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Scott Larson

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2001 Academy Award Predictions…

Why do I keep trying? Just as I always pick clothes appropriate for the previous day’s weather, I’m always a year or two or three behind when it comes to psyching out the Academy Award voters. Just as I failed to see how successful the 1998 Miramax campaign for Shakespeare in Love and against Saving Private Ryan would be, I completely misjudged how ineffective Miramax’s lobbying against A Beautiful Mind would ultimately be. The irony is that, in the 1998 race, Miramax didn’t have the superior movie. And this year, it did. That is more than enough to feed my cynicism, so there is no need to get me started on what came of all those nominations for The Lord of the Rings


Most Likely to Win

Most Deserving to Win

Actual Winners I Missed Completely

Best Picture

In the Bedroom

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

A Beautiful Mind

Best Actor

Russell Crowe (A Beautiful Mind)

Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom)

Denzel Washington (Training Day)

Best Actress

Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball)

Sissy Spacek (In the Bedroom)

Best Supporting Actor

Ben Kingsley (Sexy Beast)

Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

Jim Broadbent (Iris)

Best Supporting Actress

Marisa Tomei (In the Bedroom)

Helen Mirren (Gosford Park)

Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind)

Best Director

Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind)

Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

Best Original Screenplay

Milo Addica & Will Rokos (Monster’s Ball)

Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan (Memento)

Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind)

Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

Best Animated Feature



Best Foreign Language Film

Amelie (France)

No Man’s Land (Bosnia-Herzegovina)

Total Scores

4 predictably accurate predictions

2 actual instance of justice in the universe

5 completely off the mark

Color Key to Actual Results:
I want to thank the Academy…
It was an honor just to be nominated…