Friday, May 2, 2014

2003 CinSpec Awards


Winners indicated (*). I still have a lot of films to see, such as The Best of Youth, Coffee and Cigarettes, The Saddest Music in the World, Forest Through the Trees, The Five Obstructions, Casa de Los Babys, Good Bye Lenin!, The United States of Leland, The Brown Bunny, Wonderland, L'Esquive, The Company, Gods and Generals, A Tale of Two Sisters, Los Angeles Plays Itself, Young Adam, Sylvia, Confidence, Bright Young Things, Millennium Actress, Touching the Void, The Singing Detective, Capturing the Friedmans, Japanese Story, Blue Car, and He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not.

Lost in Translation

BEST PICTURE:
City of God
Gerry
Lost in Translation*
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
The Return

BEST DIRECTOR:
Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation*
Fernando Meirelles, City of God
Gus Van Sant, Elephant
Peter Weir, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Andrei Zvyagintsev, The Return

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

BEST ACTOR:
Russell Crowe, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Ivan Dobronravov, The Return
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Manic
Bill Murray, Lost in Translation*

BEST ACTRESS:
Zooey Deschanel, All the Real Girls
Scarlett Johansson, Lost in Translation*
Charlize Theron, Monster
Naomi Watts, 21 Grams
Evan Rachel Wood, Thirteen

The Return

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Kevin Bacon, Mystic River
Alec Baldwin, The Cooler
Paul Bettany, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Benicio Del Toro, 21 Grams*
Bill Nighy, Love Actually

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Shohreh Aghdashloo, House of Sand and Fog
Monica Bellucci, Irreversible
Patricia Clarkson, The Station Agent
Anaïs Demoustier, Time of the Wolf
Marcia Gay Harden, Mystic River*

City of God

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
American Splendor
City of God*
The Dreamers
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Dirty Pretty Things
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Lost in Translation*
Love Actually
The Return

Gerry

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
City of God
Gerry*
Irreversible
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
The Return

BEST FILM EDITING:
City of God*
Elephant
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Love Me If You Dare
28 Days Later

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Gerry
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Love Actually*
Peter Pan
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
"Belleville Rendez-Vous", The Triplets of Belleville*
"Dig It", Holes
"Look Through My Eyes", Brother Bear
"School of Rock", School of Rock
"Time Enough for Tears", In America

Additional Categories

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

BEST ART DIRECTION:
Big Fish
Kill Bill: Vol. 1*
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Oldboy
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
Cold Mountain
Down with Love
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl*

BEST MAKEUP:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Monster
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl*

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

BEST SOUND (MIXING AND EDITING):
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World*
The Matrix Reloaded
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King*
The Matrix Revolutions
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Finding Nemo*
Tokyo Godfathers
The Triplets of Belleville

20 comments:

  1. YAY!!!! Lost in Translation sweep! We have the same LiT wins. We also share three BP noms. Love this year!

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    1. Ha, this is one of the few years we actually agree on most of the winners in the major categories. :) Love it!

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  2. I love so many things about this. JGL for Maniac, ERW for Thirteen, Dreamers in Adapted Screenplay. Kill Bill for Art Direction.

    I miss that Into The West song from Return of the King though. I thought it was so lovely!

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    1. Thanks. Glad you love those picks.

      I like Into the West, but I would've put You Will Be My Ain True Love from Cold Mountain in ahead of it.

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  3. YEY Bill Nighy! His work in Love Actually is so underrated. He was easily my favorite thing in that lovely movie.

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    1. Oh, I love that movie so much, and Bill Nighy is brilliant! :)

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  4. You chose LiT as best film of the year! YAY!!!!!

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    1. Haha, knew you'd like that choice.

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  5. I LOVE Master & Commander, I wouldn't mind Crowe winning Best Actor that year though I also love Bill Murray in Lost in Translation.

    Gerry is one of those movies I still need to see, even more curious about it now that it won the Cinspec Award :D

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    1. Ooh, I forgot you loved MAC too. Crowe and Bettany are so great together in that.

      Gerry is a great film, but I didn't love it on first viewing, as it's slow-paced and has minimal dialogue. Hope you get to check it out some time.

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    2. I didn't think I'd enjoy M&C as much as I did but it really kept me engrossed in the story, it might be one of my favorite Crowe performance. He just commands the screen every minute he's on. I might actually do a list on sea captains now that I think about it :D

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    3. Ooh, you should do a list! Yeah, Crowe is just right for the part, and the film is very engrossing, indeed.

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  6. Interesting year. City of God is my personal Best Pic of '03.

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    1. Nice choice. Can't argue with that pick. :)

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  7. Touching the Void is amazing, hope you get to see that soon from your "not seen" list
    I don't remember Love Actually score, pretty great apparently :)

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    1. I'll probably try to catch up on films I've missed once I finish posting my CinSpec Awards from 1930-present. I should be done in the next few months. Though, I do eventually want to start catching up on the 1920s as well.

