“We set out to save the shire. And it has been saved. But for not for me.”

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 Return of the King  **
  2. Mystic River  *
  3. Lost in Translation  *
  4. In America
  5. City of God
  6. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World  *
  7. Finding Nemo
  8. Kill Bill Volume 1
  9. A Mighty Wind
  10. Whale Rider
  11. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  12. American Splendor  *
  13. Dirty Pretty Things
  14. The Station Agent
  15. Nowhere in Africa
  16. The Triplets of Belleville
  17. Tokyo Godfathers
  18. The Barbarian Invasions
  19. The Last Samurai
  20. 21 Grams

Analysis:  After three straight years where the Consensus race came down to less than 100 points, Return of the King almost doubles any other film.  Master and Commander, on the other hand, becomes another film to earn nominations from the five awards groups but win none of them.
The Top 10 is eight points lower than the year before and it still tied for the second best to-date (and third best ever).  The Top 20 is 14 points lower than 2002 and 13 points lower than 2001 but still the third best to-date.  The Top 5, though, is actually the best since 1996 and tied for the third best ever.
The first 18 films are **** films.  The last two are ***.5.

  • Best Director
  1. Peter Jackson  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)  **
  2. Clint Eastwood  (Mystic River)  *
  3. Peter Weir  (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World)  *
  4. Sofia Coppola  (Lost in Translation)  *
  5. Fernando Meirelles  (City of God)
  6. Jim Sheridan  (In America)  *
  7. Quentin Tarantino  (Kill Bill Volume 1)
  8. Stephen Frears  (Dirty Pretty Things)
  9. Caroline Link  (Nowhere in Africa)
  10. Ed Zwick  (The Last Samurai)
  11. Francois Ozon  (Swimming Pool)
  12. Neil Jordan  (The Good Thief)
  13. Kevin Costner  (Open Range)
  14. Joel Coen  (Intolerable Cruelty)
  15. Anthony Minghella  (Cold Mountain)
  16. Tim Burton  (Big Fish)
  17. Alejandro González Iñárritu  (21 Grams)
  18. Denys Arcand  (The Barbarian Invasions)
  19. Elia Suleiman  (Divine Intervention)
  20. Ridley Scott  (Matchstick Men)

Analysis:  It is extremely strange to have a Best Director list that is so different from the Best Picture list.
Fernando Meirelles earns his only Nighthawk nom.  Sofia Coppola earns her second nom.  Clint Eastwood earns his third nom.  Peter Weir earns his fourth nom.  Peter Jackson earns his fourth nom but also his third straight win.
The Top 5 ties 1946 and 2002 for the third best Top 5 to-date.  This is also the first time this category has earned a perfect Oscar score of 100.

  • Best Adapted Screenplay:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  *
  2. Mystic River  *
  3. City of God
  4. American Splendor  **
  5. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  6. Nowhere in Africa
  7. Whale Rider
  8. Big Fish
  9. Bubba Ho-Tep
  10. Matchstick Men
  11. The Good Thief
  12. Peter Pan
  13. Cold Mountain  *
  14. I Capture the Castle
  15. The Human Stain
  16. The Secrets Lives of Dentists
  17. X2
  18. Shattered Glass

Analysis:  Peter Jackson earns his third straight nomination and his second win (along with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens).
I’ve read eight of the original source materials (Return of the King, Mystic River, American Splendor, Big Fish, Peter Pan, Cold Mountain, The Human Stain, X2).

  • Best Original Screenplay:
  1. Lost in Translation  **
  2. In America  *
  3. A Mighty Wind
  4. Finding Nemo  *
  5. Dirty Pretty Things  *
  6. The Station Agent  *
  7. Love Actually
  8. The Barbarian Invasions  *
  9. Intolerable Cruelty
  10. Kill Bill Volume 1
  11. Down with Love
  12. The Triplets of Belleville
  13. 21 Grams
  14. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  15. Divine Intervention
  16. The Man without a Past
  17. Tokyo Godfathers
  18. Bend it Like Beckham
  19. Swimming Pool
  20. The Last Samurai

Analysis:  Surprisingly enough, Lost in Translation is the weakest winner in this category since 1993, which speaks more to the strength of the winners in this category than anything else.
The category earns a fantastic Oscar score of 97.1.  It’s a very strong top 8.  This category is much stronger than the Adapted category.

  • Best Actor:
  1. Bill Murray  (Lost in Translation)  **
  2. Sean Penn  (Mystic River)  *
  3. Elijah Wood  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  4. Johnny Depp  (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)  *
  5. Viggo Mortensen  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  6. Sean Penn  (21 Grams)
  7. Paul Giamatti  (American Splendor)
  8. Peter Dinklage  (The Station Agent)
  9. Chiwetel Ejiofor  (Dirty Pretty Things)
  10. Russell Crowe  (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World)
  11. Ben Kingsley  (House of Sand and Fog)  *
  12. Paddy Considine  (In America)
  13. Tom Cruise  (The Last Samurai)
  14. Ewan McGregor  (Big Fish)
  15. Jude Law  (Cold Mountain)  *
  16. Jack Nicholson  (Something’s Gotta Give)
  17. George Clooney  (Intolerable Cruelty)
  18. Bruce Campbell  (Bubba Ho-Tep)
  19. Nicholas Cage  (Matchstick Men)
  20. William H. Macy  (The Cooler)

Analysis:  In spite of not winning the Oscar or SAG, Bill Murray has the most Consensus wins and points since 1995 and ties the record for Consensus nominations.  His record for most points without a SAG win will stand until 2016 and his record for most points without the Oscar still stands.
This is the only Nighthawk nomination for Elijah Wood.  It’s the first nom for Viggo Mortenson.  It’s the second nom (and win) for Bill Murray.  It’s also the second nom for Sean Penn and Johnny Depp.

  • Best Actress
  1. Naomi Watts  (21 Grams)  *
  2. Charlize Theron  (Monster)  **
  3. Keisha Castle-Hughes  (Whale Rider)  *
  4. Scarlet Johansson  (Lost in Translation)  *
  5. Samantha Morton  (In America)
  6. Uma Thurman  (Kill Bill Volume 1)
  7. Diane Keaton  (Something’s Gotta Give)  *
  8. Juliane Kohler  (Nowhere in Africa)
  9. Evan Rachel Wood  (Thirteen)
  10. Charlotte Rampling  (Swimming Pool)
  11. Cate Blanchett  (Veronica Guerin)
  12. Toni Collette  (Japanese Story)
  13. Gwyneth Paltrow  (Sylvia)
  14. Helen Mirren  (Calendar Girls)
  15. Renee Zellweger  (Down with Love)
  16. Catherine Zeta-Jones  (Intolerable Cruelty)
  17. Hope Davis  (The Secret Lives of Dentists)
  18. Nicole Kidman  (Cold Mountain)
  19. Jennifer Connelly  (House of Sand and Fog)
  20. Kari Outinen  (The Man without a Past)

Analysis:  These are the only Nighthawk noms for Castle-Hughes and Johansson.  It’s the first nom for Theron.  It’s the second nom for both Watts and Morton.
There’s a weird failure to really have a complete consensus in the Consensus Awards.  Theron wins it easily, followed by solid spots for Johansson, Keaton and Watts.  But there’s a huge point drop to Castle-Hughes and she only makes it in by two points over Thurman, Wood and Morton, who all tie for 6th place.
With all five Oscar nominees in my Top 7, the Oscar score is 97.1, the highest since 1977.

  • Best Supporting Actor:
  1. Sean Astin  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  2. Tim Robbins  (Mystic River)  **
  3. Andy Serkis  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  4. Bill Nighy  (Love Actually)  *
  5. Benicio del Toro  (21 Grams)  *
  6. Ken Watanabe  (The Last Samurai)
  7. Billy Boyd  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  8. David Wenham  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  9. Djimon Honsou  (In America)
  10. Alec Baldwin  (The Cooler)  *
  11. Ian McKellen  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  12. Paul Bettany  (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World)
  13. Albert Finney  (Big Fish)
  14. Ralph Fiennes  (The Good Thief)
  15. Bill Nighy  (Lawless Heart)  *
  16. Peter Sarsgaard  (Shattered Glass)  *
  17. Kevin Bacon  (Mystic River)
  18. Eugene Levy  (A Mighty Wind)
  19. William H. Macy  (Seabiscuit)
  20. Laurence Fishburne  (Mystic River)

Analysis:  This is the only Nighthawk nomination for Sean Astin and Bill Nighy.  It’s the second nom for both Andy Serkis and Benicio del Toro.  It’s the third nomination for Tim Robbins.
I should note that because the category has a maximum of five nominees, I don’t list more than five supporting actors in a film.  This rarely ever makes a difference, but with Return of the King, I also could have included Dominic Monaghan and he might very well have made the Top 20 as well.

