Best in show 2010: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 10:07 am · December 17th, 2010

The week, and with it, the bulk of my 2010 coverage, draws to a close today with a look at the best of the best. I’m offering up a personal list of superlatives, including most Oscar categories and some other fun fields thrown in for good measure. A tradition at this point.

There will be plenty going on next week, though, despite travel and the holidays. As always, we’ll be at your disposal. But allow me to put a tidy bow on the year here and keep forging ahead…

Best Picture
“Exit Through the Gift Shop”

Best Director
Mike Leigh, “Another Year”

Best Actor
Ryan Gosling, “Blue Valentine”

Best Actress
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, “The Fighter”

Best Supporting Actress
Lesley Manville, “Another Year”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Social Network” (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Original Screenplay
“Another Year” (Mike Leigh)

Best Art Direction
“Inception” (Guy Dyas; Lisa Chugg, Paul Healy, Douglas A. Mowat)

Best Cinematography
“Enter the Void” (Benoît Debie)

Best Costume Design
“Alice in Wonderland” (Colleen Atwood)

Best Film Editing
“Shutter Island” (Thelma Schoonmaker)

Best Makeup
“The Way Back”

Best Music (Original Score)
“TRON Legacy” (Daft Punk)

Best Music (Original Song)
“Me and Tennessee” from “Country Strong”

Best Sound Editing
“TRON Legacy”

Best Sound Mixing
“Black Swan”

Best Visual Effects
“Inception”

Best Animated Feature
“Toy Story 3”

Best Ensemble
“Another Year”

Most Underrated Film of the Year
“The Way Back”

Most Overrated Film of the Year
“Winter’s Bone”

Best Directorial Debut
Banksy, “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

Breakthrough Performance (Male)
Tahar Rahim, “A Prophet”

Breakthrough Performance (Female)
Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”

Best Cameo Performance (Male)
Dakin Matthews, “True Grit”

Best Cameo Performance (Female)
Juliette Lewis, “Conviction”

Best Performance in a Bad Film
Carey Mulligan, “Never Let Me Go”

Worst Performance in a Good Film
Ellen Page, “Inception” (not completely her fault — terrible casting)

Best Hero
Nina Sayers, “Black Swan”

Best Villain
Nina Sayers, “Black Swan”

Best Poster
“Devil” (link)

Best Trailer (for a trailer released in 2010, not necessarily a film released in 2010)
“Black Swan”

Most Surprising Film of the Year
“Catfish”

Most Disappointing Film of the Year
“Love & Other Drugs”

Most Ambitious Film of the Year
“Inception”

Most Intriguing Failure
“Stone”

Best Action Sequence
“Inception”
Basically the film’s entire third act is a riveting accomplishment that’s candy for the senses, but specifically the razzle-dazzle of the already famous corridor sequence was a jaw-dropping piece of work.

Entertainer of the Year
Leonardo DiCaprio
At a time in his career when he could easily take the safe route and bring home paycheck after paycheck, here is an actor pushing himself to reconcile art with commerce at every step of the way. His work in “Inception” and “Shutter Island” seemed to further emboss that defining characteristic of his work as a professional.

Five Worst Films of the Year (that I saw, anyway)
1. “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”
2. “Clash of the Titans”
3. “The A-Team”
4. “Alice in Wonderland”
5. “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”

Top 10 Films of the Year
1. “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
2. “Another Year”
3. “A Prophet”
4. “Shutter Island”
5. “Black Swan”
6. “The Social Network”
7. “Enter the Void”
8. “Catfish”
9. “Toy Story 3”
10. “The Way Back”

In case you missed it, check out my “best of the year” column here, analysis of my top 10 here and my “if I had a ballot” post here.

What are your personal winners this year? Have your say in the comments section below!

[Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures]




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  • 1 12-17-2010 at 5:36 pm

    Kevin K. said...

    Angry Shark is angry.

  • 2 12-17-2010 at 5:44 pm

    Jon said...

    Most Overrated Film of the Year
    “Winter’s Bone”

    THANK YOU!

  • 3 12-17-2010 at 6:23 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    When so many of you clearly dislike “Winter’s Bone,” can we really call it overrated? ;)

    I’m still a fan.

