[Click here for the 2004 Oscar Pool entry form...]

I know, I can't believe it either, but here we are...

My apologies, but I realized too late this morning that I have absolutely no copy of the form from last year, so I had to rebuild it from scratch. Hence the cheap look and feel. If you want to come back and enter when it looks better, I wouldn't blame you. (Nor would I blame you for wondering if I will ever actually get around to making it look better.)

If you haven't been here before, it's a pretty simple operation. You're playing for a $50 gift certificate from Amazon. You can only enter once. You must must must provide a valid e-mail address. I will send a copy of your ballot to you within 48 hours, and if it bounces, I throw it out. So, if you don't hear back from me in a day or two, you should assume I have no entry from you and you can either try again or write to me.

The first six categories are worth three points, the rest are worth one point. I have a fairly elaborate tie-breaking system in my head (as a backup to the running-time question), but I haven't needed it for the past four years. If I have to use it, I'll explain it to you.

Last year, you could donate to add to the pot. This year, you can still donate, but it will only serve to lessen the blow to my checkbook. If I happen to receive more than $50 in donations, I will add the excess to the prize amount, but things got out of hand last year. (You people are crazy generous, and I'm not just saying that. Really. Seriously. I'm not.) There'll be a link when you're done entering.

And that is it! So here you go. Click the mouse and take your chances...

BEST PICTURE:

Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Pianist

BEST DIRECTOR:

Pedro Almodóvar, Talk To Her
Stephen Daldry, The Hours
Rob Marshall, Chicago
Roman Polanski, The Pianist
Martin Scorsese, Gangs of New York

BEST ACTOR:

Adrien Brody, The Pianist
Nicolas Cage, Adaptation
Michael Caine, The Quiet American
Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York
Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt

BEST ACTRESS:

Salma Hayek, Frida
Nicole Kidman, The Hours
Diane Lane, Unfaithful
Julianne Moore, Far from Heaven
Renee Zellweger, Chicago

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Chris Cooper, Adaptation
Ed Harris, The Hours
Paul Newman, Road to Perdition
John C. Reilly, Chicago
Christopher Walken, Catch Me If You Can

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:

Kathy Bates, About Schmidt
Julianne Moore, The Hours
Queen Latifah, Chicago
Meryl Streep, Adaptation
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:

Pedro Almodóvar, Talk To Her
Jay Cocks, Steve Zaillian, and Kenneth Lonergan, Gangs of New York
Carlos Cuarón and Alfonso Cuarón, Y Tu Mamá También
Todd Haynes, Far From Heaven
Nia Vardalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:

Bill Condon, Chicago
David Hare, The Hours
Ronald Harwood, The Pianist
Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz & Paul Weitz, About A Boy
Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, Adaptation

FOREIGN FILM:

El Crimen del Padre Amaro (Mexico)
Hero (China)
The Man Without a Past (Finland)
Nowhere in Africa (Germany)
Zus & Zo (The Netherlands)

ANIMATED FEATURE:

Ice Age
Lilo & Stitch
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Spirited Away
Treasure Planet

CINEMATOGRAPHY:

Chicago
Far From Heaven
Gangs of New York
The Pianist
Road to Perdition

ART DIRECTION:

Chicago
Frida
Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Road to Perdition

EDITING:

Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Pianist

MAKEUP:

Frida
The Time Machine

COSTUME:

Chicago
Frida
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Pianist

SCORE:

Elmer Bernstein, Far From Heaven
Philip Glass, The Hours
Elliot Goldenthal, Frida
Thomas Newman, Road to Perdition
John Williams, Catch Me If You Can

SONG:

"I Move On" by John Kander and Fred Ebb, from Chicago
"Lose Yourself" by Eminem, Jeff Bass, and Luis Resto, from 8 Mile
"Burn It Blue" by Elliot Goldenthal and Julie Taymor, from Frida
"The Hands That Built America" by U2, from Gangs of New York
"Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon, from The Wild Thornberrys Movie

SOUND:

Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Road to Perdition
Spider-Man

SOUND EDITING:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Minority Report
Road to Perdition

VISUAL EFFECTS:

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Spider-Man
Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones

DOCUMENTARY:

Bowling for Columbine
Daughter from Danang
Prisoner of Paradise
Spellbound
Winged Migration

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT:

The Collector of Bedford Street
Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks
Twin Towers
Why Can't We Be a Family Again?

LIVE-ACTION SHORT:

Fait D'Hiver
I'll Wait for the Next One... (J'ai Attendrai le Suivant...)
Inja (Dog)
Johnny Flynton
This Charming Man (Der er en Yndig Mand)

ANIMATED SHORT:

The Cathedral
The Chubbchubbs!
Das Rad
Mike's New Car
Mt. Head

Tiebreak: How long will the show last?
hours minutes

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or I shall delete said entry without a second thought,
don't think I won't do it:

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