The Juan-And-Only Award Winners – 2011 Edition!

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Best Foreign Film

There isn’t quite any other foreign film this year that shocks and appalls like Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In. Sexy and twisted, this edgy adaptation of Thierry Jonquet’s novel Mygale stands out as one of the most thrilling experiences of the year. Plastic surgery, sex, kidnapping, and murder are all key parts of this film. If that doesn’t coax you into watching this, at least watch it for the amazing performances by both Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya.

The runner-up was the intense Iranian film, A Separation.


Best Documentary

Few people actually take the time to watch documentaries because, let’s face it, they aren’t always about the most interesting of topics. Thankfully enough, the nominees up for the award were all appealing and informative and some even jumped off the screen with intensity (I’m talking about the 3D in our runner-up Pina). The winner tonight is Being Elmo, a very heart-warming film that tells the tale of a beloved Sesame Street character that every adult and child alike has heard of in their lives.


Best Animated Film

Animation has always been seen as child’s play, but this year there were plenty that weren’t just for kids. Plenty of sequels, lots of half live-action, half animated, but our three nominees stood above the rest. The winner is Spielberg’s first animated feature, The Adventures of Tintin, which was as surprising as could be. With some excellent voice acting, motion capture, and a script penned by some badass writers by the names of Joe Cornish, Edgar Wright, and Steven Moffat, it’s impossible to not consider this one of the best of the year.

The runner-up was Gore Verbinski’s animated western, Rango.


Best Directorial Debut

Every year there are dozens of new directors popping out of nowhere (usually at Sundance when you least expect it). Some of them are just twenty year old guys who make hipster trash and others make something that has a hell of a lot of potential. This year, all five nominees delivered much more than what one would expect from a directing beginner, and it’s hard to pick just one winner. Here we have our first TIE of the night. The winners for Directorial Debut are Richard Ayoade for Submarine and Joe Cornish for Attack the Block. The UK has brought us these two talented new writer/directors and we can’t wait to see what they’ll be doing in the near future.

The runner-up was Sean Durkin for Martha Marcy May Marlene.


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Juan Barquin

Just yer average twenty-something college student with no time on his hands who ends up watching (and writing) too many movies and shows for his own good.

8 Responses

  1. Albert Brooks is in a corner crying.

    • Rodrigo says:

      @cinema-fanatic, He’ll tweet about getting shafted in the awards. Not even 2nd place. Brooks was great in Drive.

    • Juan Barquin says:

      @cinema-fanatic, I still feel terrible for not including him in the nominees, but by the time I posted them it was too late :(

      He probably would have gotten second place though. Plummer honestly won by a landslide.

  2. amy says:

    I can’t believe Submarine won over MMMM. And I really can’t believe Tintin won the animation category xD But… otherwise, I think it’s hard to criticize when you haven’t really snub much (except for Chico & Rita LOL).

    • Juan Barquin says:

      @amy, I’m actually really pleasantly surprised about the debut actually! I personally liked both of those better than MMMM and the voters did as well. And I know you’re not pleased with my snubbing Chico & Rita, but I hadn’t seen it back then!

      • amy says:

        @Juan Barquin, that’s why you watch EVERYTHING before nominations hahaha

        About Submarine… it’s not like I liked many of the debuts, but from all that were nominated, I liked MMMM a little bit better.

  3. Julyssa says:

    Oh Juan, you so funny la!
    This made my morning! So entertaining. Also:

    FUCK YES FASSY WON!!!! In your face Oscars!

  4. Thomas says:

    What?! No Real Steel nominations?! Also, Cars 2 should’ve won best animation!

    I’m kidding of course. Great read! I actually was satisfied with an awards show for once. (Even if Rango was beat out by Tin Tin. :D) Anyway, I’ll finally get to see Shame tonight and based on all of your praise for it I’m 99% sure it’ll be fantastic!

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