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2003 Bellview Awards

1/6/04

Folks--

Happy New Year!  I was going to send this out last night, but I feared that many of you had not dug out of that holiday e-mail yet, so I had to hold up a day.  Now, let’s hit it!!


Best Flick—“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”

It’s the reason you go to the movies in the first place.

  1. “Old School”

  2. “Mystic River”

  3. “Love Actually”

  4. “21 Grams”

  5. “L’Auberge Espanole”

  6. “School of Rock”

  7. “Spellbound”

  8. “Pieces of April”

  9. “Capturing the Friedmans”

 

Best Actress—Naomi Watts, “21 Grams”

Utterly fantastic.

  1. Monica Bellucci, “Irreversible.”  Barely outdone by Watts

  2. Kati Outinen, “The Man Without a Past.”  Cannes Best Actress winner this past spring

  3. Charlotte Rampling, “Swimming Pool.”  Loved this role

  4. Parminder Nagra, “Bend It Like Beckham.”  Excited to see what’s next for her 

 

Best Actor—Will Ferrell, “Old School”

This one was close, but it is a guaranteed laugh whenever you say these words to me in sequence:  “Keep on truckin’!”  I had this list down to seven and I just can’t take anybody off of it.  It’s good to not have any rules!

  1. Johnny Depp, “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”  Man, I hope he gets nominated for this

  2. Jack Black, “School of Rock.”  Black is a one-trick pony…but, rock comedy (uhh, Tenacious D?) is his trick

  3. Sean Penn, “Mystic River.”  He might actually win the Oscar this year

  4. Ray Liotta, “Narc.”  His best film work, even outpacing “Goodfellas”

  5. Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Owning Mahoney.”  Don’t worry, you haven’t seen this yet, but you should

  6. Bill Murray, “Lost in Translation.”  A revelation

 

Best Supporting Actress—Patricia Clarkson, “Pieces of April”

I can still hear her chewing on those donuts. 

  1. Keira Knightley, “Bend It Like Beckham.”  She was in four movies this year for a reason

  2. Nutsa Kukhianidze, “The Good Thief.”  This is her first movie?

  3. Naomie Harris, “28 Days Later.”  Her character has great range

  4. Ludivine Sagnier, “Swimming Pool.”  Dirty but effective

 

Best Supporting Actor—Johnny Depp, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”

How good was Depp in this movie?  He made a joke that I have heard before—“Are you a MexiCAN…or a MexiCAN’T?”—even funnier with his delivery.  Like #2, he single-handedly made a film watchable, which is no small task

  1. Seann Willam Scott, “American Wedding.”  Seriously, watch this film again—it’s like the other actors are waiting for Scott to be funny, he’s such a gravy train

  2. Fred Willard, “A Mighty Wind.”  His character is such a bastard, and he still makes it work...wha’ happening?

  3. Bill Nighy, “Love Actually.”  His Billy Mack almost steals a movie with a dozen other headliners

  4. Brett Kelly, “Bad Santa.”  The kid is good, indeed

 

Discuss.  On to Part 2...

 

 

Comments?  Drop me a line at justin@bellviewmovies.com.

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