Million Dollar Baby

As I mentioned on Twitter the other day, the latest episode of The Dew Over has dropped and yours truly is one of the panelist. Though the show has moved to a monthly format, it still has all the wonderful Oscar related discussions that has made the show a hit. In this episode the panel (which included noted film critic Thom Ernst and Alia Miller of the Super Zero podcast) debates the 2004 Academy Awards which saw biopics dominating the nominations. It was the year where Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, Taylor Hackford’s Ray and Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland were all battling for the top prize. Taking an alternative route, Alexander Payne’s Sideways attempted to get people talking about wine and love. However, it was Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby that won the hearts of the voters. Did the boxing drama deserve to win Best Picture that year? Was there another film more deserving?

Give the episode a listen and see if you agree with the panel’s final verdict. Also, be sure to share your thoughts on the 2004 Academy Awards. Which films would you have picked for the five Best Picture nomination spots?