2005 Bellview Awards
Ahh, it's that special time of year
This one got close near the end of the year,
but every time I think about the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller
comic-turned-flick, I realize that nothing else this year quite
nailed it for me like this bad boy
"Good Night, and Good Luck"
"The 40-Year-Old Virgin"
"A History of Violence"
Best Actress--Joan Allen,
Nothing has really changed since the
mid-year point on this one; Allen is amazing in this part, but
because Kevin Costner is in it damn near nobody saw the movie
Line." The chances of her being nominated for an Oscar
Constant Gardener." Her character is a fairly worn
idea, but Weisz gives it life and makes me (kinda) forget about
Maria Bello, "A History of Violence."
With this work plus her SAG-nominated role in
two years ago, she ought to be showing up big soon
Summer of Love." Alright, maybe the movie's not
great...but, as the next-door neighbor with a dirty side, Blunt
is fantastic in this flick
Best Actor--David Straithairn, "Good
Night, and Good Luck"
Long-time character actor Straithairn
finally has a shot at an Oscar for his portrayal of Ed Murrow in the
Joaquin Phoenix, "Walk the Line."
He'll probably get the Oscar he should have won five years ago
Min-sik Choi, "Oldboy." I just
watched this again last week--maybe the best role in a foreign
film I've seen in years
Daniel Craig, "Layer Cake." This
is the part that locked down the Bond contract
Terrence Howard, "Hustle and Flow."
WHOOP DAT TRICK! WHOOP DAT TRICK!!!
There are plenty of honorable mentions here,
and many of them will be nominated for their work by real critics:
Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Capote", Steve Carell for "The
40-Year-Old Virgin", (Ladies Love) Jake Gyllenhaal for
"Brokeback Mountain", and Mickey Rourke in "Sin City."
Best Supporting Actress--Michelle
Williams, "Brokeback Mountain"
Just the scene where she sees for herself
what REALLY goes on during those fishing trips will garner Williams
her first Oscar nomination
"Memoirs of a Geisha." If you have read the book, you
realize that this beauty nails the Hatsumomo part...and then you
ask yourself: how can a 40-year-old in real life play
a 25-year-old in the movies?
I'll be anxious to see how Oscar handles the performances from
this film, which were generally fantastic but also very brief;
"M:I-2") does great work with the few moments she has as the
victim of a racial profiling incident
Jessica Alba, "Sin City." Not to
be confused with a real actress, Alba is perfect for the part as
the girl that Hartigan (Bruce Willis) tries to protect from the
city's evil element
Playing Catfish Rita in one of the year's worst films, this is
the only character that came close to being funny
Best Supporting Actor--Clifton Collins
In my mind, all of the hype surrounding the
Hoffman performance in "Capote" was false advertising--the best part
in that film belongs to Collins, playing the inmate that tells his
story to the writer while looking for a friend that might be his
As gay bodyguard/actor Elliot Wilhelm, The Rock almost makes
this shitty Travolta flick watchable
You can almost see Rourke chewing on the fat as the lead bounty
hunter in this run-and-gun Tony Scott action/comedy; man, Rourke
had a great year
Larenz Tate, "Crash." I've
been saying "People, man...people" all year; maybe his best line
from his best part since "Dead Presidents"
Ciarán Hinds, "Munich." He's been
in so many other films, but it's nice to see him get the most
sentimental part on the Israeli specialist team because he owns
the role (even though he's a real-life Irishman)
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