2006 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
The 32nd Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, given by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, honored the best in film for 2006. Best Picture: Letters from Iwo Jima Runner-up: The Queen Best Director: Paul Greengrass – United 93 Runner-up: Clint Eastwood – Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima Best Actor: Sacha Baron Cohen – Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland Best Actress: Helen Mirren – The Queen Runner-up: Penélope Cruz – Volver Best Supporting Actor: Michael Sheen – The Queen Runner-up: Sergi López – Pan's Labyrinth Best Supporting Actress: Luminița Gheorghiu – The Death of Mr. Lazarescu Runner-up: Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls Best Screenplay: Peter Morgan – The Queen Runner-up: Michael Arndt – Little Miss Sunshine Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki – Children of Men Runner-up: Tom Stern – Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima Best Production Design: Eugenio Caballero – Pan's Labyrinth Runner-up: Jim Clay, Veronica Falzon, Geoffrey Kirkland – Children of Men Best Music Score: Alexandre Desplat – The Painted Veil and The Queen Runner-up: Thomas Newman – The Good German and Little Children Best Foreign-Language Film: The Lives of Others • Germany Runner-up: Volver • Spain Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film: An Inconvenient Truth Runner-up: Darwin's Nightmare Best Animation: Happy Feet Runner-up: Cars The Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: So Yong Kim – In Between Days Kelly Reichardt – Old Joy New Generation Award: Michael Arndt, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris – Little Miss Sunshine Career Achievement Award: Robert Mulligan Special Citation: Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 film Army of Shadows upon the occasion of its long-overdue U.
S. release. Jonas Mekas for his contributions to American film culture as a filmmaker, critic and co-founder of Anthology Film Archives. 32nd Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
Dog Day Afternoon
Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 American crime drama film directed by Sidney Lumet, written by Frank Pierson, produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand. The film stars Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penelope Allen, James Broderick, Lance Henriksen, Carol Kane; the title refers to the sultry "dog days" of summer. The film was inspired by P. F. Kluge's article "The Boys in the Bank" in LIFE magazine, about a similar robbery of a Brooklyn bank by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturale on August 22, 1972; the film received critical acclaim upon its September 1975 release by Warner Bros. some of which referred to its anti-establishment tone. Dog Day Afternoon was nominated for several Academy Awards and Golden Globe awards, won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2009, the film was deemed "culturally or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. On August 22, 1972, first-time crook Sonny Wortzik, his friend Salvatore "Sal" Naturale, Stevie attempt to rob the First Brooklyn Savings Bank.
The plan goes awry when Stevie loses his nerve and flees, Sonny discovers they have arrived after the daily cash pickup, finding only $1,100 in cash. Sonny takes the bank’s traveler's cheques and burns the register in a trash can, but the smoke raises suspicion outside, the building is surrounded by police; the two panicked. Police Detective Sergeant Eugene Moretti calls the bank, Sonny bluffs that he is prepared to kill the hostages. Sal assures Sonny. A security guard has an asthma attack, Sonny releases him as a sign of good faith. Moretti convinces Sonny to step outside. Using the head teller as a shield, Sonny begins a dialogue with Moretti that culminates in his shouting "Attica! Attica!" to invoke the recent Attica Prison riot, the crowd begins cheering for Sonny. Sonny demands a vehicle to Sal to an airport to board a jet, he demands pizzas for the hostages, that his wife be brought to the bank. Sonny's wife, Leon/Elizabeth Shermer, a transgender woman and reveals that the robbery was intended to pay for her sex reassignment surgery.
