Film 2003 as Seen by Wayne Case

| February 1, 2004

Note: This recap is based on my personal reaction to the 156 films that I saw in full during 2003.
Best Films
(In Order of Preference)
(1) House Of Sand And Fog
(2) Love Actually
(3) Shattered Glass
(4) Cold Mountain
(5) Bend It Like Beckham
(6) Under The Tuscan Sun
(7) Holes
(8) Bad Santa
(9) Japanese Story
(10) Something’s Gotta Give
A*L*S*O… Angels In America [from HBO]
Runners-Up (Alphabetical)
21 Grams
In America
In The Cut
Intolerable Cruelty
Laurel Canyon
Monster
Mystic River
Raising Victor Vargas
Runaway Jury
Seabiscuit
Veronica Guerin
Honorable Mentions (Alphabetical)
Camp
The Cooler
Hulk
I Capture The Castle
The Italian Job
The Magdalene Sisters
A Mighty Wind
Mona Lisa Smile
Open Range
Passionada
The Rundown
The Slaughter Rule
The Station Agent
Whale Rider
Guilty Pleasures (Alphabetical)
Just Married
Old School
The Bottom Ten
(In order of retchedness)
(1) Wonderland
(2) My Boss’s Daughter
(3) A Guy Thing
(4) Bringing Down The House
(5) How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
(6) Cheaper By The Dozen
(7) People I Know
(8) Le Divorce
(9) Scary Movie 3
(10) The Order
Dishonorable Mentions
Basic
Beyond Borders
Confidence
Gothika
Identity
Pieces Of April
The Shape Of Things
But Not For Me (Alphabetical)
American Splendor
Lost In Translation
Starlet Scarlett Johansson
Unendurable
Boat Trip
Best Actor (In order of preference)
(1) Ben Kingsley, House Of Sand And Fog
(2) Jude Law, Cold Mountain
(3) Sean Penn, 21 Grams
(4) Jack Nicholson, Something’s Gotta Give
(5) Billy Bob Thornton, Bad Santa
(6) Paddy Considine, In America
(7) William H. Macy, The Cooler
(8) Peter Dinklage, The Station Agent
(9) Hayden Christensen, Shattered Glass
Best Actress (In order of preference)
(1) Charlize Theron, Monster
(2) Cate Blanchett, Veronica Guerin
(3) Jennifer Connelly, House Of Sand And Fog
(4) Toni Collette, Japanese Story
(5) Diane Keaton, Something’s Gotta Give
(6) Naomi Watts, 21 Grams
(7) Meg Ryan, In The Cut
(8) Diane Lane, Under The Tuscan Sun
(9) Samantha Morton, In America
(10) Nicole Kidman, Cold Mountain
(11) Frances McDormand, Laurel Canyon
(12) Agnes Bruckner, Blue Car
(13) Jamie Lee Curtis, Freaky Friday
Best Supporting Actor
(In order of preference)
(1) Peter Sarsgaard, Shattered Glass
(2) Bill Nighy, Love Actually
(3) Paul Bettany, Master And Commander
(4) Djimon Hounsou, In America
(5) Jonathan Ahdout, House Of Sand And Fog
(6) Benicio Del Toro, 21 Grams
(7) Alec Baldwin, The Cooler
(8) Bobby Cannavale, The Station Agent
(9) Gotaro Tsunashima, Japanese Story
(10) William H. Macy, Seabiscuit
(11) Justin Bartha, Gigli
(12) Wentworth Miller, The Human Stain
Best Supporting Actress
(In order of preference)
(1) Shohreh Aghdashloo, House Of Sand And Fog
(2) Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain
(3) Emma Thompson, Love Actually
(4) Olympia Dukakis, The Event
(5) Maria Bello, The Cooler
(6) Patricia Clarkson, The Station Agent
(7) Marcia Gay Harden, Mystic River
(8) Jennifer Jason Leigh, In The Cut
(9) Sarah AND Emma Bolger, In America
(10) Holly Hunter, Thirteen
(11) Melissa Leo, 21 Grams
(12) Evan Rachel Wood, Thirteen
Best Original Script
(In Order Of Respect)
Love Actually
In America
21 Grams
Best Adapted Script
(Alphabetical)
Holes
House Of Sand And Fog
Mystic River
Seabiscuit
Shattered Glass
Best Original Song (Alphabetical)
“The Heart Of Every Girl” From Mona Lisa Smile
“Here’s Where I Stand” From Camp
“Holding All My Love For You” From Open Range
“It’s A Long Way To The Top” From School Of Rock
“A Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow” From A Mighty Wind
“One More Day” From Veronica Guerin
“Shade And Honey” From Laurel Canyon
“Time Enough For Tears” From In America
Best Original Musical Scoring (Alpha)
Cold Mountain, Gabriel Yared
House Of Sand And Fog, James Horner
Mona Lisa Smile, Rachel Portman
Mystic River, Clint Eastwood
Shattered Glass, Mychael Danna
Veronica Guerin, Harry Gregson-Williams & Others
Special Awards
The Victor Mature Worst Performance by an Actor Award: Woody Harrelson in Anger Management
