Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Magic Banana Awards, 1998

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Gold: Run Lola Run
Silver: Great Expectations
Bronze: Get Real
Runners up: A Bug’s Life, Shakespeare in Love, All the Little Animals, The Mighty, Sliding Doors

Quite a good year for films, with four of the films making my top 80 of all time. Surprisingly, in my whole selection, only one film is an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, and that was the one that won.

I loved Run Lola Run for its sheer originality and thrill. Great Expectations with a smart new spin on a good novel, and Get Real is one of the most beautiful, painfully sad films about love that I have ever seen, and, after Brokeback, ranks as my best film about gay/lesbian relations. A Bug’s Life was Pixar shining again, and Shakespeare in Love was enjoyably, funny, and offered some insight into the making of a great play. Whether any of it was true or not is irrelevant.

Gold: Tom Tykwer, Run Lola Run
Silver: Peter Weir, The Truman Show
Bronze: Steven Spielberg, Saving Private Ryan
Runners up: John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line)

Yeah. Large scale work for Spielberg and Malick, but gold would have to go to Run Lola Run’s mastermind.

Actor, Leading Role
Gold: Ben Silverstone, Get Real
Silver: Jim Carey, The Truman Show
Bronze: Ian McKellan, Gods and Monsters
Runners up: Christian Bale (All the Little Animals), Kieran Culkin (The Mighty)

Ben Silverstone was the heart of Get Real. He stole the show with his innocence and bravery, and we completely empathised with him. Jim Carey, so used to being branded a cheesecakey actor, astonished in a serious role. It seems to be a good year for young actors, as Christian Bale shone as a mentally impaired boy, finding friendship in nature, and Kieran Culkin shattered hearts with his turn as a kind-hearted but crippled genius.

Actress, Leading Role
Gold: Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love
Silver: Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth
Bronze: Gwyneth Paltrow, Sliding Doors
Runners up: Cameron Diaz (There’s Something About Mary), Franka Potente (Run Lola Run)

All three medals go to very deserving performances. Gwyneth Paltrow was brilliant in her half-dramatic, half-comedic performance in Shakespeare in Love in a relatively un-Awards friendly role, and made up for Joseph Fiennes’ bland performance. But she was also great in a low key film, Sliding Doors, where she tackled her double role with perfect skill, creating two completely different characters. That said, Cate Blanchett was the very embodiment of Queen Elizabeth I. I also liked Cameron Diaz’s comedic turn.

Actor, Supporting Role
Gold: John Hannah, Sliding Doors
Silver: Ed Harris, The Truman Show
Bronze: Geoffrey Rush, Elizabeth
Runners up: Tom Wilkinson & Geoffrey Rush (Shakespeare in Love)

John Hannah was so lovely as the perfect boyfriend that I feel it would a sin not to reward him. He was then even better in the latter half of the film, when the slight ambiguity of his character started kicking in.

Actress, Supporting Role
Gold: Joan Allen, Pleasantville
Silver: Laura Linney, The Truman Show
Bronze: Brenda Blethyn, Little Voice
Runners up: Imelda Staunton (Shakespeare in Love), Lynn Redgrave (Gods & Monsters)

Not much to say here. Kind of a weak category.

Writing, Original Screenplay
Gold: Shakespeare in Love (Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard)
Silver: The Truman Show (Andrew Niccol)
Bronze: Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer)

It was a tough fight between Shakespeare in Love and The Truman Show for the first spot. The latter had a great premise with some deftly written characters, but in the end I opted for Shakespeare, because it was a beautiful blend of romance, comedy, drama and history.

Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Gold: Get Real (Simon Shore)
Silver: Gods and Monsters (Bill Condon)
Bronze: Out of Sight (Scott Frank)

Music, Original Score
Gold: A Bug’s Life (Randy Newman)
Silver: The Horse Whisperer (Thomas Newman)
Bronze: Pleasantville (Randy Newman)

Gold: The Thin Red Line (John Toll)
Silver: Run Lola Run (Frank Griebe)
Bronze: A Civil Action (Conrad L. Hall)

Gold: Shakespeare in Love (David Gamble)
Silver: Saving Private Ryan (Michael Kahn)
Bronze: Run Lola Run (Mathilde Bonnefoy)
Next year: 1997. Or 1996. Maybe.


TBP4 said...

Well, I'm back! Though, I don't really have too much to give away for this year. It's a pretty terrible year if you ask me. Now 1997... that's a solid year.

Can't say I agree too much, except for The Thin Red Line's spectacular cinematography. Eh... I'll try harder next time (and be more generous).

chrissie said...

mmm... shakespeare in love...

kate said...

I'd give Lola Rennt film, director, writing and actress. Actor would be Jim for The Truman Show.

Emma said...

TBP, which films would you award this year?

Anonymous said...

Joan Allen was superb in Pleasantville. Have you seen her in The Crucible? Another fantastic performance.

TBP4 said...

Well, The Thin Red Line would be the big winner. Other than that... still in progress. (I have a strict policy, lol!)

Emma said...

That's all very well for objectivity, but which films did you enjoy?

MysticFist said...

T doesn't know what subjectivity consists of and he gets confused when I ask him about it. Having said that, The Thin Red Line IS the only one I care about, objectively or subjectively. Malick is God.

DL said...

1998 was such a rich year so I decided to post my opinions for the categories.

Best Pic : The Thin Red Line

Best Director : Terrence Malick (runner-up: Tom Twyker)

Best Actor : Edward Norton - American History X (runner-up : Ian McKellen)

Best Actress : Cate Blanchett (runner-up : Christina Ricci - The Opposite of Sex, Franka Potente)

Best Supp. Actress : Lisa Kudrow - The Opposite of Sex (Runners-up: Jane Adams - Happiness, Judi Dench, Joan Allen, Rachel Griffiths - Hilary & Jackie)

Best Supp. Actor : James Caviezel - The Thin Red Line

Best Orig. Screenplay : The Opposite of Sex (Runners-up : The Happiness, Shakespeare in Love)

Best Ad. Screenplay : The Thin Red Line

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