23 February 2010

Skandiewrap, or: More than you really needed to know.

Before I get to the summing up and the statting out, we have breaking goddamn news in the Supporting Actress category! Immensely grateful though I am to Mark Pittillo for creating the e-ballot, which has saved me literally days worth of man-hours over the past several years, it does have one very frustrating glitch: zero tolerance for discrepancies. That means I need to manually check and recheck as ballots come in to ensure that names are spelled precisely the same way, which is no big deal—still takes way less time than actual tabulation. However, the program's intolerance also extends to discrepancies you can't even see. Specifically, it chokes when someone includes a space at the end of the name. And when it chokes, what it sometimes does is just refuse to include any votes for that individual on the results page.

All of which is by way of revealing that Marion Cotillard, who was not cited during the daily countdown, in fact finished 14th in Supporting Actress for her performance in Public Enemies, with 84 points from eight votes. (Mariana Loyola, The Maid, thus gets knocked out of the #20 spot.) Thanks to Jason Overbeck for noticing her absence, and my apologies to Ms. Cotillard, who has no doubt been severely depressed, if not in tears, since the fake nominees were announced a week ago and she had to conclude that her work had been completely ignored. Or maybe that's C. Mason Wells I'm thinking of.

(Hopefully there aren't any other omissions—I did a quick skim—but if you happen to spot one, let me know.)

As for the previously announced results, turns out I did most of my bitching in the comments for the previous post. (Short version: I don't think Inglourious Basterds is much more than two terrific chapters + Christoph Waltz, and am annoyed that it broke a longstanding Skandie record by winning six of our eight awards.) At least we correctly gave a landslide victory to Julia's Tilda Swinton, who did mindblowing work in a film too obscure for any major awards body to notice, and recognized the excellence of what may or may not turn out to be Joaquin Phoenix's final performance. Gotta say, I miss the days before the indieWire and Voice polls, when such victories came totally out of nowhere—I'm fairly certain we were the only award Jeff Bridges won at the time for The Big Lebowski, for example. Likewise Christina Ricci in Buffalo '66.

We have our sins of omission, too, sadly. The most egregious, to my mind, would be The Headless Woman, which was correctly recognized as one of last year's five or ten best films in all the critics' polls but finished way down at #22 here. And it's not as if Skandie voters didn't see it, and appreciate certain aspects in isolation: María Onetto came in at #4 in Actress, and Martel finished 8th in the Director race. Yet somehow the film as a whole garnered very little support. Too cerebral? Too opaque? Other pictures the Film Comment crowd liked a lot more than we did: Police, Adjective (#24); The Beaches of Agnès (#44); 24 City (got one token 5-point vote—though Still Life managed to crack last year's top 20, we're still generally not buying Jia as one of world cinema's giants, and by "we" I emphatically include me); The White Ribbon (tied with Varda at #44; see also fest rundown below); The Limits of Control (#34; see also list of ultra-divisive films below); The Sun (not eligible; placed 5th two years ago among undistributed films of 2005); Bright Star (#59; well liked but little passion); Tulpan (no votes at all); and Antichrist (#23 and the year's most divisive film).

Also fairly notable by its absence—though I wouldn't call this particular omission a sin—is Avatar, which placed 30th. If that doesn't seem anomalous, recall that Titanic came in a very respectable 6th back in 1997, with Cameron finishing 2nd in Director (behind Egoyan). So it's not as if we're a bunch of terminal art snobs who automatically dismiss high-tech gargantuanism. Avatar just isn't as satisfying on a basic popcorn level, I suspect—once you've had time to absorb its alleged "game-changing" qualities, it doesn't have much left to offer.

I would also like to thank the August Voting Body for giving Precious (Based on a Laughable Conception of Wanton Cruelty and Grudging Self-Determination by Sapphire) a 2.18 average, ranking it a dismal 184th out of the 264 films that received at least five votes, just below Race to Witch Mountain. Though that's still way too high.

