The Online Film Critics Society announce their 2004 nominees

On Monday, January 3, 2005, the Online Film Critics Society announced the nominees for their 2004 awards. Leading the way with 8 nominations is “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” Michel Gondry’s epic quixotic comedy received nods including Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay, as well as acting nominations for lead actors Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.

Closely following with 6 noms is Alexander Payne’s “Sideways,” including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as three acting nominations, for Paul Giamatti (Best Actor), Thomas Haden Church (Best Supporting Actor) and Virginia Madsen (Best Supporting Actress). Other Best Picture nominees include Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunset,” Brad Bird’s “The Incredibles,” the second animated film in the OFCS’s eight year history to be nominated for the top prize, and Zach Braff’s “Garden State.” Zach Braff also finds himself nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Breakthrough Filmmaker and Breakthrough Performer.

Joining Michel Gondry and Alexander Payne in competition for the Best Director prize are returning nominee Clint Eastwood, for “Million Dollar Baby,” second time nominee Martin Scorsese, for “The Aviator,” and Zhang Yimou, for “Hero.”

Along with Zach Braff, filmmakers to keep an eye on in their own Breakthrough category include Kerry Conran (“Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”), Jared Hess (“Napoleon Dynamite”), Joshua Marston (“Maria Full of Grace”) and Edgar Wright, the director of the British zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead,” who also finds himself nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category with co-writer Simon Pegg.

Jim Carrey and Paul Giamatti will compete for the Best Actor race with Don Cheadle for “Hotel Rwanda,” Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Aviator” and Jamie Foxx, whose has not only been honored for his leading role in “Ray” but also for his supporting role in “Collateral.” In the Best Actress category, Kate Winslet is honored along with Julie Delpy in “Before Sunset,” Imelda Staunton in “Vera Drake,” Hilary Swank in “Million Dollar Baby” and Uma Thurman, whose performance in “Kill Bill Volume 2” is her second straight OFCS nomination.

The Online Film Critics Society has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism. The Society’s web site, which has been hosted since January 2001 by the highly influential film resource Rotten Tomatoes (www.rottentomatoes.com), provides the most comprehensive online listing of reviews and original interviews with the leading artists in today’s cinema, plus links to the most important motion picture-related web sites. The OFCS membership spans the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia/New Zealand, with journalists representing many of the most important online film resources including Salon, Slate, TV Guide Online, IndieWire, Netflix, Film Threat, eFilmCritic.com and the Internet Movie Database.

AND THE 2004 OFCS AWARD NOMINEES ARE:

BEST PICTURE

Before Sunset

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Garden State

The Incredibles

Sideways

BEST DIRECTOR

Clint Eastwood, “Million Dollar Baby”

Michel Gondry, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

Alexander Payne, “Sideways”

Martin Scorsese, “The Aviator”

Zhang Yimou, “Hero”

BEST ACTOR

Jim Carrey, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

Don Cheadle, “Hotel Rwanda”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Aviator”

Jamie Foxx, “Ray”

Paul Giamatti, “Sideways”

BEST ACTRESS

Julie Delpy, “Before Sunset”

Imelda Staunton, “Vera Drake”

Hilary Swank, “Million Dollar Baby”

Uma Thurman, “Kill Bill Volume 2”

Kate Winslet, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

David Carradine, “Kill Bill Volume 2”

Thomas Haden Church, “Sideways”

Jamie Foxx, “Collateral”

Clive Owen, “Closer”

Peter Sarsgaard, “Kinsey”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Cate Blanchett, “The Aviator”

Laura Linney, “Kinsey”

Virginia Madsen, “Sideways”

Natalie Portman, “Closer”

Sharon Warren, “Ray”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman, Story
By Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth

Garden State, Screenplay by Zach Braff

The Incredibles, Screenplay by Brad Bird

Kill Bill Volume 2, Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino

Shaun of the Dead, Screenplay by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

,b>BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Before Sunset, Screenplay by Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy and Ethan
Hawke, based on characters and a story created by Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan

Closer, Screenplay by Patrick Mauber, based on his play

Million Dollar Baby, Screenplay by Paul Haggis, based on the stories by F.X.
Toole

The Motorcycle Diaries, Jose Rivera, based on the books Notas de Viaje by
Ernesto Guevara and Con el Che por America Latina by Alberto Granado

Sideways, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, based on the novel by
Rex Pickett

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Aviator, Robert Richardson

Collateral, Dion Beebe and Paul Cameron

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ellen Kuras

Hero, Christopher Doyle

House of Flying Daggers, Xiaoding Zhao

BEST EDITING

The Aviator, Thelma Schoonmaker

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Valdis Oskarsdottir

Hero, Angie Lam and Vincent Lee and Ru Zhai

House of Flying Daggers, Long Cheng

Kill Bill Volume 2, Sally Menke

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Aviator, Howard Shore

Birth, Alexandre Desplat

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Jon Brion

Hero, Tan Dun

The Incredibles, Michael Giacchino

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Control Room, Jehane Noujaim

Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore

Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky

Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock

Touching the Void, Kevin Macdonald

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE (NON-ENGLISH) FILM

Hero, China

House of Flying Daggers, China

Maria Full of Grace, United States / Colombia

The Motorcycle Diaries, United States / Germany / United Kingdom / Argentina
/ Chile / Peru

A Very Long Engagement, France

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

The Incredibles

The Polar Express

Shrek 2

Team America: World Police

BEST BREAKTHROUGH FILMMAKER

Zach Braff, “Garden State”

Kerry Conran, “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”

Jared Hess, “Napoleon Dynamite”

Joshua Marston, “Maria Full of Grace”

Edgar Wright, “Shaun of the Dead”

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

Zach Braff, “Garden State”

Bryce Dallas Howard, “The Village”

Jon Heder, “Napoleon Dynamite”

Catalina Sandrino Morengo, “Maria Full of Grace”

Emmy Rossum, “The Phantom of the Opera”

The OFCS Governing Committee consists of Phil Hall (Film Threat), Edward Havens (FilmJerk.com) and Scott Weinberg (eFilmCritic.com).

The winners of the 2003 OFCS Awards will be announced on Monday, January 10th.

Share