2006 Bellview Awards
Another year, another shitload of
Best Flick (tie)--"The
on a Plane"
Everyone that has seen "The Departed"
already knows the deal there--great movie, great cast, great
director, great cinematography, great ending, great screenplay
jacked from the Asian import
Affairs", which itself won literally every major award at Hong
Kong, Taiwan and Japan's set of awards three years ago. It's
almost funny that anyone would think the film WOULDN'T be great, but
there are always going to be haters out there. As good as the
theater experience was with "The Departed", it doesn't even hold a
candle to the experience I had seeing "Snakes on a Plane" at a
Thursday-night screening of the film here in Northern Virginia; I'm
telling you (and the other dozen folks that came with me will attest
to this) that you almost can't have more fun in a theater with the
right kind of crowd. Don't bother renting "SOAP"; in general,
it's an average film. But, with people hissing every time
someone was about to die, Sam Jackson hamming it up, gratuitous
snake kills running rampant and "low-budget horror-thriller"
brimming from every camera angle, I caught "SOAP" on a special night
and for that, it shares the top prize.
"Little Miss Sunshine"
"The Lost City"
Best Actress--Ellen Page,
Nothing has really changed since the
mid-year point on this one; Page's work is scary stuff, because you
know that "that girl" is out there somewhere
Playing a deaf character who suffers the film's big heartbreaks,
Kikuchi's deadpan stare stuck with me long after I left the
Kate Winslet, "Little Children."
This was just a great movie, but Winslet works wonders as the
mom with an eye for the hot neighbor
"Notes on a Scandal." Come on, you just KNOW she's
going to get nominated anyway, right??? Luckily, it's
because she deserves it in this one; no one picks a mix of films
like Dench, and to come so soon after another run as M in
"Casino Royale" only makes the range seem wider
Another lock for an Academy Award nomination, Mirren played a
hitwoman in "Shadowboxer" and freakin' Queen Elizabeth.
Best Actor--Sasha Baron Cohen, "Borat"
"Yeah, the other nominees...not so much, not
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Departed."
Much like two years ago with "The Aviator", Leo is going to get
hosed again come Oscar time
"The Pursuit of Happyness." Aren't you excited for
Will's future as an actor, instead of a movie star?
"The Last King of Scotland." Whitaker is a powerhouse
in this film; he's almost as good here as he was in "Ghost Dog:
Way of the Samurai"
Jack Black, "Nacho Libre." I don't
even LIKE Jack Black, but he's money as a half-Mexican
monk/wrestler who occasionally breaks out in song
Best Supporting Actress--Abigail Breslin,
"Little Miss Sunshine"
Hopefully, Ms. Breslin--our heroine
Olive--will be able to follow this up with something, anything,
nearly as funny; maybe she got lucky, but she was fantastic in this
ensemble cast of characters
Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls." For
a non-actress, she was great as the woman scorned in the Beyoncé/Jamie
Foxx musical hit
Scared." In what has to be the most
senselessly-violent, over-the-top adult film of the year, Farmiga's role as the wife of grunt Paul Walker was actually
pretty entertaining, including her take on what to do about
"Inside Man." One of the surprise successes this year,
Foster's shady character is fierce, but she can also credit her
talent plus looking better on film than maybe ever, which is saying
Devil Wears Prada." Although I know some folks who
liked the film more than I did, everyone can agree on one
thing--Streep puts this film on her back, because without her,
the flick is genuinely disappointing
Best Supporting Actor--Jack Nicholson,
In a film where damn near all of the major
players will probably get nominated, Jack's got a real shot to win
here because his moody Boston gangster is classic Jack mixed with a
Mark Wahlberg, "The Departed."
Gets the most laughs of a surprisingly-funny film
Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine".
So many great lines, but "Fuck a lotta women, kid...not just one
woman, a LOT of women" has to be right up there as the family's
John C. Reilly,
"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." Ferrell
must have been surprised to see during the final cut of this
that Reilly had nearly stolen the whole film; great stuff
Philip Seymour Hoffman,
"M:I-3." Big-budget mainstream flick or not, Hoffman
is great as the bad guy here, and he's better than advertised
playing his own version of evil
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