Okay, now for the number-crunching. (Many of you will want to check out at this point.) Longtime Skandie voters will recall that I used to produce a massive Word file every year (originally snail-mailed to everyone!) that featured a bunch of statistical odds and ends. I still put that together, actually, but for the past few years I'm the only person who's seen it. Might as well put that stuff up here, I figure, if not eventually on the official Skandies site.




HIGHEST AVERAGE RATING (1996–2009)
(includes only films receiving a minimum of ten votes)

01. 3.65 The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
02. 3.61 Being John Malkovich (1999)
03. 3.58 Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
04. 3.57 In the Company of Men (1997)
05. 3.56 Secrets & Lies (1996)
06. 3.53 La Promesse (1997)
07. 3.52 Yi Yi (A One and a Two…) (2000)
08. 3.50 From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1996)
09. 3.48 Irma Vep (1997)
3.48 Lone Star (1996)

3.46 Inglourious Basterds (2009)
3.46 There Will Be Blood (2007)
3.45 In the Mood for Love (2001)
3.45 No Country for Old Men (2007)
3.43 Before Sunset (2004)
3.43 Mulholland Dr. (2001)
3.43 Spirited Away (2002)
3.42 The Departed (2006)
3.42 25th Hour (2002)

(NOTE: The dominance of films from the '90s on the "real" list is almost certainly due to the fact that many participants have become much stingier with the higher ratings over the past few years. No film has managed to crack the top ten since Yi Yi back in 2000. Hence the subsidiary list of the highest-rated films since, many of which would surely supplant the likes of Lone Star and Secrets & Lies if we were to vote on them again.)




LOWEST AVERAGE RATING (1996–2009)
(includes only films receiving a minimum of five votes)

01. 0.20 Date Movie (2006)
02. 0.58 Miss March (2009)
03. 0.60 Dragonfly (2002)
04. 0.67 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)
05. 0.75 The Mod Squad (1999)
06. 0.80 Just One Time (2000)
0.80 13 Ghosts (2001)
0.80 What’s the Worst That Could Happen? (2001)
09. 0.83 Battlefield Earth (2000)
10. 0.90 Company Man (2001)
0.90 Evan Almighty (2007)
0.90 Shadow Hours (2000)




MOST DIVISIVE FILMS (2009)
(std. deviation >= 0.75; minimum 2 votes 3.5 or higher, 2 votes 1.5 or lower)

• Antichrist (0.96)
• A Serious Man (0.93)
• Observe and Report (0.91)
• Away We Go (0.90)
• Brüno (0.87)
• My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (0.87)
• The Limits of Control (0.83)
• Hunger (0.80)
• The Hangover (0.76)
• Precious (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire) (0.76)




BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
(lowest-ranked film seen by at least 75% of respondents)

1996: Twister (1.80)
1997: The Lost World: Jurassic Park (2.33)
1998: He Got Game (2.59)
1999: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (2.18)
2000: Nurse Betty (2.31)
2001: Vanilla Sky (2.20)
2002: Storytelling (2.03)
2003: The Matrix Reloaded (2.29)
2004: The Village (2.30)
2005: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2.49)
2006: Little Miss Sunshine (2.52)
2007: Ocean's Thirteen (2.52)
2008: Milk (2.83)
2009: The Hangover (2.35)




PASSIONATE MINORITY AWARD
(lowest average among top 20 films in Picture voting)

1996: Dead Man (2.94)
1997: Crash (2.52)
1998: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (2.68)
1999: The End of the Affair (2.96)
2000: Requiem for a Dream (2.73)
2001: Amélie (2.71)
2002: 8 Women (2.79)
2003: The Good Thief (2.81)
2004: I ♥ Huckabees (2.84)
2005: Oldboy (2.68)
2006: Manderlay (2.69)
2007: Once (2.79)
2008: Funny Games (2.83)
2009: A Serious Man (2.83)




