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

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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

xpost

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

Is John Simon still a member?

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:25 (fifteen years ago) link

No, he got kicked out for excessive bathroom breaks.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:31 (fifteen years ago) link

Steven Spielberg is developing two new scripts for the Fox network. First is a drama “set in the world of high fashion and follow[ing] five twentysomething friends who work behind the scenes of the industry,” to be written by Edward Burns and his wife Christy Turlington.

deep space nine (deep space nine), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:32 (fifteen years ago) link

She's a published author, dude - don't front.

David RER (Frank Fiore), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:33 (fifteen years ago) link


http://www.nyfcc.com/members.php


hey, Klawans is working on a Preston Sturges project.

That isn't detrius, DS9.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:33 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm just super excited about it, is all

deep space nine (deep space nine), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:35 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm just posting this here because it's not really appropriate anywhere else, but Happy Feet was actually a really excellent movie.

Dragons (per the previous FAQ answer) (nklshs), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:39 (fifteen years ago) link

The next big adult animated film is a documentary on the Chicago 7 trial (Sundance).

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:45 (fifteen years ago) link

No, he got kicked out for excessive bathroom breaks.

The shit was coming out of his mouth, it seems.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 11 December 2006 22:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Not that John Simon wasn't frequently infuriating and dense in his dotage, but a friend of mine says his '70s writing was among the first he was ever interested in. He's represented in that US film critics anthology.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 December 2006 14:18 (fifteen years ago) link

A new collection of his 1981-2001 criticism was published a few months ago; his hilarious eviscerations of actress' physical flaws wax and wane over the years.

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 12 December 2006 14:28 (fifteen years ago) link

San Francisco critics (Eric, avert yr eyes):

Best Picture – Little Children
Best Director – Paul Greengrass, United 93
Best Actor – Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat
Best Actress – Helen Mirren, The Queen
Best Supporting Actor – Jackie Earle Haley, Little Childen
Best Supporting Actress – Adriana Barraza, Babel
Best Screenplay – Little Children
Best Foreign Film – Pan’s Labyrinth

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 12 December 2006 19:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Jackie Earle Haley suddenly emerging as this year's Shoreh Agdashloo (i.e. rarely singled out in reviews when sexier and classier leads were the focus).

Alfred Soto (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 12 December 2006 19:41 (fifteen years ago) link

YEAH KELLY LEAK

David RER (Frank Fiore), Tuesday, 12 December 2006 19:44 (fifteen years ago) link


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