  • Best Supporting Actress:
  1. Sarah Bolger  (In America)
  2. Hope Davis  (American Splendor)  *
  3. Marcia Gay Harden  (Mystic River)
  4. Miranda Otto  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  5. Patricia Clarkson  (The Station Agent)  **
  6. Shohreh Aghdashloo  (House of Sand and Fog)  *
  7. Caroline Eckertz  (Nowhere in Africa)
  8. Laura Linney  (Mystic River)
  9. Holly Hunter  (Thirteen)  *
  10. Emma Thompson  (Love Actually)
  11. Sophie Okonedo  (Dirty Pretty Things)
  12. Maria Bello  (The Cooler)
  13. Emma Bolger  (In America)
  14. Patricia Clarkson  (Pieces of April)  **
  15. Lea Kurka  (Nowhere in Africa)
  16. Renee Zellweger  (Cold Mountain)  *
  17. Melissa Leo  (21 Grams)
  18. Maria-Josee Croze  (The Barbarian Invasions)
  19. Christina Ricci  (Monster)
  20. Sarah Paulson  (Down with Love)

Analysis:  These are the only Nighthawk noms for Bolger, Davis, Otto and Clarkson.  It’s the second nom for Harden.
Zellweger becomes the first person in this category to sweep the 5 awards groups (Oscar, SAG, BAFTA, Globe, BFCA) which is astounding to me since it was such an Oscar bait role and I think she was the weakest winner of the decade.  It really felt like she had been doing great work for several years and had been passed over numerous times, so they had all decided, the hell with it, we’ll give her the award.  Given how good her performances were in Jerry Maguire, One True Thing, Nurse Betty, Bridget Jones and Chicago, it’s a shame she won the Oscar for this performance.  Of course, those 5 awards aren’t enough to give her the Consensus win because of the 4 critics wins for Patricia Clarkson for her two performances.  In 2011 and 2016 we’ll have a repeat of one actress sweeping the five awards groups and failing to win the Consensus.
The two young actresses in the lead category got awards attention (Castle-Hughes was nominated at SAG and the Oscars while Evan Rachel Wood earned a Globe nom) but the really strong supporting performances from the two girls in Nowhere in Africa (playing the same girl at different ages) and the two Bolgers in In America (real life sisters playing sisters) didn’t get the same attention.
This is the weakest Top 5 in four years.

  • Best Editing:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. City of God
  3. Mystic River
  4. Kill Bill Volume 1
  5. Lost in Translation
  6. Finding Nemo
  7. In America
  8. A Mighty Wind
  9. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  10. Dirty Pretty Things
  11. American Splendor
  12. The Barbarian Invasions
  13. The Good Thief
  14. 28 Days Later
  15. Intolerable Cruelty
  16. The Station Agent
  17. Love Actually
  18. Nowhere in Africa
  19. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  20. Hulk

Analysis:  I never understood how Cold Mountain and Seabiscuit, both of which were too long and too slow could earn Best Editing nominations over Mystic River, Kill Bill and Lost in Translation.

  • Best Cinematography:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  *
  2. Mystic River
  3. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World  **
  4. Kill Bill Volume 1
  5. City of God
  6. Dirty Pretty Things
  7. The Last Samurai
  8. Lost in Translation
  9. Swimming Pool
  10. Nowhere in Africa
  11. In America
  12. Cold Mountain  *
  13. Big Fish
  14. Open Range
  15. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  16. Peter Pan
  17. The Good Thief
  18. Japanese Story
  19. Whale Rider
  20. Laurel Canyon

Analysis:  Mystic River didn’t get a single nomination from any group, which astounds me.
Russell Boyd (Master and Commander) earns his third nomination, 22 years after his second.  Andrew Lesnie wins his third straight Nighthawk.  Robert Richardson (Kill Bill) earns his fourth nom.

  • Best Original Score:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  3. Finding Nemo
  4. The Last Samurai
  5. Big Fish
  6. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  7. Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  8. The Station Agent
  9. Dirty Pretty Things
  10. Nowhere in Africa
  11. The Triplets of Belleville
  12. Swimming Pool
  13. Man on the Train
  14. Northfork
  15. Cold Mountain
  16. Whale Rider
  17. Millennium Actress
  18. House of Sand and Fog
  19. Mystic River
  20. X2

Analysis:  Klaus Badelt (Pirates) earns his first nomination while surrounded by Nighthawk vets.  Thomas Newman (Finding Nemo) earns his fifth nom while Danny Elfman (Big Fish) earns his sixth, though neither has a win.  Hans Zimmer (Last Samurai) earns his fourth nom.  Howard Shore earns his fourth nom and his third straight win.  While Shore (eight noms) and Zimmer (seven noms) will dominate this century, this is one of only two times when they both earn nominations (2013 is the other).
Pirates is the first #2 in this category in four years not to earn my highest rating, although I did buy the soundtrack.  It was only years later that I learned that serious musicians kind of think the soundtrack is a joke, but I’m not a musician and I think it’s fantastic.
This is the weakest Top 5 in four years.

  • Best Sound:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  3. Kill Bill Volume 1
  4. Finding Nemo
  5. The Last Samurai
  6. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  7. Mystic River
  8. City of God
  9. Seabiscuit
  10. Open Range
  11. A Mighty Wind
  12. Cold Mountain
  13. Lost in Translation
  14. Whale Rider
  15. X2
  16. Hulk
  17. Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  18. 28 Days Later
  19. Peter Pan
  20. Nowhere in Africa

Analysis:  This category earns an Oscar score of 91.9, concluding the only stretch of three consecutive years when this category has a score over 90.

  • Best Art Direction:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  4. Down with Love
  5. The Last Samurai
  6. Lost in Translation
  7. Big Fish
  8. Peter Pan
  9. Intolerable Cruelty
  10. Cold Mountain
  11. Mystic River
  12. Dirty Pretty Things
  13. Kill Bill Volume 1
  14. American Splendor
  15. In America
  16. The Barbarian Invasions
  17. The Good Thief
  18. Girl with a Pearl Earring
  19. Seabiscuit
  20. I Capture the Castle

Analysis:  This was another surprise, the Academy going for Seabiscuit over Pirates or perhaps the clever sets in Down with Love.

  • Best Visual Effects
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  3. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  4. X2
  5. Kill Bill Volume 1
  6. The Matrix Reloaded
  7. The Matrix Revolutions
  8. Hulk
  9. Big Fish
  10. Peter Pan

Analysis:  The first perfect 100 in this category in eight years.  This one was pretty easy.

  • Best Sound Editing
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  3. Kill Bill Volume 1
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  5. Finding Nemo
  6. The Last Samurai
  7. X2
  8. Open Range
  9. Hulk
  10. The Matrix Reloaded
  11. Seabiscuit
  12. Once Upon a Time in Mexico
  13. Cold Mountain
  14. 28 Days Later
  15. The Matrix Revolutions
  16. Big Fish
  • Best Costume Design:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  3. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  4. The Last Samurai
  5. Down with Love
  6. Nowhere in Africa
  7. Russian Ark
  8. Peter Pan
  9. Cold Mountain
  10. Girl with a Pearl Earring
  11. Big Fish
  12. Sylvia
  13. Seabiscuit
  14. I Capture the Castle

Analysis:  Again, just really surprising that they went with Seabiscuit over Pirates.

  • Best Makeup
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  3. X2
  4. Kill Bill Volume 1
  5. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  6. Bubba Ho-Tep
  7. Big Fish
  8. Monster
  9. 28 Days Later
  10. The Last Samurai
  11. Peter Pan
  12. The Singing Detective

Analysis:  Pirates is the third straight #2 in this category to earn my highest rating.  It’s just too bad that it, Moulin Rouge and Attack of the Clones all had to come up against the Rings films.

