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    The National Board of Review Announces Their Best of the Year

    Today, the National Board of Review listed their picks for the best of the year. The National Board of Review are always the first major critics group to announce their picks and the National Society of Film Critics are usually the last. The time period in between where all the other groups and cities announce their pics are always enjoyable for me, being an awards nut.

    Here are the winners for those of you who don't want to click on the link:


    Best Picture
    Finding Neverland

    Top Ten Films
    Finding Neverland, The Aviator, Closer, Million Dollar Baby, Sideways, Kinsey, Vera Drake, Ray, Collateral, Hotel Rwanda

    Best Foreign Language Film
    The Sea Inside

    Top Five Documentaries
    Born into Brothels, Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession, Paper Clips, Supersize Me, The Story of the Weeping Camel

    Top Foreign Films
    The Sea Inside, Bad Education, Maria Full of Grace, The Chorus (Les Choristes), The Motorcycle Diaries

    Best Actor
    Jamie Foxx, Ray

    Best Actress
    Annette Bening, Being Julia

    Best Supporting Actor
    Thomas Haden Church, Sideways

    Best Supporting Actress
    Laura Linney, Kinsey

    Best Acting By An Ensemble

    Breakthrough Performance Actor
    Topher Grace, In Good Company and P.S.

    Breakthrough Performance Actress
    Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera

    Best Director
    Michael Mann, Collateral

    [b]Best Directorial Debut[/b[
    Zach Braff, Garden State

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Sideways, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor

    Best Original Screenplay
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman

    Best Documentary
    Born Into Brothels

    Best Animated Feature
    The Incredibles

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    Ok, there a lot info. that has passed since my first post. I will post the various cities that already announced their picks.


    The New York Film Critics Circle has just announced their picks for the Best of the Year. Keep in mind that the New Yorkers are more out-there with their choices compared to the National Board or Los Angeles. Of course I say that and they went surprisingly mainstream last year with Return of the King as their choice for Best Picture (although losing everything else to Lost in Translation).

    b][Best Picture[/b]

    Best Actor
    Paul Giamatti
    Sideways, Fox Searchlight

    Best Actress
    Imelda Staunton
    Vera Drake, Fine Line Features

    Best Supporting Actor
    Clive Owen
    Closer, Sony Pictures

    Best Supporting Actress
    Virginia Madsen
    Sideways, Fox Searchlight

    Best Director
    Clint Eastwood
    Million Dollar Baby, Warner Bros. Studios

    Best Screenplay***
    Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
    Sideways, Fox Searchlight *corrected

    Best Cinematographer Christopher Doyle
    Hero, Miramax

    Best Foreign Film
    Bad Education
    Sony Pictures Classic

    Best Non-Fiction Film Fahrenheit 9/11
    Lions Gate Films / Fellowship Adventure Group / IFC Films

    Best Animated Film
    The Incredibles
    Disney Enterprises / Pixar Animation Studios

    Best First Film
    Maria Full of Grace
    HBO Films / Fine Line Features

    *** The Best Screenplay was originally posted as Charlie Kauffman for Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind, but they made a mistake. So I am assuming that Eternal Sunshine was their second choice, but this is big assumption on my part considering there is no evidence to back it up.


    Best Picture:

    Best Director:
    Alexander Payne -"Sideways"

    Best Actor:
    Liam Neeson, Kinsey

    Best Actress:
    Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake

    Best Supporting Actor:
    Thomas Haden Church, "Sideways"
    Runner-up: Morgan Freeman,
    "Million Dollar Baby"

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Virginia Madsen,
    Runner-up: Cate Blanchett,
    "Coffee & Cigarettes",
    & "The Aviator"

    Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne &
    Jim Taylor, "Sideways"
    Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman,
    "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"

    Best Cinematography:
    Dion Beebe & Paul Cameron,
    Runner-up: Xiaoding Zhao, "House of Flying Daggers"

    Best Production Design
    Dante Ferretti, "The Aviator"
    Runner-up: Huo Tingxiao,
    "House of Flying Daggers"

    Best Music Score
    Michael Giacchino ,
    "The Incredibles"
    Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, "Birth"

    Animated Film: Incredibles

    Foreign: House of Flying Daggers

    I just want to say that the last time that the Los Angeles group agreed with the New York group on the Best Picture was back i n 1997 when both picked L.A. Confidential as the Best Picture.


