2002 in film: Success from old stars and old styles
It wasn't the best of years at the movies, but some of the best moments came from stars of long standing doing some of their best work, and younger directors emulating the old pros.
1. Road to Perdition - What you'd get if Steven Spielberg directed The Godfather.
2. Chicago - The best screen musical since Cabaret.
3. Y Tu Mama Tambien - A Mexican take on the Hollywood teen movie, with unexpected substance.
4. About a Boy - Hugh Grant will never have a better role than the immature hero of Nick Hornby's (High Fidelity) novel.
5. Far from Heaven - Todd Haynes' updating of a 1950s melodrama looks like the real thing, but with issues that were verboten then.
6. Insomnia - The director of last year's best movie (Memento) goes Hollywood without losing his edge.
7. About Schmidt - You don't know Jack until you see him in the year's saddest comedy– or funniest drama.
8. Tadpole - The only picture I saw three times this year, and I'm still not sure why I liked it so much. I guess it's just so romantic.
9. The Quiet American - Graham Greene's thriller combines romance and a great Michael Caine performance with a history lesson about Vietnam.
10. 25th Hour - Who'da thunk Spike Lee would do some of his best work on a movie about white people?!!!
Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically):
Catch Me If You Can
The Sum of All Fears
Talk to Her
Best Director: Sam Mendes, Road to Perdition
Runners-up: Pedro Almodovar, Talk to Her; Alexander Payne, About Schmidt
Steven Soderbergh Award for Directing a Double-Header: Steven Spielberg, Catch Me If You Can & Minority Report
Runner-up: Phillip Noyce, The Quiet American & Rabbit-Proof Fence
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Far from Heaven & The Hours
Runners-up: Diane Lane, Unfaithful; Maggie Gyllenhaal, Secretary
Best Actor: Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt
Runners-up: Al Pacino, Insomnia & S1m0ne; Robin Williams, One Hour Photo
Best Supporting Actress: Michelle Pfeiffer, White Oleander
Runners-up: Bebe Neuwirth, Tadpole; Rachel Griffiths, The Rookie
Best Supporting Actor: Paul Newman, Road to Perdition
Runners-up: Chris Cooper, Adaptation; Ed Harris, The Hours
Best Original Screenplay: Todd Haynes, Far from Heaven
Runners-up: Chap Taylor & Michael Tolkin, Changing Lanes; Dylan Kidd, Roger Dodger
Best Adapted Screenplay: David Hare, The Hours
Runners-up: Peter Hedges and Paul Weitz & Chris Weitz, About a Boy; David Self, Road to Perdition
Best Cinematography: Conrad L. Hall, Road to Perdition
Runners-up: Edward Lachman, Far from Heaven; Christopher Doyle, The Quiet American & Rabbit-Proof Fence
Best Foreign-Language Film: Y Tu Mama Tambien
Runners-up: 8 Women; Talk to Her
Best Documentary: Bowling for Columbine
Runners-up: Standing in the Shadows of Motown; The Cockettes
Best Almost-Released Film: Bark!
Runner-up: Slap Her, She's French!
Best Influence: Douglas Sirk
Best Original Song: "Lose Yourself" by Eminem, 8 Mile
Runners-up: "I'm Still Here" (Jim's Theme) by John Rzeznik, Treasure Planet; "The Hands that Built America" by U2, Gangs of New York
Best Original Score: Elmer Bernstein, Far from Heaven
Runners-up: Terence Blanchard, 25th Hour; Peter Gabriel, Rabbit-Proof Fence
Most Promising Newcomer - Female: Alison Lohman, White Oleander
Runner-up: Ellen Pompeo, Moonlight Mile
Most Promising Newcomer - Male: Ryan Gosling, The Believer & Murder by Numbers
Runner-up: Derek Luke, Antwone Fisher
Love It or Hate It Movie of the Year: Gangs of New York (I hated it)
Oh, that Jennifer Aniston Award: Jennifer Aniston, The Good Girl
Jar Jar Binks Award for Nails on the Chalkboard of an Otherwise Sublime Experience: Gollum, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Runners-up: Jude Law, Road to Perdition; Jar Jar Binks, Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
Instant Message Award: Crossroads, for teaching young women not to accept a ride home from a party with a strange man because they may get raped, but it's all right to ride across the country with a strange man because that's how you find true love
Runner-up: The Four Feathers, for teaching that men don't fight wars for patriotic or economic reasons, but for the comrades at their side. So why not stay home and enjoy each other's company?
Disengage Spel-Chek: S1m0ne
Sigmund Freud "There Are No Coincidences" Award: Rabbit-Proof Fence and Evelyn, two year-end releases by Australian directors about efforts to reunite families in which children have been taken away by the state
Runner-up: Suicide (What Everyone Wants for the Holidays!) featured at year-end in The Hours, Love Liza, Morvern Callar, and alleged in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
I Haven't Tried that Yet Award: Secretary
Runner-up: The Piano Teacher
Most Overexposed: Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love, Mr. Deeds, Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights, and The Hot Chick
Are My 15 Minutes Up Yet? Award: Madonna, Swept Away and Die Another Day
Runner-up: Guy "Mr. Madonna" Ritchie, Swept Away
Oh, I Thought Your Career Was Dead Award: Al Pacino, with his best work in a decade in Insomnia and S1m0ne
Runners-up: Robin Williams, One Hour Photo & Insomnia; Dennis Quaid, The Rookie & Far from Heaven
Alive and Well and Living in Paris Award: The suddenly ubiquitous Charles Aznavour, acting in Ararat and used musically as a symbol of romance in Tadpole and The Truth about Charlie
Unexpected Moments in Children's Animation Award: The love story between Ash and Sam in Pokemon 4ever
Runner-up: The gratuitous violence of Lilo punching another girl in the face in Lilo & Stitch
Are You Lonesome Tonight? Award: Ralph Fiennes as a Republican environmentalist in Maid in Manhattan
1. Femme Fatale
2. The Adventures of Pluto Nash
3. Deuces Wild
4. Ballistic: Ecks Vs. Sever
5. National Lampoon's Van Wilder
7. Stealing Harvard
8. Austin Powers in Goldmember
9. John Q
10. [reserved for Swept Away]
Dishonorable Mention (listed alphabetically):
Brotherhood of the Wolf
The Cat's Meow
The Fast Runner: Atanajurat
Gangs of New York
The Mystic Masseur
The Triumph of Love