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CROUCHING TIGER Wins Four L.A. Film Critics Awards!

Greetings, citizens! ROBOGEEK here with exciting news from the L.A. Film Critics Association, which yesterday unveiled their awards for 2000.

Personally, I was thrilled to see my favorite film of the year - CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON - score four wins, including Best Picture, and two runner-ups. (I haven't had a chance to finish my review of it yet, but it's the most enthralling film I've seen in years.) Additionally, two of my other favorite films this year - WONDER BOYS and TRAFFIC - each got significant (and well-deserved) recognition. Oscar voters, pay attention!

And the winners are...

Runner-up: WONDER BOYS

Best Director: Steven Soderbergh, ERIN BROKOVICH and TRAFFIC

Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonnergan, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME
Runner-up: Steven Kloves, WONDER BOYS

Best Actor: Michael Douglas, WONDER BOYS
Runner-up: Javier Bardem, WHEN NIGHT FALLS

Best Actress: Julia Roberts, ERIN BROKOVICH
Runner-up: Laura Linney, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME

Best Supporting Actor: Willem Dafoe, SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE
Runner-up: Benicio Del Toro, TRAFFIC

Best Supporting Actress: Frances McDormand, WONDER BOYS and ALMOST FAMOUS

New Generation Award: Mark Ruffalo, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME

Best Foreign Language Film: YI YI (A ONE AND A TWO)

Best Animation: CHICKEN RUN

Best Documentary: DARK DAYS

Best Cinematography: Peter Pau, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Runner-up: Peter Andrews (AKA Steven Soderbergh), TRAFFIC

Best Production Design: Tim Yip, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
Runner-up: Don Taylor, HOUSE OF MIRTH

Runner-up: Bjork, DANCER IN THE DARK

Career Achievement: Conrad Hall

Special Citation: Film Critic Charles Champlin
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  • Dec. 17, 2000, 2:11 p.m. CST


    by lester_long

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 2:11 p.m. CST

    hey, hey

    by Milktoast

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 2:12 p.m. CST


    by StanleySpector

    wonder boys needs recognition to pick up academy steam. hey harry, didn't i submit this info to you?

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Zhang Ziyi for BEST ACTRESS!

    by darius25

    She is definately not a supporting player in CTHD!! And how in the world can she lose to Frances McDormand (who was good in both films)? Julia Roberts may be good in Erin Brockowitch but no way in hell is she better than Zhang Ziyi. Ziyi definately deserves the Oscar.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 2:15 p.m. CST

    At last...

    by Black Jesus

    Why are they giving out awards for 2000 when the year isn't even over yet? That's stupid.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 2:41 p.m. CST

    LA Film Critics

    by PoxyVonSinister

    Weren't they the same group that awarded Brazil best picture back in '86? They seem to be more willing to think outside the box with their choices. I just wonder how much of that will carry over to the Oscars, which tend to go a little more mainstream.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Michelle Yeoh has the best performance

    by Airchinapilot

    ...of CTHD. While it's true that Zhang Zi Yi raises eyebrows with her performance here, Michelle Yeoh gives by far the most mature performance. She doesn't have a lot of lines but she is totally believable not only as the unrequited lover but also of the moral center of the film. She is the big sister to Zhang Zi Yi but also is the one trying to get everything done so that all is set right. The scenes between her and Chow Yun Fat are very moving, even though few words pass between them. Her eyes, the shifts in her face, these all evoke intense emotion that underlies the action in the film.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 2:57 p.m. CST

    L.A. Blows Rhinoceros

    by Vermifax

    Julia Fucking Roberts!? Over Bjork AND Michelle Yeoh? Fuckin' L.A., Man!!! Thank God I live in New York!

