Friday, April 25, 2014

1993 CinSpec Awards


The poll results are in, and my awards will officially be called the CinSpec Awards (on a vote of 9-6). Thanks to everyone who voted. I've updated the titles and labels of my previous ballot posts with the new name.

Winners indicated (*). I still need to see films like Menace II Society, Kalifornia, Carlito's Way, My Favorite Season, Un, Deux, Trois, Soleil, Gettysburg, Malice, Tombstone, Cronos, Madadayo, Belle Epoque, Hammers Over the Anvil, The Wedding Banquet, Dave, The Puppetmaster, Geronimo: An American Legend, Flesh and Bone, The Story of Qiu Ju, Clean, Shaven, Raining Stones, This Boy's Life, A Bronx Tale, Time Indefinite, The Joy Luck Club, Ruby in Paradise, Twenty Bucks, and The Man Without a Face.

Three Colors: Blue

BEST PICTURE:
Farewell My Concubine
Naked
The Piano
Schindler's List
Three Colors: Blue*

BEST DIRECTOR:
Jane Campion, The Piano
Kaige Chen, Farewell My Concubine
Krzysztof Kieslowski, Three Colors: Blue*
Mike Leigh, Naked
Steven Spielberg, Schindler's List

Naked

BEST ACTOR:
Jesse Bradford, King of the Hill
Kevin Costner, A Perfect World
Anthony Hopkins, The Remains of the Day
Liam Neeson, Schindler's List
David Thewlis, Naked*

BEST ACTRESS:
Angela Bassett, What's Love Go to Do with It
Juliette Binoche, Three Colors: Blue*
Stockard Channing, Six Degrees of Separation
Holly Hunter, The Piano
Debra Winger, Shadowlands

Schindler's List

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Leonardo DiCaprio, What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Ralph Fiennes, Schindler's List*
John Malkovich, In the Line of Fire
Gary Oldman, True Romance
Pete Postlethwaite, In the Name of the Father

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Gong Li, Farewell My Concubine
Anna Paquin, The Piano*
Rosie Perez, Fearless
Winona Ryder, The Age of Innocence
Emma Thompson, Much Ado About Nothing

The Piano

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Farewell My Concubine
King of the Hill
The Remains of the Day
Schindler's List*
Short Cuts

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Manhattan Murder Mystery
Naked
The Piano
Three Colors: Blue*
True Romance

Farewell My Concubine

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Farewell My Concubine
The Piano
The Scent of Green Papaya
Schindler's List
Three Colors: Blue*

BEST FILM EDITING:
In the Line of Fire
Schindler's List
Short Cuts
Three Colors: Blue
True Romance*

True Romance

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Jurassic Park
Like Water for Chocolate
The Piano
Schindler's List
Three Colors: Blue*

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
"Philadelphia", Philadelphia
"Streets of Philadelphia", Philadelphia*
"What's This?", The Nightmare Before Christmas
"Will You Be There", Free Willy
"(You Made Me) The Thief of Your Heart", In the Name of the Father

Additional Categories

Much Ado About Nothing

BEST ART DIRECTION:
The Age of Innocence
Farewell My Concubine
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Scent of Green Papaya
Schindler's List*

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
The Age of Innocence
Farewell My Concubine*
Much Ado About Nothing
Orlando
Schindler's List

Jurassic Park

BEST MAKEUP:
Addams Family Values
Farewell My Concubine
Mrs. Doubtfire*

BEST SOUND (MIXING AND EDITING):
The Fugitive
Jurassic Park*
Schindler's List
Three Colors: Blue
True Romance

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
Cliffhanger
Jurassic Park*
The Nightmare Before Christmas

18 comments:

  1. YAY! You have a name!

    Love these. I knew that Blue would top most of these ballots. Great choice, obviously. It's funny to look over a lot of the acting nominees (which are close to mine, too!) and see how well Oscar actually did this year. They nominated so many great performances.

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    1. Thanks man! I love having a name! Haha, I always peruse your ballot (if available) beforehand to see how much or how little we have in common in a given year. Oscar got a lot right this year with the acting nominees.

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  2. I love that you have Jurassic Park for score. I'm surprised the Academy didn't nominate it in that category. Love all the Nightmare Before Christmas nominations as well!

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    1. Jurassic Park missing in score doesn't make sense, especially since John Williams has been nominated twice in the category several times. Glad you like NBC noms too.

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  3. how many times have you awarded Binoche? :o

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    1. Only 5. :) I currently give her Best Actress wins for The Lovers on the Bridge, Three Colors: Blue, Flight of the Red Balloon, and Certified Copy, as well as a Best Supporting Actress win for The English Patient. She is my favorite actress, so I'm biased.

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    2. You should make a post with the actors you most awarded, It would be interesting

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    3. Check out the second half of this post. ;)

      http://classicblanca.blogspot.com/2012/08/acting-winner-stats.html

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  4. No surprise to see love for Kieslowski's Blue, your favorite film of all-time, right? I would probably give Ralph Fiennes the win too-he was unrecognizable in that role, so creepy.
    Congrats on the new CinSpec awards name!

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    1. Yeah, it's my favorite, though I could easily list the entire Three Colors trilogy as my favorite film. :) Glad you like Fiennes' performance too.

      Thanks!

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  5. CinSpec - I love it! As for '93, it kind of seems, I don't know... morally wrong to choose films to top Schindler's List, but I agree with most all your picks. Blue would take most of the awards for me. Actor is tough - Thewlis is so, so good, but I think I'd still have to go with Hanks, with DDL following close behind. Great year though.

