2002 Leaman Awards - The Part-Time Critic

Thursday, June 11, 2020

2002 Leaman Awards


One Sentence Summary: A deep and diverse year of cinema with several legitimate films that can claim classic status.

2002 Films Seen: 88
2002 Films Seen in the Theater: 41
Number of Films with A or A+ Grade: 5


-2002 Ambassador's List-
(Top 25 Films)

Honorable Mentions: The Rookie, Equilibrium, The 25th Hour, Star Trek: Nemesis
25. Jackass: The Movie (B)
24. Treasure Planet (B)
23. Blade II (B)
22. The Pianist (B)
21. Gangs of New York (B)
20. Panic Room (B)
19. About a Boy (B)
18. About Schmidt (B)
17. Punch-Drunk Love (B)
16. Frida (B)
15. Bloody Sunday (B)
14. Changing Lanes (B)
13. Signs (B)
12. Insomnia (B+)
11. Chicago (B+)
Top Ten Movies: 
10. K-19 The Widowmaker  (B+)
9. My Big Fat Greek Wedding (B+)
8. Spirited Away (B+)
7. Y Tu Mama Tambien (A-)
6. Road to Perdition (A-)
5. Catch Me If You Can (A)
4. Bourne Identity, The (A) 
3. Minority Report (A)
2. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (A)
1. Adaptation (A+)


-Superlative Awards-
(Winners Bolded)

Most Surprising Film
  • Adaptation
  • Chicago
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien
Most Disappointing Film
  • Die Another Day
  • Master of Disguise
  • Orange County

Most Underrated Film
  • Changing Lanes
  • K-19: The Widowmaker
  • Treasure Planet
Most Overrated Film 
  • About Schmidt
  • Orange County
  • Spider-Man
Worst Film
  • Master of Disguise
  • Mr. Deeds
  • The Rules of Attraction
  • Scooby-Doo
  • Super Troopers
Eric Bana Award: Reese Witherspoon Sweet Home Alabama 
Best Compilation of Work: Steven Spielberg for Catch Me If You Can and Minority Report 
Guilty Pleasure of the Year: Jackass: The Movie 


-Technical Awards-
(Winners Bolded)

Best Make-Up and Hair Design 
  • Adaptation
  • Frida
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Hours
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Best Costume Design 
  • Chicago
  • Frida
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Road to Perdition
Best Sound Design 
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Minority Report
  • Road to Perdition
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Best Original Score 
  • The Bourne Identity
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Road to Perdition
  • Spirited Away
Best Visual Effects 
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Men in Black II
  • Spider-Man
  • Star Trek: Nemesis
  • Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Best Art Direction 
  • Chicago
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Minority Report
  • Road to Perdition
Best Cinematography 
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Minority Report
  • Road to Perdition
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien
Best Film Editing 
  • Adaptation
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Minority Report
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien

-Major Awards-
(Winners Bolded)

Best Documentary Feature: n/a
Best Animated Feature:
  • Ice Age
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Return to Neverland
  • Spirited Away
  • Treasure Planet
Best Adapted Screenplay 
  • Adaptation
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Minority Report
  • Road to Perdition
Best Original Screenplay 
  • Bloody Sunday
  • Changing Lanes
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Spirited Away
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien
Best Supporting Actress 
  • Julianne Moore The Hours
  • Samantha Morton Minority Report
  • Meryl Streep Adaptation
  • Emily Watson Punch-Drunk Love
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones Chicago
Best Supporting Actor 
  • Chris Cooper Adaptation
  • Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York
  • Andy Serkis The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Christopher Walken Catch Me If You Can
  • Forrest Whitaker Panic Room
Best Actress 
  • Selma Hayek Frida
  • Nicole Kidman The Hours
  • Ana Lopez Mercado Y Tu Mama Tambien
  • Nia Vardolos My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • Renee Zellweger Chicago
Best Actor 
  • Adrian Brody The Pianist
  • Nicholas Cage Adaptation
  • Tom Cruise Minority Report
  • Leonardo DiCaprio Catch Me If You Can
  • Jack Nicholson About Schmidt 
Best Ensemble Acting 
  • Adaptation
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Chicago
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien
Best Director 
  • Alfonso Cuaron Y Tu Mama Tambien
  • Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Spike Jonze Adaptation
  • Sam Mendes Road to Perdition
  • Steven Spielberg Minority Report
Best Picture 
  • Adaptation
  • The Bourne Identity
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Minority Report

-Great Dramatic/Comedic/Musical Sequences of 2002-
(In Alphabetical Order by Movie & All-Time Great Sequences are Bolded)
  • "Three Reactor Crews Brave the Radiation to Repair the Leak" –K-19 The Widowmaker
  • “Sam recalls to Frodo why they continue to go on” –The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • “Smeagol tells Gollum to leave and never come back” –The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • "Anderton is confronted with the Man he is to kill...and arrests him" –Minority Report
  • “Warren receives a letter from his adopted child” –About Schmidt
  • “John Laroche discusses with Susan the troubles of his past” –Adaptation
  • “Kaufman attends McKee’s Seminar” -Adaptation
  • "Grief and Misery in the Hospital as the Names are Passed Out to their Families" –Bloody Sunday
  • “Bourne finally remembers that he is the attempted Wombosi assassin” –The Bourne Identity
  • "Ben Affleck and Amanda Peet discuss going to the edge at Lunch" –Changing Lanes
  • “Give Them the Ol’ Razzle Dazzle” -Chicago
  • “Mr. Cellophane” -Chicago
  • “Adult Sedgewick is exposed after an overheard conversation in the bathroom” -The Emperor’s Club
  • “Bill and Amsterdam have a conversation after Bill can’t sleep” –Gangs of New York
  • “Szpilman plays the piano for a German” –The Pianist
  • "Barry see's his girlfriend in an accident, beats up the perps and calls the owner and asks for his name" –Punch-Drunk Love
  • “Michael takes out Rooney and his son, then returns home to his son” –Road to Perdition
  • “Watching the news in shock as an alien appears at a birthday party” -Signs
  • “A ‘Stink Spirit’ arrives at the bathouse” -Spirited Away
  • “Picard is forced to kill his clone and Data saves Picard” –Star Trek: Nemesis
  • “Julio and Tenoch learn Luisa’s secret and share a final discussion, their lives drifting apart” –Y Tu Mama Tambien

-Top 10 Action Sequences of 2002-

Honorable Mentions: 
  • “Blade vs. Shock Stick Troopers” -Blade II
  • “Surfing to Change the Portal and Escape from the Exploding Planet” -Treasure Planet 
10. “Three On One Space Battle/Battering Ram” -Star Trek: Nemesis
9. “Bus Station Brawl” -The Transporter 
8. “War in the Desert” -The Four Feathers 
7. “Speeder Chase through Coruscant For An Assassin” -Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones 
6. “Ultimate Gun-Kata/Vanquishing an Entire Hallway/Killing Father” -Equilibrium 
5. “Anderton Runs from Jet Pack PreCrime and Escapes the Car Factory” -Minority Report 
4. “Paris Chase in a Mini-Cooper” -The Bourne Identity 
3. “Pen vs. Knife Fight” -The Bourne Identity 
2. “Keeping the Towel On...From Turkish Baths to the Markets” -The Accidental Spy 
1. “Finale: The Battle of Helm's Deep” -Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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