Wine Country Road Movie + Incendiary Michael Moore Documentary Top Critics Awards

Wine Country road movie Sideways Paul Giamatti Thomas Haden Church: Critics favoriteWine country road movie Sideways with Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church. Alexander Payne's Sideways, this year's awards season favorite among North American film critics, chronicles the belated coming of age of two middle-aged men stuck in an adolescent frame of mind. A few glasses of Merlot, a couple of willing younger gals, and one broken nose make them suddenly grow up.

Wine country road movie 'Sideways' & Best Actor Paul Giamatti: North American film critics' favorites

So far this awards season, Alexander Payne's wine country road movie Sideways has been the North American film critics' favorite 2004 release.

Based on a Rex Pickett novel about two friends (Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church) who undergo some miraculous growing up after traveling through the myriad vineyards of California's wine country – Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh are the two women they meet along the way – Sideways has been selected the Best Film of the year by the following critics groups:

In the Best Director category, Alexander Payne was singled out by the San Francisco, Southeastern, and Florida film critics. Payne was also the Best Director runner-up in Boston.

Additionally, as Sideways' co-screenwriter – with Jim Taylor – Payne was the critics' favorite in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Florida, Phoenix, Washington D.C., and by the Southeastern Film Critics (the last three groups in the Best Adapted Screenplay category).

'Sideways' cast: Paul Giamatti gets four mentions while Virginia Madsen gets five & Thomas Haden Church gets six

Paul Giamatti, who plays the wine connoisseur trying to find his way through the wine country, was the Best Actor in Chicago, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco. Giamatti was also the Southeastern and Boston film critics' Best Actor runner-up.

Virginia Madsen, Giamatti's love interest in the film, was the year's Best Supporting Actress according to the Chicago, Toronto, New York, San Francisco, and Southeastern film critics.

Thomas Haden Church – Sideways' big, horny baby about to become a husband – was the Best Supporting Actor in Chicago, San Francisco, Florida, Boston, Phoenix, and among the Southeastern Film Critics.

And finally, Sideways also won the Best Ensemble citation in both Boston and Phoenix.

In a manner of speaking, that's Sandra Oh's only two Sideways-related acting recognitions to date, as Oh has been otherwise totally bypassed by the various critics' groups.

California's Wine Country at the Oscars

Needless to say, Sideways is a shoo-in for the 2005 Academy Awards in various categories, particularly Best Picture, Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Supporting Actor (Thomas Haden Church), Best Supporting Actress (Virginia Madsen), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor).

Paul Giamatti is a strong Best Actor contender as well, but competition is going to be fierce – e.g., Don Cheadle for Hotel Rwanda, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Aviator, Clint Eastwood for Million Dollar Baby, Jamie Foxx for Ray.

Wine Country movie Sideways Paul Giamatti Thomas Haden Church: Merlot life lessonsWine Country road movie Sideways with Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church. Life lessons and picturesque views of California's Wine Country are found in Alexander Payne's crowd-pleasing comedy-drama Sideways. Both Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church are possible contenders for the 2005 Academy Awards; the former as Best Actor, the latter in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Below is the full list of Boston Society of Film Critics, Chicago Film Critics Association, Florida Film Critics Circle, New York Film Critics Circle, Phoenix Film Critics Society, San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Southeastern Film Critics Association, Toronto Film Critics Association, and Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association award winners.

Boston Society of Film Critics winners

Alexander Payne's wine country road movie topped four categories: Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble, and Best Screenplay.

Best Film: Sideways.

Runner-up: Before Sunset, dir.: Richard Linklater.

Best Foreign Language Film: House of Flying Daggers (China / Hong Kong).

Runner-up: A Very Long Engagement / Un long dimanche de fiançailles, dir.: Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Best Director: Zhang Yimou, House of Flying Daggers.

Runner-up: Alexander Payne, Sideways.

Best Actress: Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby.

Runner-up (tie): Annette Bening, Being Julia; Kim Basinger, The Door in the Floor.

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Ray.

Runner-up: Paul Giamatti, Sideways.

