14 February 2007

Skandies: #4



Picture: Children of Men (178/14)
Director: Christopher Nolan, The Prestige (155/15)
Actress: Isabelle Huppert, Gabrielle (175/12)
Actor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brick (181/15)
S. Actor: Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children (157/11)
S. Actress: Emily Blunt, The Devil Wears Prada (150/13)
Screenplay: Pedro Almodóvar, Volver (133/11)
Scene: Interchronological car chase, Deja Vu (96/7)
Undistributed 2004: Samaritan Girl (Kim Ki-duk) (75/6)

[Okay, correct clip now. Unfortunately, there are no awards screeners of Deja Vu floating around, so the best I could do was a hideous camcorder job with Swedish subtitles. Also, it occurs to me that this scene will make zero sense to anyone who hasn't seen the film; what you need to know—SPOILER!!!—is that Denzel is chasing a car that exists 4.5 days in the past, which Val & Co. can see thanks to that gizmo he's using. Trust me, it works in context, even if the film as a whole makes no sense.]



HISTORY:

This is Nolan's second "nomination"; he placed 5th in 2001 for Memento.

Huppert scores her third "nomination" in seven top 20 appearances; the other two were both in 2002, when she came in 2nd in both Lead (The Piano Teacher) and Supporting (8 Women). (Also: #15 for La Cérémonie [1996], #8 for The School of Flesh [1999], #17 for Time of the Wolf [2004], and #13 in Supporting for I ♥ Huckabees [2004].) Gordon-Levitt makes it two consecutive "nominations," having also placed 4th last year for Mysterious Skin. Blunt finished 10th in the same category last year for My Summer of Love. Haley is new.

Almodóvar's only previous Screenplay citation was an 8th-place finish for Talk to Her (2002).

2 comments:

Ryan said...

Thanks for the clip. Looks alright to me, even with the Swedish subs.

Kevin Laforest said...

How is that a great scene? The gimmick's intriguing, but otherwise this is just another average Tony Scott chase, no?