  • Best Original Song:
  1. “A Mighty Wind”  (A Mighty Wind)
  2. A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow”  (A Mighty Wind)
  3. Into the West”  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  4. Man of the Hour”  (Big Fish)
  5. Time Enough for Tears”  (In America)
  6. Glass, Concrete and Stone”  (Dirty Pretty Things)
  7. Here’s to Love”  (Down with Love)
  8. Belleville Rendezous”  (The Triplets of Belleville)
  9. Siente Mi Amor”  (Once Upon a Time in Mexico)
  10. Cross the Green Mountain”  (Gods and Generals)
  11. The School of Rock”  (The School of Rock)
  12. You Will Be My Ain True Love”  (Cold Mountain)
  13. Scarlet Tide”  (Cold Mountain)

Analysis:  Oscars.org, when it existed, listed songs from different films.  It listed 39 songs from 30 different films (I have seen 25 of those films, including all with more than one song except The Lizzie McGuire Movie).  I followed its listing of only two songs from A Mighty Wind, but if I hadn’t, those songs would dominate this list.  I have listened to the soundtrack dozens, maybe hundreds of times since the film came out.  “Old Joe’s Place” was definitely not written for the film, but the other songs might have been, though one of the best songs on the soundtrack, “The Ballad of Bobby and June” isn’t even in the film.  Likewise, I didn’t include the song “Home is Behind” from Return of the King, since the lyrics come from the novel and it’s probably not technically eligible as an original song.  It definitely would have been the #3 song on the list.
“A Mighty Wind” is the strongest winner in this category between 1999 and 2007.  From the second I first heard it play in the film it became one of my favorite songs, a perfect kind of song to have been a folk song in the 60’s.  “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” is the only #2 between 1999 and 2007 to earn my highest rating.
This is the best Top 5 in five years and there won’t be another one that’s this good until 2016.  I feel bad that I have to leave the wonderfully clever and fun “Here’s to Love” out of my Top 5.

  • Best Animated Film:
  1. Finding Nemo  **
  2. The Triplets of Belleville  *
  3. Tokyo Godfathers
  4. Millennium Actress  *

Analysis:  Satoshi Kon becomes the only director to earn two nominations in one year, though that’s because of the delayed U.S. release of Millennium Actress.  Pixar wins its third Nighthawk.
For much more on everything about this category go here.
Because there are actually four nominees (three of which are ****), this is the best Top 5 to-date and it won’t be surpassed until 2013.
In spite of being one of the better years in this category (because of the three films they nominated, two are ****), this has one of the weaker Oscar scores in the history of this category, at only 73.3, the lowest of the first five years of the category and second lowest of the first nine.  That’s because the Kon films were eligible but were passed over.

  • Best Foreign Film:
  1. Saraband
  2. The Triplets of Belleville  *
  3. Twin Sisters
  4. Tokyo Godfathers
  5. The Barbarian Invasions  **
  6. Oldboy
  7. Swimming Pool
  8. Divine Intervention
  9. Infernal Affairs
  10. Osama
  11. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring
  12. The Best of Youth
  13. Nina’s Tragedies

note:  Films in orange were submitted to the Academy but not nominated.
Analysis:  From all the films in orange, you can see the Academy botched this one.  Only two of their nominees are good enough to make my list but five films that were submitted but not nominated make my list.
This is the third nomination for Canada (all for Arcand films) and the fourth for Netherlands.  The other three countries continue to be in first (France), second (Japan) and third (Sweden) and they are up to 2500 points (France), 1280 (Japan) and 800 (Sweden).
Of those 800 for Sweden, 600 of them are now for Ingmar Bergman and he finishes his career rather fittingly in a 1st place tie with Akira Kurosawa.  Denys Arcand earns his third nomination and Satoshi Kon his second.  Sylvain Chomet earns his first nomination, but he’ll earn another in 2010.
Saraband is the weakest winner in five years.  The Top 5 is the weakest in four years.  But the bottom of the list is strong: Swimming Pool is the best #7 since 1957, Divine Intervention is the best #8 since 1926 and Infernal Affairs and Osama are the best #9 and #10 since 1955.

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 Return of the King  (830)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Editing, Cinematography, Original Score, Sound, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Costume Design, Makeup, Original Song
  • Lost in Translation   (305)
    • Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Editing
  • Mystic River  (280)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Editing, Cinematography
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World  (215)
    • Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Costume Design, Makeup
  • City of God  (205)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, Foreign Film (2002)
  • In America  (195)
    • Picture, Original Screenplay, Actress, Supporting Actress, Original Song
  • Finding Nemo  (145)
    • Original Screenplay, Original Score, Sound, Sound Editing, Animated Film
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl  (145)
    • Actor, Original Score, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Costume Design, Makeup
  • Kill Bill Volume 1  (120)
    • Editing, Cinematography, Sound, Visual Effects, Sound Editing, Makeup
  • 21 Grams  (100)
    • Actress, Supporting Actor
  • The Last Samurai  (80)
    • Original Score, Sound, Art Direction, Costume Design
  • American Splendor  (70)
    • Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress
  • A Mighty Wind  (70)
    • Original Screenplay, Original Song, Original Song
  • Dirty Pretty Things  (40)
    • Original Screenplay
  • The Triplets of Belleville  (40)
    • Animated Film, Foreign Film
  • Tokyo Godfathers  (40)
    • Animated Film, Foreign Film
  • Millennium Actress  (40)
    • Animated Film, Foreign Film (2001)
  • Whale Rider  (35)
    • Actress
  • Monster  (35)
    • Actress
  • Big Fish  (35)
    • Original Score, Original Song
  • Down with Love  (35)
    • Art Direction, Costume Design
  • Love Actually  (30)
    • Supporting Actor
  • The Station Agent  (30)
    • Supporting Actress
  • X2  (30)
    • Visual Effects, Makeup
  • Nowhere in Africa  (20)
    • Foreign Film (2002)
  • The Barbarian Invasions  (20)
    • Foreign Film

Analysis:  That’s two fewer films than the year before, partially because it’s the rare year that doesn’t have any films nominated just for Best Song.

Best Film Not Nominated for Any Nighthawk Awards:

  • Swimming Pool

Analysis:  My #21 film, a fascinating and sexy thriller from Francois Ozon who always makes interesting films.

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

  • The Good Thief
  • Bend It Like Beckham

***.5 Films That Earn No Top 20 Finishes:

  • Raising Victor Vargas

Biggest Awards Film Not Nominated for Any Nighthawk Awards:

  • Cold Mountain

Analysis:  Widely expected to be an Oscar nominee and potential spoiler for Return of the King, it fell off at the end mainly because it just wasn’t a great film.  It’s a high ***.5 and it earns 2 Top 10 finishes and an astounding 13 Top 20 finishes but nothing higher than 9th place (Costume Design).  The 13 Top 20 finishes are actually the fourth highest of the year.

Nighthawk Golden Globes:

Drama:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Mystic River
  3. In America
  4. City of God
  5. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Analysis:  This year is tied for the third best Top 5 to-date.
These are all **** films.  The other **** films, in order, are: Kill Bill Volume 1, Whale Rider, Dirty Pretty Things, Nowhere in Africa and Tokyo Godfathers while the ***.5 films, in order are: The Last Samurai, 21 Grams, Swimming Pool, X2, The Good Thief, Millennium Actress, Cold Mountain, 28 Days Later, Man on the Train, Monster, Matchstick Men, Open Range, Peter Pan and Raising Victor Vargas.

  • Best Director
  1. Peter Jackson  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  2. Clint Eastwood  (Mystic River)
  3. Peter Weir  (Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World)
  4. Fernando Meirelles  (City of God)
  5. Jim Sheridan  (In America)

Analysis:  Fernando Meirelles earns his only Drama nom, Jim Sheridan his second, Clint Eastwood his third, Peter Weir his fourth and Peter Jackson his fourth (but third straight win).
The Top 5 is tied with 1946 and 2002 for the best Top 5 to-date.

  • Best Adapted Screenplay:
  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  2. Mystic River
  3. City of God
  4. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
  5. Nowhere in Africa

Analysis:  Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh earn their fourth Drama noms and their second win.

  • Best Original Screenplay:
  1. In America
  2. Dirty Pretty Things
  3. Kill Bill Volume 1
  4. 21 Grams
  5. Tokyo Godfathers

Analysis:  Quentin Tarantino earns his third nom.

