The best film in what is one of the best years in film history.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category (or Globe, in the Globes section).  Films in blue were nominated.  Films (or directors) in olive are links to earlier posts that I don’t want to have show up in blue and be mistaken for a nominee.  Films with an asterisk (*) were Consensus nominees (a scale I put together based on the various awards) while those with a double asterisk (**) were the Consensus winners.

I’m listing the top 20 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  *
  2. Gangs of New York  *
  3. Spirited Away
  4. Talk to Her
  5. The Pianist  **
  6. The Hours  *
  7. Minority Report
  8. Y tu mamá también
  9. Chicago  *
  10. Adaptation
  11. Road to Perdition
  12. Solaris
  13. The Quiet American
  14. Catch Me if You Can
  15. 8 Women
  16. Heaven
  17. Lilo and Stitch
  18. 24 Hour Party People
  19. Spider-Man
  20. Sunshine State

Analysis:  This year is a bit of an oddity.  First, for the first time in five years, the five Oscar nominees are also the five Consensus nominees.  But, much more strangely, for the only time after 1965, the Consensus winner (The Pianist) doesn’t have the highest raw total, but its weighted total turns a 20 point deficit to Chicago into a 10 point advantage.  The Pianist has three wins (BAFTA, NSFC, BSFC) among six total noms (Oscar, Globe, BFCA) while Chicago wins four awards (Oscar, Globe, PGA, BFCA) and earns one other nom (BAFTA).  It will be another decade before the second place film is even within 100 points of the 1st place film.  This is also the first time we have two films that go 0 for 5, earning nominations from all five awards groups (Oscar, PGA, BAFTA, Globe, BFCA) and winning none: Gangs of New York and Two Towers.  There won’t be another year with two such films until 2008.
This is the best Top 10 of all-time, beating any other year by an astounding 8 points.  It’s the best Top 20 to-date, though 2005 will beat it by two points.  It’s got the best 6 through 10 of all-time, with no other year getting closer than six points.  Minority Report is the best #7 film since 1946.  The other four films from 6 through 10 are the best all-time at their respective positions.  It also scores the all-time Oscar Score high in this category with 97.5.

  • Best Director
  1. Peter Jackson  (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)  *
  2. Martin Scorsese  (Gangs of New York)  *
  3. Roman Polanski  (The Pianist)  **
  4. Steven Spielberg  (Minority Report)
  5. Pedro Almodóvar  (Talk to Her)
  6. Sam Mendes  (Road to Perdition)
  7. Stephen Daldry  (The Hours)
  8. Alfonso Cuarón  (Y tu mamá también)
  9. Steven Soderbergh  (Solaris)
  10. Rob Marshall  (Chicago)  *
  11. Spike Jonze  (Adaptation)
  12. Philip Noyce  (The Quiet American)
  13. Francois Ozon  (8 Women)
  14. David Fincher  (Panic Room)
  15. Tom Tykwer  (Heaven)
  16. Steven Spielberg  (Catch Me if You Can)
  17. Christopher Nolan  (Insomnia)
  18. Philip Noyce  (Rabbit-Proof Fence)
  19. George Clooney  (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind)
  20. John Sayles  (Sunshine State)

Analysis:  This is the second Nighthawk nomination for Pedro Almodóvar, which makes him the low man this year.  It’s the third nomination for Jackson (and the second of three straight wins), the fifth for Polanski, the sixth for Scorsese (up to 360 points and finally enters the Top 10) and the 8th for Spielberg (who moves up to 585 points and a tie with Bergman and Wilder for 2nd place all-time).
On my scaled chart, Spielberg, with his 4th and 16th place finishes, moves up to 810 points and into 5th place, just one point behind Bergman.
Scorsese is the first director in six years to earn my highest rating and not win.  This is also the best Top 5 in six years.
The Oscar Score is an impressive 90.5, the highest since 1973 and the third highest in this category to-date.

  • Best Adapted Screenplay:
  1. The Hours  *
  2. Adaptation  **
  3. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  4. Minority Report
  5. The Pianist  *
  6. The Quiet American
  7. About a Boy
  8. Road to Perdition
  9. Solaris
  10. About Schmidt  *
  11. Catch Me if You Can
  12. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind  *
  13. 25th Hour
  14. El Crimen del Padre Amaro
  15. Chicago
  16. Insomnia
  17. 8 Women
  18. Nicholas Nickleby
  19. Rabbit-Proof Fence
  20. Happy Times

Analysis:  Adaptation is very impressive at the Consensus awards, easily winning, with 6 awards and 9 noms, but coming between LA Confidential in 1997 (8 wins, 10 noms) and Sideways in 2004 (11 wins, 11 noms), it gets overlooked, especially since it lost the Oscar, WGA and Globe.  About Schmidt is the first script in either category since 1996 and the first adapted since 1980 to win the Globe but fail to earn an Oscar nom.
Peter Jackson earns his second nom.  Charlie Kauffman earns his second nom.
Adaptation is the first #2 in this category since 1997 to earn my highest rating.  The Oscar Score is 87.5, the highest in nine years.

  • Best Original Screenplay:
  1. Talk to Her  **
  2. Y tu mamá también  *
  3. Spirited Away
  4. Gangs of New York  *
  5. Sunshine State
  6. 24 Hour Party People
  7. Heaven
  8. All or Nothing
  9. Kissing Jessica Stein
  10. Storytelling
  11. Roger Dodger
  12. Lilo and Stitch
  13. Punch Drunk Love
  14. Panic Room
  15. Monsoon Wedding
  16. Human Nature
  17. Lovely and Amazing
  18. The Good Girl
  19. Me Without You
  20. Moonlight Mile

Analysis:  After four straight years of a winner with over 300 Consensus points and three straight years with multiple films with over 300 points, Talk to Her wins the Consensus with just 160 points (Oscar, BAFTA wins).  Only one original script earns a Globe nom (Far From Heaven), the WGA winner is a documentary that earns no other noms (Bowling for Columbine), the first WGA winner in Original not to earn any other noms since 1978 and the only original script to win a critics award, Human Nature, earns no other noms.  It doesn’t say much for English language films that my top three scripts are all Foreign films.
Pedro Almodóvar earns his second writing nom.  Alfonso Cuarón earns his first nom.  Hayao Miyazaki earns his third nom.  John Sayles earns his fourth nom.
Y tu mamá también earns my highest rating, making this just the third year where both Screenplay categories have a #2 with my highest rating, joining 1994 and 1996.  That doesn’t hold for the rest of the Top 5, as this year is actually much weaker than the year before.

  • Best Actor:
  1. Daniel Day-Lewis  (Gangs of New York)  **
  2. Adrien Brody  (The Pianist)  *
  3. Michael Caine  (The Quiet American)  *
  4. Nicolas Cage  (Adaptation)  *
  5. Tom Hanks  (Road to Perdition)
  6. Jack Nicholson  (About Schmidt)  *
  7. Tom Cruise  (Minority Report)
  8. Hugh Grant  (About a Boy)
  9. Edward Norton  (25th Hour)
  10. Steve Coogan  (24 Hour Party People)
  11. George Clooney  (Solaris)
  12. Viggo Mortenson  (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
  13. Ralph Fiennes  (Spider)
  14. Richard Gere  (Chicago)
  15. Al Pacino  (Insomnia)
  16. Campbell Scott  (Roger Dodger)
  17. Tony LaPaglia  (The Guys)
  18. Sam Rockwell  (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind)
  19. Giovanni Ribisi  (Heaven)
  20. Leonardo DiCaprio  (Catch Me if You Can)

Analysis:  Even though he doesn’t win the Oscar, Daniel Day-Lewis easily wins his second Consensus Award.
This is the only Nighthawk nom for Adrien Brody.  It’s the second nom for Tom Hanks and Nicolas Cage.  It’s the 9th, and through 2016, the final nomination for Michael Caine, who now has 395 points and is in 6th place.  Daniel Day-Lewis is earning his 8th nomination and is at 375 points and just entering the Top 10 but he has more wins in his future.
Adrien Brody is the best #2 in this category since 1993.  This is also the best Top 5 in six years and it kills me to not nominate Nicholson.  In fact, Nicholson has the same rating as Hanks, which means the Oscar Score is a perfect 100 for the first time since 1979 and only the fourth time ever in this category.

  • Best Actress
  1. Nicole Kidman  (The Hours)  *
  2. Meryl Streep  (The Hours)
  3. Renee Zellweger  (Chicago)  *
  4. Julianne Moore  (Far From Heaven)  **
  5. Cate Blanchett  (Heaven)
  6. Sigourney Weaver  (The Guys)
  7. Jodie Foster  (Panic Room)
  8. Maggie Gyllenhaal  (Secretary)
  9. Maribel Verdu  (Y tu mamá también)
  10. Samantha Morton  (Morvern Callar)
  11. Michelle Williams  (Me Without You)
  12. Isabelle Huppert  (The Piano Teacher)
  13. Everlyn Sampi  (Rabbit-Proof Fence)
  14. Diane Lane  (Unfaithful)  *
  15. Jennifer Westfeldt  (Kissing Jessica Stein)
  16. Juliette Binoche  (Code Unknown)
  17. Salma Hayek  (Frida)  *
  18. Gwyneth Paltrow  (Possession)
  19. Lesley Manville  (All or Nothing)
  20. Isabelle Huppert  (8 Women)

Analysis:  Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman earn their third Nighthawk noms.  Cate Blanchett earns her fourth nom and, through 2016, the only time she is nominated in Actress and doesn’t win.  Julianne Moore earns her fifth Nighthawk nom (and more down below).  After a seven year gap, Meryl Streep earns her 12th nom and she earns more below.
Meryl earns my highest rating, making her the best #2 in this category since 1993 and it means that this year joins 1973 and 1993 as the only years where both Actor and Actress have a #2 that earns my highest rating.  This is also the best Top 5 in history, breaking the mark set way back in 1950 (both of which have a film with two fantastic lead performances), though this year will be tied by 2004 and 2007.
Kidman is the first actress to win the Nighthawk and Oscar in this category in six years.

