I'd be sort of sad if I had to start my annual year-end film detrius thread here.

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Are you kidding? I'm no Bill Condon fan. I'm not even a musical fan. I am a fan of black women, so there's that.

The only reason I'm prejudiced against Haley winning is because it's a mediocre performance in a baity role in a worthless movie.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:12 (fifteen years ago) link

United 93 for the win.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:15 (fifteen years ago) link

Best Actor: Whitaker againnnnnnzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:17 (fifteen years ago) link

How sad that Gosling and Cohen split the runner up. The bluehair demographic is insurmountable this year what with the NYT critics (and, it looks, Nathan Lee) out of the picture.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Rex Reed's hair is periwinkle, I'll have you know.

Condon > Haggis (yeah, I meant you wdn't be expecting much from him)

btw here is the shortlist of 15 Oscar Documentary Features:

“Blindsight”
“Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?”
“Deliver Us from Evil”
“The Ground Truth”
“An Inconvenient Truth”
“Iraq in Fragments”
“Jesus Camp”
“Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple”
“My Country, My Country”
“Shut Up & Sing”
“Sisters in Law”
“Storm of Emotions”
“The Trials of Darryl Hunt”
“An Unreasonable Man”
“The War Tapes”


and the 56 for Best Song (I guess Keillor's "Bad Jokes" is not original to the movie, and this will be Borat's sole nom, maybe):

“Believe It” from “The Heart of the Game”
“The Best” from “Everyone’s Hero”
“The Book I Write” from “Stranger than Fiction”
“Broken Bridges” from “Broken Bridges”
“Chan Chan” from “Water”
“Circle in the Sand” from “Friends with Money”
“Coming Back to You” from “Deja Vu”
“Definition of Love” from “Akeelah and the Bee”
“Dreamz with a Z” from “American Dreamz”
“Encarnacion” from “Nacho Libre”
“Every Word” from “Wordplay”
“Family of Me” from “Over the Hedge”
“A Father’s Way” from “The Pursuit of Happyness”
“The Girl in Byakkoya - White Tiger Field” from “Paprika”
“Heist” from “Over the Hedge”
“Hillbilly Holla” from “Barnyard”
“Hollywood Familia” from “Hollywood Familia”
“I Belong” from “Open Season”
“I Need to Wake Up” from “An Inconvenient Truth”
“In Rosa Vernat Lilium” from “The Nativity Story”
“It’s a Fight” from “Rocky Balboa”
“Ju Hua Tai” from “Curse of the Golden Flower”
“Keep Holding On” from “Eragon”
“Khalbali” from “Rang de Basanti”
“Kingdom of Love” from “One Night with the King”
“Listen” from “Dreamgirls”
“A Lonely Man” from “Don’t Come Knocking”
“Love You I Do” from “Dreamgirls”
“Luka Chuppi” from “Rang de Basanti”
“The Motion” from “3 Needles”
“My Little Girl” from “Flicka”
“Never Gonna Break My Faith” from “Bobby”
“Never Let Go” from “The Guardian”
“O Kazakhstan” from “Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”
“Open Your Heart” from “Saving Shiloh”
“Ordinary Miracle” from “Charlotte’s Web”
“Our Town” from “Cars”
“Patience” from “Dreamgirls”
“Philosophy” from “Step Up”
“PJ & Rooster” from “Idlewild”
“Quest for Love” from “Arthur and the Invisibles”
“Real Gone” from “Cars”
“Really Nice Day” from “The Wild”
“Shine on ‘Em” from “Blood Diamond”
“The Song of the Heart” from “Happy Feet”
“Star Mile” from “The Last Kiss”
“Still” from “Over the Hedge”
“Suenos” from “Hollywood Familia”
“Sweet Music” from “Glory Road”
“Til the End of Time” from “Little Miss Sunshine”
“Tonight” from “Night at the Museum”
“Try Not to Remember” from “Home of the Brave”
“Upside Down” from “Curious George”
“When You Taught Me How to Dance” from “Miss Potter”
“Won’t Let You Fall” from “Poseidon”
“You Know My Name” from “Casino Royale”

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:24 (fifteen years ago) link

Why are the NYT critics out of the picture?

Why is "PJ & Rooster" the only potential nominee from Idlewild?

