26 February 2015

Skandiewrap, or: More Than You Really Wanted To Know

First, a quick correction. As I mentioned in this year's instructional e-mail, the Skandies website designed and maintained by Mark Pittillo crashed last year, requiring him to rebuild the automated ballot. There were the usual bugs involved in this process, and at least one glitch escaped our notice until after the final results were announced: Veronika Ferdman's votes in Best Screenplay were mistakenly counted twice. (Thanks to alert reader Lawrence Garcia for calling this to my attention.) Correcting that error moved Winter Sleep from 13th place to 12th, ahead of Only Lovers Left Alive, and bumped Birdman, which had been #20, off the list entirely (cue cheers from Scott Tobias), to be replaced by Nymph()maniac Vol. I (cue cheers from Victor Morton). Hopefully, the results are now completely accurate, but if anybody sees any other oddities or discrepancies, please let me know.

And now, A CAUTIONARY TALE.

Every year, I exhort participants to vote from the heart, paying no attention to what other people think or to the results of other awards-giving bodies. In particular, I beg everyone not to engage in strategic voting—giving minimal or even no points at all to a favorite that you're sure has victory in the bag, for example, in order to better support another candidate whose chances are dicier. Obviously, if too many people did that, the results would become meaningless (if fascinating). I'd hate for next year's Holy Motors to finish 19th because most of the people who loved it assumed that others had it covered.

I am a hypocrite, however. Not that I would ever downgrade my top choice in a category—I'm scrupulous in that regard. But I do engage in what you might call point manipulation. Mostly, this involves point-bombing a favorite that I perceive as being in need, which I think is fairly defensible (and which others do as well). This year, though, my point distribution in Best Picture was on the shady side, and I got exactly what I deserved. Here's my ballot—before reading ahead, see if you can figure out what I was up to.

19 Two Days, One Night
18 Coherence
17 Bird People
16 Under the Skin
5 Boyhood
5 The Grand Budapest Hotel
5 Last Days in Vietnam
5 The Missing Picture
5 Proxy
5 Snowpiercer

Once all the year-end pictures had been widely seen, it seemed clear to me that Best Picture would be a two-film race between Boyhood and Under the Skin. (Turned out Grand Budapest Hotel had more support than I thought.) And while I loved both movies, (a) I loved Under the Skin a little more, and (b) all things being close to equal, I'd rather our winner not be the same as every other poll's winner. So I was rooting hard for The Glazer, and devised my Best Picture ballot in a way that would give that film as many points as possible relative to Boyhood, without giving it more points than the three films I liked even better. This required siphoning some of the points that I would otherwise have allotted to Two Days, One Night and Coherence and Bird People.

Well, you saw how that strategy worked out. Under the Skin didn't need my help—it would have won had I given it zero points and Boyhood 30. Meanwhile, Bird People and Coherence finished at #21 and #22, respectively, missing the list by 2 and 3 points, respectively. Had I not attempted to strategize, both would likely have made the cut, so I ended up shooting myself in the foot for no reason. MORAL: Do as I say, not as I do. To quote myself from my standard instructional boilerplate, "pretend it's only you."

Still, I'm reasonably happy with how the 20TH MOTHERFUCKING EDITION OF THIS SURVEY HOLY JESUS HOW DID I GET TO BE SO OLD turned out. Under the Skin not only won but now holds the Passiondex record for the highest average-point total of any Skandie winner, its 16.05 handily topping 25th Hour's 14.82. Atypically, two of our acting winners also won Oscars—it's been five years since we shared even one winner with the Academy (Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds)—but that's mostly a case of the Oscars getting it right for a change. (On the other hand, we showed little love for Birdman or Eddie Redmayne.) My only very mild concern regards an observation that MuseMalade made in the comments about the disconnect between Picture and Screenplay. This year, Picture and Director overlapped in 18 of 20 slots, whereas Picture and Screenplay (after correcting for double Nika) went a mere 13/20, with many top 10 scripts (Coherence, The Lego Movie, Edge of Tomorrow, Listen Up Philip) not making the cut for Picture. Auteurism is all well and good, but let's not get too carried away.

Okay, on to the number-crunching. (Many of you will want to check out at this point.) What follows are the stats I used to send out to voters (via snail mail!) back in the '90s, which I still maintain for my own obsessive amusement.



HIGHEST AVERAGE RATING (1996–2014)
(includes only films receiving a minimum of ten votes)

01. 3.65 The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
02. 3.61 Being John Malkovich (1999)
02. 3.61 A Separation (2011)
04. 3.58 Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996)
05. 3.57 In the Company of Men (1997)
06. 3.56 Secrets & Lies (1996)
07. 3.53 La Promesse (1997)
08. 3.52 Yi Yi (A One and a Two…) (2000)
09. 3.50 From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1996)
10. 3.48 Irma Vep (1997)
10. 3.48 Lone Star (1996)
10. 3.48 Margaret (2011)

No new additions this year; The Grand Budapest Hotel, with the top rating of 3.38, didn't even come close.



LOWEST AVERAGE RATING (1996–2014)
(includes only films receiving a minimum of five votes)

01. 0.20 Date Movie (2006)
01. 0.20 America (2014)
03. 0.58 Miss March (2009)
04. 0.60 Dragonfly (2002)
05. 0.61 The Roommate (2011)
06. 0.67 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)
07. 0.70 Beastly (2011)
07. 0.70 Left Behind (2014)
09. 0.75 The Mod Squad (1999)
10. 0.79 I Melt With You (2011)

Dinesh D'Souza's jingoistic doc ties Date Movie for the worst movie in Skandie history. Also new: Late-Period Nicolas Cage.



