On the eve of the Academy Awards, McBone is proud to present the first annual McBone Awards. No red carpet. No gowns. No bad jokes. No sickening aftertaste of pomp and excess. No interest from the general public whatsoever. The McBone awards are based solely on the opinion of a panel of judges (me).
And in a truly banner year for film, the McBoners go to:
No Country for Old Men--Best film. Barely beats out There Will be Blood. And I mean just barely. This film is a poem.
Daniel Day-Louis--Best actor, in There Will be Blood. It kills me not to give this award to Josh Brolin for his flawless portrayal of Llewellyn Moss in NCFOM, but DD-Louis is transcendent and terrifying as Daniel Plainview.
Ellen Page--Best actress, in Juno. It feels odd to give this award to the star of a film I was lukewarm about. That's just how good Page was in this role.
Javier Bardem--Best supporting actor, in No Country for Old Men. Bardem's Anton Chigurh is one of the ten greatest villains ever to menace the screen. What else needs be said? "Call it." I should note that Philip Seymour Hoffman is the hard luck loser for his superb work in Charlie Wilson's War.
Vanessa Redgrave--Best supporting actress, in Atonement. I wanted to give this to Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton, but Redgrave defines what a great supporting actor should do--make the most of a minimal part. Her five minutes at the film's end are mesmerizing.
The Coen Brothers--Best director, No Country for Old Men. These guys have made many unforgettable films, and NCFOM ranks near the top of them. Flawless in nearly every way.
Don't agree with me? Maybe The Alex Awards will be more to your taste:
Best film: Atonement
Best actor: James McAvoy in Atonement
Best actress: Keira Knightley in Atonement
Best supporting actor: Tom Wilkinson in Michael Clayton
Best supporting actress: Vanessa Redgrave in Atonement
Best director: Joe Wright for Atonement
A NOTE FROM ALEX: I apologize for the ridiculous one sidedness of my selections, but in a film year like no other I've ever witnessed, where going to the movies felt miraculous over and over again, Atonement was the one that cut the deepest into me. I have yet to get away from its tragic, beautiful spell and I hope not to do so for a few weeks yet. It is not going to win any of the big awards tonight, but it gets all of mine! Do watch it!