While the "real" Oscar categories cover a lot of ground, there are some very important issues they neglect, such as who should win Hottest Actor. So for the past few weeks, I've been making up my own categories and asking you to select the winners. Here is a round-up of the results to my own Oscar races.
Who Would Win for Best Villain?
According to you, if there were a Best Villain category, Meryl Streep would win for The Devil Wears Prada. Streep plays Miranda Priestly, the cold, ruthless fashion editor who makes life a living nightmare for doe-eyed editorial assistant Andy Sachs. Personally, I think Sergi Lopez would win as the brutally cruel Capitan Vidal in Pan's Labyrinth, though Streep's performance was perhaps more layered, providing glimpses into Miranda's vulnerability. Not that that excuses her being a big meanie.
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What Platonic Duo Deserves an Oscar?
Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway were another favored choice for many of you in this category, but according to the final tally, the Oscar for Best Platonic Duo would go to Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson in The Departed. Talk about a dysfunctional relationship: As mob boss Frank Costello, Nicholson plays father figure to young gangster Leo, who all the while is working deep undercover plotting to bring down the closet thing he's got to a dad. Both actors play the conflicted roles expertly.
Which Adult and Kid Pairing Deserves an Oscar?
Many Oscar-nominated films this year featured kids in big roles, and it's always so heartwarming to see an adult and child duo that has a lot of chemistry. According to you guys, the award for best adult-kid pairing should go to Will Smith and Jaden Smith as the father-son team in The Pursuit of Happyness. Of course, they have a bit of an upper hand, being father and son in real life, but regardless they are an undeniably adorable duo.
Who Would Win for Best On-Screen Romance?
Wow, the race for this one was extremely close! As of this writing, the second-place winners by only one vote are Jessica Biel and Edward Norton in The Illusionist, and the big award would go to Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. I must say that I suspect this has more to do with all of you living vicariously through Keira Knightley and less to do with the pair's performance! Trust me, I don't blame you.
Who Would Win Hottest Actor?
I'm partial to Daniel Craig's dreamy blue eyes, but apparently it's Leonardo DiCaprio who wins your hearts - and the Hottest Actor award. Luckily, you Leo admirers can see him in two award-nominated films: The Departed and Blood Diamond. You can Netflix The Departed already, and Blood Diamond can be yours as of March 20. Happy Leo watching!