Archive for January 2005

Reds sign another one

I think you have to be happy about the Reds signing Rich Aurilia to a minor league contract. He’s struggled offensively for a couple years but you know he has that offensive potential and it’s nice having a more experienced option at short than Lopez and Machado. Plus he gives them another utility infielder option and the 600k price tag is quite a cut from his $3.15 mill last year.

Oscar thoughts…

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Don Cheadle – HOTEL RWANDA
Johnny Depp – FINDING NEVERLAND
Leonardo DiCaprio – THE AVIATOR
Clint Eastwood – MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Jamie Foxx – RAY

I suppose Foxx is the favorite here, but I wouldn’t count anybody out. DiCaprio and Eastwood are probably the next most likely followed by Cheadle and Depp. Giamatti really deserves to be there too though.
And though I’d put him as the least likely of the 5 nominated to win, I have to wonder how Depp has managed to not win an Oscar yet. He’s never Johnny Depp playing a character, he’s just the character.
Jim Carrey was robbed for Eternal Sunshine.

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Alan Alda – THE AVIATOR
Thomas Haden Church – SIDEWAYS
Jamie Foxx – COLLATERAL
Morgan Freeman – MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Clive Owen – CLOSER

Ok, I just don’t think Foxx should win here. A) I think he really had the lead role in Collateral so putting him up in the supporting category is just an effort to get him two noms. B) I don’t really think he gave a better performance in this role than just about anyone else could have.
Personally I’d give it to either Church or Owen, and I think I lean a little more towards Owen.

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Annette Bening – BEING JULIA
Catalina Sandino Moreno – MARIA FULL OF GRACE
Imelda Staunton – VERA DRAKE
Hilary Swank – MILLION DOLLAR BABY
Kate Winslet – ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

In my opinion it’s a choice between Swank and Winslet and I’d give it to Winslet.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Cate Blanchett – THE AVIATOR
Laura Linney – KINSEY
Virginia Madsen – SIDEWAYS
Sophie Okonedo – HOTEL RWANDA
Natalie Portman – CLOSER

Portman. Blanchett and Madsen seem to be the favorites though.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
THE INCREDIBLES
SHARK TALE
SHREK 2

Shark Tale isn’t actually in the race and I think The Incredibles beats Shrek 2 hands down.

ART DIRECTION
THE AVIATOR
FINDING NEVERLAND
LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT

Of the 5 I’d give it to Neverland, but Eternal Sunshine not getting at least a nom is just a joke.

CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE AVIATOR
HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT

Eternal Sunshine by a mile, but of these five I suppose I’d go with Aviator.

COSTUME DESIGN
THE AVIATOR
FINDING NEVERLAND
LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
RAY
TROY

I’ll go with Neverland here.

DIRECTING
THE AVIATOR
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
RAY
SIDEWAYS
VERA DRAKE

It’s probably a tossup between Marty and Clint. I suppose I’ll go with The Aviator, but I’ll fess up to not having had a chance to see Million Dollar Baby yet.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
BORN INTO BROTHELS
THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL
SUPER SIZE ME
TUPAC: RESURRECTION
TWIST OF FAITH

The race is probably between Super Size Me and Tupac, and I imagine it goes to Tupac.

FILM EDITING
THE AVIATOR
COLLATERAL
FINDING NEVERLAND
MILLION DOLLAR BABY
RAY

I’d give it to Aviator

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
THE CHORUS
DOWNFALL
THE SEA INSIDE
YESTERDAY

A little surprised at the lack of House of Flying Daggers and A Very Long Engagement, but I have no idea whether there are release date issues or anything like that… I have no opinion of the 5 nominated. The Passion should have been allowed in this category though.

MAKEUP
LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
THE SEA INSIDE

I imagine The Passion gets it here.

MUSIC (SCORE)
FINDING NEVERLAND
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
THE VILLAGE

Eh, I’d give it to Neverland.

