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February 21, 2005 | by  | in Features |
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Oscar Picks

Who will win, and who should win, according to Brannavan.

Who Salient thinks will win Best Picture: Million Dollar Baby
American critics are jumping over themselves to praise this film above any other and it was made by an American filmmaking icon (Clint Eastwood). Will, however, be pushed by The Aviator.
Who Salient thinks should win Best Picture: The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I’d have it sweep most of the awards, because it was my favourite film of last year that wasn’t foreign (eg Oldboy) or too avant-gardey to be a true Oscar contender.

Who Salient thinks will win Best Director: Martin Scorsese for The Aviator
He’s probably due, being one of the greatest American film directors ever, but then hardly any of the other greatest directors have won either. His biggest opponent in this year’s Oscars, Clint Eastwood, has already nabbed Best Director (for Unforgiven).
Who Salient thinks should win Best Director: Quentin Tarantino (if not Michel Gondry) for Kill Bill
OK, the film doesn’t have the substance to win Best Picture (compared to something like Chicago or Braveheart…) but it has style. It’s so stylish it swaggers. And that’s good enough for me.

Who Salient thinks will win Best Actor: Jamie Foxx for Ray
No argument there – he is that film. Although it was technically an impersonation, there is no sense that he is pretending. He is Ray Charles. May be hamstrung by being nominated twice, and faces some stiff competition from the other nominees.
Who Salient thinks should win Best Actor: Jamie Foxx for Ray
You thought I’d say someone like Mikey Moore didn’t you? Foxx was simply amazing. Other performances unlucky not to be nominated include Tom Cruise in Collateral, Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine… and Liam Neeson in Kinsey.

Who Salient thinks will win Best Actress: Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby
She’s up against strong competition from Annette Bening in Being Julia and although she upset Benning in 1999 (winning for Boys Don’t Cry), her performance is the type liked by the Oscars.
Who Salient thinks should win Best Actress: Kate Winslet for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I like Kate Winslet.

Who Salient thinks will win Best Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman for Million Dollar Baby
Because it’s about time. Plus Hollywood every now and then feels guilty about their treatment of other-Americans.
Who Salient thinks should win Best Supporting Actor: Colin Farrell for Alexander
OK he was in a leading role, but since he won’t win that, he needs an award for having the guts to play a Macedonian with an Irish accent.

Who Salient thinks will win Best Supporting Actress: Natalie Portman for Closer
Because she’s a fox (whoops sorry the Oscars aren’t about superficiality)…
Who Salient thinks should win Best Supporting Actress: The weird looking chick who played the Devil in The Passion of the Christ
She was freaky. And it’s about time the Oscars weren’t about gorgeous women. She might have a nice personality, but since she was the Devil, I’m not too sure.

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Brannavan Gnanalingam has come a long way from being born in the teeming metropolis of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He may be known as feature writer for Salient, but is also the only man in history to have simultaneously donated both his kidneys. He is also an amateur rapper going under the moniker Brantank and hopes to win a Grammy.

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