Saturday, February 16, 2008

Skandies 2007

The full results of the 2007 Skander J. Halim Memorial Memorial Movie Survey* have now been posted. With the good showing of There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men, this year's Skandies bore a much closer resemblance to the Oscars than in previous years. Mike D'Angelo, who runs the Skandies, has, over the course of the last few weeks, been counting down the results one ranking at a time from #20 on down to #1, sharing information on past performance of winners and also including video clips of the winning Best Scenes.

You can see my own Skandie ballot here. Regrettably, I only managed to see half of the Skandie top ten this year. The top three finishers (There Will Be Blood, No Country for Old Men, and Zodiac) also finished high on my own list, but unfortunately, I thought the other two films on the top ten list that I'd seen (Grindhouse and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) were downright poor. Or, more accurately, I thought that Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof segment of Grindhouse, which most of the rest of the group thought was the bee's knees, was mind-searingly awful, ruining the mostly-pretty-good nature of the rest of the movie. My own number one film of the year, Ang Lee's underrated Lust, Caution, only placed at #26; only three other Skandie voters listed it. Lead Actress Tang Wei did manage to make it to #3, though.

You can see last year's results here, and results from some previous years here. I'm not sure if the complete listings for the 2002-2005 are publicly available anywhere.*Skander is not actually dead. He is alive and well.

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