The Oscars are exciting, but have you checked out those awards?
Films that rise to the surface during Oscar season are often considered the crème de la crème, the top of the line. But for every classy moment in a well-acted, well-written film, there are areas that don’t get the praise they deserve. The Envelope is here to change all that: as we do every year, we’ve selected rare gems that fall into categories that no awards committee would ever sanctify. Attached, the 2022 Envy Awards!
When the news falls
“The Tender Bar”
The reporter’s romantic life (ahem) got a figurative caress this year in “C’mon C’mon” and “The French Dispatch,” plus a literal one in “Don’t Look Up,” but that was only in “The Tender Bar” that the profession really roasted, with a character reference that people who can’t write books… become journalists. Ouch!
The greatest game arrangement
Cate Blanchett, “Nightmare Alley”
As therapist Lilith, Blanchett’s assets are many, but director Guillermo del Toro highlighted two: her long legs. Placing his kiddos (hey, that’s proper film noir lingo!) center stage like a closed pair of scissors in more than one scene was a show of lethal force and sheer beauty, all at the same time.
Most Identifiable Character of the 2020s
We’ve all been cooped up in our homes for so long, it’s no wonder we sympathize with a guy who literally lives within the walls of his house and stays hidden under an oversized hood. Bruno is the perfect pandemic mascot.
don’t have a cow
“The Power of the Dog”
For one thing, it’s anthrax that ultimately kills a major “Power of the Dog” cast member. But we suspect it could be the first time in movie history that the skin of a dead cow – the delivery system of said anthrax – has been used in the commission of said murder. Alfred Hitchcock would be proud.
Worth attention to what you like
While it’s true that a woman ends up raising a human/sheep hybrid in “Lamb,” there’s no doubt that a woman who not only falls in love with a car but is imbued with it wins the prize. Two fenders for “Titanium”, which goes there, leaning on the horn all the way.
The Pinocchio Prize
Undoubtedly, the dolls took up a lot of screen time in movies like “The Lost Daughter” and “Annette.” But it was “Annette” who made a human being from a doll…or was it the other way around? After all, who needs expensive infographics when you have top puppeteers and top artists pretending that a doll is, in fact, a living child?
Choose your own adventure price
“Bad Luck Knock Or Loony Porn”
Although this Romanian film also won the secondary prize “Google’s Worst Movie Title”, “Bad Luck” decides to go all out with all audiences, presenting three wacky drama endings: one in which there is a brawl, one in which a character quietly quits, and a third involving a superhero. Clearly, a perfect film for our time.
The honor of not coloring my world
“The French Dispatch”
Arguably, the rush to release black-and-white movies follows a natural line from the Oscar-winning success of “Roma,” but there were a surprising number of movies that wanted to keep things straight this year, including ” The Tragedy of Macbeth,” “Belfast,” and “C’mon C’mon.” But “Dispatch” swings between black and white and color effectively to change the narrative, and in doing so deserves credit.
Exceptional use of pipes
The epic of space and sand may take us into the distant future of mankind, when faster-than-light travel is possible, but mankind won’t give up the bagpipes. Maybe because in space no one can hear you scream.
Uptown Funk Special Prize
“In the Heights”
Musicals located in Upper Manhattan might seem like a very special category, but “West Side Story” and “In the Heights” prove that the local residents of these neighborhoods are not only stunningly beautiful, but truly have their movements. Yet “Heights” surpasses “Story” for sheer color, vibrancy… and the most creative use of pool choreography since Esther Williams.
Finger Wiggler of the Year Award
When it comes to verisimilitude, movies love to dive into the past and break cigarettes (we see you, “Nightmare Alley,” “The French Dispatch” and “Being the Ricardos”). Yet when it comes to portraying the current mask-wearing pandemic, most films barely wink at this particular “reality.” So, since every movie is some kind of fantasy, the directors: How about imagining a world without real cancer-causing health risks that stink the rooms and breathe? However smoking may have been viewed in the past, cigarettes aren’t as sexy as you might think.