Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Online Film Critics Awards

These are all the awards given by the online film critics. You can see that they rarely agree with Oscar®. Note that their year is "when awarded", they do this in January after the previous year has just ended, so the film year is one year previous, which would be the corresponding Oscar® year. 2009: Wall-E (2008) (BP: Slumdog Millionaire) 2008: No Country for Old Men 2007: United 93 (BP: The Departed) 2006: A History of Violence (BP: Crash) 2005: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (BP: Million Dollar Baby) 2004: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 2003: Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (BP: Chicago) 2002: Memento; Mulholland Falls (BP: A Beautiful Mind) 2001: Almost Famous (BP: Gladiator) 2000: American Beauty 1999: Saving Private Ryan (BP: Shakespeare in Love) 1998: L.A. Confidential (1997) (BP: Titanic) Some of these choices I agree with as well. I think I prefer Wall-E to Slumdog. Currently Slumdog has won 75 awards, Wall-E 35. Nice stats! United 93 was terrific, overlooked by major awards. Well, Departed was better.. but was a lot slower. Eternal Sunshine won one Oscar® for screenplay, and I loved it. but Million Dollar Baby was great as well; tough choice there.. Memento was one of the best crime films ever, now ranked #26 all-time at Internet Movie Database by viewers. (but, Mulholland Falls? dreary bore..) Almost Famous, also terrific Cameron Crowe film. But up against Gladiator, Traffic, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon! wow... those won 5, 4, and 4 Oscars® The only one Traffic lost was Best Pic. I actually did like Shakespeare in Love more than Saving Private Ryan, which fell off drastically after D-Day. Band of Brothers is much better overall, but then, at 10 hours and 100 million, it should be! Spielberg and Hanks produced that one together. .. and thankfully they didn't pick Titanic in 98! Here's the link at IMDB: Online Film Critics Society Awards

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