DAMNED WITH FAINT PRAISE
(highest-ranked film by average rating not to place in Picture voting [10+ voters] )

1996: Get on the Bus (3.29)
1997: Forgotten Silver (3.36)
1998: The Kingdom II (3.14)
1999: My Name Is Joe (3.18)
2000: Erin Brockovich (3.14)
2001: No Man’s Land (3.19)
2002: Roger Dodger (3.14)
2003: The Weather Underground (3.18)
2004: Bright Leaves (3.16)
2005: Howl's Moving Castle (3.15)
2006: The Devil and Daniel Johnston (3.18)
2007: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (3.25)
2008: The Duchess of Langeais (3.20)
2009: Night and Day (3.07)




DAMN THE REVIEWS, FULL SPEED AHEAD
(lowest average among films seen by at least 10 respondents)

1996: Twister (1.80)
1997: Batman & Robin (1.28)
1998: The Avengers | Stepmom [tie] (1.50)
1999: Jawbreaker (1.14)
2000: Pay It Forward (1.41)
2001: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (1.26)
2002: Scooby-Doo (1.08)
2003: Bad Boys II (1.60)
2004: Exorcist: The Beginning (1.21)
2005: Undead (1.29)
2006: The Hills Have Eyes (1.65)
2007: Smokin' Aces (1.64)
2008: Jumper (1.54)
2009: Gigantic (1.00)




SELECTION COMMITTEE ON CRACK
(lowest average for a film that screened at the New York Film Festival)

1996: Flirt (2.20)
1997: Kiss or Kill (1.79)
1998: Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1.80)
1999: Dogma (1.89)
2000: Before Night Falls (2.31)
2001: La Ciénaga (1.95)
2002: In Praise of Love (1.95)
2003: Chi-Hwa-Seon: Painted Fire (2.19)
2004: Free Radicals (2.08)
2005: Palindromes (2.15)
2006: Rolling Family (1.83)
2007: The Go Master (1.93)
2008: Married Life (2.25)
2009: The Windmill Movie (2.13)




ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)
(suggested by Alex Fung; lowest average for a film that received a 4-star rating

1996: The Stupids (2.30) | Bryan “Frankenseuss” Theiss (ret.)
1997: Kissed (2.46) | Alex Fung
1998: Psycho (2.11) | Erik Gregersen
1999: Twin Falls Idaho (2.28) | Milton Lawson (ret.)
2000: Beautiful People (2.29) | Keith Collins
2001: The Road Home (1.88) | Erik Gregersen
2002: In Praise of Love (1.95) | Jeremy Heilman
2003: Gigli (1.92) | Jeremy Heilman
2004: The Passion of the Christ (2.18) | Victor J. Morton
2005: The Brothers Grimm (2.29) | Bilge Ebiri
2006: The Fountain (2.21) | Peter Reiher
2007: Southland Tales (1.88) | Dave Cowen; Jeremy Heilman
2008: Jellyfish (2.36) | Daniel Waters
2009: 12 (2.29) | Bilge Ebiri




The next three items I put together for the first time this year. We do not often agree with festival juries in my opinion.

Cannes Palme d'Or

1995: Underground (#15, 1997)
1996: Secrets & Lies (#2, 1996)
1997: Taste of Cherry (#15, 1998)
1997: The Eel (did not place)
1998: Eternity and a Day (did not place)
1999: Rosetta (did not place)
2000: Dancer in the Dark (#10, 2000)
2001: The Son's Room (did not place)
2002: The Pianist (did not place)
2003: Elephant (did not place)
2004: Fahrenheit 9/11 (did not place)
2005: L'Enfant (The Child) (#6, 2006)
2006: The Wind That Shakes the Barley (did not place)
2007: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (#1, 2008)
2008: The Class (did not place)
2009: The White Ribbon (did not place)

