Thursday, June 23, 2016

1999 Fisti Awards

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1999.  DAYAM!  That is all I can really say about this year.  Such a rich bounty of GREAT films cluttered this year, making narrowing down almost all of these categories (but mainly Best Picture and Supporting Actress) hard as f*ck.  In fact, I came VERY close to mirroring Oscar's 1939 decision and extending my Best Picture field to a ballot of 10, but at the very last minute I reverted back to five, since in my mind there was a clear five (despite LOVING about 20 films this year).

Now this is the year that Oscar went with American Beauty, and it's one of those longstanding controversial decisions because many, many people feel as though the film doesn't hold up.  On the flip side, many, many people feel as though it does.  It's a split decision, which always makes discussion of this year so rich.

Personally it wouldn't have been my choice of Oscar's ballot, but at the end of the day I do still adore it and it lands in my Top Twelve.

What makes this year so incredible is the rich tapestry and themes, ideas, concepts and constructions that take place.  You have so much variety here, and I indulged in so much.  This is one of those weird Fisti years though, that despite so much wealth I opted NOT to spread it much and actually handed a slew of noms/wins to one film in particular that over the years has grown and grown and grown in my esteem.

With 10 individual noms, 7 of which netted actual wins, I'd say we have a clear champion of the year that was 1999.

So, with that in mind I present to you the Fisti Awards of 1999!





















Award's Tally

[7 Wins]

The Talented Mr. Ripley

[3 Wins]

The Matrix

[2 Wins]

Boys Don't Cry
Titus

[1 Win]

Being John Malkovich
The Insider
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

62 comments:

  1. Love these! It's funny. I have some free time on my hands these days so I'm writing down my ballots for a lot of years including this one. I think we differ on a lot of choices but cant disagree that this was an absolutely amazing year.

    I'm one of the people who thinks American Beauty really does hold up and Kevin Spacey's performance in it is one of my favorite, ever. Also not the biggest fan of Talented Mr. Ripley though Jude Law is great in it and his win here is a great one. And i'd probably put Haley Joel Osment in Supporting because for me, Bruce Willis is the central character and Haley's character is more of a secondary character comparatively.

    Superb. Looking forward to more. Especially 90s and 2000s.

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    1. That's what is so awesome about 1999, it's so good that nearly 20+ films would be worthy BP winners in my book.

      I'm with you on American Beauty. I still love it. It's not my favorite of Oscar's nominees (that would be The Sixth Sense), but I think it's a great winner.

      Osment is the heart of The Sixth Sense, to me. It's really his story as much as it is Willis's, but that's all up to interpretation, I guess. Regardless, he's a very worthy nominee and probably my actual runner-up. Crowe is just too good here, though. Such a breathtaking performance.

      The Talented Mr. Ripley was a film that captivated me when I first saw it, but it wasn't until recent years when I read the novel and rewatched the film that it became so undeniable to me. If I had made this post just a year or so ago it would have been a dead-heat race between Being John Malkovich and Boys Don't Cry for BP, but this past year as swayed my favor towards Minghella's true masterpiece.

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  2. Wonderful post! Boys Don't Cry is an excellent pick for best film and best actress. Such a beautiful and devastating movie.

    For me, American Beauty has not only held up -- it's blossomed with repeated viewings

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    1. Such a devastating movie, indeed...but a VERY important one.

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  3. Holy crap we're almost the same! (did you see my awards for '99... Did I even post them? XD) But yeah, Love this stuff so much! I am surprised Anette Bening isn't on here tho, I thought she was the best character in AB. I'm also surprised Matt Damon isn't on here either lol

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    1. I just looked at them! All that Ripley love is EVERYTHING!

      Bening is great, but Lead Actress was SO STACKED this year. Matt Damon was very close to getting on my ballot, but again...such a STACKED category. Every category was, to be honest.

      The snubs were brutal.

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    2. Yeah I looked too, THEY'RE NOT DONE XD Can I do ANYTHING right? XD And yes Ripley is sooo good omg!

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    3. Well finish them!!! LOL, can't wait to see the finished version.