  • Best Supporting Actor:
  1. Chris Cooper  (Adaptation)  **
  2. Christopher Walken  (Catch Me if You Can)  *
  3. Stephen Dillane  (The Hours)
  4. Andy Serkis  (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
  5. Paul Newman  (Road to Perdition)  *
  6. Jude Law  (Road to Perdition)
  7. Jim Broadbent  (Gangs of New York)
  8. Alfred Molina  (Frida)
  9. Ed Harris  (The Hours)  *
  10. Dennis Quaid  (Far From Heaven)  *
  11. Brian Cox  (25th Hour)
  12. David Wenham  (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
  13. Noah Taylor  (Max)
  14. Ray Liotta  (Narc)
  15. Ralph Waite  (Sunshine State)
  16. Christopher Plummer  (Nicholas Nickleby)
  17. Brad Dourif  (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
  18. John C. Reilly  (Chicago)
  19. Daniel Craig  (Road to Perdition)
  20. Dustin Hoffman  (Moonlight Mile)

Analysis:  It’s the only Nighthawk nomination for Stephen Dillane.  It’s the first of back-to-back noms for Andy Serkis.  It’s the second nom for Christopher Walken and his first in 24 years.  It’s also the second nom for Chris Cooper.  Paul Newman, on the other hand, earns his 9th nomination and finishes his career with 380 points and in 8th place.
Walken is the weakest #2 in this category in six years.
Cooper is the first actor to win the Nighthawk and Oscar in this category in seven years.

  • Best Supporting Actress:
  1. Meryl Streep  (Adaptation)  *
  2. Julianne Moore  (The Hours)
  3. Catherine Zeta-Jones  (Chicago)  **
  4. Queen Latifah  (Chicago)  *
  5. Toni Collette  (About a Boy)
  6. Kathy Bates  (About Schmidt)  *
  7. Samantha Morton  (Minority Report)
  8. Patricia Clarkson  (Far From Heaven)  *
  9. Miranda Otto  (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
  10. Susan Sarandon  (Moonlight Mile)
  11. Miranda Richardson  (Spider)
  12. Edie Falco  (Sunshine State)
  13. Fanny Ardant  (8 Women)
  14. Natasha McElhone  (Solaris)
  15. Virginie Ledoyen  (8 Women)
  16. Susan Sarandon  (Igby Goes Down)
  17. Kristen Stewart  (Panic Room)
  18. Ludivine Sagnier  (8 Women)
  19. Ji Dong  (Happy Times)
  20. Heather Juergensen  (Kissing Jessica Stein)

Analysis:  Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah earn their only Nighthawk noms.  Toni Collette earns her second nom.  Julianne Moore earns her sixth nom in just six years.  She earns noms in both lead and supporting for the second time.  Meryl Streep earns her 13th Nighthawk nom.  It’s the only time Streep has earned lead and supporting noms in the same year, though she once earned three supporting noms in one year.  This is also her third Nighthawk and it moves her up to 525 points and she passes Ingrid Bergman and Deborah Kerr and moves into 3rd place all-time.
This is the best Top 5 since 1996 and the second best all-time (not just to-date).  Just like with Actor, Bates has the same rating as Collette and so this category actually has a perfect Oscar Score of 100 for the first time since 1978 and only the sixth time to-date.

  • Best Editing:
  1. The Hours
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  3. Minority Report
  4. Solaris
  5. Talk to Her
  6. Y tu mamá también
  7. The Pianist
  8. Gangs of New York
  9. Spirited Away
  10. Catch Me if You Can
  11. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  12. Insomnia
  13. Road to Perdition
  14. Adaptation
  15. Panic Room
  16. Code Unknown
  17. Ararat
  18. 24 Hour Party People
  19. The Quiet American
  20. 8 Women

Analysis:  The Oscar Score of 80.5 may sound low, but in this category it’s the best since 1991.  It’s too bad that the Academy gave the Oscar to Chicago, which is my #33.

  • Best Cinematography:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  2. Gangs of New York  *
  3. Road to Perdition  *
  4. The Pianist  *
  5. Minority Report
  6. Panic Room
  7. Far From Heaven  **
  8. Heaven
  9. Rabbit-Proof Fence
  10. Y tu mamá también
  11. The Hours
  12. Solaris
  13. Chicago  *
  14. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  15. 25th Hour
  16. The Quiet American
  17. Bloody Sunday
  18. Ararat
  19. Catch Me if You Can
  20. Insomnia

Analysis:  Michael Ballhaus (Gangs) earns his fourth Nighthawk nom.  Conrad L. Hall (Perdition) earns his fifth nom.  Andrew Lesnie earns his second of three straight wins.  Janusz Kaminski earns his fourth nom, all working with Spielberg.
This is the best Top 5 since 1980 and the second best to-date.  The Oscar Score is a fantastic 93.0, but that’s actually down a couple of points from 2001.

  • Best Original Score:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  2. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  3. Catch Me if You Can
  4. Spirited Away
  5. Road to Perdition
  6. Rabbit-Proof Fence
  7. Gangs of New York
  8. 25th Hour
  9. Monsoon Wedding
  10. Minority Report
  11. The Hours
  12. Spider-Man
  13. Frida
  14. Nicholas Nickleby
  15. Ararat
  16. Signs
  17. Elling
  18. About Schmidt
  19. Far From Heaven
  20. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Analysis:  Joe Hisaishi earns his third Nighthawk nom, all with Hayao Miyazaki.  Howard Shore earns his third nom and his second of three straight wins.  Thomas Newman earns his fourth nom.  John Williams continues to rack up nominations and with two more, he’s up 875 points and now has almost double the points of any other composer.
This is the best Top 5 since 1989 and tied for the second best to-date.  Both Two Towers and Attack of the Clones are great examples of films that make use of the scores from previous films in the series but branch out in new and interesting ways.  Both have particularly good moments that return to the original scores (the “toss me” scene in Two Towers, the ending of Clones) without diluting the new music.

  • Best Sound:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  2. Minority Report
  3. Gangs of New York
  4. Road to Perdition
  5. Solaris
  6. The Pianist
  7. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  8. Spider-Man
  9. Chicago
  10. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  11. Panic Room
  12. 24 Hour Party People
  13. Enigma
  14. Equilibrium
  15. Spirited Away
  16. Catch Me if You Can
  17. Narc
  18. Bloody Sunday
  19. The Bourne Identity
  20. 25th Hour

Analysis:  This is the best Top 5 to-date and though it will be beaten by 2005, is still the second best all-time.  The Oscar Score is 90.5, making this the first time that this category has had back-to-back years over 90.

  • Best Art Direction:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  2. Gangs of New York
  3. Chicago
  4. The Hours
  5. The Pianist
  6. Minority Report
  7. Far From Heaven
  8. Nicholas Nickleby
  9. Road to Perdition
  10. Solaris
  11. 8 Women
  12. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  13. Possession
  14. Catch Me if You Can
  15. Frida
  16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  17. Y tu mamá también
  18. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  19. Brotherhood of the Wolf
  20. The Lady & the Duke

Analysis:  This year ties 1997 for the best Top 5 all-time.

  • Best Visual Effects
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  2. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  3. Minority Report
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  5. Spider-Man
  6. Solaris
  7. Men in Black II
  8. Gangs of New York
  9. The Time Machine
  10. Star Trek: Nemesis
  11. Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
  12. Die Another Day
  13. Equilibrium
  14. The Sum of All Fears

Analysis:  Films in green were semi-finalists.
This is the best Top 5 to-date.

  • Best Sound Editing
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  2. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  3. Minority Report
  4. Solaris
  5. Spider-Man
  6. Gangs of New York
  7. Road to Perdition
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  9. The Pianist
  10. Men in Black II
  11. Die Another Day
  12. The Bourne Identity
  13. Equilibrium
  14. Panic Room
  15. The Time Machine
  16. The Sum of All Fears
  17. Spirited Away
  18. Star Trek: Nemesis
  19. Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Analysis:  Films in green were semi-finalists.
This is the best Top 5 of all-time, crushing the previous high from 1997.  It’s a magnificent group and I’m sorry to have not nominate Gangs or Road.
It’s strange that Two Towers won the Oscar when neither Fellowship or Return would even be nominated.

  • Best Costume Design:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  2. Gangs of New York
  3. The Hours
  4. Chicago
  5. The Pianist
  6. Nicholas Nickleby
  7. Possession
  8. Frida
  9. Road to Perdition
  10. Far From Heaven
  11. 8 Women
  12. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  13. The Lady & the Duke
  14. Brotherhood of the Wolf
  15. On Guard
  16. The Emperor’s New Clothes
  17. Quo Vadis
  18. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  19. Les Destinees
  20. The Triumph of Love

Analysis:  This year is tied with 1993 and 1997 for the best Top 5 to-date.