Venice Golden Lion

1995: Cyclo (#14, 1996)
1996: Michael Collins (did not place)
1997: Fireworks (Hana-Bi) (#5, 1998)
1998: The Way We Laughed (did not place)
1999: Not One Less (did not place)
2000: The Circle (did not place)
2001: Monsoon Wedding (did not place)
2002: The Magdalene Sisters (did not place)
2003: The Return (did not place)
2004: Vera Drake (#6, 2004)
2005: Brokeback Mountain (#3, 2005)
2006: Still Life (#18, 2008)
2007: Lust, Caution (did not place)
2008: The Wrestler (#13, 2008)
2009: Lebanon (TBD)

Sundance Grand Jury (Dramatic)

1995: The Brothers McMullen (did not place)
1996: Welcome to the Dollhouse (did not place)
1997: Sunday (did not place)
1998: Slam (did not place)
1999: Three Seasons (did not place)
2000: Girlfight (did not place)
2000: You Can Count on Me (#3, 2000)
2001: The Believer (did not place)
2002: Personal Velocity (did not place)
2003: American Splendor (#20, 2003)
2004: Primer (#10, 2004)
2005: Forty Shades of Blue (did not place)
2006: Quinceañera (did not place)
2007: Padre Nuestro (did not place)
2008: Frozen River (did not place)
2009: Precious (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire) (did not place)




Most Appearances in Top 20 (Actors)
(ties for number of appearances broken by average placement)

01. Philip Seymour Hoffman (13)

3s. Charlie Wilson's War
5. Capote
6. Synecdoche, New York
6s. The Talented Mr. Ripley
6s. Almost Famous
10s. Magnolia
10s. 25th Hour
11. Doubt
12. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
12s. State and Main
15s. Happiness
15. Owning Mahowny
19s. Mission: Impossible III

02. Kate Winslet (9)

3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
8. Titanic
9. Jude
10s. Quills
10. Revolutionary Road
12. Little Children
13. Holy Smoke
16s. Hamlet
17. Hideous Kinky

03. Nicole Kidman (8)

2. Eyes Wide Shut
2. Dogville
2. Margot at the Wedding
6. Moulin Rouge
9. The Others
9. The Hours
11. Birth
18. Birthday Girl

04. Isabelle Huppert (8)

2. The Piano Teacher
2s. 8 Women
4. Gabrielle
8. The School of Flesh
13s. I ♥ Huckabees
15. La Cérémonie
17. Time of the Wolf
19. Home

05. Tilda Swinton (8)

1. Julia
4s. Michael Clayton
5. The Deep End
9s. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
12s. Burn After Reading
13s. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
18. Female Perversions
19s. Thumbsucker




Most Films Landed in top 20 (Directors)
(again, ties broken by average placement, though there's still an actual 3-way tie for 5th)

01. Joel & Ethan Coen (7)

2. No Country for Old Men
4. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
5. The Man Who Wasn't There
6. Fargo
7. A Serious Man
11. Burn After Reading
12. The Big Lebowski

02. Lars von Trier (5)

1. Breaking the Waves
1. Dogville
10. Dancer in the Dark
19. The Five Obstructions
20. Manderlay

03. Quentin Tarantino (4)

1. Inglourious Basterds
2. Kill Bill Vol. 1
4. Kill Bill Vol. 2
4. Grindhouse

04. Paul Thomas Anderson (4)

1. There Will Be Blood
7. Magnolia
8. Boogie Nights
8. Punch-Drunk Love

05. Wes Anderson (4)

2. Rushmore
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
8. The Royal Tenenbaums
17. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

