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Oscars panel: Todd Beasley

The Academy Awards are fast approaching but there's nothing new under the sun.

Todd Beasley
Name:Todd Beasley
Age: 40
Lives: Augusta, Georgia
Occupation: Art director for media company
Favourite all-time film: The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

Brokeback Mountain is still the odds-on favourite to win best picture, although I will say to my surprise that Crash has become a much stronger contender than I would have anticipated - especially since I would never have nominated it to begin with.

And, Reese Witherspoon seems to have the best actress category clinched, another one I would not have nominated (though most Academy members obviously don't agree with me).

Reportedly, she is now asking a mere $30m per film, so she must be doing something right. Enough said.

Now that I have seen all of the nominated films, only one of my earlier opinions has been altered.


I now feel that Munich is definitely deserving of not only a best picture nomination, but also the Oscar itself.

I would not be disappointed if it won over Brokeback Mountain, though I would definitely be surprised. But aren't surprises what award shows are really all about?

Nonetheless, come Oscar night, I will still be rooting for Brokeback Mountain.

It is still, to me, a groundbreaking movie and to borrow the title of David Eggers' recent novel, "a heartbreaking work of staggering genius".

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