  • Best Makeup
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  2. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  3. Gangs of New York
  4. Frida
  5. Minority Report
  6. The Time Machine
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  8. The Hours
  9. The Pianist
  10. Men in Black II
  11. Star Trek: Nemesis
  12. Road to Perdition
  13. 8 Women
  14. Brotherhood of the Wolf
  15. Nicholas Nickleby
  16. Chicago
  17. Spider-Man
  18. Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

Analysis:  I don’t understand the passing over of The Two Towers (Fellowship would earn a nomination and King would win the Oscar but this gets nothing?).  For some reason, I don’t have semi-finalists listed for this year; perhaps the Oscars didn’t announce them.

  • Best Original Song:
  1. “The Hands That Built America”  (Gangs of New York)
  2. Gollum’s Song”  (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
  3. Father and Daughter”  (The Wild Thornberrys Movie)
  4. Lose Yourself”  (8 Mile)
  5. Stepdad’s Not Mean, He’s Adjusting”  (Death to Smoochy)
  6. I Move On”  (Chicago)
  7. Burn it Blue”  (Frida)
  8. Isle of Dreams”  (Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams)
  9. Die Another Day”  (Die Another Day)
  10. Something to Talk About”  (About a Boy)

Analysis:  Oscars.org, when it existed, listed songs from different films.  For this year, it listed 41 songs from 39 different films (Jonah and Spirit were the only ones with two) and I have seen 29 of those films, accounting for 31 songs.  Neither “Stepdad’s Not Mean” nor “Isle of Dreams” were listed at oscars.org and may not have been eligible.
“Gollum’s Song” is the weakest #2 in this category since 1982.  With all five nominees in my Top 7, the Oscar Score is 89.3, the highest in this category since 1949.  But for me, there’s a big drop after the first song and the last four songs I think are all pretty weak, just barely getting points from me.
Annoyingly, there is no version on YouTube that combines both the end of the film and the version of “The Hands That Built America” which is in the film (which is not the same as the one on the soundtrack, as the version in the film has a much longer instrumental intro).  I actually recorded it directly from the DVD years ago because I think it’s by far the best version of the song and I love Leo’s last lines in the film, not to mention the array of images of New York being built up as the music plays.  That, as much as anything, is why it’s my #1 song, although it’s an easy winner in this year for me.

  • Best Animated Film:
  1. Spirited Away  **
  2. Lilo and Stitch  *
  3. Metropolis

Analysis:  Spirited Away ranks with Fantasia as the greatest Animated Film ever made and I definitely rank it the best film since the Best Animated Film category was created.
Working as a team, Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois both earn their first nominations; both will earn more but not working together.  Hayao Miyazaki earns his seventh nomination and his fifth win.  This is also the only win for Studio Ghibli in this decade after winning four in the 90’s.  This is the last nomination for Disney Animation until 2010
For much more on everything about this category go here.

  • Best Foreign Film:
  1. Talk to Her  *
  2. City of God  **
  3. Hero  *
  4. Nowhere in Africa  *
  5. 8 Women
  6. The Man Without a Past  *
  7. El Crimen del Padre Amaro  *
  8. Man on the Train
  9. The Warrior
  10. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
  11. Broken Wings

note:  Films in orange were submitted to the Academy but not nominated.

Analysis:  Because there are five **** films for the first time since 1963 and just the fourth time to-date, this year ties the year before for the fourth highest Top 5 to-date.  However, with 6-10 all being high to mid range ***.5 films, this is the best Top 10 since 1957 and the third best to-date.  Nowhere in Africa is the best #4 film since 1963.  Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is the best #10 since 1955 and the third best to-date.
Brazil earns just its second nomination and its first in over 20 years.  China earns its fourth nom.  Spain wins for the third time, going up to 260 points and tying West Germany for 7th place.
Francois Ozon earns his second nomination.  Zhang Yimou earns his fifth nomination, just the 11th director to do so.  Pedro Almodovar earns his fourth nomination but his second win, moving him up to 120 points and into the Top 10.
There is a tie for 5th place in the Consensus Awards, which is why six films are nominated.  City of God and Talk to Her have the same raw score but City of God pulls barely ahead with the weighted score.  Y Tu Mamá También would be the Consensus winner if it hadn’ t been Oscar eligible the year before, dominating the awards with 6 wins and 8 noms.

note:  They’re in points order.  You get twice as many points for a win as for a nomination.  Hopefully your math skills will let you figure out the system.

By Film:

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  (605)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Editing, Cinematography, Original Score, Sound, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Costume Design, Makeup, Original Song
  • The Hours   (330)
    • Adapted Screenplay, Actress, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design
  • Gangs of New York  (315)
    • Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Actor, Cinematography, Sound, Art Direction, Costume Design, Makeup, Original Song
  • Talk to Her  (240)
    • Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Editing, Foreign Film
  • The Pianist  (230)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design
  • Minority Report  (205)
    • Director, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Makeup
  • Adaptation  (195)
    • Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress
  • Spirited Away  (175)
    • Picture, Original Screenplay, Original Score, Animated Film, Foreign Film (2001)
  • Road to Perdition  (135)
    • Actor, Supporting Actor, Cinematography, Original Score, Sound
  • Chicago  (130)
    • Actress, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actress, Art Direction, Costume Design
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones  (75)
    • Original Score, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Makeup
  • Solaris  (65)
    • Editing, Sound, Sound Editing
  • Y tu mamá también  (60)
    • Original Screenplay, Foreign Film (2001)
  • Catch Me if You Can  (55)
    • Supporting Actor, Original Score
  • Sunshine State  (40)
    • Original Screenplay
  • Spider-Man  (40)
    • Visual Effects, Sound Editing
  • The Quiet American  (35)
    • Actress
  • Far From Heaven  (35)
    • Actress
  • Heaven  (35)
    • Actress
  • About a Boy  (30)
    • Supporting Actress
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  (20)
    • Visual Effects
  • Lilo and Stitch  (20)
    • Animated Film
  • Metropolis  (20)
    • Animated Film
  • 8 Women  (20)
    • Foreign Film
  • Frida  (10)
    • Makeup
  • The Wild Thornberrys Movie  (10)
    • Original Song
  • 8 Mile  (10)
    • Original Song
  • Death to Smoochy  (10)
    • Original Song

Analysis:  The winners, as a whole, beat the year before and are the best of all-time.  The #2 finishers are also the highest of all-time.  In a record 13 categories, even my #2 earns the highest rating.  The Tech Top 5’s as a whole, the acting Top 5’s as a whole and all the Top 5’s as a whole are the best all-time.

Best Film Not Nominated for Any Nighthawk Awards:

  • 24 Hour Party People

Analysis:  My #18 film, a great film and I love it, but its highest finish is in 6th place in Original Screenplay.

***.5 Films That Earn No Top 10 Finishes:

  • Insomnia
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Bloody Sunday

Biggest Awards Film Not Nominated for Any Nighthawk Awards:

  • About Schmidt

Analysis:  The Iris of this year.  It receives two 6th place finishes in acting (Actor, Supporting Actress), but just misses out on earning any actual Nighthawk noms.  It also finishes in 10th place in Adapted Screenplay.  It’s a very good film, a high ***.5, but in the magnificent year of 2002 that’s only good enough for #25.

Nighthawk Golden Globes:

Drama:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  2. Gangs of New York
  3. Spirited Away
  4. Talk to Her
  5. The Pianist

Analysis:  These are all not only **** films, but very high **** films.  The **** list continues: The Hours, Minority Report, Y tu mamá también, Road to Perdition, Solaris, The Quiet American, Heaven, Spider-Man, Sunshine State, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  There are also a number of ***.5 films: Rabbit-Proof Fence, All or Nothing, Insomnia, Panic Room, 25th Hour, El Crimen del Padre Amaro, Bloody Sunday, Metropolis and Code Unknown.
This is the best Top 5 since 1989 and the fourth best all-time.  The Hours is the best film ever to fail to earn a Drama nomination for Best Picture.
Talk to Her won Best Foreign Film.  The Hours actually won Best Picture – Drama.

  • Best Director
  1. Peter Jackson  (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
  2. Martin Scorsese  (Gangs of New York)
  3. Roman Polanski  (The Pianist)
  4. Steven Spielberg  (Minority Report)
  5. Pedro Almodóvar (Talk to Her)

Analysis:  It’s Almodóvar’s second Drama nom, Jackson’s third (and the second of three straight wins), Polanski’s fourth and Scorsese’s 8th (moving him to 450 points and a tie for 6th place).  Spielberg’s 9th (which include four wins) and he is up to 585 points and is in 2nd place, though it will take him another 13 years to catch up to Kurosawa.
This Top 5 ties 1946 for the best Top 5 to-date.

  • Best Adapted Screenplay:
  1. The Hours
  2. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  3. Minority Report
  4. The Pianist
  5. The Quiet American

Analysis:  Peter Jackson earns his third Drama writing nom.
This is the best Top 5 since 1993 and tied for the third best of all-time.

  • Best Original Screenplay:
  1. Talk to Her
  2. Y tu mamá también
  3. Spirited Away
  4. Gangs of New York
  5. Sunshine State

Analysis:  Alfonso Cuarón earns his first Drama writing nom, Pedro Almodóvar his third, Hayao Miyazaki his fourth and John Sayles his sixth.

