- Most Genres in a Single Film: The World's Fastest Indian - Four movies for the price of one. You've got the initial buddy comedy which morphs into a fish out of water story, then goes on a road trip, culminating in an inspirational sports drama. I really enjoyed this movie, and it would probably also qualify for an "Overlooked" award, if I had one.
- Best Non-Western Western: The Proposition - I think this movie features the best opening sequence all year. It starts with a chaotic gunfight that immediately disorients the viewer, and consistently thwarts expecations throughout. Ultimately, this doesn't work as well as it sounds, but it's still a good movie and it features some of the most gorgeous photography all year (that is strangely able to evoke beauty while stressing an untamed desolation that's not really that pretty).
- The About Face Award: The Matador - Pierce Brosnan plays against character as a burnt-out hitman who befriends everyman/businessman Greg Kinnear. It's a surprisingly effective film that doesn't fall into the traps you'd think it would. A bold move by Brosnan.
- Best High Concept Film: Snakes on a Plane - Duh.
- Best Magic Tricks: The Prestige - I think I might have actually enjoyed The Illusionist more, but The Prestige had the more memorable tricks.
2006 Kaedrin Movie Awards: Beating the Dead Horse
So the formally announced 2006 Kaedrin Movie Awards came to an end yesterday (Casino Royale appears to be the big winner, with a total of 3 awards), but I'm going to wring this particular subject for everything I can get, so here's a few additional awards in the style of Alex's Arbitrary Awards.