Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Awards Season 2006 - ISA NOMS

How would the Civil War had changed if Abraham Lincoln had octopus tentacles instead of a beard?The farce that is the awards season kicks off with the Independent Spirit Awards nominations. These awards are independent in the same way as Sundance is independent - not very. The studios have long-since co-opted and corrupted the Gonzo spirit. Still, these things are like car-wrecks: they aren't pretty but you just have to see what's going on. I am most outraged but unsurprised to see BUBBLE get noms; feel that LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE was good but not so overwhelmingly good; and feel happy that Daniel Craig is getting some praise for INFAMOUS rather than that dreck, CASINO ROYALE.... As usual, I've asterisked the movies I think will win and emboldened (!) the ones I think should win, where available.

Best Feature: American Gun; The Dead Girl; Half Nelson*; El Laberinto del Fauno; Little Miss Sunshine.

Best Female Lead: Shareeka Epps for Half Nelson; Catherine O'Hara* for For Your Consideration; Robin Wright Penn for Sorry, Haters; Elizabeth Reaser for Sweet Land; Michelle Williams for Land of Plenty.

Best Male Lead: Aaron Eckhart for Thank You for Smoking; Ryan Gosling for Half Nelson*; Edward Norton for The Painted Veil; Ahmad Razvi for Man Push Cart; Forest Whitaker for American Gun.

Best Supporting Female: Melonie Diaz for A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints; Marcia Gay Harden for American Gun*; Mary Beth Hurt for The Dead Girl; Frances McDormand for Friends with Money; Amber Tamblyn for Stephanie Daley.

Best Supporting Male: Alan Arkin for Little Miss Sunshine; Raymond J. Barry for Steel City; Daniel Craig for Infamous*; Paul Dano for Little Miss Sunshine; Channing Tatum for A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.

Best Director: Robert Altman for A Prairie Home Companion*; Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris for Little Miss Sunshine; Ryan Fleck for Half Nelson; Karen Moncrieff for The Dead Girl; Steven Soderbergh for Bubble.

Best Screenplay: Friends with Money; The Illusionist; The Painted Veil; Sorry, Haters; Thank You for Smoking*.

Best First Screenplay: Conversations with Other Women; A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints; Half Nelson*; Little Miss Sunshine; Wristcutters: A Love Story.

Best Cinematography: Brothers of the Head; Four Eyed Monsters; El Laberinto del Fauno*; Man Push Cart; Wild Tigers I Have Known.

Best First Feature: Day Night Day Night; Man Push Cart*; The Motel; Sweet Land; a
Wristcutters: A Love Story.

Best Foreign Film: A fost sau n-a fost?; Crónica de una fuga; Indigènes; Das Leben der Anderen*; Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros.

Best Documentary: A Lion in the House; My Country My Country; The Road to Guantanamo*; The Trials of Darryl Hunt; You're Gonna Miss Me.

John Cassavetes Award: Chalk; Four Eyed Monsters; Old Joy; Quinceañera*; Twelve and Holding.

1 comment:

  1. Have you seen "Sorry,Haters"? It's a love it or hate it film apparently, but I think it's the most underrated film of the year.