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    4. Hey have you ever nommed any woman for directing or cinematography? I was watching a thing about woman who do those positions and i was curios xD

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    5. Yes, for sure, to directing. I don't have all my awards up, but I know that I have posted a few (Sciamma in 2011 is one).

      DPs...I'm not sure, but I'm sure I will (or have). No discrimination here!

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    6. Oh wait I remember you did hahaha. I am curious tho, how do you find time to watch all these movies? And how do you learn about all the obscure ones?

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    7. I stay up late.

      And I follow a LOT of blogs and forums that talk about film, so I hear of a lot of obscure ones through them.

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    8. So... you don't sleep then? XD I also look up a ton of different awards guilds for different countries as well ;) Also I just posted '05 =3

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    9. 05 is a great year. I'll check it out in a bit.

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    10. UGH, yes I did...sorry...I was on my phone and looked them over and then haven't had a chance to jump back there and comment, but I will soon. I'm so behind.

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  4. 1999 was an awesome year. The Talented Mr. Ripley is something I still haven't seen in its entirety as I saw Purple Noon last year which I liked a lot so I have no clue if Minghella's film is better than Purple Noon. Here's my list of the Best Films of 1999.

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    1. I like Purple Noon...but it veers SO MUCH from Highsmith's incredible novel that it became a somewhat disappointment for me. The Talented Mr. Ripley follows her text MUCH closer and the changes it makes (mostly to the Marge character) are an improvement, honestly. In my eyes it's one of the most perfect adaptations.

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    2. Love your list! I'm intrigued to see where The Talented Mr. Ripley would rank, as well as The Sixth Sense (I don't see it there). #3, #7 & #21 are respectable for a year so strong!

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  5. One of my favorite years for film
    Picture: Magnolia (Eyes Wide Shut, The Insider, The Limey, Being John Malkovich being the other four runners up)
    Actor: Russell Crowe, The Insider (Damon in Talented Mr. Ripley is the runner up)
    Actress:
    Supporting Actor: Tom Cruise, Magnolia
    Supporting Actress: Julianne Moore, Magnolia
    Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Magnolia
    Original Screenplay: PT Anderson, Magnolia
    Adapted Screenplay: Anthony Minghella, Talented Mr. Ripley
    Cinematography: Stanley Kubrick and Larry Smith, Eyes Wide Shut
    Editing: The Limey (runner up: The Insider)
    Documentary Feature: American Movie

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    1. Magnolia is a film I have never embraced, but I like it. It's filled with excellent performances, that's for sure.

      But...who is your Actress win?!?!?!?!

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    2. OH man! I forgot about that when typing it out. My actress award would go to Reese Witherspoon as Tracy Flick. Best thing she has done.

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    3. Amen! Best thing she's ever done, for sure!

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  6. Gosh this was a great year and I am loving your picks! The Talented Mr. Ripley is a film I haven't seen in so long but it still resonates with me. I remember being angry at the character..that he got away with it and that is so brilliant. I love it that you gave a shout out to Austin Powers:) I have to say that I loved The Hurricane and felt it deserved more love. I am not much for the middle Star Wars saga with Queen Armadillo and Q-Tip but I loved the score in it. I find it powerful. I am one who also loves American Beauty and think Kevin Spacey is brilliant. I wish he would do another musical.

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    1. I like The Hurricane, but I don't love it. It's also been a few years since I've seen it, so maybe I should give it a rewatch, but I don't think it would break into my ballots any, considering how strongly I feel about the majority of these noms/wins.

      I could listen to Spacey sing all day long. His voice is glorious.

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  7. It was a good year for film which I think shows in how far apart our ballots are in most categories.

    Picture:

    Starting right at the top! We only share one title but what a good one it is. I haven’t see Being John Malkovich, I’m not that big a fan of his so a film devoted to him has never been appealing to me. But your other three choices are good films, though honestly both Boys & Fight Club were films I only watched once, and your winner Ripley would come in sixth place for me, it oozes style.

    My Choices:
    The Cider House Rules
    Election
    The Insider
    October Sky-Winner
    The Sixth Sense

    Love all these films but October Sky's simple focus on the power of a dream, determination and all around American can-doism punched across with an evocative score, one of the best and most fitting ever, is one of my all-time favorite films.

