17 February 2017

Skandies: #1

Best Picture: Manchester By The Sea (270/25)

Best Director: Jim Jarmusch, Paterson (190/15)
Skandie history: #16, Dead Man (1996); #17, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (2000); #13, Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).

First Picture/Director split since 2013, when Inside Llewyn Davis and Scorsese were the winners. Lonergan ties Herzog (Grizzly Man) for the lowest finish (7th) by a director whose movie won.

Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, Elle (317/23)
Skandie history: #15, La Cérémonie (1996); #8, The School of Flesh (1999); #2, The Piano Teacher (2002); #2s, 8 Women (2002); #17, Time of the Wolf (2004); #13s, I ♥ Huckabees (2004); #4, Gabrielle (2006); #19, Home (2009); #12, White Material (2010); #17, In Another Country (2012); #13s, Amour (2012); #8, Abuse of Weakness (2014); #8, Things to Come (2016).

With 14 total appearances in the top 20, Huppert ties Tilda Swinton in second place for the all-time record, with each now just one nod behind the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea (377/23)
Skandie history: #2, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007); #7, Gone Baby Gone (2007); #14, The Killer Inside Me (2010).

Best Supporting Actor: Tom Bennett, Love & Friendship (323/23)
Skandie history: None.

Best Supporting Actress: Lily Gladstone, Certain Women (423/27)
Skandie history: None.

Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea (379/27)
Skandie history: #1, You Can Count on Me (2000); #2, Margaret (2011).

Again, the only reason Lonergan hasn't won for all three of the films he's written and directed is that Margaret happened to run into A Separation. It would've won handily had it been released any year from 2006–2010.

sk1 from Daniel Gemko on Vimeo.

Best Scene: An invitation to lunch, Manchester By The Sea (209/17).

(Sound's very slightly out of sync again.)

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: Paterson (204/20)
Director: Martin Scorsese, Silence (167/15)
Actress: Sonia Braga, Aquarius (289/21)
Actor: Adam Driver, Paterson (246/21)
S. Actor: Alden Ehrenreich, Hail, Caesar! (242/19)
S. Actress: Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea (237/20)
Screenplay: Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann (209/18)
Scene: "Would that it were so simple," Hail, Caesar! (167/13)


Scorsese has made the Director list eight times, with five of the eight landed him in the top five. See the "nominees" post below for those; the other three are The Aviator (#8, 2004), Shutter Island (#6, 2010), and Hugo (#12, 2011). Only for Bringing Out the Dead was he ignored entirely.

This is the second time Williams has just missed winning Supporting Actress, as she previously finished 2nd in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain. It's her seventh appearance overall:

2s. Brokeback Mountain (2005)
2s. Manchester By The Sea (2016)
4. Wendy and Lucy (2008)
7. Meek's Cutoff (2011)
9. Blue Valentine (2010)
9. Take This Waltz (2012)
14s. Shutter Island (2010)

Driver placed 17th in Supporting last year for While We're Young (and just like that he's tied with Minnie Driver, with two top 20 appearances each)Braga and Ehrenreich are new.

Ade's screenplay for Everyone Else (2010) placed 6th.

16 February 2017

Skandies: #3

Picture: Toni Erdmann (202/16)
Director: Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann (136/11)
Actress: Sandra Hüller, Toni Erdmann (281/26)
Actor: Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann (198/17)
S. Actor: Issey Ogata, Silence (186/17)
S. Actress: Kristen Stewart, Certain Women (164/15)
Screenplay: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, The Lobster (175/14)
Scene: Birthday party, Toni Erdmann (165/13)

sk3 from Daniel Gemko on Vimeo.

Decidedly NSFW. And there are no English subtitles when people are speaking German, but the dialogue isn't really what matters here.


Ade squeaked in at #20 for Everyone Else (2010).

Last year's Supporting Actress winner, Stewart has now placed in this category for three consecutive years, having landed at #16 two years ago for Still Alice. She also finished 18th for Adventureland in 2009. (Personal Shopper will be her first real shot at an Actress nod.) Hüller, I had completely forgotten, placed 20th for Requiem (2006). Both men are new.

As noted in the "nominees" post, Lanthimos and Filippou's Dogtooth screenplay placed 2nd in 2010.