  • 4 12-17-2010 at 6:31 pm

    Glenn said...

    “Also, I say Elias Koteas had an excellent cameo in Let Me In”

    Er, that wasn’t a cameo.

    Very nice list, Kris. Very nice.

  • 5 12-17-2010 at 6:46 pm

    cineJAB said...

    still quite a few to see, I’m sure Blue Valentine True Grit, Another Year, and King’s Speech will wind up popping up on these lists somewhere, but as of now:
    Best Picture
    “Inception”

    Best Director
    Christopher Nolan, “Inception”

    Best Actor
    James Franco, “127 Hours”

    Best Actress
    Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”

    Best Supporting Actor
    Christian Bale, “The Fighter”

    Best Supporting Actress
    Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    “The Social Network”

    Best Original Screenplay
    “Black Swan”

    Best Art Direction
    “Black Swan”

    Best Cinematography
    “Inception”

    Best Costume Design
    “Shutter Island”

    Best Film Editing
    “Inception”

    Best Makeup
    “Black Swan”

    Best Music (Original Score)
    “Inception”

    Best Music (Original Song)
    “Heavy In Your Arms” by Florence + The Machine from Twilight: Eclipse

    Best Sound Editing
    “Black Swan”

    Best Sound Mixing
    “Inception”

    Best Visual Effects
    “Inception”

    Best Animated Feature
    “Toy Story 3″

    Best Ensemble
    “Inception”

    Most Underrated Film of the Year
    1. “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows pt. 1″
    2. “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”
    3. “The Ghost Writer”

    Most Overrated Film of the Year
    “Shutter Island”

    Breakthrough Performance (Male)
    Tahar Rahim, “A Prophet”

    Breakthrough Performance (Female)
    Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”

    Best Cameo Performance (Male)
    Alan Rickman, “Harry Potter”

    Best Cameo Performance (Female)
    Winona Ryder, “Black Swan”

    Best Performance in a Bad Film
    Andrew Garfield, “Never Let Me Go”

    Worst Performance in a Good Film
    Mia Wasikowska, “The Kids Are All Right”

    Best Hero
    Dom Cobb, “Inception”

    Best Villain
    Armie Hammer, “The Social Network”

    Best Poster(s)
    “Black Swan”

    Best Trailer (for a trailer released in 2010, not necessarily a film released in 2010)
    “Black Swan”

    Most Surprising Film of the Year
    “The Ghost Writer”

    Most Disappointing Film of the Year
    “Never Let Me Go”

    Most Ambitious Film of the Year
    “Black Swan”

    Most Intriguing Failure
    “Never Let Me Go”

    Best Action Sequence
    “Inception”

    Entertainer of the Year
    Leonardo DiCaprio

    Three Worst Films of the Year (that I saw, anyway)
    1. “Alice in Wonderland”
    2. “The Bounty Hunter”
    3. “Shrek 4”

    Top 10 Films of the Year
    1. Inception
    2. Black Swan
    3. The Fighter
    4. The Social Network
    5. Toy Story 3
    6. 127 Hours
    7. The Ghost Writer
    8. The Town
    9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1
    10. Winter’s Bone

  • 6 12-17-2010 at 6:46 pm

    Kevin K. said...

    I agree Guy. It’s a great movie. Depressing and hard to watch at times? Sure. Restrained? Definitely. But boring and overrated? No way. Whatever. Guess I’ll just be one of the tragically un-hip kids and say I was on the bandwagon on a lot of films this year. I don’t see anything wrong with that either. Is liking something very popular really such a bad thing? I don’t think so.

  • 7 12-17-2010 at 7:00 pm

    JJ1 said...

    I feel for Hero. I loved Ghost Writer and Black Swan. But it’s never fun not liking a movie that is generaly well liked. I feel for ya.

    I’m sitting here giving Winter’s Bone a second chance. Went to the library, rented it, it’s in my player. I’ve been pretty vocal on being underwhelmed by it …

    With about 25 minutes left to go, I must say – it improves on a re-watch.

    I still find it aggravatingly empty. Yes, the acting is very good (still not outstanding), it has good writing, good cinematography, interesting outdoor sets, seems authentic, etc..

    But empty. So little happens. And not in the “well, you just have to watch for the nuances, soak it all in, read between the lines, focus on the faces, observe the interactions” way.