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, yeah. I don't think Condon is ruinous, but I don't think he's really capable of anything other than middlebrow white elephants (I feel bad for saying so, for the record).

(x-post) I can never figure that out. There are some weird bylaws (from the NYT, not the NYFCC) that prevent them from participating, but some years they do anyway.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:26 (fifteen years ago) link

Speaking of periwinkle...

Best Actress: Helen Mirren, THE QUEEN

Runners-up:

Judi Dench, NOTES ON A SCANDAL
Meryl Streep, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:29 (fifteen years ago) link

Is NYFCC the first Army of Shadows win for foreign film?

jaymc, that is an Academy-winnowed song list, not one of all eligibles.

NYT writers don't vote for sports awards, either.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:32 (fifteen years ago) link

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haha, I was just gonna say Reed & Edelstein must be having a Mirren-Dench hairpull to settle that one.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:33 (fifteen years ago) link

2006 was a great year for shitty movies.

Dragons (per the previous FAQ answer) (nklshs), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:36 (fifteen years ago) link

I assume, Oscarwise, United 93 is considered, ummm, "too New York."

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:39 (fifteen years ago) link

DO NOT GET DRAGGED TO SEE 'THE HOLIDAY' UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. I WANTED TO POKE MY EYES OUT WITH A JU JU BEE. CAN JACK BLACK MAKE ONE MOVIE WHERE HE DOESN'T SING A STUPID SONG.

thebingo (thebingo), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:52 (fifteen years ago) link

Eric, where are you getting Actor and Actress and runner-ups from? I'm refreshing the NYFCC site, and it's still stuck on Picture.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Best Actor: Whitaker againnnnnnzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

So did anyone hear actually see Amin!?

I'm eagerly anticipating this one, about Pinochet's rise to power:

The Coup

Directed by: Costas-Gavras
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Benicio del Toro

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Eric is actually one of the critics; he's smuggling out the results via laptop and smoke signals.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Amin! the musical?

Oscar's all about the royal skirt and scary black mass murderer this year.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 17:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Films about Amin need more panache than you're gonna get by casting the director of Waiting to Exhale and Mr. Tumnus the Faun.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:06 (fifteen years ago) link

One of the critics (I won't say who) leaked the winners and runners-up to the Nerve blog Screengrab.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:14 (fifteen years ago) link

NYT writers don't vote for sports awards, either.

According to someone else:

"The NYT critics were forced to resign in 2002 (I think) because of a
new company policy banning Times staff from voting on awards that
could produce financial benefits for people whom they cover in the
paper. This was primarily aimed at the sports department (since
honors like the Heisman Trophy or a spot in the MLB Hall of Fame,
both voted on by sportswriters, are worth millions in potential
income to their recipients) and business reporters, but it applied to
the NYFCC insofar as a win there could increase somebody's chance of
an Oscar nomination, which in turn could be used by the winner's
agent as a reason for their client to get paid more in the future."

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:16 (fifteen years ago) link

It's out:

2006 Awards

Best Picture
United 93
Best Actor
Forest Whitaker
The Last King of Scotland
Best Actress
Helen Mirren
The Queen
Best Director
Martin Scorsese
The Departed
Best Foreign Film
Army of Shadows
Best Screenplay
Peter Morgan
The Queen
Best Supporting Actor
Jackie Earle Haley
Little Children
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Hudson
Dreamgirls
Best Cinematographer
Guillermo Navarro
Pan's Labyrinth
Best Non-Fiction Film
Deliver Us From Evil
Best First Film
Ryan Fleck
Half Nelson
Best Animated Film
Happy Feet

1:00pm EST: Voting is finished.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:16 (fifteen years ago) link

Best First Film: Ryan Fleck, Half Nelson

Classic example of a make-up award. "Gosling and Epps wuz robbed, let's sneak the film in here."

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:19 (fifteen years ago) link

So Gosling got the raves for a role Forest Whitaker himself would have played in 1989 (oops, sorry, it was Morgan Freeman)?

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Forest Whitaker would've played a white schoolteacher?

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:24 (fifteen years ago) link

no, in '89 it would've been Kevin Bacon, if indie-grainy had hit by then.

