5.6.0 has been released.
BTW, those using Weblogs.com's XML files will notice that the
format has changed to include a feature I requested (sorta; you get
the email address of the blog maintainer, though I bet the ability to
host multiple blogs is on Dave's to-do list). Note the data format
version number. Anyone using real XML libraries shouldn't be
affected, but pretty much all of us are hacking at the data file with
raw Perl. :)
The Weblogs.com XML outage has been resolved, the SubHonker Filter is
working again. Check out the news page for
notes. Thanks, Dave!
Silver to Gold, Kodak profiles Oscar-nominated cinematographers.
(Many thanks Bird
on a Wire.)
Victor Romeo, "a highly acclaimed theatrical documentary where the
audience becomes observers to the tension filled cockpit of real
in-flight emergencies." The highly acclaimed stage production from Collective: Unconscious (New York
City; runs through April 1st) uses actual cockpit voice recorder (CVR)
transcripts. I've seen footage of the show on TV, looks scary as
hell. Check out All
Things Considered RealAudio, including interview and excerpts, as
well as a New
York Times review.
And now: BrainLog's Uninformed Oscar Picks! 'cuz I got no links today.
Who Will Win: American Beauty. It's a sweep.
Who Should Win: American Beauty. I actually think there were
a couple of better films (Magnolia, Election; both controversial
picks, I realize, esp. over AB), but they weren't nominated.
Who Will Win: Kevin Spacey. I'm actually not sure. Seems like the AB
sweep will include Kevin Spacey, but The Hurricane seems like it'd
otherwise be an Oscar fav. And yet, Denzel was already recognized at the
Globes, which tends to influence voters. (The Hurricane didn't get a BP
nomination, so the GG recognition was probably plenty.)
Who Should Win: I can't say; I haven't seen four of the five. Spacey
was my favorite part of American Beauty, though.
Best Supporting Actor...
Who Will Win: Michael Clarke Duncan.
Who Should Win: Haley Joel Osment.
Who Will Win: Hilary Swank.
Who Should Win: Hilary Swank. I haven't seen Boys Don't Cry yet, but
she's from the Seattle area (Issaquah?), so I'm pulling for her. And the Best Actress category is always a crap shoot; Annette Bening was great, but not Oscar
worthy, and I've heard mediocre things about the others when those movies
Best Supporting Actress...
Who Will Win: Angelina Jolie. Or so I've heard.
Who Should Win: I dunno.
I haven't seen any of these by Talented Mr. Ripley, and it's not going to
win. Topsy-Turvy looked pretty from the trailers, so I'll guess that.
Haven't seen The Insider (hey, I said "uninformed", didn't I?), but the trailers look like it got the full Dante Spinotti treatment, so I'll put my vote there. American Beauty had some nice stuff, but
the director having a stage history took it's toll, I thought.
No clue. They're all period pieces. It might be Titus, but I think
people would feel better about voting for Topsy-Turvy.
Who Will Win: American Beauty.
Who Should Win: Michael Mann deserves some recognition, though I haven't
seen The Insider yet. On the other hand, Being John Malkovich was awfully clever,
visually, and it may even have a shot, so I'll throw my "should win" that
way. (It's far more likely that BJM will get the usual token Oscar, however. See below.)
Seems like I can never tell who will win, and I haven't heard them all.
It seems like this is one of few categories that remains uninfluenced by
how the films do in other categories. The score for The Talented Mr.
Ripley really struck a chord (so to speak) with me, so I'll pull for that.
Never saw The Red Violin.
Who Will Win: "You'll Be In My Heart", Phil Collins, Tarzan
Who Should Win: "Save Me", Aimee Mann, Magnolia. Almost any song could've been nominated (the music being so integral to the movie), but this is the one the studio was pushing (with the mu
sic video and all).
Best Screenplay, Adaptation...
Who Will Win: Election, only because I've heard enough critics rave
about it that it'll get this kind of token recognition.
Who Should Win: Election.
Best Screenplay, Original...
Who Will Win: This is a tough call. The Best Original
Screenplay award always seems to be the token award for creative films
that don't use enough conventional filmmaking to get a Best Picture
nomination. As such, I'd say Being John Malkovich has a good chance
of winning this category (and only this category of the ones listed
here). On the other hand, the sweep potential of American Beauty is
pretty script-heavy. I think my vote for "who will win" is going to
Who Should Win: Hmmm... The Sixth Sense. Why not.