MOST DIVISIVE FILMS (2014)
(std. deviation >= 0.75; minimum 2 votes 3.5 or higher, 2 votes 1.5 or lower)

  • Goodbye to Language (0.90)
  • Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (0.84)
  • Inherent Vice (0.84)
  • Mood Indigo (0.84)
  • Norte, the End of History (0.83)
  • Proxy (0.83)
  • Under the Skin (0.79)
  • Actress (0.77)
  • Nymph()maniac Vol. II (0.77)
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (0.76)


  • BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT
    (lowest-ranked film seen by at least 75% of respondents)

    1996: Twister (1.80)
    1997: The Lost World: Jurassic Park (2.33)
    1998: He Got Game (2.59)
    1999: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (2.18)
    2000: Nurse Betty (2.31)
    2001: Vanilla Sky (2.20)
    2002: Storytelling (2.03)
    2003: The Matrix Reloaded (2.29)
    2004: The Village (2.30)
    2005: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2.49)
    2006: Little Miss Sunshine (2.52)
    2007: Ocean's Thirteen (2.52)
    2008: Milk (2.83)
    2009: The Hangover (2.35)
    2010: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2.71)
    2011: Midnight in Paris (2.47)
    2012: Beasts of the Southern Wild (2.37)
    2013: American Hustle (2.50)
    2014: Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2.44)

    Fourth consecutive year that this title has gone to an Oscar nominee for Best Picture. First winner.



    PASSIONATE MINORITY AWARD
    (lowest average among top 20 films in Picture voting)

    1996: Dead Man (2.94)
    1997: Crash (2.52)
    1998: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (2.68)
    1999: The End of the Affair (2.96)
    2000: Requiem for a Dream (2.73)
    2001: Amélie (2.71)
    2002: 8 Women (2.79)
    2003: The Good Thief (2.81)
    2004: I ♥ Huckabees (2.84)
    2005: Oldboy (2.68)
    2006: Manderlay (2.69)
    2007: Once (2.79)
    2008: Funny Games (2.83)
    2009: A Serious Man (2.83)
    2010: The Exploding Girl (2.75)
    2011: Shame (2.63)
    2012: Damsels in Distress (2.76)
    2013: Spring Breakers (2.72)
    2014: Goodbye to Language (2.64)

    I keep waiting for a film to beat Crash's record for the lowest average ever, but it may never happen. Remember, that's Cronenberg's Crash, not Haggis'.



    DAMNED WITH FAINT PRAISE
    (highest-ranked film by average rating not to place in Picture voting [10+ voters] )

    1996: Get on the Bus (3.29)
    1997: Forgotten Silver (3.36)
    1998: The Kingdom II (3.14)
    1999: My Name Is Joe (3.18)
    2000: Erin Brockovich (3.14)
    2001: No Man’s Land (3.19)
    2002: Roger Dodger (3.14)
    2003: The Weather Underground (3.18)
    2004: Bright Leaves (3.16)
    2005: Howl's Moving Castle (3.15)
    2006: The Devil and Daniel Johnston (3.18)
    2007: The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (3.25)
    2008: The Duchess of Langeais (3.20)
    2009: Night and Day (3.07)
    2010: Another Year (3.21)
    2011: Senna (3.07)
    2012: The Imposter (3.10)
    2013: Drug War (3.17)
    2014: National Gallery (3.25)



    DAMN THE REVIEWS, FULL SPEED AHEAD
    (lowest average among films seen by at least 10 respondents)

    1996: Twister (1.80)
    1997: Batman & Robin (1.28)
    1998: The Avengers | Stepmom [tie] (1.50)
    1999: Jawbreaker (1.14)
    2000: Pay It Forward (1.41)
    2001: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (1.26)
    2002: Scooby-Doo (1.08)
    2003: Bad Boys II (1.60)
    2004: Exorcist: The Beginning (1.21)
    2005: Undead (1.29)
    2006: The Hills Have Eyes (1.65)
    2007: Smokin' Aces (1.64)
    2008: Jumper (1.54)
    2009: Gigantic (1.00)
    2010: The Last Airbender (1.05)
    2011: Vanishing on 7th Street (1.55)
    2012: This Means War (1.50)
    2013: Gangster Squad (1.29)
    2014: That Awkward Moment (1.45)



    SELECTION COMMITTEE ON CRACK
    (lowest average for a film that screened at the New York Film Festival)
    (post-expansion: Main Slate only)


    1996: Flirt (2.20)
    1997: Kiss or Kill (1.79)
    1998: Voyage to the Beginning of the World (1.80)
    1999: Dogma (1.89)
    2000: Before Night Falls (2.31)
    2001: La Ciénaga (1.95)
    2002: In Praise of Love (1.95)
    2003: Chi-Hwa-Seon: Painted Fire (2.19)
    2004: Free Radicals (2.08)
    2005: Palindromes (2.15)
    2006: Rolling Family (1.83)
    2007: The Go Master (1.93)
    2008: Married Life (2.25)
    2009: The Windmill Movie (2.13)
    2010: Hereafter (2.05)
    2011: We Are What We Are (1.64)
    2012: Hyde Park on Hudson (1.69)
    2013: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1.92)
    2014: Child of God (2.00)



    ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)
    (suggested by Alex Fung; lowest average for a film that received a 4-star rating

    1996: The Stupids (2.30) | Bryan “Frankenseuss” Theiss (ret.)
    1997: Kissed (2.46) | Alex Fung
    1998: Psycho (2.11) | Erik Gregersen (ret.)
    1999: Twin Falls Idaho (2.28) | Milton Lawson (ret.)
    2000: Beautiful People (2.29) | Keith Collins (ret.)
    2001: The Road Home (1.88) | Erik Gregersen (ret.)
    2002: In Praise of Love (1.95) | Jeremy Heilman
    2003: Gigli (1.92) | Jeremy Heilman
    2004: The Passion of the Christ (2.18) | Victor J. Morton
    2005: The Brothers Grimm (2.29) | Bilge Ebiri
    2006: The Fountain (2.21) | Peter Reiher
    2007: Southland Tales (1.88) | Dave Cowen; Jeremy Heilman
    2008: Jellyfish (2.36) | Daniel Waters
    2009: 12 (2.29) | Bilge Ebiri
    2010: Somewhere (2.41) | Nictate
    2011: A Serbian Film (1.81) | Daniel Waters
    2012: Alps (2.43) | Don Marks
    2013: Maniac (2.50) | Jeremy Heilman
    2014: Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (2.43) | Victor J. Morton