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Big Friggin Deal

    by Outkaxt

    Big Friggin Deal, cut the crap hype, it aint all that. Stop hyping it up just because it's a kung-fu movie. Oh whoa it has a script, so what? Just because it isnt as bad as the other kung-fu movies doesnt mean it's the best movie ever made. What the hell

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 3:27 p.m. CST

    To Outkaxt (From Robo)


    Obviously you haven't even seen "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," so why don't you at least reserve judgment until you do? Otherwise you just sound like an idiot. No one on AICN (that I'm aware of) has called it "the best movie ever made," but it is the best movie I've seen in years - and if you've been reading the site for any length of time, that should count for something. And my opinion seems to be shared by many, many others who've seen the film. In fact, I haven't encountered anyone who has seen the film that doesn't think it's at least one of the best films of the year. Sometimes hype is well-deserved. See the movie. THEN judge for yourself. Is that really too much to ask?

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Taken from Box Office Guru Today about "Crouching's Box office

    by GEEKBASHER 3.0

    The martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon once again dominated the field of limited release titles. Adding Los Angeles, the Sony Pictures Classics hit played in only 31 theaters but grossed an amazing $1.1M, according to estimates, for an eye-popping average of $35,484 per site. The acclaimed film was also honored with four awards including best picture of the year by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association on Saturday boosting its profile as a top contender for Oscar kudos. After ten days of very limited play, Crouching Tiger has grossed an unbelievable $2.2M. Tom Bernard, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics, described the demand for tickets as unprecedented saying "exhibitors have never seen anything like it." He remarked that Crouching Tiger is playing incredibly well with all crowds including teen, action, art, and mainstream. This Friday, the romantic action film expands into approximately 150 theaters adding markets like Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, and Phoenix. Bernard then plans to widen into a minimum of 500 runs on January 12 after the holiday movies begin playing out and expand into over 1,000 location by mid-February when Academy Award nominations are announced Crouching opens in San Diego next weekend the 22nd...Can't wait! I saw this movie last week and I cannot wait to see it again!

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Julia Roberts!

    by gilmour

    Her role in EB was such a showboating, mug for the camera crapfest Fuck her! She better not win an oscar.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Re: Black Jesus

    by Smilin'Jack Ruby

    The L.A. critics have already seen screenings and screeners of all the qualifying movies such as "All The Pretty Horses," "George Washington," and others that have not opened. Yeah, 2000 ain't over yet, but all the movies have been seen.

  • Go to for reviews CTHD, Requiem, Dancer in the Dark and others.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Why dosen't CTHD just go into wide release?!

    by Kampbell-Kid

    I've been waiting to see this film since god knows when and hearing hype since last early summer. If the film is doing unpresidented box office results in it's limited release. I've been following it... saturday going from $680,000 to now $2.2 mill is amazing for a limited release film to even enter the top 12 in box office sales. WHY DON'T THEY JUST WIDE RELEASE IT AND MAKE THE KILLING NOW?!?!?! It will do so well!!! I'm sure sony can pay technicolor to recycle prints of campy Charlies Angles and Vertical Crap to CTHD prints!! :)

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 6:43 p.m. CST

    A Beautiful Movie

    by The_Shrike

    I saw this movie first at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was voted the peoples choice award by festival patrons. Last year (as a measure of accuracy), American Beauty won the award so it is in good company. I still think Gladiator will win best picture at the acadamy awards, but CTHD is a good bet for best foreign film. I went to see it again at the Paramount theater (large, state of the art, stadium seating) on Wednesday afternoon..first show, and it was jammed to the rafters. It's too bad the dummies who run the studios think people won't go and see a subtitled film, because they're sitting on a gold mine here and it opened in a grand total of 31 ???? theatres. As for the film itself, the cinematography was gorgeous, the fight scenes were well staged (although some extreme purists - the kind who've seen Fist Of Legend etc. 100 time each - would argue the point), and yes, it told an interesting story. The main actors did a first rate job (you could tell they knew they were part of something special here), and didn't overstretch themselves. I can't wait for this to be in my DVD library.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Kampbell, theater owners are IDIOTS

    by PoxyVonSinister

    You can look at the box office and the per screen all you want. All your average theater owner sees is a subtitled movie that he figures isn't worth monopolizing a screen when he can squeeze in five more showings of Grinch on the same screen. Doesn't mean it's right, but foreign films scare them.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Erin Broco fuckin vich

