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2016 Rising, Actus Tertius: Reflections

It’s time to close the door on 2015. Past time, even. But I wanted to round off this awards season, as patchy as my coverage of it may have been, with a poll (seen above), some statistical fun, and some reflection on my awards past.

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MTV Movie Awards Results

I forgot these were happening.

But loving film awards like I do, how could I not report the results?

(Winners and nominees from Wikipedia.)

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My Top 20 and Bottom 20 of 2013

I wasn’t originally going to do this–I figured I’d said enough about these films over the last few weeks–but what the hell? This and my post-Oscar article will round the year off nicely (he said in March).

My Top 10:

1. Spring Breakers

Because this is 2013. This is how we live now. Is it an exaggerated view of our world? Yes, but does anyone think Easy Rider wasn’t a little romanticized itself? I mention Easy Rider because I think of this as a film that captures the 2010s like that film captured the late 60s. So later generations may not quite see what I see in it. And that’s fine. But it’s more than just a generationally significant film. It’s hugely entertaining, thought-provoking (when Alien says “This the fucking American Dream, y’all”, he’s more right than he might have guessed), funny, shocking, and all too true. When Faith (Selena Gomez) tries to encourage her friends to leave Florida and return to their safe, dull hometown rather than associate with Alien, and they opt to stay as though it were an obvious choice…let’s just say that moment resonated with me quite deeply. The performances (and not just James Franco’s mad tour-de-force) are great (Vanessa Hudgens, Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine make an eminently believable quartet), Harmony Korine’s writing and directing are just about perfect–as are the editing and Benoît Debie’s cinematography. It even uses Skrillex music to good effect. It’s one of those films that’s so good it makes me almost giddy.

Sprang break. Sprang break. Sprang break forevah.

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My 3rd Annual Film Awards (2013)

2013 top 10 III

No frills. No long-winded explanations. Let’s do it.

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My 3rd Annual Film Awards: The Official Nominees

Picture:

  • Captain Phillips
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Prisoners
  • Short Term 12
  • Spring Breakers
  • A Touch of Sin
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Upstream Color
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Director:

  • Shane Carruth (Upstream Color)
  • Spike Jonze (Her)
  • Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin)

Actor:

  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (Her)

Actress:

  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha)
  • Brie Larson (Short Term 12)
  • Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color)

Supporting Actor:

  • Paul Dano (Prisoners)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • James Franco (Spring Breakers)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Mud)
  • Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12)

Supporting Actress:

  • Amy Adams (Her)
  • Kaitlyn Dever (Short Term 12)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station)

Original Screenplay:

  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Prisoners
  • Spring Breakers
  • A Touch of Sin

Adapted Screenplay:

  • Captain Phillips
  • Philomena
  • Short Term 12
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Cinematography:

  • Prisoners
  • Spring Breakers
  • To the Wonder
  • A Touch of Sin
  • 12 Years a Slave

Editing:

  • Captain Phillips
  • Spring Breakers
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Upstream Color
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Production Design:

  • The Great Gatsby
  • Her
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Pacific Rim
  • 12 Years a Slave

Costume Design:

  • American Hustle
  • 47 Ronin
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • 12 Years a Slave

Makeup:

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Lone Survivor
  • Prisoners
  • 12 Years a Slave

Original Score:

  • All Is Lost
  • Her 
  • Nebraska
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Upstream Color

Original Song:

  • “Love Is an Open Door” – Frozen
  • “The Moon Song” – Her
  • “Ordinary Love” – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
  • “So You Know What It’s Like” – Short Term 12
  • “The Money Chant” – The Wolf of Wall Street

Sound Mixing:

  • All Is Lost
  • Lone Survivor
  • Rush
  • Spring Breakers
  • Upstream Color

Visual Effects:

  • Elysium
  • Gravity
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Man of Steel
  • Pacific Rim

Sound Effects:

  • All Is Lost
  • Lone Survivor
  • Pacific Rim
  • Spring Breakers
  • Upstream Color

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Longlists to Nominees: Picture

Here it is. The big one. And yet, this could be the easiest category to do. Read on and see why.

  • Captain Phillips
  • Computer Chess
  • Frances Ha
  • From Up on Poppy Hill
  • Frozen
  • Her
  • Mud
  • Nebraska
  • Prisoners
  • Rush
  • Short Term 12
  • Side Effects
  • Spring Breakers
  • To the Wonder
  • A Touch of Sin
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Upstream Color
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

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Longlists to Nominees: Director

Shane Carruth at work on Upstream Color.

Some directors are auteurs. Some are hired guns. The rest fall somewhere in between. What matters here are the results. Luckily, this year yielded some good ones. The contenders:

  • Shane Carruth (Upstream Color)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  • Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
  • Spike Jonze (Her)
  • Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
  • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty)
  • Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners)
  • Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin)

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