  • Best Actor:
  1. Sean Penn  (Mystic River)
  2. Elijah Wood  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  3. Viggo Mortensen  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  4. Sean Penn  (21 Grams)
  5. Chiwetel Ejiofor  (Dirty Pretty Things)

Analysis:  This is the only Drama nom for Elijah Wood.  It’s the first nom for both Mortensen and Ejiofor.  It’s the first and second noms for Penn.
Having only one nominee on my list is pretty rare.  The Globes pick weren’t bad though, as they are my #6 (Russell Crowe), #7 (Ben Kinsgley), #9 (Tom Cruise) and #10 (Jude Law).

  • Best Actress
  1. Naomi Watts  (21 Grams)
  2. Charlize Theron  (Monster)
  3. Keisha Castle-Hughes  (Whale Rider)
  4. Samantha Morton  (In America)
  5. Uma Thurman  (Kill Bill Volume 1)

Analysis:  These are the only Drama noms for Theron and Castle-Hughes, the second for Watts and Thurman and the fourth for Morton.
Among the Globe nominees was Cate Blanchett for Veronica Guerin, which is proof that I don’t always nominate her.

  • Best Supporting Actor:
  1. Sean Astin  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  2. Tim Robbins  (Mystic River)
  3. Andy Serkis  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  4. Benicio del Toro  (21 Grams)
  5. Ken Watanabe  (The Last Samurai)

Analysis:  This is the only Drama nom for Sean Astin and Ken Watanabe.  It’s the second nom for Robbins, Serkis and del Toro.

  • Best Supporting Actress:
  1. Sarah Bolger  (In America)
  2. Marcia Gay Harden  (Mystic River)
  3. Miranda Otto  (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
  4. Shohreh Aghdashloo  (House of Sand and Fog)
  5. Caroline Eckertz  (Nowhere in Africa)

Analysis:  These are the only Drama noms for Bolger, Aghdashloo and Eckertz and the second for both Harden and Otto (the second in a row for Otto).
The Top 5 is tied for the third best to-date and is the best since 1996.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (460)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress
  • In America  (270)
    • Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Actress, Supporting Actress
  • Mystic River  (265)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress
  • 21 Grams  (175)
    • Original Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor
  • City of God  (135)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World  (135)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay
  • Dirty Pretty Things  (75)
    • Original Screenplay, Actor
  • Kill Bill Volume 1  (75)
    • Original Screenplay, Actress
  • Nowhere in Africa  (70)
    • Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actress
  • Tokyo Godfathers  (40)
    • Original Screenplay
  • Whale Rider  (35)
    • Actress
  • Monster  (35)
    • Actress
  • The Last Samurai  (30)
    • Supporting Actor
  • House of Sand and Fog  (30)
    • Supporting Actress

Analysis:  King earns the most Drama points in four years.

Best Drama Not Nominated for Any Nighthawk Golden Globes:

  • Swimming Pool

Analysis:  My #21 film of the year and the #13 Drama.

Comedy / Musical:

  • Best Picture
  1. Lost in Translation
  2. Finding Nemo
  3. A Mighty Wind
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  5. American Splendor

Analysis:  The Station Agent is my #6 film and it’s the best #6 in this category since 1940 and there won’t be another this good until 2013.  The other **** films are The Triplets of Belleville and The Barbarian Invasions.  The ***.5 films are Intolerable Cruelty, Divine Intervention, The Man Without a Past, Big Fish, Love Actually, Down with Love, Bubba Ho-Tep and Bend it Like Beckham.

  • Best Director
  1. Sofia Coppola  (Lost in Translation)
  2. Joel Coen  (Intolerable Cruelty)
  3. Tim Burton  (Big Fish)
  4. Denys Arcand  (The Barbarian Invasions)
  5. Elia Suleiman  (Divine Intervention)

Analysis:  It is extremely strange to have a Best Director list that is so different from the Best Picture list.  As a result of that, this is the weakest Top 5 in six years, with three of the five nominees  nominated for films that aren’t **** films.
These are the only Comedy noms for Sofia Coppola, Denys Arcand and Elia Suleiman.  The other two are slightly more impressive.  Tim Burton earns his fifth nom and with his two wins is now up to 315 points and moves into a four way tie for 7th place all-time.  But Joel Coen earns his seventh nom and is up to 360 points and is in 6th place all-time.

  • Best Adapted Screenplay:
  1. American Splendor
  2. Big Fish
  3. Bubba Ho-Tep

Analysis:  With only three nominees, this is the weakest Top 5 in nine years.  American Splendor is the weakest winner in four years.

  • Best Original Screenplay:
  1. Lost in Translation
  2. A Mighty Wind
  3. Finding Nemo
  4. The Station Agent
  5. Love Actually

Analysis:  There is a 20 point difference between my Adapted and Original categories, the highest difference in nine years.

  • Best Actor:
  1. Bill Murray  (Lost in Translation)
  2. Johnny Depp  (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl)
  3. Paul Giamatti  (American Splendor)
  4. Peter Dinklage  (The Station Agent)
  5. Ewan McGregor  (Big Fish)

Analysis:  This is the only Comedy nom for Dinklage, the first for Giamatti and the third for Ewan.  The last two are high on the Comedy list.  It’s the fifth nom for Johnny Depp and he’s up to 210 Comedy points.  It’s the seventh nom for Bill Murray and his third win; he goes up to 330 points and moves into 5th place all-time, passing Walter Matthau, Peter Sellers, Jack Lemmon and Woody Allen.
This is the best Top 5 in five years and the second best Top 5 to-date.

  • Best Actress
  1. Scarlet Johansson  (Lost in Translation)
  2. Diane Keaton  (Something’s Gotta Give)
  3. Helen Mirren  (Calendar Girls)
  4. Renee Zellweger  (Down with Love)
  5. Catherine Zeta-Jones  (Intolerable Cruelty)

Analysis:  This is the first nom for Johansson, the second nom for Zeta-Jones and Mirren, the fifth for Keaton (though her first in 24 years) and the fifth for Zellweger (and her fourth in a row).  Zellweger moves up to 245 Comedy points and up to 6th place all-time.
This is the weakest Top 5 in four years.  Johansson is the weakest winner in four years.

  • Best Supporting Actor:
  1. Bill Nighy  (Love Actually)
  2. Albert Finney  (Big Fish)
  3. Bill Nighy  (Lawless Heart)
  4. Eugene Levy  (A Mighty Wind)
  5. Stephane Rousseau  (The Barbarian Invasions)

Analysis:  These are the only Comedy noms for Levy and Rousseau, the first two Comedy noms for Nighy and the fourth for Finney, though his first in 30 years.
Nighy is the weakest winner in four years.

  • Best Supporting Actress:
  1. Hope Davis  (American Splendor)
  2. Patricia Clarkson  (The Station Agent)
  3. Emma Thompson  (Love Actually)
  4. Patricia Clarkson  (Pieces of April)
  5. Maria-Josee Croze  (The Barbarian Invasions)

Analysis:  This is the only Comedy nom for Croze, the only two for Clarkson, the first for Davis and the fourth for Thompson.
Davis is the weakest winner in four years.

  • Lost in Translation  (410)
    • Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Actor, Actress
  • American Splendor  (225)
    • Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actress
  • Big Fish  (150)
    • Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor
  • Love Actually  (130)
    • Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress
  • A Mighty Wind  (120)
    • Picture, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor
  • The Barbarian Invasions  (105)
    • Director, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress
  • The Station Agent  (105)
    • Original Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actress
  • Finding Nemo  (90)
    • Picture, Original Screenplay
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl  (85)
    • Picture, Actor
  • Intolerable Cruelty  (80)
    • Director, Actress
  • Divine Intervention  (45)
    • Director
  • Bubba Ho-Tep  (40)
    • Adapted Screenplay
  • Down with Love  (35)
    • Actress
  • Calendar Girls  (35)
    • Actress
  • Something’s Gotta Give  (35)
    • Actress
  • Lawless Heart  (30)
    • Supporting Actor
  • Pieces of April  (30)
    • Supporting Actress

Analysis:  Add on yet another film to the previous year’s high total because only three films manage more than three nominations.  What’s really odd is that only one film is nominated for both Picture and Director.  This is the first time in six years that none of the Comedy winners earn my highest rating.

