Sunday, February 19, 2006

The IRA Awards: Final Results

Are advancing years mellowing the IRAs? No fistfights, no bitter arguments, just a desperate plea to keep things moving along because some people have to get up in the morning. (For the record, voting lasted from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.) Cruel things were said, of course. Dakota Fanning's talent was battered about like a pinata. A prayer was offered up that Ingmar Bergman would keep his word when he said Saraband was his final film. Sarah Silverman was praised and damned (even though Jews don't believe in damnation). And actors Alessandro Nivola of Junebug, Kevin Zegers of Transamerica and Ashton Holmes of A History of Violence were manhandled like sides of beef; lovingly, mind you, but sides of beef nonetheless. Actresses who garnered support of the most basic sort included Maria Bello of History of Violence, Alexis Dziena of Broken Flowers and Sibel Kekilli of Head-On. Perhaps the overall lack of venom was due to strong appreciation for a handful of films: in no special order My Summer of Love, Good Night and Good Luck, A History of Violence, 2046, Capote, and Tony Takitani had widespread support. But one film dominated them all. Here are the winners:

BEST PICTURE: Mysterious Skin
BEST DIRECTOR: Gregg Araki for Mysterious Skin
BEST ACTOR: Joseph Gordon-Levit for Mysterious Skin
BEST ACTRESS: Maria Bello for A History of Violence
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Paddy Considine for My Summer Of Love
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Catherine Keener for Capote, The 40 Year Old Virgin and The Ballad of Jack and Rose but not The Interpreter
BEST SCREENPLAY: Gregg Araki for Mysterious Skin
BEST CINEMATOGRPAHY: Robert Elswit for Good Night and Good Luck and Syriana
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: William Chang Suk Ping for 2046
BEST SCORE: Howard Shore for A History of Violence
BEST COSTUMES: William Chang for 2046

DRAMAMINE AWARD (A MOVIE THAT MADE US SICK): Crash
SOMINEX AWARD (A MOVIE THAT PUT US TO SLEEP): Saraband
MECHANICAL ACTOR: Tom Cruise for War of the Worlds and The Oprah Winfrey Show
MECHANICAL ACTRESS: Dakota Fanning for War of the Worlds, Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story, Hide and Seek and Nine Lives.

For complete ballots, with vote totals, runner-ups and other behind-the-scenes info, go here.

4 comments:

Ed Sikov said...

Who are the idiots who voted for these awards, anyway?

George Robinson said...

I don't know, but one of them kept drunkenly insisting that he needed to get up in the morning.
Which no one believed.

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