16 February 2010

Skandies: #5

Picture: Duplicity (149/16)
Director: Olivier Assayas, Summer Hours (141/13)
Actress: Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia (164/13)
Actor: Michael Fassbender, Hunger (209/17)
S. Actor: Liam Cunningham, Hunger (133/13)
S. Actress: Diane Kruger, Inglourious Basterds (175/17)
Screenplay: Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach, Fantastic Mr. Fox (212/19)
Scene: The goy's teeth, A Serious Man (103/9)

Untitled from Daniel Gemko on Vimeo.


Assayas previously placed 6th in 1997 for Irma Vep and 14th in 2003 for demonlover.

Of the actors, only Streep is a Skandies veteran; this is her 7th appearance in the top 20. In addition to the three "nominations" listed in the previous post, she also placed 8th for One True Thing (1998), 8th in Supporting for The Manchurian Candidate (2004), and 12th last year for Doubt.

Anderson and Baumbach jointly finished at #10 in 2004 for The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Their individual appearances as writers are all "nominations," listed in the previous post.


Michael said...

Okay! Fassbender and Cunningham both at #5. So we could postulate a hypothetical fourish / fivish finish for their scene together, if you hadn't concocted a rule specifically designed to exclude it from consideration.

Now I know how Godfrey Cheshire felt at the NYFCC.

md'a said...

I had no intention of excluding that scene, which I'd thought ran about 15 minutes until I rewatched the film and found it actually runs well over 20. The 20-minute no-more-than-one-reel "rule" has been in place in my mind for years; this was just the year I finally stated it explicitly.

Victor said...

... and McQueen still to come.

I think we can be morally certain the middle scene in HUNGER would have been a contender to win and certainly a Top 5 finisher if we could've voted for it.

I can't imagine having seen the film, generally liking it (it finished #6, so it's fair to say the AVB liked it a lot), generally being impressed by Cunningham particularly (its his only scene; and he's #5) and NOT at least short-listing that scene.

md'a said...

"Morally certain"?

Yes, I'm sure it would have done very well. And Omaha Beach would have done very well in 1998. And most of the Undies winners would have done very well had they been deemed eligible, and etc.

Victor said...

Yes ... "morally certain." As distinguished from "metaphysically certain," which doesn't exist for hypotheticals (such as this) and future events.

Or am I missing something in your quizzicalness?

Nictate said...

It's a shame DUPLICITY didn't get better marketing, including this poster art. It's functional in this format, but driving around L.A., the outdoor ads of this image were almost indecipherable and absolutely uninviting.

Good on the goy's teeth. One of the best punchlines of '09 from the rabbi. A punchline that perfectly summed up the sentiment of the film.

The Hunting of the Snark said...

I short-listed the foal story AND the "small talk" as subsets of this (for my Muriels ballot). Otherwise, yeah, 25% of a film's TRT is a bit much for best scene.

mattprigge said...


ME, ROOMMATE and OTHER ROOMMATE sit around, visibly suffering from cabin fever.

Me: We should watch Duplicity.

Roommate (emphatically): Nope.

Me: It's really good.

Roommate (no less emphatically): Nope.

Me: It's great, trust me.

Roommate: I saw the trailer. Nope.

Other Roommate: Who's in it?

Me: Clive Owen, Julia Roberts...

Other Roommate (very emphatically): NOPE.

Duplicity 2009 said...

Don't you think this is one of the best film of the year 2009. The film is made in 4 language and did good business in every country..:-)