2006 Faith and Film Critics Circle Nominations

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The Faith and Film Critics Circle (FFCC) – 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 FFCC Awards. The cool thing about the FFCC awards … YOU are welcome to suggest films for their consideration in these categories as well.

Post your entry in the COMMENTS below, and I will add your selections to the Master List. But you must enter them in this simple format:

Best Director
Danny Boyle – Millions

Best Narrative Film
Millions

Could anything be easier than that? (Please don’t make me go looking up names… it becomes a hassle. If you want to recommend someone, take the time to write out their name. Thanks.)

You can also nominate films by emailing your choices to me at lookingcloserreview@msn.com.

I’ll amend the list as the year goes on. At this stage, here are films that have been nominated.

So… what big-screen wonders do you want us to take the time to see this year?

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MOST SIGNIFICANT EXPLORATION OF SPIRITUAL ISSUES
Three Times
The New World
Tsotsi
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Don’t Come Knocking
L’Enfant
End of the Spear
The Notorious Bettie Page
Conversations with God
United 93
A Prairie Home Companion
Half Nelson
The Proposition
Manderlay
Old Joy
The Fountain
Children of Men
The Queen
Pan’s Labyrinth
Apocalypto
Joyeux Noel
Deliver us From Evil
Forgiving Dr. Mengele
Requiem
Jezile (Son of Man)
Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple

BEST NARRATIVE FILM
Three Times
The New World
Tsotsi
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Inside Man
L’Enfant
Little Miss Sunshine
All the King’s Men
United 93
The Proposition
Half Nelson
Bubble
The Departed
Marie Antoinette
The Queen
Children of Men
Pan’s Labyrinth
Climates
Requiem

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Wordplay
The Road to Guantanamo
This Film is Not Yet Rated
Goldwater on Goldwater (HBO)
When the Levees Broke (HBO)
Shut Up and Sing!
Forgiving Dr. Mengele
Lake of Fire
Manufactured Landscapes
The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema
A Shot in the Dark
Deliver us from Evil
Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple
49 Up

BEST ACTOR
Colin Farrell – The New World
Presley Chweneyagae – Tsotsi
Tommy Lee Jones – The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Denzel Washington – Inside Man
Jérémie Renier – L’Enfant
Johnny Depp – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Louie Leonard – End of the Spear
Toby Jones- Infamous
Jude Law – All the King’s Men
Henry Czerny – Conversations with God
Ryan Gosling- Half Nelson
Guy Pearce- The Proposition
Joseph Gorden-Levitt- Brick
Leonardo DiCaprio- The Departed
Matt Damon – The Departed
Clive Owen – Children of Men

BEST ACTRESS
Julia Jentsch – Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Q’orianka Kilcher – The New World
Shauna McDonald – The Descent
Kiera Knightly – Dead Man’s Chest
Bryce Dallas Howard– Manderlay
Meryl Streep- The Devil Wears Prada
Helen Mirren – The Queen
Kate Winslet – Little Children
Kirsten Dunst – Marie Antoinette
Shakeera Epps – Half Nelson
Judi Dench – Notes on a Scandal
Penelope Cruz- Volver
Sandra Huller
Requiem

BEST CHILD ACTOR (12 or under)
Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine
Keke Palmer – Akeelah and the Bee (13 now, but 12 or under when filmed)
Shareeka Epps (Half Nelson…I think she’s under 12)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale – The New World
Gerald Alexander Held – Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Christopher Plummer – The New World
Christian Bale – The New World
John C. Reilly – A Prairie Home Companion
Paul Giamatti – The Illusionist
Peter Dinklage – Lassie
Peter O’Toole – Lassie
Bill Nighy – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Steve Carrel – Little Miss Sunshine
Michael Caine – Children of Men
Jack Davenport – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Stellan Skarsgard – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Stanley Tucci- The Devil Wears Prada
Mark Wahlberg – The Departed
Jason Schwartzmann – Marie Antoinette
Danny Huston – The Proposition
Michael Sheen – The Queen
Ray Winstone – The Departed
Ray Winstone – The Proposition
Danny Huston – The Proposition
John Hurt – The Proposition
Eddie Murphy – Dreamgirls
Michael Caine – Children of Men