    MAJOR FESTIVAL PRIZE WINNERS: OUR VERDICT

    Cannes Palme d'Or

    1995: Underground (#15, 1997)
    1996: Secrets & Lies (#2, 1996)
    1997: Taste of Cherry (#15, 1998)
    1997: The Eel (did not place)
    1998: Eternity and a Day (did not place)
    1999: Rosetta (did not place)
    2000: Dancer in the Dark (#10, 2000)
    2001: The Son's Room (did not place)
    2002: The Pianist (did not place)
    2003: Elephant (did not place)
    2004: Fahrenheit 9/11 (did not place)
    2005: L'Enfant (The Child) (#6, 2006)
    2006: The Wind That Shakes the Barley (did not place)
    2007: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (#1, 2008)
    2008: The Class (did not place)
    2009: The White Ribbon (did not place)
    2010: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (#9, 2011)
    2011: The Tree of Life (#1, 2011)
    2012: Amour (#6, 2012)
    2013: Blue Is the Warmest Color (#8, 2013)
    2014: Winter Sleep (#15, 2014)

    Venice Golden Lion

    1995: Cyclo (#14, 1996)
    1996: Michael Collins (did not place)
    1997: Fireworks (Hana-Bi) (#5, 1998)
    1998: The Way We Laughed (did not place)
    1999: Not One Less (did not place)
    2000: The Circle (did not place)
    2001: Monsoon Wedding (did not place)
    2002: The Magdalene Sisters (did not place)
    2003: The Return (did not place)
    2004: Vera Drake (#6, 2004)
    2005: Brokeback Mountain (#3, 2005)
    2006: Still Life (#18, 2008)
    2007: Lust, Caution (did not place)
    2008: The Wrestler (#13, 2008)
    2009: Lebanon (did not place)
    2010: Somewhere (did not place)
    2011: Faust (did not place)
    2012: Pieta (did not place)
    2013: Sacro GRA (TBD, though I doubt it'll ever get a theatrical release)
    2014: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (TBD)

    Sundance Grand Jury (Dramatic)

    1995: The Brothers McMullen (did not place)
    1996: Welcome to the Dollhouse (did not place)
    1997: Sunday (did not place)
    1998: Slam (did not place)
    1999: Three Seasons (did not place)
    2000: Girlfight (did not place)
    2000: You Can Count on Me (#3, 2000)
    2001: The Believer (did not place)
    2002: Personal Velocity (did not place)
    2003: American Splendor (#20, 2003)
    2004: Primer (#10, 2004)
    2005: Forty Shades of Blue (did not place)
    2006: Quinceañera (did not place)
    2007: Padre Nuestro (did not place)
    2008: Frozen River (did not place)
    2009: Precious (Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire) (did not place)
    2010: Winter's Bone (#2, 2010)
    2011: Like Crazy (did not place)
    2012: Beasts of the Southern Wild (did not place)
    2013: Fruitvale Station (did not place)
    2014: Whiplash (#20, 2014)



    Most Appearances in Top 20 (Actors)
    (ties for number of appearances broken by average placement)

    01. Philip Seymour Hoffman (15)

    1s. The Master
    3s. Charlie Wilson's War
    5. Capote
    6. Synecdoche, New York
    6s. The Talented Mr. Ripley
    6s. Almost Famous
    10s. Magnolia
    10s. 25th Hour
    11. Doubt
    12. Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
    12s. State and Main
    15s. Happiness
    15. Owning Mahowny
    18. A Most Wanted Man
    19s. Mission: Impossible III

    02. Tilda Swinton (12)

    1. Julia
    4s. Michael Clayton
    4s. Snowpiercer
    5. The Deep End
    5. We Need to Talk About Kevin
    7. Only Lovers Left Alive
    9s. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
    11. I Am Love
    12s. Burn After Reading
    13s. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
    18. Female Perversions
    19s. Thumbsucker

    03. Isabelle Huppert (12)

    2. The Piano Teacher
    2s. 8 Women
    4. Gabrielle
    8. Abuse of Weakness
    8. The School of Flesh
    12. White Material
    13s. I ♥ Huckabees
    13s. Amour
    15. La Cérémonie
    17. Time of the Wolf
    17. In Another Country
    19. Home

    04. Julianne Moore (10)

    1. Far From Heaven
    3s. Boogie Nights
    6. Still Alice
    8s. Magnolia
    11. The End of the Affair
    13s. The Big Lebowski
    15s. An Ideal Husband
    16s. A Single Man
    19. Savage Grace
    19. The Kids Are All Right

    (She also won Best Actress in 1995 for Safe, though I don't count that here as it was Oscar-style voting.)

    05. Edward Norton (9)

    1s. The People vs. Larry Flynt
    2s. Primal Fear
    3s. Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    4. Fight Club
    6. 25th Hour
    9. American History X
    10. Down in the Valley
    13s. Rounders
    14s. Moonrise Kingdom

    Swinton, who was 3rd last year, moves into 2nd; Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet are replaced by Moore and Norton.



    Most Films Landed in Top 20 (Directors)
    (again, ties broken by average placement)

    01. Joel [& Ethan] Coen (9)

    1. Inside Llewyn Davis
    2. No Country for Old Men
    4. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    5. The Man Who Wasn't There
    6. Fargo
    7. A Serious Man
    11. Burn After Reading
    12. The Big Lebowski
    12. True Grit

    02. Richard Linklater (7)

    3. Before Sunset
    3. Boyhood
    4. Before Midnight
    9. The School of Rock
    12. A Scanner Darkly
    15. Waking Life
    18. Bernie

    03. Lars von Trier (7)

    1. Breaking the Waves
    1. Dogville
    7. Melancholia
    10. Dancer in the Dark
    17. Nymph()maniac Vol. I
    19. The Five Obstructions
    20. Manderlay

    04. Wes Anderson (6)

    2. Rushmore
    2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    2. The Grand Budapest Hotel
    8. The Royal Tenenbaums
    17. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

    05. Paul Thomas Anderson (6)

    1. There Will Be Blood
    4. The Master
    7. Magnolia
    7. Inherent Vice
    8. Boogie Nights
    8. Punch-Drunk Love

    Linklater moves into 2nd place; Wes and Paul Thomas Anderson replace Scorsese and Tarantino.