15 February 2017

Skandies: #4

Picture: Silence (153/14)
Director: Damien Chazelle, La La Land (133/12)
Actress: Rebecca Hall, Christine (249/18)
Actor: Ryan Gosling, The Nice Guys (184/17)
S. Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (183/17)
S. Actress: Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women (142/11)
Screenplay: Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi, The Nice Guys (157/14)
Scene: A meeting with Dean Caudwell, Indignation (132/12)

(Missing a bit of the beginning, but good enough.)


Chazelle placed 18th two years ago for Whiplash.

Gosling, as mentioned in Monday's "nominations" post, won Best Actor exactly 10 years ago. In addition to his previously noted top five appearances (see below), he's also placed 8th for The Believer (2002), 6th for Blue Valentine (2010), and 15th in Supporting for Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011). Gerwig has racked up nearly as many nods (five total) in even less time—all of them in the top ten, including 7th place twice (Greenberg, 2010 and Damsels in Distress, 2012) and 9th place for Mistress America just last year. (Plus of course 2nd for Frances Ha, as noted below.) Hall placed 10th in Supporting for Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). Ali is new.

Black's 3rd-place finish for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was noted below. His only other eligible screenplay during the Skandie era is Iron Man 3, which did not make the cut. Don't know who Bagarozzi is, but he has no other credits as yet.

14 February 2017

Skandies: #5

Picture: Cameraperson (140/10)
Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (132/12)
Actress: Annette Bening, 20th Century Women (190/15)
Actor: Colin Farrell, The Lobster (168/16)
S. Actor: Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea (162/15)
S. Actress: Paulina García, Little Men (126/11)
Screenplay: Whit Stillman, Love & Friendship (153/15)
Scene: "The Greatest Love of All," Toni Erdmann (105/10)


Jenkins didn't place for Medicine for Melancholy.

Bening had never previously made the top ten, much less the top five. She placed 16th for American Beauty (1999), 14th for Being Julia (2004), and 14th again for The Kids Are All Right (2010). Farrell had previously landed at #13 for In Bruges (2008). García placed 17th two years ago for Gloria. Hedges is new.

Stillman landed in exactly the same Screenplay spot for Damsels in Distress (2012). His screenplay for The Last Days of Disco (1998) placed 8th.

13 February 2017

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

• Cameraperson
• Manchester By The Sea
• Paterson
• Silence
• Toni Erdmann

Overlap with Oscar nomineesManchester By The Sea
Just missedAquarius (tie for #21), Certain Women (tie for #21), The Other Side (#23), Arrival (#24), Hell or High Water (#25).
Not so muchHacksaw Ridge (#61), Hidden Figures (no votes), Lion (no votes).

Best Director

• Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann
• Damien Chazelle, La La Land
• Jim Jarmusch, Paterson
• Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
• Martin Scorsese, Silence

Previous "nominations": Only Scorsese, who ties the Coen Brothers for most career nominations, with five. He's won Best Director twice—for The Departed (2006) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)—and also placed 5th for Kundun (1997) and 3rd for Gangs of New York (2002).
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Chazelle, Jenkins.
Just missed: Keith Maitland, Tower (#21); Ezra Edelman, O.J.: Made in America (#22); Jeremy Saulnier, Green Room (#23); Shane Black, The Nice Guys (#24); Roberto Minervini, The Other Side (#25).
Not so much: Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge (#39).

Best Actress

• Annette Bening, 20th Century Women
• Sonia Braga, Aquarius
• Rebecca Hall, Christine
• Sandra Hüller, Toni Erdmann
• Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Previous "nominations": Only Huppert, who gets her fourth. (The record for actors is currently five, shared by two-time Supporting Actress winner Scarlett Johansson and one-time Actress winner Tilda Swinton.) She placed 2nd in both acting categories in 2002, for The Piano Teacher and 8 Women, and also finished at #4 in Actress for Gabrielle (2006).
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Huppert.
Just missed: Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins (#21); Kim Min-hee, Right Now, Wrong Then (#22); Mackenzie Davis, Always Shine (#23); Kim Tae-ri, The Handmaiden (#24); Lily Rabe, Miss Stevens (#25).
Not so much: Nobody. With Streep noted above at #21, every notable prizewinner is accounted for. Rare!

Best Actor

• Casey Affleck, Manchester By The Sea
• Adam Driver, Paterson
• Colin Farrell, The Lobster
• Ryan Gosling, The Nice Guys
• Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann

Previous "nominations": Gosling won Best Actor in 2006 for Half Nelson and finished 4th in 2011 for Drive. Affleck placed 2nd in 2007 for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. 
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Affleck. (Gosling is an Oscar nominee in this category, but for his performance in La La Land—see below.)
Just missed: Mel Gibson, Blood Father (#21); Joe Alwyn, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (#22); Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic (#23); Anton Yelchin, Green Room (#24); Quentin Dolmaire, My Golden Days (#25).
Not so much: Ryan Gosling, La La Land (#29); Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge (#48).

