Paolo Sorrentino’s mafia thriller was the surprise big winner at this year’s Italian Oscars, while a Hollywood superstar was an odd choice for the honorary award.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Javier Bardem is an inadequate lead in Alejandro Amenábar’s pro-euthanasia melodrama The Sea Inside. But the supporting cast is first-rate.
Hilary Swank Oscar triumph #2: The Million Dollar Baby actress is the 21st century’s first double winner in the Academy Awards’ acting categories.
The winners of the various Guild Awards’: Season’s curious Best Director and Best Film bifurcation continues and thus further complicates this year’s Oscar predictions.
The British Academy Awards’ Oscar-focused new submission deadline rules have had unintended and ironically counterproductive consequences.
Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood have performed an unexpected Golden Globes turnabout, while Hilary Swank and Annette Bening have an awards season rematch ‘tie.’
Awards season news: In an ungodly twist of fate, Jesus + Jason + Napoleon have all lost out to Spider-Man, while Kate Winslet has nabbed a surprise win.
A superlative Hilary Swank can’t beat the odds against Clint Eastwood’s cliché-ridden boxing + surrogate father-daughter melo Million Dollar Baby.
Best Actress SAG Awards: Boxing-ring star beats stage diva in fierce rematch, while Katharine Hepburn has her first competitive Screen Actors Guild ‘win’ ever.
NSFC Awards surprise: A Clint Eastwood melodrama is the unexpectedly mainstream winner of the generally more ‘esoteric’ U.S.-based critics group.