    Director:

    We’re closer in this with your winner in my list and mine in yours. Minghella does a great job capturing the ominous menace in Ripley while managing to make him alluring at the same time. It looks like I need to see The Girl on the Bridge.

    My Choices:
    Lasse Hallstrom-The Cider House Rules
    Joe Johnston-October Sky
    Anthony Minghella-The Talented Mr. Ripley
    Alexander Payne-Election
    M. Night Shyamalan-The Sixth Sense-Winner

    Solid work from all but Shyamalan's finely judged sense of menace and just right pacing seemed to herald a fantastic new talent. He turned out to be more or less a one trick pony but this is a great trick.

    Actor:

    I haven’t seen Farnsworth nor Hoskins films but your other three deliver powerhouse performances. I put Osment in supporting though he’s really a lead but I wanted to include him on my list even though he didn’t win in either category but his work is amazing. Russell Crowe is my runner up and it was tough choice.

    My Choices:
    Russell Crowe-The Insider
    Matt Damon-The Talented Mr. Ripley
    Jake Gyllenhaal-October Sky
    Kevin Spacey-American Beauty
    Bruce Willis-The Sixth Sense-Winner

    Gyllenhaal's at the time gawky charm is put to excellent use in Sky, he's perfect in showing both the wonder of discovery and the resolve of youthful determination. Although I think he's been better elsewhere Spacey gives the overblown Beauty a strong center and Damon twists an underlying malice into his seemingly innocent preppy persona in Ripley. Crowe’s quite brilliant and all but unrecognizable in The Insider but Willis's complex work, his last really notable performance to date that I've seen, is my choice.

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    1. I hope you watch Being John Malkovich. I'll say this...I rather hate him as an actor. I find him far too mannered and controlled and I can see all the 'acting' and it takes me out of every performance he gives, but this film is glorious because it mocks him more than anything else, and the way he pokes fun at his own person is brilliant. It's the only performance of his that I LOVE and I mean LOVE!!!

      I saw October Sky like a million years ago and have never watched it again...which clearly was a mistake on my part. I'll have to seek it out again.

      LOVE that Shyamalan is your winner. He was my runner-up. It's such a marvelous directorial feat.

      Crowe was undeniable for me. His complete collapse into character was brilliant. I love Willis, though, and if this year hadn't been so tight he would have been a nominee alongside Osment. I thought he was brilliant in Moonrise Kingdom a few years back, where he snags a Fisti nom.

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  8. Actress:

    Great choices! I haven’t seen Rosetta, actually I’ve never heard of it. Love the inclusion of Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions, usually I find her average and unmemorable by she’s terrific in that film. I do love Diane Lane’s performance, hell I do LOVE Diane Lane, but your winner is my runner up again!

    My Choices:
    Diane Lane-A Walk on the Moon
    Frances O'Connor-Mansfield Park
    Joan Plowright-Tea with Mussolini
    Hilary Swank-Boys Don't Cry
    Reese Witherspoon-Election-Winner

    Many worthy performances and only five spots meant I had to leave Annette Bening off but it wouldn't have mattered anyway since the decision was between Swank and Witherspoon. Hilary is extraordinary in Boys Don't Cry but I still prefer Witherspoon turning her sunny personality to the dark side in a portrait of mad ambition and success at all costs but with a humorous twist.

    Supporting Actor:

    Well here ya go we don’t share a single pick, though Duncan is on your long list! I really detested Magnolia and tried to block everything about it from my memory so I don’t remember much about either of those two performances. I’ve put off watching War Zone, the people I know who have seen it have all said it was tragic and searing, not the biggest inducement to watch something. Law is good in Ripley but as a performer he’s never moved me much.

