Monday, July 21, 2014

The Fifties Eligibility Lists, 2014

It's all happening... Joe Reid, whom you know and love from The Wire and from the Film Experience podcasts, will join me again for The Fifties, my annual tradition of listing the best achievements in major Oscar categories in the year by around mid-summer, once I've hit the milestone of seeing 50 U.S. commercial releases from the calendar year. Beyond sharing ridiculous list-mania, Joe and I have a knack for reaching that goalpost at almost exactly the same time without even trying. We don't, however, see all the same movies—this year we only overlap on 26 titles—so you can't draw a one-to-one comparison between our choices.  Happily, the discrepancies increase the overall eligibility pool and make consensus all the more striking when it does emerge.

We are very aware of not finishing our announcements last year. To prevent that happening again, we've already filled out our individual ballots and are planning shorter conversations about our choices. The first categories will be posted soon. For now, here are the lists of films we're each working from, with shared titles in bold. File your favorites and FYC's in the Comments! And use that space to fight over whether Emily Blunt is a lead or a supporting player in Edge of Tomorrow.

P.S. Now that The Fifties are finished, I've included final nomination tallies for each movie in parentheses.

(25 got nominations)
22 Jump Street
Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq
Before You Know It
Begin Again (3)
Belle (1)
Blue Ruin (2)
Child's Pose
Closed Curtain
Cold in July
Edge of Tomorrow (9)
The Final Member
Frankie & Alice
The German Doctor (1)
Gloria (4)
Godzilla (2)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (4)
Heli (2)
Hide Your Smiling Faces (1)
Honey (2)
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Ida (5)
Ilo Ilo (4)
The Immigrant (8)
It Felt Like Love
The Last of the Unjust (3)
The LEGO Movie (1)
Like Father, Like Son
Maleficent (1)
The Missing Picture (5)
Night Moves
Norte, the End of History (5)
Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1
Nymphomaniac, Vol. 2
Obvious Child (4)
Only Lovers Left Alive (8)
The Rover
Stranger by the Lake (2)
They Came Together
Under the Skin (7)
Unrelated (8)
Le Week-end (3)
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
Young & Beautiful
(29 got nominations)
22 Jump Street (1)
Adult World
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Blue Ruin (3)
Borgman (2)
Boyhood (6)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2)
Chef (1)
The Congress (6)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2)
Devil's Knot
Edge of Tomorrow (8)
Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
The German Doctor
Gloria (3)
Godzilla (4)
The Grand Budapest Hotel (3)
Happy Christmas
Hide Your Smiling Faces (3)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (1)
The Immigrant (2)
The LEGO Movie
Locke (2)
Lucky Them
Neighbors (1)
Night Moves
Noah (1)
Obvious Child (6)
Omar (1)
Only Lovers Left Alive (6)
The Pretty One
Raze (1)
The Sacrament
Snowpiercer (6)
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors
Stranger by the Lake (8)
They Came Together
Trust Me
Under the Skin (8)
Veronica Mars (1)
Le Week-end (1)
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (1)
Winter's Tale
X-Men: Days of Future Past (1)

We both elected to disqualify The Normal Heart and other movies that premiered on U.S. television, as well as films scheduled for U.S. release later this year that haven't technically bowed yet (which for me knocks out Child of God, The Dog, and Tracks). Joe got to Boyhood and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes before the 50-film cutoff but I didn't.

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Blogger Jonathan said...

Aaaaaaaaaaaah, excited! So looking forward to this.

11:06 AM, July 21, 2014  
Anonymous BVR said...

Best Director
- Glazer, "Under the Skin"
- Gray, "The Immigrant"
- Liman, "Edge of Tomorrow"

Lead Actor
- Fiennes, "Grand Budapest Hotel"
- Broadbent, "Le Week-End"
- McAvoy, "X-Men"

Lead Actress
- Cotillard, "The Immigrant"
- Duncan, "Le-Weekend"
- Knightley, "Begin Again"
- Blunt, "Edge of Tomorrow"

Supporting Players
- Goldblum, "Le Week-End"
- Renner, "The Immigrant"
- Steinfeld, "Begin Again"
- Levine, "Begin Again"

11:33 AM, July 21, 2014  
Anonymous Georgia said...

Gareth Edwards, "Godzilla"
Jonathan Glazer, "Under the Skin"
James Gray, "The Immigrant"
Doug Liman, "Edge of Tomorrow"
Lukas Moodyson, "We Are the Best!"

