my filmspots nomination ballot

January 15, 2008

i’ve waited until the absolute last moment until i turn the ballot in so that i could make time to see there will be blood. i didn’t get a chance to see really any non-english language films, in particular the diving bell and the butterfly, which seems to be getting all the love. most of the other non-english language films that are being mentioned are out on dvd, so i’ll have a chance to catch up with them before the final votes are due. also, the amount of documentaries i have seen this year is shockingly low.

categories:

picture

1. once – my final “best of 07” list won’t be complete for awhile and i’m not sure if i’d put once first on my list, but i love it so much and it’s sort of a strategical ploy to give it more points then the other two, which i think more people will nominate.

2. there will be blood

3. juno

director

1. paul thomas anderson – there will be blood

2. joel & ethan coen – no country for old men

3. sean penn – into the wild

original screenplay

1. diablo cody – juno

2. susanne bier/anders thomas jensen – after the wedding

3. shane meadows – this is england

adapted screenplay

1. sean penn – into the wild

2. joel & ethan coen – no country for old men

3. james vanderbilt – zodiac

actor

1. rolf lassgard – after the wedding – might not be better than daniel day, but less people are gonna nominate him so i’m trying to get him on the ballot, and he probably deserves the best actor nod.

2. daniel day lewis – there will be blood

3. emile hirsch – into the wild

actress – i haven’t seen away from her, a mighty heart, or a lot of other films that are getting heavy praise for the leading ladies.

1. ellen page – juno

2. keri russell – waitress

3. marketa irglova – once

supporting actor

1. ben foster – 3:10 to yuma

2. stephen graham – this is england

3. ifran khan – the namesake

supporting actress

1. sidse babett knudsen – after the wedding

2. tabu – the namesake

3. cate blanchett – i’m not there

ensemble cast

1. after the wedding

2. 3:10 to yuma
3. no country for old men

editing – no vote

non-english language film

1. after the wedding

2. the lives of others

soundtrack

1. once – by far the best

2. juno

3. darjeeling limited

score

1. there will be blood

animated film

1. ratatouille

2. the simpson’s movie

documentary

1. god grew tired of us

2. sicko

3. helvetica

art direction – no vote

sound editing – no vote

visual effects – no vote

cinematography –

1. there will be blood

2. no country for old men

3. 3:10 to yuma

make-up – no vote

costumes – no vote

fun categories:

kick-ass scene

1. bathhouse fight – eastern promises

2. waiting on the bed in the hotel – no country for old men

3. waterloo station – the bourne ultimatum

trailer – i personally decided only to include films from 07

1. there will be blood

2. no country for old men

3. the darjeeling limited

villain

1. charlie prince – 3:10 to yuma

2. daniel plainview – there will be blood

3. anton chigurh – no country for old men

surprising performance – no vote. I don’t like either category of surprising performance or film because i think it places too much emphasis on expectations, something i try to avoid when going to a film.

surprising film – no vote

debut feature

1. once

2. the lives of others

3. the lookout

best line

1.”i’m finished” – there will be blood

2. “there are five different types of chairs in this room” – knocked up

3. “how can a train be lost? it’s on rails” – the darjeeling limited

worst film

1. 300

2. the pirates of the carribean III

3. across the universe

breakthrough (can be an actor or filmmaker of any sort) –

1. ellen page – juno

2. ben foster – 3:10 to yuma

3. emile hirsch – into the wild

so that’s my ballot and, as always, would probably change most of the votes if i did it next week.

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3 Responses to “my filmspots nomination ballot”

  1. johnheberle Says:

    had to change my ballot to follow everyone else’s criteria. edits:

    lead actor –
    1. daniel day lewis – there will be blood
    2. emile hirsch – into the wild
    3. christian bale – rescue dawn

    supporting actor –
    1. rolf lassgard – after the wedding
    2. ben foster – 3:10 to yuma
    3. shane graham – this is england

  2. olive Says:

    i’m glad i stumbled upon this site…

    i just wanted to add that ben foster’s been great previously in a little known (probably “for TV”) movie called “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead”… but I haven’t seen 3:10 to Yuma yet.

    will keep up with your blog… watched Once recently… SO So sososo wonderful. haha… it’s so good it steals away my capacity to be eloquent about it… i just get happy about being able to have experienced it.

  3. johnheberle Says:

    thanks olive. i’m definitely interested in checking out bang, bang you’re dead, and since netflix has it i probably will.

    and if you’re a ben foster fan you gotta check out 3:10 to yuma. he’s probably the best part of the film.


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