15 February 2010

Skandies 2009: The "nominees"

Not all that much suspense about who/what remains, so let's answer potential questions about near-misses and no-chances here, as well as give the top picks a little additional airtime. (Sorry it's all text, incidentally—I have virtually no HTML skills and invariably mangle any attempt to combine words and images, except in the most basic just-one-image-up-at-the-top kind of way.)

Best Picture

• Duplicity
• Fantastic Mr. Fox
• Inglourious Basterds
• Summer Hours
• Up

Overlap with Oscar nominees: Inglourious Basterds and Up, though I doubt the latter would have made the cut had Best Picture not doubled in size.
Notable films that failed to make the top 20: The Headless Woman (#22), Antichrist (#23), Avatar (#30), Up in the Air (#35), Drag Me to Hell (#36), An Education (#59), Precious (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire) (#81), The Blind Side (no votes), District 9 (no votes).

Best Director

• Wes Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox
• Olivier Assayas, Summer Hours
• Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
• Steve McQueen, Hunger
• Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Previous "nominations": Tarantino ties the Coens' record of four in this category, having won in 2003 for Kill Bill Vol. 1, placed 5th in 2004 for Kill Bill Vol. 2, and finished 4th in 2007 for his section of Grindhouse. And Anderson gets his second nom, having placed 5th in 1998 for Rushmore. (Assayas just missed 12 years ago for Irma Vep, finishing at #6, just one point short of #5.)
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Bigelow and Tarantino.
Notable directors who failed to make the top 20: Ursula Meier, Home (#28); Hirokazu Kore-eda, Still Walking (#35); Jason Reitman, Up in the Air (#37); Lynn Shelton, Humpday (#40); Armando Iannucci, In the Loop (#43); Lee Daniels, Precious (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire) (#83); Clint Eastwood, Invictus (no votes).

Best Actress

• Arta Dobroshi, Lorna's Silence
• Charlotte Gainsbourg, Antichrist
• María Onetto, The Headless Woman
• Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
• Tilda Swinton, Julia

Previous "nominations": Four nominations is the record so far for actors, and Streep is now one of five thesps who share it, having won Supporting in 2002 for Adaptation. and placed both 3rd and 5th in the same category in 2006 (for The Devil Wears Prada and A Prairie Home Companion, respectively). Swinton is just behind with three; her previous nods were for The Deep End (#5, 2001) and Michael Clayton (#4s, 2007).
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Streep
Notable actresses who failed to make the top 20: Gabourey Sidibe, Precious (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire) (#22); Helen Mirren, The Last Station (#43); Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side (#56).

Best Actor

• Nicolas Cage, The Bad Lieutenant—Port of Call: New Orleans
• Matt Damon, The Informant!
• Michael Fassbender, Hunger
• Joaquin Phoenix, Two Lovers
• Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Previous "nominations": Cage, like Streep, is tied for the acting record with four. (The other three tied with them, who didn't place this year, are Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman and Billy Bob Thornton.) He won in 1995 for Leaving Las Vegas, placed 5th in 1997 for Face/Off, and came in second (to Campbell Scott) in 2002 for Adaptation.
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Only Renner, though Damon somehow got a Best Supporting Actor nom for his totally forgettable work in Invictus. The performance, people, not the fucking "worthiness" of the film.
Notable actors who failed to make the top 20: Morgan Freeman, Invictus (#61).

Best Supporting Actor

• Peter Capaldi, In the Loop
• Liam Cunningham, Hunger
• Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles
• Paul Schneider, Bright Star
• Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Previous "nominations": Nobody
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Waltz
Notable actors who failed to make the top 20: Woody Harrelson, The Messenger (#32); Christopher Plummer. The Last Station (#92); Stanley Tucci, The Lovely Bones (also #92; each got a single 5-pt. vote); Matt Damon, Invictus (no votes).

Best Supporting Actress

• Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
• Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
• Diane Kruger, Inglourious Basterds
• Mélanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds
• Rachel Weisz, The Brothers Bloom

Previous "nominations": Nobody
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Farmiga, Kendrick
Notable actresses who failed to make the top 20: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Crazy Heart (#24); Penélope Cruz, Nine (no votes)

Best Screenplay

• Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach, Fantastic Mr. Fox
• Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
• Tony Gilroy, Duplicity
• Armando Iannucci et al., In the Loop
• Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Previous "nominations": The Coens get a record sixth nod, having previously placed 3rd for Fargo (1996, back when there were two categories), 4th for O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), 3rd for The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), 2nd for No Country for Old Men (2007), and 1st last year for Burn After Reading. Anderson and Baumbach each have two past nominations—the former for Rushmore (#3, 1998) and The Royal Tenenbaums (#5, 2001); the latter for The Squid and the Whale (#1, 2005) and Margot at the Wedding (#4, 2007). Tarantino, surprisingly, has only one previous nomination as a writer, having placed 2nd in 2003 for Kill Bill Vol. 1.
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Coens, Iannucci & Co, Tarantino
Notable screenwriters who failed to make the top 20: Hirokazu Kore-eda, Still Walking (#21); Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker (#32); Nick Hornby, An Education (#33); Ursula Meier et al., Home (#36); Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell, District 9 (#39); Henry Selick, Coraline (#42); Antonio Campos, Afterschool (#56); Claire Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau, 35 Shots of Rum (#61); Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire) (#73); Alessandro Camon & Owen Moverman, The Messenger (no votes).

Best Scene

Nah, I gotta save something as a surprise.


Josh said...

Damon's performance in Invictus *is* worthy: pitch-perfect and unshowy. An apolitical person's awakening. It was the only thing in that overheated movie worth a damn. I don't credit Oscar voters for their subtlety (this nomination was most likely spill-over from the Freeman campaign), but you're completely overlooking the merits here. Of course, Damon's job in The Informant! was even better.

md'a said...

I'm not saying Damon stunk up the joint or anything—just that his performance was unmemorable, and that citing it as one of last year's five best is ludicrous. Presumably you fundamentally agree with that, since the zero votes he received for Invictus included yours.

Nictate said...

Pardon my Passiondex, but my fingers are crossed for #1 spots to go to:

1. Inglourious Basterds
2. Bigelow
3. Tilda
4. Renner or Cage
5. Waltz
6. Weisz
7. Tarantino

Lee Hendricks said...

as (i'd imagine) one of the few Skandies lurkers who is also fairly passionate about rugby, I'd like to chip in with this: Damon looked really quite authentic in his in-game scenes. Which, sure, may be down to direction... but it's a credit to Matt in what can't have been an easy job.

Koerich said...

Fuck. No votes for Clooney as Mr. Fox?

Josh said...

Yes, fundamentally. I prefer five other supporting performances more than Damon's -- indeed, ten. But he'd definitely make my top 20. He's becoming a terrific actor.

Darren said...

Here's to hoping "Nightshift" from 35 Shots of Rum takes the top spot in the Best Scene category.

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