Adapted Screenplay
"About Last Night"
"The Double"
"Edge of Tomorrow"
"Obvious Child"

Original Screenplay
"The Immigrant"
"Le Week-End"
"Only Lovers Left Alive"
"We Are the Best!"

Marion Cotillard, "The Immigrant"
Lindsay Duncan, "Le Week-End"
Paulina Garcia, "Gloria"
Keira Knightley, "Begin Again"
Jenny Slate, "Obvious Child"

Macon Blair, "Blue Ruin"
Jim Broadbent, "Le Week-End"
Ralph Fiennes, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"
Jake Gyllenhaal, "Enemy"
Jude Law, "Dom Hemingway"

Supporting Actress
Laura Dern, "The Fault in Our Stars"
Regina Hall, "About Last Night"
Gaby Hoffmann, "Obvious Child"
Xosha Roquemore, "GBF"
Tilda Swinton, "Snowpiercer"

Supporting Actor
Riri Furanki, "Like Father, Like Son"
Ethan Hawke, "Boyhood"
Paul Iacono, "GBF"
Jake Lacy, "Obvious Child"
Jeremy Renner, "The Immigrant"

1:41 PM, July 21, 2014  
Anonymous John said...

- that Under The Skin is not an actor’s movie, but much of its success is a result of ScarJo’s specifically chilly abstraction
- Gaby Hoffman in Obvious Child
- Under The Skin and The Immigrant in every single tech category

5:23 PM, July 21, 2014  
Anonymous Liz said...

A few FYIs:

-"The Immigrant" for EVERYTHING
-Lindsay Duncan for "Le Week-End"
-Luminita Gheorghiu and Vlad Ivanov for "Child's Pose"
-Mia Waisakowska for "Only Lovers Left Alive"
-Jenny Slate for "Obvious Child"
-"Ida" for cinematography
-"Non-Stop" for art direction
-"Edge of Tomorrow" for screenplay and editing (If the latter doesn't make either of your ballots, I'll cry. Please don't make me cry.)

And OK, neither of you saw "Bethlehem," apparently, but I want to be on record as saying that Tsahi Halevi and Hitham Omari are excellent in it.

Oh, and Emily Blunt is a lead.

9:54 PM, July 21, 2014  
Anonymous Daph Bajas said...

For Actor:
Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow
Crowe in Noah
Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gyllenhaal in Enemy

For Actress:
Bayani in Norte, the End of History
Cotillard in The Immigrant
Johansson in Under the Skin
Vacth in Young & Beautiful

For Supporting Actor:
Lucero in Norte, the End of History
Efron in Neighbors
Johnson in
Kebbell in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

For Supporting Actress:
Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow
Byrne in Neighbors
Hoffmann in Obvious Child
Kulesza in Ida

7:55 AM, July 22, 2014  
Anonymous Bruce said...

disqualify NORMAL HEART?!? its HBO **films** you guys. plus, nick, didn't you give Patrick Wilson a nom for ANGELS back in 03...

anyway, go UNDER THE SKIN and Cotillard!!

3:05 AM, July 23, 2014  
Anonymous RAY said...

PICTURE: Under the Skin (RU: Stranger by the Lake)
DIRECTING: Glazer, Under the Skin (RU: Guiraudie, Stranger by the Lake)
ACTRESS: Cotillard, “Immigrant” (RU: Knightly, “Begin Again”)
ACTOR: Fiennes, “Budapest Hotel” (RU: Ruffalo, “Begin Again”)
S ACTRESS: Lange, “In Secret” (RU: Byrne, “Neighbors”)
S. ACTOR: d'Assumçao, “Stranger by the Lake” (RU: Bomer, “Normal Heart”)
SCREENPLAY: Begin Again (RU: Normal Heart)
CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Immigrant (RU: Under the Skin)
EDITING: Under the Skin (RU: Edge of Tomorrow)
ART DIRECTION: Grand Budapest (RU: Snowpiercer)
COSTUMES: Grand Budapest (RU: Immigrant)
SCORE: Under the Skin (RU: Grand Budapest)
SOUND MIXING: Under the Skin (RU: Stranger by the Lake)
SOUND EDITING: Under the Skin (RU: Godzilla)
VISUAL EFFECTS: Godzilla (RU: Edge of Tomorrow)
MAKEUP: Grand Budapest (RU: Only Lovers Left Alive)
ENSEMBLE: Begin Again (RU: Grand Budapest)
POSTER: Stranger By the Lake (RU: Godzilla comicon)

3:08 AM, July 23, 2014  

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