    The beginning is inherently intriguing, the middle is a slog, the last act is alarming, and then it ends in a not so very satisfactory way.

    Goodish movie that I guess is just not my cup of tea.

  • 8 12-17-2010 at 7:03 pm

    Hero said...

    Thanks JJ1. I have high hopes for tomorrow–I’ll be picking up Restrepo at the library.

  • 9 12-17-2010 at 8:02 pm

    Mike_M said...

    Brian,
    Yes, The American poster is one of the best of the year for sure… along with the Japanese Shutter Island poster

    Best Trailer:
    Tree of Life

  • 10 12-17-2010 at 8:38 pm

    The Dude said...

    Just got around to seeing “Black Swan” (finally). Loved how the movie skated between a dramatic psychological meditation and a flat-out horror thriller…very, very well done. And Portman was amazing…if she was anything short of great this movie would have imploded. Not my favorite movie of the year, but certainly very high up on my list.

  • 11 12-17-2010 at 9:19 pm

    JB Radford said...

    ctrl + f: Best Trailer: Tree of Life

    Amen.

  • 12 12-18-2010 at 5:51 am

    Leocdc said...

    Most Overrated Film of the Year
    “Winter’s Bone”

    So true in my opinion. A good movie: absolutely. A masterpiece like some critics said: No way.
    Jennifer Lawrence deserve all the praises is getting, but except her and the great ambience put on the film, I didn’t like the movie that much. So, yes, is totally overrated. No way it can be in my top 10 this year.

    Til now, my greatest surprise has been The Kids Are All Right. Awesome movie, that feels real, and a great study of what families are (obviously with a twist on this particular one)

  • 13 12-18-2010 at 6:52 am

    john t. said...

    Tom Hardy’s performance is the best thing in “Inception”, and he effortlessly hijacked all the scenes he was in.

    Best Breakthrough Performance: A tie. Armie Hammer ( “Social Network” ) & Tom Hardy ( “Inception”). Their acting enriched every movie scene they were in.

    James Stewart, yes, Blake Lively’s performance in “The Town” was both atrocious & laughable. Her scenes always distracted me from the movie. After this painful performance, Blake is now on the Hollywood A-list- now, you know Hollywood is weird.

    Brian, I agree Natalie Portman killed it, even though I also had major problems with the movie. I wouldn’t deem Justin Timberlake’s & Mila Kunis’ performances awful, but I don’t support the critical love they share, and the potential Oscar nomination for Mila. Hype ! Hype !

    Andrea, I love your great Best Supporting Actor list: Jeremy Renner ,Armie Hammer ,Tom Hardy, Andrew Garfield ,and Mark Ruffalo. I hope these selections mirror the Oscar nominations. I enjoyed your comments about the most overrated film of the year.

    Angry Shark, I understand your support for “The A-Team”. It is a B-movie, not “Schindler’s List” , and it just an entertaining & over-the-top action film. You just leave the brain at home and enjoy the film’s outrageousness. Patrick Wilson is a very gifted actor ( and a wonderful theatre actor) with great charisma , and he has an incredible screen presence. He truly needs a Armie Hammer/ Tom Hardy type of box-office hit /career breakthrough- even though his career should have spiked big-time after his solid turn in the “Little Children.”

  • 14 12-18-2010 at 8:38 am

    JJ1 said...

    Haven’t seen everything yet, but ……..

