Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Magic Banana Awards, 2004

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Best Film
Gold: Turtles Can Fly
Silver: Million Dollar Baby
Bronze: Sideways
Runners up: Vera Drake, A Very Long Engagement, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Kinsey

Best Actor
Gold: Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda
Silver: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby
Bronze: Jamie Foxx, Ray
Runners up: Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries), Soran Ebrahim (Turtles Can Fly), Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside)

Best Actress
Gold: Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake
Silver: Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
Bronze: Uma Thurman, Kill Bill: Vol. 2
Runners up: Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), Avaz Latif (Turtles Can Fly), Audrey Tautou (A Very Long Engagement)

Best Supporting Actor
Gold: Peter Sarsgaard, Kinsey
Silver: Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby
Bronze: Jamie Foxx, Collateral
Runners up: Peter Sarsgaard (Garden State), James Garner (The Notebook)

Best Supporting Actress
Gold: Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda
Silver: Laura Linney, Kinsey
Bronze: Virginia Madsen, Sideways
Runners up: Patricia Clarkson (Miracle), Cate Blanchett (The Aviator)

Best Direction

Gold: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby
Silver: Mike Leigh, Vera Drake
Bronze: Zhang Yimou, House of Flying Daggers
Runners up: Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries), Alexander Payne (Sideways)

Best Original Screenplay
Gold: The Incredibles (Brad Bird)
Silver: Hotel Rwanda (Keir Pearson & Terry George)
Bronze: Kinsey (Bill Condon)
Runners up: Garden State (Zach Braff), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Gold: Sideways (Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor)
Silver: Before Sunset (Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Kim Krizan & Richard Linklater)
Bronze: The Motorcycle Diaries (Jose Riveria)
Runners up: My Summer of Love (Pawel Pawlikowski), Mean Girls (Tina Fey)

Music, Original Score
Gold: Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events (Thomas Newman)
Silver: The Motorcycle Diaries (Gustavo Santaollala)
Bronze: Les Choiristes (Christophe Barratier & Bruno Coulais)
Runners up: Birth (Alexandre Desplat), The Incredibles (Michael Giachhino)

Best Cinematography
Gold: A Very Long Engagement (Bruno Delbonnel)
Silver: The Passion of the Christ (Caleb Deschanel)
Bronze: House of Flying Daggers (Xiaoding Zhao)
Runners up: The Aviator, Collateral

Best Editing
Gold: House of Flying Daggers (Long Cheng)
Silver: The Aviator (Thelma Schoonmaker)
Bronze: Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (Sally Menke)

Gold: House of Flying Daggers (Emi Wada)
Silver: The Aviator (Sandy Powell)
Bronze: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unforunate Events (Colleen Atwood)

Art Set D├ęcor
Gold: The Aviator (Dante Ferretti)
Silver: House of Flying Daggers (Tingxiao Huo)
Bronze: A Very Long Engagement (Aline Bonetto)

Sound (& Sound Editing)
Gold: Ray (Scott Millan, Greg Orloff, Bob Beemer & Steve Cantamessa)
Silver: The Incredibles (Randy Thom, Gary Rizzo, Doc Kane & Mark Silvers)
Bronze: House of Flying Daggers (Jing Tao & Roger Savage)


MysticFist said...

Favourite Films
(3) Sideways
(4) Before Sunset
(5) 2046

Best Films
(3) 2046 (that's in capitals too; saw it last night and it's an amazing film in every way)
(4) The Aviator
(5) Before Sunset

Best Direction
(1) WONG KAR WAI (2046)
(2) MICHAEL MANN (Collateral)
(3) ALEXANDER PAYNE (Sideways)
(4) Martin Scorsese (The Aviator)
(5) Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries)

Best Lead Performance
(1) PAUL GIAMATTI (Sideways)
(2) TOM CRUISE (Collateral)
(3) JAVIER BARDEM (Mar Adentro)
(4) Jamie Foxx (Collateral)
(5) Julie Delpy (Before Sunset)

Best Supporting Performance
(2) ZIYI ZHANG (2046)
(3) Virginia Madsen (Sideways)
(4) Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby)
(5) Li Gong (2046) (about ten minutes on screen, but she had to build an entire character through tears rather than lines of dialogue; she was amazing)

Best Screenplay
(3) COLLATERAL (this could have easily been the best weren't it for the final 20 minutes or so)
(4) 2046
(5) The Aviator

Best Cinematography
(2) 2046 - capitals, of course.
(3) The Aviator
(4) Mar Adentro
(5) The Motorcycle Diaries

Best Film Editing
(2) 2046
(3) The Aviator

The problem with music scores is that I never really know whether they were entirely original or not. Really doesn't matter, either way... best for me were the ones to Collateral (of course), 2046 (of course), Sideways, and why not... The Motorcycle Diaries.

You have seen 2046, haven't you? Hmm, and I have to watch Kill Bill again...

Anonymous said...

Why no love for Wong Kar Wai's episodic, beautifest 2046?

Tom said...

The fact that you've left out 2046 in ALL the deserving categories just proves what we all know - you have bad taste in films.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who ranks "Million Dollar Baby" above "2046" deserves no worse than death.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Anyone who ranks "Million Dollar Baby" above "2046" deserves no worse than death.

I think you mean no better than death.

And to all these 2046-defenders, are you sure you're not just claiming to love it because it's fashionable to?


2046 had no script FIST

What's with all the condescending responses people?

2046Lover said...

Three words – twenty forty six

Jessie said...

I don't understand how you could have left 2046 out. I thought you had good taste.

MysticFist said...

Well said, Da Freako. Should we fight condescension with condescension? Well, this is sort of funny, because I'm sure most people here who loved 2046 don't even know what really makes the film so great.

I'd love to hear someone try to explain why the film has impressed them so much. Any thoughts on the way Wong has built an entire film on editing? How the flow and arrangement of images tells us a lot more about those characters than anything else in it does?

Bah, maybe she left it out of her list because the film has bored her. So what? I liked it because I sort of related to it... which of course, doesn't mean I wasn't bored. I was. The whole time.


I think they're all the same people? Why would every post be related to 2046 not being listed here? And.. I demand to know the identity of all those anonymous people.

and 2046 still had no script.

MysticFist said...

Your name's just too funny, Mr. Blog. Yeah, and they're probably all the same person... isn't it just a little strange that everybody who cared to reply here seems to love the film?

What are you babbling about, anyway? No script?


It had no script, gaybo. Wong shot it without a script. I don't know anything else to it.. but he initially shot it without a script. Watch the special features. Or did you download this off of gay internet?

MysticFist said...

Duh, Da. I don't care if there was no script per-se (and for what I heard WKW is notorious for beginning projects without a script; doesn't mean he doesn't develop one whilst shooting); how else am I supposed to commend the film for its narrative structure, character and thematic development, or the phenomenal voice over narration if not nominating it for best screenplay?

It's not relevant if the script (the blue print for producing a motion picture) didn't exist on paper. The whole thing was in WKW's head from the start, and it's certainly worth praising either way.


Well if that's what you meant you should've said it earlier. Now let's go trash solomon's thread. Oh wait he's not here. Tomorrow then... gaymo.

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I think the film Turtles Can Fly is silent about what happens to 'Satellite' after the Americans finally land in their refugee camp.