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BFCA Nods…

Brokeback Mountain
Cinderella Man
The Constant Gardener
Good Night, and Good Luck.
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
Walk the Line

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47 Responses to “BFCA Nods…”

  1. palmermj says:

    I think I like the comprehensive, all-encompassing nomination than I do the Oscars. There’s a lot to choose from in a lot of different types of categories. I like the Best Comedy. I know it’s very Golden Globish, but it’s nice to see.

  2. Crow T Robot says:

    A respectable list.
    I hope this stirs, even just a bit, interest in Joan Allen’s terrific performance from way back in March.

  3. Mr. Emerson says:

    Just a few random thoughts…the Best Picture lineup is solid and expected, with a nice array of wild cards to sneak in at the Oscars with Munich, Brokeback, and WTL…Nice to see Joan Allen, surprised not to see Claire Danes…apparently David, Mangold might be getting shut out for Best Director and I don’t mind in the least, but I do mind not seeing Meirelles…Why is “Seasons of Love” nominated?…and give Virgin the Best Comedy award…and I’m doing to make a guess that Brokeback will get the most awards due to huge nods and well spread-out competition.

  4. cullen says:

    where is THE NEW WORLD?

  5. Wrecktum says:

    The fact that Allen was nominated shows that Upside of Anger should have been released during last year’s Academy season, as originally planned.

  6. DanYuma says:

    Eh, no huge surprises except for the omission of “Syriana” from the first 10, and the addition of “Sin City” to the Ensemble Acting nominees. On the one hand I think it’s kind of cool that they singled out that movie; on the other, despite the plethora of terrific names in it, all the women except Carla Gugino were interchangeable, monotonous pseudo-macho playthings, and Bruce Willis was completely phoning it in as he tends to do. They’d have shown a lot more stones just flat-out nominating Mickey Rourke as Best Actor, which he really deserves. I won’t criticize the nod further however, as it’s nice to think of poor old Rutger Hauer getting at least this close to being nominated for anything ever.

  7. jeffmcm says:

    They should give Supporting Actress to McDormand as a way to apologize for making her flop around with Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the second half of the movie.

  8. VSW says:

    David, was Match Point screened in time? Its total absence is kinda odd.

  9. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    Ugh, these awards are so annoying. Especially your Best Picture category. It seriously looks like you’ve nominated the ten most likely to succeed so that if one or two or four flop (like Memoirs, heheh) you can still claim to be good Oscar predictors.
    However, I am proud of some of the nods. Joan Allen (way to go! She deserves an Oscar nod AT LEAST), Matt Dillon (and Crash in general) and Sin City for Ensemble. I don’t too much like the movie but it was an ensemble and they handled it all pretty well.
    Interesting to note that Munich only got 2 nominations (granted, in Picture and Director). But no actor supporting actor?
    Wrecktum, if Allen was in contention last year she probably wouldn’t have made it, specially with other big theatric performances by Winslet and Bening. At least this year she has a chance. And if she goes Drama at the Globes, which I believe she is, she could even WIN the thing.
    The Match Point thing IS very strange. And this continues the sinking ship of The New World? Is it really as bad as we’re hearing?

  10. David Poland says:

    Match Point was pretty widely screened and we all had DVDs of it.
    Not as well seen were The New World and Munich.

  11. martin says:

    forget Kong (who knows till the #’s roll in) the real director-not-picture nom this yr might be Spielberg for Munich. Already get the feeling Munich is too tough and unpleasant to win a slot at the table, but they will throw a few “respect” noms like director and perhaps cinematography (which looks great).

  12. James Leer says:

    New York Film Critics Online go for “The Squid and the Whale” for best picture. Meanwhile, Armond White seethes!
    The rest of their award winners I didn’t find that interesting. Oliver Platt in “Casanova” for Best Supporting Actor? Not my style.

  13. jeffmcm says:

    Hmmm, how odd that a movie about pseudo-intellectual writers living in New York would win an award from the NYFCC.

  14. James Leer says:

    And I’m sure that some of them know the family of writer/critics the story is based on.
    Although that shouldn’t take away from the film itself, which is one of my favorites of the year.

  15. Jimmy the Gent says:

    Why doesn’t jeffmcm stick to haunting the talkbacks of AICN where he came from? The Quid and the Whale won Best Picture from the NYFCO, not the NYFCC. These are two very different organizations.
    McDormand was probably only actress good enough to overcome the many dangers of playing a character with such a theatrical disease. She pulled it off amazingly. The real disappointment is the shut-out of Richard Jenkins for Best Supporting Actor. His prformance was the heart and soul of North Coutry.

  16. Angelus21 says:

    Jeff’s not allowed on th AICN talkbacks because they banned him from it.

  17. Josh says:

    Pretty much the Top Ten from the MCN top ten. Dave knows his Oscar talk.

  18. jeffmcm says:

    Jimmy the Gent: you are correct, I misread.
    Angelus: OH THE PAIN of your stings! Actually, I would be proud to be banned from AICN. Those shameless self-promoters and perk pigs aren’t the best company.

  19. Bruce says:

    Jeff, does everyone hate you? I know your attitude stinks and you start fights every thread but why doesn’t everyone really hate you?

  20. Sanchez says:

    Don’t count Cinderella Man out just yet. With the weak field it still may sneak in.
    Forget Jeffmcm. He rubs everyone the wrong way. It’s part of his uncharm.

