2006 Muriel Awards

Matt Riviera


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Matt's ballot:

Best Feature-Length Film
1. Battle in Heaven
2. The Child
3. United 93
4. The Departed
5. The Proposition
6. Brick
7. The Ister
8. The Road to Guantanamo
9. An Inconvenient Truth
10. Three Times

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Paddy Considine- Dead Man's Shoes
2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt- Brick
3. Leonardo Di Caprio- The Departed
4. Vincent Lindon- La Moustache
5. Daniel Craig- Casino Royale

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Maggie Cheung - Clean
2. Cate Blanchett- Little Fish
3. Helen Mirren- The Queen
4. Penelope Cruz- Volver
5. Maggie Gyllenhaal- Sherrybaby

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Jack Nicholson- The Departed
2. Hugo Weaving- Little Fish
3. Geoffrey Rush- Candy
4. Michael Sheen- The Queen
5. Brad Pitt- Babel

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Maribel Verdu- Pan's Labyrinth
2. Sook-Yin Lee- Shortbus
3. Adriana Barraza- Babel
4. Charlotte Rampling- Lemming
5. Jeanne Moreau- Time to Leave

Best Direction
1. Carlos Reygadas- Battle in Heaven
2. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne- The Child
3. Paul Greengrass- United 93
4. John Hillcoat- The Proposition
5. Hou Hsiao-Hsien- Three Times

Best Screenplay
1. The Departed
2. Brick
3. Inside Man
4. The Proposition
5. Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story

Best Cinematic Moment
1. A moment in Battle in Heaven when the camera momentarily wonders out the window in the midst of a sex scene to take in the sights and sounds of the neighbourhood.
2. The spear piercing Charlie's shoulder in John Hillcoat's The Proposition. It's one of this year's few shocking moments: violence stripped down to its essential elements, made all the more believable and strangely surreal by the naturalism of the scene in which it occurs.
3. The chilling piano bar scene in The Ordeal which sees the in-bred villagers take to the dancefloor in syncopated abandon.
4. The meeting between Theresa Chan, a deaf and blind woman who plays herself in Singapore's Be With Me, and the old widower who brings her food: hopeful and inspiring despite the inherent sentimentality of the subject, mostly thanks to superb naturalistic performances and Eric Khoo's light-handed touch.
5. The hovering (winged?) camera in the opening sequence of Johnny To's Breaking News, which flies in and out of windows in Hong Kong council flats, dodging bullets from cops and triad members.

Best Breakthrough Performance
1. Christian Byers (Opal Dream)
2. Channing Tatum (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints)
3. Abbie Cornish (Somersault)

Best First Feature by a Director
1. Brick (Rian Johnson)
2. Somersault (Cate Shortland)
3. La Petite JÚrusalem (Karin Albou)

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Mutual Appreciation
2. The Departed
3. Little Miss Sunshine

Best Cinematography
1. Emmanuel Lubezki- Children of Men
2. Dion Beebe- Miami Vice
3. Ed Lachman- Stryker

Best new DVD Release
1. Charisma (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Home Vision Home Video- Region 1- NTSC)
2. Last Days (Gus Van Sant, Optimum- Region 2- PAL)
3. The Passenger (Michaelangelo Antonioni, Imagica- Region 0- NTSC)

1. Battle in Heaven

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