Best Comedy Not Nominated for any Nighthawk Golden Globes:

  • The Triplets of Belleville

Analysis:  My #16 film of the year and the #7 Comedy.

Roundup for the Year in Film:

Eligible Films I Have Seen:  217

By Stars:

  • ****:  18
  • ***.5:  22
  • ***:  104
  • **.5:  34
  • **:  20
  • *.5:  7
  • *:  7
  • .5:  5
  • 0:  0
  • Average Film Score for the Year, out of 100:  63.45

Analysis:  The average is now up to ***, going up another 3/4 of a point.  That’s because almost 2/3 of the films (66.36%) of the films are *** or better, the highest since 1982.

My Year at the Theater

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

  • Lost in La Mancha  –  I think Veronica was there, but I definitely saw this with John and Terry, all three of us lamenting the film that would never be.  Of course, Gilliam is supposedly filming it now with new leads but I don’t believe that Gilliam films exist until I have seen them.
  • Piglet’s Big Movie  –  I saw this with Kari, as the world of Pooh Bear had always been part of our relationship.  Not very good, sadly.
  • A Mighty Wind  –  V and I saw this at a preview which Jill and Tavis were supposed to go to as well but they bailed.  We loved it from the start and I bought the soundtrack the day it came out.  I can’t count how many times I have listened to the soundtrack.
  • X2  –  We saw this opening day and I loved it as did everyone except Veronica, who was greatly bothered that Stryker’s son was left to die.
  • Down with Love  –  I’ll see anything with Ewan McGregor, but this film was incredibly fun and funny, a great send-up of the Rock Hudson / Doris Day films, except much better.
  • The Matrix Reloaded  –  I hadn’t seen the first Matrix in the theaters and had no interest in this but Veronica really wanted to see it and I think Tavis dragged me to this as well.  It was terrible.
  • Finding Nemo  –  V and I definitely saw this on opening day at Eastport.  Loved it and have continued to love it.
  • Hulk  –  This is a flawed film, no doubt, but it had the brilliant use of editing to make it look like comic book panels on the screen.  We saw this on opening day.
  • Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle  –  This was a Veronica birthday choice (remember, the previous year she chose Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood), which would have been the Monday after opening weekend.  Just awful.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl  –  We took Terry and John to this (Terry is a massive Johnny Depp fan) and we expected something fun but were blown away with how much we loved it.  We saw it two or three more times in the theater.  I remember Veronica pointing out, on the way home, that I liked Keira Knightley because she looked like Natalie Portman and then we found out when we got home that she had been Portman’s decoy in Phantom Menace.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen  –  I had loved the book but the timing of this was bad and we didn’t see it until the end of the summer at the McMenamin’s in Forest Grove.  Well that and the reviews, which were really bad and definitely spot on.  A truly awful film.
  • Spy Kids 3D: Game Over  –  Just like in 2002, the 12th movie I saw in the theaters was the Spy Kids sequel.  And again, we saw it with Joe and Julian.
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico  –  Another Depp movie with John and Terry.  You’d have thought Terry was married to John and not Joe.  Good silly fun.
  • Matchstick Men  –  Tavis and I went to Pioneer Place to see this during the Square Deal Sale at Powell’s because we were limited on our hours and so had to take long lunch breaks.  Quite good.
  • Lost in Translation  –  I want to say that I actually saw this alone at Pioneer Place, also during lunch break during SDS.
  • Underworld  –  Kate Beckinsale in black leather.  Vampires.  Werewolves.  How bad could it be, wondered Veronica and I?  Pretty bad.
  • Anything Else  –  Fairly certain I saw this with Tavis at Pioneer Place after work one day because Veronica hates Woody Allen films.
  • Bubba Ho-Tep  –  Bruce Campbell was supposed to be at our premiere showing at Cinema 21 but we had a taped intro instead.  Still an under-appreciated film with the best acting of Bruce’s career.
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1  –  I had actually read the leaked script before the film ever came out and was all ready for it.  So glad to have another Quentin film after six years off.
  • Intolerable Cruelty  –  Definitely not for everyone but it’s for Veronica and I and we loved it.  I think we saw this the day after Kill Bill.
  • Mystic River  –  I think we might have waited on this until my birthday, in its second weekend of expansion.  Brilliant film.
  • The Matrix Revolutions  –  Again, with Veronica and maybe John and Tavis.  It was supposed to redeem the crappy second film but this was even worse.
  • Love Actually  –  I think maybe V and I saw this the next day to give us a counterbalance to Revolutions.
  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World  –  Veronica had no interest in this but it was obviously going to be a big Oscar film, so I went to see it by myself during opening weekend.  This was right around the time that we found out she was pregnant, so her movie-going dropped off a bit.
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action  –  We did go together to see this because I’m big on Looney Tunes.  It was okay.
  • 21 Grams  –  Definitely went to this one by myself and never felt the disjointed time sequence worked that well for the film.  Great acting though.
  • In America  –  This film shattered me as can be read in my review (see below).  I saw it by myself while Veronica was working at the shelter.
  • The Last Samurai  –  I think I might have seen this by myself as well.  Quite good but not quite making it up to great.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition  –  We saw this at Lloyd Cinemas.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Extended Edition  –  This one I remember well, because we saw it on Saturday, 13 December and they had just announced that Saddam Hussein had been found.  I remember running into a co-worker in line and talking about it.  Again, V and I at Lloyd Cinemas.
  • Big Fish  –  V and I saw this together and she absolutely loved it.  I think it has some flaws, but it is enjoyable.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  –  I saw this 10 times in the theaters and Veronica was there every other time.  We saw it first on opening night at Eastport.  I definitely remember seeing it the day before the Oscars as well, the day after my last day of work at Powell’s.
  • Cold Mountain  –  I saw this by myself and didn’t think it lived up to the hype.  It was supposed to be the big contender with Return of the King for the Oscars but it ended up falling short, both in quality, and at the awards.

Endnote:  That’s another increase of only one film, although since two of these films are re-releases of films from previous years, is that really one less film?

Oscar-Nominated Films I Have Not Seen:

  • none

Oscar Quality:

Best Picture:  This year finishes just barely behind 1994.  They are very similar.  Return of the King is #16 while Pulp Fiction is #26.  Shawshank Redemption and Mystic River are both between 50 and 60.  Quiz Show and Master and Commander are only 14 spots apart.  Then, while Lost in Translation is 40 spots higher than Four Weddings and a Funeral, Seabiscuit is 39 spots lower than Forrest Gump.  The average nominee in 1994 is 91.4 while here it is 91.2.  The average finish is 145.0 in 1994 and 146.6 here.  Really, the only major difference is something that doesn’t get reflected in the overall ranks (where 1994 finishes third and this year finishes fourth) which is that here, the Academy gave the Oscar to the best of the five films and in 1994 they gave it to the worst.

The Winners:  Well, 11 Oscars for my #1 film will set things up nicely.  Among the nominees, the average winner is at 1.40, the best since 1948.  The Academy made the best choice in 15 categories (the most since 1953) and only one worst choice.  It had a perfect 1.0 in the major categories and the Tech categories.  Among all films, the average winner ranked at 2.35, the best since 1986.  There was Nighthawk / Oscar agreement in 12 categories, the most since 1983.  This year joins 1992 as the only years with perfect Nighthawk / Oscar agreement in the four major categories.  The Tech rank is 1.33, the second best ever (behind only 1977).  The only thing that drags the year down is Renee Zelwegger’s Oscar, which ranked at 16, the only winner in any category ranked below 5th (and Foreign Film is the only other one below 3rd).

The Nominees:  Overall, the Oscar Score is 80.7, which is down from each of the two previous years, but still the fifth best to this point.  It’s the Tech that causes the drop, as it drops down to 76.6, with only Sound, Visual Effects and Makeup scoring above an 85 and Editing and Cinematography earning scores below 60.  The acting is a solid 86.9, though only Actress manages to score above a 90.  It’s the major categories that keeps the year really strong: Director earns its first perfect 100, Original Screenplay is a phenomenal 97.1, Adapted Screenplay is a strong 84.2 and the 78.0 score for Picture is one of the highest for that category.  Overall, the major categories earn a score of 89.7, the highest in history.

