February 19, 1999
I got two callbacks from my SCETA audition. One was for a rep. theatre in Colorado and the other is from Western Stage here in California. The Western Stage callback is here in Santa Clara on the 5th of March. Two callbacks isn't bad, eh?
I auditioned for the New Play Festival during ACTF week and was called back for three productions. The NPF is a group of about 10 new student written plays that are workshopped, rehearsed, and then performed at the end of the week and wha'dya know, I was cast in a show called "Lunch Pails".
I found a computer terminal at Humboldt State's library during the week, last week, and was able to surf the web and open up an Instant Message connection for a few hours. I talked to Julie for a while. It was nice to get back in touch with her as it had been half a week since I had talked to her last and it seemed like longer. We've continued to talk a lot online and on the phone. I sang her a bunch of songs tonight. We're freaks. The whole relationship coming back out of the woodwork, we've decided, is weird. But I think it's a good weird. I know it's a good weird. She's coming back here in three weeks but I don't know if I can wait that long. I might go down in a week or so with a friend of hers.
So I got 65 out of 94 nominations or 69%, two out of every three, correct. Not bad, eh? I called four categories 100% (Film, Lead Actress, Direction, and Original Screenplay) and four others four out of five. Below is the final nomination list, my original predictions, and my final Oscar picks for who will win (not neccesarily who should [ie., Life is Beautiful].) Note that my correct nomination predictions are listed in blue and my predictions for Oscar winners are marked with a *:
Best Film Elizabeth Life is Beautiful Saving Private Ryan * Shakespeare In Love The Thin Red Line Actor in a Leading Role Roberto Benigni, Life is Beautiful Tom Hanks, Saving Private Ryan Ian McKellen, Gods And Monsters * Nick Nolte, Affliction Edward Nolte, American History X Actress in a Leading Role Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth * Fernanda Montenegro, Central Station Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare In Love Meryl Streep, One True Thing Emily Watson, Hillary And Jackie Actor in a Supporting Role James Coburn, Affliction Robert Duvall, A Civil Action Ed Harris, The Truman Show Geoffrey Rush, Shakespeare In Love Billy Bob Thornton, A Simple Plan * Actress in a Supporting Role Kathy Bates, Primary Colors Brenda Blethyn, Little Voice Judi Dench, Shakespeare In Love Rachel Griffiths, Hilary and Jackie Lynn Redgrave, Gods And Monsters * Direction Roberto Benigni, Life is Beautiful John Madden, Shakespeare In Love Terrence Malick, The Thin Red Line Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan * Peter Weir, The Truman Show Art Direction Elizabeth Pleasantville Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love * What Dreams May Come Screenplay for Screen Bulworth: Warren Beatty & Jeremy Pikser Life is Beautiful: Vincenzo Cerami & Roberto Benigni Saving Private Ryan: Robert Rodat Shakespeare In Love: Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard * The Truman Show: Andrew Niccol Screenplay Previously Produced/Published Gods And Monsters: Bill Condon Out Of Sight: Scott Frank Primary Colors: Elaine May A Simple Plan: Scott B. Smith * The Thin Red Line: Terrence Malick Foreign Film Central Station Children of Heaven The Grandfather Life is Beautiful * Tango Original Song I Don't Want to Miss a Thing - Armageddon The Prayer - Quest for Camelot A Soft Place to Fall - The Horse Whisperer That'll Do - Babe: Pig in the City When You Believe - Prince of Egypt * Original Dramatic Score Elizabeth Life is Beautiful Pleasantville Saving Private Ryan * The Thin Red Line Original Comedy/Musical Score A Bug's Life Mulan Patch Adams The Prince of Egypt * Shakespeare in Love Film Editing Life is Beautiful Out of Sight Saving Private Ryan * Shakespeare in Love The Thin Red Line Cinematography A Civil Action Elizabeth Saving Private Ryan * Shakespeare in Love The Thin Red Line Costume Design Beloved Elizabeth * Pleasantville Shakespeare in Love Velvet Goldmine Makeup Elizabeth Saving Private Ryan Shakespeare in Love * Sound Armageddon The Mask of Zorro Saving Private Ryan * Shakespeare in Love The Thin Red Line Sound Effects Editing Armageddon The Mask of Zorro Saving Private Ryan * Visual Effects Armageddon * Mighty Joe Young What Dreams May Come
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