‘Rings’ lords over Oscar with 13 nominations
“Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” led the way with 13 nominations, including best picture, as the nominations for the 74th annual Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning.
The other best picture nominees are “A Beautiful Mind,” “In the Bedroom,” “Moulin Rouge,” and “Gosford Park.”
“A Beautiful Mind,” a drama, tied the musical “Moulin Rouge” for the second-most nominations, with eight each. Both films earned nominations in the lead acting categories: “A Beautiful Mind” for Russell Crowe’s performance as a mathematician afflicted with mental illness, and “Moulin Rouge” for Nicole Kidman’s turn as a consumptive dancer.
“The Lord of the Rings,” the fantasy film based on the first volume of J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic trilogy, also earned nominations for Peter Jackson for best director, Ian McKellen for best supporting actor, and best adapted screenplay.
Other nominees for best actor include Denzel Washington for “Training Day,” Will Smith for “Ali,” Sean Penn for “I Am Sam,” and Tom Wilkinson for “In the Bedroom.”
Besides Kidman, the best actress nominees are Sissy Spacek for “In the Bedroom,” Halle Berry for “Monster’s Ball,” Judi Dench for “Iris,” and Renee Zellweger for “Bridget Jones’s Diary.”
Best supporting actor nominees are Ben Kingsley for “Sexy Beast,” Jim Broadbent for “Iris,” Jon Voight for “Ali,” Ethan Hawke for “Training Day,” and McKellen.
Best supporting actress nominees include Jennifer Connelly for “A Beautiful Mind,” Maggie Smith for “Gosford Park,” Helen Mirren for “Gosford Park,” Marisa Tomei for “In the Bedroom,” and Kate Winslet for “Iris.”
Nominees for best director include Ron Howard for “A Beautiful Mind,” Peter Jackson for “The Lord of the Rings,” Ridley Scott for “Black Hawk Down,” David Lynch for “Mulholland Drive,” and Robert Altman for “Gosford Park.”
“Memento” picked up a nomination for best original screenplay. Also nominated in that category were the French film “Amelie” (which was also nominated for best foreign film), “Gosford Park,” “Monster’s Ball,” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.”
Besides “Rings,” best adapted screenplay nominations went to “A Beautiful Mind,” “Ghost World,” “In the Bedroom,” and “Shrek.”
“Shrek” was one of three nominees in a new category, best animated feature film. The other nominees were “Monsters Inc.” and “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.”
The nominees were announced by last year’s Oscar winner for best supporting actress, Marcia Gay Harden, and Academy president Frank Pierson. The awards ceremony is scheduled to be broadcast March 24 from the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
Canadian Anger Forces Inquiry
Canadian outrage forced figure skating’s ruling body to launch an inquiry into judging at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday following Russia’s controversial victory in the pairs.
Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze won the gold ahead of Canada’s Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, despite skating below their best ahead of a flawless Canadian performance.
The judges were loudly booed in the Olympic Ice Center on Monday and faced a barrage of criticism 12 hours later.
After watching Sale, his sweetheart on and off the ice, break down in tears at the medals ceremony, Pelletier said he was so disillusioned with the sport he might retire and the top Canadian official at the Games insisted the judges were wrong.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the wrong pair was standing at the top of the podium,” said chef de mission Sally Rehorick who is also an Olympic level figure skating judge. “We are very disappointed. There’s no doubt about that.”
Reaction back home in Canada was even fiercer. “Robbed!” bellowed the front page headlines of the Ottawa Sun and Winnipeg Free Press newspapers.
“Last night’s decision will likely go down as one of the most controversial of all time, even one of the most outrageous,” said the Calgary Sun newspaper.
Faced with this barrage of criticism, the International Skating Union ordered an inquiry.
“Following the reaction of the public and the media to the results of the pairs event at the Salt Lake Ice Center last night, and to respect public opinion, the ISU is doing an internal assessment to monitor if the ISU rules and procedures have been respected,” it said in a statement.
The ISU made its statement after a routine judges’ meeting to look back at Monday’s voting.(ROBERT WOODWARD)
Stretched along Dundas West and up Spadina Avenue, Chinatown is one of downtown Toronto’s most dynamic neighborhoods. But while today the streets are alive with noise and light, things have not always been so active. In fact, the area now known as Chinatown, was once one of Toronto’s most elegant and refined enclaves.
It just takes a quick glance at the dusty mansions up Beverly Street to see the opulence that once resided in this part of the city. Much of the area was originally part of the Baldwin family estate, and the estate house called the Grange, still sits amidst parkland just south of the Art Gallery of Ontario. The Baldwins purchased their property in the early 1800s, and by the 1870s, their land and that of their neighbors had been subdivided into residential building lots. Streets such as D’Arcy, Baldwin and Grange, all recall the role of the family in developing the area.
With the prestigious Grange estate nearby, the district became very fashionable, but as often happens, the original wealthy inhabitants eventually moved out to newer surroundings, and the neighborhood was inherited by less privileged residents. From 1910 onward, waves of recent immigrants passed through the area with the Chinese being relatively late arrivals. Toronto’s original Chinatown had been located around the corner of Queen Street West and Bay Street, but when that area was cleared to build the New City Hall in the early 1960s, the Chinese population moved west into the streets around Dundas and Spadina.
Through the sixties and seventies, Chinese Canadians brought their unique mix of markets, shops, restaurants and theatres to the Dundas Street West and Spadina area. Again, as these early Chinese immigrants decamped for more distant suburbs, they were replaced by other recent arrivals, many from South East Asia. Today, Toronto has at least five Chinatowns spread out from the downtown core to the suburbs, but the best known remains downtown. Bright, busy and up all night, it remains a little slice of Asia in the centre of Toronto.