Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Few Projects for the '00s

It's been awhile, but I came to a realization this weekend that I think warrants a discussion or two. About a month and a half ago, we went through each decade and tried to set aside the five 'most essential' films for that period. I thought that process went really well, but I think we missed a pretty interesting conversation: this year is 2009, technically the last year of the '00s, and we haven't talked about what this decade's 'essential films' are. So, my suggestion is that we do that. I think all the contributors/readers here should try to put together a list of at least 5 and no more than 10 movies from this decade that they deem 'essential,' and then we'll duke it out in the comments.

I'm also interested in having a conversation about what films are looming on the horizon this year that might be worth getting excited about (and might make these lists). Let me know if you think that's a good idea, and I'll start a new thread.

Okay, I'll get to work on at least the first project and have a list up some time tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

2004 "Shouldawonit" Oscars

BEST ACTOR (Jamie Foxx / Ray):
Johnny Depp / Finding Neverland (1 vote)
Jim Caviezel / The Passion of the Christ (1 vote)

BEST ACTRESS (Hilary Swank / Million Dollar Baby):
Hillary Swank / Million Dollar Baby (2 votes)

BEST DIRECTOR (Clint Eastwood / Million Dollar Baby):
Clint Eastwood / Million Dollar Baby (1 vote)
Mel Gibson / The Passion of the Christ (1 vote)

BEST PICTURE (Million Dollar Baby):
Million Dollar Baby (2 votes)

2005 "Shouldawonit" Oscars

BEST ACTOR (Philip Seymour Hoffman / Capote):
Heath Ledger / Brokeback Mountain (2 votes)

BEST ACTRESS (Reese Witherspoon / Walk the Line):
Felicity Huffman / Transamerica (1 vote)

BEST DIRECTOR (Ang Lee / Brokeback Mountain):
Ang Lee / Brokeback Mountain (1 vote)
Chan Wook Park / Oldboy (1 vote)

Munich (1 vote)
King Kong (1 vote)

Monday, March 2, 2009

2006 "Shouldawonit" Oscars

Next verse, same as the first:

BEST ACTOR (Forest Whitaker / The Last King of Scotland):
Tommy Lee Jones / The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (1 vote)
Forest Whitaker / The Last King of Scotland (1 vote)
Ryan Gosling / Half Nelson (1 vote)

BEST ACTRESS (Helen Mirren / The Queen):
Kate Winslet / Little Children (3 votes)

BEST DIRECTOR (Martin Scorsese / The Departed):
Paul Greengrass / United 93 (1 vote)
Alfonso Cuaron / Children of Men (2 votes)

BEST PICTURE (The Departed):
United 93 (2 votes)
Pan's Labyrinth (1 vote)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

2007 "Shouldawonit" Oscars

Same drill. Here's a list (actual winners are in parenthesis):

BEST ACTOR (Daniel Day-Lewis):
Daniel Day-Lewis (3 votes)

BEST ACTRESS (Marion Cotillard):
Cate Blanchett (2 votes)
Ellen Page (1 vote)

P. T. Anderson (3 votes)

BEST PICTURE (No Country For Old Men):
There Will Be Blood (2 votes)
No Country For Old Men (1 vote)

2008 "Shouldawonit" Oscars

That's it: I'm throwing down the gauntlet. Gaston, we talked the other night about a new list project: the "Shouldawonit Oscar Awards." We take the 4 Big Categories--Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Picture--and we list the REAL winners for each year. I think the smart way to do this is to work backwards from 2008. So, let's get to it: I declare this post the post for 2008. Let's use the comments section to actually haggle the nominees. I'll keep a running tally of vote-getters here in the main post.

Mickey Rourke (3 votes)

Kate Winslet (3 vote)

Danny Boyle (3 votes)

Man On Wire (1 vote)
Slumdog Millionaire (1 vote)
There Will Be Blood (1 vote). Yep.