      Oh, Love Actually has a pretty great score IMHO. If you're interested, check out the soundtrack suite:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DVrU04Mm_E

      Or just the "PM's Love Theme":

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8kZPHdd_a4

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  8. This was a tough year for me. There are several films I really liked that weren't necessarily awards caliber and several that were highly touted that I thought were junk, Cold Mountain, Mystic River, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings, etc. I've also somehow missed Lost in Translation and a few others that I've meant to get to but never have.

    Picture:
    Big Fish
    The Italian Job
    Love Actually-Winner
    Master & Commander
    Under the Tuscan Sun
    I have a weakness for multi-episodic films so while the other pictures were all enjoyable the serio-comic Love Actually was an easy choice.

    Director:
    Tim Burton-Big Fish
    Richard Curtis-Love Actually-Winner
    F. Gary Gray-The Italian Job
    Peter Weir-Master & Commander
    Audrey Wells-Under the Tuscan Sun
    Curtis finds just the right balance for his film injecting dashes of real life into what could have been just another celebrity cavalade. Any question of how well he accomplished that can be answered by looking at the sorry excuses that have been made by others trying to duplicate this film.

    Actor:
    Russell Crowe-Master & Commander
    Peter Dinklage-The Station Agent-Winner
    Ben Kingsley-House of Sand & Fog
    Sean Penn-21 Grams
    Steve Sandvoss-Latter Days
    Penn won for his work in Mystic River but he is far better and less showy in 21 Grams. Kingsley's very powerful as a man mired in an untenable situation and Crowe robust and charismatic as the Master & Commander. In his screen debut Sandvoss gives a layered performance of Aaron, a Mormon missionary confronted with his true nature and the journey he must make to come to terms with it. However Dinklage is so wonderful in The Station Agent he is handily my choice.

    Actress:
    Diane Keaton-Something's Gotta Give
    Diane Lane-Under the Tuscan Sun
    Helen Mirren-Calendar Girls
    Charlize Theron-Monster-Winner
    Emma Thompson-Love Actually
    Five terrific pieces of work. I particularly love Emma Thompson's exquisite performance as the betrayed Karen in Love Actually, but Theron transcends her very convincing make up job to get under the scary skin of Aileen Wuornos, she truly deserved that Oscar.

    Supporting Actor:
    Paul Bettany-Master and Commander
    Benicio del Toro-21 Grams
    Albert Finney-Big Fish
    Hugh Grant-Love Actually
    Bill Nighy-Love Actually-Winner
    This category seemed somewhat thin this year but I knew who my winner was before I started. Nighy simply rips into the debaunched Billy Mack with undisguised glee and as good as the rest of the cast is in his film he walks away with it.

    Supporting Actress:
    Shohreh Aghdashloo-House of Sand and Fog-Winner
    Helena Bonham Carter-Big Fish
    Laura Linney-Love Actually
    Mary Kay Place-Latter Days
    Julie Walters-Calendar Girls
    I loved the lighter moments in Love Actually but Laura Linney, along with Emma Thompson, made the darker corners of her story incredibly real and powerful as a woman who in dealing with the mental illness of a loved one has shut down her life. HBC captures the fairy tale feeling of her portion of Big Fish delightfully. Mary Kay Place in her few short scenes makes the unreasoning fear and confusion that her character feels at something she can't comprend very real if not understandable. She's even able to make you feel something for Sister Gladys despite the anguish she causes. It's Aghdashloo performance though that is so crushingly delicate and beautiful that the fine work of the others pales in comparison. I thought hers was the best performance of the year by anyone.

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    1. Great picks. Love that you reward so many comedic performances, and it's awesome that you give Love Actually those wins. Glad to see Master and Commander on there as well. Though it received 10 Oscar noms, that film seems underrated now.

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  9. I'm just crazy about Love Actually. It's something that when I have the blues I can pop in and by the end it's chased them away, even with Emma Thompson's heartbreaking vignette.

    I would have loved to give something to Latter Days. I have a special place in my heart for that film. By chance I attended its world premiere and most of the cast and the director were there, including Jacqueline Bissett!! After the screening there was a Q & A. The audience, which had loved the film anyway, went wild when she was introduced since she was a surprise guest. She was gracious, lovely and charming. It was a great chance to see star power up close.

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    1. I'm a big fan of Love Actually as well, and I usually watch some of it whenever it's on TV. I couldn't fit it in Best Picture, but I'm glad I could give it 3 noms, including a Score win and a Screenplay nod for Richard Curtis.

      Ooh, that's awesome! I haven't actually seen Latter Days yet. Must do that.

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