Halfway Awards: 2011

I’ve not been reviewing much, and I don’t think I really will be for the next little while (though perhaps when I rewatch The Tree Of Life I’ll do one up), but here’s some superfluity. Going by US release to make this a far more interesting affair than it would be if I were to exclude, say, HaHaHa.

BEST PICTURE
Aurora
HaHaHa
Bal (Honey)
Meek’s Cutoff
Midnight In Paris

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Mitsuru Fukikoshi – Cold Fish
Benoit Magimal – Little White Lies

Hunter McCracken – The Tree Of Life
Cristi Puiu – Aurora
Jun-Sang Yu – HaHaHa

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Marion Cotillard – Little White Lies
Liana Liberto – Trust
Takako Matsu – Confessions
Michelle Williams – Meek’s Cutoff
Jeong-hie Yun – Poetry

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Michael Fassbender – Jane Eyre
Ryu Kohata – City of Life and Death
Brad Pitt – The Tree Of Life

Corey Stoll – Midnight In Paris
Christoph Waltz – Water For Elephants

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jessica Chastain – The Tree Of Life
Zoe Kazan – Meek’s Cutoff
Melanie Lynskey – Win Win
Maria Popistasu – Tuesday, After Christmas
Moon So-ri – HaHaHa

BEST DIRECTOR
Woody Allen – Midnight In Paris
Benjamin Heisenberg – The Robber
Semih Kaplanoglu – Bal (Honey)
Cristi Puiu – Aurora
Kelly Reichardt – Meek’s Cutoff

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Bal (Semih Kaplanoglu)

Cold Fish (Shion Sono)
HaHaHa (Sang-soo Hong)
Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt + Jonathan Raymond)
Midnight In Paris (Woody Allen)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Not good enough to even try.

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The 2010 Forizzscars (The Nominees)

Welcome to the fifth annual Forizzscars — inventive, I know — and if you’re reading this then in a few minutes you’ll have read the definitive nominees of 2010. If you’ve yet to see any of the picks, well, get on that, because you know, it’s the definitive list. For all intensive purposes these lineups are based around US release date/Oscar eligibility.

BEST PICTURE

Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance, USA)
Bluebeard (Catherine Breillat, France)
Enter The Void (Gaspar Noe, France)
The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet, France)
The Social Network (David Fincher, USA)

BEST ACTOR

Javier Bardem in Biutiful
Ronald Bronstein in Daddy Longlegs
Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network
Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine
Emir Kusturica in Farewell

BEST ACTRESS

Lubna Azabal in Incendies
Helen Mirren in The Tempest
Carey Mulligan in Never Let Me Go
Natalie Portman in Black Swan
Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Josh Brolin in True Grit
Andrew Garfield in The Social Network
Michael Moshonov in Lebanon
Dominique Thomas in Bluebeard

Bin Won in Mother

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Maricel Alvarez in Biutiful
Cecile de France in Mesrine: A Life In Two Parts
Trine Dyrholm in In A Better World
Bryce Dallas Howard in Hereafter
Marilou Lopes-Benites in Bluebeard

BEST DIRECTOR

Sylvain Chomet – The Illusionist
Anton Corbijn – The American
Gaspar Noe – Enter the Void
David Fincher – The Social Network
Edgar Wright – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Dogtooth
(Efthymis Filippou & Giorgos Lanthimos)
Four Lions
(Jesse Armstrong, Sam Bain, Simon Blackwell & Christopher Morris)
Hereafter
(Peter Morgan)
The Illusionist
(Sylvain Chomet & Jacques Tati)
Lebanon
(Samuel Maoz)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Bluebeard
(Catherine Breillat, from the folktale written by Charles Perrault)

Shutter Island
(Laeta Kalogridis, from the novel written by Dennis Lehane)
The Social Network
(Aaron Sorkin, from a novel written by Ben
Mezrich)
True Grit
(Ethan and Joel Coen, from the novel written by Charles Portis)

Winter’s Bone
(Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini, from the novel written by Daniel Woodrell)

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

Animal Kingdom
(Joel Edgarton, Luke Ford, James Frecheville, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, Sullivan Stapleton, Jacki Weaver & Laura Wheelwright)
In A Better World
(Trine Dyrholm, Odiege Matthew, Gabriel Muli, William Jøhnk Nielsen, Mikael Persbrandt & Ulrich Thomsen)
Lebanon
(Oshri Cohen, Yoav Donat, Michael Moshonov, Itay Tiran, Zohar Shtrauss & Dudu Tassa)
The Social Network
(Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Arnie Hammer, Rooney Mara, Joseph Mazzello, Max Minghella, Brenda Song & Justin Timberlake)
True Grit
(Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Matt Damon, Domhnall Gleeson, Roy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Paul Rae & Hailee Steinfeld)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Bluebeard
(Vilko Filac)
Enter The Void
(Benoit Debie)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One
(Eduardo Serra)