I have a pinch of guilt in avoiding Last King of Scotland, as I'd go only cuz I find James McAvoy totally fucking hot.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:24 (fifteen years ago) link

ACADEMY AWARDZ TIME

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Morbs liked McAvoy's hoofs in Narnia.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:26 (fifteen years ago) link

What it is with gays and goat legs?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:29 (fifteen years ago) link

No, a hot guy is not enough to make me watch that kinda nerd shit. McAvoy is tasty in that Brit series Shameless.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:30 (fifteen years ago) link

We think they make you a better dancer.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:30 (fifteen years ago) link

What it is with gays and goat legs?

I thought Chris Kattan wasn't actually gay.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Jake Gyllenhaal has hairy legs. Does that make him a goat?

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:33 (fifteen years ago) link

i hope departed wins best pic or at least best director in the oscar race (i foresee some musical winning best pic and director going to MS) because i'd hate to see the dude go out like altman with some late-in-the-game honorary award.

deep space nine (deep space nine), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:36 (fifteen years ago) link

(x-post) Helen Mirren has hairy legs. Does that make her hot to gays?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:37 (fifteen years ago) link

i'd hate to see the dude go out like altman with some late-in-the-game honorary award.

Unlike Altman, I think Scorsese actually cares about the Oscars. A vestigial thing from his youth.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:43 (fifteen years ago) link

A vestigial thing from his everyone's youth.

Fixed.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:46 (fifteen years ago) link

I think you're projecting!

Didn't Crash fix your obsession?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Don't pretend that you, like every film buff, didn't at least give the Oscars some minor credence in your formative years. Not to the extent that you thought they ever made the right choice, maybe, but that they at least might have nominated "the right film" occasionally (e.g. me in 1994 when they nominated Pulp Fiction).

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Not to the extent that you thought they ever made the right choice

I'm not pretending at all -- they gave Annie Hall Best Pic in my formative years (but since Woody didn't show, I already knew they were for suckers). But it's been all downhill since the early '90s, worse than I could've imagined. I really plan to skip it this year barring some miraculous Laura Dern nomination.

Bill Weber (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:54 (fifteen years ago) link

I skipped it the year Lord of the Rings was set to win everything in sight.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:56 (fifteen years ago) link

that was great because everyone in the audience was so annoyed : D

deep space nine (deep space nine), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:56 (fifteen years ago) link

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which definitively showed that it's more about Ka-Ching than it used to be. (lib self-congrats only in a year w/out an awardable big grosser)

annoyed? weren't they the ones who voted for it?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 18:59 (fifteen years ago) link

there was a definite sense of 'wtf' in the place

deep space nine (deep space nine), Monday, 11 December 2006 19:01 (fifteen years ago) link

it wasn't even the best one of the trilogy.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 11 December 2006 19:03 (fifteen years ago) link

(I haven't watched the Oscars in years, altho I did tune in for Michael Moore's acceptance speech, which was awesome)

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 11 December 2006 19:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Of the 22 critics who were physically present (proxy votes having dropped out after ballot #2), 12 went for United 93, giving it the squeakiest victory since Daniel Day-Lewis beat out Jack Nicholson in '02. Lisa Schwarzbaum suggested that since even this 12-10 vote was a virtual tie, we really ought to award Best Picture to both films. Nobody really agreed (but no vote was taken).

A brief silence. Then, the voice of Rex Reed.

"So that's it."

Pause.

"The best film of 2006."

Pause.

"According to the New York Film Critics Circle."

Pause.

"Is United 93."

Long, uncomfortable pause, plus some tittering.

"A film that no one in America wanted to see."

At which point People critic Leah Rozen said, "And how did you vote, Rex?"

http://www.nerve.com/nerveblog/screengrabblog.aspx?id=107e7985#7985

Bill Weber (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:13 (fifteen years ago) link

That Sarris on the toilet story is great. I wonder why they didn't ask him if he only had to tinkle or if he also pinched a loaf.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Leah Rozen is a New York Film Critic?

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:19 (fifteen years ago) link

cuz People is based in NY?

xpost

I bet Linklater would've paid for the laxative.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:22 (fifteen years ago) link

Rex Reed and Thelma Adams are also NYFCC members? Doesn't that rock your world?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:23 (fifteen years ago) link


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