Oscar Nominees

As we all know it, on the 27th of February, the Oscars will be going out for …

Best Motion Picture of the Year

  • The Aviator (2004)
  • Finding Neverland (2004) – Richard N. Gladstein, Nellie Bellflower
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Ray (2004/I)
  • Sideways (2004) – Michael London

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Don Cheadle for Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  • Johnny Depp for Finding Neverland (2004)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for The Aviator (2004)
  • Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Jamie Foxx for Ray (2004/I)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Annette Bening for Being Julia (2004)
  • Catalina Sandino Moreno for Maria Full of Grace (2004)
  • Imelda Staunton for Vera Drake (2004)
  • Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Kate Winslet for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Alan Alda for The Aviator (2004)
  • Thomas Haden Church for Sideways (2004)
  • Jamie Foxx for Collateral (2004)
  • Morgan Freeman for Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Clive Owen for Closer (2004/I)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Cate Blanchett for The Aviator (2004)
  • Laura Linney for Kinsey (2004)
  • Virginia Madsen for Sideways (2004)
  • Sophie Okonedo for Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  • Natalie Portman for Closer (2004/I)

Best Achievement in Directing

  • Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Taylor Hackford for Ray (2004/I)
  • Mike Leigh for Vera Drake (2004)
  • Alexander Payne for Sideways (2004)
  • Martin Scorsese for The Aviator (2004)

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

  • The Aviator (2004) – John Logan
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Pierre Bismuth
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004) – Terry George, Keir Pearson
  • The Incredibles (2004) – Brad Bird
  • Vera Drake (2004) – Mike Leigh

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

  • Before Sunset (2004) – Richard Linklater, Kim Krizan, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
  • Finding Neverland (2004) – David Magee
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Paul Haggis
  • Diarios de motocicleta (2004) – Jose Rivera
  • Sideways (2004) – Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

Best Achievement in Cinematography

  • The Aviator (2004) – Robert Richardson
  • Shi mian mai fu (2004) – Xiaoding Zhao
  • The Passion of the Christ (2004) – Caleb Deschanel
  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004) – John Mathieson
  • Un long dimanche de fian?žailles (2004) – Bruno Delbonnel

Best Achievement in Editing

  • The Aviator (2004) – Thelma Schoonmaker
  • Collateral (2004) – Jim Miller, Paul Rubell
  • Finding Neverland (2004) – Matt Chesse
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Joel Cox
  • Ray (2004/I) – Paul Hirsch

Best Achievement in Art Direction

  • The Aviator (2004) – Dante Ferretti, Francesca LoSchiavo
  • Finding Neverland (2004) – Gemma Jackson, Trisha Edwards
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) – Rick Heinrichs, Cheryl Carasik
  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004) – Anthony Pratt, Celia Bobak
  • Un long dimanche de fian?žailles (2004) – Aline Bonetto

Best Achievement in Costume Design

  • The Aviator (2004) – Sandy Powell
  • Finding Neverland (2004) – Alexandra Byrne
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) – Colleen Atwood
  • Ray (2004/I) – Sharen Davis
  • Troy (2004) – Bob Ringwood

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

  • Finding Neverland (2004) – Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) – John Williams
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) – Thomas Newman
  • The Passion of the Christ (2004) – John Debney
  • The Village (2004) – James Newton Howard

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

  • Choristes, Les (2004) – Bruno Coulais, Christophe Barratier (“Look To Your Path (Vois Sur Ton Chemin)”)
  • Diarios de motocicleta (2004) – Jorge Drexler (“Al Otro Lado Del R??o”)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (2004) – Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart (“Learn To Be Lonely”)
  • The Polar Express (2004) – Glen Ballard, Alan Silvestri (“Believe”)
  • Shrek 2 (2004) – David Bryson, Adam Duritz, David Immergl??ck, Matthew Malley, Dan Vickrey, Charles Gillingham, Jim Bogios (“Accidentally In Love”)

Best Achievement in Makeup

  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) – Valli O’Reilly, Bill Corso
  • The Passion of the Christ (2004) – Keith VanderLaan, Christien Tinsley
  • Mar adentro (2004/I) – Jo Allen, Manolo Garc??a

Best Achievement in Sound

  • The Aviator (2004) – Tom Fleischman, Petur Hliddal
  • The Incredibles (2004) – Randy Thom, Gary Rizzo, Doc Kane
  • The Polar Express (2004) – William B. Kaplan, Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis S. Sands
  • Ray (2004/I) – Scott Millan, Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer, Steve Cantamessa
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Kevin O’Connell, Greg P. Russell, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Joseph Geisinger

