Awards Watch Archive for January, 2006

Thelma Adams’ Oscar Snubs!

Are the Oscars over yet? I know that this year the Oscar season is shorter, but it already seems like a one-horse race: Brokeback Mountain. Here are some contenders that were seriously snubbed when the final nominations came down yesterday: BEST PICTURE: Walk the Line was this year’s Ray, only sharper — great performances, great…

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On Schedule

Golden Globe Coverage… No Front Page Spoilers… Winners On Separate Page… 19. Best Actor/Comedy/Musical (7:18p) 18. Best Director (7:13p) 17. Best Original Song (6:49p) 16. Best Score (6:47p) 15. Best Foreign Language Film (6:39p) 14. TV – Series/Comedy (6:36p) 13. Best Screenplay (6:28p) 12. TV – Actress – Mini/MOW (6:18p) 11. TV – Actor –…

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How Many Have You Seen? The 311 Films Eligible For Oscar

ADAMS WAY THE ADVENTURES OF SHARK BOY AND LAVA GIRL IN 3-D AEON FLUX ALIENS OF THE DEEP ALONE IN THE DARK THE AMITYVILLE HORROR ANGELS WITH ANGLES ARE WE THERE YET? THE ARISTOCRATS ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 ASYLUM BAD NEWS BEARS THE BALLAD OF JACK AND ROSE BALLETS RUSSES BATMAN BEGINS BE COOL THE…

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Robert Altman to Receive Honorary Academy Award®

Robert Altman Beverly Hills, CA — Director-producer-writer Robert Altman has been voted an Honorary Award by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Award, an Oscar® statuette, will be presented at the 78th Academy Awards® Presentation on March 5, 2006. The Honorary Award will be given to Altman…

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Scientific and Technical Achievements To Be Honored with Academy Awards®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the 17 winners of Scientific and Technical Academy Awards, which will be presented at The Beverly Hilton on Saturday, February 18. Awards Administration Director Rich Miller said that unlike other Academy Awards, achievements receiving Scientific and Technical Awards do not have…

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Academy Announces Films in Competition for Achievement in Makeup

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the seven films being considered for Achievement in Makeup for the 78th Academy Awards®. The films in consideration are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” “Cinderella Man” “A History of Violence”…

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Seven Films Sound Off for 2005 Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the seven films in consideration for Achievement in Sound Editing for the 78th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”…

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Women Film Critics Circle

Awards: December 28, 2005 BEST PICTURE BY A WOMAN Prize Winner Of Defiance, Ohio: Jane Anderson BEST PICTURE ABOUT WOMEN (tie winners) In Her Shoes: Curtis Hanson Nine Lives: Rodrigo Garcia BEST ACTRESS Charlize Theron: North Country BEST ACTOR David Strathairn: Good Night and Good Luck BEST COMEDIC PERFORMANCE (tie winners) Paula Parker: Hustle &…

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Visual Effects Society

Nominations: January 9, 2006 Awards: February 15, 2006 Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture King Kong Eileen Moran, Joe Letteri, Christian Rivers, Eric Saindon Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture Kingdom of Heaven – Wes Sewell, Victoria Alonso, Tom Wood, Gary Brozenich Best Single Visual Effect of the Year…

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People’s Choice Awards

Nominations: November 11, 2005 Awards: January 10, 2006 FILM Favorite Female Movie Star Sandra Bullock Favorite Male Movie Star Johnny Depp Favorite Leading Lady Reese Witherspoon Favorite Leading Man Brad Pitt Favorite Female Action Star Jennifer Garner Favorite Male Action Star Matthew McConaughey Favorite Movie Comedy Wedding Crashers Favorite Movie Drama Star Wars: Episode III…

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London Film Critics

Nominations: December 15, 2005 Awards: February 8, 2006 The Attenborough Award for British Film of the Year The Constant Gardener Film of the Year Brokeback Mountain Foreign Film Downfall British Newcomer Kelly Reilly (Mrs Henderson Presents) Screenwriter Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco (Crash) British Producer Simon Channing Williams (The Constant Gardener) British Actress in Supporting…

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Independent Spirit Awards

Nominations: November 29, 2005 BEST FEATURE Brokeback Mountain Producers: Diana Ossana, James Schamus Capote Producers: Caroline Baron, William Vince, Michael Ohoven Good Night, and Good Luck. Producer: Grant Heslov The Squid and the Whale Producers: Wes Anderson, Peter Newman, Charles Corwin, Clara Markowicz The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Producers: Michael Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones…

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Gotham Awards

Nominations: October 25, 2005 Awards: November 30, 2005 Best Feature CAPOTE – Directed by Bennett Miller / Written by Dan Futterman / Produced by Caroline Baron, William` Vince and Michael Ohoven Best Documentary MURDERBALL – Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro / Produced by Jeffrey Mandel and Dana Adam Shapiro Breakthrough Director Bennett…

