01 February 2007

Skandies: #17

Picture: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (58/5)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar, Volver (77/7)
Actress: Shu Qi, Three Times (71/10)
Actor: Denzel Washington, Inside Man (90/12)
S. Actor: Ray Winstone, The Departed (60/7)
S. Actress: Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal (61/6)
Screenplay: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, L'Enfant (The Child) (77/10)
Scene: "Rain and Tears" (Reprise), Three Times (38/2)
Undistributed 2004: The Tuner (Kira Muratova) (26/1)


Almodóvar placed 12th in 2002 for Talk to Her.

Shu Qi also placed 17th in 2003 for another Hou film, Millennium Mambo. Denzel Washington finished 18th in 1996 for Courage Under Fire, 15th in 1999 for The Hurricane, and 2nd in 2001 for Training Day. Ray Winstone gets his third nod, following Nil by Mouth (#13, 1998) and Sexy Beast (#15, 2001). And Cate Blanchett has had five previous appearances in the top 20:

1s. The Aviator
2. Elizabeth
5s. Coffee and Cigarettes
11. Heaven
16. Oscar and Lucinda

Screenplaywise, the Dardennes previously placed 12th for La Promesse in 1997 and 16th for The Son in 2003.


Anonymous said...

Ah, embedded Best Scene winners. Nice. I almost voted for this one myself. Are you going to be able to put up all 20?

md'a said...

Probably not all of them, but most. Talladega Nights and Three Times were already on YouTube; L'Enfant and The Fountain I created myself, though I have little idea what I'm doing (hence the abysmal quality of the latter, which was my first attempt).

Anonymous said...

I agree with matthew b - good idea! And what about voting for best poster? They are so ordinary, dumbed down these days... I guess it would be nice to praise good creations. In Skandies top 20 we can see, at least, a masterpiece ("Perfume"), a wonderful one ("David...") and a darkly-charming one ("Cassino Royale). Sorry my petulance.

Nictate said...

Ahhh, that first story in Three Times was one of the best movies of the year in itself.

md'a said...

With Andrew Johnston's help, I've managed to create a version of the Fountain clip that's actually watchable (from an aesthetic standpoint, that is—whether it's watchable in any other sense is up to the individual).