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After receiving more than 100 applicants, we put together a panel of five Metromix Reader Reviewers to rate the fashion, celebrities and scene of the 2003 Academy Awards.

Thank you to all who sent in an e-mail wanting to be on the panel. If you weren't selected, you can still tell us what you think about the awards show by writing a Reader Review on Oscar night. We'll post your responses throughout the night.

Panelist #1
Name: Shannon Quinn
Bio: A 28-year-old Lakeview resident and an account supervisor at L.C. Williams and Associates.
Why she'll be good on the panel: She sends out an annual e-mail to all her friends the day after the awards with her own wrap-up of Oscar night events. Last year, regarding the worst dressed people she wrote, "stylists are really con artists with better connections."
Favorite movie she's seen recently: "Adaptation." It's the only movie out there that seems original.Worst movie she's seen recently: "A Guy Thing" with Jason Lee. It's not as cute as I wanted it to be. I like cheesy movies but Jason Lee doesn't do cheesy very well.The most overrated actor or actress in Hollywood: Denzel Washington. I think he's pompous and does the same role every time.The Oscar nominee she'd least like to sleep with: Michael Caine. He's the oldest and least attractive. Plus, he's gunning for the Oscar. That drives me crazy! When they interviewed him after he was nominated he said he expected it. You should at least pretend to be shocked.The Oscar nominee she'd like to be stuck in an elevator with: Renee Zellweger. She seems so nice and like she'd talk to you.The worst dressed Oscar attendee ever: In the late 1980s, Demi Moore showed up saying she'd designed her own outfit which was basically biker shorts underneath a ball gown.The worst Oscar moment of all time: When Rob Lowe danced with Snow White (at the 1989 Oscars).The movie title that best describes her life: "Dazed and Confused."


