Fourth Annual Cosmique Movie Awards


     

Cold Mountain

Find the strength. Find the courage. No matter what it takes... find the way home.

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Written by: Charles Frazier (book); Anthony Minghella (screenplay)

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Renee Zellweger, Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone, Charlie Hunnam, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Kathy Baker, Giovanni Ribisi, Jena Malone, Cillian Murphy

Primary Genres:
Drama; Historical

2003 Cosmique Movie Awards

  • Nominations:  6
  • Awards:  1

Ratings

  • Viewers50% of raters (16th place)
  • Average Rating: 7.67 (21st place)
  • Weighted Rank: 383 (14th place)

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A wounded Confederate fugitive (Jude Law) makes a perilous trek across country to be reunited on Cold Mountain with the woman he loves (Nicole Kidman), who is barely surviving on her farm with the assistance of a country girl (Renee Zellweger).

Cold Mountain received a completely respectable six nominations at the Cosmique Movie Awards, but even so, it might seem like a disappointment to the cast and crew. Nicole Kidman was overlooked for Best Actress, just as she was at the Oscars and other awards. Even more surprisingly, Renee Zellweger - who has been sweeping the other award shows - was passed over for Cold Mountain in lieu of her leading performance in Down With Love. In the end, Jude Law was the only actor to be recognized, and since he won the Cosmo at the first awards for Actor You Would Most Like to Sleep With, perhaps that's not too surprising.

 

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Reviews from Cosmo Voters:

    "Cold Mountain" has received rave reviews and is one of the favored films on the awards circuit, including receiving a near-record eight Golden Globe nominations. But we approach the Oscar nominations, the film has started to falter: some critics have said that the film is a little too cold and the romance a little too implausible, and the film has missed out on several key nominations that serve as a barometer for the Oscars (Anthony Minghella did not receive a Best Director nomination from the Directors Guild of America, and Nicole Kidman was bypassed for a Best Actress BAFTA nomination).

    So going into the theater, I was a little apprehensive that "Cold Mountain" may have been a little too over-hyped. But truly, it is a powerful film with a brilliant ensemble. Jude Law delivers a very powerful performance, and two-time Cosmo nominee Renee Zellweger gives one of the strongest performances of her career. Two-time Cosmo nominee Nicole Kidman is also good, though not as stellar as the rest of the cast (she's done better), and it will be interesting to see if she and Renee are both receive their third Cosmique Movie Award nominations in as many years.

    The relationship between Ada (Kidman) and Inman (Law) does seem to be based on a shaky foundation - we see a few scant conversations and a quick kiss before he marches off to war, armed with a photograph of his love and his memory of their kiss to sustain him. But critics have missed the point if they feel that this is not enough to build a relationship upon. (Many relationships, particularly on the eve of war, have been built on less, but that's beside the point.) The film is not about whether or not Ada and Inman share a love that's destined to stand the test of time. Rather, it's about their memories of their brief time together, and how they use those memories to survive. They've idealized those memories to make their partner "perfect," much like how a child of an absent parent may idolize that parent and ignore his or her faults. How easy it is, after all, for someone to project their wishes, hopes, and dreams into their memories of a moment, and build that moment into something ... monumental. That's what Ada and Inman have done, and they have used their memories to give themselves hope and strength during the cold, dark days of the Civil War. Whether those dreams would someday be dashed once the excitement of their reunion wears off is irrelevant for their story.

    The film has some wonderful comedic moments, particularly from Renee Zellweger and Philip Seymour Hoffman. But Zellweger is more than a comedic foil; she also serves as one of the most important emotional anchors in the film. Jude Law and Renee Zellweger will almost certainly make my top five list for Best Actor and Supporting Actress, respectively, and Nicole Kidman might make my list for Best Actress. (I have to recheck my notes on that one.) The film will certainly make my top five for Best Historical (though it's a fictional story, it's steeped in the history of the Civil War). It will very likely make my lists for Best Ensemble, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design as well.

    My grade: A -



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