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Gotham Awards

Nominations: October 25, 2005 Awards: November 30, 2005 Best British Film A Cock & Bull Story The Constant Gardener The Descent The Libertine Mrs Henderson Presents Best Actor Ralph Fiennes – The Constant Gardener Matthew MacFadyen – In My Father’s Den Chiwetel Ejiofor – Kinky Boots Johnny Depp – The Libertine Bob Hoskins – Mrs…

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British Academy Film Awards

Nominations: January 19, 2006 Awards: February 19, 2006 Best Film Brokeback Mountain Diana Ossana/James Schamus The Alexander Korda award for the outstanding British film of the year Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Peter Lord/David Sproxton/Nick Park/Steve Box/Mark Burton/Bob Baker The Carl Foreman award for special achievement by a British Director, writer or…

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ASC Guild

Nominations: January 11, 2006 Awards: February 26, 2006 Wally Pfister BATMAN BEGINS Warner Bros. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes, Gary Oldman Rodrigo Prieto BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Focus Features Directed by Ang Lee. Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams Robert Elswit GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK. Warner Independent…

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Art Directors Guild

Nominations: January 17, 2006 Awards: February 13, 2006 Period or Fantasy Film MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA John Myhre Contemporary Film WALK THE LINE David J. Bomba Nominations Nominations: January 17, 2006 Period or Fantasy Film BATMAN BEGINS Nathan Crowley CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Alex McDowell GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK Jim Bissell KING KONG…

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Annie Awards

Nominations: December 5, 2005 Awards: February 5, 2006 PRODUCTION CATEGORIES Best Animated Feature Wallace & Gromit – The Curse of the Were-Rabbit Aardman Features Best Home Entertainment Production Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has A Glitch Best Animated Short Subject The Fan and The Flower Best Animated Television Commercial United Airlines “Mr. Pants” – Acme…

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American Cinema Editors

Nominations: January 13, 2006 Awards: February 19, 2005 BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC): Crash Hughes Winborne Lions Gate Films Inc. BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL): Walk the Line Michael McCusker Twentieth Century Fox BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY: March of the Penguins Sabine Emiliani Warner Independent Pictures BEST EDITED MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE FOR NON-COMMERCIAL…

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Writer’s Guild of America

Nominations: January 4, 2006 Awards: February 4, 2006 ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Crash Screenplay by Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, Story by Paul Haggis, Lions Gate Films ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Brokeback Mountain Screenplay by Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana Based on the Short Story by Annie Proulx Focus Features DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room…

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“Yes, good movies sprout up, inevitably, in the cracks and seams between the tectonic plates on which all of these franchises stay balanced, and we are reassured of their hardiness. But we don’t see what we don’t see; we don’t see the effort, or the cost of the effort, or the movies of which we’re deprived because of the cost of the effort. Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice may have come from a studio, but it still required a substantial chunk of outside financing, and at $35 million, it’s not even that expensive. No studio could find the $8.5 million it cost Dan Gilroy to make Nightcrawler. Birdman cost a mere $18 million and still had to scrape that together at the last minute. Imagine American movie culture for the last few years without Her or Foxcatcher or American Hustle or The Master or Zero Dark Thirty and it suddenly looks markedly more frail—and those movies exist only because of the fairy godmothership of independent producer Megan Ellison. The grace of billionaires is not a great business model on which to hang the hopes of an art form.”
~ Mark Harris On The State Of The Movies

How do you make a Top Ten list? For tax and organizational purposes, I keep a log of every movie I see (Title, year, director, exhibition format, and location the film was viewed in). Anything with an asterisk to the left of its title means it’s a 2014 release (or something I saw at a festival which is somehow in play for the year). If there’s a performance, or sequence, or line of dialogue, even, that strikes me in a certain way, I’ll make a note of it. So when year end consideration time (that is, the month and change out of the year where I feel valued) rolls around, it’s a little easier to go through and pull some contenders for categories. For 2014, I’m voting in three polls: Indiewire, SEFCA (my critics’ guild), and the Muriels. Since Indiewire was first, it required the most consternation. There were lots of films that I simply never had a chance to see, so I just went with my gut. SEFCA requires a lot of hemming and hawing and trying to be strategic, even though there’s none of the in-person skullduggery that I hear of from folk whose critics’ guild is all in the same city. The Muriels is the most fun to contribute to because it’s after the meat market phase of awards season. Also, because it’s at the beginning of next year, I’ll generally have been able to see everything I wanted to by then. I love making hierarchical lists, partially because they are so subjective and mercurial. Every critical proclamation is based on who you are at that moment and what experiences you’ve had up until that point. So they change, and that’s okay. It’s all a weird game of timing and emotional waveforms, and I’m sure a scientist could do an in-depth dissection of the process that leads to the discovery of shocking trends in collective evaluation. But I love the year end awards crush, because I feel somewhat respected and because I have a wild-and-wooly work schedule that has me bouncing around the city to screenings, or power viewing the screeners I get sent.
Jason Shawhan of Nashville Scene Answers CriticWire