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

  • The Incredibles (2004) – Michael Silvers, Randy Thom
  • The Polar Express (2004) – Randy Thom, Dennis Leonard
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004) – Paul N.J. Ottosson

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) – Tim Burke, Roger Guyett, Bill George, John Richardson
  • I, Robot (2004) – John Nelson, Andy Jones, Erik Nash, Joe Letteri
  • Spider-Man 2 (2004) – John Dykstra, Scott Stokdyk, Anthony LaMolinara, John Frazier

e Film of the Year

  • The Incredibles (2004) – Brad Bird
  • Shark Tale (2004) – Bill Damaschke
  • Shrek 2 (2004) – Andrew Adamson

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

  • Choristes, Les (2004) – Christophe Barratier (France)
  • Untergang, Der (2004) – Oliver Hirschbiegel (Germany)
  • Mar adentro (2004/I) – Alejandro Amen?íbar (Spain)
  • S?? som i himmelen (2004) – Kay Pollak (Sweden)
  • Yesterday (2004) – Darrell Roodt (South Africa)

Best Documentary, Features

  • Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids (2004) – Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman
  • Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel, Die (2003) – Luigi Falorni, Byambasuren Davaa
  • Super Size Me (2004) – Morgan Spurlock
  • Tupac: Resurrection (2003) – Karolyn Ali, Lauren Lazin
  • Twist of Faith (2005) – Eddie Schmidt, Kirby Dick

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

  • Autism Is a World (2004) – Gerardine Wurzburg
  • Children of Leningradsky, The (2005) – Polak, Hanna, Celinski, Andrzej
  • Hardwood (2004) – Erin Faith Young, Davis, Hubert (II)
  • Mighty Times: The Children’s March (2004) – Robert Hudson, Robert Houston
  • Sister Rose’s Passion (2004) – Oren Jacoby, Steve Kalafer

Best Short Film, Animated

  • Birthday Boy (2004/II) – Sejong Park, Andrew Gregory
  • Gopher Broke (2004) – Jeff Fowler, Tim Miller
  • Guard Dog (2004) – Bill Plympton
  • Lorenzo (2004) – Mike Gabriel, Baker Bloodworth
  • Ryan (2004) – Chris Landreth

Best Short Film, Live Action

  • Everything in This Country Must (2004) – Gary McKendry
  • Little Terrorist (2004) – Ashvin Kumar
  • 7:35 de la ma??ana (2003) – Nacho Vigalondo
  • Two Cars, One Night (2003) – Taika Cohen, Ainsley Gardiner
  • Wasp (2003) – Andrea Arnold


Who will you be supporting?

Short overview on childhood

After some time thinking …stuff over, I made a short (well actually long) comparison on 3 different types of childhood of 3 random people, who agreed to spill out their heart’s content to me, related to childhood and everything else. Well, two people, I took some stuff from my younger bro & sis.

I remembered this because of an article in Cotidianul and some other forum threads on childhood issues that we all had.

I sort of miss my childhood, or maybe pseudo childhood. Only now I figured out there were geeks, chubby people, “look-at-me-I’m-pretty” girls, attention whores, manelisti (it’s a phenomenon right now, back then it wasn’t so bad), disciplined people, misunderstood people, egocentric people, literate people, religious people, gloomy people, dorks, soap opera like people (met only a few though)

Since many people know this already, I was born in the year of the Revolution (1989) and well, I got to a weird and twisted view of life due to some stuff that took place during time, and they weren’t happy events in any case.

I grew up old school style, not like other kids who could go out and do anything their heart desired because their parents didn’t really care about them or maybe thought that they shouldn’t be so stressed with phonecalls and questions. I did have… moments of glory, I had those tubes for blowing paper cornets (called “?úevi”, and one of the latest topics discussed was “Dac?â n-ai avut ?úeav?â, n-ai copil?ârit”), I had planes, trains, automobiles (who can forget planes..? 🙂 ), I had my share of toy robots as a kid, of sand castles at the seaside, of running away from kiga, of playing football in a very weird and …messy manner.
I grew up to start getting serious at about 10 years old, well, I still liked to play with food back then and make bread balls and sling them around the table (at home, that is 🙂 ) and pseudo-catapults out of forks and spoons. I remember how I used to stick my finger in chocolate sauce as a kid and lick my fingers as a stealth cheater that I am and then act as if nothing happened …
How I would play tag at school between desks and eventually get grounded when caught, how we would ring the bell earlier than we were supposed to on certain days, how we would run around in puddles because we just liked the “messed up” look, throw buckets full of water at each other during summer and overall acting like pranksters around. This could be applied in my case, maybe in his case too, but I guess that pretty much tops it about childhood adventures. Besides torturing cats, ants, bugs, creatures that couldn’t defend themselves, but it’s part of our sadistic nature as humans.