Best Supporting Actress: Sharon Warren Ray and Laura Dern, We Don't Live Here Anymore.

Runner-up: Cate Blanchett, The Aviator.

Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways.

Runner-up: Clive Owen, Closer.

Best Ensemble: Sideways (Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh).

Runner-up: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston, Cate Blanchett, Seymour Cassel, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, Bud Cort, Jeff Goldblum, and others).

Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Sideways.

Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Best Documentary: Control Room, dir.: Jehane Noujaim.

Runner-up: Touching the Void, dir.: Kevin Macdonald.

Best Cinematography: Zhao Xiaoding, House of Flying Daggers.

Runner-up: Bruno Delbonnel, A Very Long Engagement / Un long dimanche de fiançailles.

Best New Filmmaker: Jonathan Caouette, Tarnation.

Runners-up (tie): Nicole Kassell, The Woodsman; Joshua Marston, Maria Full of Grace.

 

Chicago Film Critics winners

Alexander Payne's wine country road movie topped four categories: Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay.

Best Film: Sideways.

Best Foreign Language Film: A Very Long Engagement / Un Long dimanche de fiançailles (France / United States).

Best Documentary: Fahrenheit 9/11, dir.: Michael Moore.

Best Actress: Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake.

Best Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen, Sideways.

Best Actor: Paul Giamatti, Sideways.

Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways.

Best Director: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby.

Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Sideways.

Best Cinematography (tie): Christopher Doyle, Hero, and Robert Richardson, The Aviator.

Best Score: Howard Shore, The Aviator.

Best New Dir.: Zach Braff, Garden State.

Most Promising Performer: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace.

 

Florida Film Critics winners

Alexander Payne's wine country road movie topped four categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Screenplay.

Best Film: Sideways.

Best Foreign Language Film: A Very Long Engagement / Un Long dimanche de fiançailles.

Best Documentary: Fahrenheit 9/11.

Best Actress: Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby.

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Ray.

Best Supporting Actress: Laura Linney, Kinsey.

Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways.

Best Director: Alexander Payne, Sideways.

Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Sideways.

Best Animated Film: The Incredibles by Brad Bird.

Pauline Kael Breakout Award: Zach Braff, Garden State.

 

New York Film Critics winners

Alexander Payne's wine country road movie topped four categories: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay.

Best Film: Sideways.

Best Foreign Language Film: Bad Education / La Mala educación (Spain) by Pedro Almodóvar.

Best Actress: Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake.

Best Actor: Paul Giamatti, Sideways.

Best Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen, Sideways.

Best Supporting Actor: Clive Owen, Closer.

Best Director: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby.

Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Sideways.

Best Cinematography: Christopher Doyle, Hero.

Best Documentary: Fahrenheit 9/11.

Best Animated Film: The Incredibles.

Best First Film: Maria Full of Grace by Joshua Marston.

Special Award: Milestone Films in honor of 15 years of restoring classic Films.

 

Phoenix Film Critics winners

The 5th Phoenix Film Critics Society award winners were announced on Dec. 21.

Alexander Payne's wine country road movie topped four categories: Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble Acting, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Score.

Best Film: The Aviator, directed  by Martin Scorsese.

Runners-Up (in alphabetical order):
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Finding Neverland.
Hero.
Hotel Rwanda.
The Incredibles.
Million Dollar Baby.
Ray.
Sideways.
Spanglish.

Best Foreign Language Film: Hero.

Best Documentary: Fahrenheit 9/11.

Best Actress: Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby.

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Ray.

Best Supporting Actress: Laura Linney, Kinsey.

Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways.

Best Ensemble Acting: Sideways.

Best Director: Martin Scorsese, The Aviator.

Best Original Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Sideways.

Best Animated Film: The Incredibles.

Best Cinematography: Robert Richardson, The Aviator.

Best Editing: Valdís Óskarsdóttir, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Best Production Design: Dante Ferretti, The Aviator.

Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell, The Aviator.

Best Score: Rolfe Kent, Sideways.

Best Song: “Accidentally in Love,” from Shrek 2 – by Adam Duritz, David Immerglück, Matthew Malley, and Dan Vickrey.

