First off, an apology to the Sean fans, but I had to post this - from Canada.com:
"Where the heck are the hobbits?
Rings' little guys among those Oscar ignored
January 28, 2004
What, there weren't any award-worthy acting performances in this year's front-runner for the best-picture Oscar?
Actors everywhere could be forgiven for feeling chills up their spines yesterday, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences showered the effect-heavy epic The Return of the King with 11 Oscar nominations, but didn't find even one of the movie's actors worth mentioning.
The message is clear: Get a good rousing fantasy script, put the CGI team on overtime designing new creatures and sequences, and you can make the best movie of the year -- exceptional acting performances aren't required for either commercial or critical success. Historically, the highest movie art has been about the use of lens, light, sets and props as a frame for specifically human emotion, but the digital revolution has changed that.
At least, that could be the apocalyptic view from the acting benches. There is, fortunately for actors, another way of looking at it. The Return of the King is the third instalment of a trilogy, and as such it's a movie whose performances have already been seen and judged. So if Sir Ian McKellen's Gandalf warranted a best-supporting actor Oscar, then he would have gotten one when he was nominated for the first movie. Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn was the heart and soul of the second movie, so if Oscar wanted him that's when he might have gotten the nod.
But still, the third movie is where the hobbits, particularly Sean Astin's Sam and Billy Boyd's Pippin, carry more of the dramatic weight. Of the two, I would have argued for a nomination for Boyd."
*G* And I disagree a bit with the argument. I think the reason no one was nominated is because of the ensemble nature of the cast - hard to pick out any one person.
Say - Tig? Do you still have a link to the "movie" that AMC made? I never got to see it and lost my links with the new laptop. BTW, there's a story up at torn about how LOTR really helped AMC theatres survive the year!