    by JustinTimberlake

    Sup Boos, it's da Method giving you my heads up, Ang Lee put out a NICE bit. But one of my bitches made me sit through Erin Brocovich, and after i had realized i had sat through 2 hours o'fuckin' nonsense, i went home, burned my clothes that i had worn when i saw this, crawled my nekkid ass into my empty bath tub curle up into a fetal position and wailed in pain for hours, the only time i stopped wailing was to dry heave. And for this you want to give 'dat BITCH an AWARD! Give it to my ace Ben Bratt for wakin' up next to that ho. He probably told her it was good, he a playa too. Bottom line don't give no one an award for bein' in that movie, give everyone who WASN'T in that movie an award, what the fuck was it about, killer water or some shit? Gimme DA KILLA by woo any ole day uh da week. Meth has spoken.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by FilmGuru

    Julia Roberts better not win the Academy Award!!! With a lackluster year in movies especially in the Best Actress category, she just might bag it though... I'm already shuddering at the thought! PEOPLE, SHE IS OVERRATED!!!!

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Thank God WONDER BOYS is finally getting some recognition. It's

    by Lenny Nero

    So was HIGH FIDELITY, but that's getting even more ignored than ALMOST FAMOUS.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Hair and boobs

    by ShanghighNoon

    Come on, people, Julia's luscious hair, wide smile and cleavage deserves an Oscar.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 8:21 p.m. CST


    by EL Duderino

    And Ellen Burnstyn?? Great, great movie. IT NEEDS RECOGNITION!!

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Not Julia Roberts...noooooooo!

    by Jack D. Ripper

    How in HELL could Julia Roberts possibly win over Laura Linney, Ellen Burstyn, Bjork, Gillian Anderson, AND Renee Zellwegger?! Trust me when I say that Zellwegger's performance is the most underrated of the year. The girl gets a REAL chance to prove herself as an actress(unlike 'Maguire' SHE has to carry the movie), does an AMAZING JOB and no one will even RECOGNIZE HER. I can't even understand why Soderbergh would want to waste time with her. No, wait THE most underrated performance is Mike White in 'Chuck & Buck'. MIKE WHITE FOR BEST ACTOR! "I don't wanna hump you." "Yeah, but you're not a retarded little kid" "What's your fuckin' twat look like you bitch? Why don't you show it to me?" Love that movie. Oh, and Billy Crudup, too. JESUS' SON!

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 8:40 p.m. CST

    Oh, sorry for the rambling incoherence of the last post.

    by Jack D. Ripper

    I just hope that Julia Roberts' does NOT win Best Actress, but Americans are so shallow(and yes I AM American)that some flashy clevage, and a pretty smile(and when I say 'pretty', what I really mean is grotesquely large)and some stupid tight outfits are all you need to win Best Actress. If Julia Roberts had been born in, say England or France, she wouldn't be the star she is now. At least those Europeans have some goddammned standards for acting, instead of being wowed by some T&A. Oh..and Julia Roberts has no good T&A to speak of, but that's just my opinion. Buck O'Brien for president.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Where the F**k is High Fidelity????

    by Lord Summerilse

    High Fidelity - easily the most underrated/forgotten film of the year (and also the best). Call me crazy, but I'd even throw in a best actor for John Cusack on that one. Sure, he is playing the same type of character he often plays, but he doesn't better in this film than he ever has.

  • Dec. 17, 2000, 11:50 p.m. CST

    This. Is. Insane.

    by Sorcerer

    As someone pointed out, this is in fact the group that went and named BRAZIL best picture of '85, effectively forcing its release. How the mighty have fallen- c'mon, Julia frickin' Roberts? She does an adequate job in one respectable film and the critics go nuts?!?! Did Ellen Burstyn vanish from the space/time continuum? Did Bjork fail to make an impression? Did Emily Watson- well, come to think of it I don't think she made any major films this year, but she'd still be a better choice. And sadly, I feel the Oscar is inevitable- it's the Gwyneth Paltrow win all over again. Pretty gal does a non-pap movie, people go ga-ga. Oy...

