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You might invoke Olivier or Greer Garson or Hugh Grant, but I'd nominate Cushing as Britain's paradigmatic movie personage: icily superior, eminently reasonable, self-deceivingly amoral, and capable of untold ruin.
I donít usually care about the Academy Awards, but I must admit I was rooting for LOTR, for sentimental reasons, so itís nice to see my misspent youthful intelligence justified by prizes (and millions of dollars, which of course justifies anything.) Still, the reflexiveness of the voting came out in the Best Song category, where the Annie Lennox number was easily the least of the nominated tunes, not even near as good as the Mighty Wind parody. Both of the aging rockersí fake folk tunes were superior, and if you go by the live performances the cartoon should have won, but this was not the year to be French. Iím not sure whether the fact that LOTR set records without a single acting nominee is testament to the directorís prowess or failure, but I think Smeagol/Serkis might have warranted a nod. As it was, Sean Pennís scenery chewing was a predictable winner, but I did feel sorry for Bill Murray, who looked genuinely crushed. Theyíre doing the Silmarillion next year, right?