Best Supporting Actor

• Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
• Tom Bennett, Love & Friendship
• Alden Ehrenreich, Hail, Caesar!
• Lucas Hedges, Manchester By The Sea
• Issey Ogata, Silence

Previous "nominations": None
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Ali, Hedges.
Just missed: Tracy Letts, Christine (#21); Daniel Radcliffe, Swiss Army Man (#22); Patrick Stewart, Green Room (#23); Gil Birmingham, Hell or High Water (#24); Greg Kinnear, Little Men (#25).
Not so much: Dev Patel, Lion (no votes).

Best Supporting Actress

• Paulina García, Little Men
• Greta Gerwig, 20th Century Women
• Lily Gladstone, Certain Women
• Kristen Stewart, Certain Women
• Michelle Williams, Manchester By The Sea

Previous "nominations": Gerwig placed 2nd in the lead category three years ago for Frances Ha. Stewart won Supporting Actress last year for Clouds of Sils Maria. Williams gets her third nomination, having previously landed at #2 in Supporting for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and #4 in Actress for Wendy and Lucy (2008).
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Williams.
Just missed: Angeliki Papoulia, The Lobster (#21); Tilda Swinton, Doctor Strange (#22); Lucy Boynton, Sing Street (tie for #23); Kristen Stewart, Café Society (tie for #23); Zoey Deutch, Everybody Wants Some!! (#25).
Not so much: Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures (#58); Nicole Kidman, Lion (#91).

Best Screenplay

• Maren Ade, Toni Erdmann
• Shane Black & Anthony Bagarozzi, The Nice Guys
• Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou, The Lobster
• Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
• Whit Stillman, Love & Friendship

Previous "nominations": Almost everyone. Lonergan won this category for You Can Count on Me (2000) and placed 2nd for Margaret (despite amassing over 500 points—he had the bad luck of seeing that film get delayed long enough to compete against A Separation, which would likely win Best Screenplay of the Century to Date). Black placed 3rd for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). Lanthimos and Filippou placed 2nd for Dogtooth (2010). And Stillman placed 5th for Damsels in Distress (2012). (Ade's screenplay for Everyone Else was the best of 2010, but just missed, due to the idiocy of others, finishing at #6.)
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Lanthimos & Filippou (incredibly), Lonergan.
Just missed: Mia Hansen-Løve, Things to Come (#21); Damien Chazelle, La La Land (#22); Corneliu Porumboiu, The Treasure (tie for #23); Craig Shilowich, Christine (tie for #23); August Wilson, Fences (#25).
Not so much: Eric Heisserer, Arrival (#27); Theodore Melfi and Allison Schroeder, Hidden Figures (no votes); Luke Davies, Lion (no votes).

Best Scene

Nah, I gotta save something as a surprise.

Skandies: #6

Picture: La La Land (135/11)
Director: Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden (129/11)
Actress: Kate Beckinsale, Love & Friendship (145/15)
Actor: Denzel Washington, Fences (113/10)
S. Actor: John Goodman, 10 Cloverfield Lane (133/13)
S. Actress: Kate McKinnon, Ghostbusters (115/11)
Screenplay: Jim Jarmusch, Paterson (136/15)
Scene: Fantasy prom video ("Drive It Like You Stole It"), Sing Street (75/8)

sk6 from Daniel Gemko on Vimeo.


Park placed 13th for Oldboy (2005) and 18th for Stoker (2013).

Washington has 20 full years of Skandie history, having first placed at #18 for Courage Under Fire (1996). He nearly won in 2001, coming in 2nd for Training Day; also, 15th for The Hurricane (1999), 17th for Inside Man (2006), and 16th for Flight (2012). Goodman gets his first nod for a film not directed by the Coens, having placed 5th and 10th in the same category for The Big Lebowski (1998) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), respectively. Beckinsale makes her first appearance in the top 20 since her last appearance in a Whit Stillman film; she placed 4th in Supporting for The Last Days of Disco (1998). McKinnon is new.

Jarmusch's screenplays for Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (2000) and Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) placed 20th and 13th, respectively. (He made the cut in Director for Dead Man, but not in Screenplay.)