09 February 2009
Picture: Woman on the Beach (91/7)
Director: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Burn After Reading (76/9)
Actress: Naomi Watts, Funny Games (84/11)
Actor: Colin Farrell, In Bruges (69/7)
S. Actor: James Franco, Pineapple Express (57/8)
S. Actress: Tilda Swinton, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (78/8)
Screenplay: Fatih Akin, The Edge of Heaven (81/7)
Scene: Philippe steps into the abyss, Man on Wire (49/5)
[French dialogue is unsubtitled, but I don't think it really matters. You get the gist.]
The Coens (or just Joel, as they used to claim) have previously placed 3rd for Fargo (1996), 10th for The Big Lebowski (1998), 5th for O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), 3rd for The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), and 2nd last year for No Country for Old Men. So this is their weakest finish to date, excluding the weak-ass stuff like Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers that didn't place at all.
In addition to winning Best Actress in 2001 for Mulholland Dr., Watts has placed 12th for 21 Grams (2003), 20th in Supporting for I ♥ Huckabees (2004), and 7th for King Kong (2005). Swinton makes her sixth top 20 appearance: 18th in the lead category for Female Perversions (1997), 5th (lead) for The Deep End (2001), 9th for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), 19th for Thumbsucker (also 2005), and 4th just last year for Michael Clayton. Franco was covered two days ago when he placed 15th in the same category for Milk. Farrell has never before made the cut.
This is Akin's first Screenplay nod; he failed to place for Head-On, though it finished 12th in Best Picture.
Posted by md'a at 10:50 AM