05. Mike Leigh (4)

2. Secrets & Lies
6. Vera Drake
9. Topsy-Turvy
12. Happy-Go-Lucky

05. Christopher Nolan (4)

2. The Prestige
3. Memento
5. The Dark Knight
19. Batman Begins




And finally. Back when I started the survey, I remember looking forward to the time, a decade or so later (i.e. now), when there'd be tons of accumulated data to wade through. In particular, I was excited about the prospect of being able to compare how various films from major directors had been received over the years. Granted, that process isn't exactly definitive—the AVB has mutated over the years and even the diehards tend to be stingier with their star ratings than they were back in the mid-'90s. But perhaps my favorite task after receiving the averages is updating my Directors' Gallery, plugging this year's films into various post-'94 oeuvres. Here are the entries that saw additions this year—every filmmaker who's ever placed in the Director top 20. 2009 films are in bold. Numbers in parentheses indicate how the film placed in Best Picture that year, if applicable; if the film title is in parentheses that means it received fewer than 10 votes and hence the result is a bit less meaningful. N/A (not applicable) means it was eligible but didn't even get five votes and so didn't make the main list.

Woody Allen

Everyone Says I Love You: 3.09
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (19): 2.98
Match Point (13): 2.93
Sweet and Lowdown: 2.63
Deconstructing Harry: 2.61
Cassandra's Dream: 2.60
Small Time Crooks: 2.37
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion: 2.33
Scoop: 2.28
Whatever Works: 2.24
Anything Else: 2.13
Hollywood Ending: 2.13
Celebrity: 2.04
Melinda and Melinda: 2.00

Pedro Almodóvar

Talk to Her (12) 3.21
All About My Mother 3.11
Volver (14) 3.00
Live Flesh 2.88
Bad Education 2.87
The Flower of My Secret 2.75
Broken Embraces 2.65

Wes Anderson

Rushmore (2) 3.45
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2) 3.21
The Royal Tenenbaums (8) 3.03
The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (17) 2.89
Bottle Rocket 2.63
The Darjeeling Limited 2.40

Roy Andersson

Songs From the Second Floor (9) 3.23
You, the Living 2.96

Olivier Assayas

Irma Vep (5) 3.48
Summer Hours (3) 3.23
Late August, Early September 2.88
Les Destinées 2.79
Clean 2.78
demonlover 2.45
Boarding Gate 2.35
Paris je t'aime 2.24 [for entire film]

Joe Berlinger

Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (7) 3.58
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster 3.06
(Crude) 2.58
(Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2) 1.13

Kathryn Bigelow

The Hurt Locker (8) 3.18
K-19: The Widowmaker 2.62
The Weight of Water 2.05

James Cameron

Titanic (6) 3.23
Avatar 2.65
(Ghosts of the Abyss) 2.30
Aliens of the Deep N/A

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Distant 2.93
Climates 2.84
Three Monkeys 2.58

Joel [/and Ethan] Coen

No Country for Old Men (2) 3.45
Fargo (6) 3.31
The Man Who Wasn’t There (5) 3.28
The Big Lebowski (12) 3.03
Burn After Reading (11) 3.01
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (4) 2.94
A Serious Man (7) 2.83
Intolerable Cruelty 2.72
The Ladykillers 2.24
Paris je t'aime 2.24 [for entire film]

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

La Promesse (13) 3.53
L'Enfant (The Child) (6) 3.26
The Son (6) 3.16
Lorna's Silence (11) 3.09
Rosetta 2.89

Claire Denis

Beau travail (6) 3.15
Friday Night (14) 3.09
35 Shots of Rum (10) 3.02
(Nenette et Boni) 2.92
Trouble Every Day (13) 2.88
The Intruder 2.23

Pete Docter

Up (4) 3.17
Monsters, Inc. 3.06

Clint Eastwood

Million Dollar Baby (9) 3.06
Letters From Iwo Jima 2.82
Mystic River 2.81
Changeling 2.70
Space Cowboys 2.63
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 2.57
Invictus 2.53
Flags of Our Fathers 2.52
Gran Torino 2.46
Blood Work 2.35
Absolute Power 2.32
True Crime 2.31

