gARTh's 2004 Movie Awards


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The Aviator

Mel Gibson - The Passion of the Christ

Leonardo DiCaprio - The Aviator

Uma Thurman - Kill Bill: Volume 2

Supporting Actor:
Morgan Freeman - Million Dollar Baby

Supporting Actress:
Natalie Portman - Closer

Adapted Screenplay:
Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor - Sideways

Original Screenplay:
Charlie Kaufman - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind


House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu)

House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu)

Art Direction:
The Aviator

Costume Design:
House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu)


Visual Effects:
Spider-Man 2

Sound Mixing:
The Incredibles

Music - Original Score:
John Debney - The Passion of the Christ

Music - Original Song:
Trey Parker - "America, F**k Yeah" - Team America: World Police

Music - Use of Previously Recorded Song; Feature:
Frou Frou - "Let Go" - Garden State

Music - Use of Previously Recorded Song; Trailer:
Immediate Music - "Lacrimosa" - Spider-Man 2

Animated Feature Film:
The Incredibles

Documentary Feature Film:
Fahrenheit 9/11

Foreign Language Film:
House of Flying Daggers (Shi mian mai fu) - China

Animated Performance:
Antonio Banderas - Shrek 2

Villainous Performance:
Tom Cruise - Collateral

Comedic Performance:
Nick Frost - Shaun of the Dead

Cameo / Bit-Part Performance:
Matt Damon - EuroTrip

Breakthrough Performance:
Eva Green - The Dreamers

Breakthrough Filmmaker:
Zack Snyder - Dawn of the Dead

Shrek 2

Spider-Man 2 - Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire) and Dr. Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) take their fight from the side of a building onto a passing subway train.

Team America: World Police - "We're dicks! We're reckless, arrogant, stupid dicks. And the Film Actors Guild are pussies. And Kim Jong Il is an asshole. Pussies don't like dicks, because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks also fuck assholes: assholes that just want to shit on everything. Pussies may think they can deal with assholes their way. But the only thing that can fuck an asshole is a dick, with some balls. The problem with dicks is: they fuck too much or fuck when it isn't appropriate - and it takes a pussy to show them that. But sometimes, pussies can be so full of shit that they become assholes themselves... because pussies are an inch and half away from ass holes. I don't know much about this crazy, crazy world, but I do know this: If you don't let us fuck this asshole, we're going to have our dicks and pussies all covered in shit!"

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy - "His news is bigger than your news."

Poster Art: (select link to view)
The Passion of the Christ (One Sheet 4)

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Most Underrated Film:

Films that did not receive a wide release, were unsuccessful at the box office, were not nominated for any major awards or receive acclaim at any major film festivals, and were generally unknown to most audiences at the time of their release... but were well-liked by most critics and audiences that did happen to see them.

Spartan - Written and Directed by David Mamet.

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Special Achievement Award:

Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ

Prior to 2008, I didn't write long-winded reasons why the film or person(s) won, but briefly:

The biggest and highest grossing independent film (not made in, and by doing so going against, the traditional Hollywood Studio system) of all time, Gibson, despite what he's said and done since, created a momentous, groundbreaking film unlike any before or since. The level of detail, historical accuracy and raw emotional power involved in both its making and its handling of its subject is both amazing and staggering. The film was able to bring in an audience that generally feels forgotten by mainstream Hollywood, and was able to reach others that aren't even followers of the Christian faith as they simply enjoyed a great emotionally driven story.


  1. One of these days I really have to sit down and watch Passion, especially if you recommend it so highly.

  2. I can't believe you never saw it. I mean, now, in the wake of Gibson turning into a Defcon-5 level crazy dude I can see why, but it's a great film as far as filmmaking goes. It's extremely hard to watch, but this and "Apocalypto" both made Gibson one of my favorite directors for a short time. Too bad he went nuts and decided to piss off the entire world. The guy had a cool eye for shots and interesting, outside-the-box concepts.