She divulges that Sonny has an estranged wife and children. As night sets in, the bank's lights are shut off, he refuses to give Sonny any more favors, but when the bank manager Mulvaney goes into diabetic shock, Sheldon lets a doctor inside. Sheldon convinces Elizabeth to talk to Sonny on the phone. Elizabeth turns down Sonny's offer to Sal in their escape. Sonny tells police. Sonny agrees to let Mulvaney leave; the FBI calls Sonny out of the bank to talk to his mother, who unsuccessfully tries to persuade him to give himself up. Back inside, Sonny writes out his will, leaving money from his life insurance to Elizabeth for her surgery and to Angie; when the requested limousine arrives, Sonny checks for hidden weapons or booby traps, selects Agent Murphy to drive himself and the remaining hostages to Kennedy Airport. Sonny sits in the front beside Murphy with Sal behind. Murphy asks Sal to point his gun at the roof so Sal won't accidentally shoot him; as they wait on the airport tarmac for the plane to taxi into position, Sal releases another hostage, who gives him her rosary beads for his first plane trip.
Murphy again reminds Sal to aim his gun away. Sal does, Sheldon seizes Sonny's weapon, allowing Murphy to pull a revolver hidden in his armrest and shoot Sal in the head. Sonny is arrested, the hostages are freed; the film ends. Subtitles reveal that Sonny was sentenced to 20 years in prison and her children subsisted on welfare, Elizabeth had her surgery; the LIFE article described Wojtowicz as "a dark, thin fellow with the broken-faced good looks of an Al Pacino or Dustin Hoffman". Hoffman was offered the role when Pacino quit the production. An 18-year-old actor was to be cast in the role of Sal to match the age of the actual Salvatore; the table below summarizes the main cast of Dog Day Afternoon. The film is based on the story of John Wojtowicz, it adheres to the basic facts of what happened, according to a LIFE article published on September 22, 1972 entitled "The Boys in the Bank". Wojtowicz, along with Sal Naturale, held up a Chase Manhattan Bank branch in Gravesend, Brooklyn, on August 22, 1972.
After being apprehended, Wojtowicz was convicted in court and sentenced to 20 years in prison, of which he served six. Wojtowicz wrote a letter to The New York Times in 1975 claiming that the events of the film were "only 30% true." Some of Wojtowicz's objections to the film's accuracy included the portrayal of his ex-wife, whose real name was Carmen Bifulco, the conversation with his mother and the refusal of police to let him speak to Carmen. He did, praise Al Pacino and Chris Sarandon's portrayals of himself and Elizabeth Eden. Although Sal was 18 years old at the time of the robbery, he is portrayed in the film by 39-year-old John Cazale; the film shows Sonny making out a will to give Elizabeth his life insurance so that if Sonny were killed, she might still be able to pay for the operation. The real-life Wojtowicz was paid $7,500 plus 1% of the f
Sidney Arthur Lumet was an American director and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated five times for the Academy Award: four for Best Director for 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon and The Verdict and one for Best Adapted Screenplay for Prince of the City, he did not win an individual Academy Award, but he did receive an Academy Honorary Award and 14 of his films were nominated for various Oscars, such as Network, nominated for ten, winning four. The Encyclopedia of Hollywood states that Lumet was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the modern era, having directed more than one movie a year on average since his directorial debut in 1957, he was noted by Turner Classic Movies for his "strong direction of actors," "vigorous storytelling" and the "social realism" in his best work. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as having been "one of the finest craftsmen and warmest humanitarians among all film directors." Lumet was known as an "actor's director," having worked with the best of them during his career more than "any other director."
Sean Connery, who acted in five of his films, considered him one of his favorite directors, a director who had that "vision thing."A member of the maiden cohort of New York's Actors Studio, Lumet began his directorial career in Off-Broadway productions became a efficient TV director. His first movie, 12 Angry Men, was a courtroom drama centered on tense jury deliberations. Lumet subsequently divided his energies among other political and social drama films, as well as adaptations of literary plays and novels, big stylish stories, New York-based black comedies, realistic crime dramas, including Serpico and Prince of the City; as a result of directing 12 Angry Men, he was responsible for leading the first wave of directors who made a successful transition from TV to movies. In 2005, Lumet received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his "brilliant services to screenwriters and the art of the motion picture." Two years he concluded his career with the acclaimed drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead.