I Am Love
(Yorick Le Saux)

Incendies
(André Turpin)

BEST FILM EDITING

Black Swan
(Andrew Weisblum)
Enter The Void
(Marc Boucrot & Gaspar Noe)
Inception
(Lee Smith)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
(Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss)
The Social Network
(Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One
(Alexandre Desplat)

How To Train Your Dragon
(John Powell)

The Illusionist
(Sylvain Chomet)

The Social Network
(Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross)

Spring Fever
(Peyman Yazdanian)

BEST ART DIRECTION

The King’s Speech
Micmacs
Shutter Island
The Tempest
True Grit

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

I Am Love
I Love You Phillip Morris
Kick-Ass
The Tempest
True Grit

BEST MAKEUP

127 Hours
All Good Things
Barney’s Version
Black Swan
Repo Men

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Enter The Void
Iron Man 2
Inception
The Tempest
Twilight: Eclipse

BEST SOUND MIXING

Animal Kingdom
Black Swan
Enter The Void
The Social Network
The Tempest

BEST SOUND EDITING

Enter The Void
Inception
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
The Tempest
The Town

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“I Have A Dream”Tangled
“My Sleepy Fall”No One Knows About Persian Cats
“Ring Round My Posey” – Get Him To The Greek
“This Is A Low” – Tamara Drewe
“Where Are You Now?” – Tamara Drewe

BEST FOREIGN FEATURE

Armadillo [Denmark]
Hahaha [South Korea]
Honey / Bal [Turkey]
The Illusionist / L’Illusioniste [France]
Poetry / Shi [South Korea]

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Catfish
Exit Through The Gift Shop
Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno
Inside Job
Marwencol

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

How To Train Your Dragon
Idiots & Angels
The Illusionist

Well I hope you enjoyed that as much as I did not compiling it all. If you’re up for it, post your own lineups in the comments section because I just love these personal award things and am curious as to what those who read this blog love.

The 2010 Forizzscars (Bottom Half)

I see a lot of new movies every year. So many that I become a strong supporter of many performances and advocate for much artistry. Because of this, I like to expand my personal awards to welcome top tens – and even then ten may be too small a number to speak of the great films and performances I see in a year. So here are my 6 through 10s of the year with a few honorable mentions if necessary. I’ll also expand my favorite technical categories (film editing, cinematography & original score) to fit this custom.

Also, for the following post (the top fives) it will have been my fifth year in which I hosted my own personal awards in some way, shape or form. It’s only been since late 2005 that I’ve been invariably immersed in cinema and only since late 2006 that I’ve followed award seasons and shaped my own sad little ceremonies commemorating who I found the best of the year. (I also go by US release to make matters easier when talking about things like these).

For a complete list of the films I’ve seen that were Oscar eligible/had their US release click here.

THE BOTTOM HALF

BEST PICTURE

06. True Grit
07. Dogtooth
08. Four Lions
09. The Tempest
10. Hadewijch

Honorable mentions: Shutter Island & Lebanon.

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

06. Martin Landau – Lovely, Still
07. Sean Penn – Fair Game
08. Casey Affleck – The Killer Inside Me
09. Riz Ahmed – Four Lions
10. Leonardo DiCaprio – Shutter Island

Honorable Mentions: Matt Damon in Hereafter, Jakob Cedergren in Terribly Happy, Jim Broadbent in Another Year, Brian Cox in The Good Heart, Christian Bale in The Fighter & Paul Giamatti in Barney’s Version.

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

06. Julie Sokolowski – Hadewijch
07. Hailee Steinfeld – True Grit
08. Anne Hathaway – Love and Other Drugs
09. Katie Jarvis – Fish Tank
10. Giovanna Mezzogiorno – Vincere

Honorable Mentions: Zoe Kazan in The Exploding Girl, Lesley Manville in Another Year, Marisa Tomei in Cyrus & Lola Creton in Bluebeard.

