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

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I'm a fan of detrius, even if I'm not a fan of most of the movies detrius celebrates.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 7 December 2006 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Was The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada released this year or last year?

milo (milo), Thursday, 7 December 2006 21:36 (fifteen years ago) link

take your pick. it was on last year's list for critics, but most theaters didn't get it til this year I think.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2006 06:25 (fifteen years ago) link

re Volver, it's the singer not the song

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Friday, 8 December 2006 14:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Regardless of how mediocre or bad 2006 was for American films, I saw one critic point out that it would seem to be even more shockingly terrible for foreign titles released in the U.S. this year. Volver will probably win every "not from here" prize in existence, and almost everyone is saying it's not up to his last three. Beyond that, it's Lazarescu, L'Enfant and ... that would seem to be it for heavy hitters with widespread support. Duck Season and Three Times and Gabrielle would push the list over five, but I defy you to try and stretch that list to the 15 or 20 necessary to match years past.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2006 18:37 (fifteen years ago) link

On the other hand, I just saw that the NY Times suggested that NYFCC might pick Army of Shadows for Best Picture this year.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2006 18:45 (fifteen years ago) link

(not that any of their critics should know that, as I think they're not involved in the awards.)

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 8 December 2006 18:45 (fifteen years ago) link

even more shockingly terrible for foreign titles released in the U.S. this year.

I don't think it's all that shocking when US distributors seem to be taking fewer and fewer chances (or ones that do are folding). Tsai ming-Liang has completed two since Goodbye Dragon Inn that haven't been distrib'd.

Foreign detrius films are crowd-pleasers; even if I liked Volver OK, I'd likely put Kekexili (Mountain Patrol), Battle in Heaven, 4, Fratricide plus maybe Changing Times ahead of it.

Doesn't The Science of Sleep count as foreign?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 9 December 2006 05:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Maybe it does. Maybe it does.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Saturday, 9 December 2006 08:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw Gabrielle at NYFF '05, but it'd be my only serious challenger thus far to Inland Empire at #1.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 10 December 2006 08:24 (fifteen years ago) link

A ton of critics awards came out today. I don't keep track of what shows up when, but I can't remember the last time so many happened simultaneously. The only two that really matter ...

L.A. FILM CRITICS
Picture: "Letters From Iwo Jima"
Runner-up: "The Queen"

Director: Paul Greengrass, "United 93"
Runner-up: Clint Eastwood, "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima"

Actor: Sacha Baron Cohen, "Borat" and Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland" (tie) (no runner-up)

Actress: Helen Mirren, "The Queen"
Runner-up: Penelope Cruz, "Volver"

Supporting actor: Michael Sheen, "The Queen"
Runner-up: Sergi Lopez, "Pan's Labyrinth"

Supporting actress: Luminita Gheorghiu, "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu"
Runner-up: Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"

Screenplay: Peter Morgan, "The Queen"
Runner-up: Michael Arndt, "Little Miss Sunshine"

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, "Children of Men"
Runner-up: Tom Stern, "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima"

Production design: Eugenio Caballero, "Pan's Labyrinth"
Runner-up: Jim Clay and Geoffrey Kirkland, "Children of Men"

Music: Alexandre Desplat, "The Queen" and "The Painted Veil"
Runner-up: Thomas Newman, "The Good German" and "Little Children"

Foreign-language film: "The Lives of Others"
Runner-up: "Volver"

Documentary/non-fiction film: "An Inconvenient Truth"
Runner-up: "Darwin's Nightmare"

Animation: "Happy Feet"
Runner-up: "Cars"

Douglas Edwards experimental/independent film/video award: "Old Joy" (Kelly Reichardt) and "In Between Days" (So Yong Kim)

New generation award: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (directors) and Michael Arndt (screenwriter), "Little Miss Sunshine"

Career achievement award (previously announced): Robert Mulligan

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BOSTON FILM CRITICS
Best Picture: The Departed (ru: United 93)
Best Director: Martin Scorsese (ru: Paul Greengrass)
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker (ru: Ryan Gosling)
Best Actress: Helen Mirren (ru: Judi Dench)
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Wahlberg (ru: Michael Sheen, Alec Baldwin)
Best Supporting Actress: Shareeka Epps (ru: Meryl Streep)
Best Ensemble Cast: United 93 (ru: The Departed)
Best Screenplay: The Departed (ru: The Queen)
Best Foreign Film: Pan's Labyrinth (ru: Volver)
Best Documentary: Deliver Us from Evil, Shut Up & Sing (ru: 51 Birch Street)
Best New Filmaker: Ryan Fleck (ru: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris)
Best Cinematography: Pan's Labyrinth (ru: The Painted Veil, Curse of the Golden Flower)

Eric H. (Eric H.), Sunday, 10 December 2006 23:37 (fifteen years ago) link

"matter" (Boston critics not too parochial on that Bos-mick mob thing, huh).

Idi Amin and Borat tying in LA is about the level of 'seriousness' present in the whole exercise.

Douglas Edwards experimental/independent film/video award: "Old Joy" (Kelly Reichardt) and "In Between Days" (So Yong Kim)

^the Ghettoizing Actual Art award?^

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 14:25 (fifteen years ago) link

Sick. Jackie Earl Haley just won an NYFCC award.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Monday, 11 December 2006 16:03 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, following this in realtime, are you? c'mon, Child Molester is a gimme.

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

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 16:36 (fifteen years ago) link

and why has your inner dreamgirl already prejudged that one? cuz it figures to be a Bill Condon vision, ie harmless mediocrity?

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 16:37 (fifteen years ago) link

They misspelled Jackie Earle Haley's name.

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 11 December 2006 16:42 (fifteen years ago) link

wow, his last film credit before this year was Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence.

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 16:44 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm thinking this'll be another dullish Departed crowning, unless Volver upsets

Dr M (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 December 2006 16:54 (fifteen years ago) link

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

xpost

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


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