Panelist #2
Name: William Gregory
Nickname: Bluto
Bio: A 37-year-old Ravenswood resident who is a full-time student at Columbia College where he's employed in their Records Department.
Why he'll be good on the panel: He says he's watched the Oscars every year since he was 7-years-old. The stars on the red carpet have "stirred my imagination and made me want a little piece of whatever it was they had." Favorite movie he's seen recently: "Talk to Her." I thought it was phenomenal.Worst movie he's seen recently: "Shanghi Noon" with Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson.The most overrated actor or actress in Hollywood: Jennifer Lopez. She's gorgeous but just awful. And Kate Hudson; people say she's got great charisma but I don't see it. I think she's just famous because of her mother.The Oscar nominee he'd least like to sleep with: Michael Caine. I think he's a stodgy Englishman. He's a good actor but he seems so boring.The Oscar nominee he'd like to be stuck in an elevator with: Queen Latifah. She's just a home girl who's funny and down to Earth and she could find a better way out of the elevator than I could.The worst Oscar moment of all time: Any time they do an interpretive dance it's always bad.The movie title that best describes his life: "All About Eve"
Panelist #3
Name:
Tracey Lewis
Bio: A 35-year-old freelance writer and one of the authors of "The BAP Handbook" who lives in Logan Square, an area she calls "Chicago's coolest neighborhood."
Why she'll be good on the panel: Lewis loves all kinds of movies, "from silly smash-'em-ups to the high art of Kurosawa." Favorite movie she's seen recently: "Far From Heaven." It's such an interesting idea to update a Douglas Sirk film. The arc of the story line takes you into a world that's completely forgotten. Worst movie she's seen recently: I worship Jackie Chan and see anything he's in. But I went to see "The Tuxedo" and I couldn't believe he'd fallen to this level. The most overrated actor or actress in Hollywood: J. Lo. Somehow we're all expected to believe she's the center of the universe: she's a clothing designer, a singer, a dancer, an actress. I like her but I feel like I'm smothered with her constant presence. It's like Hollywood is feeding her to us all the time so we don't forget she's there. The Oscar nominee she'd least like to sleep with: Jack Nicholson. He's just a dirty old man. The Oscar nominee she'd like to be stuck in an elevator with: Adrien Brody. I loved him in "Liberty Heights" (released in 1999). And I love his nose. Why that has anything to do with why I'd like to be stuck in an elevator with him, I don't know. But he has his aura that just strikes me as someone you could totally talk to and laugh with. The worst dressed Oscar goer ever: Bjork (at the 2001 Oscars). People dog her about that swan outfit. It really was the most insane. And when she laid that egg -- oh, man. The worst Oscar moment of all time: I'm a big believer in conspiracy theories. (In 1992) when Jack Palance read the names for the best supporting actress, I think he read the name wrong and said Marissa Tomei and they had to give the Oscar to her anyway because, well, what are they going to do -- say it's wrong? The movie title that best describes her life: "As Good As It Gets"
Panelist #4
Name:
Ryan Tobiasz
Bio: A 23-year-old graduate student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology pursuing a MA in Forensic Psychology and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology. He lives in Lakeview.
Why he'll be good on the panel: He says he's a movie junkie that sees Oscar night as "more of a holiday than anything else." But he doesn't always agree with what's nominated. "Gouging my eyes out with spoons would have been less painful than watching 'Gangs of New York.'" Favorite movie he's seen recently: "Adaptation." I thought it was quirky and unpredictable and not your usual ending.
Worst movie he's seen recently: "Daredevil." The story was awful; the acting was awful.
The most overrated actor or actress in Hollywood: Ben Affleck. He always plays the same character. Nothing really stands out. I think he's more of a movie star and not really an actor. I don't like him at all.
The Oscar nominee he'd least like to sleep with: Kathy Bates. I find her utterly unattractive. The hot tub scene in "About Schmidt" was a complete turn off.
The Oscar nominee he'd like to be stuck in an elevator with: Julianne Moore. She's my favorite actress right now. I think she chooses quality stuff, is a smart individual and makes smart choices.
The worst dressed Oscar attendee: Bjork (at the 2001 Oscars).
Favorite Oscar moment of all time: When Gwyneth Paltrow accepted the award for her work in "Shakespeare in Love," I thought it was the best speech. It was delivered in an honest, sincere and real way.
The worst Oscar moment of all time: When David Letterman hosted in 1995. It was just terrible. It was a painful ceremony because of the host. It was forced humor and it made the show drag on.
The movie title that best describes his life: "Lost and Delirious"
Panelist #5
Name:
Melissa Skylas Dillenbeck
Bio: A 27-year-old Lakeview resident who is a trademark and copyright attorney and an ice skating judge for the U.S. Figure Skating Association.
Why she'll be good on the panel: She says she loves watching the Oscars and all the hoopla. But she loves to see what the celebrities are wearing: "I love the fashion aspect of the whole thing. It's great to see who forgot to look in the mirror before they left the house, and who simply shouldn't have left the house." Favorite movie she's seen recently: "Chicago." I loved the saucy characters and the dancing. I saw the musical in London and think the film is very true to the stage performance. I really appreciate the detail, flashiness and the way the film was grabbing my attention all the way through.
Worst movie she's seen recently: "Made" with Vince Vaughn. It was terrible. I thought it would be funny but the only part that was funny was when Screech from "Saved by the Bell" was in the scene where the bouncer lets him into the bar but doesn't let in Vince Vaughn.
The most overrated actor or actress in Hollywood: Leonardo DiCaprio. I think he's OK but I wasn't excited about his part in "Titanic" and I thought he was just OK in "Catch Me If You Can." I don't think he's as brilliant an actor as people make him out to be.
The Oscar nominee she'd least like to sleep with: Nicolas Cage. I think he's obsessed with Elvis Presley, even marrying Lisa Marie for a while. All the stuff he does, he's just kind of creepy.
The Oscar nominee she'd like to be stuck in an elevator with: I was actually stuck in an elevator in the Amoco building one time. But, if it happened again, I'd pick Julianne Moore. I'd like to hang out with her for a while. She seems pretty resourceful and has a down-to-earth personality.
The worst dressed Oscar attendee: Every time Cher attends it's bad. I remember the one with the huge head dress (in 1986). I don't think she's quite got it all together. And then, there was Celine Dion and that backwards tuxedo she wore (in 1999).
The movie title that best describes her life: "Almost Famous"

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