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

06. Bill Murray – Get Low
07. John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
08. Matt Damon – True Grit
09. Jonah Hill – Cyrus
10. Joel Edgerton – Animal Kingdom

Honorable Mentions:  Mark Ruffalo in The Kids Are All Right, Yvan Donat in Lebanon & Armie Hammer in The Social Network.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

06. Amy Adams – The Fighter
07. Keira Knightley – Never Let Me Go
08. Greta Gerwig – Greenberg
09. Michelle Williams – Shutter Island
10. Jemima Kirk – Tiny Furniture

Honorable Mentions: Aggeliki Papoulia in Dogtooth & Dianne Wiest in Rabbit Hole.

BEST DIRECTOR

06. Julie Taymor – The Tempest
07. Ethan and Joel Coen – True Grit
08. Bruno Dumont – Hadewijch
09. Roman Polanski – The Ghost Writer
10. Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

Honorable Mentions: Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman – Catfish, Banksy – Exit Through The Gift Shop, Ye Lou – Spring Fever & Catherine Breillat – Bluebeard.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

06. Animal Kingdom (David Michod)
07. Soul Kitchen (Fatih Akin/Adam Bousdoukos)
08. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold)
09. Enter the Void (Gaspar Noe)
10. Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance)

Honorable Mentions: Go Get Some Rosemary.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

06. The Ghost Writer (Richard Harris)
07. The Tempest (Julie Taymor)
08. How To Train Your Dragon (William Davies, Dean DeBois & Chris Sanders)
09. Spring Fever (Feng Mei)
10. I Love You Phillip Morris (Glenn Ficarra & John Requa)

No honorable mentions.

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

06. The Tempest
07. Another Year
08. Bluebeard
09. Shutter Island
10. Soul Kitchen

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

06. The Tempest (Stuart Dryburgh)
07. The American (Martin Ruhe)
08. Wild Grass (Eric Gautier)
09. True Grit (Roger Deakins)
10. All Good Things (Michael Seresin)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

06. Welcome (Nicola Piovani)
07. Animal Kingdom (Anthony Partos)
08. Wild Grass (Mark Snow)
09. Inception (Hans Zimmer)
10. Ondine (Kjartan Sveinsson)

The top half is soon to come…

Counting Down The Top Twenty: Albums (Part 2 of 4)

Keeping up how I said I would, here is part two of “the best albums of 2009”.

#15. Oh My God, Charlie Darwin – The Low Anthem
A very folksy album, ‘Oh My God, Charlie Darwin’ is a collection of tracks that are deeply ruminative about life, love and even slightly religion. By opening on the aptly entitled ‘Charlie Darwin’, Ben Knox Miller sets his voice on a hymn-like scale. From there on out, his voice slowly deteriorates into that of a wiser, less wistful man. On a more complimentary note, listen to track #5 if you want the most heartfelt piece of music of the year. (BEST OFF OF THE ALBUM: Ticket Taker)


#14.
Only Revolutions – Biffy Clyro
Certainly unique, but justifiably so? Certainly. After an auspicious opening that gives you reason to believe that this will be a poor attempt at clashing a death metal sound with a pop one, Biffy Clyro lays out a groovy little melody, snappy vocals and interesting lyrics to jump start the album. Sure, it’s a tad inconsistent, but the entire package is ultimately repeatable because of a handful of creative/jovial tracks. There are even sprinkles of self-deprecation; most of which are found thanks to ‘God & Satan’. In addition, the song ‘Bubbles’ has one of the most enjoyable choruses of the year and you’ll find yourself singing along with it after your third listen. (BEST OFF OF THE ALBUM: Bubbles)


#13.
Upper Air – Bowerbirds
Do you like Elliott Smith? Do you like Bon Iver? Imagine if those two had a baby who took parts of both, putting together one of the most pragmatic evocations of a somber soul since Bon Iver’s debut LP last year. Is it perfect? Far from it. Is it an ode to greats that have shaped this generations sound? Hell yes. Its only issue is that each song is of high quality, but none immediately stick out as most fantastic albums do. It’s the low sound that keeps you from finding any singular track more recognizable than any other, but it’s a pure piece of art in this sense. Great lyrics being sung by saccharine vocals that are found colliding with harrowing strings? Easily amongst the best of the year. (BEST OFF OF THE ALBUM: Teeth)


