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BEST FILM

BEST MOVIE

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FAMILY FILM

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WORST FILM

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The Artist

Source Code

Winnie the Pooh

Hugo

Chasing Madoff

Melancholia

 

Carnage

Cook County

The Help

Warrior

 

Rise of the
Planet of the Apes

Harry Potter DH2

Sherlock Holmes A Game Of Shadows

Tucker and Dale vs Evil

 

Rango

Puss in Boots

Happy Feet Two

 

The Muppets

 

Louder than a Bomb

Page One

 

All's Faire in Love

Passion Play

THE TOP TEN: For the first time in 15 years, the top ten includes a film I flat out told readers NOT to see. Cook County was technically perfect. Its subject matter, on the other hand... oy. Just missing the list: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Puncture and Young Adult

FAMILY FILM: If your kids are under 10, Winnie the Pooh and The Muppets win out. If you have children old enough to understand the little bit of film history in Hugo, the charm of Martin Scorsese's picture is quite wonderful.

Actor

Actress

Director

Supporting
Actor

Supporting
Actress

Ensemble
Performance

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Anson Mount
Cook County
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Glenn Close
Albert Nobbs
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Martin Scorsese
Hugo


Patton Oswalt
Patton Oswalt
Young Adult

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Viola Davis -
The Help

carnage

Carnage

Jake Gyllenhaal
- Source Code

George Clooney
- Ides of March

Chris Evans
- Puncture
Meryl Streep
- The Iron Lady

Charlize Theron
- Young Adult


Vinessa Shaw
- Puncture

Roman Polanski
- Carnage

George Clooney
- Ides of March
Albert Brooks
- Drive

John C Reilly
- Carnage

Jim Broadbent
- The Iron Lady
Vanessa Redgrave
- Coriolanus


Janet McTeer
- Albert Nobbs
 
Best Actor: A big part of Cook County is the performance of Anson Mount. His character is capital "d" Despicable. His acting made us hate the guy as much as understand his, uh, way of "thinking". Best Actress: Meryl Streep will win Oscar for representing a real person, Margaret Thatcher, in The Iron Lady. On the other hand, Glenn Close created a character from whole cloth in Albert Nobbs and we give more points for that. Best Supporting Actress: a near dead tie amongst the three listed. Both Janet McTeer and Viola Davis turned in a whole list of great performances for the year but we think Davis' role in The Help just pushed the right button. As for Best Supporting Actor Patton Oswalt. See Young Adult and you'll understand our pick. Patton's competition for Oscar will come from Albert Brooks (in Drive)
Screenplay
(Original)
Screenplay
(Adapted)

Cinematography

Foreign   Short Film

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Source Code
carnage
Carnage
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Melancholia
Hanna
Hanna
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The Porcelain Unicorn

Our male friends arguing Kirsten Dunst (as a bride) vs. Kirsten Dunst (naked) aside, Melancholia bored the crap out of us. Pretty pictures belong in an art gallery but pretty pictures are what cinematography is about, and by just a sliver over the equally incomprehensible Tree of Life, Melancholia takes the win. While we don't have the time, or much of an inclination, to screen the glut of short films that are the life blood of film festivals, as long as it's available for viewing on the 'net you should click the imagelink and have a look at The Porcelain Unicorn

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