Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Best of 2006: Doc's, Sound, and Music

And we have liftoff! The curtain of the 2006 Nick's Flick Picks Honorees starts rising on the Best Documentary category and the four Sound & Music rosters, for Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Song Score/Adaptation Score (since I thought the Original Songs were pretty bunk this year), and Best Sound Effects. Rationales all around and, wherever the competition was close, some runners-up. Comment away, and keep checking back for more updates!

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Blogger Glenn Dunks said...

Glad to see An Inconvenient Truth is absense.

If that is being classed as a documentary then Block Party can be too. I loved that movie so much! "You Got Me" was just phenomenal.

2:16 AM, January 31, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disappointed An Inconvenient Truth missed out, but thrilled to see Jesus Camp there.

I also think it's interesting that you thought this was a lame year for original songs. I thought it was pretty good - particularly with the Shortbus songs and Etheridge's stunning anthem.

3:56 AM, February 03, 2007  
Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

You're both right: An Inconvenient Truth did miss, but not by much. Give or take Shut Up & Sing, it was probably second runner-up to this list—the problem being, everything that isn't directly focused on Al Gore's presentation feels so staged and unattractively

As for the songs, Steve: how many of the Shortbus songs are new, and written explicitly for the film? You probably know better than I do; I wasn't sure, so I didn't consider any of them. I do like the Etheridge song, but all of my driving musical memories from movies in the past year were incorporations of existing songs instead of new work, so I just elected to honor them that way.

10:49 AM, February 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I believe "In the End" and (my personal favorite) "Soda Shop" are original. A couple others, too, but those are the ones that made my list, along with Etheridge's song, "Listen" and "O Kazakhstan."

I do think it's kind of a stupid category, though. But it's fun, I think, and there are some great songs written every year. I think the nadir for the category was 2004, though. 2003 was a great year for original songs, both at the Oscars (shocking) and in general.

1:15 PM, February 03, 2007  

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