#12.
Animals In The Dark – William Elliott Whitmore
Have you ever felt like reliving the sounds of the 60s, but haven’t been motivated enough to go back and re-re-re-re-relisten to your Johnny Cash albums? Well brush the dust off no further and pop this album in. As bluesy as it is soulful; as vocally strong as a tenor; as retro as parachute pants and trench warfare, ‘Animals in the Dark’ is the perfect music to travel cross-country to. A trait Mr. Whitmore possesses that most do not is a racially indistinguishable voice. Perhaps it isn’t something of great importance, but when you’re listening to this album you’re listening to this album. There’s no images that immediately pop into mind apart from the ones he’s painting with his great use of imagery and southern inspirations. To miss this is to miss one of the best of 2009. (BEST OFF OF THE ALBUM: Johnny Law)


#11.
Sainthood – Tegan and Sara
And the award for musical act who changed their sound most this year goes to… Yes, while this isn’t a compilation of tracks that fans of This Business of Art or So Jealous will find familiar, this is the duo’s most compelling release to date. Perhaps this is because I wasn’t in complete adoration of their previous work, but that is neither here nor there. It is because they sound more like the short lived band The Organ (another Canadian group) than Tegan and Sara of yesteryear that they’ve reignited the zeal they broke onto the scene with — not in sound, but in general enthusiasm. They’re more bitter, they’re more entrancing, they’re just more. And next to Merriweather Post Pavilion, this is the most quotable album of 2009. (BEST OFF OF THE ALBUM: Hell)

Counting Down The Top Twenty: Albums

I’ll try to do five short reviews a day until I finish up my top twenty albums of 2009. Along with announcing the top twenty albums, Alright, so lets get on with it!

#20. Post-Nothing – Japandroids
Brash, dynamic and a tad distorted. This two piece band has the sound of a five guitar band and vocals that make you want to jump on a board and go surfing. While their lyrics are often simplistic, their rhythms sound complex – leaving you with a nice mix. It’s the essential beach album. One moment you’ll want to dance it out and by the end, you’ll feel as if you’re sitting around a campfire relaxing. (BEST OFF OF THE ALBUM: Wet Hair)

#19. A Friend of a Friend – Dave Rawlings Machine
A passionate folk/country album. With singles like “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)” and “Bells of Harlem” keeping the album afloat when it is inconsistent, it hardly loses its punch. While there isn’t a lot to admire about this album, Dave Rawlings’ voice is soulful and the lyrics happen upon wise on occasion. (BEST OFF OF THE ALBUM: To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)

#18. We Are Hip Hop · Me · You · Everybody – Mos Def
Is it just me or is Mos Def having an amazing year? Not only was The Ecstatic (released in January) great, but it holds on of the best songs of the year. Here, he follows it up with a more consistent album… thing is, the album is 30 tracks long. How he manages a powerful and insightful flow for over two hours is enough to land him a spot on here. On top of this, his lyrics have a tendency to be educational to the ignorant about the world; especially faux-rappers. “Beef is not what Jay said to Nas / beef is when a workin’ man can’t find a job”. (BEST OFF OF THE ALBUM: Jam On It)


#17.
The Fame Monster – Lady GaGa
Thoughts on this album can be found here: https://forizzer69.wordpress.com/2009/12/21/music-reviews-princesses-of-pop-culture/ (BEST OFF OF THE ALBUM: Monster)


#16.
Bitte Orca – Dirty Projectors
The most abstract album of the year? Perhaps. It’s got to be one of them. With an undefinable sound, Dirty Projectors keep you pondering their style for weeks on end. Is it all good? No, but it’s something to admire and this album, Bitte Orca presents some great ideas and equally great songs to go with them. (BEST OFF OF THE ALBUM: Stillness is the Move)

The Independent Spirit Award Nominees (and mine, too)!

I know this isn’t a major award like the Golden Globes or the Academy Awards, but I love my indie features as much as the next guy. For this reason, I’ll dissect their selections and post my own (as of now this year) keeping in mind the restrictions towards foreign features and such.

BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer)

  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Amreeka
  • Precious
  • Sin Nombre
  • The Last Station

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
  • Lee Daniels, Precious
  • Cary Fukanaga, Sin Nombre
  • James Grey, Two Lovers
  • Michael Hoffman, The Last Station

BEST FIRST FEATURE (Award given to the director and producer)

  • A Single Man
  • Crazy Heart
  • Easier With Practice
  • The Messenger
  • Paranormal Activity

BEST FEMALE LEAD

  • Maria Bello, Downloading Nancy
  • Helen Mirren, The Last Station
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Two Lovers
  • Gabby Sidibe, Precious
  • Nisreen Faour, Amreeka

BEST MALE LEAD

  • Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
  • Colin Firth, A Single Man
  • Joseph Gordon Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
  • Souleymane Sy Savane, Goodbye Solo
  • Adam Scott, The Vicious Kind