    Best Picture

    Best Director
    Alexander Payne for Sideways

    Best Actor
    Paul Giamatti for Sideways

    Best Actress
    Julie Delpy for Before Sunset

    Best Supporting Actor
    Thomas Haden Church for Sideways

    Best Supporting Actress
    Virginia Madsen for Sideways

    Best Foreign Language Film
    Maria Full of Grace

    Best Documentary
    Fahrenheit 9/11

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    Best Film:
    Runner-up: Before Sunset

    Best Foreign Language Film: House of Flying Daggers
    Runner-up: Very Long Engagement

    Best Director:
    Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers) Runner-up: Alexander Payne

    Best Documentary:
    Control Room.
    Runner-up: Touching the Void

    Best Actor:
    Jamie Foxx- Ray
    Runner-up: Paul Giamatti- Sideways

    Best Actress: Hilary Swank- Million Dollar Baby
    Runner-up: Annette Bening- Being Julia/Kim Basinger-Door on the Floor (tie)

    Best Supp. Actor:
    Thomas Haden Church-Sideways
    Runner-up: Clive Owen-Closer

    Best Supp. Actress:
    Laura Dern- We Don't Live Here Anymore
    Sharon Warren-Ray
    Runner-up: Cate Blanchett (Aviator)

    Best Screenplay:
    Runner-up: Eternal Sunshine

    Best New Filmmaker:
    Jonathan Caouette.
    Runners-up: the directors of The Woodsman and Maria Full of Grace (tie)

    Best Cinematography:
    House of Flying Daggers.
    Runner-up: Very Long Engagement

    Best Ensemble Cast:
    Runner-up: The Life Aquatic

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    Also, the Golden Globe nominations have been announced, and for a season with no front-runners, I think we have one now...
    Keep in mind that the Globes aren't always the best predictors for the Oscar. Last year, only one nominee for Best Actress- drama and one for Best Actress-comedy made it to the Oscars. Naomi Watts, Samantha Morton, and Keisha Castle-Hughes got nominated by Oscar while being ignored by the Globes.

    Sideways leads with 7 nominations. I am thrilled that a small indie film like this can get the most nominations at the Golden Globe Awards. And a real indie too, not a studio indie like American Beauty.

    Sideways - 7 noms
    Aviator - 6 noms
    Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, Closer - 5 noms

    Motion Picture, Drama
    The Aviator
    Finding Neverland
    Hotel Rwanda
    Million Dollar Baby

    Motion Picture - Musical Comedy:
    Eternal Sunshine
    The Incredibles
    Phantom of the Opera

    Actor - Drama
    Javier Bardem, The Sea Inside
    Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda
    Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland
    Leo Dicaprio, The Aviator
    Liam Neeson, Kinsey

    Actor - Musical/Comedy
    Jim Carrey, Eternal Sunshine
    Jamie Foxx, Ray
    Paul Giamatti, Sideways
    Kevin Kline, De-Lovely
    Kevin Spacey, Beyond the Sea

    Best Director:
    Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby
    Marc Forster, Finding Neverland
    Mike Nichols, Closer
    Alexander Payne, Sideways
    Martin Scorsese, The Aviator

    Actress - Drama:
    Scarlett Johansson, The Love Song for Bobby Long
    Nicole Kidman, Birth
    Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake
    Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
    Uma Thurman, Kill Bill Vol. 2

    Actress - Musical/Comedy:
    Annette Bening, Being Julia
    Ashley Judd, De-Lovely
    Emmy Rossum, Phantom of the Opera
    Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine
    Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jones II and the Edge of Reason

    Actress - Supporting role:
    Cate Blanchett, The Aviator
    Laura Linney, Kinsey
    Virginia Madsen, Sideways
    Natalie Portman, Closer
    Meryl Streep, Manchurian Candidate

    Actor - Supporting Role
    David Carradine, Kill Bill Vol. 2
    Thomas Haden Church, Sideways
    Jamie Foxx, Collateral
    Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby
    Clive Owen, Closer

    Eternal Sunshine
    The Aviator
    Finding Neverland

    Shrek 2
    Polar Express
    The Phantom of the Opera
    Hotel Rwanda

    The Chorus
    The House of Flying Daggers
    The Motorcycle Diaries
    The Sea Inside
    A Very Long Engagement

    Million Dollar Baby
    Finding Neverland
    The Aviator

    Also, here are the nominees for the IFP Independent Spirit these are really off-beat comparitively to the Golden Globes.

    The IFP Independent Spirit Awards

    (Award given to the producer)

    Producer: Mario Van Peebles

    Producer: Gail Mutrux

    Maria Full of Grace
    Producer: Paul Mezey

    Producer: Shane Carruth

    Producer: Michael London

    (Award given to the director and producer)

    Brother to Brother
    Director: Rodney Evans
    Producers: Rodney Evans, Jim McKay, Isen Robbins, Aimee Schoof

    Garden State
    Director: Zach Braff
    Producers: Pamela Abdy, Gary Gilbert, Dan Halsted, Richard Klubeck

    Napoleon Dynamite
    Director: Jared Hess
    Producers: Jeremy Coon, Sean C. Covel, Chris Wyatt

    Saints and Soldiers
    Director: Ryan Little
    Producers: Adam Abel, Ryan Little

