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Oscars panel: Debra Tysall

These are the films I would like to see nominated for this year's Academy Awards:

Best film - Constant Gardener, Crash and Munich.

Best director - Fernando Meirelles (Constant Gardener), Paul Haggis (Crash) and Steven Spielberg (Munich)

MEET THE PANEL
Debra Tysall
Name: Debra Tysall
Lives: British but live in Los Angeles
Occupation: Several jobs, used to be a chef
Favourite all-time film: Shawshank Redemption with LA Confidential also up there

Best actor - Ralph Fiennes (Constant Gardener), Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain), Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line)

Best Actress - Rachel Weisz (Constant Gardener) and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)

I think it was an excellent year for movies overall and I have seen some truly terrific performances, including a career best from Rachel Weisz and, surprisingly, Heath Ledger.

I was blown away by Crash. I have had more heated discussions about that movie than any other, people either really loved it or hated it, there didn't seem to be any middle ground.

Some of the smaller independent movies I particularly enjoyed, ones like Broken Flowers with Bill Murray, deserve a mention. What a great performance from Murray.

I am lucky enough to go to numerous screenings here in LA and generally speaking, when the lights go down, I have enjoyed most of the movies I have seen - I won't mention Sahara though...

My biggest disappointment by far was Spielberg's War of the Worlds, great effects but sadly lacking in any sort of heart or soul, you just didn't really care about the characters.

That's the problem Spielberg always has, we expect him to come up with a miracle, and miracles are in such short supply.

Yes it looked spectacular, but I didn't get scared, and when you think about what the movie is about, I should have been terrified. I wanted another Jurassic Park kind of terrified. But I didn't get it.


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