  • Well, its going to be here (Portland, OR) on January 12. I'm taking a 1/2 day off, cuz the theater it's showing at has only ONE screen and is a little neighborhood theater that actually shows some really good flicks (they just had a one week showing of the re-released RAN). However, ONE screen?! Egads..... I don't care if the LA Critics suck. Hey, they VOTED for this film! Wow, there is a God. I hope this film continues on with the awards rampage.....lets show H-Town where the good films are really coming from.

  • Dec. 18, 2000, 9:33 a.m. CST

    so i saw CTHD last night

    by joe b

    my chinese girlfriend had told me beforehand that although she liked it, its basically a somewhat westernized kung fu flick. well she seems to downplay the types of movies that i end up adoring, so i took that as a positive. and all the rave reviews! now the morning after i'm still wondering. YES the film thrives in good kung fu. i mean beautiful and stunning. and there is some good acting for sure (and chow yun fat has his two facial expressions down). as a romance, its a standard. as a drama, it fails. as an epic, it fails. the story did not entice me, it could be because of too much dry dialoge that too much time was spent on. maybe someone who got a little more out of it can post a plot analysis or something? in fact, now that i think about it, i've seen better kung fu films where there's a surreal aura throughout, not so here. now what i want to know is why is this film getting all the critics' nods and positive reviews and awards, when a truly interesting chinese epic like Emporer and the Asassin was mostly ignored?

  • Dec. 18, 2000, 9:35 a.m. CST


    by kittycat

    I can't wait to see CTHD. Unfortunately, that's all I can do. The only decent sized city that I live near is Tulsa, OK. It'll be at least two more months before those idiotic studio execs decide to release it there. To all of you who have seen it, you're lucky fucking bastards!

  • Dec. 18, 2000, 9:48 a.m. CST

    you won't be disappointed

    by joeyd1111

    yes, i admit, some of the dialogue was a bit dry, especially right from the beginning, where there really wasn't any subtext in the dialogue, it was just very straightforward., my jaw was dropping at those visually astounding fight scenes. i'm a fairly jaded movie viewer, but i caught myself going 'whoa' in the theater a few times. there were some very creative environments for fighting. and the music during the fights, the dramatic drumming was really exciting. damn, just writing about it makes me want to go see it again.

  • Dec. 18, 2000, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Dialogue in CTHD

    by Dagan

    I've heard a few people comment on the dialogue in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. But of course, nobody can really comment on it unless they speak Mandarin, because you cannot accurately translate dialogue in subtitles. Subs are just a way to tell the audience the intent of the dialogue - they can never preserve the wit or pop of dialogue from one language to another - it's just a straightforward way of telling the audience what was said, and it's often simplified for that effect. Especially in languages as different as English and Mandarin - don't criticize the dialogue of a film unless you speak the language the film is shown in. You can criticize the subs if you want, but not the original dialogue, which could be brilliant for all you know.

  • Dec. 18, 2000, 11:06 a.m. CST


    by superhero

    It's sad too because it's great subject matter. The movie was such a mess. Just all over the place. But the lead actor pulled it off despite terrible directing and sub-par writing.

  • Dec. 18, 2000, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

    by Angela627

    I saw this movie 6 months ago in Taiwan, i was very very lucky. Or else i might have driven up to LA this weekend just to see it cause I've been waiting for this film since i first heard about it. Michelle Yeoh, Ang Lee Production, Yuen Wo Ping chereography, and eventually Chow Yun Fat was signed on for it. I knew it would be a good film, i didn't expect it to be this great and do so well. I hope this film gets a bunch of Oscar nominations, i think it has proven itself worthy of one. And the actors put out stellar performances. Although some people argue that Zhang Zi Yi had more screen time Michelle's character was the central character in the film who connected all the characters. She is the lead actress. I've seen many Michelle films and this is by far one of her best performances, I have heard that she also did a stellar performance in The Soong Sisters where she was nominated for a Hong Kong Best supporting actress award. While Michelle's character didn't have as many lines, her silent acting was what drew me in. The look in her eyes, the emotion shown in her face, I could feel what Shu Lien was feeling. I think a performance like that is worthy of sometime, although i think this year belongs to Julia Roberts already. As for the dialogue, there is a lot of subtext, there always is in Chinese speech. I am pretty fluent in Chinese, but even i need to see it again to understand it fully. Perhaps it was cause i was spending too much time the first time watching the amazing backgrounds in this movie. BTW, the soundtrack is really good for this movie too. Angela