Golden Globe Best Picture – Comedy / Musical:  While 2002 was the banner year for the Oscar nominees for Best Picture, this is the better year for this category; it is the third best to-date and the fifth best ever.  It joins 1996 and 2013 as the only years in which all five nominees actually reach ***.5, my cut-off for nominees, which means, even if the Globes didn’t pick my Top 5 (and they didn’t), they picked five films that were worthy of nominations.  My own top five would be Lost in Translation, Finding Nemo, A Mighty Wind, Pirates of the Caribbean and American Splendor, with The Station Agent as a close #6 and my #7 and 8 both ineligible, being Foreign films (The Triplets of Belleville, The Barbarian Invasions).  The Globes went with Lost in Translation, Finding Nemo, Big Fish (my #11, though four films above it were Foreign and thus ineligible), Love Actually (my #12) and Bend it Like Beckham (my #16).  The other two years this ranks behind are 2007 and 2000, both of which only have four films that earn ***.5, but in both cases, the final films is a high *** and the first four films are all **** while here, only the first two are ****, the next two are high ***.5 and the third is low ***.5.

Top 5 Films of the Year:

1  –  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (reviewed here and here)

2  –  Mystic River  (reviewed here)

3  –  Lost in Translation  (reviewed here)

4  –  In America  (reviewed here)

5  –  City of God  (reviewed here)

The Razzies:  Two of the nominees are truly terrible but I don’t list them below because one is a documentary (The Real Cancun) and the other I keep forgetting isn’t a documentary (From Justin to Kelly) and never include it in my spreadsheets.  They would both be .5 films and very deserving of their nominations.  The winner, Gigli, is a .5 film and if it isn’t the worst film of the year (and it isn’t, though it’s close), it was a colossal failure with two big stars and so it’s no surprise that it won.  The fourth nominee, The Cat in the Hat, is the worst film of the year.  That just leaves Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, which I give *.5 but with big stars, it’s easy fodder for the Razzies.  I wish they had picked League of Extraordinary Gentlemen which really belonged among the nominees, but they did a pretty good job this year, so I won’t complain.

5 Worst Films  (#1 being the worst):

  1. The Cat in the Hat
  2. Visitor Q
  3. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  4. Gigli
  5. 2 Fast 2 Furious

note:  It was tempting to push League down to the bottom because I would have rather reviewed that, but it’s not quite that bad.  All five of these films are .5 films and they are the only .5 films for the year.
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: Anger Management, Bulletproof Monk, Cheaper by the Dozen, Daddy Day Care, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Final Destination 2, Freddy vs. Jason, The Haunted Mansion, Honey, House of 1000 Corpses, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The In-laws, Jeepers Creepers 2, Johnny English, Just Married, Kangaroo Jack, Lara Craft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Radio, S.W.A.T., Scary Movie 3, What a Girl Wants.

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Do not make the mistake of thinking that just because you can rhyme that you can write like Dr. Seuss.  You cannot.

The Cat in the Hat  (dir. Bo Welch)

I’m going to repeat, verbatim, the first paragraph of a review I wrote for the worst film of 1958, Queen of Outer Space: “If [young writers] become enthusiastic, it’s about someone like Kurt Vonnegut, who is uncopyable.  If they try to copy him, they’re in for a disaster.”  Irwin Shaw said that, and I pull it from a wonderful little book called Fighting Words: Writers Lambast Other Writers – from Aristotle to Anne Rice.  Now, that quote is in the book because can be viewed, ostensibly, as a swipe at Vonnegut.  But I don’t think it really is.  I think Shaw realizes that Vonnegut is a singularly great writer, and I use that word singularly on purpose.  Many writers are great and you can learn to write like them, provided you have enough talent.  Faulkner’s influence can be seen in Garcia Marquez, Morrison and McCarthy.  You can see Hammett in Ellroy.  Dickens lives on, in a more comic form, in John Irving.  But Vonnegut’s style works only for him.  If you try to write like Vonnegut, it becomes almost unreadable.  I know, because I knew someone in grad school whose novel was clearly, massively influenced by Vonnegut and as a result, was an utter mess.  Now, this not just a digression – it also has a point.

Okay, that’s the end of my original paragraph.  Here’s why I use it again.  Because Vonnegut isn’t the only kind of writer like that.  Dr. Seuss is another perfect example.  Seuss had a magnificent style, one that seemed utterly simplistic, and yet was incredibly complex in the way it used language to enrich us, to entertain us and to sometimes even befuddle us.  He understood how a combination of simple words (in The Cat in the Hat) and made-up words (like in Bartholomew and the Oobleck) could be magic.  But it’s worth remembering that The Cat in the Hat is the deliberately simplistic one.  It doesn’t use a lot of made up words.  So when we get the opening scenes of this film, with a narrator trying to sound like Dr. Seuss but utterly failing, we understand why his film aren’t meant to be of feature-length.  Only Seuss knew how to link them together in such a magnificent way.  Instead, when they try to expand the stories, they end up with crap like this.

Look at the original book.  Two little kids sit at home on a rainy day and are bored.  So in comes the Cat.  He makes their lives interesting, but at the cost of utter chaos and eventually they are forced to reign him in.  There is nothing like that in this film, where the obnoxious brother is destroying things and making his mother’s life miserable.  One of the points of the book is that we never see their mother, much like the parents in a Peanuts strip.  It’s just something out of sight.  The whole book works as a metaphor for what your imagination can do when you are left with it.  But in the film they add in a ridiculous subplot about a lazy next-door neighbor and they make the brother awful and it bogs things down and even that can’t pad out the running time to 90 minutes.  The film is too busy and too empty all at the same time.

Worst of all in this film is Mike Myers.  If you allowed him free reign with a silly accent, he could be great fun as the green ogre.  But let him actually appear on screen and the results were quickly becoming a complete disaster.  Every time he speaks in this film, it sounds like he’s trying to channel Bert Lahr in The Wizard of Oz, as if he wants us to remind us of a great film instead of the one we’re actually watching.  I think it says enough that I absolutely can not stand Martin Short and have never liked him in anything and I would choose his animated version of the Cat in The Cat in The Hat Knows a Lot About That in an instant over what Myers does in this film.

Points:

  • Most Nighthawk Nominations:  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (18)
  • Most Nighthawk Awards:  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (13)
  • Most Nighthawk Points:  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (830)
  • Worst Film Nominated for a Nighthawk Award:  Monster  ***
  • 2nd Place Award:  Mystic River  (Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor, Supporting Actor, Cinematography)
  • 6th Place Award:  Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World  (Picture, Original Score)
  • Most Nighthawk Drama Nominations:  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (8)
  • Most Nighthawk Drama Awards:  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (4)
  • Most Nighthawk Drama Points:  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (460)
  • Worst Film Nominated for a Nighthawk Drama Award:  House of Sand and Fog
  • Most Nighthawk Comedy Nominations:   Lost in Translation  (5)
  • Most Nighthawk Comedy Awards:  Lost in Translation  (5)
  • Most Nighthawk Comedy Points:  Lost in Translation  (410)
  • Worst Film Nominated for a Nighthawk Comedy Award:  Pieces of April

Note:  * means a Nighthawk record up to this point; ** ties a Nighthawk record.
Note:  Monster is actually ***.5 and my #34.  But all 26 films that earn Nighthawk nominees are in the Top 34.

Progressive Leaders:

  • Most Nighthawk Nominations:  The Wizard of Oz  /  The Godfather  /  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (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  /  Ingmar Bergman  (600)

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

  • Drama:  95 (48)  –  In America  (64.8)
  • Foreign:  80  –  City of God  (65.7)
  • Comedy:  39 (10)  –  Lost in Translation  (67.1)
  • Crime:  15 (8)  –  City of God  (69)
  • Kids:  15 (2)  –  Finding Nemo  (57.7)
  • Suspense:  9 (3)  –  Swimming Pool  (64)
  • Action:  9 (2)  –  Kill Bill Volume 1  (50.1)
  • Musical:  7 (2)  –  A Mighty Wind  (64)
  • Sci-Fi:  7 (2)  –  Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines  (40)
  • Horror:  6  –  28 Days Later  (46)
  • Fantasy:  4 (2)  –  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  (75.5)
  • Western:  3  –  Open Range  (65)
  • Adventure:  3 (1)  –  Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World  (50.5)
  • Mystery:  2  –  Mystic River  (84.5)
  • War:  2  –  The Last Samurai  (60.5)

Analysis:  It’s the fewest Comedies since 1993 and the fewest Dramas since 1997.  The non-genre films (Drama / Comedy / Musical) only account for 65.28% of the films, the lowest since 1995.  Foreign films account for 37.04%, the highest since 1977.  The 5 Horror films are the lowest since 1997 and there won’t be another year with so few.  The 3 Westerns are as many as I saw from 1997 through 2002 combined and it’s the only year after 1993 with more than two.  Comedies have their highest average since 1997 and Crime has its highest since 1990.
Master and Commander is the first Adventure film in the Top 10 (or 20) since 1992.  For the second year in a row, there is only one Comedy in the Top 10, but there are 4 in the Top 20.  Finding Nemo is the first Kids film in the Top 10 since Toy Story, but it’s the start of an eight year stretch where Pixar will have a Top 10 film six times.  There are 5 Foreign films in the Top 20, the most since 1995.

