Thursday, February 23, 2012

Glen's First Annual Film Awards

No matter how knowledgeable the voters are, no matter how catholic their film taste is, no matter how devoted they are to seeing every god-damn release, film awards are bound to irritate me - the reason being that they don't have the courtesy to reward my favourite films. So, with that in mind, I've initiated my own little awards ceremony. 

Eligibility is as follows: Films must have been viewed by me on a cinema screen at some point between the dates 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011 inclusive, and must have an imdb date predating the eligibility period by no more than 3 years. 

As befits my lack of technical knowledge category titles are liable to be rather poor descriptions of what it is that I'm actually rewarding. For example "Best Director" is just a euphemism for "Flashiest Director" and "Best Art Direction" is actually "Best Art Direction, Costuming and Make-up".

Best Film
1. The Tree of Life
2. The Kid with a Bike
3. Policeman
4. Certified Copy
5. Catfish

Best Director
1. Mohammad Rasoulof (Goodbye)
2. Raul Ruiz (Mysteries of Lisbon)
3. Terrance Malick (The Tree of Life)
4. Takashi Miike (13 Assassins) & Denis Villeneuve (Incendies)
5. Julia Leigh (Sleeping Beauty)
6. Nadav Lapid (Policeman) & Tsui Hark (The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)

Best Script
1. Abbas Kiarostami (Certified Copy)
2. Dardenne Bros (The Kid with the Bike)
3. Nadav Lapid (Policeman)
4. Alexei Popogrebsky (How I Ended This Summer)
5. Oleg Negin (Elena)

Best Editing
1. Zachary Stuart-Pontier (Catfish)
2. Monique Dartonne (Incendies)
3. Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber and Mark Yoshikawa (The Tree of Life)
4. Sarah Fgaier (The Mouth of the Wolf)
5. Nick Meyers (Sleeping Beauty)

Best Art Direction
1. On Tour
2. The Skin I Live In
3. Elena
4. Sleeping Beauty
5. Submarine

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