Best Picture and Director 2001

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What are your picks for Best Picture and Director of 2001?

A Beautiful Mind
0
No votes
Gosford Park
17
27%
In the Bedroom
3
5%
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
10
16%
Moulin Rouge!
2
3%
Robert Altman - Gosford Park
5
8%
Ron Howard - A Beautiful Mind
0
No votes
Peter Jackson - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
7
11%
David Lynch - Mulholland Drive
18
28%
Ridley Scott - Black Hawk Down
2
3%
 
Total votes: 64

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Re: Best Picture and Director 2001

Postby Heksagon » Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:07 am

Three good films and two bad ones. I hardly need to specify which two films I would classify as being weak.

My votes go to the obvious choices here - Gosford Park and David Lynch. I don't think I need to elaborate on that either.

I'm still frustrated about A Beautiful Mind winning this one, but I'm even more frustrated when people I know single it out as a film they like. Why is this pointless, unemotional and unintelligent film with single-dimensional characters so popular? Well, the acting is decent and I suppose this covers up a lot about how shallow and unrealistic the characters are underneath (Indeed, half of the key characters in this film are imaginary beings).

The film has also peculiar themes, which gives it a faux air of originality. Combining a down-to-earth romantic plot with the phony suspense elements is a good idea, even if terribly executed.

Furthermore, it's one of the few films around which is set in Academic circles and which is about "hard" scientists rather than the ubiquitous professors of literature. Also, it's one of the few films about scientists where the scientists aren't portrayed as geeks, which might explain why well-educated people are often partial towards it.

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Re: Best Picture and Director 2001

Postby FilmFan720 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:56 pm

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ksrymy wrote:I absolutely cannot fathom how anyone could ever vote for Jackson in either this or the 2003 poll. The acting in the series was terrible, and the entire movie is the work of the special effects crew.


Bad acting doesn't necesarilly mean it's badly directed, which I think the LOTR series isn't. And the special effects crew is directed by the director of the film.


Really? Acting is a huge piece of the directing puzzle, and if the performances don't work then it is a reflection of what the director wasn't able to do...just like every other piece of the film. I had a directing professor once who told us a story about going to see something and talking to one of his professors afterwards. The professor asked how it was, and he said it was really well directed, but the leading lady wasn't very good. The professor said "if the leading lady isn't good, the directing isn't good." A weak performance here or there may be undirectable, but if the acting overall isn't very good, then the directing isn't very good either. There is a lot more to directing than camera angles and special effects.
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Re: Best Picture and Director 2001

Postby OscarGuy » Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:35 pm

I don't think the acting in the film is bad. The only actor I can't really stand in the film is Orlando Bloom. In conveying Tolkien's characters, everyone does a fantastic job, especially Ian McKellen.
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Re: Best Picture and Director 2001

Postby mlrg » Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:17 pm

ksrymy wrote:I absolutely cannot fathom how anyone could ever vote for Jackson in either this or the 2003 poll. The acting in the series was terrible, and the entire movie is the work of the special effects crew.


Bad acting doesn't necesarilly mean it's badly directed, which I think the LOTR series isn't. And the special effects crew is directed by the director of the film.

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Re: Best Picture and Director 2001

Postby Greg » Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:35 pm

Eric wrote:A promise: If David Lynch doesn't win or at the very least place in this poll (behind Robert Altman, though I think the two Altman films that followed were far more expertly directed than Gosford Park), I will leave this board and never look back.


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Re: Best Picture and Director 2001

Postby ksrymy » Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:07 pm

Eric wrote:10. Freddy Got Fingered

Okay, this I gotta hear...
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Re: Best Picture and Director 2001

Postby ksrymy » Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:07 pm

I absolutely cannot fathom how anyone could ever vote for Jackson in either this or the 2003 poll. The acting in the series was terrible, and the entire movie is the work of the special effects crew.
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Re: Best Picture and Director 2001

Postby ksrymy » Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:25 am

My picks
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Best Picture
1. Mulholland Dr.
2. Gosford Park
3. In the Bedroom
4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
5. Moulin Rouge!

6. Spirited Away

Best Director
1. David Lynch, Mulholland Dr.
2. Robert Altman, Gosford Park
3. Todd Field, In the Bedroom
4. Joel Coen, The Man Who Wasn't There
5. Baz Luhrmann, Moulin Rouge!

6. Steven Spielberg, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
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Re: Best Picture and Director 2001

Postby Eric » Wed Oct 30, 2013 7:32 am

A promise: If David Lynch doesn't win or at the very least place in this poll (behind Robert Altman, though I think the two Altman films that followed were far more expertly directed than Gosford Park), I will leave this board and never look back. As for best picture, I don't much have a horse in that race. I voted for Moulin Rouge!, though -- a film I absolutely hated in the moment (and, especially, during my brief stint at Goldderby) but have come around on after reading some passionate defenses from Zach C., Kent Jones and other people not prone to saying things like "kick up your heels."

01. A.I. Artificial Intelligence
02. Mulholland Dr.
03. Pulse
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Re: Best Picture and Director 2001

Postby OscarGuy » Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:19 am

I love the Lord of the Rings franchise and cannot say any film for the next three years was truly better than these films. On equal footing perhaps, but never better. There are some excellent movies released next year and the year after, but this was such a meh year, I can't conjure up many memories of it from this lackluster list of nominees.

A Beautiful Mind, from a simple manipulative standpoint, is one of the worst Best Picture winners. It's tonally inconsistent and emotionally vacant in a way that it makes people feel like they've seen a great film as a result, especially if they think somehow that Ron Howard is an unrecognized master. He's a journeyman director who's had a very small number of quality films, but whose best won't be around for a few more years (Frost/Nixon). That being said, when compared with films like Cavalcade and Braveheart, it doesn't seem so bad, but it ranks at 83 on my list of 85 worst Best Picture winners.
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Re: Best Picture and Director 2001

Postby mlrg » Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:12 am

Voted for LOTR and Jackson. For me it’s the best film of the franchise.

I absolutely loathe A Beautiful Mind. Worst best picture winner of all time in my book.

Moulin Rouge is like a bad Disney film with a terrible screenplay.

Black Hawk Down is Ridley Scott best directed movie and is my choice for the second best movie of the year.

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Best Picture and Director 2001

Postby Big Magilla » Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:35 am

Another crap year.

My favorite film of the year was David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, although I still have no idea what it was really about, nor do I think Lynch himself really knows - but it's a brilliant piece of film-making right up there with Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet, but it apparently wasn't the Academy's idea of a good time. They only nominated it for one Oscar. Fortunately that one nomination was for Lynch so I can at least vote for him for that.

Beyond that, I liked Gosford Park; In the Bedroom; A.I.: Artificial Intelligence; Memento; In the Mood for Love and a lot. I liked The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings with reservations. My reservations were regarding the film's length. It just went on and on and on then on some more only to followed by two sequels that went on and on and on and then on some more.

I didn't like A Beautiful Mind much beyond Russell Crowe's performance and Jennifer Connolly's to an extent, but the storyline was confusing and factually wrong though that didn't bother me as much as some. It was mostly Ed Harris' typically loud performance that annoyed me the most.

It took a lot of suspension of disbelief to accept Nicole Kidman and Jim Broadbent singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" and "Like a Virgin" respectively in the 1899 Paris of Moulin Rouge!, but those were the best parts of Baz Luhrrman's fantastical modernization of La Boheme.

Let's just say I was not a fan of Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down either, and leave it at that.

My votes go to Gosford Park and Lynch.


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