Atom Egoyan

The Sweet Hereafter (1) 3.65
Felicia’s Journey 2.66
Where the Truth Lies 2.50
Adoration 2.44
Ararat 2.33

Philippe Garrel

Regular Lovers (9) 3.07
Frontier of Dawn 2.91

Terry Gilliam

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (18) 2.68
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2.30
The Brothers Grimm 2.29
Tideland 2.21

Tony Gilroy

Duplicity (5) 3.15
Michael Clayton 3.00

James Gray

Two Lovers (12) 3.13
We Own the Night 2.82
The Yards 2.78

Peter Greenaway

(Rembrandt's J'Accuse...!) 3.00
The Pillow Book 2.83
8 1/2 Women 2.00

Michael Haneke

Caché (Hidden) (5) 3.21
Code Unknown (16) 3.15
Funny Games [1997] (16) 2.96
The Piano Teacher 2.83
Funny Games [2008] (20) 2.83
Time of the Wolf 2.79
The White Ribbon 2.72

Werner Herzog

Grizzly Man (1) 3.40
(Little Dieter Needs to Fly) 3.10
Encounters at the End of the World 3.09
The Bad Lieutenant—Port of Call: New Orleans 2.91
My Best Fiend 2.85
(The White Diamond) 2.83
Rescue Dawn 2.73
(Wheel of Time) 2.57
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2.53
(The Wild Blue Yonder) 2.25
Invincible N/A

Hong Sang-soo

Woman on the Beach (13) 3.10
Night and Day 3.07
Woman Is the Future of Man 2.79

Peter Jackson

Forgotten Silver 3.36
The Two Towers (7) 3.33
The Return of the King (5) 3.26
The Fellowship of the Ring (11) 2.96
The Frighteners 2.93
King Kong 2.83
The Lovely Bones 1.80

Jim Jarmusch

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (18) 3.03
Dead Man (13) 2.94
Coffee and Cigarettes 2.70
Broken Flowers 2.56
(Year of the Horse) 2.42
The Limits of Control 2.34

Jia Zhang-ke

The World 2.89
Still Life (18) 2.88
24 City 2.50
Unknown Pleasures 2.45

Rian Johnson

Brick (7) 2.99
The Brothers Bloom 2.83

Spike Jonze

Being John Malkovich (1) 3.61
Adaptation. (6) 3.16
Where the Wild Things Are 2.63

Richard Kelly

Donnie Darko (10) 3.05
The Box 2.31
Southland Tales 1.88

Hirokazu Kore-eda

After Life (13) 3.26
Still Walking (19) 3.11
Nobody Knows (18) 3.07
(Maborosi) 2.40

Ang Lee

Brokeback Mountain (3) 3.40
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2) 3.32
The Ice Storm (11) 3.13
Ride with the Devil 2.73
Lust, Caution 2.71
Taking Woodstock 2.38
Hulk 2.34

Spike Lee

25th Hour (1) 3.42
Get on the Bus 3.29
(4 Little Girls) 3.14
Inside Man (16) 2.99
(Passing Strange) 2.94
The Original Kings of Comedy 2.73
He Got Game 2.59
Summer of Sam 2.57
(Girl 6) 2.28
Bamboozled 2.13
Miracle at St. Anna 2.00
She Hate Me 1.32
Jim Brown: All American N/A

Richard Linklater

Before Sunset (3) 3.43
The School of Rock (9) 3.16
A Scanner Darkly (12) 2.97
Waking Life (15) 2.86
Tape 2.77
The Newton Boys 2.75
Me and Orson Welles 2.70
subUrbia 2.63
Bad News Bears 2.50
Fast Food Nation 2.28

Michael Mann

The Insider 3.07
Ali 2.82
Collateral 2.81
Miami Vice 2.79
Public Enemies 2.58

Lucrecia Martel

The Holy Girl 2.89
The Headless Woman 2.81
La Ciénega 1.95

Sam Mendes

American Beauty (16) 2.97
Road to Perdition 2.82
Revolutionary Road 2.65
Jarhead 2.44
Away We Go 2.19