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE

  • Mo’Nique, Precious
  • Samantha Morton, The Messenger
  • Natahlie Press, Fifty Dead Men Walking
  • Mia Wasikowska, That Evening Sun
  • Dina Korzun, Cold Souls

BEST SUPPORTING MALE

  • Jemaine Clement, Gentlemen Broncos
  • Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
  • Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles
  • Ramon McKinnon, That Evening Sun
  • Christopher Plummer, The Last Station

BEST FOREIGN FILM (Award given to the director)

  • A Prophet
  • An Education
  • Everlasting Moments
  • Mother
  • The Maid

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD (Given to one film’s director, casting director, and its ensemble cast)

  • A Serious Man

BEST SCREENPLAY

  • Cold Souls
  • Crazy Heart
  • Adventureland
  • Precious
  • A Single Man

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY

  • Cold Souls
  • Crazy Heart
  • Amreeka
  • Precious
  • A Single Man

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • A Serious Man
  • Sin Nombre
  • Treeless Mountain
  • Cold Souls
  • Bad Lieutenant

So a few notes then: I’m not admiring their ‘Best Feature’ lineup. I have yet to see The Last Station and Amreeka, but I wasn’t big on Precious, felt Sin Nombre was an admirable, but flimsy effort and liked (500) Days of Summer, but felt it was way too hollow to be anything too memorable.

I love the Souleymane Sy Savane and Christian McKay mentions. Both are my winners thus far and look to hold those positions until years end. Jemaine Clement’s nomination makes me giddy because he was flat-out hilarious in Gentlemen Broncos. Even if the film was unnecessarily foul and obvious, his performance brought up the quality to an uncountable degree.

I can’t comment on A Single Man, The Messenger, Crazy Heart or The Last Station’s love. I’m excited for all three though (to some extent and probably in the order presented), which is unfortunate because they did large damage here. I’ll also mention that Cold Souls, while a good first attempt, wasn’t nearly as solid as I’d hoped it to be. Oh, and the lack of Nicolas Cage in lead actor is painful.

The one category I can (almost fully) comment on is foreign. I’ve seen 4/5 of the nominees (and awaiting The Maid to come to Toronto), so I’ll give my two cents here. If I could have it my way, Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moment would win. It’s a brilliant, brilliant film and one of the finest films of 2009 (and it would also easily make my foreign lineup for 2008). A Prophet is a strong crime ‘epic’ (that’s what critics are calling it) but it waddles around in its own intelligence far too much to appeal to me. Good performances and an interesting use of violence, but it isn’t something that’s particularly impressive – mainly because Gomorrah did the same neo-realist, gritty style last year (but I wasn’t fond of that one too much). Then you’ve Mother (which I’m going to review for TIFF: Day 10 soon) and An Education. Each with two good acts but one shoddy one. An Education’s just happens to be the most vital in the final, while Mother’s is the second. Still, Mother’s worst act isn’t nearly as poor as An Education’s. It’s a fine lineup, but if justice should befall this category, the Swedish flick gets it.

So alright, I’ll do my one’s for now. I won’t go into as much detail, but Feature, Screenplay, Direction, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Foreign seem good (I’ll be including The Hurt Locker though, even though they weren’t able to this year because it was eligible last). I probably won’t update this after I see the other competition, but whatever, this is just done to kill some time and preach the word of indie.

BEST FEATURE
WINNER:

  • A Serious Man

THE REST OF THE NOMINEES:

  • Blind Date
  • Goodbye Solo
  • My One and Only
  • Sugar

BEST SCREENPLAY
WINNER:

  • A Serious Man

THE REST OF THE NOMINEES:

  • Black Dynamite
  • Blind Date
  • Goodbye Solo
  • Sugar

BEST LEADING ACTOR
WINNER:

  • Souleymane Sy Savane, Goodbye Solo

THE REST OF THE NOMINEES:

  • Nicolas Cage, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Michael Shannon, My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done?
  • Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
  • Stanley Tucci, Blind Date

BEST LEADING ACTRESS
WINNER:

  • Evan Rachel Wood, Whatever Works

THE REST OF THE NOMINEES:

  • Katie Featherston, Paranormal Activity
  • Paulina Gaitan, Sin Nombre
  • Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
  • Kristen Stewart, Adventureland

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
WINNER:

  • Christian McKay, Me and Orson Welles

THE REST OF THE NOMINEES:

