Denis Leary is breaking one of Hollywood's golden rules: He's going public with his 2002 Oscar picks. And not surprisingly, the foul-mouthed comic-turned-actor who's among the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences's 5,700 voting members sided mostly with the underdogs.
In the acting categories, the star of ABC's The Job (airing tonight at 9:30 pm/ET) reveals to TV Guide Online that he "voted for [I Am Sam's] Sean Penn for best actor, [Monster's Ball's] Halle Berry for best actress, [In the Bedroom's] Marisa Tomei for best supporting actress and [Iris's] Jim Broadbent for best supporting actor."
In one of Oscar's most hotly contested races best picture of the year Leary shunned frontrunners A Beautiful Mind, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Moulin Rouge in favor of dark horse Gosford Park. And Robert Altman, the veteran filmmaker behind the ensemble murder mystery, "got my vote for best director," Leary adds.
And just in case you were wondering: Yes, there is a method to Leary's Oscar madness. "My system is based on envy and jealousy and hatred and anger," he cracks. "I think Sean should win for [I Am Sam] because he should have won for [1995's] Dead Man Walking, and he's the greatest actor of my generation.
"He won't win this year," he adds, "but he will
win at some point. He's got my vote."