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.
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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