gARTh's 2007 Movie Awards


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Ethan Coen & Joel Coen - No Country for Old Men

Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood

Marion Cotillard - La Vie en Rose

Supporting Actor:
Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men

Supporting Actress:
Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There

Adapted Screenplay:
Ethan Coen & Joel Coen - No Country for Old Men

Original Screenplay:
Diablo Cody - Juno


The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford

The Bourne Ultimatum

Art Direction:

Costume Design:
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Visual Effects:

Sound Mixing:

Music - Original Score:
Dario Marianelli - Atonement

Music - Original Song:
Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová - "Falling Slowly" - Once

Music - Use of Previously Recorded Song; Feature:
Jason Freeman & Samuel L. Jackson (Traditional) - "Black Snake Moan" - Black Snake Moan

Music - Use of Previously Recorded Song; Trailer:
Nine Inch Nails - "Just Like You Imagined" - 300

Animated Feature Film:
The Simpsons Movie

Documentary Feature Film:
No End in Sight

Foreign Language Film:
Black Book (Zwartboek) - Netherlands

Animated Performance:
Ray Winstone - Beowulf

Villainous Performance:
Javier Bardem - No Country for Old Men

Comedic Performance:
John C. Reilly - Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Cameo / Bit-Part Performance:
Tom Hanks- The Simpson's Movie

Breakthrough Performance:
Sam Riley - Control

Breakthrough Filmmaker:
Anton Corbijn - Control


Grindhouse - Zoë (Zoë Bell) hangs off the hood of a full-speed Dodge Challenger as Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) goes in for the kill.

300 - "Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty... For tonight, we dine in hell! "

The Simpsons Movie - "For years, lines have been drawn...and then colored in yellow."

Poster Art: (select link to view)
Grindhouse (One Sheet 3)

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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.

Trick 'r Treat - Written and Directed by Michael Dougherty.

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Special Achievement Award:

Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse (Shared with Eli Roth, Edgar Wright and Rob Zombie)

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

If there's anyone in Hollywood that truly understands the horror genre, and all the exploitative, over-the-top excess and tomfoolery that comes with it, it's Tarantino and Rodriguez. Together with fellow horror-buffs Roth, Wright and Zombie they created a cinematic masterpiece out of a late-night schlock drive-in picture. With tongue firmly planted in cheek they delivered what few in Hollywood can anymore, a full-on theatrical experience. From the opening Machete trailer, to the ridiculous mayhem of Planet Terror, through the vintage intermission and the trailers for Don't, Thanksgiving, and Werewolf Women of the S.S. (that I hope will one day grace a screen near me as feature films, themselves), and straight into Death Proof (featuring a long-awaited return to form from genre-badass Kurt Russell), the entire Grindhouse experience brought horror fans what they wanted, what they craved, and despite its poor box office returns, was heralded by any and all who saw it as one of the best films of 2007. (Not bad for something that 20 years ago would have been relegated to VHS and USA Up All Night). People tend to throw around the phrase "An instant Cult Classic" a little loosely these days, but for once the phrase is dead-on accurate.


  1. Grindhouse was probably one of my favorite experiences ever at a movie theater. I felt like I was a part of something once-in-a-lifetime that also happened to be insanely awesome. Know what else came out this year? AQUA TEEN MOVIE!!!!!!!

  2. Haha! Yeah, I almost came up with a "Best Movie Title" Award just for "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters." Possibly the greatest title ever for any film int he history oft he universe. Plus the intro song by Mastodon "Linoleum Knife" was like this close to winning Best Original Song... but I felt I'd already had two comedic songs win (Tenacious D in 2006 and Trey Parker in 2004) and figured I'd give it to the "good song" this go round (the song from Once is a really good song) instead of the "great funny awesome song." Also, I agree, Grindhouse ranks up there with my favorite theatrical experiences ever.