    Best Picture
    INCEPTION
    Best Director
    DAVID FINCHER, THE SOCIAL NETWORK
    Best Actor
    LEONARDO DICAPRIO, SHUTTER ISLAND
    Best Actress
    NATALIE PORTMAN, BLACK SWAN
    Best Supporting Actor
    CILLIAN MURPHY, INCEPTION
    Best Supporting Actress
    KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS, NOWHERE BOY
    Best Adapted Screenplay
    THE SOCIAL NETWORK
    Best Original Screenplay
    INCEPTION
    Best Art Direction
    INCEPTION
    Best Cinematography
    SHUTTER ISLAND
    Best Costume Design
    ALICE IN WONDERLAND
    Best Film Editing
    THE SOCIAL NETWORK
    Best Makeup
    ALICE IN WONDERLAND
    Best Music (Original Score)
    INCEPTION
    Best Music (Original Song)
    BOUND TO YOU, BURLESQUE
    Best Sound Editing
    BLACK SWAN
    Best Sound Mixing
    INCEPTION
    Best Visual Effects
    TRON LEGACY
    Best Animated Feature
    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
    Best Ensemble
    MOTHER AND CHILD
    Most Underrated Film of the Year
    LET ME IN
    Most Overrated Film of the Year
    WINTER’S BONE
    Breakthrough Performance (Male)
    AARON JOHNSON (KICK ASS, NOWHERE BOY)
    Breakthrough Performance (Female)
    NOOMI RAPACE
    Best Hero
    HICCUP, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
    Best Villain
    DOM’S PROJECTION OF MAL, INCEPTION
    Best Trailer (for a trailer released in 2010, not necessarily a film released in 2010)
    BLACK SWAN or THE WAY BACK
    Most Disappointing Film of the Year
    NEVER LET ME GO :-(
    Most Ambitious Film of the Year
    INCEPTION
    Best Action Sequence
    BLACK SWAN, THE LAST 10-15 MINUTES.
    Entertainer of the Year
    LEONARDO DICAPRIO
    Five Worst Films of the Year (that I saw, anyway)
    1 – THE SPY NEXT DOOR
    2 – MARMADUKE
    3 – THE ASSASSIN NEXT DOOR
    4 – LEAP YEAR
    5 – WHEN IN ROME
    Top 10 Films of the Year
    1 – INCEPTION
    2 – BLACK SWAN
    3 – THE SOCIAL NETWORK
    4 – SHUTTER ISLAND
    5 – HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
    6 – TOY STORY 3
    7 – GHOST WRITER
    8 – HARRY POTTER 7
    9 – LET ME IN
    10 – THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

    And again, haven’t seen a lot, yet. i.e., The King’s Speech, The Fighter, True Grit, Rabbit Hole, Another Year, Blue Valentine, Biutiful, etc..

  • 15 12-18-2010 at 8:38 am

    m1 said...

    Most overrated film: Inception.

    ‘Nuff said.

  • 16 12-18-2010 at 8:40 am

    m1 said...

    42-Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush were in love w/each other in that film?

  • 17 12-18-2010 at 8:42 am

    m1 said...

    Most Overrated Film: How to Train Your Dragon.

    Whoever said this, THANK YOU as well.

  • 18 12-18-2010 at 8:47 am

    m1 said...

    Four worst films (I haven’t seen more):

    1. The Last Airbender (1/10)-Adios, Shyamalan.
    2. The Bounty Hunter (2/10)-I haven’t finished it yet, but this is the score it will probably end up with.
    3.The Last Song (3/10)-IMDb users need to stop trying to defend this movie. It is a melodramatic and migraine-inducing bore.
    4. Valentine’s Day (4/10)-What a waste of talented actors.

  • 19 12-18-2010 at 10:32 am

    Keil Shults said...

    Winter’s Bone may be a bit overrated, but it’s certainly not deserving of hatred.

  • 20 12-18-2010 at 11:14 am

    JJ1 said...

    As far as Winter’s Bone goes, I think it’s a fine “film”. Not my cup of tea. I mentioned it as being most overrated because, in my mind, with proportion to the reviews/critics awards it’s getting – yes, I think it’s overrated. Not bad, though.

  • 21 12-18-2010 at 1:12 pm

    Brian said...

    @ John J — you are correct, those performances aren’t terrible (JT & Mila), I probably put them there because they have undeserved awards traction. Especially, Mila. Most overrated performance of the year: definitely Mila Kunis. But even that isn’t her fault at all, it is by far the most underwritten role in contention. (Actually all the characters in “Black Swan” are underwritten). It would be atrocious if Black Swan coasts into a Best Original Screenplay. I really wanted to put a spoiler alert and go at the last 30 minutes of this film, but I hate those alerts as it could ruin it for someone who doesn’t spot it while they’re scanning and people should just see it and come to their own determination. I can talk in more detail about my immense disappointment with this film with the friends I saw it with.

    Easy, easy writing for something “so psychologically fractured.” Nothing but archetypes. It would have been interesting to see what Kunis could have done with something that had anything additional other than: big eyes, drugs, sex.