  • Best Actor:
  1. Daniel Day-Lewis  (Gangs of New York)
  2. Adrien Brody  (The Pianist)
  3. Michael Caine  (The Quiet American)
  4. Tom Hanks  (Road to Perdition)
  5. Tom Cruise  (Minority Report)

Analysis:  This is the only Drama nom for Adrien Brody.  It’s the third nom for Tom Hanks, the fifth for Tom Cruise and the sixth for Michael Caine.  It’s the 10th Drama nom for Daniel Day-Lewis and his third win, moving him up to 445 points and 5th place.
This is the best Top 5 since 1996.

  • Best Actress
  1. Nicole Kidman  (The Hours)
  2. Meryl Streep  (The Hours)
  3. Julianne Moore  (Far From Heaven)
  4. Cate Blanchett  (Heaven)
  5. Sigourney Weaver  (The Guys)

Analysis:  Nicole Kidman earns her second Drama nom, making her easily the most lightweight actress on this list.  Cate Blanchett earns her fourth, Julianne Moore earns her sixth, Sigourney Weaver earns her seventh.  Meryl Streep earns her 12th nom and moves up to 500 points, passing Ingrid Bergman and moving into 2nd place in Drama.
The Top 5 is tied for the second best all-time.

  • Best Supporting Actor:
  1. Stephen Dillane  (The Hours)
  2. Andy Serkis  (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
  3. Paul Newman  (Road to Perdition)
  4. Jude Law  (Road to Perdition)
  5. Jim Broadbent  (Gangs of New York)

Analysis:  It’s the only Drama nom for Jim Broadbent, which is a little sad, because he’s not as good here as he was the previous year in Iris but the competition isn’t as tight here as it was in 2001.  It’s also the only nom for Stephen Dillane.  It’s the first nom for Andy Serkis and the second for Jude Law.  It’s the ninth and final nomination for Paul Newman, who finishes with 380 Drama points and in 8th place.
Stephen Dillane is the weakest winner in six years.

  • Best Supporting Actress:
  1. Julianne Moore  (The Hours)
  2. Samantha Morton  (Minority Report)
  3. Patricia Clarkson  (Far From Heaven)
  4. Miranda Otto  (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)
  5. Susan Sarandon  (Moonlight Mile)

Analysis:  Patricia Clarkson earns her only Drama nom.  Miranda Otto earns her first nom, Samantha Morton earns her third, Susan Sarandon her sixth and Julianne Moore her seventh (with her sixth above).  In less than a decade, Julianne Moore has gone from zero points to 315 points and into the Top 10 in Drama.

  • The Hours  (305)
    • Adapted Screenplay, Actress, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  (290)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress
  • Gangs of New York  (235)
    • Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actor
  • Talk to Her  (175)
    • Picture, Director, Original Screenplay
  • The Pianist  (170)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor
  • Minority Report  (150)
    • Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actress
  • Road to Perdition  (95)
    • Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actor
  • Spirited Away  (90)
    • Picture, Original Screenplay
  • The Quiet American  (75)
    • Adapted Screenplay, Actor
  • Far From Heaven  (65)
    • Actress, Supporting Actress
  • tu mamá también  (40)
    • Original Screenplay
  • Sunshine State  (40)
    • Original Screenplay
  • Heaven  (35)
    • Actress
  • The Guys  (35)
    • Supporting Actor

Analysis:  There is one fewer film than the year before.  I don’t know whether it’s stranger that The Hours wins 4 awards without a Picture nom or that it has the most Drama points while not having a Picture nom.  Either way, it has the most Drama points to-date without a Picture nom and is only beaten out in Comedy by Prizzi’s Honor.  The Drama nominees, as a whole, are the best all-time.

Best Drama Not Nominated for Any Nighthawk Golden Globes:

  • Solaris

Analysis:  My #12 film of the year and the #10 Drama.

Comedy / Musical:

  • Best Picture
  1. Chicago
  2. Adaptation
  3. Catch Me if You Can
  4. 8 Women
  5. Lilo and Stitch

Analysis:  These are all **** films as are 24 Hour Party People and About a Boy.  The ***.5 films are About Schmidt, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Nicholas Nickleby, Happy Times, Storytelling, Elling and Kissing Jessica Stein.
This Top 5 is actually the weakest in five years.

  • Best Director
  1. Rob Marshall  (Chicago)
  2. Spike Jonze  (Adaptation)
  3. Francois Ozon  (8 Women)
  4. Steven Spielberg  (Catch Me if You Can)
  5. George Clooney  (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind)

Analysis:  This are the only Comedy noms for Rob Marshall, Francois Ozon and George Clooney.  It’s the second for Spike Jonze.  It’s the third for Steven Spielberg.
Marshall is the weakest winner in this category since 1995.

  • Best Adapted Screenplay:
  1. Adaptation
  2. About a Boy
  3. About Schmidt
  4. Catch Me if You Can
  5. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Analysis:  Charlie Kauffman earns his second win and his second and third noms.
This is the best Top 5 since 1940 and the second best all-time.

  • Best Original Screenplay:
  1. 24 Hour Party People
  2. Kissing Jessica Stein
  3. Storytelling
  4. Roger Dodger
  5. Lilo and Stitch

Analysis:  The real weak spot of the year – this is the weakest Top 5 since 1981.  24 Hour Party People is the weakest winner since 1978.

  • Best Actor:
  1. Nicolas Cage  (Adaptation)
  2. Jack Nicholson  (About Schmidt)
  3. Hugh Grant  (About a Boy)
  4. Steve Coogan  (24 Hour Party People)
  5. Richard Gere  (Chicago)

Analysis:  This is the only Comedy nom for Steve Coogan.  It’s the second nom for Richard Gere and Nicolas Cage, the fourth for Hugh Grant and the fourth for Jack Nicholson.
The Top 5 is tied for the 4th best to-date.
The reason there are two winners is that Nicholson won the Globe in Drama (and afterwards commented that he felt they had made a comedy).

  • Best Actress
  1. Renee Zellweger  (Chicago)
  2. Maggie Gyllenhaal  (Secretary)
  3. Jennifer Westfelt  (Kissing Jessica Stein)
  4. Isabelle Huppert  (8 Women)
  5. Catherine Keener  (Lovely and Amazing)

Analysis:  Jennifer Westfelt and Isabelle Huppert (who’s not known for Comedy) earn their only Comedy noms.  Maggie Gyllenhaal earns her first nom, Catherine Keener her second and Renee Zellweger her fourth, her third of four straight and her second win.

  • Best Supporting Actor:
  1. Chris Cooper  (Adaptation)
  2. Christopher Walken  (Catch Me if You Can)
  3. Christopher Plummer  (Nicholas Nickleby)
  4. John C. Reilly  (Chicago)
  5. Philip Seymour Hoffman  (Punch Drunk Love)

Analysis:  This is the only Comedy nom for Christopher Walken, Christopher Plummer and John C. Reilly.  It’s the first nom for Chris Cooper and the second for Philip Seymour Hoffman.
This is the weakest top 5 since 1993.

  • Best Supporting Actress:
  1. Meryl Streep  (Adaptation)
  2. Catherine Zeta-Jones  (Chicago)
  3. Queen Latifah  (Chicago)
  4. Toni Collette  (About a Boy)
  5. Kathy Bates  (About Schmidt)

Analysis:  In Best Actor, I had to go down to my #14 overall to fill the list in Comedy.  In both Actress and Supporting Actor, I had to go beyond my Top 20 list.  But with Supporting Actress, these are five of my top six for the year.
Catherine Zeta-Jones was nominated as a lead at the Globes.
Queen Latifah earns her only Comedy nom.  Catherine Zeta-Jones earns her first nom, Catherine Keener her second, Toni Collette her second, Kathy Bates her third.  Meryl Streep earns just her third Comedy nom (and first win), but it’s the start of a decade that will see several more nominations (and multiple wins).
This is not only the best Top 5 of all-time in this category, but the best by a significant margin.  Only 1998 and 2013 will come within five points of it.

  • Chicago  (385)
    • Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actress
  • Adaptation  (365)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress
  • Catch Me if You Can  (165)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor
  • 8 Women  (130)
    • Picture, Original Screenplay, Actress
  • 24 Hour Party People  (115)
    • Original Screenplay, Actor
  • About a Boy  (105)
    • Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actress
  • About Schmidt  (105)
    • Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actress
  • Lilo and Stitch  (90)
    • Picture, Original Screenplay
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind  (85)
    • Director, Adapted Screenplay
  • Kissing Jessica Stein  (75)
    • Original Screenplay, Actress
  • Storytelling  (40)
    • Original Screenplay
  • Roger Dodger  (40)
    • Original Screenplay
  • Lovely and Amazing  (35)
    • Actress
  • Secretary  (35)
    • Actress
  • Nicholas Nickleby  (30)
    • Supporting Actor
  • Punch Drunk Love  (30)
    • Supporting Actor

Analysis:  There are five more films than the year before.  That’s because, aside from the top two films, the acting categories are much more spread out this year.

Best Comedy Not Nominated for any Nighthawk Golden Globes:

  • Happy Times

Analysis:  My #33 film of the year and the #11 Comedy.

