What I love about the Oscars is that itís the big daddy of them all. Itís kind of like how the playoffs are a teaser for the NBA Finals yet they still have a big impact. The Golden Globes and SAG present their awards, but we all wait with bated breath for the Oscars. Iíve had a fantastic time the past few months watching a ton of movies, hearing your feedback and writing reviews. Below are my picks for the upcoming Academy Awards and my first annual BOOMSCAR awards, which include my own spin on some new categories you wonít see this Sunday on live TV.
Let's do it this way. We'll set this up like an Oscar ceremony. We'll give away a big acting award, then the second-tier awards, then the biggies such as director, actor, actress and picture.
In between those, I'll throw in my own categories. Thanks to yíall who wrote into nba.com to submit your categories and picks. Some were really, really funny. I bounced some ideas around too. Hereís my first annual BOOMSCAR awards. I hope you enjoy it as much as I had fun putting it together. Holla!
Traditional category: Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Warner Bros.)
Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men (Miramax and Paramount Vantage)
Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson's War (Universal)
Hal Holbrook in Into the Wild (Paramount Vantage and River Road Entertainment)
Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton (Warner Bros.)
... AND THE BOOMSCAR GOES TO: Javier Bardem
This is one of my all-time favorite characters in a film. Period. Bardem was the epitome of a bad guy.
BOOMSCAR Original: Best Cameo
Woody Harrelson in No Country for Old Men
Anthony Hamilton as a lounge singer in American Gangster
Cuba Gooding Jr. as a drug lord in American Gangster
The Hamburger Phone in Juno
... AND THE BOOMSCAR GOES TO: Cuba Gooding Jr.
Woody Harrelson is a close second, but I was really moved by Cuba Gooding Jr.ís performance in American Gangster. Heís making a big comeback.
Traditional category: Achievement in Visual Effects
The Golden Compass (New Line in association with Ingenious Film Partners): Michael Fink, Bill Westenhofer, Ben Morris and Trevor Wood
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (Walt Disney): John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and John Frazier
Transformers (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro): Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl and John Frazier
... AND THE BOOMSCAR GOES TO: Transformers
Between the filming techniques and the advanced computer technology, it didnít look fake. I hate bad CGI (i.e. Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: Episode I). Transformers took computer generated characters to another level.
BOOMSCAR Original: Best Movie To Take Your Significant Other
Enchanted (...and take the kids!)
... AND THE BOOMSCAR GOES TO: Knocked Up
Even though I loved Juno, I had to pick this one. Go see Knocked Up and get the sparks flying. LOL!
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