  • 22 12-18-2010 at 2:00 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Brian, while I don’t disagree that these are not the deepest characters:

    a) this isn’t the type of movie that requires character depth to create a visceral/intriguing outcome. I would argue that the characters in ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’ are pretty broadly sketched, but they were still effective – as written & acted.

    and b) I think it’s too easy to say that the movie was easily written or acted (by Kunis) when there are nuances in every scene. i.e., “big eyes, drugs, sex”. Simplicity and style doesn’t mean there is a lack of nuance throughout the movie.

  • 23 12-18-2010 at 3:16 pm

    Will said...

    The Last Airbender would make my most disapointing film of the year

  • 24 12-18-2010 at 3:57 pm

    Brian said...

    JJ1 … I will have to disagree. I think there does have to be character depth for an intriguing outcome. At least for myself. Any intriguing outcome in film is the individual viewers’ response to what they’ve seen. For me to respond to it more than the surface level, I needed a little bit more. I think that “Black Swan” was great on the surface. Natalie was great. It was well shot. The music was good. But for something to create psychological terror, I think it needs to get a little deeper under the surface. Scenes with laughing paintings, and flapping tattooed wings still operate on the visual surface.

    But, this is why I think people’s opinions on film don’t fall into easily identifiable right and wrong: we all expect different things that lead to our eventual formed opinion. I wanted a visceral psychological experience, but all that I received from it was surface level brutality. However, I will admit that because this film has gotten glowing reviews for months I had a different level of expectation for something a little deeper. After reading about the film for months it is very hard to separate what you are expecting from the film, and what you actually get. Which is probably why I went to “TRON Legacy” and came away liking it: I had no expectations (not comparing TRON to Black Swan, just that expectations also limit the experience).

  • 25 12-18-2010 at 4:09 pm

    Brian said...

    it’s unfair going into a movie expecting a masterpiece, but it’s also difficult to tone down expectations when you read so much about it beforehand. I think my list of top 10 films also reflect my difficulty with this — The Social Network was the only thing that I read a lot about beforehand, but what was being written about TSN beforehand was mostly a week or two before it went wide. A lot of the films that come out at this point of the year are written about months before they come out and are harder to judge on face value.

    Would I have the exact same reaction to The Social Network now that it is tops of all the critic awards? I don’t know. I feel like my expectations might be a little higher and it would be harder to be objective. But I also like reading reviews from festivals because they are much more objective. Is this a personal problem? Maybe. But I doubt that I am the only one. Most of the top 10 films of the year I barely read much of anything about them: Dogtooth, The Ghost Writer, Mother, Nowhere Boy, etc … and they probably benefited from that as well as there wasn’t major publicity campaigns about their masterpiece mantle status.

  • 26 12-18-2010 at 5:02 pm

    JJ1 said...

    For some reason, I keep comparing – in my head – Black Swan to Monster (2003, with Charlize Theron). Both films centered around 2 females, and 2 strong performances.

    I remember being bowled over by Charlize, and the layers to her that were offered in expository dialogue/character interaction.

    Black Swan is different. For me (again, different opinions/take on the film), I still got a lot of character INSIGHT through Portman’s nuances, looks, way she spoke, what she said, actions, reactions, momentary bouts with the characters around her. I didn’t need backstory or depth to make me “get her”.

    And so, for me, with some movies, the ‘in your face’ depth is a great help. And in others, like this, I didn’t need it. I “got” Nina. I got Thomas, I got Beth, and I don’t think there’s anything to “get” about Lily; she’s there as the reflection/alternate/image/mirage of Nina. .

    So Brian, I totally respect your opinion. I just felt like I understood enough of Nina, and was enveloped by the fantastic technicals and mood to sweep me along the way with it all.

    And I agree (about expectations), I go in with low ones constantly, because I am SO very often disappointed.

  • 27 12-18-2010 at 5:23 pm

    Brian said...

    JJ1 thanks for the response. To be clear, I certainly didn’t feel attacked.