    And finally. Back when I started the survey, I remember looking forward to the time, a decade or so later (i.e. now), when there'd be tons of accumulated data to wade through. In particular, I was excited about the prospect of being able to compare how various films from major directors had been received over the years. Granted, that process isn't exactly definitive—the AVB has mutated over the years and even the diehards tend to be stingier with their star ratings than they were back in the mid-'90s. But perhaps my favorite task after receiving the averages is updating my Directors' Gallery, plugging this year's films into various post-'94 oeuvres. Here are the entries that saw additions this year—every filmmaker who's ever placed in the Director top 20. 2014 films are in bold. Numbers in parentheses indicate how the film placed in Best Picture that year, if applicable; if the film title is in parentheses that means it received fewer than 10 votes and hence the result is a bit less meaningful. N/A (not applicable) means it was eligible but didn't even get five votes and so didn't make the main list.

    Woody Allen

    Everyone Says I Love You: 3.09
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona (19): 2.98
    Match Point (13): 2.93
    Blue Jasmine (19): 2.82
    Sweet and Lowdown: 2.63
    Deconstructing Harry: 2.61
    Cassandra's Dream: 2.60
    Midnight in Paris: 2.47
    Magic in the Moonlight: 2.47
    Small Time Crooks: 2.37
    The Curse of the Jade Scorpion: 2.33
    To Rome With Love: 2.29
    Scoop: 2.28
    Whatever Works: 2.24
    Anything Else: 2.13
    Hollywood Ending: 2.13
    Celebrity: 2.04
    Melinda and Melinda: 2.00
    You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger: 1.93

    Paul Thomas Anderson

    There Will Be Blood (1): 3.46
    Boogie Nights (8): 3.18
    Magnolia (7): 3.17
    The Master (4): 3.17
    Punch-Drunk Love (8): 2.93
    Hard Eight: 2.93
    Inherent Vice (7): 2.81

    Wes Anderson

    Rushmore (2): 3.45
    The Grand Budapest Hotel (2): 3.38
    Moonrise Kingdom (2): 3.32
    Fantastic Mr. Fox (2): 3.21
    The Royal Tenenbaums (8): 3.03
    The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (17): 2.89
    Bottle Rocket: 2.63
    The Darjeeling Limited: 2.40

    Gregg Araki

    Mysterious Skin (16): 2.92
    Kaboom: 2.57
    [Smiley Face]: 2.53
    (Nowhere): 2.42
    (Splendor): 2.33
    White Bird in a Blizzard: 2.32

    Darren Aronofsky

    The Wrestler (13): 3.02
    Black Swan (3): 2.97
    Requiem for a Dream (15): 2.73
    [Pi]: 2.65
    Noah: 2.47
    The Fountain: 2.21

    Marco Bellocchio

    Vincere (16): 2.94
    Good Morning, Night: 2.65
    Dormant Beauty: 2.55
    The Wedding Director: N/A

    Joe Berlinger

    Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (7): 3.58
    Metallica: Some Kind of Monster: 3.06
    (WHITEY: United States of America vs. James J. Bulger): 2.88
    (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory): 2.71
    (Crude): 2.58
    (Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2): 1.13
    Hank: 5 Years From the Brink: N/A
    Under African Skies: N/A

    Bong Joon-ho

    The Host: 3.19
    Memories of Murder (9): 3.16
    Mother (5): 3.11
    Snowpiercer (13): 3.03
    Tokyo!: 2.37

    Kenneth Branagh

    Hamlet (9): 3.29
    (A Midwinter's Tale): 2.83
    Thor: 2.39
    Love's Labours Lost: 2.10
    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: 2.05
    Sleuth: 1.40

    Catherine Breillat

    Bluebeard: 3.02
    The Last Mistress: 2.88
    Fat Girl: 2.85
    Abuse of Weakness: 2.80
    The Sleeping Beauty: 2.75
    Sex Is Comedy: 2.66
    Romance: 2.00
    Anatomy of Hell: 1.77

    Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

    Amer: 2.79
    The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears: 2.78
    The ABCs of Death: 1.69

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan

    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (12): 3.10
    Winter Sleep (15): 3.00
    Distant: 2.93
    Climates: 2.84
    Three Monkeys: 2.58

    J.C. Chandor

    All Is Lost (14): 3.22
    A Most Violent Year: 2.84
    Margin Call: 2.74

    Damien Chazelle

    Whiplash (20): 2.94
    (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench): 2.20

    Stephen Chow

    Kung Fu Hustle (11): 3.09
    (Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons): 2.78
    CJ7: 2.46

    Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne

    La Promesse (13): 3.53
    Two Days, One Night (4): 3.35
    L'Enfant (The Child) (6): 3.26
    The Kid With a Bike (7): 3.18
    The Son (6): 3.16
    Lorna's Silence (11): 3.09
    Rosetta: 2.89

    Jonathan Demme

    Rachel Getting Married (4): 3.28
    Neil Young: Heart of Gold: 2.94
    (Neil Young Journeys): 2.93
    (Storefront Hitchcock): 2.92
    The Manchurian Candidate: 2.70
    (Man From Plains): 2.67
    Beloved: 2.64
    (A Master Builder): 2.64
    Neil Young Trunk Show: 2.50
    The Truth About Charlie: 2.48
    (The Agronomist): 2.39
    Enzo Avitabile Music Life: N/A
    I'm Carolyn Parker: N/A

    Arnaud Desplechin

    Kings & Queen (15): 3.03
    A Christmas Tale (10): 3.00
    Esther Kahn: 2.98
    (My Sex Life, or How I Got Into an Argument): 2.60
    Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian: 2.47

    Clint Eastwood

    Million Dollar Baby (9): 3.06
    Letters From Iwo Jima: 2.82
    Mystic River: 2.81
    Changeling: 2.70
    Space Cowboys: 2.63
    American Sniper: 2.58
    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: 2.57
    Invictus: 2.53
    Flags of Our Fathers: 2.52
    Gran Torino: 2.46
    Blood Work: 2.35
    Absolute Power: 2.32
    True Crime: 2.31
    Jersey Boys: 2.21
    Hereafter: 2.05
    J. Edgar: 2.04

