Oscar Rewrite: 2004


Best Picture: Million Dollar Baby  Downfall

Many viral videos have spoofed it with various subtitles, but Oliver Hirschbiegel’s tale of Hitler’s final days knocked me out, thanks to the strong central performance from Bruno Ganz (Wings of Desire).

Best Director: Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby)

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx (Ray / Collateral)

Best Actress: Hillary Swank (Million Dollar Baby)

Best Supporting Actor: Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby) Gary Oldman (Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban)

Morgan Freeman’s win for Million Dollar Baby was clearly a makeup Oscar. Having corrected that in our list, I’m spreading the love to Gary Oldman as Sirius Black in the best installment of the Harry Potter series, directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Children of Men, Gravity).

Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett (The Aviator)

Best Original Screenplay: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Charlie Kaufman)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Sideways (Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor from a novel by Rex Pickett)

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