A few months after Lumet's death in April 2011, a retrospective celebration of his work was held at New York's Lincoln Center with the appearance of numerous speakers and film stars. In 2015, Nancy Buirski directed By Sidney Lumet, a documentary about his career, in January 2017 PBS devoted its American Masters series to Lumet's life as a director. Lumet was born in Philadelphia but he grew up in the Lower East Side neighborhood in New York, he studied theater acting at the Professional Children's School of Columbia University. Lumet's parents and Eugenia Lumet, were both veterans of the Yiddish theatre, were Polish Jewish emigrants to the United States, his father, an actor, director and writer, was born in Warsaw. Lumet's mother, a dancer, died when he was a child, he made his professional debut on radio at age four and stage debut at the Yiddish Art Theatre at age five. As a child he appeared in many Broadway plays, including 1935's Dead End and Kurt Weill's The Eternal Road. In 1935, aged 11 he appeared in a Henry Lynn short film, Papirossen, co-produced by radio star Herman Yablokoff.
The film was shown in a theatrical play with the same title, based on a hit song, "Papirosn". The play and short film appeared in the Bronx McKinley Square Theatre. In 1939, he made his only feature-length film appearance, at age 15, in... One Third of a Nation.... World War II interrupted his early acting career and he spent three years with the U. S. Army. After returning from service as a radar repairman stationed in India and Burma, he became involved with the Actors Studio, formed his own theater workshop, he organized an Off-Broadway group and became its director, continued directing in summer stock theatre, while teaching acting at the High School of Performing Arts. He was the senior drama coach at the new 46th St. building of "Performing Arts'. The 25-year-old Lumet directed the drama department in a production of The Fair. Lumet began his career as a director with Off-Broadway productions and evolved into a respected TV director. After working off-Broadway and in summer-stock, he began directing television in 1950, after working as an assistant to friend and then-director Yul Brynner.
He soon developed a "lightning quick" method for shooting due to the high turnover required by television. As a result, while working for CBS he directed hundreds of episodes of Danger and You Are There, a weekly series which co-starred Walter Cronkite in one of his earliest leading roles, he chose Cronkite for the role of anchorman "because the premise of the show was so silly, was so outrageous, that we needed somebody with the most American, warm ease about him," Lumet said. He directed original plays for Playhouse 90, Kraft Television Theatre and Studio One, directing around 200 episodes, which established him as "one of the most prolific and respected directors in the business," according to Turner Classic Movies, his ability to work while shooting carried over to his film career. Because the quality of many of the television dramas was so impressive, several of them were adapted as motion pictures, his first movie, 12 Angry Men a CBS live play, was an auspicious beginning for Lumet. It was a critical success and established Lumet as a director skilled at adapting theatrical properties to motion pictures.
Half of Lumet's complement of films have originated in the theater. A controversial TV show he directed in 1960 gained h
2001 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
The 27th Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, honoring the best in film for 2001, were given on 15 December 2001. Best Picture: In the Bedroom Runner-up: Mulholland Drive Best Director: David Lynch – Mulholland Drive Runner-up: Robert Altman – Gosford Park Best Actor: Denzel Washington – Training Day Runner-up: Tom Wilkinson – In the Bedroom Best Actress: Sissy Spacek – In the Bedroom Runner-up: Naomi Watts – Mulholland Drive Best Supporting Actor: Jim Broadbent – Iris and Moulin Rouge! Runner-up: Ben Kingsley – Sexy Beast Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet – Iris Runner-up: Helen Mirren – Gosford Park and Last Orders Best Screenplay: Christopher Nolan – Memento Runner-up: Terry Zwigoff and Daniel Clowes – Ghost World Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins – The Man Who Wasn't There Runner-up: Christopher Doyle and Mark Lee Ping Bin – In the Mood for Love Best Production Design: Catherine Martin – Moulin Rouge! Runner-up: Grant Major – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Best Music Score: Howard Shore – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Runner-up: Stephen Trask – Hedwig and the Angry Inch Best Foreign-Language Film: No Man's Land • Bosnia-Herzegovina Runner-up: In the Mood for Love • Hong Kong / France Best Non-Fiction Film: The Gleaners and I Best Animation: Shrek Runner-up: Monsters, Inc.
The Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: The Beaver Trilogy New Generation Award: John Cameron Mitchell – Hedwig and the Angry Inch Career Achievement Award: Ennio Morricone Special Citation: Joe Grant 27th Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
A Brief Vacation
A Brief Vacation is a 1973 Italian melodrama directed by Vittorio de Sica. The script, written by Cesare Zavattini, was inspired by an Apollinaire adage; the film concerns a female factory worker from Calabria who falls ill on the job and is prescribed a stay at a mountain retreat. She goes despite her husband's wishes, leaving behind her thankless work shift and her frustrating in-laws, but her three children; the film addresses issues such as the health care system, labor conditions, spousal satisfaction, class struggle. Florinda Bolkan - Clara Mataro Renato Salvatori - Franco Mataro, the husband Daniel Quenaud - Luigi, Clara's lover José María Prada - Dr. Ciranni Teresa Gimpera - Gina Hugo Blanco - Brother-in-law Julia Peña - Edvige Miranda Campa - Nurse Guidotti Angela Cardile - La Rossa, the redhead Anna Carena - Mother-in-law Monica Guerritore - Maria Maria Mizar - Nurse Garin Alessandro Romanazzi - Son Adriana Asti - Scanziani Christian De Sica - Mariani Una breve vacanza on IMDb
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (film)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a 1975 American comedy-drama film directed by Miloš Forman, based on the 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey. The film stars Jack Nicholson as Randle McMurphy, a new patient at a mental institution, features a supporting cast of Louise Fletcher, William Redfield, Will Sampson, Sydney Lassick, Brad Dourif, Christopher Lloyd in his film debut. Filming began in January 1975 and lasted three months, taking place on location in Salem and the surrounding area, as well as on the Oregon coast; the producers decided to shoot the film in the Oregon State Hospital, an actual mental hospital, as this was the setting of the novel. Considered by some to be one of the greatest films made, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is No. 33 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years... 100 Movies list. The film was the second to win all five major Academy Awards following It Happened One Night in 1934, an accomplishment not repeated until 1991 with The Silence of the Lambs.
It won numerous Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. In 1993, the film was deemed "culturally or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress, selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 1963 Oregon, recidivist criminal Randle McMurphy is moved to a mental institution after serving a short sentence on a prison farm for statutory rape of a 15-year-old. Though not mentally ill, McMurphy hopes to avoid hard labor and serve the rest of his sentence in a relaxed environment. Upon arriving at the hospital, he finds the ward run by Nurse Ratched, a steely passive-aggressive tyrant who intimidates her patients in order to keep them in line; the other patients include anxious. Ratched soon sees McMurphy’s lively, rebellious presence as a threat to her authority, she confiscates the patients’ cigarettes and rations them, suspends their card-playing privileges. During his time in the ward, McMurphy gets into a battle of wits with Ratched, he steals a hospital bus, escaping with several patients to go on a fishing trip, encouraging his friends to become more self-confident.
McMurphy learns his sentence may become indefinite and he makes plans to escape, exhorting Chief to throw a hydrotherapy console through a window. It is revealed that McMurphy and Taber are the only non-chronic patients sentenced to staying at the institution, as the rest are self-committed and could voluntarily check-out at any time, but are too afraid to do so. McMurphy and Cheswick get into a fight with the orderlies after the latter becomes agitated over his confiscated cigarettes. Ratched sends them to the "shock shop", where McMurphy discovers Chief can speak despite feigning being deaf and mute to avoid engaging with anyone. After being subjected to electroconvulsive therapy, McMurphy returns to the ward pretending to have brain damage, although he reveals the treatment has charged him up more. McMurphy and Chief make plans to escape, but decide to throw a secret Christmas party for their friends after Ratched leaves for the night. McMurphy sneaks two women and Rose, into the ward, bribes the night guard.