Best Visual Effects: Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Best Make-Up: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Breakout of the Year on Screen: Paz VegaSpanglish.

Breakout of the Year Behind the Camera: Zach Braff, Garden State.

Best Performance by Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role Male: Freddie HighmoreFinding Neverland.

Best Performance by Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role Female: Sarah Steele, Spanglish.

Overlooked Film of the Year: Stage Beauty, dir.: Richard Eyre.

Best Live Action Family Film: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, dir.: Alfonso Cuarón.

Best Use of Previously Published or Recorded Music: Ray.

 

San Francisco Film Critics winners

Alexander Payne's wine country road movie topped six categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Screenplay.

San Francisco, of course, is located in the vicinity of California's Wine Country.

Best Film: Sideways.

Best Foreign Language Film: Maria Full of Grace (Colombia / United States).

Best Documentary: Fahrenheit 9/11.

Best Director: Alexander Payne, Sideways.

Best Actor: Paul Giamatti, Sideways.

Best Actress: Julie Delpy, Before Sunset.

Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways.

Best Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen, Sideways.

Best Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Sideways.

 

Southeastern Film Critics winners

Alexander Payne's wine country road movie topped five categories: Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Best Film: Sideways.

Runners-up: Million Dollar Baby. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Kinsey. The Incredibles. Finding Neverland. Ray. The Aviator. Hotel Rwanda. Before Sunset.

Best Foreign Language Film: Maria Full of Grace.

Runner-up: A Very Long Engagement / Un Long dimanche de fiançailles.

Best Documentary: Fahrenheit 9/11.

Runner-up: Super Size Me, dir.: Morgan Spurlock.

Best Actress: Annette Bening, Being Julia.

Runner-up: Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake.

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Ray.

Runner-up: Paul Giamatti, Sideways.

Best Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen, Sideways.

Runner-up: Laura Linney, Kinsey.

Best Supporting Actor: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways.

Runner-up: Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby.

Best Director: Alexander Payne, Sideways.

Runner-up: Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby.

Best Original Screenplay Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Charlie Kaufman.

Runner-up: Kinsey, Bill Condon.

Best Adapted Screenplay Sideways, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor.

Runner-up: Finding Neverland, David Magee.

 

Toronto Film Critics winners

Alexander Payne's wine country road movie topped three categories: Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.

Best Film: Sideways.

Best Foreign Language Film: Hero (China / Hong Kong), dir.: Zhang Yimou.

Best Documentary: The Fog of War by Errol Morris.

Best Actress: Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake.

Best Actor: Paul Giamatti, Sideways.

Best Supporting Actress: Virginia Madsen, Sideways.

Best Supporting Actor: Clive Owen, Closer.

Best Director: Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Best Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Best Animated Film: The Triplets of Belleville / Les Triplettes de Belleville, dir.: Sylvain Chomet.

Best Canadian Film: The Triplets of Belleville.

Best First Film: Maria Full of Grace.

Clyde Gilmour Award: Film professor and former Toronto International Film Festival programmer Kay Armatage, for her contribution to the appreciation and promotion of Canadian cinema.

Special Award: The National Film Board's animated short film Ryan, a tribute to Oscar-nominated animator Ryan Larkin.

 

Washington D.C. Film Critics winners

The 3rd Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association winners were announced on Dec. 17.

Alexander Payne's wine country road movie topped one category: Best Adapted Screenplay.

Best Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Best Foreign Language Film: Maria Full of Grace.

Best Actress: Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake.

Best Actor: Jamie Foxx, Ray.

Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, The Aviator.

Best Supporting Actor: Jamie Foxx, Collateral.

Best Director: Michel Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Best Acting Ensemble: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Best Original Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Sideways.

Best Animated Film: The Incredibles.

 

Boston Society of Film Critics website.

New York Film Critics Circle website.

San Francisco Film Critics Circle website.

Toronto Film Critics Association website.

Images of Thomas Haden Church and Paul Giamatti in the Wine Country road movie Sideways: Fox Searchlight.

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