    My Choices:
    Michael Caine-The Cider House Rules
    Chris Cooper-October Sky-Winner
    Michael Clarke Duncan-The Green Mile
    Haley Joel Osment-The Sixth Sense
    Christopher Walken-Blast from the Past

    This is one of my favorite Caine performances and even though he's not my choice to win it's a wonderful piece of work. The same applies to Duncan and Walken, the very definition of the nutty professor in the charming Blast from the Past, and Osment is riveting in 6th Sense but since he never displayed that sort of power again I credit the director with guiding the performance with a great deal of its punch. Cooper is a knockout as the hard, fair but conflicted father faced with a son he loves but doesn't understand in October Sky. His face just tells you so much about his internal struggle.

    Supporting Actress:

    We’re a trifle closer. I admire Jolie’s performance but I’d never say it was the best of the year. I’ve never been able to bring myself to watch Eyes Wide Shut with its pairing of two of my least favorite contemporary performers. Sevigny is one of those actresses whose work is usually solid but never stays with me, such is the case here. Boys Don’t Cry is all about Swank to me.

    My Choices:
    Natalie Canerday-October Sky
    Toni Collette-The Sixth Sense-Winner
    Angelina Jolie-Girl, Interrupted
    Julianne Moore-An Ideal Husband
    Maggie Smith-Tea with Mussolini

    Jolie, Moore and Smith are all customarily strong in their films but this was between the little known Canerday and the unique Collette as the two mothers struggling with conflicts. Canerday is all resolute grit and calm understanding in Sky but her showcase car scene aside, where she is utterly fantastic, Toni's mother requires her to run through pretty much every human emotion and she does so masterfully.

    You are a big fan of Talented Mr. Ripley, so many nominations. All those tech ones are well deserved, the film has a stunning look.

    I was surprised to not see October Sky’s gorgeous violin and flute heavy score among even your long list, it would be my winner.

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    1. LOVE the O'Connor nom! I really loved Mansfield Park and wish I could have given it some attention, but this year was so rich that the snubs just kept coming and coming. Happy to see we're 3/5 here, and can't argue with your winner (even if she'd be my #5).

      Caine is indeed great, but he's always great and it wasn't a performance that I felt stretched him by any means. It was a great 'Caine' performance in a film that I didn't connect with on a larger front.

      Osment was just wow.

      I'm saddened that you don't love Law's performance. It's one of my all time favorites. The way he creates this character that is so easy to hate despite being ridiculously captivating is such a tricky feat, but if not for his performance, the whole film (especially Ripley's arc) would have made no sense.

      The Supporting Actress category was the hardest for me to narrow. I contemplated 10 nominees and 10 also rans but opted not to. It's THAT rich. Again, though, I'm sad that my winner is not on your list nor is one you care much for. To me, Sevigny's performance in Boys Don't Cry is richer and longer lasting than Swank's. At the end of the day, I weep for Lana's crushing loss, and all of that is because of the way Sevigny layers so much on this young woman.

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    2. Oh, I meant to ask...have you seen A.I.? You speak of how Osment has never been as riveting as he was in The Sixth Sense, and yet I find his performance in A.I. to be even stronger.

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  9. The only one of these awards I've touched on on my site is Original Screenplay. I agree that Boys Don't Cry deserved to be in the mix and I agree on dumping Topsy-Turvy.

    I'd still give it to American Beauty. It's such an angry screenplay, and my problem with Being John Malkovich is that I really dislike all of the characters except for poor Malkovich.

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    1. I like Topsy-Turvy, but it hasn't stayed with me as much as I wanted it too.

      American Beauty is a very worthy screenplay winner.

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  10. 1999. What An Iconic Year For Movies!

    Very neat to see Talented Mr. Ripley get a lot of love here. I still haven't seen it (something's wrong with me. I know.) but now I guess I really have to.

    Also, neat to see Witherspoon get an Actress nod. When I post my 1999 Film Guy Awards, you'll see that there is a lot of Election love. Lastly, I LOVE seeing Sarah Michelle Gellar crack your Best Actress top 12.

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    1. OMG, SEE RIPLEY!!!

      The film is just a staggering feat of filmmaking. So many adore The English Patient and revere it as Minghella's finest moment, but to me the film is a pretty actor's showcase and little more. The Talented Mr. Ripley is a pretty actor's showcase, sure, but it is also a very richly worked character study that says so much about the human psyche. It's brilliant.

