Awards Watch Archive for January, 2007

Best Screenplay Chart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Writer(s) – Film Comment Little Miss Sunshine (BFCA) Drops into a lower slot if BP isn’t grabbed The Queen (GG) (BFCA) Brit elegance could move it up Letters From Iwo Jima Dry and from a newcomer Volver Could be the shocker Babel (GG) (BFCA) Happy to finally be recognized Half Nelson The…

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Best Actress Chart

BEST ACTRESS Actress – Film Comment Helen Mirren – The Queen (GG/D) (BFCA) Looking unbeatable… unless they get bored with the idea of her winning… and that age thing… could that work for her? Meryl Streep – The Devil Wears Prada (GG/C) (BFCA) Really the most remembered performance of the year Judi Dench – Notes…

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Best Actor Chart

BEST ACTOR Actor – Film Comment Will Smith – The Pursuit of Happyness (GG) (BFCA) The real push starts after nominations Forrest Whitaker – Last King Of Scotland (GG) (BFCA) So many awards wins… so why does he seem so vulnerable? Peter O’Toole – Venus (GG) (BFCA) Legendary charm or sad old man? Ken Watanabe…

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Best Director Chart

BEST DIRECTOR Director – Film Comment Martin Scorsese – The Departed (GG) (BFCA) Just feels right Bill Condon – Dreamgirls (BFCA) The most likely to upset in a category unlikely to see an upset Clint Eastwood – Letters From Iwo Jima (GG) (BFCA) Powerful, but wouold need to get on a big roll Stephen Frears…

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Best Picture Chart

BEST PICTURE Picture – Studio Comment Dreamgirls (GG) (PGA) (BFCA) Rolling… Letters From Iwo Jima (BFCA) The PGA snub surprised, but might have been a split vote between the two Eastwood films or could mean something more profound. The Queen (GG) (PGA) (BFCA) The biggest spender per box office dollar The Departed (GG) (PGA) (BFCA)…

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Week Twelve – 52 Days to Go Outside Looking In

Oh, that candy. It’s right there. You can see it. You know the flavor, even if it was only described some other time by someone you are close with. But whether you have tasted it before or just heard about it, you want that flavor in your mouth. You want the invite to the ultimate…

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Iowa Film Critics

January 10, 2006 Best Picture Little Children Best Animated Picture Cars Best Director Martin Scorsese The Departed Best Actor Forest Whitaker The Last King of Scotland Best Actress Helen Mirren The Queen Best Supporting Actor Abigail Breslin Little Miss Sunshine Best Supporting Actress Jackie Earle Haley Little Children The Best Movie Yet to Open in…

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Toronto Film Critics

BEST PICTURE The Queen BEST PERFORMANCE, MALE Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan BEST PERFORMANCE, FEMALE Helen Mirren, The Queen BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE, MALE Michael Sheen, The Queen BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE, FEMALE Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal BEST DIRECTOR (Tie) Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne,…

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Utah Film Critics

BEST FILM United 93 BEST DIRECTOR Alfonso Cuaron, Children of Men BEST SCREENPLAY Rian Johnson, Brick BEST ACTOR Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat BEST ACTRESS Helen Mirren, The Queen BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Michael Sheen, The Queen BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Rinku Kikuchi, Babel BEST DOCUMENTARY An Inconvenient Truth BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Letters From Iwo Jima

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National Board Of Review

Best Film Letters From Iwo Jima Top Ten Films Letters From Iwo Jima, (and, in alphabetical order) Babel Blood Diamond The Departed The Devil Wears Prada Flags Of Our Fathers The History Boys Little Miss Sunshine Notes On A Scandal The Painted Veil Best Foreign Film Volver Top Five Foreign Films Volver (and, in alphabetical…

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Image Awards Nominations

MOTION PICTURE Actor in a Motion Picture Denzel Washington – “Inside Man” (Universal) Forest Whitaker – “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Jamie Foxx – “Dreamgirls” (DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures) Laurence Fishburne – “Akeelah and the Bee” (Lionsgate Films) Will Smith – “The Pursuit of Happyness” (Sony Pictures) Actress in a Motion Picture Beyoncé Knowles…

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association

BEST PICTURE Letters from Iwo Jima Runner Up: The Queen DIRECTOR Paul Greengrass, United 93 Runner-up: Clint Eastwood, Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima ACTRESS Helen Mirren, The Queen Runner-up: Penelope Cruz, Volver ACTOR: Tie – Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat and Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland SCREENPLAY The Queen by Peter…

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Vancouver Film Critics

Best Film Children of Men Best Canadian Film Maurice Richard/The Rocket Best Foreign Language Film Volver Best British Columbian Film Fido Best Director Alfonso Cuaron, Children of Men Best Director of a Canadian Film Reg Harkema, Monkey Warfare Best Actor Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland Best Actor in a Canadian Film Don McKellar,…

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Golden Globes Nominations

Film Nominations DRAMA Babel Bobby The Departed Little Children The Queen ACTRESS (DRAMA) Penelope Cruz – Volver Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal Maggie Gyllenhall – Sherrybaby Helen Mirren – The Queen Kate Winslet – Little Children ACTOR (DRAMA) Leonardo DiCaprio – Blood Diamond Leonardo DiCaprio – The Departed Peter O’Toole – Venus Will Smith…

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Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association

Best Film United 93 Best Actor Forrest Whitaker, Last King of Scotland Best Actress Helen Mirren, The Queen Best Supporting Actor Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Hudson, Best Supporting Actress Best Director Martin Scorsese, The Departed Best Original Screenplay Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine Best Adapted Screenplay Jason Reitman, Thank You For…

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Las Vegas Film Critics

Best Picture The Departed Best Actor Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland Best Actress Helen Mirren, The Queen Best Supporting Actor Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls Best Director Martin Scorsese, The Departed Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) Jason Reitman, Thank You For Smoking Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki, Children of…

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Gotham Awards

Best Feature Half Nelson Ryan Fleck, director; Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky, Lynette Howell, Anna Boden, Rosanne Korenberg, producers Best Documentary Iraq in Fragments James Longley, director; James Longley, John Sinno, producers Breakthrough Director Award Ryan Fleck, Half Nelson Breakthrough Actor Award Shareeka Epps, Half Nelson Rinko Kikuchi, Babel Best Ensemble Cast Award Babel Brad Pitt,…

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Kansas City Film Critics

Best Film United 93 Robert Altman Award for Best Director Paul Greengrass, United 93 Best Actor Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland Best Actress Helen Mirren, The Queen Best Supporting Actor Michael Sheen, The Queen Best Supporting Actress Catherine O’Hara, For Your Consideration Best Original Screenplay Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine Best Adapted Screenplay…

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The European Film Awards

EUROPEAN FILM DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN (The Lives Of Others); Germany directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck produced by Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion/Bayerischer Rundfunk/ARTE/Creado Film EUROPEAN DIRECTOR Pedro Almodóvar for VOLVER EUROPEAN ACTRESS Penelope Cruz in VOLVER EUROPEAN ACTOR Ulrich Mühe in DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN (The Lives Of Others) EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER Barry Ackroyd for…

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Golden Globes Awards

DRAMA Babel ACTOR (DRAMA) Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland ACTRESS (DRAMA) Helen Mirren – The Queen MUSICAL OR COMEDY Dreamgirls ACTOR (MUSICAL OR COMEDY) Sasha Baron Cohen – Borat DIRECTOR Martin Scorcese – The Departed ORIGINAL SCORE The Painted Veil FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM Letters from Iwo Jima SCREENPLAY The Queen SUPPORTING ACTOR Eddie…

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Awards Watch

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon