2000 Leaman Awards - The Part-Time Critic

Saturday, July 25, 2020

2000 Leaman Awards

One Sentence Summary: Not as talked about as 1999, but the year 2000 is a sneaky good candidate for the best year of film offering genre classics (superhero, animation, martial arts, swords and sandals, etc.) categories that all managed to transcend their often shallow genres to become substantial and universal. 

2000 Films Seen: 82
2000 Films Seen in the Theater: 39
Number of Films with A or A+ Grade: 6


-2000 Ambassador's List-
(Top 25 Films)

25. Requiem for a Dream (B)
24. The Family Man (B)
23. Remember the Titans (B)
22. The Endurance (B)
21. Shanghai Noon (B)
20. The Patriot (B)
19. The Contender (B)
18. Pollock (B)
17. Snatch (B)
16. Finding Forrester (B)
15. Billy Elliot (B+)
14. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (B+)
13. Chicken Run (B+)
12. Miss Congeniality (B+)
11. Meet the Parents (B+
Top Ten Movies: 
10. Traffic (A-) 
9. Almost Famous (A-)
8. Erin Brockovich (A-)
7. Tigerland (A-)
6. The Emperor's New Groove (A)
5. Thirteen Days (A)
4. Cast Away (A)
3. Unbreakable (A)
2. Gladiator (A)
1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (A)


-Superlative Awards-
(Winners Bolded)

Most Surprising Film
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • The Emperor's New Groove
  • Tigerland
Most Disappointing Film
  • Frequency
  • Nurse Betty
  • What Lies Beneath
Most Underrated Film
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Thirteen Days
  • Tigerland
Most Overrated Film 
  • Battle Royale
  • Chocolat
  • Nurse Betty
Worst Film
  • The Art of War
  • Bring it On
  • Loser
  • Nutty Professor 2: The Krumps
  • Road Trip
Eric Bana Award (Best Performance in a Bad Film): Anna Faris Scary Movie
Best Compilation of Work: Steven Soderbergh for Erin Brockovich & Traffic
Guilty Pleasure of the Year: Gone in Sixty Seconds


-Technical Awards-
(Winners Bolded)

Best Make-Up and Hair Design 
  • The Cell
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Gladiator
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • X-Men
Best Costume Design 
  • The Cell
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Gladiator
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Quills
Best Sound Design 
  • Cast Away
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Gladiator
  • The Perfect Storm
  • U-571
Best Original Score 
  • Chocolat
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Gladiator
  • Thirteen Days
  • Unbreakable
Best Visual Effects 
  • The Cell
  • Gladiator
  • Hollow Man
  • The Perfect Storm
  • X-Men
Best Art Direction 
  • The Cell
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Gladiator
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • The Patriot
Best Cinematography 
  • Cast Away
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Gladiator
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Unbreakable
Best Film Editing 
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Thirteen Days
  • Tigerland
  • Traffic
  • Unbreakable

-Major Awards-
(Winners Bolded)

Best Documentary Feature: The Endurance
Best Animated Feature:
  • Chicken Run
  • Dinosaur
  • The Emperor's New Groove
Best Adapted Screenplay 
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Pollock
  • Thirteen Days
  • Traffic
Best Original Screenplay 
  • Almost Famous
  • Cast Away
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Tigerland
  • Unbreakable
Best Supporting Actress 
  • Jennifer Connelly Requiem for a Dream
  • Connie Nielsen Gladiator
  • Julie Walters Billy Elliot
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones Traffic
  • Ziyi Zhang Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Best Supporting Actor 
  • Jeff Bridges The Contender
  • Albert Finney Erin Brockovich
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman Almost Famous
  • Samuel L. Jackson Unbreakable
  • Joaquin Phoenix Gladiator
Best Actress 
  • Sandra Bullock Miss Congeniality
  • Ellen Burstyn Requiem for a Dream
  • Marcia Gay Harden Pollock
  • Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich
  • Michelle Yeoh Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Best Actor 
  • Javier Bardem Before Night Falls
  • Russell Crowe Gladiator
  • Colin Farrell Tigerland
  • Tom Hanks Cast Away
  • Ed Harris Pollock
Best Ensemble Acting 
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Gladiator
  • Thirteen Days
  • Traffic
Best Director 
  • Ang Lee Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Ridley Scott Gladiator
  • M. Night Shyamalan Unbreakable
  • Steven Soderbergh Traffic
  • Robert Zemeckis Cast Away
Best Picture 
  • Cast Away
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • Gladiator
  • Thirteen Days
  • Unbreakable

-Great Dramatic/Comedic/Musical Sequences of 2000-
(In Alphabetical Order by Movie & All-Time Great Sequences are Bolded)
  • “The FedEx plane goes down” -Cast Away
  • “Making Fire and Making a Friend” -Cast Away
  • “Li Mu Bai fights in the bamboo trees” -Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • “My Name Is…” -Gladiator
  • “The Vampire Finally Feeds to the Director’s Direction” -Shadow of the Vampire
  • “From Train Station Revelation to Heroic Rescue” -Unbreakable
  • "Getting the inspiration for his dance/reading aloud his mum's letter/learning from the instructor" –Billy Elliot
  • "Billy Defiantly Dances in front of his Father in the Gym" –Billy Elliot
  • "Billy's Dad Breaks the Scab Line to get Money for Billy" –Billy Elliot
  • “Seth makes his first closing” –Boiler Room
  • “Seth won’t give up his dad to the staties” –Boiler Room
  • “Jen makes the jump from a mountain” –Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • “History is Changed: Sullivan is Saved from a Fire” -Frequency
  • “Who Will Carry Him/Coming Home” –Gladiator
  • “Dinner with the Family” -Meet the Parents
  • “Barbecue at Kevin’s House” -Meet the Parents
  • “Opening: Cliff Climbing” -Mission: Impossible 2
  • “Victor Transforms Ms. Hart into Ms. Freebush” -Miss Congeniality
  • “Deceptive Prisoner Exchange with Cornwallis” -The Patriot
  • “Taking on the Big Rogue Wave” -The Perfect Storm
  • "Taking the Television/Mom Will You Come Out?" –Requiem for a Dream
  • "Concluding Sequence: Our Four Leads Have Met Their Shameful Ends" –Requiem for a Dream
  • “Quarantine/Blockade showdown” -Thirteen Days
  • “Stevenson defends the U.S. in the United Nations” –Thirteen Days
  • “The president hears of the second letter sent by Khrushchev and presses to war” –Thirteen Days
  • “Looking for and Finding Your Daughter Strung Out” -Traffic
  • “Lifting Weights to Find a Max” -Unbreakable
  • “Immobilized in a Quickly Filling Tub” -What Lies Beneath
  • “Prof. Tripp hears the story of his heart” –Wonder Boys

-Top 10 Action Sequences of 2000-

Honorable Mentions: 
  • “Finale: Rescue and Extraction” -Proof of Life
  • “Finale: Spanish Mission Showdown” -Shanghai Noon
  • “Boosting Eleanor and Escaping the Cops” -Gone in Sixty Seconds
10. “Indians attack” -Shanghai Noon 
9. “Americans Take Over and Board German U-Boat” -U-571 
8. “Maximus vs. Tigris of Gaul” -Gladiator 
7. “Finale: Continentals Final Battle with the British” -The Patriot 
6. “Melee: Group Fights Off Jade Fox & Her Disciple” -Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 
5. “Martin Ambushes a Redcoat Group to Rescue his Son” -The Patriot 
4. “Jen Clearing Out The Restaurant & Proclaiming Her Name” -Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 
3. “Coliseum Fight: Hannibal's Barbarian Horde vs. the Legionnaires” -Gladiator 
2. “Weapon Fight: Yu Lien and Jen Fight it Out Till The End” -Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 
1. “Across the Rooftops: Yu Lien Tries to Catch the Sword Thief” -Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

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