  21. jeffmcm says:

    But I love you guys.

  22. jeffmcm says:

    ANYWAY, the field may be weak but I don’t see Cinderella Man going anywhere. They’ll toss it some bones, like here, but it’s finished.
    I also agree that Jenkins was great in North Country, he certainly would have been more deserving of a nomination than Theron.

  23. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    I still don’t reckon Theron will be nominated. Aeon Flux and now being cast as a Bond Girl? That’s just crazy. She really is becoming Halle Berry.
    The final five I think will the BFCAs top 6 minus Theron. Allen, Dench, Huffman, Knightley and Witherspoon. If anyone will fall out it’ll be Knightley I reckon but atm I can’t see anyone whose going to take over. But, it’s still early days.

  24. joefitz84 says:

    Female actresses want to make as much money as they can before there earning power is up. It’s not far fetched and let’s face it. Being a Bond girl and doing action movies raises your profile and makes you a ton of dough.

  25. jeffmcm says:

    That may be true, but I think ‘female actresses’ are also often interested in building a career for themselves, which means not taking every offer that gets dropped in their laps. Isn’t Halle Berry something of a joke now, post-Catwoman, Swordfish, and Gothika?
    Anyway, Theron’s not going to starve if she doesn’t take a Bond movie.

  26. Joe Leydon says:

    Just so you’ll know: I like you. In a platonic, manly way, of cousre.

  27. Cadavra says:

    Are “female actresses” somehow different than “male actresses?” Just wondering.

  28. jeffmcm says:

    Joe: How ’bout them Giants? (in as deep and gruff a voice as possible)

  29. jeffmcm says:

    I see the AFI has put out their lists of the year’s top ten movies and TV shows:
    Yay for 40 Year Old Virgin and History of Violence
    Boo for not including Arrested Development.

  30. James Leer says:

    Wait, what’s this about Theron being cast as a Bond girl? I haven’t seen that anywhere. Is there a reputable source?

  31. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    Well, it’s not confirmed but it seems like a fairly done deal apparently.
    It’s just that, in terms of Oscar, are the Academy going to want to nominate her for a sub-standard movie when it is blatantly obvious that she doesn’t NEED another one. She’s already won one and she’s making a good living out of it. Other actresses who are appearing in better movies who CAN’T go off and become Bond girls make perfectly good candidates. And that’s my theory on Theron.
    But, question. Has their ever been a person nominated in the same year that they had a big flop and possibly won a Razzie?

  32. Mr. Emerson says:

    On that last note jeffmcm, I was surprised Walk the Line didn’t make the cut because it was sort of designed to be an “All-American” movie, but this is the AFI and not the Pulitzer committee…and I agree, great to see The 40 Year-Old Virgin up there AND The Squid and the Whale.

  33. bicycle bob says:

    wedding crashers was better than the 40 yr old virgin.

  34. James Leer says:

    I preferred 40-Year-Old Virgin, though both movies could have stood to lose about fifteen minutes (a common refrain this year).
    In the new Gurus of Gold, which flick is Thelma Adams’ #1? I see two #3s for her.

  35. James Leer says:

    Never mind, I see it listed below in her individual list, just not on the charts. Interesting new results, though.

  36. Josh Massey says:

    “Has their ever been a person nominated in the same year that they had a big flop and possibly won a Razzie?”
    If memory serves, screenwriter Brian Helgeland won both a Razzie and an Oscar in 1997 (for “The Postman” and “LA Confidential,” respectively).

  37. Bruce says:

    King Kong is going to win the Oscar. You heard it here first.

  38. BluStealer says:

    You can safely rule out half the list here for Oscar. I think the Capotes and the Constant Gardeners and the Walk the Lines and the Good Night Good Lucks are going to be fighting for 2 spots.
    Set in stone.
    Munich. Brokeback. Kong.
    With 2 spots left among 5 or 6 comparable pictures.

  39. LesterFreed says:

    The Academy clearly likes Peter Jackson. Whether that translates into a nomination for “King Kong” remains to be seenn. But usually one big, box office film does get into the 5 spots. Maybe it’s “King Kong” this year. Not much out there anyway.

  40. David Poland says:

    Theron is not set for Bond… a number of high profile names under consideration…

  41. MaLizMa says:

    Anyone mentioning The New World as a contender has obviously not seen it.

  42. Josh says:

    I’d love to see Theron in a Bond movie.

  43. Hopscotch says:

    I saw the New World this weekend.
    Alas, I don’t think it’s a serious contender. But it truly deserves praise for Cinematography and Score.
    Bond Girls can’t be a bigger star than Bond. it’s just how it goes.

  44. Mark Ziegler says:

    Well, Halle Berry is a much bigger star than Pierce Brosnan.

  45. James Leer says:

    Her paycheck wasn’t.

  46. Mark Ziegler says:

    Just because her salary might not have topped Brosnans doesn’t mean she’s not a bigger star than him.

  47. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    Kong is “set in stone”?
    They very well may “really like” Jackson, but he had LOTR to help him. They would’ve nominated Raja Gosling if it had turned out the same way.
    It’s a definite contender, but he needs to fight for it as much as the others. There’s not always a big box office contender. And besides, Walk The Line will probably be at $100mil by Oscar time and that’s considered big this year.
    Was Brosnan earning more money cause it was a Bond film? I find it hard to believe that Pierce Brosnan gets a hyge paypacket.

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