28 January 2008

Skandies: #20

Picture: Atonement (56/6)
Director: George Ratliff, Joshua (60/5)
Actress: Keira Knightley, Atonement (45/6)
Actor: Russell Crowe, 3:10 to Yuma (45/5)
S. Actor: Max von Sydow, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (36/3)
S. Actress: Michelle Pfeiffer, Hairspray (35/4) [actually a tie for #19]
Screenplay: Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg, Hot Fuzz (50/5)
Scene: Down in the basement, Zodiac (35/4)


This is Ratliff's first appearance. His only previous eligible film was Hell House.

Knightley finished somewhat higher (#13) for her last Joe Wright literary adaptation, 2005's Pride & Prejudice. Pfeiffer's only previous appearance was at #16 for lead actress in 2000 (What Lies Beneath). The venerable Von Sydow gets his first nod, and Crowe ekes out his 7th career appearance in the top 20, having also landed at #20 for Cinderella Man in 2005. His other nods:

1997: #4, L.A. Confidential
1999: #5, The Insider
2000: #4, Gladiator
2001: #9, A Beautiful Mind
2003: #9, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Pegg & Wright placed 16th in 2004 for Shaun of the Dead, and might have done as well this year had they managed to write about 30 fewer pages of Hot Fuzz.

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