    Atom Egoyan

    The Sweet Hereafter (1): 3.65
    Felicia's Journey: 2.66
    Where the Truth Lies: 2.50
    Adoration: 2.44
    Ararat: 2.33
    Chloe: 2.21
    (The Captive): 1.86
    (Devil's Knot): 1.43

    David Fincher

    Zodiac (3): 3.27
    The Social Network (4): 3.22
    Fight Club (3): 3.19
    Gone Girl (14): 3.03
    The Game (9): 2.95
    Panic Room: 2.79
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: 2.44
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: 2.42

    Philippe Garrel

    Regular Lovers (9): 3.07
    Frontier of Dawn: 2.91
    Jealousy: 2.88
    A Burning Hot Summer: 2.58

    Terry Gilliam

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (18): 2.68
    The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus: 2.30
    The Brothers Grimm: 2.29
    Tideland: 2.21
    (The Zero Theorem): 2.11

    Jonathan Glazer

    Under the Skin (1): 3.29
    Sexy Beast: 2.81
    Birth: 2.74

    Jean-Luc Godard

    Notre Musique: 2.67
    Goodbye to Language (12): 2.65
    Film Socialisme: 2.59
    In Praise of Love: 1.95
    (For Ever Mozart): 1.58

    Michel Gondry

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2): 3.28
    Dave Chappelle's Block Party (19): 3.02
    (Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?): 2.94
    The We and the I: 2.70
    Be Kind Rewind: 2.59
    The Science of Sleep: 2.53
    Human Nature: 2.40
    Tokyo!: 2.37
    Mood Indigo: 2.29
    The Green Hornet: 2.00
    The Thorn in the Heart: N/A

    Alejandro González Iñárritu

    Amores Perros (17): 2.82
    21 Grams: 2.49
    Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance): 2.44
    Biutiful: 2.00
    Babel: 1.95

    James Gray

    Two Lovers (12): 3.13
    The Immigrant (19): 2.94
    We Own the Night: 2.82
    The Yards: 2.78

    David Gordon Green

    George Washington: 3.05
    All the Real Girls (15): 2.93
    Pineapple Express: 2.71
    Joe: 2.69
    Undertow: 2.56
    Snow Angels: 2.56
    Prince Avalanche: 2.50
    (The Sitter): 2.00
    Your Highness: 1.89

    Peter Jackson

    Forgotten Silver: 3.36
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (7): 3.33
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (5): 3.26
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (11): 2.96
    The Frighteners: 2.93
    King Kong: 2.83
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 2.50
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: 2.24
    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: 1.92
    The Lovely Bones: 1.80

    Jim Jarmusch

    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (18): 3.03
    Only Lovers Left Alive (9): 3.03
    Dead Man (13): 2.94
    Coffee and Cigarettes: 2.70
    Broken Flowers: 2.56
    (Year of the Horse): 2.42
    The Limits of Control: 2.34

    Kim Ki-duk

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring (12): 3.17
    Time: 3.00
    3-iron: 2.94
    Moebius: 2.63
    The Isle: 2.38
    Pieta: 2.09

    Takeshi Kitano

    Fireworks (Hana-Bi) (5): 3.26
    The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi: 2.79
    Kikujiro: 2.70
    Outrage: 2.46
    Brother: 2.38
    Dolls: 2.34
    (Beyond Outrage): 2.10

    Hirokazu Kore-eda

    After Life (13): 3.26
    Still Walking (19): 3.11
    Nobody Knows (18): 3.07
    (I Wish): 3.00
    Like Father, Like Son: 2.79
    (Maborosi): 2.40

    Mike Leigh

    Secrets & Lies (2): 3.56
    Vera Drake (6): 3.26
    Another Year: 3.21
    Topsy-Turvy (9): 3.18
    All or Nothing: 3.02
    Mr. Turner: 2.98
    Happy-Go-Lucky (12): 2.97
    Career Girls: 2.83

    Richard Linklater

    Before Sunset (3): 3.43
    Boyhood (3): 3.36
    Before Midnight (4): 3.33
    The School of Rock (9): 3.16
    A Scanner Darkly (12): 2.97
    Waking Life (15): 2.86
    Bernie (18): 2.85
    Tape: 2.77
    The Newton Boys: 2.75
    Me and Orson Welles: 2.70
    subUrbia: 2.63
    Bad News Bears: 2.50
    Fast Food Nation: 2.28

    James Marsh

    Man on Wire (16): 3.19
    Project Nim: 3.00
    (Shadow Dancer): 2.70
    Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1980: 2.58
    The Theory of Everything: 2.22
    The King: N/A
    Wisconsin Death Trip: N/A

    Frank Miller

    Frank Miller's Sin City (10): 2.74
    (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For): 1.88
    The Spirit: N/A

    Lukas Moodysson

    Together (18): 3.13
    Show Me Love: 2.89
    We Are the Best!: 2.88
    Lilya 4-Ever: 2.68
    A hole in my heart: 1.88
    Mammoth: N/A

    Errol Morris

    Fast, Cheap & out of Control (4): 3.42
    The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert S. McNamara (11): 3.24
    Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.: 3.10
    Tabloid: 3.00
    Standard Operating Procedure: 2.98
    The Unknown Known: 2.64

    Christopher Nolan

    The Prestige (2): 3.40
    Memento (3): 3.31
    The Dark Knight (5): 3.17
    Insomnia: 2.92
    Inception (13): 2.84
    Interstellar (18): 2.83
    Batman Begins (19): 2.81
    The Dark Knight Rises: 2.63
    (Following): 2.28

    Jafar Panahi

    Offside (11): 3.25
    Crimson Gold (11): 3.20
    (The Mirror): 3.20
    The White Balloon: 3.14
    This Is Not a Film: 3.00
    The Circle: 2.70
    Closed Curtain: 2.63

    Roman Polanski

    The Pianist: 2.96
    The Ghost Writer (18): 2.94
    Oliver Twist: 2.71
    Venus in Fur: 2.70
    The Ninth Gate: 2.38
    Carnage: 2.36

    Kelly Reichardt

    Old Joy (5): 3.17
    Meek's Cutoff (8): 3.13
    Wendy and Lucy: 2.98
    Night Moves: 2.86

