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?
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!