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  11. No love for Sleepy Hollow in cinematography? :( I can never decide who to award for Best Supporting Actress. It's just too close of a call between Jolie and Sevigny so it's so glad to see you featured both and one is your win

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    1. Sevigny gives possibly my favorite supporting performance ever. I just love every ounce of honesty she brings to the performance, and the way she cycles her growing love, her shocked realism and then her crushing agony is epic. Such a marvelous turn.

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    2. I always forget to ask you because you are no on twitter :( and I'm shitty when it comes to responding to e-mails but:

      1. have u seen The Nice Guys yet?
      2. what's your favorite GoT episode so far?

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    3. I know...I miss Twitter...maybe one day soon

      1) No...and I hate that, but as soon as it hits DVD I'll be watching it...like...the same day.

      2) UGH, off the top of my head, Blackwater, but that feels like a cop out since it's pretty much the one a lot of people (I think) claim as a favorite. Um, the one where Joffery finally dies. I laughed in such gleeful happiness. I hated that SOB! But so many...SO MANY!

      I need to sit down and compose and email to you with all my thoughts, because I have so many, but I need to find the time to do that email justice.

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    4. It would be so dope if you joined my fanboard http://underthehearttree.freeforums.net/ Brittani is there too and lots of cool people and I'm always there so we could have full blown Thrones discussions :)

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    5. oh and Blackwater is my favorite too - that wildfire explosion was amazing and Cersei being drunk and ranting gives me life :) Purple Wedding was a hilarious - there was so much shade being thrown around! And that great scene with that insulting war of five kings play, the way everyone but Lannisters were so absolutely disgusted by it. Hardhome was mindblowing and I think it was much better episode than last week's battle. Rains of Castamere was the most devastating since Catelyn is my absolute favorite character in the entire series. The Oberyn/Mountain episode was amazing too thanks to that duel which was a rare instance the show did better than the book

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    6. That Oberyn/Mountain duel was awesome! I was floored at how little the Mountain is in the show, to be honest, but Season 5 set him up for a bigger role in Season 6 (you can correct me if I'm wrong, since I haven't seen 6 yet).

      UGH, those effing Lannisters...I love to hate them!

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    7. Oh, and yes! I'll check out your fanboard soon!

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  12. 1999 was a fabulous year for movies. My personal shame is not having seen The Talented Mr. Ripley. Removing that from my Best Pic ballot, along with The Sixth Sense (overrated, in my opinion), and probably Fight Club, gives me some spots to fill. Just a preliminary version would go...

    Being John Malkovich
    American Beauty
    The Matrix
    Office Space
    Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels

    Of course, The Matrix would be my winner. It's only one of my favorite movies of all time. Yes, I'm THAT dude.

    Other than that, I love seeing All About My Mother pop up in a few places. Another fantastic film that I could see edging out one of my other nominees (probably Office Space) to get onto my BP ballot. Also love the nom for Life in makeup. For me, that's the last truly excellent Eddie Murphy flick.

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    1. Office Space! Love that movie. Yet another great film from 1999...as is The Matrix!

      I personally have always thought Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was a 98 film...am I wrong?

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    2. Lock, Stock, is a 98 film...unless you're me and/or doing the "arrogant American" thing. It hit US theaters in March '99.

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    3. I see that! I always considered it 98 mostly because that was the year it actually snagged noms...BAFTA handed it out a few, and since it didn't gain much traction here in the US I just think of it as a 98 film.

      I don't know if you saw my 98 Fistis when I posted them under the previous format, but I nominate it quite a bit (Directing/Film Editing/Sound).

      I'm sure I'll get to posting them again soon :-D

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  13. American Beauty absolutely holds up! Obviously, that would still be my Best Picture win.

    I've never seen all of Boys Don't Cry, I was kind of afraid to. I think I need to change that.

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    1. Boys Don't Cry is devastating, but so important and the central performances are 'best of all time' good. For all the flack that Swank gets for being a 2 Time Oscar Winner, this performance puts MANY Oscar winners to shame.

