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Fyno's Predictions for the 2004 Oscars


What has more candidates and more surprises then the race for the White House? The 76th annual Academy Awards.

On Tuesday, January 27 at 8:30 a.m. ET, Sigourney Weaver and Academy President Frank Pierson announced this years Oscar contenders. Here is the basic rundown and some general predictions.

Of course, the Oscars are really anyone's game. You never know when they will throw out a Marisa Tomei to make sure we are paying attention.

        Best Supporting Actress

Shohreh Aghdashloo -- House of Sand and Fog
Patricia Clarkson -- Pieces of April
Marcia Gay Harden -- Mystic River
Holly Hunter -- Thirteen
Renée Zellweger -- Cold Mountain

Fyno's Verdict:
  While Oscar does not seem to like Cold Mountain -- the film was snubbed for best picture and best actress -- they do love Renee. This year marks her third nomination, and it just might be the charm. She is the odds-on favorite and everyone is saying she steals the show.  
       Best Supporting Actor

Alec Baldwin -- The Cooler
Benicio Del Toro -- 21 Grams
Djimon Hounsou -- In America
Tim Robbins -- Mystic River
Ken Watanabe -- The Last Samurai

Fyno's Verdict:
  Every year there seems to be one category that is up for grabs. This is the one this year. Tim Robbins won the Golden Globe, but Alec Baldwin of all people has gotten a lot of buzz. This one will be hard to call. The jury is still out.  
       Best Actor      

Johnny Depp -- Pirates of the Caribbean
Ben Kingsley -- House of Sand and Fog
Judd Law -- Cold Mountain
Bill Murray -- Lost in Translation
Sean Penn -- Mystic River

Fyno's Verdict:
  There is a huge array of talent in this category. Every nominee pulls out a great performance. The current consensus is that it will come down to Penn vs. Murray. Being that Oscar loves surprises, ESPECIALLY in the Best Actor category, I am going to give it to Murray.  
      Best Actress      
  Keisha Castle-Hughes -- Whale Rider
Diane Keaton -- Something's Gotta Give
Samantha Morton -- In America
Charlize Theron -- Monster
Naomi Watts -- 21 Grams
Fyno's Verdict:
  When the first name, Keisha Castle-Hughes, was read, I have to admit I could not place the name. This is one of the biggest surprises in the nominations. She basically knocked Nicole Kidman out of the running and cleared a path for Charlize Theron to go home with the prize. I am not saying the 13-year-old newcomer does not deserve the nomination. I am just saying that things are looking good for Theron.  
     Animated Feature Film
  Brother Bear
Finding Nemo
The Triplets of Belleville

Fyno's Verdict:
  This might as well be the year of the clown fish. Finding Nemo is the hands-down winner. Many have expressed shock that it was not nominated for more considering it broke records for animated film box office hauls and was one of the summer biggest films.  
  City of God -- Fernando Meirelles
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King -- Peter Jackson
Lost in Translation -- Sophia Coppola
Master and Commander -- Peter Weir
Mystic River -- Clint Eastwood
Fyno's Verdict:
  Oscar makes history this year by nominating, Sophia Coppola, its first American woman in this category. All evidence points to it being Peter Jackson's year. Voters may pick to reward him for the whole trilogy this year.  
     Best Picture      
  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Lost in Translation
Master and Commander
Mystic River

Fyno's Verdict:
  Again, I have to give it to the Hobbits.  
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