The 2005 Chizfilm Awards Persona Jon Grata
February 6, 2006

The 2005 Chizfilm Awards

by Jonathan Chisdes

It’s awards season. Now that the Superbowl is over, the world eagerly awaits the outcome of the next major competition: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Oscars which will be held on March 5. But the problem with the Academy Awards is that they most often (and this year is no exception) overlook some of the best movies simply because their box office receipts aren’t high enough. So to correct this problem, I am creating the Chizfilm Awards, which will recognize excellence in filmmaking based on a purely objective standard: my personal opinion.

In order to qualify for consideration, a film must have been theatrically released in 2005, and must have been seen by me. (If I’m giving out the awards, it’s only fair that they go to a movie I have actually seen; I cannot give an award to a film simply because of its reputation or something I read about it. Unfortunately this disqualifies a number of films that very well might have won awards, such as “Good Night and Good Luck,” “Paradise Now,” “The Constant Gardener,” “Capote,” “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” and “A History of Violence.” I had hoped very much to see these films but unfortunately just wasn’t able to get to the theatre before they went away.) Therefore, there are a grand total of only 48 films that qualify. Those films are:

“2046,” “Agata and the Storm,” “Alexandra’s Project,” “Antares,” “Anytown USA,” “Assisted Living,” “The Ballad of Jack and Rose,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Broken Flowers,” “Campfire,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Crash,” “Drifters,” “Duane Incarnate,” “The Edukators,” “The Girl from Monday,” “The Girl in the Café,” “Happy Endings,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “King Kong,” “Le Grand Voyage,” “Let the Church Say Amen,” “Lila Says,” “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” “Ma Mére,” “McLibel,” “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Munich,” “My Date with Drew,” “My Summer of Love,” “Mysterious Skin,” “Off the Map,” “Peace One Day,” “Pizza,” “Pretty Persuasion,” “The Producers,” “Revenge of the Sith,” “Roads to Kotebel,” “Saving Face,” “Spare Parts,” “Syriana,” “Ushpizin,” “Walk on Water,” “War of the Worlds,” “Wilby Wonderful,” and “X,Y.”

As you can see, there are a lot of really good candidates with a couple of dreadful ones thrown in. I had thought about giving negative awards to those, but then I realized that as bad as films like “The Girl from Monday,” “Syriana,” and “War of the Worlds” were, there were far too many films that were much worse, that I just didn’t see. Besides, I’ve always believed that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. So instead, the Chizfilm Awards will focus on the best work of 2005.

And now, on to the awards…

Best Effects: “Revenge of the Sith” (Honorary mention to “King Kong” and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”)

Best Remake: “King Kong” (Honorary mention to “Munich,” “The Producers,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”)

Best Sequel: “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”

Best Movie Made for Under $10,000: “My Date with Drew” ($1100)

Best Cinematography: “2046” (Honorary mention to “Everything Is Illuminated,” “Crash,” “Brokeback Mountain,” Revenge of the Sith,” and “My Summer of Love”)

Best Ensemble: “Crash” (Honorary mention to “Antares”)

Best Supporting Female Actor: Caroline Peters for “Walk on Water” (Honorary mention to Alexis Dziena for “Broken Flowers,” Thandie Newton for “Crash,” Adi Schnall for “Pretty Persuasion,” and Michelle Williams for “Brokeback Mountain”)

Best Supporting Male Actor: Burghart Klaussner for “The Edukators” (Honorary mention to Moshe Ivgy for “Campfire,” Jim True-Frost for “Off the Map,” Ron Livingston for “Pretty Persuasion,” and Matt Dillon for “Crash”)

Best Underage Actor: Evan Rachel Wood for “Pretty Persuasion” (Honorary mention to Emma Watson for “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” Hani Furstenberg for “Campfire,” Valentina de Angelis for “Off the Map,” Emily Blunt for “My Summer of Love,” Natalie Press for “My Summer of Love,” Miles Thompson for “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” and Najarra Townsend for “Me and You and Everyone We Know”)

Best Gay/Lesbian Film: “My Summer of Love” (Honorary mention to “Saving Face,” “Brokeback Mountain,” and “Mysterious Skin”)

Best Jewish Film: “Walk on Water” (Honorary mention to “Everything Is Illuminated,” “Ushpizin,” “Munich,” and “The Merchant of Venice”)

Best Female Actor: Helen Buday for “Alexandra’s Project,” (Honorary mention to Joan Allen for “Off the Map”)

Best Male Actor: Geoffrey Rush for “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” (Honorary mention to Sam Elliot for “Off the Map,” Al Pacino for “The Merchant of Venice,” Lior Ashkenazi for “Walk on Water,” Elijah Wood for “Everything Is Illuminated,” Jake Gyllenhaal for “Brokeback Mountain,” Heath Ledger for “Brokeback Mountain,” and Bill Murray for “Broken Flowers”)

Best Director: Liev Schreiber for “Everything Is Illuminated” (Honorary mention to Campbell Scott for “Off the Map,” Rebecca Miller for “The Ballad of Jack and Rose,” Paul Haggis for “Crash,” Eytan Fox for “Walk on Water,” Alice Wu for “Saving Face,” and Marcos Siega for “Pretty Persuasion”)

Best Short: “Jesus Henry Christ” (Honorary mention to “A Can of Paint,” “Life of a Dog,” “The Box Man,” “Our Time Is Up,” and “The Acting Coach”)

Best Documentary: “Peace One Day” (Honorary mention to “Anytown USA,” and “McLibel”)

Best Foreign Film: “Campfire” (Honorary mention to “Walk on Water,” “Alexandra’s Project,” “The Edukators,” and “My Summer of Love”)

Best Feature Film: “Off the Map” (Honorary mention to “Crash,” “Walk on Water,” “My Summer of Love,” and “Pretty Persuasion”)

If you haven’t seen any of these films which have gotten awards, I highly recommend you go see them. Enjoy!

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