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  14. 1999. Good God! The best! So many lasting movies. I just spent a good while going through the year myself. Here's my ballot:

    Election - Winner
    Magnolia
    Being John Malkovich
    Bringing Out the Dead
    Three Kings

    American Beauty is right behind those. I watched it just last year, and it totally holds up for me. But it's Election that has stood the test of time for me. I have watched it dozens of time since I first saw it back then, and it is literally the same level of great every single time. Close to the same can be said for the rest of my ballot.

    As for your year, I love your BP lineup, and I particularly love your love overall for The Talented Mr. Ripley. I so need to see it again now and will. And I just found the book at a used book store for a buck, so I'll be reading that as well. Always wanted to. I LOVE Being John Malkovich so much. And Boys Don't Cry is just harrowing independent cinema. Great great movie.

    I'm surprised that Fight Club made your ballot. I know you love Fincher (as do I!!!), but that one doesn't seem to be YOU for some reason. Of course, I love surprises. I find it to be one of Fincher's weakest, probably bottom 3 with Panic Room and Alien 3 at the very end. I think most of that is all the unending worship of it. It's a solid movie. He is incapable of making anything bad. Just got tired of it. Anyway... Similarly, The Sixth Sense just lost its luster over the years for me. Great as well though. It probably rests just outside my own top 20.

    And I really do have about 20-25 films from '99 that I actually consider great. What an amazing year!

    Love that you gave a bit of love to Doug Liman's Go for film editing. Totally underrated gem that one. Crowe is the obvious best actor that year, even though I do love that Oscar went Spacey. Close call for me on that one. Actually, I have very little argument for any of your acting nominations. Both Hall and Hoffman for Magnolia. YES!!!!

    Great great post, man!

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    1. I feel like I need to rewatch Election. I suddenly feel ridiculous for not even nominating it for Screenplay.

      Fight Club was probably my first Fincher, to be honest, and the way he shapes that mindf**k of a film is just breathtaking. I LOVE nearly everything about it, and quite honestly I hated leaving Pitt and Norton off my ballot, but the acting categories were STACKED! I also LOVE the novel, so there's that (and he adapted it SO WELL).

      Cult worship of films can be a b***h though, so I understand cooling on films over time because of it.

      Crowe is the ONLY option, as far as I'm concerned, and while I LOVE Spacey, my runner-up is most likely Osment.

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  15. Terrific work, buddy! Ugh, this year is too loaded. So many snubs! I haven't seen Life, but ALL of these lineups are flawless. Like, this year is so special.

    Ripley has also improved for me over the years. LOVE that Paltrow made it!! She (and Keener) barely missed my BSA lineup. Bummed about the Damon snub, but your acting noms are awesome. Great to see Crowe and Law - two of my favorite actors - get those wins. And 3 wins for Minghella? Love it!

    I can't decide if Witherspoon is Lead or Supporting, but she just misses either lineup. Glad she landed a nom.

    And Shyamalan has his day. YES!

    Smiled when I saw The Iron Giant in Screenplay. That film is SO GOOD. It just missed my lineup, but I worked it into Score at least.

    TITUS!!! Those wins are everything! Thrilled about the Matrix and Star Wars wins as well. The tech categories this year are so much fun. Blair Witch in Sound is great, too.

    Noticed you moved The Girl on the Bridge to this year. ;)

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    1. YASSS to this year in general. Life is a fun flick, so I'd recommend it.

      The acting lineups were so hard this year. I could have easily nominated 10+ per category, they were that crowded. Supporting Actress in particular was so hard because Bonham Carter, Diaz and Henderson were SO GOOD and yet...they just miss.

      Shyamalan...I just can't with what he did to his career.

      The Iron Giant is so good, and really stays with me...so I needed to nominate it somewhere.

      The Girl on the Bridge could go either way, but the real reason I moved it here was because I moved In the Mood for Love to 2000...and it would have wound up missing in Director, where I REALLY wanted to nominate it...so I moved it here so I could hand Leconte his nom. Sucks that it now wins nothing, when it originally won Film Editing and Cinematography, but it would have lost both of those to In the Mood for Love anyways, so it was SOL at this point. I almost gave it Film Editing here...but at the last minute decided that The Matrix deserved it.

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  16. HOW DID I MISS THIS?!?!?!?