After a night of partying, McMurphy and Chief prepare to escape. Not ready to leave the hospital, he refuses. Billy asks for a "date" with McMurphy arranges for him to have sex with her. Ratched arrives in the morning to find the ward in disarray and most of the patients passed out drunk, she discovers Billy and Candy together, Ratched threatens to inform his mother about his escapade. Billy is overwhelmed with fear. Miss Ratched has him placed in and the doctor’s office to wait for the doctor to arrive, where he commits suicide; the enraged McMurphy chokes Ratched, before being knocked out by an orderly. Ratched comes back with a neck brace and a scratchy voice, Harding now leads the now-unsuspended card-playing. Rumors spread that McMurphy has escaped in order to avoid being taken "upstairs"; that night, Chief sees McMurphy being returned to his bed. He discovers that McMurphy has lobotomy scars on his forehead, in an act of mercy, smothers his friend with a pillow. Chief throws the hydrotherapy cart through the window and escapes into the night, cheered on by Taber.
Actor Kirk Douglas—who had originated the role of McMurphy in the 1963–64 Broadway stage version of the Ken Kesey novel—had purchased the film rights to the story, tried for a decade to bring it to the big screen, but was unable to find a studio willing to make it with him. He gave the rights to his son Michael Douglas, who succeeded in getting the film produced—but the elder Douglas, by nearly 60, was considered too old for the McMurphy role, which went to 38-year-old Jack Nicholson. Douglas brought in Saul Zaentz as co-producer; the film's first screenwriter, Lawrence Hauben, introduced Douglas to the work of Miloš Forman, whose 1967 Czechoslovak film The Firemen's Ball had the sort of qualities they were looking for. Forman flew to California and went through the script page by page and outlined what he would do, in contrast with other directors, approached who were less than forthcoming. Forman wrote in 2012: "To me, was not just literature, but real life, the life I
2005 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
The 31st Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, given by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, honored the best in film for 2005. Best Picture: Brokeback Mountain Runner-up: A History of Violence Best Director: Ang Lee – Brokeback Mountain Runner-up: David Cronenberg – A History of Violence Best Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman – Capote Runner-up: Heath Ledger – Brokeback Mountain Best Actress: Vera Farmiga – Down to the Bone Runner-up: Judi Dench – Mrs Henderson Presents Best Supporting Actor: William Hurt – A History of Violence Runner-up: Frank Langella – Good Night, Good Luck. Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener – The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Ballad of Jack and Rose and The Interpreter Runner-up: Amy Adams – Junebug Best Screenplay: Dan Futterman – Capote Noah Baumbach – The Squid and the Whale Best Cinematography: Robert Elswit – Good Night, Good Luck. Runner-up: Christopher Doyle, Pung-Leung Kwan, Lai Yiu-fai – 2046 Best Production Design: William Chang – 2046 Runner-up: James D. Bissell – Good Night, Good Luck.
Best Music Score: Joe Hisaishi and Youmi Kimura – Howl's Moving Castle Runner-up: Ryuichi Sakamoto – Tony Takitani Best Foreign-Language Film: Caché • France/Austria/Germany/Italy Runner-up: 2046 • Hong Kong Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film: Grizzly Man Runner-up: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Best Animation: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit The Douglas Edwards Experimental/Independent Film/Video Award: Peter Watkins – La Commune New Generation Award: Terrence Howard Career Achievement Award: Richard Widmark Special Citation: Kevin Thomas for his contribution to film culture in Los Angeles. David Shepard, Bruce Posner, the Anthology Film Archives to honor Unseen Cinema, an unprecedented 8-disc collection of films from 1894–1941. 31st Annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards