Now that we're just minutes away from this year's Academy Awards, I'm absolutely silly with anticipation. Who will win? Who will lose? Who will cry? Who will use their acceptance speech to try and save (insert random third world country here)? What about Jon Stewart? Will he bomb? Will he rock better than, well, Rock? Who will make the first Jack Nicholson joke? Oh, and am I the only one who wonders whether or not Ang Lee and Eric Bana will simply ignore that great big green monster mocking them from the corner? Perhaps they'll discuss a sequel during the commercial break - Jette's little brother would appreciate that.
While we here at Cinematical have done our best to predict the outcome of the Oscars, now it's time to sit back, relax and see who Isaac Mizrahi will decide to fondle on the red carpet. For this special Oscar Sunday edition of Trailer Park, I've decided to count down past Best Pictures, starting with A Beautiful Mind and leading up to this year's crop. By analyzing what's come before, will it be easy to choose the film that fits amongst Oscar's elite?
After checking out the following trailers, while you at home make your final predictions, be sure to stick around for my totally kick-ass red carpet coverage, followed by our live-blog of the actual ceremony. Sure, we're not as intelligent as Ryan Seacrest, but I'm positive we're better looking. Hell yeah, it's Oscar time on this week's Trailer Park...
- When Ron Howard, Russell Crowe and Akiva Goldsman first teamed up, they produced a powerful film about a man whose superior intelligence ultimately destroys his mind...and his life. With the 2001 Oscar for Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind not only secured a spot for Ron Howard amongst today's A-list directors, but it catapulted Jennifer Connelly into the world of leading lady. The film also won three other Oscars for Best Actress (Connelly), Best Director (Howard) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Goldsman).
- From Broadway to the big screen, Chicago took home the Best Picture Oscar for 2002 and proved that singing and dancing, accompanied by a stellar cast, can rule come Oscar time. In the end, Chicago snatched up five other Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Editing and Best Sound.
- Is that a Hobbit in your pants, or are you just happy this trilogy absolutely kicked total ass? After Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was crowned Best Picture of 2003, fanboys everywhere cheered, but at the same time were depressed Peter Jackson's epic ode to J.R.R. Tolkien had finally come to an end. Some would consider this the best trilogy ever and Oscar helped prove that argument by shelling out a total of 11 awards for the film. In fact, it won every category it was nominated in.
- In a year everyone thought would belong to Martin Scorcese, Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby proved there's just something about a butch Hilary Swank that seduces the golden statue. While my personal favorite amongst last year's Best Picture nominees was Sideways, Eastwood's tale of a female boxer following her dream came out victorious with a total of four Oscars including Best Director (Eastwood), Best Actress (Swank) and Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman).
- And finally, what about this year? Most people feel Brokeback Mountain is going to run away with it, however, the audience favorite is clearly Crash. There's no denying the talent and energy Bennett Miller and Philip Seymour Hoffman brought to Capote and, although a long shot, some think George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck could upset. Oh, and let's not forget a little filmmaker by the name of Steven Spielberg has a movie called Munich in the running as well. Overall, a solid crop of Best Picture nominations this year and, though not the most popular, these films are definitely the most deserving.