Friday, 15 January 2010

2000: Year In Review

It’s no surprise that the most distant year of the last decade is also the most distant year in my memory. I probably have to do much catching up on the films released that year, so I’m going back to my original format for reviewing the years instead of drawing it out.
                   
Supporting Actress

The Nominees
Judi Dench in Chocolat 
...for taking what could be the ultimate sleepwalking performance and turning it into something that’s as funny as it is fulfilling. I know I’m alone on this one, but I find her glorious here.
                      
Marcia Gay Harden in Pollock  
...for taking the passionate artist and turning her into something pretty fantastic. Steals the show from Ed Harris? You bet. And that’s not easy.
                        
Julie Walters in Billy Elliot  
...for making her teacher role into something completely human and enjoyable. And just because she’s Julie Walters.
                
Kate Winslet in Quills 
... for doing more with her eyes than many do with multitudinous lines of dialogue.
                         
Catherine Zeta-Jones in Traffic  
...for standing by her man in true Latina fashion, and for showing the world than she could be more than Zorro’s wife.
Runners Up: Kate Hudson in Almost Famous, Lena Olin in Chocolat

Supporting Actor

The Nominees
Don Cheadle in Traffic
...for managing to stay in my memory even though the part isn’t that “big”, but mostly for that last scene of his.

Benicio Del Toro in Traffic
...for every scene he’s in. Yeah, he’s that good.

Willem Defoe in Shadow of a Vampire
...for turning in his best work and for being typical Oscar bait at its best while still breaking all the rules.

Albert Finney in Erin Brockovich
...for reacting to Erin just as we would and for making his Ed a true person.
       
Joaquin Phoenix in Quills  
...for doing this the same year as Gladiator and for making this character into something that wasn’t annoying.
Runners Up: Aaron Eckhart in Erin Brockovich Michael Douglas in Traffic, Alfred Molina in Chocolat, Joaquin Phoenix in Gladiator
          
Leading Actress

The Nominees
Joan Allen in The Contender
Juliette Binoche in Chocolat
Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream
Laura Linney in You Can Count On Me
Julia Roberts in Erin Brockovich
Runners Up: Jennifer Lopez in The Cell
          
What can I write about these five, they fight with 2003 for having the most distinguished set of women nominated and they got it right by my judgement.
         
Leading Actor


Javier Bardem in Before Night Falls
Russell Crow in Gladiator
Ed Harris in Pollock
Mark Ruffalo in You Can Count On Me
Geoffrey Rush in Quills
Runners Up: Christian Bale in American Psycho, Jamie Bell in Billy Elliot
         
In such a good year for men it’s a pity that Bale, Bell and Ruffalo saw no love.
          
Directors

Daldry for Billy Elliot
...he earns point for this fulfilling debut and the start of an illustrious career.
          

Scott for Gladiator
...he directs it like the true epic that it is, faults and all
                      
Schanbel for Before Night Falls
...just because this could have been a generic thing...and it isn't...
            
Soderbergh for Erin Brockovich
...for making a biopic enjoyable, interesting and even laugh out loud funny. And for directing Julia to greatness.
          
Soderbergh for Traffic 
...he manages to make each part interesting and good and the audience never gets bogged down by all the information.
Runners Up: Lasse Hallestrome for Chocolat, Kenneth Longergan for You Can Count On Me,  Ang Lee for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
          
Pictures

Billy Elliot 
...because it’s pure fun. The end.
      
Chocolat
....because I love it to excess and because it’s a fairy tale that’s still believable even when it shouldn’t be.
             
Erin Brockovich
...for the fact that it’s the kind of biopic I can get behind but mostly because it knows what to do with its cast.
       
Traffic 
...because it used to the ensemble cast to its fullest before it became the “in” thing to do.
           
You Can Count On Me
...because having a sibling can be both wonderful and horrible. 
                      
EVERYTHING I SAW: [Alphabetically]
102 Dalmatians [D+], Almost Famous [B], American Psycho [B], Bait [D], Bedazzled [D], Before Night Falls [B+], Big Momma’s House [F], Billy Elliot [B+], Bring It On [B], Cast Away [C+], The Cell [B-], Charlie’s Angels [B-], Chocolat [A-], The Contender [B-], Coyote Ugly [C], Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [B], Emperor’s New Groove [D+], Erin Brockovich [A-], The Family Man [C], Gladiator [B], Gone In Sixty Seconds [D+], Hollow Man [D-], How the Grinch Stole Christmas [C+], The Kid [D+], Love & Basketball [D+], Me, Myself & Irene [C+], Meet the Parents [C], Miss Congeniality [C+], Mission Impossible [B-], Nurse Betty [C+], The Nutty Professor II [D-], O Brother Where Art Thou [C], Pollock [B], Quills [B], Remember The Titans [C], Requiem for a Dream [B], Return to Me [C+], The Road to El Dorado [C-], Romeo Must Die [B-], Scary Movie [D], Shadow of a Vampire [B-], Shaft [D+], Perfect Storm [C], Traffic [B+], What Lies Beneath [C], What Women Want [C+], The Whole Nine Yards [B], X Men [B-], You Can Count On Me [B+]

7 comments:

joe burns said...

Neither of the Almost Famous girls for Best Supporting Actress?

Robert said...

Wow, in retrospect this was such a great year for actresses, supporting and leading...

I just wish Bjork could have gotten in there for "Dancer in the Dark". She was harrowing.

And I loved both Frances McDormand and Kate Hudson in "Almost Famous". Completely different characters but both perfect, especially McDormand considering a lot of her acting was done into a telephone...

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

joe no actually, i'm not too hot on almost famous; although i forgot to mention mcdormand and kate was very close to making the 5.

robert i seriously need to see dancer in the dark.

joe burns said...

I didn't see the runner-up for Best Supporting Actress. I really like Almost Famous.

Jose said...

I love that someone else liked "Quills" as much as I did or at least the supporting performances. Phoenix was much better in it than in "Gladiator".

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

jose quills is a strange case with me. probably the movie from this year that does the most moving up and down. sometimes i love it, sometimes it beautiful but not all there. but phoenix was sooooooooooo better than in gladiator granted, he was a runner up for that, but in quills he actually has a real character to work with, and does it well.

Nigel Maruva Chikukwa said...

I'd say F for any "bullshit" that falsely represents itself as a facet of "black comedy."

Tyler P-