04 February 2017

Skandies: #15

Picture: O.J.: Made in America (80/8)
Director: Mike Mills, 20th Century Women (62/5)
Actress: Natalie Portman, Jackie (63/5)
Actor: Itay Tiran, Demon (47/4)
S. Actor: Tracy Letts, Indignation (74/8)
S. Actress: Imogen Poots, Green Room (55/6)
Screenplay: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Hail, Caesar! (73/7)
Scene: Food bank, I, Daniel Blake (40/3)

sk15 from Daniel Gemko on Vimeo.

(Sorry about the Korean subtitles. The clean version I'd planned to use suddenly disappeared.)


Mills didn't place in Director for Beginners, even though the film itself landed at #15 that year. (Thumbsucker wasn't much liked at all.)

Portman has twice finished second: once in Supporting (for Beautiful Girls, 1996) and once in Actress (for Black Swan, 2010). She also placed 6th in Supporting for Closer in 2004. All the other actors are new (though Letts has previously placed as a screenwriter, for Bug).

The Coens are the most celebrated screenwriters in Skandie history, and usually place much higher than this. The roster:

1. Burn After Reading (2008)
2. No Country for Old Men (2007)
3. Fargo (1996) [Original Screenplay; there was also Adapted that year]
3. The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
3. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
4. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
4. A Serious Man (2009)
4. True Grit (2010)
7. The Big Lebowski (1998)
18. Bridge of Spies (2015) [with Matt Charman]

So this is the first time they've finished out of the top ten for one of their own films, excepting the couple of films (The Ladykillers and Intolerable Cruelty) that failed to place at all. I'll also go ahead and reveal now, in case anyone might still hold out hope, that Hail, Caesar! is the Coens' first film since The Ladykillers to land outside the top 20 in Best Picture (and Director). I feel vindicated.

1 comment:

McCloud said...

I recall that there was some love for the underrated Thumbsucker and that at least the amazing Tilda made the top 20 and that Mills got a well deserved acknowledgement for screenplay (even if both placed far too low).