2005 Film Nominations for [AFC]2… so far…

UPDATE: The currently updated list is located now at THIS post.

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Darrel Manson

    Another Original Score nomination for John Williams – Memoirs of a Geisha (it doesn’t hurt that it’s performed by Yo-Yo Ma and Yitzak Perlman)

  • Nate

    Two exceptionally fine films were overlooked this year due to poor distribution and some egregiously misguided reviews. Thanks for giving them the consideration they deserve!

    Most Significant Exploration of Spiritual Ideas—Oliver Twist, Duma

    Best Narrative Film—Oliver Twist, Duma

    Best Actor—Ben Kingsley (Oliver Twist)

    Best Child Actor—Barney Clark (Oliver Twist), Alex Michaeltos (Duma)

    Best Supporting Actor—Eamonn Walker (Duma)

    Best Ensemble—Oliver Twist

    Best Adapted Screenplay—Ronald Harwood (Oliver Twist)

    Best Cinematography—Pawel Edelman (Oliver Twist), Werner Maritz (Duma)

    Best Director—Roman Polanski (Oliver Twist), Carroll Ballard (Duma)

    Best Original Score—Rachel Portman (Oliver Twist)

    Best Film for the Whole Family—Duma

    Most Significant Non-2005 Release of the Year—The Passenger (Michelangelo Antonioni), Elevator to the Gallows (Louis Malle)

  • catherinebarsotti

    Ooops! forgot a couple–

    Best Doc: Rize

    Best Actor–David S. in Good Night and Good Luck

    Best non-release–Laundry and Tosca by Laurellee Farrer

  • catherinebarsotti

    I’d like to suggest two very small films that alot of folks didn’t see:
    Junebug
    and
    Land of Plenty by Wim Wenders

    Both for exploring spiritual issues (as well as other issues)

    39 Pounds of Love for Best Documentary

  • Darrel Manson

    Exploration of Spiritual Issue: Munich
    Best Narrative Film: Munich
    Best Score: John Williams (does he get automatic nominations?) for Munich

  • Darrel Manson

    just a note to let you know that the score for Elizabethtown was done by Nancy Wilson.

  • Denny Wayman

    Here are our top films for 2005 so far:

    Coach Carter (4 Stars – 2005)
    Gospel, The (4 Stars – 2005)
    Millions (4 Stars – 2005)
    North Country (4 Stars – 2005)

  • Anonymous

    Best child actor: Freddie Highmore for “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The “Harry Potter” kids are too old, aren’t they?

  • Tommy G

    Best Film: Screen Door Jesus
    Best Director: Kirk Davis

  • Darrel Manson

    Best supporting actor: Frank Langella – Good Night, and Good Luck

    Best Director: George Clooney – Good Night, and Good Luck

  • Darrel Manson

    Best actor: Philip Seymore Hoffman – Capote
    Best supporting actor: Clifton Collins, Jr. – Capote
    Best supporting actress: Catherine Keener – Capote

  • Darrel Manson

    For best score: Elizabethtown (and I’m talking about the score, not the soundtrack.)tmal

  • Jared Wilson

    How about “The Constant Gardner”. I’d give this film a “very good” as far as thriller, but an “excellent” for a love story as the film grapples with issues of doubt and faithfulness.

    Male Performance: Ralph Fiennes
    Terrence Howard for “Hustle and Flow”

    Female Performance: Rachel Weisz

  • jasdye

    Best actor, Bill Murray.

    Really, any film he’s done within the last five years. But, for this year, I guess I’ll have to limit it to Broken Flowers.

    Didn’t care for the movie as much, of course.

  • Darrel Manson

    Another for cinematography: Jean-Marie Dreujou for Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress

  • Darrel Manson

    Best original screenplay: Miranda July for Me You and Everyone We Know.

    Best Cinematography: Laurent Chalet and Jérôme Maison (House and House?) for The March of the Penguins

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Folks, if you’re nominating, PLEASE include the names of the people you’re nominating. Don’t just say “cinematography” or “screenplay.” That’ll make this list much easier to manage.

  • OneYearBibleBlog.com

    Millions, Millions, Millions! I just saw it recently, thanks to reading about it on your blog Jeffrey – and great review of yours at CT too. That movie rocks. It should sweep. -Mike

  • Adam Walter

    I’ll just say watch for Tony Takitani, the first feature film adapted from the work of Haruki Murakami. The film was actually made last year in Japan but has been shown this year at Sundance and S.I.F.F. Hopefully it’ll get a general release soon.

    I’m prepared to say this movie is as good as anything I’ve seen in the past five years. It deals with the always-relevant theme of isolation, and the sort of despair it conveys in this modern setting seems deeply spiritual. The film also deals with the issue of rampant consumerism. I’d nominate this film for best narrative film, director, actor, actress, supporting actor (can I nominate the narrator?), cinematography, & adapted screenplay. You can hear more on my blog (or on the IMDb where I’ve posted the only user review so far).

  • Anonymous

    “Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room”…a definite candidate for best documentary and perhaps even best exploration of spiritual issues

  • Anonymous

    Since I saw Hotel Rwanda late, does that exclude it from any nominating categories?

    I would humbly submit Crash for best film for exploring spiritual issues–it’s a better film looked at spiritually, than narratively.

    I humbly submit Mad Hot Ballroom for best Documentary.

    Regarding the lack of Actress/Supporting actresses, I would submit Thandie Newton from Crash (Supporting) and Qiu Yuen from Kung Fu Hustle (the landlady). I hadn’t seen “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”, but I would suspect that every up and comer there would qualify. Perhaps Amber Tamblyn would get nom’d for that, recognizing her contributions to JoA…

    I would also submit Mickey Rourke for (gulp) Sin City (supporting Actor).

    For Best Child Actor, knowing your limitations here, I had not seen Dear Frankie, but perhaps the kid in there is alright. I would think Makenzie Vega from Sin City would qualify. Perhaps some of the kids in Born Into Brothels, or Mad Hot Ballroom (ok, docs don’t count).

    Best Adapted Screenplay: Um… Merchant of Venice??

    Being that my favorite film this year is Kung Fu Hustle, (and not as a mere guilty pleasure thankyouverymuch), I wouldn’t mind seeing nominations for Best Narrative, Ensemble Cast, Original Screenplay, Director, Score, and “Film-we-overlooked.” Because of its genre, it is likely to be overlooked, but I would hope not.

    –Nick

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Done.

  • Darrel Manson

    your going to pick up my suggestions from Crash and Brothers from the other list on this?

  • Josh

    I assume that films nominated in the “overlooked” category are also fair game for other awards? If so, then I nominate…

    MOST SIGNIFICANT EXPLORATION OF A SPIRITUAL ISSUE: The Merchant of Venice

    BEST NARRATIVE FILM: The Merchant of Venice

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons, both from The Merchant of Venice

    BEST DIRECTOR: Michael Radford, The Merchant of Venice

    And, a few non-Merchant selections…

    BEST ACTOR: Samuel L. Jackson, Coach Carter, and Dennis Quaid, In Good Company


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