MUSIC (SONG)
“Accidentally In Love” – SHREK 2
“Al Otro Lado Del R

Just as valid as the pessimistic opinions that always seem to find their way into print…

“I don’t just see light at the end of the tunnel, I see light at the start and throughout the tunnel,” says [Mohammed Hanash] Abbas, 41, in a typically upbeat remark. His partner [Attallah] Zeidan, 39, agrees.
“We must live like other people,” Zeidan says. “Let a million of us die. That’s the price of freedom. Have you heard of any society that gained freedom without sacrifices?”
AP News – TBO.com

*grumble*

My life would be sooo much easier if the computer at work would simply decide on one way in which letter size paper should be put in the printer and stick with that. Instead it’s an eternal guessing game as to how to orient the paper. I swear to God, yesterday I printed something and it came out sideways on the paper. I flipped the paper 90 degrees, simply printed it again… AND IT STILL CAME OUT SIDEWAYS!

Worst… snow storm… EVER!

What the bleep happened to the snow storm?! This is the sorriest excuse for a snow storm I’ve ever seen. I’d barely even classify it as a dusting. (Though I suppose it’d probably still be enough to throw Raleigh, NC into chaos.)

Most Iraqis say they will vote

An overwhelming majority of Iraqis continue to say they intend to vote on Jan. 30 even as insurgents press attacks aimed at rendering the elections a failure, according to a new public opinion survey.
The poll, conducted in late December and early January for the International Republican Institute, found 80 percent of respondents saying they were likely to vote, a rate that has held roughly steady for months.
Washington Post

Assuming all the bombings in Iraq are meant to dissuade people from voting, it doesn’t seem to be a very sound strategy. If the bad guys are going to try to blow you up whether it’s election day or not then election day seems to be just another day as far as the threat level goes; so why not just go out and vote?

Not so peaceful peace protesters

Hundreds of people gathered at both ends of Meridian Hill Park in Northwest Washington for a peace rally sponsored by the D.C Antiwar Network.
But there were interlopers: Thirteen members of ProtestWarror, supporting the Bush administration and its policies in Iraq. When the Bush supporters arrived, about 20 black-clad, self-described anarchists emerged from the crowd, shouting profanity and epithets and demanding that they leave the peace rally.
When the Bush supporters refused to leave, the anarchists tore the sign out of the Bush supporters’ hands and stomped on them. When ProtestWarrior leader Gil Kobrin objected, several male anarchists knocked him to the ground, kicking him in the back and punching him. Other anarchists punched and shoved Kobrin’s 12 colleagues.
After D.C. Antiwar Network members broke up the fight, the Bush supporters heeded their order to leave the park. Kobrin then called D.C. police, who are now guarding them at the entrance of the park as they hold up their pro-war signs. “We’re going to hang tight,” Kobrin said. “We’re expressing our freedom of speech just as they are expressing theirs.”
Washington Post via The National Review Online

I think it speaks for itself.

President Bush sworn in for second term

At this second gathering, our duties are defined not by the words I use, but by the history we have seen together. For a half-century, America defended our own freedom by standing watch on distant borders. After the shipwreck of communism came years of relative quiet, years of repose, years of sabbatical — and then there came a day of fire.
We have seen our vulnerability, and we have seen its deepest source. For as long as whole regions of the world simmer in resentment and tyranny — prone to ideologies that feed hatred and excuse murder — violence will gather, and multiply in destructive power, and cross the most defended borders and raise a mortal threat.
There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment and expose the pretensions of tyrants and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant. And that is the force of human freedom.
We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world.

The full text of his 2nd inaugural address.

Want to talk to a cast or crew member of 24?

On Monday’s episode of 24, a woman who was killed received a phone call from her mother. A close-up shot showed the prop phone, which also happened to reveal the real number to the Nextel handset. In short order, the phone began receiving calls from fans worldwide

“Get over it”

Senator Joe Biden, D-Del., speaking to Europe:

“I spent a little bit of time in Europe recently and I have one simple message: Get over it. Get over it. President Bush is our president for the next four years. So get over it and start to act in your interest, Europe,” Biden said.
ABC News