    The Woodsman
    Director: Nicole Kassell
    Producer: Lee Daniels

    (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000; Award given to the writer, director, and producer)

    Down to the Bone
    Director: Debra Granik
    Writers: Debra Granik, Richard Lieske
    Producers: Susan Leber, Anne Rosellini

    Mean Creek
    Writer/Director: Jacob Aaron Estes
    Producers: Susan Johnson, Rick Rosenthal, Hagai Shaham

    On the Outs
    Directors: Lori Silverbush, Michael Skolnik
    Writer: Lori Silverbush
    Producers: Lori Silverbush, Michael Skolnik

    Robbing Peter
    Writer/Director: Mario F. de la Vega
    Producers: T. Todd Flinchum, Lisa Y. Garibay, Mario F. de la Vega

    Unknown Soldier
    Writer/Director: Ferenc Toth
    Producers: Sean Bachrodt, Seth Eisman, Chachi Senior, Ferenc Toth

    Shane Carruth, Primer
    Joshua Marston, Maria Full of Grace
    Alexander Payne, Sideways
    Walter Salles, The Motorcycle Diaries
    Mario Van Peebles, Baadasssss!

    Mario Van Peebles & Dennis Haggerty, Baadasssss!
    Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke, Before Sunset
    Tod Williams, The Door in the Floor
    Bill Condon, Kinsey
    Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor, Sideways

    Rodney Evans, Brother to Brother
    Zach Braff, Garden State
    Joshua Marston, Maria Full of Grace
    Shane Carruth, Primer
    Mario F. De La Vega, Robbing Peter

    Kimberly Elise, Woman Thou Art Loosed
    Vera Farmiga, Down to the Bone
    Judy Marte, On the Outs
    Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace
    Kyra Sedgwick, Cavedweller

    Kevin Bacon, The Woodsman
    Jeff Bridges, The Door in the Floor
    Jamie Foxx, Redemption
    Paul Giamatti, Sideways
    Liam Neeson, Kinsey

    Cate Blanchett, Coffee and Cigarettes
    Loretta Devine, Woman Thou Art Loosed
    Virginia Madsen, Sideways
    Robin Simmons, Robbing Peter
    Yenny Paola Vega, Maria Full of Grace

    Thomas Haden Church, Sideways
    Jon Gries, Napoleon Dynamite
    Aidan Quinn, Cavedweller
    Roger Robinson, Brother to Brother
    Peter Sarsgaard, Kinsey

    (Actors in their first significant role in a feature film)
    Anthony Mackie, Brother to Brother
    Louie Olivos, Jr., Robbing Peter
    Hannah Pilkes, The Woodsman
    Rodrigo de la Serna, The Motorcycle Diaries
    David Sullivan, Primer

    Tim Orr, Dandelion
    Eric Gautier, The Motorcycle Diaries
    David Greene, Redemption
    Ryan Little, Saints and Soldiers
    Maryse Alberti, We Don't Live Here Anymore

    (Award given to the director)

    Bright Leaves
    Director: Ross McElwee

    Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed
    Director: Shola Lynch

    Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust
    Directors: Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky

    Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
    Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky

    Director: Jonathan Caouette

    (Award given to the director)

    Bad Education (Spain)
    Director: Pedro Almodóvar

    Oasis (South Korea)
    Director: Lee Chang-Dong

    Red Lights (France)
    Director: Cédric Kahn

    The Sea Inside (Spain)
    Director: Alejandro Amenábar

    Yesterday (South Africa)
    Director: Darrell James Roodt

    Ensemble Cast: Mean Creek
    Rory Culkin
    Ryan Kelley
    Scott Mechlowicz
    Trevor Morgan
    Josh Peck
    Carly Schroeder

    Jem Cohen, director of Chain
    Bryan Poyser, director of Dear Pillow
    Jennifer Reeves, director of The Time We Killed

    Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman for Born Into Brothels
    Shola Lynch for Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed
    Jehane Noujaim for Control Room
    Sandoval and Catherine Tambini for Farmingville

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    Thanks, Vietgirl. I now have to go see all of these films! "Sideways" looks especially interesting. I'm sort of disappointed that "Dogville" wasn't nominated. Technically, I believe it should have been included in the 2004 category because of its U.S. release. I think it is Nicole Kidman's best performance by far. Paul Bettany and Lauren Bacall were also brilliant. I suppose some perceived it as being too anti-American. Oh well, I guess I'll root for my favorite nominees-that-have-yet-to-earn-the-golden-guy: Winslet and Blanchett.

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    Just the fact that there is such a disparity of opinion in all these awards goes to show you that winning the Oscar is just the opinion of yet one more group of people!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealtorGal
    Just the fact that there is such a disparity of opinion in all these awards goes to show you that winning the Oscar is just the opinion of yet one more group of people!
    How true!


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