Fourth Annual Cosmique Movie Awards


Big Fish

An adventure as big as life itself.

Directed by: Tim Burton

Written by: Daniel Wallace (novel); John August (screenplay)

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Guillaume

Primary Genres:
Drama; Comedy

2003 Cosmique Movie Awards

  • Nominations:  12
  • Awards:  2


  • Viewers58% of raters (8th place)
  • Average Rating: 8.14 (9th place)
  • Weighted Rank: 475 (7th place)


As his father (Albert Finney) lies dying, his son (Billy Crudup) desperately tries to learn the truth about his father's life, but all he has to go on are his father's tall "fish stories" featuring his dad as a young man (Ewan McGregor).

Tim Burton has always been a favorite of the Cosmique Movie Awards. When a special one-time-only Lifetime Achievement award was issued for the Best Director of All Time, Tim Burton was one of the nominees (losing to Alfred Hitchcock). Now his film Big Fish has received considerable acclaim, including 12 Cosmo nominations which includes Best Film, Best Director, and a rare nomination in both the Best Comedy and Best Drama categories (showing the range and depth of the film).


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Reviews from Cosmo Voters:

    Tim Burton is an absolute genius (and it should be noted that he was nominated for Best Director of All Time in the one year that the Cosmos featured a Lifetime Achievement category for that honor). In a career of mostly eccentric, mostly insightful, quirky pieces of art, "Big Fish" stands out as a highlight as one of the most innovative and powerful films of his career.

    It's so hard to describe the film. It is, in part, a "father and son" story about two men trying to learn how to understand one another. It's a story about stories -- the tall tales we tell at times, and how we use them to create our own realities.

    Ultimately, this film moved me so much because it is so similar to my own experiences in my own family. (And anything more would be a bit too revealing for the Web.)

    I'm considering this film for quite a lot of Cosmo categories, including Best Film, Best Actor (Ewan McGregor), Best Supporting Actor (Albert Finney, Billy Crudup), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter), Best Script, Best Comedy, and maybe even Best Drama. I hope it does well enough to earn Tim Burton a Best Director nomination. Although this year my heart belongs to Peter Jackson, Tim absolutely deserves his dues for this film. I predict that if enough Cosmo voters get a chance to see it, it will be one of the top three most-nominated films this season (along with "Return of the King" and "Lost in Translation").

    My grade: A

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