Monday, January 06, 2003

OFCS Awards for 2002

I’ve just received E-mail about On-line Film Critics Society Awards for 2002. The “official” announcement for media is going to be later this day, but those who bother to read this blog are going to get it first:

Picture: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Director: Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Actor: Daniel-Day Lewis Gangs of New York
Actress: Julianne Moore Far from Heaven
Supporting Actor: Dennis Quaid Far from Heaven
Supporting Actress: Samantha Morton Minority Report
Ensemble: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Original Screenplay: Far from Heaven (Todd Haynes)
Adapted Screenplay: Adaptation Adaptation (Charlie Kaufman & Donald Kaufman)
Foreign Language Film: Y Tu Mama Tambien
Cinematography: Far from Heaven (Edward Lachman)
Original Score: Far from Heaven (Elmer Bernstein)
Visual Effects: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Jim Rygiel)
Art Direction: Far from Heaven
Costume Design: Far from Heaven Sandy Powell)
Editing: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (D. Michael Horton & Jabez Olssen)
Sound: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers(Ethan Van der Ryn & Mike Hopkins)
Documentary: Bowling for Columbine
Animated Film: Spirited Away
Breakthrough Performance: Maggie Gyllenhaal Secretary
Breakthrough Filmmaker: Mark Romanek One Hour Photo

I must say that I’m not particularly surprised nor upset over none of my favourites (except Y Tu Mama Tambien) winning. I actually had great difficulty taking the part in the whole process because very few of the official nominees actually made to Croatian cinemas in 2002. That happened even with the winner. Croatian distributor made last-minute decision to postpone the national premiere for January. Apparently, they thought that they could have milked more cash from kids watching Harry Potter. And if something like Lord of the Rings receives such treatment you could only imagine what happens with obscure, “independent”, “artsy” or non-American titles…


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