    Alain Resnais

    You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet (16): 3.11
    Private Fears in Public Places: 2.95
    Wild Grass (10): 2.92
    Same Old Song: 2.87
    Life of Riley: 2.65

    Robert Rodriguez

    Grindhouse (4): 2.93
    Frank Miller's Sin City (10): 2.74
    Spy Kids: 2.71
    Machete: 2.61
    The Faculty: 2.60
    Spy Kids 2 The Island of Lost Dreams: 2.50
    Once Upon a Time in Mexico: 2.44
    From Dusk Till Dawn: 2.43
    (Spy Kids 3D: Game Over): 2.06
    Machete Kills: 2.00
    (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For): 1.88
    Shorts: N/A
    Spy Kids: All the Time in the World: N/A

    Paul Schrader

    Affliction (17): 2.94
    Auto Focus: 2.32
    (The Walker): 2.19
    (Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist): 1.86
    The Canyons: 1.36
    Adam Resurrected: N/A
    Dying of the Light: N/A
    Touch: N/A

    Ridley Scott

    Gladiator (20): 3.04
    The Counselor: 2.91
    Black Hawk Down (20): 2.78
    Matchstick Men: 2.78
    American Gangster : 2.50
    Body of Lies: 2.50
    G.I. Jane: 2.42
    Kingdom of Heaven: 2.33
    Prometheus: 2.26
    (White Squall): 2.22
    (Exodus: Gods and Kings): 2.00
    Hannibal: 1.94
    (A Good Year): 1.93
    Robin Hood: 1.91

    Bertrand Tavernier

    (Capitaine Conan) (12): 3.50
    It All Starts Today: 2.93
    (Safe Conduct): 2.83
    (The French Minister): 2.58
    The Princess of Montpensier: 2.53

    Johnnie To

    Drug War: 3.17
    Exiled (18): 2.97
    Mad Detective: 2.95
    Vengeance: 2.87
    Election: 2.79
    Fulltime Killer: 2.74
    Election 2: 2.73
    (Breaking News): 2.50
    (Throwdown): 2.33
    Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2: N/A

    Tsai Ming-liang

    What Time Is It There? (11): 3.21
    Stray Dogs (10): 3.17
    The Wayward Cloud (8): 3.08
    (Vive L'Amour): 2.92
    Good Bye Dragon Inn: 2.69
    I Don't Want to Sleep Alone: 2.53

    Lars von Trier

    Breaking the Waves (1): 3.43
    Dogville (1): 3.22
    The Kingdom II: 3.14
    Melancholia (7): 3.06
    The Five Obstructions (19): 3.03
    Nymph()maniac Vol. I (17): 3.00
    The Boss of It All: 2.85
    Dancer in the Dark (10): 2.74
    Manderlay (20): 2.69
    Nymph()maniac Vol. II: 2.61
    The Idiots: 2.59
    Antichrist: 2.53


    23 February 2015

    Skandies: #1


    Best Picture: Under the Skin (337/21)
    This is the first Skandie winner not to have premiered at Cannes since There Will Be Blood in 2007. Overall, Cannes films have won 12 times out of 20. I think Being John Malkovich is the only previous winner out of Venice.




    Best Director: Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin (413/23)
    Skandie history: #16, Birth (2004). (The film itself didn't place, so we clearly dig him.)




    Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night (332/24)
    Skandie history: #11, La Vie en Rose (2007); #14s, Public Enemies (2009); #11, Rust and Bone (2012); #4, The Immigrant (2014).



    Best Actor: Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel (413/31)
    Skandie history: #2, The English Patient (1996); #19, Oscar and Lucinda (1997); #19, The End of the Affair (1999); #12s, In Bruges (2008); #16, Coriolanus (2011).




    Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash (351/24)
    Skandie history: #18s, Spider-Man (2002); #19s, Burn After Reading (2008).




    Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood (367/28)
    Skandie history: None.




    Best Screenplay: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel (404/29)
    Skandie history: #3, Rushmore (with Owen Wilson) (1998); #5, The Royal Tenenbaums (with Owen Wilson) (2001); #10, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (with Noah Baumbach) (2004); #5, Fantastic Mr. Fox (with Noah Baumbach) (2009); #1, Moonrise Kingdom (with Roman Coppola) (2012). His second win in this category in the past three years, and the first screenplay he's written solo.




    Best Scene: The whoring bed, Nymph()maniac Vol. I (148/11).



    Complete results available here. Thanks to all voters, and especially to Mark Pittillo for programming the automated ballot and maintaining the website. The big post-mortem will be up in the next day or two.

    Skandies: #2


    Picture: The Grand Budapest Hotel (274/23)
    Director: Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel (291/24)
    Actress: Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin (309/24)
    Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler (291/22)
    S. Actor: Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice (305/22)
    S. Actress: Uma Thurman, Nymph()maniac Vol. I (245/19)
    Screenplay: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Two Days, One Night (213/18)
    Scene: Converge but one of my two eyes, Goodbye to Language (106/08)

    (Credit to Doug Dillaman, if I remember correctly, for that brilliant scene title, which for those who don't know is a reference to this. Also Michael Sicinski points out that the scene can be found here, though it really can't be appreciated unless seen in actual 3-D.)

    HISTORY:

    In addition to his three previous "nominations," (see post below), Anderson has also placed 6th for The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and 15th for The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004).

    Johansson, who won Supporting Actress just last year and nearly won Actress this year (in one of the closer races), has now landed in the top 20 eight times. Her other "nominations" are recounted below, and are accompanied by nods at #15 (Girl With a Pearl Earring, 2003) and at #6 in Supporting (Match Point, 2005). Plus Lucy earlier this year (see #12).

    Gyllenhaal placed 7th in Supporting for Brokeback Mountain (2005). Brolin has a previous Best Actor "nomination" (see below), and has also placed 15th in Supporting for Grindhouse (2007), 10th in the lead category for W. (2008), and 11th in Supporting for Milk (also 2008). Thurman, in addition to her previously mentioned Best Actress win for Kill Bill Vol. 1, also placed 6th for Vol. 2 (2004).

