Oscar Guide 2004
28 | The King Rules Oscar’s shock and awe.
32 | Best Actor Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Sean Penn, Johnny Depp, Jude Law
38 | But Seriously, Folks! For comic stars, respect demands drama.
46 | Best Actress Charlize Theron, Diane Keaton, Naomi Watts, Samantha Morton, Keisha Castle-Hughes
52 | Killer Chicks On Oscar night, look for actresses in deadly roles.
58 | Best Supporting Actor Tim Robbins, Benicio Del Toro, Ken Watanabe, Djimon Hounsou, Alec Baldwin
64 | Best Supporting Actress Renee Zellweger, Holly Hunter, Marcia Gay Harden, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Patricia Clarkson
71 | 25 Years Ago Carson hosted as two Vietnam flicks fought it out.
74 | Deer in the Spotlight Behind the scenes of The Deer Hunter.
78 | Queens for a Night A nomination doesn’t always equal stardom.
82 | Last Call In 1979, two movie giants made their final Oscar bows.
86 | Noms That Were Bombs Clunkers that became contenders.
92 | Best Director Peter Jackson, Sofia Coppola, Clint Eastwood, Fernando Meirelles, Peter Weir
98 | Best Picture Mystic River, Seabiscuit, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lost in Translation, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
104 | The Big Pictures Oscar’s soft spot for sprawling epics.
112 | Ballot
115 | Honorary Oscar
News + Notes
14 | Crime-Time TV The ratings race for pretrial scoops…OutKast singles ride the charts…Red-carpet hits and misses at the Golden Globes… Hot Sheet…Monitor.
22 | Special Report Sundance’s big reels and big deals.
117 | Must List Ten great things to see/hear/read.
118 | Movies The films of Sundance; also The Big Bounce, The Butterfly Effect, The Perfect Score, The Trilogy.
127 | DVD & Video The Secret Lives of Dentists and American Splendor; also Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
131 | Television 24; also Average Joe: Hawaii. Plus: 24’s resident drug lord Joaquim de Almeida; What to Watch.
139 | Music The Walkmen’s Bows and Arrows; also Kenny Chesney, Five for Fighting, Oneida, Lostprophets, Michelle Williams, Ivan Neville, and TLC. Plus: Offspring’s Dexter Holland.
152 | Books James Carlos Blake’s Handsome Harry; also Mark Obmascik, Douglas Preston, Laurie Lynn Drummond, Frances Kuffel, Amy Wilensky, Joe Eszterhas, and Kyle Smith. Plus: Odes to the Beatles.
6 | Mail Cold Mountain; Mona Lisa Smile.
156 | Stupid Questions This week with…Scott Baio.
(COVER) PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIC TUCKER; OSCAR (R) STATUETE (C) AMPAS (R); IMAGING; SAUNDRA GIERING/EYELAND; THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING: MICHAEL O’NEILL; THERON: MARK ABRAHAMS/MANAGEMENT ARTISTS ORGANIZATION; DEPP: ROBERT MAXWELL/CPI; ZELLWEGAR: ROBIN HOLLAND/CORBIS OUTLINE; MURRAY: GWENDOLEN CATES/ICON