Tuesday, January 15, 2008

For the record...

Because it's list season, and because Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday, and, well, really, just for the heck of it, I'm going to interrupt my best/worst countdown with acting citations for the year just gone. Those, and one other category -- my favourite in movies last year -- which is Best Original Score. (Incidentally, the way the pictures taper off in size has nothing to do with the stature of the performances. I'm just being lazy and can't be bothered to crop them further.)


Chris Cooper (Breach)
Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead)
Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises)
Benicio Del Toro (Things We Lost in the Fire)

Worst: Ed Harris (Copying Beethoven)


Helena Bonham Carter (Conversations With Other Women)
Marina Hands (Lady Chatterley)
Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart)
Laura Linney (Jindabyne)
Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days)

Worst: Gong Li (Curse of the Golden Flower, Hannibal Rising)


Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood)
Joseph Gilgun (This is England)
Hippolyte Girardot (Lady Chatterley)
Fabrice Luchini (Molière)
Alfred Molina (The Hoax)

Worst: Jeremy Davies (Rescue Dawn)


Seema Biswas (Water)
Charlotte Gainsbourg (I'm Not There)
Deborra-Lee Furness (Jindabyne)
Jena Malone (Into the Wild)
Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton)

Worst: Alexandra Maria Lara (Youth Without Youth)


Marco Beltrami (3.10 to Yuma) clip

Carter Burwell (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead) clip

Nick Cave, Warren Ellis (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) clip

Jonny Greenwood (There Will Be Blood) clip

Wojciech Kilar (We Own the Night) clip

(A word also for the year's two best song scores, for Once and Into the Wild...)


Anonymous said...

"Worst: Gong Li (Curse of the Golden Flower, Hannibal Rising)"

That beautiful woman has not given a bad performance in her entire career and is a utter goddess. Especially COTF. She won a butt load of best actress awards for Curse in Asia .
Jolie also disagree with. One of the worst actresses on screen and 'Mighty" sucked to boot. The rest is great.
BDT will not get a nom, but he deseves it.

tim r said...

No argument on Gong's beauty, but I thought it was put to especially brittle, limited use in both those movies. Bitchy and haughty she can do, and I'll admit I had some time for her in Memoirs of a Geisha as a result, but she was an outright failure as a tragic heroine in Flower. She never let her guard slip, which was exactly the wrong way to play the role. Admittedly, nothing else in the movie was helping her much. As for Hannibal... blecch.

What is it that people dislike so much about A Mighty Heart? I'm genuinely curious to know.

Nick Davis said...

I am even more in love with the Worst citations than the best ones... expert picks in all categories. (I thought Gong was terrible in Curse, but then, I haven't liked her in any of her post-"comeback" roles, to include 2046 and, especially, Eros).


Kamikaze Camel said...

LOVING the love for Jindabyne and This is England. My #1 of 2006 and 2007 respectively.

John T said...

Yeah, Gong has never quite equaled the perfection she reached in the early nineties in films like Raise the Red Lantern (then again, who has equaled the perfection of Red Lantern since then? Good lord, that's a fine film).

Oh, and even when she's being terrible (Hannibal Rising), there's no denying she's a knockout.

Ashley said...

loving the love for Marco Beltrami's 310 to Yuma-- it'll be in my year end picks--btw great blog!