Studio Note:  Miramax really drops off, going down to just 11 films.  Instead, it is Fox that leads with 16 films, split evenly between 20th Century-Fox and Fox Searchlight.  There are also double digits from Warner Bros, Paramount, Columbia / Sony, Disney, Sony Pictures Classics and Lionsgate, though none of them have more than 13.  I have my first two films from Film Movement.  Of the majors, only Fox (66.88) and Disney (68.54) manage an average of above 60 with Columbia way down at 51.91.
Fox has two Top 10 films for the first time in six years.  The only other studios with more than 1 Top 10 films are Warner Bros and Miramax, both with two each.  Miramax has 5 Top 20 films and Warners has 3 but no other studio has more than two.  With Columbia fading and UA just about done, neither of them has a Top 20 film for the first time since 1942.  One year after having no Top 20 films, Warners storms back; it not only has three Top 20 films but it’s the start of a four year stretch where they have 15 Top 20 films, the most by any major studio in a four year stretch since Robert Evans’ heyday at Paramount from 1973-76 (though both Orion and Miramax well exceeded those numbers at various points).  The major studios only account for 7 Top 20 films, the lowest number in six years.

84 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):

  • The Barbarian Invasions  (Arcand, Canada)  ***
  • The Best of Youth  (Giordana, Italy)
  • Bon Voyage  (Rappeneau, France)  *
  • Buddy  (Tyldum, Norway)
  • Cafe Lumiere  (Hou, Taiwan)
  • Carandiru  (Babenco, Brazil)  *
  • Carnage  (Gleize, France)
  • Crimson Gold  (Panahi, Iran)
  • Los Debutantes  (Waissbluth, Chile)  *
  • Deep Breath  (Partovi, Iran)  *
  • Dekada 70  (Rono, Philippines)  *
  • Distant  (Ceylan, Turkey)  *
  • Divine Intervention  (Suleiman, Palestine)  *
  • Drifters  (Wang, China)
  • Evil  (Hafstrom, Sweden)  **
  • The First Night  (Restrepo, Colombia)  *
  • The Flower of Evil  (Chabrol, France)
  • The Forest for the Trees  (Ade, Germany)
  • Free Radicals  (Albert, Austria)  *
  • Fuse  (Zalica, Bosnia)  *
  • Godzilla: Tokyo SOS  (Tezuka, Japan)
  • The Golden Laws  (Ishiyama, Japan)
  • Goodbye Lenin  (Becker, Germany)  *
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn  (Tsai, Taiwan)  *
  • Horseman  (Ivanda, Croatia)
  • I’m Not Scared  (Salvatores, Italy)  *
  • Infernal Affairs  (Lau, Hong Kong)  *
  • Interstella 5555  (Takenouchi, Japan)
  • Journey to Jerusalem  (Nitchev, Bulgaria)  *
  • Ju-on: The Grudge  (Shimizu, Japan)
  • King of Thieves  (Fila, Slovakia)  *
  • Kitchen Stories  (Hamer, Norway)  *
  • Kite  (Chahal, Lebanon)  *
  • Kol Ho Naa Ho  (Advani, India)
  • Last Life in the Universe  (Ratanaruang, Thailand)  *
  • Love Me if You Dare  (Samuell, France)
  • Mamay  (Sanin, Ukraine)  *
  • Maqbool  (Bharadwaj, India)
  • Monsieur Ibrahim  (Dupeyron, France)
  • Nathalie  (Fontaine, France)
  • Nicotina  (Rodriguez, Mexico)
  • Nina’s Tragedies  (Gabizon, Israel)  *
  • Noi Albinoi  (Kari, Iceland)  *
  • Not on the Lips  (Resnais, France)
  • Oldboy  (Park, South Korea)
  • Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior  (Pinkaew, Thailand)
  • Osama  (Barmak, Afghanistan)  *
  • Paper Dove  (Aguilar, Peru)  *
  • La Petite Lili  (Miller, France)
  • Porn Theatre  (Nolot, France)
  • Pornography  (Kolski, Poland)  *
  • Rana’s Wedding  (Abu-Assad, Palestine)
  • Reconstruction  (Boe, Denmark)  *
  • The Return  (Zvyagintsev, Russia)  *
  • Saraband  (Bergman, Sweden)
  • Seawards Journey  (Casanova, Uruguay)  *
  • Seducing Doctor Lewis  (Pouliot, Canada)
  • Sexual Dependency  (Bellott, Bolivia)  *
  • Since Otar Left  (Bertolucci, France)
  • Sleepless Nights  (Khalifa, Egypt)  *
  • So Close  (Yuen, Hong Kong)
  • Soldados de Salamina  (Trueba, Spain)  *
  • Spare Parts  (Kozole, Slovenia)  *
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring  (Kim, South Korea)  *
  • The Story of Marie and Julien  (Rivette, France)
  • Strayed  (Techine, France)
  • Suddenly  (Lerman, Argentina)
  • Swimming Pool  (Ozon, France)
  • A Tale of Two Sisters  (Kim, South Korea)
  • A Talking Picture  (de Oliveira, Portugal)  *
  • Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space  (Kuno, Japan)
  • A Thousand Clouds of Peace  (Hernandez, Mexico)
  • Tiger and the Snow  (Benigni, Italy)
  • Time of the Wolf  (Haneke, Austria)
  • Tokyo Godfathers  (Kon, Japan)
  • The Triplets of Belleville  (Chomet, France)
  • The Twilight Samurai  (Yamada, Japan)  **
  • Twin Sisters  (Sombogaart, Netherlands)  **
  • Untold Scandal  (Lee, South Korea)
  • Valentin  (Agresti, Argentina)  *
  • Vodka Lemon  (Saleem, Armenia)  *
  • Warriors of Heaven and Earth  (Ping, China)  *
  • Witnesses  (Bresan, Croatia)  *
  • Zelary  (Trojan, Czech Republic)  **

Note:  Back up to 84 films, the second highest to-date.  For the seventh consecutive year, France is in first (14 films) and Japan is in second (7 films).  I have my first films from Afghanistan and Palestine (first two from the latter).  I have my second films after long gaps from Bolivia (8 years) and Ukraine (6 years).  For the first time in six years I have no film from Serbia but I have two from Croatia for the only time.  I have two films from Norway for only the second time.  I have two films from Canada for only the third time.  I have no films from Belgium for the first time in five years a year after having four (three of which, to be fair, were a trilogy).  I have no films from Hungary for the first time in eight years.  South Korea continues to go up, reaching four films in a year for the first time.  Almost 2/3 of the films are Dramas (54 out of 84).

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

  • Belgium:  Sea of Silence  (dir. Coninx)
  • Finland:  Elina  (dir. Haro)
  • Greece:  Think It Over  (dir. Evangelakou)
  • Hungary:  Forest  (dir. Fliegauf)
  • Indonesia:  The Stringless Violin  (dir. Ayu Asmara)
  • Luxembourg:  I Always Wanted to Be a Saint  (dir. Mersch)
  • Mexico:  Aro Tolbukhin. En la mente del asesino  (dir. Racine / Zimmerman / Villaronga)
  • Nepal:  Muna Madan  (dir. Deuja)
  • Serbia:  The Professional  (dir. Kovacevic)
  • Sri Lanka:  Mansion by the Lake  (dir. Peries)
  • Venezuela:  Sangrador  (dir. Henriquez)

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 45 for 56 (80%), the first time I have hit 80% since 1976.  The 56 submissions is an increase of two and a new high.
The countries that are out after submitting in 2002 are India (its only post-1983 miss), Switzerland (its only post-1977 miss), Romania (its last miss to-date), Algeria, United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Chad (won’t submit again until 2013) and Tunisia (hasn’t submitted since).  Hong Kong and Bosnia are back after one year gaps (and haven’t missed since) and Armenia is also back after one year off.  Back after longer times off are Nepal, Peru, Ukraine and Bolivia.  Making their first submissions are Palestine, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.
These are my only miss (Sri Lanka, who has only submitted twice), second (Nepal), third (Luxembourg), fourth (Mexico, Serbia), fifth (Indonesia, Venezuela), eighth (Greece), tenth (Finland, Hungary) and 15th (Belgium).

