FILM AWARDS SMACKDOWN

Cinemarti: The Web Alliance for Film Commentary announced the nominations for its 2nd annual awards, celebrating the best film achievements of 2001. The Cinemarati Awards are unique among critics’ awards in that nominations and discussion of nominees are conducted in the open, in public, in the organization’s Roundtable discussion forums.
The list constitutes Cinemarati’s “first round” of nominations. Think NCAA playoff matches — each nominee is indicated by where it fell in the tabulation of member nominees, and it will go head-to-head against the other nominee indicated in our next round. The “tournament” ends on February 9, with the announcement of the final winners of each award.
The first round of matches:
BEST FILM ^ #1. MOULIN ROUGE! (Fox) vs. #8. GOSFORD PARK (USA) ^ #2. MEMENTO (Newmarket) vs. #7. A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Warner Bros.) ^ #3. MULHOLLAND DR. (Universal Focus) vs. #6. GHOST WORLD (United Artists) ^ #4. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (New Line) vs. #5. THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (USA)
BEST DIRECTOR ^ #1. Peter Jackson, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (New Line) vs. #8. Robert Altman, GOSFORD PARK (USA) ^ #2. Christopher Nolan, MEMENTO (Newmarket) vs. #7. Terry Zwigoff, GHOST WORLD (United Artists) ^ #3. Baz Luhrmann, MOULIN ROUGE! (Fox) vs. #6. Alejandro Amenábar, THE OTHERS (Dimension) ^ #4. David Lynch, MULHOLLAND DR. (Universal Focus) vs. #5. Joen Coen, THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (USA)
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE ^ #1. GOSFORD PARK (USA) vs. #8. OCEAN’S ELEVEN (Warner Bros.) ^ #2. THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (Touchstone) vs. #7. LANTANA (Lions Gate) ^ #3. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING (New Line) vs. #6. GHOST WORLD (United Artists) ^ #4. THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (USA) vs. #5. MOULIN ROUGE! (Fox)
BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR ^ #1. Billy Bob Thornton, THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (USA) vs. #8. Tom Wilkinson, IN THE BEDROOM (Miramax) ^ #2. Haley Joel Osment, A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Warner Bros.) vs. #7. Gene Hackman, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS (Touchstone) ^ #3. Guy Pearce, MEMENTO (Newmarket) vs. #6. John Cameron Mitchell, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Fine Line) ^ #4. Ewan McGregor, MOULIN ROUGE! (Fox) vs. #5. Jack Nicholson, THE PLEDGE (Warner Bros.)
BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS ^ #1. Naomi Watts, MULHOLLAND DR. (Universal Focus) vs. #8. Reese Witherspoon, LEGALLY BLONDE (MGM) ^ #2. Thora Birch, GHOST WORLD (United Artists) vs. #7. Halle Berry, MONSTER’S BALL (Lions Gate) ^ #3. Nicole Kidman, THE OTHERS (Dimension) vs. #6. Maggie Cheung, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (USA) ^ #4. Nicole Kidman, MOULIN ROUGE! (Fox)vs. #5. Tilda Swinton, THE DEEP END (Fox Searchlight)
THE JAR JAR BINKS AWARD ^ Dishonoring the Year’s Most Inexplicable Cinematic Creation ^ #1. The stupid ending of PLANET OF THE APES (Fox) vs. #8. The (ahem) acting career of Penelope Cruz (New Line/Universal/Paramount) ^ #2. Nic Cage’s accent in CAPTAIN CORELLI’S MANDOLIN vs. #7. Many parts of FREDDY GOT FINGERED (Fox) ^ #3. Dr. Know (Robin Williams’s cameo) in A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Warner Bros.) vs. #6. VANILLA SKY – WTF? (Paramount) ^ #4. MONKEYBONE (‘nuff said.) (Fox) vs. #5. FDR Standing Up in PEARL HARBOR (Touchstone)
Cinemarati: The Web Alliance for Film Commentary brings together online film critics and journalists, along with film buffs everywhere, for serious and seriously fun, discussion about film. Cinemarati strives to counter the notion that “anyone with a modem can be a critic” and to raise the level of discourse about film on the Internet to the point at which it will be considered on a par with print journalism. Cinemarati is a professional guild for film writers whose work appears primarily online, and a venue by which its members can promote intelligent film-related discourse on the Web. Cinemarati links to content from member sites — including reviews, articles, interviews, and more — and offers a forum by which movie fans can join an online roundtable with professional critics to talk about film as a means of expression, an art form, cultural commentary, and, of course, as entertainment.
Get the complete list on the Cinemarti web site.
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