Cinemarati: The Web Alliance for Film Commentary celebrates the launch of its Web community/portal site with the first annual Cinemarati Awards. The Cinemarati Awards are unique among criticsâ€™ awards in that nominations and discussion of nominees are conducted in the open, in public, in the organizationâ€™s Roundtable discussion forums.
The 2000 Cinemarati Award winners are:
BEST FILM Traffic (USA Films) ^ BEST DIRECTOR Ang Lee, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Sony Pictures Classics) ^ BEST ENSEMBLE The Cast of O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Touchstone Pictures) ^ BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR Mark Ruffalo, You Can Count on Me (Paramount Classics) ^ BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream (Artisan Entertainment) ^ BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR Benicio Del Toro, Traffic (USA Films) ^ BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS
Zhang Zi Yi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Sony Pictures Classics) ^ BEST NON-ENGLISH FILM Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Taiwan (Sony Pictures Classics) ^ BEST ANIMATED FILM Chicken Run (DreamWorks Pictures) ^ BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY You Can Count on Me, by Kenneth Lonergan (Paramount Classics) ^ BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY O Brother, Where Art Thou?, by Joel and Ethan Coen; based on Homer’s Odyssey (Touchstone Pictures) ^ BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Peter Pau, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Sony Pictures Classics) ^ BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE BjÃ¶rk, Dancer in the Dark (Fine Line Features) ^ THE ORSON WELLES AWARD Honoring the Year’s Best Directorial Debut – Kenneth Lonergan, You Can Count on Me (Paramount Classics) ^ BEST FILM WEB SITE Mike D’Angelo’s The Man Who Viewed Too Much (http://www.panix.com/~dangelo/) ^ BEST OFFICIAL MOVIE WEB SITE Requiem for a Dream (http://www.requiemforadream.com) (Artisan Entertainment) ^ THE JOHN WATERS AWARD For the Year’s Guiltiest Pleasure – U-571 (Universal Pictures) ^ THE WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – Battlefield Earth (Warner Bros.) ^ BEST DVD AWARD Fight Club (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment) ^ THE JAR JAR BINKS AWARD Dishonoring the Year’s Most Inexplicable Cinematic Creation – Kevin Costner’s “Boston” Accent in Thirteen Days (New Line Cinema)
Cinemarati: The Web Alliance for Film Commentary brings together online film critics and journalists, along with film buffs everywhere, for serious and seriously fun, discussion about film. Cinemarati strives to counter the notion that “anyone with a modem can be a critic” and to raise the level of discourse about film on the Internet to the point at which it will be considered on a par with print journalism. Cinemarati is a professional guild for film writers whose work appears primarily online, and a venue by which its members can promote intelligent film-related discourse on the Web.
Cinemarati links to content from member sites — including reviews, articles, interviews, and more — and offers a forum by which movie fans can join an online roundtable with professional critics to talk about film as a means of expression, an art form, cultural commentary, and, of course, as entertainment. ^ Membership in Cinemarati is extended to online film critics and film journalists by invitation only. Participation in the Roundtable is open to the public, subject to registration.