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

  • Matthew’s Days  (1968)
  • Le Cercle Rouge  (1970)
  • All My Loved Ones  (1999)
  • Gloomy Sunday  (1999)
  • Herod’s Law  (1999)
  • Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets  (2000)
  • La Commune  (Paris, 1871)  (2000)
  • Dead or Alive 2  (2000)
  • Merry Christmas  (2000)
  • Songs from the Second Floor  (2000)
  • Bolivia  (2001)
  • Buffalo Soldiers  (2001)
  • Chaos  (2001)
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie  (2001)
  • Dust  (2001)
  • Fulltime Killer  (2001)
  • God is Great and I’m Not  (2001)
  • Hotel  (2001)
  • Ichi the Killer  (2001)
  • Inch’Allah Dimanche  (2001)
  • Japon  (2001)
  • Lawless Heart  (2001)
  • Millennium Actress  (2001)
  • Sakura Wars: The Movie  (2001)
  • Taking Sides  (2001)
  • Visitor Q  (2001)
  • Aka  (2002)
  • Amen  (2002)
  • And Now Ladies and Gentlemen  (2002)
  • Bend it Like Beckham  (2002)
  • The Cat Returns  (2002)
  • Charlotte Sometimes  (2002)
  • City of God  (2002)
  • The Dancer Upstairs  (2002)
  • Dirty Pretty Things  (2002)
  • The Eye  (2002)
  • Friday Night  (2002)
  • Gerry  (2002)
  • The Good Thief  (2002)
  • The Hard Word  (2002)
  • He Loves Me He Loves Me Not  (2002)
  • House of Fools  (2002)
  • The Housekeeper  (2002)
  • In America  (2002)
  • In My Skin  (2002)
  • In This World  (2002)
  • Irreversible  (2002)
  • L’Auberge Espagnole  (2002)
  • Lilja 4 Ever  (2002)
  • The Magdalene Sisters  (2002)
  • Man on the Train  (2002)
  • The Man Without a Past  (2002)
  • Marooned in Iraq  (2002)
  • May  (2002)
  • Mondays in the Sun  (2002)
  • Nothing More  (2002)
  • Nowhere in Africa  (2002)
  • Open Hearts  (2002)
  • Patlabor WXIII: The Movie  (2002)
  • Rachida  (2002)
  • Raising Victor Vargas  (2002)
  • Ripley’s Game  (2002)
  • Russian Ark  (2002)
  • The Sea  (2002)
  • Small Voices  (2002)
  • Ten  (2002)
  • Try Seventeen  (2002)
  • Unknown Pleasures  (2002)
  • Waiting for Happiness  (2002)
  • Whale Rider  (2002)
  • Yossi & Jagger  (2002)
  • Zus & Zo  (2002)

Note:  These 72 films average a 66.4.  It includes two truly awful films (Hotel, Visitor Q) but also several **** films (In America, City of God, Whale Rider, Dirty Pretty Things, Nowhere in Africa) and a number of ***.5 films.  This list accounts for 16 Nighthawk nominations (including two Best Picture nominees) and the win for Supporting Actress.

Films That Weren’t Eligible at the Oscars:

  • AKA
  • All My Loved Ones
  • Amen
  • Bolivia
  • Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Le Cercle Rouge
  • Chaos
  • Charlotte Sometimes
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie
  • Divine Intervention
  • Dust
  • The Eye
  • The Flower of Evil
  • Fulltime Killer
  • Gerry
  • Gloomy Sunday
  • God is Great and I’m Not
  • The Golden Laws
  • He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
  • Herod’s Law
  • Hotel
  • The Housekeeper
  • Ichi the Killer
  • Japon
  • Kal Ho Naa Ho
  • The Man Without a Past
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • Matthew’s Days
  • Nowhere in Africa
  • Porn Theatre
  • Rana’s Wedding
  • Russian Ark
  • Sakura Wars: The Movie
  • The Sea
  • The Slaughter Rule
  • Small Voices
  • Songs from the Second Floor
  • Suddenly
  • Taking Sides
  • Ten
  • Visitor Q
  • Zus & Zo

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:

  • Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets
  • Cafe Lumiere
  • The Cat Returns
  • La Commune (Paris, 1871)
  • Dead or Alive 2
  • Los Debutantes
  • Deep Breath
  • Dekada 70
  • The First Night
  • Horseman
  • Inch’Allah Dimanche
  • Interstella 5555
  • Journey to Jerusalem
  • King of Thieves
  • Mamay
  • Maqbool
  • Merry Christmas
  • Nothing More
  • Paper Dove
  • Rachida
  • Ripley’s Game
  • Sleepless Nights
  • Soldados de Salamina
  • The Story of Marie and Julien
  • Try Seventeen
  • Unknown Pleasures
  • Waiting for Happiness
  • Witnesses

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:

  • Baadasssss  (2004)
  • Bon Voyage  (2004)
  • The Brown Bunny  (2004)
  • Buddy  (2004)
  • Carandiru  (2004)
  • Crimson Gold  (2004)
  • Distant  (2004)
  • Dogville  (2004)
  • The Dreamers  (2004)
  • Free Radicals  (2004)
  • Fuse  (2004)
  • Godzilla: Tokyo SOS  (2004)
  • Goodbye Lenin  (2004)
  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn  (2004)
  • I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead  (2004)
  • I’m Not Scared  (2004)
  • Intermission  (2004)
  • Ju-on: The Grudge  (2004)
  • Kitchen Stories  (2004)
  • Last Life in the Universe  (2004)
  • Love Me if You Dare  (2004)
  • The Mother  (2004)
  • Ned Kelly  (2004)
  • Nicotina  (2004)
  • Nina’s Tragedies  (2004)
  • Noi Alboni  (2004)
  • Osama  (2004)
  • Pornography  (2004)
  • Reconstruction  (2004)
  • The Return  (2004)
  • The Saddest Music in the World  (2004)
  • Saints and Soldiers  (2004)
  • Seawards Journey  (2004)
  • Seducing Doctor Lewis  (2004)
  • Since Otar Left  (2004)
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring  (2004)
  • Strayed  (2004)
  • A Tale of Two Sisters  (2004)
  • Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space  (2004)
  • A Thousand Clouds of Peace  (2004)
  • Time of the Wolf  (2004)
  • Twentynine Palms  (2004)
  • The Twilight Samurai  (2004)
  • Untold Scandal  (2004)
  • Valentin  (2004)
  • Virgin  (2004)
  • Vodka Lemon  (2004)
  • Warriors of Heaven and Earth  (2004)
  • Young Adam  (2004)
  • Zelary  (2004)
  • The Best of Youth  (2005)
  • Dallas 362  (2005)
  • Drifters  (2005)
  • High Tension  (2005)
  • Infernal Affairs  (2005)
  • Not on the Lips  (2005)
  • Off the Map  (2005)
  • Oldboy  (2005)
  • Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior  (2005)
  • La Petite Lili  (2005)
  • Saraband  (2005)
  • Sexual Dependency  (2005)
  • Spare Parts  (2005)
  • A Talking Picture  (2005)
  • Twin Sisters  (2005)
  • Evil  (2006)
  • The Forest for the Trees  (2006)
  • Nathalie  (2006)
  • Tiger and the Snow  (2006)
  • Kite  (2007)

Note:  These 70 films average a 63.7.  There’s one zero star film (Twentynine Palms), four *.5 films and four ** films while only two **** films (Saraband, Twin Sisters), though there are several ***.5 films.  None of them will have much impact on future Nighthawk Awards.

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