The 2006 indieWIRE Blog Poll

By Matthew Curtis | Enzian Theater December 22, 2006 at 3:24AM

The 2006 indieWIRE Blog Poll
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While it's always nice getting your voice heard, apologies must go out to all of the fine indies and the handful of exceptional studio releases that I've been unable to get to thus far this year. With Florida Film Festival final selections looming in early January, and over 1500 submissions under consideration, November and December are pretty much dead months to me as far as actually going out to the movies. So unless I caught it at Sundance or Toronto, or a film happened to open at Enzian, there's still a whole bunch of movies out there on my "to do" list. But here's what I've got so far:

Best Film: BABEL
Best Performance (gender neutral): (tie) Forest Whitaker, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND and Ryan Gosling, HALF NELSON
Best Supporting Performance (gender neutral): (tie) Jackie Earl Haley, LITTLE CHILDREN; Catherine O'Hara, FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION; and James McAvoy, THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Best Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, BABEL
Best Screenplay: TRISTRAM SHANDY: A COCK AND BULL STORY (Frank Cottrell Boyce)
Best First Film: HALF NELSON, dir. by Ryan Fleck
Best Documentary: WORDPLAY, dir. by Patrick Creadon
Best Cinematography: PAN'S LABYRINTH (Guillermo Navarro)
Best Undistributed Film: Mike Akel's CHALK (narrative) and Shaun Conrad & David Raccuglia's PURVIS OF OVERTOWN (doc)

MC's 2006 Top 10 (as of 12/21, in alphabetical order):

BABEL
BORAT
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
LADY VENGEANCE
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
LITTLE CHILDREN
MONSTER HOUSE (in Digital 3-D)
PAN'S LABYRINTH
TRISTRAM SHANDY: A COCK AND BULL STORY
VOLVER

I reserve the right to make wholesale changes in the coming weeks. Let the arguments begin...

--Matthew

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