The final cut of Terrence Malick’s The New World was not finished until January 2006.
It was not shown to critics in Seattle until January 18, 2006.
The cut that was shown to Oscar voters in a rather rushed attempt to get an Oscar nomination was not the finished film.
And yet, critics everywhere are counting The New World as a 2005 picture.
This really sucks, because it means that the film… which some critics, including myself, consider the best film of the year, and even the best film of the last several years… will not even be considered in Best Film Lists for 2006.
I’m going to count it on my 2006 list. I may be the only one, but really… is there any other rational choice in this matter?