Hayao Miyazaki

Spirited Away (3) 3.43
Howl's Moving Castle 3.15
Princess Mononoke 2.90
Ponyo 2.83

Lukas Moodysson

Together (18) 3.13
Show Me Love 2.89
Lilya 4-Ever 2.68
A hole in my heart 1.88
Mammoth N/A

Park Chan-wook

Oldboy (17) 2.68
Thirst 2.58
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance 2.52
Three…Extremes 2.47 [for entire film]

Alex Proyas*

Dark City 2.69
I, Robot 2.21
Knowing 1.90
Garage Days N/A

* What is he doing here? you're wondering. He did in fact make the Director list for Dark City.

Sam Raimi

A Simple Plan (10) 3.19
Spider-Man (17) 3.09
Drag Me to Hell 3.05
Spider-Man 2 (15) 3.04
Spider-Man 3 2.46
For Love of the Game 2.23

Robert Rodriguez

Grindhouse (4) 2.93
Frank Miller's Sin City (10) 2.74
Spy Kids 2.71
The Faculty 2.60
Spy Kids 2 The Island of Lost Dreams 2.50
Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2.44
From Dusk Till Dawn 2.43
(Spy Kids 3D: Game Over) 2.06
Shorts N/A

Henry Selick

Coraline (18) 3.09
James and the Giant Peach 2.66
Monkeybone 1.97

Steven Soderbergh

Out of Sight (1) 3.37
Traffic (5) 3.24
Erin Brockovich 3.14
The Limey 2.99
(Gray’s Anatomy) 2.94
Ocean’s Eleven 2.93
The Informant! 2.92
Solaris 2.86
The Girlfriend Experience 2.72
Schizopolis 2.70
Bubble 2.66
The Good German 2.66
Full Frontal 2.63
Ocean’s Twelve 2.52
Ocean's Thirteen 2.52
Che 2.35
Eros 2.15 [for entire film]

Iain Softley**

The Wings of the Dove 2.97
(The Skeleton Key) 2.11
(Inkheart) 2.00
(K-PAX) 2.00

** What is he doing here? you're wondering. He did in fact make the Director list for Wings of the Dove.

Quentin Tarantino

Inglourious Basterds (1) 3.46
Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2) 3.21
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (4) 3.16
Grindhouse (4) 2.93 [for entire film]
Jackie Brown 2.90

Tom Tykwer

Run Lola Run 2.94
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (17) 2.75
Heaven 2.74
The International 2.43
The Princess and the Warrior 2.31
Paris je t'aime 2.24 [for entire film]

Lars von Trier

Breaking the Waves (1) 3.43
Dogville (1) 3.22
The Kingdom II 3.14
The Five Obstructions (19) 3.03
The Boss of It All 2.85
Dancer in the Dark (10) 2.74
Manderlay (20) 2.69
The Idiots 2.59
Antichrist 2.53

John Woo

Face/Off (10) 3.33
Red Cliff 2.75
Paycheck 2.64
Windtalkers 2.43
Broken Arrow 2.37
Mission: Impossible II 2.33

Joe Wright

Pride & Prejudice 3.02
Atonement (20) 3.00
(The Soloist) 2.14

Robert Zemeckis

Cast Away (12) 3.06
Contact 2.83
The Polar Express 2.65
(Disney's A Christmas Carol) 2.61
Beowulf 2.47
What Lies Beneath 2.00

Rob Zombie***

Grindhouse (4) 2.93 [for entire film]
The Devil's Rejects 2.63
Halloween 2.15
(Halloween II) 1.72
(House of 1000 Corpses) 1.64

*** What is he doing here? you're wondering. I have no fucking idea.

Erick Zonca

Julia (9) 3.22
The Dreamlife of Angels (12) 3.19
The Little Thief 2.82

Until next year...

