Friday, March 7, 2014

2004 CinSpec Awards


Winners indicated (*). I still need to see films like Head-On, Innocence, Tropical Malady, Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring, Undertow, Imaginary Heroes, Vanity Fair, The Chorus, A Home at the End of the World, Intimate Strangers, The Ladykillers, 3-Iron, Yes, MoolaadĂ©, Don't Move, Nobody Knows, Four Shades of Brown, A Hole in My Heart, De-Lovely, Saved!, Beyond the Sea, Around the Bend, Look at Me, and Shark Tale.

Before Sunset

BEST PICTURE:
The Aviator
Before Sunset*
Closer
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Finding Neverland

BEST DIRECTOR:
Marc Forster, Finding Neverland
Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Richard Linklater, Before Sunset*
Martin Scorsese, The Aviator
Lars von Trier, Dogville

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

BEST ACTOR:
Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal, The Motorcycle Diaries
Jeff Bridges, The Door in the Floor
Matt Damon, The Bourne Supremacy
Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland*
Ethan Hawke, Before Sunset

BEST ACTRESS:
Julie Delpy, Before Sunset
Nicole Kidman, Birth
Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace
Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake*
Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Closer

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Freddie Highmore, Finding Neverland
Jude Law, I Heart Huckabees
Clive Owen, Closer*
Gary Stretch, Dead Man's Shoes
Mark Wahlberg, I Heart Huckabees

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Cate Blanchett, The Aviator
Rachel McAdams, Mean Girls
Natalie Portman, Closer*
Naomi Watts, We Don't Live Here Anymore
Kate Winslet, Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Before Sunset*
Closer
Finding Neverland
Million Dollar Baby
Sideways

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind*
I Heart Huckabees
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Shaun of the Dead
Vera Drake

Birth

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Birth*
Collateral
House of Flying Daggers
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
A Very Long Engagement

BEST FILM EDITING:
The Bourne Supremacy*
Collateral
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Primer
Spider-Man 2

The Motorcycle Diaries

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Finding Neverland
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Million Dollar Baby
The Motorcycle Diaries*
The Village

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
"Angel on My Shoulder", Mean Creek
"Knock Yourself Out", I Heart Huckabees
"Million Voices", Hotel Rwanda
"Old Habits Die Hard", Alfie*
"A Waltz for a Night", Before Sunset

Additional Categories

The Aviator

BEST ART DIRECTION:
The Aviator
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban*
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Phantom of the Opera

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
The Aviator*
House of Flying Daggers
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Phantom of the Opera
Ray

BEST MAKEUP:
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The Passion of the Christ*

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

BEST SOUND (MIXING AND EDITING):
The Bourne Supremacy
Collateral
The Incredibles
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow*

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I, Robot
Spider-Man 2*

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
The Incredibles
The Polar Express*
Shrek 2

Updated: 7/30/15

18 comments:

  1. Great batch of nominees!!! I'm sad that Winslet and Bridges lose, but at least they were nominated.

    ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER!!!!!! Mean Creek is such a marvelously underrated film.

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    1. Thanks pal! Winslet is my #2, and Bridges is probably my #3 behind Garcia Bernal.

      It's a great film. I wish I could've found more room for it. :(

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  2. I love that you included Angel on my Shoulder. Mean Creek is such a great little film!

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    1. Yay! More love for Mean Creek! :)

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  3. Awesome to see 2 acting wins for Closer - Owen was really amazing in this one, shame he seems to be in such lousy films nowadays.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing about Owen. He needs a comeback badly.

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  4. There are tons here I haven't seen yet, I've only seen Before Sunrise so far but it's cool to see Richard Linklater winning Best Director as well as the two leads, seems that an unabashedly romantic films don't get recognized as often. Well they're also pretty rare these days as Hollywood prefer rom-coms than straight romance drama.

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    1. Haha, glad you approve of my Linklater, Hawke and Delpy wins. Hope you get a chance to check some of these films out, Ruth, especially Before Sunset (and Before Midnight, of course).

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    1. Ha, it's one of my all-time favorites!

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  6. 2004 was a pretty great year. Love the wins for Closer, a film I really adore. Owen and Portman killed it.

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    1. Yeah, there are several films I love or really like from that year. Glad you dig the Closer wins. Owen and Portman give two of my favorite performances, period.

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  7. No "Believe" for Original Song?

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    1. "Believe" was very close to making the cut, and I would've nominated it in a weaker year for the category. Even "When Christmas Comes to Town" was close to being nominated.