    Wait, oh right, work has been hella busy and Pride Week dominated my off time recently.

    ANYWAY.... how the hell are ya? LOL.

    UGH 1999 is SO GOOD. Even just looking at the movies that came out that year I don't want to limit anything to just five nominees. In ANY category. Such a rich year all around. My Best Picture five is pretty easy, though. I love a whole bunch more films than these, but this top five is easy:

    Being John Malkovich
    The Blair Witch Project
    Run Lola Run
    The Sixth Sense
    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    ...with Boys Don't Cry in the dreaded sixth slot, followed by The Matrix, Election, American Beauty, and Fight Club to round out the Top Ten. Just don't ask me to pick a winner.

    Swank and Sevigny also both win, although Witherspoon and Colette are JUST behind, and on any given day MIGHT actually swipe it from the Boys Don't Cry girls.

    The Actors are harder, but I'd probably go with Damon (BRILLIANT in an impossible role) and Cruise (EASILY Magnolia's best in show), with both Willis and Osment putting up a fight for Lead (Osment really is borderline, I think, since we both begin and end with Willis's story, but for 95% of the movie it's a two-lead film), and Law a VERY close runner-up in Supporting. Pitt misses out because I'm genuinely conflicted about which category he belongs in.

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    1. I love how we're 3/5 in BP, but all 5 of my noms are in your Top 10!!!

      And hells yes to the Boys Don't Cry ladies!

      Damon is great, probably my 6th, but MY GOD that category was stacked, and no one was coming close to dethroning Crowe. Cruise is VERY good in Magnolia, but I obviously didn't think he was easily the best (Hoffman was my runner-up this year)...but it didn't matter since no one was taking it from Law.

      I'd call Pitt co-lead.

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    2. Crowe MIGHT show up on my Actor shortlist, but I really have to see The Insider again. I haven't seen it since it came out, and my memory of it is VERY hazy.

      ...but IS Pitt REALLY a co-lead? He disappears for LONG stretches of the film multiple times, even though his presence looms VERY large. At any rate, I have no trouble calling it his best performance, with only The Tree of Life coming close.

      Law is SO. DAMN. GOOD. in Ripley, but Cruise just freaking blows my mind. It's a completely different side to him, turning his star persona inside out to reveal something truly venal underneath - and then he turns THAT inside out in the scenes with Robards... It's all kinds of amazing and totally unexpected from him.

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    3. Crowe just completely disappears in that role. I can't shake it. It's so human and raw, no gimmick just absolute honesty.

      I guess I could see a possible gray area with Pitt...I just always see it as a two man show (I mean, they play the same man just two sides). Either way, I think Norton gives the better performance ;-)

      Cruise does all those things, yes, but I never connected fully with him. Hoffman broke my heart and Hall completely derailed me...so they took the cake as far as I was concerned, but Cruise is in my Top 12 and I considered nominating him as well...but that category was so stacked.

      And Law...I mean...just WOW!

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  17. Fisti! It's so good to see you back in the blogsphere. Thank you for making me miss 1999. I really loved that year. I was in college, I was young, inflation was low, life was good! Good at the movies too. Oh my goodness, I was such a geek. I remember going to see the movie Deep Blue Sea several times. I loved that awful/wonderful movie.

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    1. LOL, Deep Blue Sea! That movie was a blast. I miss the 'actor' LL Cool J!

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  18. Fun list. I'm going to be a bit weird and say that 1999 wasn't my favorite movie year. There were several films that I liked but hardly any that I loved. The Insider is probably my favorite of the year and Crowe deserves the love.

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    1. The year can't be for everyone, but I'm glad that you're in full support of the Crowe love. His performance is for the ages.

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  19. It's been a while since I saw Talented Mr Ripley. I think I liked that one though I think Delon in the original Plein soleil is more effective, and he's unbelievably hunky. I know you and I are a fan of Crowe's and The Insider is such a stellar film that I wish get more love.

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    1. I really liked Delon's version, but I've always held it below this one solely for the reason that Minghella's masterpiece captures the source material perfectly...whereas the 1961 thriller changes A LOT.

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