Pre-Oscars Awards: Top Ten of 2005

The past few days have been overloaded with the nominees/winners of the 2005 movie season. I’ll try to cover each award show in the coming days. Still to come: Academy Award Nominations (Jan 31); Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild Nominations (Jan. 5) ; Writers Guild of America and Producer Guild Nominations (Jan 4)

Here are the Top Ten Movies of 2005 according to NBR and AFI:

National Board of Review

Brokeback Mountain

Capote

Crash

Good Night, and Good Luck

A History of Violence

Match Point

Memoirs of a Geisha

Munich

Walk the Line

 

American Film Institute:

Brokeback Mountain

Capote

Crash

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Good Night, and Good Luck.

A History of Violence

King Kong

Munich

The Squid and the Whale

Syriana

A few winners I am surprised by.

Memoirs of a Geisha (only 29% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes) hasn’t struck me that it will be an amazing film. From the reviews I have read, they all seem to be in concensus that while Geisha is a decent movie it does not quite have that “wow” factor. But at the end of the day, I will still go see it but most likely not in the theaters.

Munich – The critics are LOVING Munich, even calling it the front runner in this year’s Oscar race. I haven’t seen it yet so I’m not really sure if the hype is good or just critics get happy and forgetting about the other top movies of 2005 (ie Brokeback Mountain) To read a not so glowing review of Munich, read this.

King Kong – I haven’t seen it yet so once again I’m not sure if the hype is all that factual.

Match Point – I’ve heard that it is the best Woody Allen movie in recent years. But that could mean anything if you consider how excellent Woody Allen pictures have been in these past few years.

When comparing the two lists, AFI has a greater range with a mix of under the radar movies, comedies, and big budget blockbusters. Six movies appear on both lists, which is an acceptable number if you ask me.

The NBR gets the “what are they thinking” prize because if you take a look at their overall awards, well frankly some don’t make sense (according to what I have read not what I have seen.) Certain actors/actresses performances that have been called the best of 2005, have been entirely ignored by the NBR. But then again the NBR is not a respected critics circle; generally the Academy ignores their picks because of the ridiculous factor involved.