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jodie Foster – Inside Man
Déborah François – L’Enfant
Meryl Streep – A Prairie Home Companion
Elizabeth Banks – Invincible
Charlotte Gainsbourgh – The Science of Sleep
Sandra Bullock – Infamous
Adriana Barraza – Babel
Cate Blanchett – Notes on a Scandal
Sharon Stone – Bobby

BEST DIRECTOR
Terrence Malick – The New World
Marc Rothemund – Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Gavin Hood – Tsotsi
Tommy Lee Jones – The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Spike Lee – Inside Man
Wim Wenders – Don’t Come Knocking
Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne – L’Enfant
Hou Hsiao-hsien – Three Times
Alfonso Cuarón – Children of Men
Stephen Simon, Conversations with God
Steve Zaillian, All the King’s Men
Ericson Core, Invincible
Jim Hanon, End of the Spear
Steven Soderbergh- Bubble
Paul Greengrass- United 93
Michael Mann- Miami Vice
Lars von Trier- Manderlay
Martin Scorsese – The Departed
Sofia Coppola – Marie Antoinette
Stephen Frears – The Queen
Mel Gibson- Apocalypto
Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Climates


BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
Don’t Come Knocking
A Prairie Home Companion
Dead Man’s Chest – Invincible
Manderlay
United 93
The Departed
Marie Antoinette
Infamous

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Terrence Malick – The New World
Guillermo Arriaga – The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Russell Gerwitz – Inside Man
Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne – L’Enfant
Michael Arndt – Little Miss Sunshine
Ted Elliot, Terry Rossio, Dead Man’s Chest
Brad Gann, Invincible
Peter Morgan – The Queen

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Fred Breinersdorfer – Sophie Scholl: The Final Days
Bill Ewing, Bart Gavigan, Jim Hanon- End of the Spear
William Monahan – The Departed
? – Children of Men

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Chris Menges – The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Emmanuel Lubezki – The New World
Dick Pope – The Illusionist
Robert Driskell, End of the Spear
Pawel Edelman, All the King’s Men
Ericson Core, Invincible
Andrij Parekh- Half Nelson
Peter Sillen – Old Joy
Lance Acord – Marie Antoinette
Rodrigo Prieto – Babel
Emanuel Lubezki – Children of Men
Matthew Libatique – The Fountain

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
James Horner – The New World
Phillip Glass – The Illusionist
Hans Zimmer – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Ron Owen, End of the Spear
Broken Social Scene–Half Nelson
Yo La Tengo – Old JoyHoward Shore – The Departed
Rachel Portman – Infamous
Clint Mansell – The Fountain

BEST FILM FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Curious George
Lassie
Glory Road
Akeelah and the Bee

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  • Darrel Manson

    Best Child Actor – Sarala, Water

  • Josh Larsen

    As a new member, I’m wondering how the rest of you balance the “spiritual significance” category and the Best Film category. My best film of 2006 was Volver, but Children of Men (No. 2 on my top ten), seems of much greater spiritual significance. Do I reverse those standings for my FFCC vote (as opposed to my Chicago Film Critics Association vote). What’s your thought process?
    Josh Larsen

  • brett mccracken

    Best Actor
    Matt Dillon- Factotum
    Will Smith- Pursuit of Happyness
    Matt Damon- The Good Shepherd

    Best Supporting Actress
    Jennifer Hudson- Dreamgirls

    Best Child Actor
    Jaden Smith- Pursuit of Happyness

    Best Ensemble Cast
    Dreamgirls
    The Good Shepherd

  • Brett McCracken

    Best Actress
    Penelope Cruz- Volver

    Best Director
    Mel Gibson- Apocalypto

    Spiritual Significance
    Apocalypto

  • kenmorefield

    Best Documentary:

    Shut up and Sing!

