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

Time to resurrect this post, if only to point out how lame the year 2005 is when it comes to movies in U.S. theaters.

(Notice how carefully I said that. Elsewhere in the world, there are, no doubt, amazing films being revealed, films that U.S. distributors don’t understand and won’t let you see.)

The soon-to-be-renamed Arts and Faith Film Critics Circle haven’t nominated much of anything for consideration at the end of the year, and it’s already April.

Can you think of any suggestions we’ve missed that we should consider?

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The Arts and Faith Film Critics Circle - more than a dozen Christian film critics taking films seriously as works of art – are already busy suggesting and considering films for next year’s [AFC]2 Film Awards. From time to time, I’ll post the growing list here.

At this stage, here are films that have been nominated. The cool thing about the [AFC]2 awards … YOU are welcome to suggest films for their consideration in these categories as well. So email me at LookingCloserReview@msn.com, or just leave a comment here, and I’ll amend the list as the year goes on. In January 2006, the [AFC]2 critics will vote, narrowing the lists to a few nominees each, and then vote again for a winner.

The [AFC]2′s home, where last year’s winners are posted, is at The Matthews House Project.

MOST SIGNIFICANT EXPLORATION OF SPIRITUAL ISSUES
Born into Brothels
Millions
The Merchant of Venice
The Ballad of Jack and Rose
The Woodsman

BEST NARRATIVE FILM
The Merchant of Venice
Dear Frankie

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Born into Brothels
Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Murderball

BEST ACTOR
Yûya Yagira (Akira) – Nobody Knows
Samuel Jackson – Coach Carter
Dennis Quaid – In Good Company
Daniel Day-Lewis – The Ballad of Jack and Rose
Anthony Lapaglia – Winter Solstice
Kevin Bacon – The Woodsman

BEST ACTRESS
Emily Mortimer – Dear Frankie
Joan Allen – The Upside of Anger

BEST CHILD ACTOR (12 or under)
Alexander Nathan Etel – Millions
Hannah Pilkes – The Woodsman

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Al Pacino – Merchant of Venice
Jeremy Irons – Merchant of Venice
Kevin Costner – The Upside of Anger

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Catherine Keener – The Ballad of Jack and Rose
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Happy Endings
Lisa Kudrow – Happy Endings
Zhang Ziyi – 2046

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
Nobody Knows
2046
Happy Endings
Serenity

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Frank Cottrell Boyce – Millions
Rebecca Miller – The Ballad of Jack and Rose
Andrea Gibb – Dear Frankie

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Anthony Dod Mantle – Millions
? – Somersault
Christopher Doyle – 2046
Harry Savides – Last Days

BEST DIRECTOR
Danny Boyle – Millions
Michael Radford – Merchant of Venice
Shona Auerbach – Dear Frankie
Sokurov – The Sun
Claire Denis – L’Intrus
Wong Kar-wai – 2046

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alex Heffs – Dear Frankie

BEST FILM FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Millions

MOST SIGNIFICANT NON-2005 RELEASE OF THE YEAR
(Theatrical re-releases, revivals, big screen special editions)

BEST FILM WE OVERLOOKED LAST YEAR (due to poor distribution, late opening)
In Good Company
The Merchant of Venice
The Woodsman

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  • jasdye

    Bless your soul.

    Where do you get those? Conan O’Brien will make me laugh out loud – like he did last night – but it’s on so late that when I try to recall them the next day, I can’t. Like a buried dream.

    Course, maybe it’s better that way.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    I’m not a Leno guy. I read the jokes in a printout the next day. They’re funnier that way.

    If I have to choose, I’m a Letterman guy.

  • jasdye

    I still can’t believe you’re a Leno guy, Jeffrey.

    Just his delivery alone (and Kevin’s annoying canned laughter) ruined what shred of funniness those jokes possessed.

  • Darrel Manson

    Best Narrative film: Brothers
    Best Director: Susanne Bier – Brothers
    Best Original Screenplay: Susanne Bier and Anders Thomas Jensen – Brothers
    Best Actor: Ulrich Thomsen – Brothers
    Best Supporting Actor: Nikolaj Lie Kaas – Brothers

  • Darrel Manson

    Best Narrative Film: Crash
    Exploration of Spiritual Issues: Crash
    Best Original Screenplay: Paul Haggis & Bobby Morescu – Crash
    Best Score: Mark Isham – Crash
    Best Ensemble Cast: Crash

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    Okay, I’ve added those.

    I’ve also repaired the broken Matthews House link.

  • Dale

    Murderball for doc, thank you.

    Dale

  • Matt Page

    Hi Jeffrey,

    I’d like to Nominate The Woodsman for best overloooked film (The IMDB lists it as being released around Chritmas) and Somersault (which I think you are yet to get in the US) for best cinematography. As a film it’s wonderful visually if a bit problemmatic.

    Matt

  • Eriol

    It just might be my computer but the Matthews House project link does not work.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    There ya go. It qualifies for 2005 for us, since it only recently opened around these parts.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    I would like to nominate Dear Frankie for a number of things — perhaps picture, director, lead actress, script, music — but I am wondering if it qualifies for this year. I first saw it on the festival circuit back in September, but I don’t think it was given a proper “release” in North America until a month or two ago. At any rate, I’ve seen it twice now, and I am rather impressed by it.


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