15 comments:

Private Joker said...

I meant to post this in this thread as opposed to the #1 results thread, so I'll copy-paste:

What does it say about the supporting actor category that half of my ballot got no support other than my own?

Does it mean that everyone showered Waltz with praise and dispersed their love to dozens of other actors? That the year was overflowing with talented supporting men? Or that I am just insane?

For the record, the 5 guys I stand alone in support of are Jason Bateman, Eric Bana, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Segel, and Shea Whigham.

(Of leading men, only one of my nominees -- Gael Garcia -- got no other support).

Nictate said...

I've heard Ms. Cotillard believes in a wacky conspiracy theory about 9/11, so this oversight noticed by Overbeck will dovetail nicely with her paranoid worldview. Great to see her get recognized. She's got range and knows how to use it (nod to ZZ Top).

I suspect The Headless Woman got neglected in the Best Picture category because it has that single-serving satisfaction limitation. It's captivating and heady in the moment, then whisps away like smoke tendrils on further reflection. Cool that Martel and Onetta were honored, nonetheless. They both deserved it. I can't wait to see what Martel does next.

Jason said...

"Lucrecia Martel

The Holy Girl 2.89
The Headless Woman 2.81
La Ciénega 1.95"

Wow, this is very baffling to me. I watched these films out of order but LA CIÉNEGA was very impressive to me in terms of Martel's control of cinematic space and her very evocative sound design. I assume that score would jump up quite a bit if people were polled on it now.

"For the record, the 5 guys I stand alone in support of are Jason Bateman, Eric Bana, Giovanni Ribisi, Jason Segel, and Shea Whigham."

I gave Bateman points for EXTRACT but wasn't impressed by his shtick in STATE OF PLAY. Eric Bana & Jason Segel were both serviceable but not particularly noteworthy. I don't even remember Shea Whigham's turn in BL:POCNO but I will pay more attention to it when it shows up at the New Beverly next month (paired with the Ferrara). I thought Ribisi was actively bad in AVATAR but surely had one of the most thankless roles in the film, I really don't know why you think that's a good performance. This category was pretty stacked, I had trouble narrowing my list down to 10 (whereas I had trouble finding 10 in Supporting Actress). The most upsetting oversights for me in this category were Saul Rubinek in JULIA and August Diehl as SS officer questioning Fassbender's accent in BASTERDS. Both really impressed me even though they had relatively limited screentime. I was especially impressed by Diehl's intensity & humor in the Tavern scene on second viewing.

Anon said...

A Skandiewrap sounds like something I'd like to eat or wear. These are the least fake awards ever.

Luis Calil said...

Diehl was as good as Waltz.

Anonymous said...

Nitpick: in what is sure to be a bit of a Freudian slip, you put the [for entire film] disclaimer on Grindhouse for Tarantino, but not for Rodriguez.

jeff_v said...

"The dominance of films from the '90s on the "real" list is almost certainly due to the fact that many participants have become much stingier with the higher ratings over the past few years."

The same is largley true of the lowest ranked films, as well. Perhaps age has just mellowed people out.

Alex said...

I think that's more due to the trend of fewer voters wanting to blow two hours watching something that's likely to be crap, and hence said crap film not meeting the minimum cutoff. In the past few years there've been a number of wide release films that somehow never wrangled up five voters.

Anonymous said...

No numbers for Jia Zhang-ke's Platform?

md'a said...

Platform was released in New York in 2003, which was a year too late for my eligibility rules. (It's a two-year window.) It placed 2nd in our poll of the best undistributed films of 2000, behind Battle Royale, but because it wasn't in the main survey I have no average rating for it.

Paul C. said...

Well, Swinton wasn't ignored by EVERY "major" awards-giving body...

http://www.opal-films.com/actress09.html

Not that I consider the Muriels major or anything, but hey, it's something.

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