Here are the five nominees: (Winner in Bold)
My Overall Thoughts:
This was actually quite an interesting year for BP since none of the 5 films were a clearcut winner.
The fact that 3 films basically tied for most wins and also split the big awards says in itself how split the voters were on whcih film was truly the best.
I personally believe that if CTHD was an English language film, it might have had a better chance at winner, but in the end, the epic was chosen as the safe choice for the award.
- 5. – Erin Brockovich – Great performance by Roberts in a role tailored for her to win an Oscar but the story while poignant, feels a bit too Hollywoodish instead of truly genuine
- 4. – Chocolat – Fun romance film that works most of the time, but it’s a bit overlong.
- 3. – Traffic – Soderbergh does a great job putting these stories together to give us a fair overview of the diverse and vast war against drugs and how it is dealt with in many different ways. Amazing cast helps hold this together despite the lack of interactions between the three stories. Something feels slightly missing because of the separation of all three stories despite aiming for something higher and greater.
- 2. – Gladiator – Crowe and Pheonix are both superb here. Has the right epic feel to it and Scott was really able to recreate ancient Rome for us.
- 1. – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Lee take a martial arts story and gives it so much hope and meaning that it’s hard not to fall in love with it. Amazing choreography for the fight scenes make them look like smooth dances instead of fight scenes.
Do I agree with the Oscar winner? – UUUMMM, again yes and no. Gladiator was the safe pick, but either of the top two truly would have been a good choice for BP
Let me know what you think about these films and my rankings!