Best Actor: 1. Hugo Weaving
2. Patrick Shwayze
Best Actress:1. Meg Tilly
2. Vivica A. Fox
Best Supporting Actress/Actor: 1. Harvey Keitel
2. Jack Nickolson
Best Road Film from GWSS 3007: Leaving Normal.
Why? Because it created believable characters that have a history which drives the plot of the movie and allows the viewer to become emotionally invested in not just the characters but also the relationship between them.
Best Trans Character in Trans Cinema Road Film: Vida
Vida represented elegance and confidence, without losing any femininity. It's funny how she would describe Julie Newmar as Statuesque, while she was the most statuesque to all the women of that town and her fellow trans-gender characters.
Most Complicated Character in Road Film Narrative: Mona
Mona would never consider herself complicated, but that's why she's the most puzzling character of them all. She's independent of society, but she isn't. She depends on others, yet claims to be doing thing all by herself. She'll tell you she wants something and then contradict it and move on like it was never and idea. I can't put my finger on this character at all, she's simply all over the place.
Favorite and Most Memorable Vehicle in a Road Film: 1. Captain America's Motorcyle
2. The Yellow VW Bus (lil mss S)
Best Example of Male Gaze:
The entire movie Girl on a Motorcycle. She's an object that you want, on an object on you want, going on a journey that you want.
Worst Road Film Screened: My Own Private Idaho
Dismal acting with a disjointed plot. Character development is limited to two, and it seemed at times they were trying to do too much to develop an "intriguing" back story when they should have worked harder to build a scene/surrounding that would allow the character to develop more organically instead of just flashes of a plot piece that we're supposed to build upon these characters with. And for a character driven story it's lack of solid supporting characters disappoints the most, because if we're supposed to become emotional invested in two characters we need to see how they relate/interact to other characters. Not to mention, Keanu Reeves isn't a believable actor in any situation. horrible casting choice.
Favorite Cop: Harvey Keitel, He plays a classic movie detective/cop with a twist. He shows emotion and compassion for two strangers instead of this "let's gettem" attitude.
Best Soundtrack: Priscilla NO DOUBT!
Best Feminist Film: Thelma and Louise. This movie is a staple for all feminist film because it has the right balance of strong femininity to counter a world of masculinity!
Counter Cinema.. NOt sure. oops
Best Film with Gender on the Road: To Wong Foo: because it did a great job of breaking down the barrier of not seeing them as men dressed as women, or a woman trapped in a males body, they were viewed as people, and that is an inspiring message to take away, and it says a lot about how gender sculpts the way we view people and it no longer needs to be that way.
Best film with Race: Set It Off. I chose set it off, because it says a lot about how stratified power and wealth is, and how race has a lot to do with that. It was inspiring to see the journey of young black females trying to break free from this oppressive way of live, but they were always being set back.
Best Film with Class: Set It Off. Like I said above, stratified wealth and power, and these women were trying their hardest to break free, and kept being drawn back in because of set backs that had to do with class and other situation like that.
Best Film with Queer Bodies: Priscilla. Great use of sexuality to drive the plot and develop the characters.
Best definition of the Road: A place where a character/person can develop, discover and escape, while moving across time and space. It represents a new found freedom, and it can also rear it's ugly head and show a side of fear and hatred. It's a place where the weak get stronger, and where the guarded can let their guard down. It is always leading to greener pastures, but it's never an easy path. It's a path that is earned by bravery and independence, and those who travel the road are often rewarded, by discovering themselves.