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Davis Awards 2000 Announced!

What are your favorites from Year 2000?

Taking a break from all this Bat-talk.  Trekking through the year 2000 was a daunting task.  There were many films I hadn’t seen in years, while others I’ve never feasted my eyes on before.  Naturally this brings on a dilemma.  A 15-year-old Clayton watching movies is very different from a now, 28-year-old Clayton.  I like to think there is a maturity there that lacked before.  I realized that after re-watching Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  In 2000, I found the film immensely overrated and couldn’t understand what people were so mesmerized by.  Naturally, I’ve never officially appreciated it or thought it to be among Ang Lee’s best.  Enter last weekend.  Talk about being fantastic a second-time around, the film was nearly hypnotic in its style and approach.  Do I consider it the best of the year?  Not really.  One of the best?  Definitely so.

With our ACCA 2000 closing up on Friday, and winners being announced on Sunday’s podcast, I have to let you in on my favorites of the new millennium.  Please include yours in the comment section and let’s see what commonalities or differences we have.  Bold denotes winner.  Enjoy after the jump:

Best Motion Picture 

  • Almost Famous – Ian Bryce; Cameron Crowe
  • Cast Away – Tom Hanks; Jack Rapke; Steve Starkey; Robert Zemeckis
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Li Kong Hsu; William Hong; Ang Lee
  • Gladiator – David Franzoni; Branko Lustig; Douglas Wick
  • Traffic – Laura Bickford; Marshall Herskovitz; Edward Zwick

Best Achievement in Directing

  • Darren Aronofsky – Requiem for a Dream
  • Ang Lee – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Ridley Scott – Gladiator
  • Steven Soderbergh – Traffic
  • Robert Zemeckis – Cast Away

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Christian Bale – American Psycho
  • Russell Crowe – Gladiator
  • Chow Yun Fat – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Tom Hanks – Cast Away
  • Mark Ruffalo – You Can Count on Me

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Ellen Burstyn – Requiem for a Dream
  • Sanaa Lathan – Love & Basketball
  • Laura Linney – You Can Count on Me
  • Julia Roberts – Erin Brockovich
  • Michelle Yeoh – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Billy Crudup – Almost Famous
  • Benicio del Toro – Traffic
  • Albert Finney – Erin Brockovich
  • Joaquin Phoenix – Gladiator
  • Marlon Wayans – Requiem for a Dream

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Jennifer Connelly – Requiem for a Dream
  • Kate Hudson – Almost Famous
  • Frances McDormand – Almost Famous
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones – Traffic
  • Ziyi Zhang – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Best Original Screenplay

  • Cameron Crowe – Almost Famous
  • William Broyles, Jr. – Cast Away
  • Susannah Grant – Erin Brockovich
  • David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson – Gladiator
  • Kenneth Lonergan – You Can Count on Me

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Mary Harron & Guinevere Turner – American Psycho
  • Hui Ling Wang, James Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Darren Aronofsky & Hubert Selby Jr. – Requiem for a Dream
  • Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Buddy Johnson, Phil Beauman, Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer – Scary Movie
  • Stephen Gaghan – Traffic

Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble

  • Almost Famous
  • Gladiator
  • Remember the Titans
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Traffic

Best Achievement in Art Direction

  • The Cell
  • Chocolat
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Gladiator
  • Quills

Best Achievement in Cinematography

  • Don Burgess – Cast Away
  • Paul Laufer – The Cell
  • Peter Pau – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • John Mathieson – Gladiator
  • Steven Soderbergh – Traffic

Best Achievement in Costume Design

  • Betsy Heilmann – Almost Famous
  • Eika Ishioka & April Napier – The Cell
  • Timmy Yip – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Janty Yaters – Gladiator
  • Jacqueline West – Quills

Best Achievement in Film Editing

  • Joe Hutshing & Saar Klein – Almost Famous
  • Arthur Schmidt – Cast Away
  • Tim Squyres – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Pietro Scalla – Gladiator
  • Stephen Mirrione – Traffic

Best Achievement in Sound

  • Cast Away
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Dinosaur
  • Gladiator
  • X-Men

Best Original Score

  • Alan Silverstri – Cast Away
  • Rachel Portman – Chocolat
  • Tan Dun – Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Hans Zimmer – Gladiator
  • Clint Mansell – Requiem for a Dream

Best Song From/Used in a Motion Picture

  • “Tiny Dancer” from Almost Famous
  • “Independent Woman” from Charlie’s Angels
  • “My Funny Friend and Me” from The Emperor’s New Groove
  • “Painted on my Heart” from Gone in Sixty Seconds
  • “Woman’s Work” from Love and Basketball
Comment and discuss!!!!!!

What do you think?

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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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