don’t have to worry about getting to and from Corporate World in one piece; it sounds very reasonable to me, and I suspect its reasonable-ness will increase in direct proportion with the amount of hot chocolate I drink during the day. I’ll keep you posted.

On to our movies!

I’ve decided to end my disputatious streak and highlight a year where I actually agreed with the Academy’s selection for Best Picture:

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, Producers
  • Lost in Translation” Ross Katz and Sofia Coppola, Producers
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” Samuel Goldwyn, Jr., Peter Weir and Duncan Henderson, Producers
  • Mystic River” Robert Lorenz, Judie G. Hoyt and Clint Eastwood, Producers
  • Seabiscuit” Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Gary Ross, Producers

Any guesses as to our winner?

Viggo will be able to fight for light and truth and freedom a lot more after he's had some hot chocolate.

Viggo will be able to fight for light and truth and freedom a lot more after he’s had some hot chocolate.

We were a bit all over the map in 2004 (See what I did there? Some navigational humour for you “Master and Commander” fans), with everything from a post-modern romantic comedy to a historical horse-racing drama, but in the end … there was only One Film To Rule Them All.

The Official and Superfluous Oscar Goes To: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

I mean, really. That horse never had a chance.

Here are some fun things I learned while I was looking at pictures of Viggo Mortensen researching this movie:

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” was nominated for 11 awards and won them all.

Fran Walsh became the first woman to receive three awards for the same film, winning in the Best Picture, Original Song, and Writing categories.

When the Canadian film “The Barbarian Invasions,” won Best Foreign Language Film category, the producers made a heartfelt, emotional speech:

“We’re so thankful that ‘Lord of the Rings’ did not qualify in this category.”

Have a great weekend everyone!

love amb

7 thoughts on “Superfluous Oscar Countdown, Day Four: 2004

  1. Ahhhhh I was hoping you would feature this Oscar year on your blog and that you would agree with the Best Picture winner!! As you know I am a HUGE LOTR freak and I was so happy they won that year. If people aren’t a fan of the story or fantasy books/films they HAD to appreciate the effects and cinematography of that franchise. I thought it was ALL pretty spectacular…but that’s just me 😉

    Stay warm and safe…I hear it’s gonna be a huge storm so I’m very glad you are nice and cozy at home!

    • I know you are! 🙂 And I totally agree with you – even if the story isn’t your cup of tea, you just have to appreciate the epic scope and scenery of the whole thing. I feel like the Oscar was sort of acknowledgement of all three films, and not just the last one (even though it’s my favourite of them all).

      They’re calling it the biggest storm we’ve had in this area for years – definitely a good day to be home in my sweatpants! 😉 xo.

    • I don’t mind being locked away for now … I’m baking cookies and working on a BoFN blog project! I feel a bit like a kid playing hooky! 🙂

  2. I saw 2004 and immediately thought Million Dollar Baby, but I guess that was the next year… the movie was released in 2004 but won best picture in 2005. Still, good enough for two years’ worth of Oscars in my book!

    • Yup, the Countdown is based on the year the Oscars took place, rather than the year the movie was released. (Not going to lie – was totally set up that way to talk about Tootsie and E.T. in my birth year!)

      Also … I have to tell you something … I’ve never seen Million Dollar Baby. I know, I know! It’s on the list, I swear.

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