We weren’t the “kids around the block” type, because there weren’t “blocks” around, I live in a flat right now, but a 4 story one with around 12 families in it, so there aren’t many kids around and never were, so I was all alone (maybe it was good, maybe it was bad, but apparently I crave for social interactions). Maybe it’s because we were the “down-to-earth” kind of kids, but awfully crazy on our own (oh yeah there’s also fake guns with tiny plastic balls and stuff, plus bikes and bike cricket)

For those who grew up “on the block”, stuff was different, there were paper cornets and everything, but there was this “plenty of fish in the sea”, especially if you grew up in a place where there were loads of kids, loads of girls 🙂 and fun things to do. You wouldn’t feel bad if one left, another one came, it all would have been the same, and you didn’t get too attached to “the new kids on the block”.

For the old school kind of people, childhood was represented by the “Pionieri” era, all the crap, and there’s just too much to talk about it. The situation was awful, from what I’ve heard and read (“Life under the communist regime”), but if someone feels like he can describe it better, PLEASE post it . I think it would be interesting to read about that period from someone who dealt with it and understood it better. I’ve still got loads of Pif and Rahan comics at home and some random thoughts provided by dad whenever he met old school colleagues and everything… 🙂

There were always comics and neat stuff brought by our parents from trips to London, Budapest, Vienna or anywhere else, all those yummy chocolates you couldn’t find in Romania, gadgets and stuff.
I’ll always remember my childhood cartoons, like Dragonball Z, Transformers, Tom & Jerry (who hasn’t seen every episode at least twice? 😀 ), the Lion King movie, Jungle Book (the original one)
…and first ever games, like Supaplex, Gameboy, SNES (oh the days…), Nintendo 64 (and Zelda!), PSOne, Prince of Persia (the 2D one)

See if you can get them in this game

Nowadays, kids are moving into a different direction and from what I’ve seen, it’s not a really bright one, but they’re enjoying it. TV’s, remotes, consoles, computers, iPods, everything else starting age 3 can influence the life of a little one and everything … not that I would mind that, but childhood is a terrible thing to waste (kids are). Screw smoking at age 12 just because it’s 1337 and friends do.
Screw anything that might hurt you or damage you in a very unrepairable way. Blue hair and pink clothes are accepted. We don’t care if you’re a fashion victim, we just find it really funny and we can finally laugh at someone… just like some people said it .. “boys will laugh at girls when they’re not funny” 🙂
And screw buying butterfly shaped panties and posing for the cam to be seen by a whole country. Artistic if I may say so, but … where has childhood gone? Where is it going?
Towards geeks that ask their parents to read their blog to find out what’s happening with their lives and PHP + MySQL connaisseurs …

…or towards manele-people, a really twisted free will and people that don’t feel embarassed easily and start taking their clothes off as soon as someone tells them they look good? 😕


Joi, 27 ianuarie
la Galeria Carturesti

Last photo > the artist himself. 🙂

“Am petrecut astfel o superba zi de toamna, de dimineata pana seara tarziu in jurul fantanii incercand ceea ce incerc de mai multi ani in diferite proiecte fotografice la care lucrez : sa vizualizez in imagini sincrone desfasurarea unor actiuni, modul in care percepem, rememoram sau uitam anumite situatii/evenimente. Mai pe scurt, cum pot fi inregistrate prin mijloace fotografice scurgerea timpului si mecanismele memoriei.

What Happened to Ogilvy?

Apparently Mihaela Nicola and Zoltan Szigeti are no longer working for Ogilvy/WPP.

1. Ogilvy Romania didn’t meet its business plans, and therefore the two have been …fired.
or maybe
2. Keeping activites secret led to the big decision;

That is, to keep political issues out of this. At the moment they’re just rumours, until further notice.

What happens next?
Companies like Unilever South Central Europe, BAT, Gillette and Zapp depend on Ogilvy.