    The Dardennes traditionally don't fare as well in Screenplay as they do in Director and Picture; their scripts for La Promesse, The Son, L'Enfant (The Child), Lorna's Silence, and The Kid With a Bike placed 12th, 16th, 17th, 10th, and 18th, respectively. (Rosetta didn't place at all.) This is the first time we've considered one of their films primarily an example of great writing.

    22 February 2015

    Skandies: #3


    Picture: Boyhood (270/22)
    Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood (253/22)
    Actress: Essie Davis, The Babadook (293/20)
    Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice (219/17)
    S. Actor: Edward Norton, Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (228/17)
    S. Actress: Elisabeth Moss, Listen Up Philip (215/17)
    Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice (187/15)
    Scene: Avalanche, Force Majeure (101/11)



    HISTORY:

    In addition to his "nomination" for Before Sunset (see post below), Linklater has also placed 18th for Waking Life (2001), 13th for The School of Rock (2003), 19th for A Scanner Darkly (2006), 20th for Bernie (2012), and 8th for Before Midnight (last year).

    Phoenix has now placed eight times, tying him for second (with Edward Norton) among the guys on the all-time leaderboard. In addition to multiple previously cited top-five finishes and his 10th-place finish this year for The Immigrant, he placed 9th in Supporting for Gladiator (2000), 10th for Walk the Line (2005), and 11th for I'm Still Here (2010).

    Norton has now placed nine times, and I'll just cut and paste the roster since I just put it together due to his having vaulted to #5 on all the all-time list (behind Philip Seymour Hoffman [15], Tilda Swinton [12], Isabelle Huppert [12], and Julianne Moore [10]).

    1s. The People vs. Larry Flynt
    2s. Primal Fear
    3s. Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    4. Fight Club
    6. 25th Hour
    9. American History X
    10. Down in the Valley
    13s. Rounders
    14s. Moonrise Kingdom

    Both women are new.

    PTA won Best Screenplay for There Will Be Blood in 2007. The Master (2012) finished 4th. His scripts for Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999) both placed 11th. Punch-Drunk Love only managed 15th. Hard Eight is his sole film that didn't place at all.


    21 February 2015

    Skandies: #4


    Picture: Two Days, One Night (225/16)
    Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice (168/15)
    Actress: Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant (171/16)
    Actor: David Oyelowo, Selma (172/20)
    S. Actor: Ethan Hawke, Boyhood (198/20)
    S. Actress: Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer (212/15)
    Screenplay: Ruben Östlund, Force Majeure (166/15)
    Scene: The beach, Under the Skin (96/8)

    The usual no-embed deal.

    (Yes, 4 out of 7 scenes in the top ten so far have been from Under the Skin. This is the last one, however. Also, yes, that was a 100-point jump between #4 and #5 in Best Picture.)

    HISTORY:

    In addition to the three previous times PTA has been "nominated" (see post below), he's also placed 7th for Boogie Nights (1997) and 8th for Punch-Drunk Love (2002).

    Ah, Ms. Swinton. Tied with Isabelle Huppert for 2nd place in the all-time ranking, with 12 appearances in the top 20. The roster:

    1. Julia (2009)
    4s. Michael Clayton (2007)
    4s. Snowpiercer (2014)
    5. The Deep End (2001)
    5. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
    7. Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
    9s. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
    11. I Am Love (2010)
    12s. Burn After Reading (2008)
    13s. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
    18. Female Perversions (1997)
    19s. Thumbsucker (2005)

    Cotillard will be coming up again soon, so I'll deal with her then. Hawke, who should never work with anyone except Linklater, placed 8th (in the lead category) for Before Sunset (2004) and 10th (same) for Before Midnight (2013). Oyelowo is new.

    Force Majeure, as previously noted, is Östlund's first Skandie-eligible film.


    20 February 2015

    Skandies: #5


    Picture: Stranger by the Lake (123/11)
    Director: Jennifer Kent, The Babadook (137/13)
    Actress: Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl (145/14)
    Actor: Haluk Bilginer, Winter Sleep (171/11)
    S. Actor: Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher (187/16)
    S. Actress: Agata Kulesza, Ida (200/17)
    Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Boyhood (139/13)
    Scene: Victim meets victim (black goo 2), Under the Skin (71/6)

    The usual no-embed deal.

    HISTORY:

    The Babadook is Kent's first feature.

    In addition to winning Best Actor in 2000 for You Can Count on Me, Ruffalo has placed on five other occasions, all in Supporting: 19th for 13 Going on 30 (2004), 12th for Zodiac (2007), 6th for The Kids Are All Right (2010), 8th for Shutter Island (also 2010), and 19th again for Margaret (2011). All of the other actors are new, though that's not my fault since Pike was one of my top picks for Supporting Actress in 2009 (for An Education).

    Linklater's screenplay recognition for the three Before films is noted below in the "nomination" rundown. He also placed 9th for A Scanner Darkly (2006) and 19th for Bernie (2012, written with Skip Hollandsworth).

    19 February 2015

    Skandies: The "nominees"

    Not all that much suspense about who/what remains, so let's answer potential questions about near-misses and no-chances here, as well as give the top picks a little additional airtime. (Sorry it's all text, incidentally—I have virtually no HTML skills and invariably mangle any attempt to combine words and images, except in the most basic just-one-image-up-at-the-top kind of way.)


    Best Picture


    • Boyhood
    • The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Stranger by the Lake
    • Two Days, One Night
    • Under the Skin

    Overlap with Oscar nominees: Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
    Just missedBird People (#21), Coherence (#22), Listen Up Philip (#23), National Gallery (#24), Foxcatcher (tie for #25), Love Is Strange (tie for #25).
    Not so muchBirdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (#33), A Most Violent Year (#36), Selma (#42), American Sniper (#54), The Imitation Game (no votes), The Theory of Everything (no votes).