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    1. Thanks man! Schindler's List is the most important film of '93 (and I consider it one of the best films ever made), but I just can't give it the win over Blue. Thewlis wins Actor rather easily for me (with Hopkins the runner-up), though I do like Hanks and DDL. This year's Actor category felt like 2013's Actress category. I couldn't even find room for Blanchett or Bullock last year.

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  6. Love the new name! So great to see Fiennes as your winner he is number 3 on my all time favorite performances list.

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    1. Thanks! Fiennes is outstanding in Schindler's List, no doubt.

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  7. Your first CinSpec Award, how awesome! Lots of great stuff here Josh, though I still need to catch The Colors Trilogy, but I love Binoche so I probably will love it. I LOVE Much Ado About Nothing, it's so much fun, esp Branagh and Thompson. Schindler's List is a tremendous film, totally agree on your pic there.

    I haven't seen A Perfect World either, totally forgot what it was about too but I like Costner, so I should give that a shot.

    Great stuff Josh!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! Haha, they finally have a name! Hope you get to the Three Colors trilogy in the near future. Much Ado About Nothing is currently my #6. It was *this* close to making it into Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score as well. :)

      In A Perfect World, Costner play an an escaped convict who kidnaps a kid and drives him across the Midwest. Clint Eastwood directed it and plays the cop chasing him. You should check it out.

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  8. This year seems really thin although I have a major gap in never seeing Schindler's List, I really have no desire frankly. Everything I've heard is that it is brilliantly acted and brutally, gut wrenchingly sad. I'm also missing many of the foreign films including your winner. Some movies that are beloved, The Piano and Remains of the Day for example, left me cold. Remains especially surprised me, I really thought I'd love it and ended up counting the minutes until it was over.

    Picture:
    Dave
    The Fugitive
    The Joy Luck Club
    Much Ado About Nothing
    The Wedding Banquet-Winner
    I probably watch Dave more frequently and love it's gentle humor but Banquet is wonderfully observant about its issues in so many small ways you really feel you know its characters.

    Director:
    John Dahl-Red Rock West
    Andrew Davis-The Fugitive-Winner
    Ang Lee-The Wedding Banquet
    Ivan Reitman-Dave
    Steven Spielberg-Jurassic Park
    I love Lee's direction of Banquet, he's one of my favorite directors overall, but Davis and Spielberg really made their films move. Whereas Spielberg had dinosaurs and other special effects to add to the energy of his film Davis more or less relied on good old fashioned tension and movement for his which is the greater achievement.

    Actor:
    Nicolas Cage-Red Rock West
    Albert Finney-Rich in Love
    Harrison Ford-The Fugitive
    Kevin Kline-Dave-Winner
    Bill Murray-Groundhog Day
    Murray's deadpan delivery is put to perfect use in Groundhog Day and he's my runner up but Kline's expert shading of Dave as he works his way through the labyrinth rabbit hole he unexpectedly finds himself thrown down is a gem.

    Actress:
    Angela Bassett-What's Love Got To Do With It-Winner
    Lara Flynn Boyle-Red Rock West
    Stockard Channing-Six Degrees of Separation
    Michelle Pfeiffer-The Age of Innocence
    Sigourney Weaver-Dave
    I love Sigourney in Dave but she's almost supporting and I wanted to hand this to the marvelous Stockard Channing, my runner-up, who finally received a lead worthy of her in Separation but Angela Bassett was so powerful in Love she stands high above the rest of the field. I'll never understand how she lost to Holly Hunter.

    Supporting Actor:
    Leonardo DeCaprio-What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
    Tommy Lee Jones-The Fugitive
    Shihung Lung-The Wedding Banquet-Winner
    Oliver Platt-The Three Musketeers
    J.T. Walsh-Red Rock West
    I love TLJ, he's very entertaining in Fugitive, and am glad he's an Oscar winner but not necessarily for this film. Musketeers is a big messy silly adventure film with mostly mediocre acting and Platt's scene stealing performance may be big but it's also great fun. Walsh is excellent as always and my runner-up DeCaprio does some of his very best work in Gilbert Grape but I'm going with the quiet, graceful work of Lung. He seems to be doing so little while taking everything in, it's a beautiful piece of work.

    Supporting Actress:
    Anne Bancroft-Point of No Return
    Anna Paquin-The Piano
    Mary Louise Parker-Mr. Wonderful
    Rosie Perez-Fearless-Winner
    Emma Thompson-Much Ado About Nothing
    This seemed to be the thinnest category even though these women did excellent work but the strong characters just didn't seem to be there. Both Parker and especially Bancroft, who is fierce in No Return, rose about the conventional material handed them to stand out. Much Ado is a sprightly version of that play with pleasant performances but only Emma's is a cut above. I hated the Piano but Paquin is impressive in it. Rosie Perez impressed me the most though modulating her stridency while retaining her tough edge refraining from playing her crash survivor as a weepy victim. It's the best acting she's ever done.

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    1. I have a lot to see from your ballot as well. Schindler's List is a tough watch, but it's so well-made. I always forget just how seamless the film is. It is surprising that Remains left you cold, but The Piano is a divisive one, for sure.

      Of your winners, I've only seen the ladies, and I love those two performances a lot. Especially glad to see Emma Thompson in Supporting Actress. Her performance in Much Ado is very underrated, and I even loved the film.

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