The Michelle Phillips/Cornelia Sharpe/Angel Thompkins Worst Performance by an Actress Award: None this year
The Heaven’s Gate Budget Award: Master and Commander
The Otto Preminger “Light Touch” Award: Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
The Sam Peckinpah “Wretched Excess’ Award: Kill Bill Vol. 1
The Sidney Lumet Miscasting Award: Halle Berry as a psychiatrist in Gothika
Paul Walker in 2 Fast 2 Furious
Anthony Hopkins AND Nicole Kidman in The Human Stain
A Star Is Born Break-Thru Award: Keira Knightley in Bend It Like Beckham, Love Actually, and Pirates Of The Caribbean
Great Expectations Award: Billy Ray, Shattered Glass
David Gordon Green, All The Real Girls
The Surgeon General’s Warning Award (4-way tie): X-Men 2, Lost In Translation, Basic, and Paycheck
The John Hartl Stop-Them-Before-They-Direct-Again Award: John Cox for Wonderland
The Calling-Sydney-Guilaroff-for-Help-Hair-Style Award:
Female: Kate Hudson in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
Male: Colin Firth in Girl With A Pearl Earring
The What About Bob Most Annoying Award: Male: Jack Black in School Of Rock
Female: Betty White in Bringing Down The House
and Paula Jai Parker in Phone Booth
RANT: As usual, trailers give away too much information and include too many punch lines and/or plot points. The title of every film should be prominent at the start of its trailer rather than buried at or near the end. Every prominent cast member shown in the trailer should be identified.
REQUEST: Once again, I ask that major credits appear at the start of the film rather than at the end while 95% of the audience races for the exit.
QUESTION: Is there no limit to the amount of money that the film fan will pay for popcorn and soft drinks?!
SPECIAL THANKS: No new theatrical films from the following gentlemen were released this year: Bob Clark, Peter Hyams, Frank Oz
The Ellen Terry Awards
Note: Awarded to those providing extra and or unexpected pleasure.
Ben Affleck in Paycheck, Daredevil
Eric Bana in Hulk
Christian Bale in Laurel Canyon
Marc Blucas in I Capture The Castle
Henry Cavill in I Capture The Castle
Tim Daly in Basic
Christian de la Fuente in Basic
Aaron Eckhart in The Core, Paycheck
Colin Farrell in The Recruit, S.W.A.T
Benno Furmann in The Order
Ashton Kutcher in Just Married, Cheaper By The Dozen
Andrew Lincoln in Love Actually
Josh Lucas in Second Hand Lions, Hulk
Malcolm McDowell in The Company
Gabriel Mann in The Life Of David Gale
Cillian Murphy in 28 Days Later, Girl With A Pearl Earring
Alessandro Nivola in Laurel Canyon
Kip Pardue in Thirteen
Simon Rex in Scary Movie 3
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in Bend It Like Beckham
Mark Ruffalo in In The Cut, My Life Without Me
Rodrigo Santoro in Love Actually
Seann William Scott in The Rundown, Bulletproof Monk
Scott Speedman in Dark Blue, My Life Without Me, and Underworld
Jason Statham in The Italian Job
Chapman Russell Way in Dark Blue
Fredrick Weller in The Shape Of Things
Luke Wilson in Old School, Alex And Emma
Owen Wilson in Shanghai Knights
Kate Beckinsale in Laurel Canyon, Underworld
Rose Byrne in I Capture The Castle
Veronica Cartwright in Just Married
Anna Faris in Lost In Translation
Romola Garai in I Capture The Castle
Jennifer Garner in Daredevil
Ginnifer Goodwin in Mona Lisa Smile
Rachel Griffiths in The Hard Word
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Mona Lisa Smile
Marcia Gay Harden in Mona Lisa Smile
Keira Knightley in Love Actually, Bend It Like Beckham
Laura Linney in Love Actually
Geraldine McEwan in The Magdalene Sisters
Michael Michele in Dark Blue
Bridget Moynahan in The Recruit
Parminder Nagra in Bend It Like Beckham
Nora-Jane Noone in The Magdalene Sisters
Sandra Oh in Under The Tuscan Sun
Amanda Peet in Something’s Gotta Give
Emmy Rossum in Mystic River, Passionada
Chloe Sevigny in Shattered Glass
Juliet Stevenson in Bend It Like Beckham, Mona Lisa Smile
Charlize Theron in The Italian Job
Uma Thurman in Paycheck
Eileen Walsh in The Magdalene Sisters
Sigourney Weaver in Holes
Catherine Zeta-Jones in Intolerable Cruelty

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