Monday, January 02, 2006

2005 Anonymous Awards

As the Academy Awards are sure to disappoint me, I figured I’d use my non-existent power here at the Sobering Conclusion to say what I think. So here are my picks for the best performances of the year. I’ve only included categories that I thought really made an impression on me and listed first the winner and then the runners up. There is no particular order for the non-winners. If you felt I left something out or if you see the light and agree, feel free to post your thoughts.


  • DIRECTOR: David Cronenberg (A History of Violence)
    Peter Jackson (King Kong)
    Bennett Miller (Capote)
    Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain)
    Neil Jordan (Breakfast on Pluto)

  • ACTOR: Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote)
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Mysterious Skin)
    Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence)
    Ralph Fiennes (The Constant Gardener)
    Hugo Weaving (Little Fish)


  • ACTRESS: Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line)
    Cate Blanchett (Little Fish)
    Naomi Watts (King Kong)
    Maria Bello (A History of Violence)
    Embeth Davitz (Junebug)

  • SUPPORTING ACTOR: Ken Watanabe (Memoirs of a Geisha)
    Jeffrey Wright (Syriana)
    Steve Coogan (Happy Endings)
    Matt Dillon (Crash)
    Liam Neeson (Breakfast on Pluto)

  • SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Adams (Junebug)
    Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha)
    Tilda Swinton (The Chronicles of Narnia …)
    Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener)
    Melissa Leo (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada)

  • ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Angus MacLachlan (Junebug)
    Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers)
    Guillermo Arriaga (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada)
    George Clooney & Grant Heslov (Good Night and Good Luck)
    Mark Spragg & Virginia Korus Spragg (An Unfinished Life)

  • ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Dan Futterman (screenplay), Gerald Clark (novel) – (Capote)
    Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana (screenplay), Annie Proulx (short story) – (Brokeback Mountain)
    Gregg Araki (screenplay), Scott Heim (novel) – (Mysterious Skin)
    Josh Olson (screenplay), John Wagner & Vince Locke (graphic novel) – (A History of Violence)
    Robin Swicord (screenplay), Arthur Golden (novel) – (Memoirs of a Geisha)

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: This is a copout category. If the film is good, the film is good. Hence "Tsotsi" made my top 5 of the year. No need to separate them because of sub-titles.

  • CINEMATOGRAPHY: Rodrigo Prieto (Brokeback Mountain)
    Roger Deakins (Jarhead)
    Oliver Stapleton (An Unfinished Life)
    Janusz Kaminski (Munich)
    Chris Menges (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada)

  • SCORE: John Williams (Munich)
    Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain)
    Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia …)
    John Williams (Memoirs of a Geisha)
    Alexandre Desplat (Casanova)

  • FILM EDITING: Claire Simpson (The Constant Gardener)
    Jamie Selkirk (King Kong)
    Ronald Sanders (A History of Violence)
    Walter Murch (Jarhead)
    Christopher Tellefsen (Capote)

  • ART DIRECTION: Patrick M. Sullivan Jr. & Tomas Voth (Memoirs of a Geisha)
    Jules Cook, Ian Gracie, Karen Murphy & Jeffrey Thorp (The Chronicles of Narnia …)
    Susanna Codognato, Robert Guerra & Luca Tranchino (Casanova)
    Jeanette Scott (Sin City)

  • COSTUME DESIGN: Colleen Atwood (Memoirs of a Geisha)
    Jenny Beavan (Casanova)
    Jacqueline Durran (Pride & Prejudice)

  • MAKEUP: Memoirs of a Geisha
    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

  • VISUAL EFFECTS: King Kong
    Star Wars: Episode III
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    The Chronicles of Narnia …
    The War of the Worlds

  • ANIMATED FILM: Hoodwinked
    No others worth mentioning.

  • SONG: “Can’t Take It In” by Imogen Heap – (The Chronicles of Narnia …)

  • BEST USE OF AN OSCAR WINNER:
    Stealth

  • WORST USE OF MULTIPLE OSCAR WINNERS:
    Aeon Flux

  • WORST USE OF A COUNTRY LEGEND:
    The Dukes of Hazzard

  • MOST DESERVING OF MY PHONE NUMBER:
    Anne Hathaway


  • MOST BRAINWASHED ACTRESS:
    Katie Holmes

  • MOST DESERVING OF A PUNCH TO THE MOUTH:
    Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (
    Match Point)

  • FILMMAKER MOST DESERVING DEPORTATION:
    George Lucas

  • ACTRESS MOST IN NEED OF A CUPCAKE:
    Lindsay Lohan



  • 2 Comments:

    Blogger PowerSurgeon said...

    Well, much like the Academy awards, you saved the best categories for last. And like Elizabth Taylor, you just blurted out the winners without telling us who the nominees were.

    GLAD-EEEEE-AAAA-TOR!

    ugvosp

    2:45 PM  
    Blogger Hungry Hank said...

    Maybe next year I'll figure out something interactive or a way to postpone the excitement so people can bet or drink on what they think I will pick.

    This year, I was just too lazy. :)

    4:45 PM  

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