    Best Director


    • Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
    • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Jonathan Glazer, Under the Skin
    • Jennifer Kent, The Babadook
    • Richard Linklater, Boyhood

    Previous "nominations": Both Andersons have three, and this fourth nomination for each places them in a tie for 2nd in the all-time rankings—only the Coens, with five nominations, have more. (Also in the 4-nom club: David Fincher, Terrence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino.) PTA won for There Will Be Blood in 2007, and also placed 4th for Magnolia in 1999 and 2nd for The Master in 2012. Wes came in 5th for Rushmore (1998), 4th for Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), and 3rd for Moonrise Kingdom (2012), so he's clearly on course to finish 2nd this year. Linklater, surprisingly, has only landed in the top five once, for Before Sunset (#4, 2004).
    Overlap with Oscar nominees: Wes Anderson, Linklater.
    Just missed: Robert Greene, Actress (#21); Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher (#22); Ava DuVernay, Selma (#23); Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (#24); Pawel Pawlikowski, Ida (#25).
    Not so much: Clint Eastwood, American Sniper (#54); Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game (no votes).


    Best Actress


    • Marion Cotillard, The Immigrant
    • Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
    • Essie Davis, The Babadook
    • Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
    • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

    Previous "nominations": Johansson ties Cate Blanchett as the most-nominated actor in Skandie history, with five total; she's won Supporting Actress twice, for Ghost World (2001) and Her (just last year), and also placed 5th for The Horse Whisperer (1998) and 2nd in the lead category for Lost in Translation (2003). Interesting, given that she's not generally regarded as a Great Actress.
    Overlap with Oscar nominees: Cotillard (for Two Days, One Night), Pike.
    Just missed: Mira Barkhammar, We Are the Best! (#21); Sara Carlson, Stop the Pounding Heart (#22); Emmanuelle Devos, If You Don't, I Will (#23); Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nymph()maniac Vol. I (#24)—recall that she did place 13th for Vol II; Mira Grosin, We Are the Best! (#25).
    Not so much: Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything (#93 in Supporting Actress).


    Best Actor


    • Haluk Bilginer, Winter Sleep
    • Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
    • David Oyelowo, Selma
    • Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice

    Previous "nominations": Phoenix has now been nominated three consecutive times, having placed 5th for Her (last year) and 3rd for The Master (2012); he also won Best Actor outright in 2009 for Two Lovers. Fiennes placed 2nd for The English Patient way back in 1996.
    Overlap with Oscar nominees: None.
    Just missed: Jack O'Connell, Starred Up (#21); Johannes Kuhnke, Force Majeure (#22); Matthew McConaughey, Interstellar (#23); Alfred Molina, Love Is Strange (#24); Jason Schwartzman, Listen Up Philip (#25).
    Not so much: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything (#53); Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game (#54).


    Best Supporting Actor


    • Josh Brolin, Inherent Vice
    • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
    • Edward Norton, Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
    • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
    • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

    Previous "nominations": Norton racked up three nominations in the survey's first five years, but hadn't been seen up top since he placed 4th in Best Actor for Fight Club back in 1999. He also finished 1st and 2nd in Supporting Actor in 1996, for The People vs. Larry Flynt and Primal Fear, respectively. Brolin placed 3rd in the lead category for No County for Old Men (2007). Ruffalo won Best Actor in 2000 for You Can Count on Me.
    Overlap with Oscar nominees: We nearly duplicated their list, merely substituting Brolin for Robert Duvall. Good taste on the Academy's part, or laziness on ours? (A little of both, I think.)
    Just missed: Jeremy Renner, The Immigrant (#21); Gary Poulter, Joe (#22); Riz Ahmed, Nightcrawler (#23); Christophe Paou, Stranger by the Lake (tie for #24); Randall Park, The Interview (tie for #24).
    Not so much: Robert Duvall, The Judge (no votes).


    Best Supporting Actress


    • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
    • Agata Kulesza, Ida
    • Elisabeth Moss, Listen Up Philip
    • Tilda Swinton, Snowpiercer
    • Uma Thurman, Nymph()maniac Vol. I

    Previous "nominations": Tilda Swinton also ties Cate Blanchett (and Scarlett Johansson) for the most-nominated actor of all time. (The most-nominated XY actors are Nicolas Cage, Edward Norton, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, and Billy Bob Thornton, with four apiece.) She won Best Actress in 2009 for Julia and has placed 5th for The Deep End (2001), 4th for Michael Clayton (2007), and 5th again for We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011). Thurman, too, is a previous Best Actress winner, for Kill Bill Vol. I (2003); she should stick exclusively to Volume I of films so long that they wind up divided in two.
    Overlap with Oscar nominees: Only Arquette.
    Just missed: Joanna Newsom, Inherent Vice (#21); Kim Dickens, Gone Girl (#22); Lorelei Linklater, Boyhood (#23); Maggie Gyllenhaal, Frank (#24); Alexia Rasmussen, Proxy (#25).
    Not so much: Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year (#27); Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game (#67 in the lead category); Meryl Streep, Into the Woods (#93).


    Best Screenplay


    • Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
    • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
    • Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Two Days, One Night
    • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
    • Ruben Östlund, Force Majeure

    Previous "nominations": Wes Anderson scores his fifth career nomination, putting him alone in 2nd place (well behind the Coens, with eight). He won two years ago for Moonrise Kingdom (written with Roman Coppola), and his screenplays for Rushmore (1998, written with Owen Wilson), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, written with Owen Wilson) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, written with Noah Baumbach) placed 3rd, 5th, and 5th, respectively. Linklater was nominated for all three Before films—there's no way to know how he placed for Before Sunrise, as 1995 (year one) was conducted Oscar-style, but he placed 2nd for Sunset (2004) and won for Midnight (last year), both of which he co-wrote with Delpy and Hawke). PTA won for There Will Be Blood in 2007 and placed 4th for The Master in 2012.
    Overlap with Oscar nominees: Both Andersons, Linklater.
    Just missed: Lars von Trier, Nymph()maniac Vol. I (#21); Ramon Zürcher, The Strange Little Cat (#22); Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias, Love Is Strange (#23); Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin, Leviathan (#24); Lukas Moodysson, We Are the Best! (#25).
    Not so much: Damien Chazelle, Whiplash (#29); E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher (#46); Jason Hall, American Sniper (#59); Graham Moore, The Imitation Game (no votes); Anthony McCarten, The Theory of Everything (no votes).


    Best Scene

    Nah, I gotta save something as a surprise.