The Felixes
Or, the Anti-Oscars.TM

Original Screenplay 2003

The Barbarian Invasions, Denys Arcand

PRO: Dying Dads always good for award sentiment; Arcand a pro better known for Jesus of Montreal

CON: Academy voters shun screenplays that shun Marx, unless it's Groucho

Dirty Pretty Things, Steven Knight

PRO: Terrific movie, one of the best of the year, might perhaps find love in this category

CON: Knight has perhaps been encouraged to donate his extra votes to Arcand or the Sheridans

Finding Nemo, Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, and David Reynolds

PRO: Biggest moneymaker in category; nothing says "screenplay award" like Burger King tie-in

CON: Suspicion that best bits all result of De Generes/Brooks improv

In America, Jim, Naomi, and Kirsten Sheridan

PRO: Sheridan (My Left Foot; In the Name of the Father) has that bittersweet-uplift thing down cold

CON: Viewpoint of Irish immigrants didn't work in Gangs of New York, and it ain't working here

Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola

PRO: Only original screenplay nominee also up for Best Picture

CON: Given lengthy, uncomfortable silences, entire screenplay probably seven pages long

Adapted Screenplay 2003

American Splendor, Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Bergman

PRO: Extra points for movie's playfulness with animated sequences

CON: Isn't adapting a comic book, itself a script-based form, kinda cheating?

City of God, Braulio Mantovani

PRO: Shocking, brutal portrayal of area where youngsters are lucky to make it out alive

CON: Voters will confuse it with Thirteen

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens, and Peter Jackson

PRO: Writers have been nominated for other two movies in trilogy, and this could be The Lord of the Rings' year

CON: Medieval+Western "But Sauron has many men and we have not" style gets grating after say, three hours

Mystic River, Brian Helgeland

PRO: Like Helgeland's previous L.A. Confidential, conveys a sense of mystery without descending into noir cliches

CON: Star Sean Penn's screaming may overshadow some of the nice word choices here

Seabiscuit, Gary Ross

PRO: Ross a favorite to win; if he doesn't we'll have to shoot him

CON: Pete Rose, who has notoriously bad judgement/luck, said to have money on this one

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Felixes 2003 Table of Contents

Best Picture | Best Actor | Best Actress | Best Supporting Actor | Best Supporting Actress

Best Director | Best Foreign Film | Original Screenplay | Adapted Screenplay

Original Song | Original Dramatic Score

Cinematography | Art Direction/Set Decoration | Editing | Documentary Feature


Everything Else


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