Roundup for the Year in Film:

Eligible Films I Have Seen:  244

By Stars:

  • ****:  23
  • ***.5:  16
  • ***:  115
  • **.5:  39
  • **:  33
  • *.5:  4
  • *:  9
  • .5:  5
  • 0:  0
  • Average Film Score for the Year, out of 100:  62.78

Analysis:  The average goes up by over a point, almost back to ***.  A new high for films, but also a new high for **** films and the highest percentage of **** films since 1928-29 (9.43%).  63% of the films are *** or higher, a much higher percentage than the last two years.

My Year at the Theater:

Introduction:  I’m still listing all the films I saw in the theater.  They are in release date order.

  • Storytelling  –  I went to see this by myself because Veronica didn’t want to go and I think Tavis had already gone to see it.  It had the infamous red box over the sex scene and yet there was a lot about this film that was disturbing than just that scene.  Solondz makes interesting films, but good lord are they messed up.
  • Kissing Jessica Stein  –  V and I went to see this together sometime soon after it opened, maybe on opening weekend.  A nice charming romantic comedy with a great tagline (“When it comes to love, sometimes she just can’t think straight.” ).
  • Death to Smoochy  –  Did Veronica see this with me?  I think so, partially because it had Jon Stewart in it.  A very uneven film with some very funny scenes but also painful to watch in parts.
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding  –  Veronica had already gone to see this with her friend Karen and then she dragged me to it.  It was fairly dumb and I never really understood how it became such a runaway hit.
  • Spider-Man  –  We went to this on opening day and I’m fairly certain we saw it at least one other time in the theater.  Kirsten Dunst as a redhead with the upside kissing scene in the rain may have had nothing to do with that.
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones  –  I love this film far more than most people.  I did from the first showing (opening day, with Veronica) and continues through to today.  I would watch it, which would make me go home and listen to the soundtrack, which would send me back to the theater to see it again.  Saw it with Veronica.  Saw it again with her.  Saw it with John.  Saw it with Kari.  Probably saw it by myself.  Saw it 8 or 9 times as I recall.  Veronica and I saw it on an IMAX screen as well and I learned I can’t watch films with a lot of motion on an IMAX or I’ll just about throw up.
  • About a Boy  –  V and I went to see it and we never could have imagined that the little kid would grow up to be the handsome Hank McCoy in X-Men (has anyone other than Matthew Lewis been more awkward as a kid and more good-looking as an adult?  maybe Rachel Hurd-Wood, going from Peter Pan to Perfume in just a few years?) and that the snarky teen he would befriend would go on to be in Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.  We had both read the book and we both really like the film.
  • Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood  –  This came out in early June but I know we saw it on 30 June for Veronica’s birthday because it was her choice.  It was terrible.  Good lord was it terrible.
  • Minority Report  –  We saw this on opening day and I loved it.  Just loved it.  Brilliant Spielberg and I can’t understand how it only got a single Oscar nom.
  • Road to Perdition  –  The best performance of Tom Hanks career in my opinion and the two-time Oscar winner didn’t even get nominated.  A very under-rated film which Veronica and I saw early in its run and which she found very moving.  We definitely didn’t see it on the actual opening day because we were busy getting married that day.
  • Full Frontal  –  Very uneven effort from Steven Soderbergh that Tavis and I went to see together.
  • Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams  –  Veronica and I went to this with Joe and his son Julian who would have been six at the time.  Enjoyable, but the increasing focus on the boy was to the detriment of the films I thought.
  • Possession  –  I had read the book and been absolutely blown away by it.  As I wrote in the review, I identified with Roland and with what he was going through.  And, as has been established, I have a thing for Gwyneth.  So, I was all over the film.  It wasn’t great but it was good.  I dragged Veronica to it but it wouldn’t have been on opening weekend because we had left for our honeymoon in mid-August and didn’t get back to Portland until Labor Day weekend.
  • Spirited Away  –  If you click on the link you can read about my excitement for seeing this and my reaction after I did see it.  Opening day with Veronica (and maybe John).  Instantly became one of my favorite films.
  • Moonlight Mile  –  I seem to recall seeing this opening weekend with Veronica.  I want to say it was at Evergreen, which seems weird since we were still living in Portland at the time.  Good film with solid supporting performances.
  • Red Dragon  –  I think Veronica and I saw this on opening weekend.  I had really liked the book and of course this has Ralph Fiennes.  It’s not great but it doesn’t embarrass Silence of the Lambs like Hannibal did.
  • Punch-Drunk Love  –  Veronica and I went to see this and I was surprised she was willing to do so.  I still hate Adam Sandler but because of P.T. Anderson writing and directing this was still pretty good, even though it’s a far cry below most of Anderson’s films.
  • Bowling for Columbine  –  This came out on 11 October but I know for a fact that Veronica and I saw it at the Fox Tower on the third Friday (25 October) when it expanded yet again because just before it started a man stood up and turned around to address the crowd (given the content of the film, you can’t imagine how nervous that made everybody), then announced he was from Minnesota and that his senator (Paul Wellstone) had just died in a plane crash and could we all have a moment of silence to reflect that before the film started.
  • Roger Dodger  –  I think I saw this with Veronica and I definitely saw it at the Fox Tower.  I might not have seen it until after Campbell Scott won Best Actor from the NBR.  He’s very good and the film itself is quite good.
  • Far From Heaven  –  The reviews were through the roof so Veronica and I went to see this.  She didn’t like it.  I loathed it from the first minute where the kid grumbles and the mother chastises him and it’s clear that this isn’t really the 50’s but some Douglas Sirk vision of the 50’s.  The acting was good.  The direction was good.  I hated, hated, hated the script.
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets  –  Veronica and I definitely saw this on opening day at Eastport Century.  I wish they had skipped that final moment but it’s still a great film in spite of that.  The look in Daniel Radcliffe’s eyes when he says “I will be” to Lucius Malfoy made it clear how talented a young actor he was.
  • Die Another Day  –  Did I drag Veronica to this?  I suspect I did.  Not a great way for Brosnan to go out as Bond though it has two of the hottest Bond girls ever.
  • The Quiet American  –  I was really desperate to see this.  It had been held up for a while and Harvey Weinstein even considered not releasing it at all.  But I had read the book which was brilliant.  The film was great as well with an amazing performance by Michael Caine.
  • Adaptation  –  I had been really looking forward to this because of the trailer.  I still think it’s easily one of the best trailers I have ever seen.  Loved the film as well.
  • Star Trek: Nemesis  –  What a terrible way to go out.  This was a dud of a film that at least had a good ending and a wonderful send-off for Data.  We saw it opening weekend and then it was basically crushed at the box office with the release of Two Towers.
  • About Schmidt  –  I have a very distinct memory of seeing this with Jonathan sometime in January, after we had moved into our new house the day before our department at work imploded, setting in motion the chain of events that would eventually lead to me leaving Powells.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  –  We were supposed to close on our new house on 18 December at 10 AM and had 2 o’clock tickets.  But our closing was moved later, so we drove to Eastport, changed the tickets to six and then closed on the house, then went to the movie.  A very good day.  Saw it several more times, including at least once with Tavis and his then girlfriend Jenn.  Also would see it the following December when the extended edition was released in theaters.  This came out on 18 December and was the first of the eventual Best Picture nominees to get released.
  • Gangs of New York  –  We saw this at Easport on opening day (20 December) then drove to PDX to pick up my younger sister who was flying home for Christmas.  I have a distinct memory of that.  Loved the film.  Still do.
  • Catch Me if You Can  –  Veronica was really won over by the film (which is why we bought it on dvd).  I think it’s great as well but it didn’t move me as much as it did Veronica.  I did love the credits and the score though and how well they invoked the era.
  • Chicago  –  Tavis was really hesitant about seeing this because he had loved it on stage and because it had been hyped to win Best Picture for months before its release.  Veronica and I saw it on opening day at the Fox Tower (we got stuck behind two quite old people going in, which caused us to get stuck with front row seats and all the camera movement made me kind of nauseous) and we loved the film and then dragged Tavis to it.  Bought the soundtrack as well.  Just because it’s the weakest of the five Best Picture nominees doesn’t make it not a great film.
  • The Hours  –  I think Veronica saw this with me but I can’t be certain.  Thought it was brilliant, especially the way it moved between the timelines, just like the book.
  • The Pianist  –  I definitely saw this one by myself.  One last brilliant film for one of the best years in film history.

Endnote:  That’s another increase of only one film.

Oscar-Nominated Films I Have Not Seen:

  • none

Oscar Quality:

Best Picture:  The best year in Oscar history by a significant margin.  Chicago, the weakest of the nominees, is #166.  There are only five other years where the average is lower than 166.  There are four Top 100 films for the only time in history.  The only reason this year isn’t even better is that none of the films make the Top 65.  The average nominee is a 96.  There are 32 years where the best nominee isn’t that good.

The Winners:  Lead by the six Oscars for Chicago, none of which I agree with, the average winner ranks at 2.45 among the nominees and 5.25 among all films.  Only seven Oscar winner win the Nighthawk and the winners of Picture, Editing, Score and Sound all fail to even earn nominations.  Yet, for all of that, the winners are an improvement over the year before.