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  8. Hadn't realized that I'd never gotten around to watching Sideways and Closer until I started this, have to remedy that. Maria, Full of Grace is one of the few best actress performances I've yet to see. I know many love it but Eternal Sunshine was a film I hated I also never warmed to the Sunrise/Sunset films either.

    Picture:
    The Aviator-Winner
    Bad Education
    Finding Neverland
    Saved!
    A Very Long Engagement
    I liked the others but The Aviator is by far my favorite Scorsese film, all his excesses are reigned in and he elicits wonderful work from all.

    Director:
    Pedro Almodovar-Bad Education
    Brian Dannelly-Saved!
    Marc Foster-Finding Neverland
    Jean-Pierre Jeunet-A Very Long Engagement
    Martin Scorsese-The Aviator-Winner
    As I said this is my favorite work of Scorsese's so to chose him as my winner was easy.

    Actor:
    Gael Garcia Bernal-Bad Education
    Matt Damon-The Bourne Supremacy
    Leonardo DiCaprio-The Aviator-Winner
    Colin Farrell-A Home at the End of the World
    Joseph Gordon Levitt-Mysterious Skin
    This was a tough choice. Bernal and Damon are sharp in their films and though Mysterious Skin is one of the saddest, most emotionally devastating films I've ever seen Levitt's performance is incredibly powerful in it. This was a two way race however between Farrell and DiCaprio. These are my favorite performances by both actors, I'm going with Leo because of pure scope of the character but Farrell's gentle, compassionate work is equally fine just on a smaller scale.

    Actress:
    Elizabeth Banks-Heights
    Jena Malone-Saved!
    Imelda Staunton-Vera Drake-Winner
    Hilary Swank-Million Dollar Baby
    Kate Winslet-Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Malone anchors the wry satire of Saved! with a gratis that keeps the more absurd elements of the story grounded and Winslet, even though I hated her film, is terrific in it. Swank is all grit and determination but I felt manipulated by her film and performance more than moved. The real dark horse is the under-appreciated Banks who has one of her better showcases in the low budget Heights, anyone who can compete with Glenn Close as their mother and still stand out is worthy of praise. Imelda in the role that brought her to prominence is simply astounding as Vera Drake. It's the lack of flash in her performance that makes it so memorable.

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    1. I love Eternal Sunshine, but I do think it's slightly overrated. I watched Before Sunrise/Sunset a few years ago, and I didn't know much about them, like when I watched the Three Colors trilogy for the first time. I'm guessing my limited knowledge benefited my viewing experience, but maybe not. Hope you get a chance to check out Closer, Sideways and Maria Full of Grace.

      I haven't seen Saved!, but your Best Picture lineup is wonderful. Great to see Scorsese win. Love your acting winners as well. DiCaprio is probably my #6 this year. Really pleased to see Damon on here too. The Bourne Supremacy is my favorite Bourne film, and Damon nails that performance the second time around.

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  9. Supporting Actor:
    Alan Alda-The Aviator
    Eric Bana-Troy
    Brady Corbet-Mysterious Skin-Winner
    James Garner-The Notebook
    Freddie Highmore-Finding Neverland
    I liked Troy a great deal as a pageant and adventure but it provided scant chance for characterization which makes Bana's ability to flesh out Hector all the more impressive. Alda is terrifically oily as the scheming Senator in Aviator and Garner manages to cut through the sugar coating of The Notebook to give add emotional resonance to his character and Highmore excellent at creating a recognizable troubled child as the inspiration for Peter Pan in Finding Neverland. The little known Corbet's somewhat somnolent performance at first seems off kilter until you get deeper into the film and it reveals itself to be exactly right, a powerful piece of work.

    Supporting Actress:
    Cate Blanchett-The Aviator
    Julie Christie-Finding Neverland
    Cloris Leachman-Spanglish
    Rachel McAdams-Mean Girls-Winner
    Sissy Spacek-A Home at the End of the World
    Not the strongest year but decent performances. Cloris jolts life into the ambling Spanlish whenever she appears and Julie's autocratic, hard grandmother would be a caricature if not for her skill at showing the care that is behind the defensiveness in subtle looks and gestures. As a very different kind of mother Sissy, full of warm understanding and grace notes, takes what again could have been a standard role and makes it memorable. I enjoyed Blanchett's performance as Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator but that's the problem with it, it always feels like a performance. McAdams though feels very real and is a scream as queen bee of The Plastics, power mad and tyrannical but not wholly without virtues.

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    1. McAdams is a brilliant choice, and Corbet is an interesting winner. I didn't really care for that film, but the performances were the best part. Great to see The Aviator get two more noms. I under-nominated it, but I love that film.

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