News for Nov. 05, 2005

Can 'King Kong' Climb to Best Picture Heights?

11/05/05, 10:42 am EST - Xoanon

With one fist clutching Naomi Watts, expect to see a big hairy ape use his other paw to grab Best Picture bids at the Golden Globes and Oscars. Impossible, you say? Especially at the Oscars where voters usually prefer snootier, arty fare like "Lost in Translation," "The Hours" and "In the Bedroom"? Ha! That's usually true, but I stand by this prediction anyway shoulder to shoulder (or shoulder to ankle) with King Kong. Here's why: for starters, the movie is directed by Peter Jackson, who's proven he can get academy voters to gobble up popcorn pix. Not only did "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" win Best Picture, but it tied the all-time Oscar record and actually topped it by becoming the biggest undefeated champ in the kudo's history. [More]