The Nominees:  Not the best of all-time, but the best to-date by several points and the second best all-time.  The overall Oscar Score is an 86.0.  That’s lead by the acting (91.6 – for the first time since 1993 all four categories above 80), followed by the major categories (86.1) and the Tech categories (85.1).  Picture sets an all-time high (97.5, one of only two years above 90 ever) while Actor, Supporting Actress and Animated Film all have perfect 100 scores.  Original Screenplay, Score, Makeup and Foreign Film are the only categories with a score below 80.

Golden Globe Best Picture – Comedy / Musical:  A very slight drop from the year before, but basically the same as the year before.  The five nominees average the exact same (81.6) and the average rank is just slightly lower (down from 123.6 to 126.4).  That’s because Chicago doesn’t rank as high as Moulin Rouge.  The other four nominees are almost the same, with Adaptation and Gosford Park (difference in rank of just five spots), About a Boy and Shrek (improvement of nine spots), Nicholas Nickleby and Bridget Jones (improvement of four spots) and My Big Fat Greek Wedding and Legally Blonde (improvement of thirteen spots).  Wedding was a very popular film that managed to get in but didn’t deserve it.  But, some of the competition was limited: Catch Me if You Can and About Schmidt were considered Dramas.  Having written all of that, I looked at the 2002 spreadsheet and realized that I raised Nicholas Nickleby upon re-watching it and didn’t adjust the Globes sheet, so this year actually ranks just above 2001.  Overall, it ranks at #15 all-time.

Top 5 Films of the Year:

1  –  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  (reviewed here and here)

2  –  Gangs of New York  (reviewed here)

3  –  Spirited Away  (reviewed here and here)

4  –  Talk to Her  (reviewed here)

5  –  The Pianist  (reviewed here)

The Razzies:  They got this mostly right.  Three of the nominees (The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Crossroads, Swept Away) are in my bottom 5, including the winner.  The fourth nominee is a low *.5 (Pinnochio).  But the fifth nominee is Attack of the Clones.  That’s just ridiculous.  You can decide I’m a Star Wars loyalist but to claim it’s one of the 5 worst films of the year is just silly.  It has only 5 negative reviews on Metacritic with a score of 54.  That’s not one of the worst films of the year.  I can list literally over 200 films in the year I think were worse – this was just a takedown of a big film that had polarized people.  Compare that to something like Queen of the Damned, a shitty * film that has a 30 on Metacritic and 15 negative reviews and didn’t earn a single Razzie nom.  Or Master of Disguise, which is a .5 film and is in my bottom 5, earned a 12 on Metacritic and only has one review that isn’t negative.  I won’t complain too much that they didn’t nominate Scooby Doo, Kung Pow: Enter the Fist or Mr. Deeds because that means I didn’t have to see any of those.

5 Worst Films  (#1 being the worst):

  1. Sorority Boys
  2. The Adventures of Pluto Nash
  3. Crossroads
  4. Master of Disguise
  5. Swept Away

note:  Those are all the .5 films for the year.  And Roger Ebert clearly agrees with me that Sorority Boys is worse than Crossroads given the last line of his review of the film: “”Sorority Boys” will be the worst movie playing in any multiplex in America this weekend, and, yes, I realize “Crossroads” is still out there.”
The list of Presumably Crappy Films That I Would Confirm are Crappy But I Haven’t Seen Them and Don’t Intend to See Them are: Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever, Collateral Damage, The Country Bears (even though I loved the restaurant at Disneyland), Ghost Ship, Halloween Resurrection, The Hot Chick, I Spy, Jackass – The Movie, Juwanna Man, Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, Mr. Deeds, Reign of Fire, Rollerball, The Santa Clause 2, Scooby-Doo, The Scorpion King, Serving Sara, Snow Dogs, Stealing Harvard, The Sweetist Thing, Undercover Brother.

When the Britney Spears movie is better than yours, you know that your movie sucks.

Sorority Boys  (dir. Wallace Wolodarsky)

When, in 1999, the Makeup Guild decided to create their own awards, I included it as the official guild award for the category and added it to the list of things I needed to check off each year.  What a nightmare that turned out to be.  Here are some of the films that earned a Makeup Guild nomination but nothing else: 13th Warrior, Simpatico, Goodbye Lover, Story of Us, Bedazzled, Nutty Professor II, Hannibal, The Princess Diaries, Master of Disguise and The Cat in the Hat.  Now, granted, some of those (Story of Us, Hannibal) I would have seen later because of their directors and The Cat in the Hat would have been picked up for my Razzie list.  But for others, there is no reason I should have punished myself like this.  For a decade, the award went dormant for no reason that I can discover, but it came back in 2013 and has inflicted things like Jobs, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters and Winter’s Tale on me.  This the reason I have seen Sorority Boys, a shitty comedy made by Touchstone Pictures no less, that actually won the Makeup Guild Award for Contemporary Hair-Styling.

This is a one-concept movie that is insipidly stupid.  It must have seemed like that, even in the pitch: uh, well, maybe Some Like It Hot crossed with Animal House?  Except in Some Like It Hot they actually put some effort into making Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon look female and the one person who was closest to them was practically blind without her glasses, so that was part of the joke.  Also, in Animal House, we actually had humor.  This film is more like a low-level Porky’s and bear in mind when I say that, that I have a very low opinion of Porky’s.  Nothing in this film should have made it past that pitch meeting.  But that’s okay because no one involved in this film bothered to put any effort into it.  There is not a single funny thing about this film, unless you are amused by the idea that everyone in this film is clearly an idiot.  The directing is worthless.  The acting is hideous.  Even the makeup (and hairstyling) is pretty pathetic.  This film seemed primarily to exist to have a dumb idea and a couple of shower scenes.

Yet, the award from the Makeup Guild isn’t even the most insulting thing about this film.  I saw this film because I have OCD and it’s a literal compulsion to check these things off on the lists.  But some people saw this in the theater.  Granted, not a ton because the film only made $10.2 million dollars, which is less than it cost (which is astounds me, since clearly they spent no money on the acting, directing or writing, so maybe they blew it all on the wardrobe?), but that still means that not only did some people go see it in the theater, but that more people went to see it than went to see one of the most original, amazing, dazzling films ever made, possibly the greatest animated film ever made, because this film made $150,000 more at the box office than Spirited Away did in the United States.

Points:

  • Most Nighthawk Nominations:  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  (14)
  • Most Nighthawk Awards:  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  (10)
  • Most Nighthawk Points:  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  (605)
  • Worst Film Nominated for a Nighthawk Award:  Death to Smoochy
  • 2nd Place Award:  Gangs of New York  (Picture, Director, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design)
  • 6th Place Award:  Road to Perdition  (Director, Supporting Actor)
  • Most Nighthawk Drama Nominations:  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  /  Gangs of New York  /  The Hours  (5)
  • Most Nighthawk Drama Awards:  The Hours  (4)
  • Most Nighthawk Drama Points:  The Hours  (305)
  • Worst Film Nominated for a Nighthawk Drama Award:  Far From Heaven
  • Most Nighthawk Comedy Nominations:   Chicago  (7)
  • Most Nighthawk Comedy Awards:  Adaptation  (4)
  • Most Nighthawk Comedy Points:  Chicago  (385)
  • Worst Film Nominated for a Nighthawk Comedy Award:  Secretary

Note:  * means a Nighthawk record up to this point; ** ties a Nighthawk record.

Progressive Leaders:

  • Most Nighthawk Nominations:  The Wizard of Oz  /  The Godfather  (18)
  • Most Nighthawk Awards:  The Wizard of Oz  /  Bonnie and Clyde  /  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon  (14)
  • Most Nighthawk Points:  Bonnie and Clyde  (865)
  • Most Nighthawk Awards without winning Best Picture:  Frankenstein  /  The Magnificent Ambersons  /  Tom Jones  (6)
  • Most Nighthawk Nominations without a Best Picture Nomination:  Yojimbo  (11)
  • Most Nighthawk Nominations without a Nighthawk Award:  Throne of Blood (13)
  • Actor:  Jack Nicholson  (500)
  • Actress:  Katharine Hepburn  (560)
  • Director:   Akira Kurosawa  (765)
  • Writer:  Ingmar Bergman  (1040)
  • Cinematographer:  Sven Nykvist  (375)
  • Composer:  John Williams  (875)
  • Foreign Film:  Akira Kurosawa  (600)

Breakdown by Genre  (Foreign in parenthesis, best film in genre following, avg. score is afterwards, in parenthesis):

  • Drama:  108 (58)  –  Gangs of New York  (66.4)
  • Foreign:  90  –  Spirited Away  (64.5)
  • Comedy:  43 (6)  –  Adaptation  (59.7)
  • Kids:  19 (5)  –  Lilo and Stitch  (52)
  • Crime:  15 (3)  –  Road to Perdition  (56.7)
  • Suspense:  13 (1)  –  Insomnia  (65.5)
  • Musical:  12 (7)  –  Chicago  (61.1)
  • Sci-Fi:  9 (2)  –  Minority Report  (74.9)
  • Horror:  7  –  Signs  (39)
  • Fantasy:  5 (3)  –  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  (74.2)
  • Action:  4 (1)  –  Spider-Man  (67.3)
  • Adventure:  4 (2)  –  On Guard  (62.3)
  • War:  3  –  The Quiet American  (67)
  • Mystery:  2 (1)  –  Labyrinth  (59)
  • Western:  0

Analysis:  Dramas set a new high with 108.  Foreign sets a new high with 90 and accounts for 36% of the films, the highest since 1977.  The 15 Crime films are down from the year before but still tied for the 3rd highest to-date.  The 19 Kids films are a new high.  The 12 Musicals are the most since 1984.  The 13 Suspense films tie the high to-date.  For the third straight year there are no Westerns, a first for that genre and the first time for any genre since there were no Horror films from 1947-52.
Lead by Two Towers and Spirited Away, Fantasy has its highest average in eight years.  Horror has its lowest average in seven years.  Sci-Fi has its highest average since 1982.
Kids passes Westerns in number of total films, 341 to 326.  By the end of the decade, Kids will have the 6th most all-time films while Westerns will have slipped to 10th.
For the second year in a row there are two Fantasy films in the Top 10 (in fact, two in the Top 5 for the first time).  Minority Report is the first Sci-Fi film in the Top 10 since 1995; it’s the best Sci-Fi film since The Empire Strikes Back.  There are 3 Foreign films in the Top 10 for the first time since 1983.  There are 3 Musicals in the Top 20 for the first time since 1953.  There are 2 Sci-Fi films in the Top 20 for the first time since 1986.

