2001 in Review

Other Notable Films from 2001

Mulholland Dr.

Shrek

Monsters Inc.

The Royal Tenenbaums

Amelie

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone

Donnie Darko

Ghost World

Spirited Away

Monster’s Ball

Freddie Got Fingered

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

2001 Nominees in Review

The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring: A-

In the Bedroom: B+

Moulin Rouge!: B

Gosford Park: B

A Beautiful Mind: B- (Won Best Picture)

One of the best fields ever in my opinion, even if the least interesting movie won Best Picture. A Beautiful Mind is competently made and Crowe gives a strong performance, but everything else about it was unremarkable, especially in comparison to the groundbreaking effects and scope of Fellowship of the Ring, the bold risks in style for Moulin Rouge!, the intelligence of Gosford Park or the real feeling of human drama of In the Bedroom.

For 2002: John C Reilly joins Claudette Colbert, Charles Laughton and Adolphe Menjou as actors to appear in three Best Picture nominees in the same year (and the only one in the five nominee era). Also: a movie based on the longest-running American musical in Broadway history; the first of many team-ups between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio; Nicole Kidman won Best Actress despite being in the film for only 28 minutes, the fewest of the three main female actresses in it: the first direct sequel to be nominated for Best Picture when the original did not win (as was the case with The Godfather Parts II and III, and The Bells of St. Mary’s); and Adrien Brody became the youngest person to win Best Actor at age 29.

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