  • Dec. 18, 2000, 11:50 a.m. CST

    well, I'm somewhat fluent in Cantonese and am learning Mandarin.

    by Smugbug

    which is why I want to see this film. I have heard that the Mandarin spoken is beautiful. Consider the fact that is not the native tongue of Chow Yun Fat and Michelle Yeoh (I'm not sure of other actress and actor). My mom is from Canton and owned a Chinese Theater in Chinatown, San Francisco. I grew up watching the old school kung fu flicks from the Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest. With no dubbing and subtitles. Thank Buddha....(or God). If this movie delivers - which means that as I watch this movie, I get transported back in time to become that little girl in a dark Chinese Theater watching in awe.....than it is a success.

  • Dec. 18, 2000, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Hang in there

    by Chaps

    For all those who have yet to see CTHD... its worth the wait...I'm living in Vancouver and it was just released here a few weeks ago...So I had to endure my friends who got to see it months ago tell me how good it was, ...JTB you lucky bastard. Anyway, in in alot of other cities the film is selling seats like crazy...matinees were selling it will soon get the wide release it deserves...I can say I'll go see it again to get the full theatre experience once more. I would like to say that the fight choreography was a damn fine treat...just pull the camera back a bit...a few less cuts and just let us watch. Nice.

  • Dec. 18, 2000, 2:21 p.m. CST

    about dialogue, dagan

    by joe b

    what you say is true about relying too much on subtitles to deliver. if it so happens that the nuances and style of speech is signifigant in CTHD, then that's a bummer i missed out. i can certainly appreciate language in itself as an art form. nevertheless, the subject matter of dialogue can't be missed too often. i've seen enough chinese flicks to notice some trends in how characters deliver their point. CTHD impressed upon me the possibility that not enough effort was spent decorating the story with interesting details, the little things, that so wonderfully work in other chinese films. Like a good spice permeating the soup. There were some details in CTHD, but they were ever so standard, predictable, almost textbook. am i just being to harsh on a kung fu film? if so then, beyond the cinematic poetry of fighting, what's making it so deserving of all this endless praise from everyone? are american film critics really that devoted to the kung fu genre?

  • Dec. 18, 2000, 2:38 p.m. CST

    forget this, i'm seeing it again.

    by joe b

    there's gotta be more to it than what i thought. there in fact were some things that did not make sense. it seemed like most of the profundity was happening off-screen, the film itself like an index.

  • Dec. 19, 2000, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Dumb Comments from Drkdiglr28

    by thegilamon

    Obviously, I realize that there are dumb knobs, on this board who get a rise out of spouting infantile diatribes like calling CTHD,"a piece of shit" add Gladiator, a "borefest". I wonder what these sobs go to the movie halls for: to sit in the backrow in the dark and do a peewee, I bet. Go get a life !

  • Dec. 19, 2000, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by ShanghighNoon

    Chinese Ghost Story- I saw that film when I was a teenager in the 80's. I really enjoyed watching it. A re-release or a remake of a Chinese Ghost Story would be a fantastic idea. It is a fantasy, action, romance, comedy, kung-fu movie. Fun for the whole family!!!!

  • Dec. 19, 2000, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Chinese Ghost Story DVD

    by ShanghighNoon

    Good news! Chinese Ghost Story is available on DVD (Amazon, for example). Buy it for yourself or your kid. Another Chinese film that is supposed to be good is Peking Opera Blues... but I haven't seen it.

  • Jan. 4, 2001, 8:05 a.m. CST


    by stulu

    I am in awe of this film. (CT,HD) Beautifully built! --- But I was stunned in the theater that some movie goers were giggling at the "flying". Not only were the fight scenes wonderful, but also a perfect visual allegory. Remember "that story of the boy who climbed the mountain..."? That was important. Think about it before you Talk Back about "Asians" or "a westernized kung-fu flick" or that the "lead" was male.