Wednesday, 23 December 2009

2002: Recapping the Techs

It’s almost becoming second nature doing these year in review posts, so I’ll just oblige myself and move on to 2002. After that it’s on to 2000 and 2001, and then 2009. All three are years where I’ve seen few of the good films, so I’m not exactly looking forward to them. 2002 is battling it out with 2007 and 2001 as my favourite years of the decade. So today we’re going to be looking at the technical achievements of the year and continuing as usual with the acting, writing, directing and of course the top categories.
              
Original Song
"Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile
"I Move On" from Chicago
"The Hands That Built America" from Gangs of New York
These are three good songs, and I remember that at the time I was a moderate fan of Eminem. However, as much as I find Bono to be a moron I can’t deny that I was a big fan of their number from Gangs of New York.
            
Original Score
Frida
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Minority Report
Road to Perdition
It was almost offensive that the immaculate score from Phillip Glass earned no love from the Academy. Sure, Road to Perdition was impressive but The Hours’ score was just flawless. Oh well. At least he won an Encore Award.
            

Visual Effects
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Minority Report
The Time Machine
As far as technical achievements these three films were golden. The Time Machine in particular was a bit underrated in truth. Of course, with the wonderfulness of Tree Beard The Two Towers took this easily.
         
Sound
Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Minority Report
The Pianist
The Time Machine
So The Time Machine took this. Of course the happenings of Middle Earth demanded epic sound control, but for such a spotty film the sound was spot on in The Time Machine.
             
Cinematography
The Bourne Identity
Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Minority Report
Each of these had formidable cinematography, but the edge went to Chicago. Obviously it had the edge with all the imaginative scope of the script and whatnot. It’s an easy winner here actually.
          
Art Direction
Catch Me If You Can
Chicago
Far From Heaven
Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
As much as I appreciated Chicago [obviously that was much] I had no idea how it picked up this award. It was almost ridiculous given the great work done by set designers that year. But when you love a film, you really love a film apparently.
         
Costume Design
Chicago
Far From Heaven
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings and Gangs of New York were my two frontrunners for this and eventually it went to the latter.
        
Editing
Chicago
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Gangs of New York
The Hours
Minority Report
Minority Report wins this for me. It was easily the best edited film of the year done with extreme prudence.
            
So what are your thoughts?

2 comments:

joe burns said...

Yay! You're doing 2002. If Julianne doesn't get a spot in your Top 5 Best Actress nominees, I'm not sure what I'll do.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

[smiles enigmatically at the julianne comment]