Studio Note:  Miramax leads again (of course), with 17 films, lead by Gangs of New York and Chicago.  It’s followed by 16 from Paramount and Sony Pictures Classics.  I have my first three films from Magnolia Pictures.  Focus jumps up, with five films, including The Pianist and 8 Women.  Their average is an impressive 78.2 and that’s even with me not liking one of their biggest films: Far From Heaven.  Warners, Columbia and Fox all have 13 films each.
The majors only manage four Top 10 films (one each from Columbia, Fox, Paramount and Disney).  It’s the second year in a row that Warners doesn’t have a Top 10 film, the first time this has happened since 1952-53.  No major has more than two Top 20 films and they only combine for eight.  While Columbia and Fox each have two Top 20 films (a first for each studio since 1997), Warners tops out with Chamber of Secrets (#23), the first time it misses out on a Top 20 films since 1994 and the last time, at least through 2016.  Miramax, on the other hand, has two Top 10 films and four Top 20 films and six Top 30 films (and that’s with counting The Hours as a Paramount film).

77 Films Eligible for Best Foreign Film (alphabetical, with director and country in parenthesis – red are ****, blue are ***.5 – both those colors qualify for my Best Foreign Film Award; an asterisk means it was the Official selection for the Oscar, two asterisks were nominated, three asterisks won the Oscar):

  • 8 Women  (Ozon, France)  *
  • Abouna  (Haroun, Chad)  *
  • Alibaba  (Ganesarajah, India)
  • And Now Ladies and Gentlemen  (Lelouch, France)
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress  (Dai, China)
  • Broken Wings  (Bergman, Israel)  *
  • The Cat Returns  (Morita, Japan)
  • Chihwaseon  (Im, South Korea)
  • City of God  (Meirelles, Brazil)  *
  • The Clay Bird  (Masud, Bangladesh)  *
  • El Crimen del Padre Amaro  (Carrera, Mexico)  **
  • Dark Water  (Nakata, Japan)
  • Devdas  (Bhansali, India)  *
  • Dolls  (Kitano, Japan)
  • Edi  (Trzaskalski, Poland)  *
  • The Eye  (Pang / Chang, Hong Kong)
  • Fine Dead Girls  (Matanic, Croatia)  *
  • Friday Night  (Denis, France)
  • Geburtig  (Schindel / Stepanik, Austria)  *
  • He Loves Me He Loves Me Not  (Colombani, France)
  • Hero  (Yimou, China)  **
  • House of Fools  (Konchalovsky, Russia)  *
  • The Housekeeper  (Berri, France)
  • Hukkle  (Palfi, Hungary)  *
  • I’m Taraneh, 15  (Sadrameli, Iran)  *
  • In My Skin  (de Van, France)
  • Invincible  (Herzog, Germany)
  • The Invisible Children  (Duque Naranjo, Colombia)  *
  • Irreversible  (Noe, France)
  • Kamchatka  (Pineyro, Argentina)  *
  • L’Auberge Espagnole  (Klapisch, France)
  • Labyrinth  (Lekic, Serbia)  *
  • The Last Train  (Arsuaga, Uruguay)  *
  • Lilja 4 Ever  (Moodysson, Sweden)  *
  • A Loving Father  (Berger, Switzerland)  *
  • The Magic Box  (Behi, Tunisia)  *
  • Man on the Train  (Leconte, France)
  • The Man Without a Past  (Kaurismaki, Finland)  **
  • Marooned in Iraq  (Ghobadi, Iran)
  • Mon-Rak Transistor  (Ratanaruang, Thailand)  *
  • Mondays in the Sun  (de Aranoa, Spain)  *
  • My Mother’s Smile  (Bellocchio, Italy)
  • Nothing More  (Malberti, Cuba)  *
  • Nowhere in Africa  (Link, Germany)  ***
  • O Delfim  (Lopes, Portugal)  *
  • Oasis  (Lee, South Korea)  *
  • Ogu y Mampato en Rapa Nui  (Rojas, Chile)  *
  • The Only Journey of His Life  (Papastathis, Greece)  *
  • Open Hearts  (Bier, Denmark)  *
  • Patlabor WXIII: The Movie  (Takayama, Japan)
  • Philanthropy  (Caranfil, Romania)  *
  • Pinnochio  (Benigni, Italy)  *
  • Pokemon 4Ever  (Yuyama, Japan)
  • Rachida  (Bachir, Algeria)  *
  • Russian Ark  (Sokurov, Russia)
  • Satin rouge  (Amari, Tunisia)
  • The Sea  (Kormakur, Iceland)  *
  • The Secret of the Young Girl  (Aly, Egypt)  *
  • Secret Things  (Brisseau, France)
  • Sex is Comedy  (Breillat, France)
  • Small Voices  (Portes, Philippines)  *
  • The Son  (Dardenne / Dardenne, Belgium)  *
  • Springtime in a Small Town  (Tian, China)
  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance  (Park, South Korea)
  • Talk to Her  (Almodovar, Spain)
  • Ten  (Kiarostami, Iran)
  • Trilogy: One / Cavale  (Belvaux, Belgium)
  • Trilogy: Two / Un couple epatant  (Belvaux, Belgium)
  • Trilogy: Three / Apres la vie  (Belvaux, Belgium)
  • Tristan & Isolde  (Schiel, Luxembourg)
  • Unknown Pleasures  (Jia, China)
  • Waiting for Happiness  (Sissako, France)
  • Warming Up Yesterday’s Lunch  (Bonev, Bulgaria)  *
  • The Warrior  (Kapidia, UK)
  • When Maryam Spoke Out  (Fouldakar, Lebanon)  *
  • Yossi & Jagger  (Fox, Israel)
  • Zus & Zo  (Van Der Oest, Netherlands)  **

Note:  A huge drop from the year before, down 21 films.  That’s true among the leaders as well, with France down from 18 to 12 films and Japan down from 15 to five.  I have my first films from Bangladesh and Chad.  I not only have my first film from Tunisia in eight years, but I have two films from Tunisia (after having only three previously and none in the next decade).  I have my first film from Egypt in five years.  I have two films from Russia for only the second time.  I have four films from Belgium, though three of time are a trilogy by one director.  I have three films from South Korea for the first time but it’s the start of a big increase in South Korean films.  With two more films, Spain now has 79 and is tied with Hong Kong and Sweden for ninth place.  Spain and Sweden will trade places being bumped down to 11th place until the early 2010’s when all three countries surpass West Germany’s 90 films and stay permanently in the Top 10.
Four of the films are Musicals (the highest since 1983) and 6 of them are Kids films (a new high, which won’t be equalled for over a decade) but almost 2/3 of the films are Dramas.

Foreign Films Submitted for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars That I Haven’t Seen:

  • Afghanistan:  FireDancer  (dir. Wassell)
  • Canada:  Un crabe dans la tete  (dir. Turpin)
  • Czech Republic:  Wild Bees  (dir. Slama)
  • Indonesia:  Ca-bau-kan  (dir. diNata)
  • Japan:  Out  (dir. Hirayama)
  • Luxembourg:  Dead Man’s Hand  (dir. Brandenburger / Boon)
  • Norway:  Hold My Heart  (dir. Diesen)
  • Slovakia:  Cruel Joys  (dir. Nvota)
  • Slovenia:  Head Noise  (dir. Kosak)
  • Taiwan:  The Best of Times  (dir. Tso-Chi)
  • Turkey:  9  (dir. Unal)
  • United Kingdom:  Eldra  (dir. Lyn)
  • Venezuela:  The Archangel’s Feather  (dir. Manzo)

note:  At this point I am making a concerted effort to see as many submitted films as I can.  The full list can be found here.  This year I am a solid 41 for 54 (76%).  The 54 submissions is an increase of three.
The countries that are out after submitting in 2001 are Bosnia, Armenia, Hong Kong (all three of which will be back in 2003), Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Puerto Rico, Australia, Albania, Estonia and Tanzania.  Slovakia and South Korea are back after one year gaps while Romania, Indonesia, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Cuba, Egypt and Tunisia are back after larger gaps (it’s the second and to date, last submission from Tunisia).  Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Chad are the only countries submitting for the first time.
These are my first miss (Afghanistan), second (Luxembourg), third (Slovenia, Turkey), fourth (Czech Republic, Indonesia, UK, Venezuela), fifth (Slovakia), 10th (Norway), 12th (Taiwan), 13th (Canada) and 17th (Japan).

