Sunday, August 07, 2005

This 1999 Thing Is Catching

Over at my newest online home, Nathaniel has begun to travel back in time and hand out his movie awards for 1999. Since I am utterly unable to resist the temptation, so will I.

Bear in mind there was a bunch I didn't see that year, and I'm resisting the urge to revise the list too much, I loooved American Beauty way back then, and so that love will stay.

The "Because I Say So" Awards for 1999

Best Picture
01. Fight Club
02. American Beauty
03. Being John Malkovich
04. The Cider House Rules
05. The Blair Witch Project

[The full top ten continues: 06-Girl, Interrupted; 07-Boys Don’t Cry; 08-The Insider; 09-The Matrix; 10-The Sixth Sense.]

Best Director
1. David Fincher - Fight Club
2. Sam Mendes - American Beauty
3. Spike Jonze - Being John Malkovich
4. Lasse Hallstrom - The Cider House Rules
5. Michael Mann - The Insider

[Honorable mentions: M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense); Kimberly Pierce (Boys Don’t Cry); Alexander Payne (Election)]

Best Actor
1. Edward Norton - Fight Club
2. Denzel Washington – The Hurricane
3. Kevin Spacey - American Beauty
4. Russell Crowe - The Insider
5. Jim Carrey - Man on the Moon

[Honorable mentions: John Cusack (Being John Malkovich); Al Pacino (The Insider); Tobey Maguire (The Cider House Rules)]

Best Actress
1. Annette Bening - American Beauty
2. Hilary Swank - Boys Don’t Cry
3. Reese Witherspoon - Election
4. Kate Winslet - Holy Smoke
5. Sigourney Weaver – A Map of the World

[Honorable mentions: Winona Ryder (Girl, Interrupted); Meryl Streep (Music of the Heart); Sarah Polley (Go); Jennifer Jason Leigh (eXistenZ)]

The rest after a click of the link . . .

Best Supporting Actor
1. Christopher Plummer - The Insider
2. Michael Caine - The Cider House Rules
3. Haley Joel Osment - The Sixth Sense
4. Jude Law - The Talented Mr. Ripley
5. Brad Pitt - Fight Club

[Honorable mentions: Wes Bentley (American Beauty); Tom Cruise (Magnolia); John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich); Chris Cooper (American Beauty)]

Best Supporting Actress
1. Helena Bonham Carter - Fight Club
2. Catherine Keener - Being John Malkovich
3. Angelina Jolie - Girl, Interrupted
4. Chloe Sevigny - Boys Don’t Cry
5. Julianne Moore - Magnolia/A Map of the World/ Cookie’s Fortune
6. Toni Collette – The Sixth Sense**

** I fudged this a bit because I couldn’t in good conscience leave Collette out.
[Honorable mentions: Cameron Diaz (Being John Malkovich); Natalie Portman (Anywhere But Here); Thora Birch (American Beauty)]

Best Original Screenplay
1. Being John Malkovich (Charlie Kaufman)
2. Boys Don’t Cry (Kimberly Pierce)
3. American Beauty (Alan Ball)
4. Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)
5. Existenz (David Cronenberg)

[Honorable mention: The Sixth Sense (Shyamalan)]

Best Adapted Screenplay
1. The Cider House Rules (John Irving)
2. Election (Alexander Payne; Jim Taylor)
3. Fight Club (Jim Uhls)
4. The Insider (Michael Mann; Eric Roth)
5. The Green Mile (Frank Darabont)

Best Ensemble Cast
1. American Beauty
2. Magnolia
3. Girl, Interrupted
4. The Cider House Rules
5. Cookie’s Fortune

[Honorable mentions: The Green Mile; The Insider; The Talented Mr. Ripley; Being John Malkovich]

Best Cinematography
1. American Beauty (Conrad L. Hall)
2. Fight Club (Jeff Cronenweth)
3. Sleepy Hollow (Emmanuel Lebezski)
4. The Talented Mr. Ripley (John Seale)
5. The Sixth Sense (Tak Fujimoto)

[Honorable mentions: The Cider House Rules (Oliver Stapleton); Boys Don’t Cry (Jim Denault); The Blair Witch Project (Neil Fredericks); The Matrix (Bill Pope)]

Best Production Design
1. Fight Club
2. The Matrix
3. The Blair Witch Project
4. American Beauty
5. Being John Malkovich

[Honorable mentions: Sleepy Hollow; Magnolia; The Cider House Rules; eXistenZ]

Best Achievement in Music
1. Go
2. Magnolia
3. The Cider House Rules
4. Girl, Interrupted
5. American Beauty


darkcypherlad said...


Promise me you'll do this for every year that Nathan runs through. Ok?


Joe R. said...

I will certainly try. As the years go backward my pool of nominatable movies starts to shrink, and I wind up with about six or seven movies dominating all categories. But I'll still make a go of it - and maybe 2000-2004 as well.

Carlie said...


Movies I've seen!!! :-D

JL said...

ExistenZ is an underrated film, whereas American Beauty is overrated, in my opinion. I found it kinda trite. Like, trying too hard to be deep. And the sex with minors fantasy thing? Not quite the shock value I think they'd hoped for. No doubt, though, that 1999 was a great year for supporting actresses. As much as I despise him, Tom Cruise's turn as the "fear the cock"-spouting infomercial king in Magnolia was one of his most memorable performances. "Fear the cock," incidentally, seems lifted from Freud...perhaps he DOES know the history of psychiatry.

Joe R. said...

Yeah, like I said, I haven't revised this list too much, but if I had, American Beauty would have been one of the films to take a hit. My appreciation for it has dropped considerably - although not for Bening and Spacey's performances, which I think still hold up.