Best Picture: The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King) Gus Van Sant (Elephant)
Sean Penn (Mystic River) Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean)
He delivered worthy performances in Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Ed Wood (1994), but faced steep competition. Time to salute Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, while shifting Sean Penn’s Oscar to 1982.
Best Actress: Charlize Theron (Monster)
Best Supporting Actor:
Tim Robbins (Mystic River) Will Ferrell (Old School)
Will Ferrell once sang, “No comedians at the Oscars.” Time to call his bluff with Supporting Actor for Old School, a hilarious middle-aged version of Animal House. While we’re at it, let’s throw in Elf.
Best Supporting Actress:
Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain) Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River)
Tim Robbins won the Oscar with his beautifully insane “vampires” rant, but Marcia Gay Harden sold the scene with her genuinely terrified reaction to a husband she believes may have committed murder.
Best Original Screenplay: Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola)
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King Old Boy (Chan-wook Park, Jo-yun Hwang, Chun-hyeong Lim, Joon-hyung Lim & Garon Tsuchiya from Nobuaki Minegishi’s comic)