  • Kevin Bacon, My One and Only
  • Jemaine Clement, Gentlemen Broncos
  • Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker
  • Jason Ritter, The Education of Charlie Banks (had to add another slot for him)
  • Peter Sarsgaard, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
WINNER:

  • Collete Wolfe, Observe and Report

THE REST OF THE NOMINEES:

  • Patricia Clarkson, Whatever Works
  • Alycia Delmore, Humpday
  • Mo’Nique, Precious
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Two Lovers

BEST DIRECTOR
WINNER:

  • Joel + Ethan Coen, A Serious Man

THE REST OF THE NOMINEES:

  • Ramin Bahrani, Goodbye Solo
  • Lee Isaac Chung, Munyurangabo
  • Werner Herzog, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Werner Herzog, My Son, My Son What Have Ye Done?

BEST FOREIGN FEATURE (made it 10 nominees)
WINNER:

  • Antichrist (Denmark)

THE REST OF THE NOMINEES:

  • In the Loop (UK)
  • Liverpool (Argentina)
  • Lorna’s Silence (Belgium)
  • Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moment (Sweden)
  • Police, Adjective (Romania)
  • Thirst (South Korea)
  • Tokyo Sonata (Japan)
  • Tony Manero (Chile)
  • The White Ribbon (Germany)

Yeah, so that’s my personal list. Pretty empty year for lead actress (even considering non-indies) so a barren list for that was obvious. Hopefully you check some of the films I listed. There’s one that didn’t make the cut for any of the awards that I want to preach good word about and that’s Youth in Revolt. Cera and the screenplay just missed out on my nominations – they’re both hilarious and I’m campaigning hard (funny, I know) for Cera to get his first GG nomination with his performance there. Just see it when it hits limited release this month.

Forizzer’s Halfway Awards

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Yes, it is that time of year. Even though it’s been a few weeks past the midway point, I figured I’d post this anyways. Plus I was just waiting to reach the century mark in 2009 films seen. Well, enjoy. I haven’t seen everything that’s been released thus far in the year, but you know I try. I’ll also make my awards exclusively to films that have set dates for American releases – just to make it fair to the competition. (Sorry Martin Landau and Christian McKay)

BEST PICTURE
Brüno
Goodbye Solo
Lorna’s Silence
Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments
Moon

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Sacha Baron Cohen – Bruno
James Nesbitt – Five Minutes of Heaven
Mikael Persbrant – Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments
Sam Rockwell – Moon
Souleymane Sy Savane – Goodbye Solo

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Amy Adams – Sunshine Cleaning
Morjana Alaoui – Martyrs
Arta Dobroshi – Lorna’s Silence
Maria Heiskanen – Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments
Evan Rachel Wood – Whatever Works

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Peter Capaldi – In the Loop
Denis Lavant – Tokyo!
Jeremie Renier – Lorna’s Silence
Peter Sarsgaard – The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Scott Speedman – Adoration

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Amy Adams – Night at the Museum : Battle at the Smithsonian
Zooey Deschanel – (500) Days of Summer
Nina Hoss – Jerichow
Gwyneth Paltrow – Two Lovers
Collete Wolfe – Observe and Report

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfredo Castro – Tony Manero
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne – Lorna’s Silence
Duncan Jones – Moon
Jan Troell – Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments
Marc Webb – (500) Days of Summer

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Goodbye Solo
Lorna’s Silence
Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments
Moon

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Brüno
In the Loop
Mesrine: Part One
Pontypool
The Soloist

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Burning Plain
The Edge of Love
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Mesrine: Part One
Sauna

BEST FILM EDITING
Goodbye Solo
Lorna’s Silence
Mesrine: Part One
Moon
Tony Manero

BEST ART DIRECTION
Angels and Demons
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
In the Loop
Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments
Nightwatching

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Brothers Bloom
Br
üno
Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments
Public Enemies
The Young Victoria

BEST MAKEUP
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Martyrs
Moon
Star Trek
Terminator Salvation

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Knowing
Star Trek
Terminator Salvation
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

BEST SOUND MIXING
The Hurt Locker
Star Trek
Terminator Salvation
Up
Watchmen

BEST SOUND EDITING
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Hurt Locker
The International
Public Enemies
Star Trek

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Coraline
Monsters vs. Aliens

Up

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Dove of Peace” – Brüno
“Get To Where I’m Going” – Middle of Nowhere
“The Spirit of Adventure” – Up

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Angels and Demons
The Brothers Bloom
Is Anybody There?
Maria Larsson’s Everlasting Moments
Moon

The winners will be announced tomorrow evening. Enjoy!