Hey folks, Harry here... This year - we're doing this on the cheap, but next year we'll have physical awards and we'll organize this way classier than just this simple announcement.
These were conceived at a lunch held after BNAT Bagging this year... Basically we felt that there should be a consensus reached by the main AICN Film Editors (Quint, Moriarty, Capone, myself... oh and Massawyrm too) on the films we watch each year. I can't even convey the amount of blood and guts we've spilt while arguing for the past days and nights over the nominating process - or the idea that this was all being done with no prior announcement - so we couldn't be bribed... and we thought about keeping the results secret too and just announcing that we had reached a decision... and keeping it to ourselves - so we wouldn't be bribed in the future... but Moriarty went on about how he has another kid on the way and a mortgage and... yadda yadda yadda - then Quint mentioned his habit of ho's in every port... and I gave in. Besides - what's the point of figuring out the bests without announcing it, then claiming that our choices influenced everybody else in the world thus making us incredibly more important than all the previous awards in the world because... the winners of the 2008 Oscars, probably wouldn't be who they'll be, had we not gone through our process and influenced the thousands of Academy Voters that read AICN and follow our every lead.
So first we'll have our first - Different Category. The one category where each person's nominated result would be their DISCOVERY of the Year. This is each of our top picks for our personal film or talent of 2007. Here ya go:
AICN DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR
Moriarty's Discovery - Danny R. McBride of FOOT FIST WAY (soon to be seen in PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, TROPIC THUNDER) as well as this year's films HOT ROD and THE HEARTBREAK KID. "He will explode in 2008" - Moriarty. So stand back and wear plastic. Massawyrm's Discovery - TIME CRIMES and Director/Writer Nacho Vigalondo. Premiered at FANTASTIC FEST 2007 and won many awards there. Capone's Discovery - Screenwriter Diablo Cody of JUNO. One of the best screenplays in quite some time. Quint's Discovery - THE SIGNAL and its directors: David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry. A landmark first film. Harry's Discovery was the amazing film, MONGOL by Director Sergei Bodrov. Emotionally intimate yet on a vast scope and epic cinema landscape. Just great.
AICN's BEST FOREIGN FILM
THE ORPHANAGE Honorable Mention: PERSEPOLIS