  • Kenneth R. Morefield

    Best Documentary:

    Forgiving Dr. Mengele
    Lake of Fire
    Manufactured Landscapes
    The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema
    A Shot in the Dark
    Deliver us from Evil

    Best Narrative Film:
    Climates
    Requiem

    Best Actress
    Sandra Huller (Last name is spelled with mark over the “u”) Requiem

    Best Director
    Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Climates)

    Best Exploration of Spiritual Issues:

    Deliver us From Evil
    Forgiving Dr. Mengele
    Requiem

  • Matt Page

    AAAArgh. I swore I wasn’t going to leave it this late to rave about my favourite films this year. To be honest though, nothing has quite left me in raving mode. I’ve seen a lot of good stuff, but nothing that I personally have found incredible (and yes that includes The New World).

    Best Exploration of Spiritual Issues I’d have to nominate Jezile (Son of Man), although I’m not entirely sure that counts as this year. Most of the others have already been done.

    So…

    Best Exploration of Spiritual Issues
    Jezile (Son of Man),

  • Brett McCracken

    Best Documentary
    Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple
    49 Up

    Spiritual Significance
    Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple

    Best Supporting Actress
    Adriana Barraza- Babel
    Sharon Stone- Bobby

    Original Score-
    Clint Mansell- The Fountain

    Cinematography
    Matthew Libatique- The Fountain

  • Darrel Manson

    Cimematography:
    Rodrigo Prieto, Babel

  • Brett McCracken

    Here’s a bunch of new nominations:

    Best Actor
    Leonardo DiCaprio- The Departed
    Matt Damon – The Departed

    Best Actress
    Helen Mirren – The Queen
    Kate Winslet – Little Children
    Kirsten Dunst – Marie Antoinette

    Supporting Actor
    Mark Wahlberg – The Departed
    Jason Schwartzmann – Marie Antoinette
    Danny Huston – The Proposition

    Supporting Actress
    Charlotte Gainsbourgh – The Science of Sleep
    Sandra Bullock – Infamous

    Ensemble
    The Departed
    Marie Antoinette
    Infamous

    Spiritual Significance
    Old Joy

    Best Narrative Film
    The Departed
    Marie Antoinette
    The Queen

    Director
    Martin Scorsese – The Departed
    Sofia Coppola – Marie Antoinette

    Adapted Screenplay
    William Monahan – The Departed

    Cinematography
    Peter Sillen – Old Joy
    Lance Acord – Marie Antoinette

    Original Score
    Yo La Tengo – Old Joy
    Howard Shore – The Departed
    Rachel Portman – Infamous

  • Darrel Manson

    Exploration of Spiritual Themes
    A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

    Best Ensemble Cast
    A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

    Best Supporting Actor
    Chazz Palminteri, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints

  • Nate

    Not sure if this will get released in time, but…

    Best Director
    Alfonso Cuarón – Children of Men

    Best Supporting Actor
    Michael Caine – Children of Men

  • Tyler

    Best film
    Little Miss Sunshine

    Best original Screenplay
    Michael Arndt – Little Miss Sunshine

    Best Supporting Actor
    Steve Carrell – Little Miss Sunshine

    Best Child Performance
    Abigail Breslin – Little Miss Sunshine

  • Darrel Manson

    Best original score
    Philip Glass – The Illusionist

  • Darrel Manson

    Best Cinematography
    Anthony Dod Mantle – Brothers of the Head

  • Darrel Manson

    If films that go straight to TV from Sundance qualify,

    Best documentary
    Lion in the House

  • Darrel Manson

    Best Documentary
    An Inconvenient Truth

    Best Narrative Film
    The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    Spiritual Significance
    The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

  • Darrel Manson

    Original Score
    Decoder Ring – Somersault


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