Films Eligible in This Year But Originally Released in a Different Year:

  • On Guard  (1997)
  • Captain Pantoja and the Special Services  (1999)
  • Shiri  (1999)
  • Tuvalu  (1999)
  • The Cherry Orchard  (2000)
  • Code Unknown  (2000)
  • Devils on the Doorstep  (2000)
  • Escaflowne  (2000)
  • Esther Kahn  (2000)
  • Gangster No. 1  (2000)
  • How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog  (2000)
  • I’m Going Home  (2000)
  • Little Otik  (2000)
  • Maelstrom  (2000)
  • Merci pour le chocolat  (2000)
  • Nico and Dani  (2000)
  • Nine Queens  (2000)
  • Sade  (2000)
  • Scarlet Diva  (2000)
  • Time of Favor  (2000)
  • The Town is Quiet  (2000)
  • Tully  (2000)
  • The Weight of Water  (2000)
  • ‘R Xmas  (2001)
  • Alias Betty  (2001)
  • All About Lily Chou-Chou  (2001)
  • The Bank  (2001)
  • Bartleby  (2001)
  • Beijing Bicycle  (2001)
  • The Believer  (2001)
  • Birthday Girl  (2001)
  • Brotherhood of the Wolf  (2001)
  • CQ  (2001)
  • Les Destinees  (2001)
  • Elling  (2001)
  • Enigma  (2001)
  • The Experiment  (2001)
  • The Fast Runner  (2001)
  • The Happiness of the Katakuris  (2001)
  • Happy Times  (2001)
  • How I Killed My Father  (2001)
  • Human Nature  (2001)
  • In Praise of Love  (2001)
  • Intacto  (2001)
  • Italian for Beginners  (2001)
  • Kandahar  (2001)
  • The Lady & the Duke  (2001)
  • Lan Yu  (2001)
  • The Last Kiss  (2001)
  • Late Marriage  (2001)
  • Lucky Break  (2001)
  • Mad Love  (2001)
  • Me Without You  (2001)
  • Metropolis  (2001)
  • Monsoon Wedding  (2001)
  • Murderous Maids  (2001)
  • Mutant Aliens  (2001)
  • My Wife is an Actress  (2001)
  • Pauline & Paulette  (2001)
  • The Piano Teacher  (2001)
  • Quitting  (2001)
  • Quo Vadis  (2001)
  • Read My Lips  (2001)
  • Safe Conduct  (2001)
  • Scotland PA  (2001)
  • Secret Ballot  (2001)
  • Sex and Lucia  (2001)
  • Son of the Bride  (2001)
  • The Son’s Room  (2001)
  • Spirited Away  (2001)
  • Storytelling  (2001)
  • Take Care of My Cat  (2001)
  • Thirteen Conversations About One Thing  (2001)
  • Time Out  (2001)
  • Tosca  (2001)
  • Tricky Life  (2001)
  • Warm Water Under the Red Bridge  (2001)
  • What Time is it There?  (2001)
  • Y tu mamá también  (2001)

Note:  These 81 films average a 64.0.  There are three films below ** (Tuvalu, ‘R Xmas, Mutant Aliens) and two at **** (Spirited Away, Y tu mamá también).  Spirited Away is the rare post-2000 film to earn a Best Picture nomination while not being eligible in its original release year.

Films That Weren’t Eligible at the Oscars:

  • The Bank
  • Bartleby
  • The Believer
  • Bloody Sunday
  • The Cherry Orchard
  • Chi-hwa-seon
  • Code Unknown
  • El Crimen del Padre Amaro
  • Dahmer
  • The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
  • Elling
  • Escaflowne
  • Esther Kahn
  • The Experiment
  • Gangster No. 1
  • The Happiness of the Katakuris
  • Happy Times
  • How I Killed My Father
  • How to Kill the Neighbor’s Dog
  • Hukkle
  • I’m Going Home
  • Intacto
  • Interview with the Assassin
  • Kandahar
  • The Last Kiss
  • Late Marriage
  • Little Otik
  • The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
  • Malestrom
  • Me Without You
  • Merci pour le chocolat
  • The Mesmerist
  • Metropolis
  • Murderous Maids
  • Nine Queens
  • On Guard
  • The Piano Teacher
  • Quo Vadis
  • ‘R Xmas
  • Read My Lips
  • Russian Ark
  • Sade
  • Safe Conduct
  • Satin rouge
  • Scarlet Diva
  • Scotland, PA
  • Sex and Lucia
  • Shiri
  • Son of the Bride
  • Take Care of My Cat
  • Time Out
  • Tosca
  • The Town is Quiet
  • Tricky Life
  • Tully
  • Tuvalu

Note:  This is different from the list below.  Starting in 1994, I have full lists from Academy press releases of all the eligible films.  But there are a lot of films in each year that weren’t officially eligible for a variety of reasons but were released in what would normally be considered qualifying runs.  So, these are films that were listed on oscars.org (unlike the list below), but weren’t actually eligible for the Oscars.  I ignore that, of course, and these films are all eligible for the Nighthawks.  But having them on the list helps me know what year they were “eligible” even if they really weren’t.  Bear in mind that some of these films were eligible (and sometimes even nominated) for Best Foreign Film in their original release year.

Films Not Listed at Oscars.org:

  • Captain Pantoja and the Special Services
  • Devils on the Doorstep
  • Edi
  • Fall of the Louse of Usher
  • Geburtig
  • The Invisible Children
  • Kamchatka
  • Labyrinth
  • The Last Train
  • A Loving Father
  • The Magic Box
  • Mon-Rak Transistor
  • Nico and Dani
  • O Delfim
  • Oasis
  • Ogu y Mampato en Rapa Nui
  • The Only Journey of His Life
  • Philanthropy
  • The Secret of the Young Girl
  • Son of the Bride
  • The Son
  • The Son’s Room
  • Tristan & Isolde
  • Warming Up Yesterday’s Lunch
  • When Maryam Spoke Out

Note:  I used to use the list at Oscars.org for deciding which year films are eligible in before it went apparently defunct.  Thankfully, I copied all the lists while it was still live.  Some films, however, didn’t appear in that database.  For those films, I use the IMDb.  These are the films that weren’t listed in the Oscars.org database but that end up in this year.
As is usually the case, most of these are Foreign films which never got an L.A. release.  The films marked in orange were those that were submitted for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars (not necessarily in this year).

Films Released This Year Originally But Eligible in a Different Year:

  • Aka  (2003)
  • Amen  (2003)
  • And Now Ladies and Gentlemen  (2003)
  • Bend it Like Beckham  (2003)
  • The Cat Returns  (2003)
  • Charlotte Sometimes  (2003)
  • City of God  (2003)
  • The Dancer Upstairs  (2003)
  • Dirty Pretty Things  (2003)
  • The Eye  (2003)
  • Friday Night  (2003)
  • Gerry  (2003)
  • The Good Thief  (2003)
  • The Hard Word  (2003)
  • He Loves Me He Loves Me Not  (2003)
  • House of Fools  (2003)
  • The Housekeeper  (2003)
  • In America  (2003)
  • In My Skin  (2003)
  • In This World  (2003)
  • Irreversible  (2003)
  • L’Auberge Espagnole  (2003)
  • Lilja 4 Ever  (2003)
  • The Magdalene Sisters  (2003)
  • Man on the Train  (2003)
  • The Man Without a Past  (2003)
  • Marooned in Iraq  (2003)
  • May  (2003)
  • Mondays in the Sun  (2003)
  • Nothing More  (2003)
  • Nowhere in Africa  (2003)
  • Open Hearts  (2003)
  • Patlabor WXIII: The Movie  (2003)
  • Rachida  (2003)
  • Raising Victor Vargas  (2003)
  • Ripley’s Game  (2003)
  • Russian Ark  (2003)
  • The Sea  (2003)
  • Small Voices  (2003)
  • Ten  (2003)
  • Try Seventeen  (2003)
  • Unknown Pleasures  (2003)
  • Waiting for Happiness  (2003)
  • Whale Rider  (2003)
  • Yossi & Jagger  (2003)
  • Zus & Zo  (2003)
  • Abouna  (2004)
  • Broken Wings  (2004)
  • Callas Forever  (2004)
  • The Clay Bird  (2004)
  • Close Your Eyes  (2004)
  • Hero  (2004)
  • Secret Things  (2004)
  • Sex is Comedy  (2004)
  • Springtime in a Small Town  (2004)
  • Trilogy: One / Cavale  (2004)
  • Trilogy: Two / Un couple epatant  (2004)
  • Trilogy: Three / Apres la vie  (2004)
  • Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself  (2004)
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress  (2005)
  • Dark Waters  (2005)
  • Dolls  (2005)
  • Funny Ha Ha  (2005)
  • G  (2005)
  • My Mother’s Smile  (2005)
  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengance  (2005)
  • The Tracker  (2005)
  • Undead  (2005)
  • The Warrior  (2005)
  • Fine Dead Girls  (2006)
  • I’m Taraneh, 15  (2006)

Note:  These 71 films average a 68.  That’s because there are only two ** films (Gerry, In My Skin) and only two below ** (Undead, G) while there are an astounding six **** films (City of God, In America, Hero, Whale Rider, Dirty Pretty Things, Nowhere in Africa) and eight more ***.5 films.

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