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Well, it’s that time of the year again; the time when little statues of golden men are handed out to the best in the biz as far as movies are concerned. |
I thoroughly enjoyed No Country for Old Men, which is the favorite to grab best picture, and Juno, which is shot in Vancouver and up for the same award. Viggo Mortenson was outstanding in Eastern Promises, as was Spaniard Javier Bardem, in his disturbing portrayal of a killer in No Country for Old Men.
However, I must cop to ignorance as far as making my choices for this weekend’s Oscars, as I have not seen all of the movies nor performances that are under consideration.
But I have paid close attention to the NHL season, and if I were to hand out some hockey hardware in a few of the same categories to this point of the season, I’ve got a pretty good idea of who would win.
General Managers, players and fans have all been on the edge of their seats since Forsberg first announced he was making a comeback this season. While countless clubs vied for his services, Forsberg invested the requisite blood, sweat and tears in his native Sweden. Grainy video from overseas offered vague progress reports, while those in the loop speculated as to when the Great Foppa would set foot on NHL ice again.
But, ironically, it is that very foot that has kept Forsberg from choosing a jersey to don. As a shortlist emerged from his agent and those still on it quivered with anticipation, Forsberg pronounced himself unfit to rejoin the league… or did he? Just as the door was slamming shut on his season, Foppa has said there is still a slight chance he will make his return. Forsberg has given a brilliant depiction of passion, frustration, suspense and, perhaps, personal triumph.
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: EVGENI MALKIN
Overshadowed by his much-celebrated Canadian colleague, the young Russian has provided a performance that cannot be overlooked. Though cast in a secondary role for much of the campaign, Malkin has delivered a virtuoso performance that is the story of the season for the surging Penguins.
His electrifying goals and ample assists have come in the Pens’ hour of need; Malkin has nearly doubled his offensive output since Sidney Crosby was lost to injury, averaging just under two points per game in Crosby’s absence. Should he continue to produce at this pace, the sublime sophomore may also take home two more trophies: the Art Ross and Hart.
BEST ACTRESS: DR. SONYA NOOR
Though unheralded in NHL circles for her previous performances, Noor has received critical acclaim for her inspiring work with Richard Zednik. After the Panthers’ forward suffered one of the most severe and grotesque injuries ever recorded, Dr. Noor acted swiftly and flawlessly in repairing Zednik’s carotid artery. Just as Zednik’s near fatality will never be forgotten, nor will Noor’s repair.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: ALYSSA MILANO
Not only has she been an LA Kings’ fan since she was playing Samantha on Who’s the Boss?, Milano is also now providing clothing for female hockey fans. Milano showed up at the NHL All-Star game in Atlanta last month to launch the hockey segment of her Touch Clothing line and even broke out a retro Kings’ jersey! Sorry, Hilary Duff; you might console Mike Comrie after Islanders’ losses, but Milano’s been on board since the 80’s.
BEST DIRECTOR: GUY CARBONNEAU
Do me a favour; look at the Montreal Canadiens roster, then look at the standings. Carbonneau has fooled the hockey world by transforming a seemingly ordinary cast of characters into one of the highest scoring teams in the NHL. And they’ve done it by replacing the NHL’s top goal-getting defenseman, Sheldon Souray (26 goals last year), with the immortal Roman Hamrlik.
But the Habs’ results speak for themselves; they’re contending for top spot in the Eastern Conference. Carbonneau has handled highly touted goaltender Carey Price perfectly, picking the right spots to play the prized rookie. Given the cast of characters he’s succeeding with, you wonder if Carbonneau might have made Gigli into an award winner.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: WASHINGTON CAPITALS
While it’s not the best jersey in the NHL, the Caps’ red home jersey is easily the biggest upgrade in hockey this season. Gone is the weak attempt to make an eagle into the team crest. Back is a slightly updated version of the classic, stylized “Capitals” logo worn proudly by the likes of Rod Langway and Bengt Gustafsson. No question that Alex Ovechkin’s play has improved this year as a result of the jersey makeover.