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Oscars 2005

Our Critics' Pick the Worthy and Unworthy From This Year's Nominees

Last year was a pretty good year for movies. There was the good (e.g. Million Dollar Baby) and the bad (e.g. Van Helsing). On February 27th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will award their choices for the winners of Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress in a Leading Role, etc. as Chris Rock throws it down. Of course, it has been proven many times that the venerable Academy has bad taste, as is indicated by their predictable record of overlooking standout performances/films, robbing actors of their due and generally upholding the status quo of Hollywood's less-than-average standards. In response to this tradition for blindly ignoring the deserved, SF Station's critics place their picks of who will win vs. who should win.

Best Actor

Anhoni Patel
Will Win: Jamie Foxx in Ray
Should Win: Don Cheadle in Hotel Rwanda

Hubert Huang
Will Win: Jamie Foxx in Ray
Should Win: Clint Eastwood in Million Dollar Baby

Michael Koch
Will Win: Jamie Foxx in Ray
Should Win: Jamie Foxx in Ray

Rossiter Drake
Will Win: Jamie Foxx in Ray
Should Win: Jamie Foxx in Ray

Ryan Weiderkehr
Will Win: Jamie Foxx in Ray
Should Win: Paul Giamatti (Not Nominated) in Sideways

Stefan Gruenwedel
Will Win: Jamie Foxx in Ray
Should Win: Don Cheadle in Hotel Rwanda


Best Actress

Anhoni Patel
Will Win: Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby
Should Win: Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby

Hubert Huang
Will Win: Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby
Should Win: Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby

Michael Koch
Will Win: Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Should Win: Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake or Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby

Rossiter Drake
Will Win: Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby
Should Win: Imelda Staunton in Vera Drake

Ryan Weiderkehr
Will Win: Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby
Should Win: Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Stefan Gruenwedel
Will Win: Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby
Should Win: Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby

Best Supporting Actor

Anhoni Patel
Will Win: Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby
Should Win: Clive Owen in Closer

Hubert Huang
Will Win: Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby
Should Win: Thomas Haden Church in Sideways

Michael Koch
Will Win: Thomas Haden Church in Sideways
Should Win: Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby

Rossiter Drake
Will Win: Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby
Should Win: Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby

Ryan Weiderkehr
Will Win: Thomas Haden Church in Sideways
Should Win: Thomas Haden Church in Sideways

Stefan Gruenwedel
Will Win: Thomas Haden Church in Sideways
Should Win: Clive Owen in Closer


Best Supporting Actress

Anhoni Patel
Will Win: Cate Blanchett in The Aviator
Should Win: Natalie Portman in Closer

Hubert Huang
Will Win: Cate Blanchett in The Aviator
Should Win: Virginia Madsen in Sideways

Michael Koch
Will Win: Cate Blanchett in The Aviator
Should Win: Cate Blanchett in The Aviator

Rossiter Drake
Will Win: Cate Blanchett in The Aviator
Should Win: Virginia Madsen in Sideways

Ryan Weiderkehr
Will Win: Cate Blanchett in The Aviator
Should Win: Cate Blanchett in The Aviator

Stefan Gruenwedel
Will Win: Cate Blanchett in The Aviator
Should Win: Cate Blanchett in The Aviator

Best Director

Anhoni Patel
Will Win: Martin Scorsese, The Aviator
Should Win: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby

Hubert Huang
Will Win: Martin Scorsese, The Aviator
Should Win: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby

Michael Koch
Will Win: Martin Scorsese, The Aviator
Should Win: Martin Scorsese, The Aviator

Rossiter Drake
Will Win: Martin Scorsese, The Aviator
Should Win: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby

Ryan Weiderkehr
Will Win: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby
Should Win: Alexander Payne, Sideways

Stefan Gruenwedel
Will Win: Martin Scorsese, The Aviator
Should Win: Martin Scorsese, The Aviator

Best Feature Film

Anhoni Patel
Will Win: The Aviator
Should Win: Million Dollar Baby

Hubert Huang
Will Win: The Aviator
Should Win: Sideways

Michael Koch
Will Win: The Aviator
Should Win: Sideways

Rossiter Drake
Will Win: Million Dollar Baby
Should Win: Sideways

Ryan Weiderkehr
Will Win: Million Dollar Baby
Should Win: Sideways

Stefan Gruenwedel
Will Win: The Aviator
Should Win: Million Dollar Baby

Best Documentary

Anhoni Patel
Will Win: Super Size Me
Should Win: Super Size Me

Hubert Huang

Will Win: N/A
Should Win: N/A

Michael Koch
Will Win: Super Size Me
Should Win: Super Size Me

Rossiter Drake
Will Win: Super Size Me
Should Win: Anything Else

Ryan Weiderkehr
Will Win: Born Into Brothels
Should Win: Born Into Brothels

Stefan Gruenwedel
Will Win: Super Size Me
Should Win: Born Into Brothels

Best Foreign Film

Anhoni Patel
Will Win: The Sea Inside
Should Win: The Sea Inside

Hubert Huang
Will Win: N/A
Should Win: N/A

Michael Koch
Will Win: The Chorus
Should Win: The Sea Inside

Rossiter Drake
Will Win: The Sea Inside
Should Win: Yesterday

Ryan Weiderkehr
Will Win: The Sea Inside
Should Win: The Sea Inside

Stefan Gruenwedel
Will Win: The Chorus
Should Win: The Sea Inside

Best Original Screenplay

Anhoni Patel
Will Win: The Incredibles, Brad Bird
Should Win: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman

Hubert Huang
Will Win: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman
Should Win: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman

Michael Koch
Will Win: The Aviator, John Logan
Should Win: Vera Drake, Mike Leigh or Hotel Rwanda, Keir Pearson and Terry George

Rossiter Drake
Will Win: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman
Should Win: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman

Ryan Weiderkehr
Will Win: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman
Should Win: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman

Stefan Gruenwedel
Will Win: The Incredibles, Brad Bird
Should Win: Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman

Best Adapted Screenplay

Anhoni Patel
Will Win: Finding Neverland, David Magee
Should Win: The Motorcycle Diaries, Josť Rivera

Hubert Huang
Will Win: Sideways, Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
Should Win: Before Sunset, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke

Michael Koch
Will Win: Sideways, Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
Should Win: Sideways, Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor

Rossiter Drake
Will Win: Million Dollar Baby, Paul Haggis
Should Win: Sideways, Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor

Ryan Weiderkehr
Will Win: Sideways, Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
Should Win: Sideways, Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor

Stefan Gruenwedel
Will Win: Sideways, Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
Should Win: The Motorcycle Diaries, Josť Rivera

Best Cinematography

Anhoni Patel
Will Win: The Phantom Of The Opera, John Mathieson
Should Win: House Of Flying Daggers, Zhao Xiaoding

Hubert Huang
Will Win:The Aviator, Robert Richardson
Should Win: House Of Flying Daggers, Zhao Xiaoding

Michael Koch
Will Win: The Aviator, Robert Richardson
Should Win: A Very Long Engagement, Bruno Delbonnel

Rossiter Drake
Will Win: The Passion of the Christ, Caleb Deschanel
Should Win: The Aviator, Robert Richardson

Ryan Weiderkehr
Will Win: House Of Flying Daggers, Zhao Xiaoding
Should Win: House Of Flying Daggers, Zhao Xiaoding

Stefan Gruenwedel
Will Win: The Aviator, Robert Richardson
Should Win: A Very Long Engagement, Bruno Delbonnel