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  • Sab227
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    Chicago was a fantastic film and rightfully won many Oscars, but do you think Renee Zellweger should have won Lead Actress? Personally I do. or should have Catherine Zeta-Jones be nominated in Lead Actress and win? Also should have Richard Gere be nominated for Lead Actor and win?

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    Jason Travis
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    Catherine Zeta-Jones
    deserved her Best Supporting Actress Oscar; she would not be a Lead player in
    my book as she is off screen for large chunks of the story. Without her
    presence in the movie, I would not have enjoyed Chicago as much.

    Zellweger was a joy
    to behold, but she didn’t deserve to beat Nicole Kidman (The Hours), or
    Julianne Moore (Far from Heaven), Diane Lane (Unfaithful) or Salma Hayek
    (Frida)- all who I feel were more impressive. She’s still a lot of fun, but
    doesn’t do anything to wow me like Zeta-Jones did.

     Gere was great in his
    tap-dancing sequence, but didn’t need a nomination. 

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    babypook
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    #119216

    It has it’s moments (CZJ), but I’m not a huge fan of the film. I’ll take Bob Fosse and “All That Jazz” over Rob Marshall and “Chicago” every time.

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    CanadianFan
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    #119217

    I wasn’t a big fan of the movie either.

    It’s just too… campy and over-the-top for me. But then again, I hated Moulin Rouge and found Les Mis to be mediocre, so maybe I just have a problem with the genre. 

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    babypook
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    #119218

    I didnt care for Moulin Rouge either! Lol; although it is mostly loved by GD’ers. It’s gorgeous filming, but just too damned sad for my liking. Still, I think Baz Luhrmann is better at musicals than Rob Marshall.

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    benbraddock
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    #119219

    Richard Gere never shouldve won the Comedy/musical Golden globe
    so when the oscars snubbed him, it wouldnt have felt like it..
    He was dreadful in the film…as he is in most everything..

    Zeta-Jones so over the top and category fraud as well…lol….
    That oscar belonged to Julianne Moore, also category fraud in The Hours.

    And if Julianne couldnt win for Far from Heaven, the best actress oscar was
    rightfully given to Kidman..Zellweger, although a surprise was just passable..

    As for the film….snappy editing and direction kept it moving and i think Hollywood
    was just ready for a musical that year….IMO,  best picture of the year was easily

    THE HOURS, followed by
    THE PIANIST followed by
    FAR FROM HEAVEN…..

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    CAROL-CHANNING
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    I adore Chicago.  Such a blast in the theatre.  The perfect blend of paying homage to Fosse’s original vision while creating a fresh, new interpretation.  And Rob Marshall is one of the few directors who knows how to film a damn good musical number.

    Zellweger would have been my choice for Actress that year.  A totally new, and interesting take on a role that is rather ho-hum on stage (at least it is when you compare it to Velma).  She was a delight to watch from beginning to end.  I don’t hate Kidman’s win, but my vote just would have gone to Renee.

    CZJ’s win was definitely deserved.  It is slight category fraud, but not so much that it makes me mad.  It’s definitely not as bad as Gyllenhaal, Waltz, or Jennifer Hudson’s fraud.  Her character was significantly reduced for the movie, and it definitely felt more like Roxie’s story.

    The rest of the cast was strong.  No weak links, but no other ones that I felt were of particular merit.

    PLEASE don’t mention Chicago in the same breath as Moulin Rouge.  One is a skillfully and creatively made musical comedy with a terrific story and score.  The other is a relatively generic and uninteresting (imo) story, with some great moments that are ruined by the constant moving and cutting away.    

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    KT
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    I think this year was very close, and The Pianist very likely came in a near second.  Chicago was on Showtime a few months ago and I was glad it caught my attention.  I think it is a strong directorial achievement on the part of Rob Marshall.  The editing is brisk and vibrant, making the entire film rich with excitement; the pacing too makes it easy to watch song after song.  The film plays very well, though I understand that for many it’s not the most exciting winner.  I thought the color scheme was wonderful, especially in the darker numbers, i.e. “I Can’t Do It Alone.”  And the package of “All that Jazz” at the beginning is stunning, setting up the dynamic between Velma Kelly, Catherine Zeta-Jones in the role of her life (and I don’t think it was category fraud), and Roxie Hart.  Richard Gere is also very good and so at ease as Billy Flynn.  I do think this was a deserving win, but it’s definitely not the best film of the five nominees.  I prefer The Hours, though I understand it is very dark, and The Two Towers, which is simply an incredible achievement.

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    Halo_Insider
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    #119222

    I enjoyed Chicago quite a bit. It had a lively energy to it and some really charged performances (particularly Catherine Zeta-Jones’). Still, I’ve got to say that nothing comes close to The Pianist for me. That was my choice for BP. 

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    Choice Chayawat
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    I loved Chicago. I think it was lively and campy in a way that it was supposed to be. I heard some said Zellweger was miscast, but I don’t know what Roxie should be like. She was quirky, charming, irritatingly adorable and made a fun Roxie. The film was for CZJ to shine, but she didn’t overshadow Zellweger one bit since they were completely different and stood out on their own. As amazing as Julianne Moore in Far from Heaven was, Zellweger would be my choice for best actress that year.

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    babypook
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    #119224

    That year I was far more enamoured with FLF, Y Tu Mama Tambian, Talk To Her, the Documenataries, and the box office escapist films; The Two Towers, Spiderman, also Minority Report (except for Samantha Morton), Adaptation, About a Boy, and Catch Me If You Can. Chicago might make my top 50 that year however.

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    Turner Unruh
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    #119225

    Renee should of won they were stupid to put Nicole Kidman and Julianne Moore in the same movie they look like sisters and Nicole was only in the movie 10 minutes

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    GoMe91
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    #119226

    If Richard Gere had to get a nomination, it should have been for Unfaithful, not Chicago.

    Anyway, I’m not actually a huge fan of the BP lineup from that year because I think movies such as Y Tu Mama, Catch Me if You Can, and Road to Perdition were stronger movies than, IMO, Gangs of New York and even The Two Towers. But out of the five nominees, I think Chicago is the best film. I replay Hot Honey Rag over and over. Such a funny way to close a movie.

    I’ve never seen the stage version but I never understood how CZJ was considered lead. There was even some controversy concerning billing between Zellweger and CZJ. I don’t get it. This movie is Roxie’s story. CZJ has a lot of screentime and a couple explosive musical performances, but her character doesn’t have the depth that Roxie does. CZJ most definitely belonged in supporting. No question.

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    Beau S.
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    #119227

    Absolutely nobody should have beaten Julianne Moore in Far From Heaven.

    Zeta-Jones deserved to win. I haven’t lost any sleep over Gere’s snub. I like the film a lot. Terrific directing, editing, acting and overall production values.

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    Gabriel
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    I also never understood why Zeta-Jones’s category placement was considered category fraud by many. Renee Zellweger was the clear lead to me. I’m not sure why Richard Gere was submitted as lead either, I think that’s what ultimately cost him a nomination.

    As for the film, it was okay. Not the best Best Picture winner ever, but certainly nowhere near the worst.

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