    I think one problem I actually had with “Black Swan” was that Nina seemed too emotionally fragile to last four years in the ballet troupe. Even when she was dancing perfect she seemed on the verge of tears. One movie that I think of a lot with Black Swan is, obviously Polanski’s “Repulsion.” Certainly there isn’t back story with Deneuve in that film, and she is very weak and haunted throughout the film, but that one works for me. To me, Nina, seemed so fragile from the start of the film that it was difficult to see her succeeding as a dancer. Perhaps she was broken down over four years. I think that was depth I was missing: the idea that she used to be stronger. It was something that I didn’t get. I didn’t need flashbacks or anything, but just little hints in her body movement or with her mother that she did have strength. With something like “Repulsion” we don’t need to know any prior strength and can just follow her as she unravels. With “Black Swan” being so much more about physical prowess, I think I needed hints of that earlier strength that would make it more believable that she could even pull off the Black Swan.

    With Gena Rowlands in “Opening Night” and “Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” there are previous scenes of them trying to keep it together before her characters go over the edge. “Repulsion” and “Black Swan” are the only films I can think of at the moment where we start with a very fragile character who is obviously already past their breaking point when we meet them. “Black Swan” added a physical element that made it harder for me to believe that she was able to even make it to where we found her at the start of the movie. Does that make sense?

    When thinking of “Black Swan” I also am reminded a lot of “Mulholland Drive” which has a lot of did this or didn’t it happen. What makes that film very successful to me is that reality doesn’t come into play until near the end, and we’ve already somehow seen Naomi Watts’ character as she wants to be seen which allows us to understand her more later. I think my earlier posts made it sound like I hated “Black Swan” — I didn’t — I probably just expected something different from it. Perhaps I won’t be able to objectively view it until later after all the hype has gone away.

  • 28 12-18-2010 at 5:51 pm

    Brian said...

    thanks for the discussion, by the way.

  • 29 12-18-2010 at 6:23 pm

    JJ1 said...

    No problem. Thank YOU. I love these types of discussions. 1) I acknowledge your issues with Nina (not seeing her strength earlier). 2) I need to see ‘Opening Night’, as I am a big Gena Rowlands fan. 3) Mulholland Drive is one of my favorite movies of all-time. And 4) while I loved Black Swan/was enthralled by it/am even seeing it again tomorrow; I have some minor, but deeply entrenched issues with it in my subconscious, as well {haha}. And hey, isn’t that the case with most movies, anyway?

  • 30 12-18-2010 at 7:42 pm

    Hero said...

    “I think one problem I actually had with “Black Swan” was that Nina seemed too emotionally fragile to last four years in the ballet troupe. Even when she was dancing perfect she seemed on the verge of tears.

    To me, Nina, seemed so fragile from the start of the film that it was difficult to see her succeeding as a dancer.”

    Yes! I found it problematic, and difficult to sympathize, with a character who started out looking like she was always either going to cry or throw up (which she did) and then go nuts. More arc at the beginning would have been helpful.

    Also, thank heaven for Restrepo. Tonight I finally saw a movie I liked!

  • 31 12-18-2010 at 8:27 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Restrepo is indeed very good.

  • 32 12-19-2010 at 7:37 am

    john t. said...

    Yes ! Brian , you stated a very good point about the characters in “Black Swan” being ” underwritten.” I couldn’t agree more. By the way, Barbara Hershey deserves more Oscar buzz than Mila Kunis.

  • 33 12-19-2010 at 12:10 pm

    m1 said...

    The most disappointing film of the year-but by no means the worst or even one of the worst-is Alice in Wonderland.

  • 34 12-19-2010 at 3:21 pm

    Bryan said...

    Best Casting: Black Swan

    So much thought went into it, and not just about who could pull off the roles, but how the roles embody the actors and not just vice versa.

  • 35 12-19-2010 at 4:19 pm

    Paul Outlaw said...

    @ Brian:
    You do mean A Woman Under the Influence, right?

  • 36 12-19-2010 at 5:45 pm

    Brian said...

    Yes… although Gena Rowlands in an Almodovar movie would have been great, too :)

  • 37 12-19-2010 at 7:53 pm

    Luke said...

    THANK YOU! I was wondering where the sane people were who didn’t think Winter’s Bone was so amazing. Jennifer Lawrence didn’t do anything that stood out to me. It was a total drag.

  • 38 12-20-2010 at 1:27 am

    David said...

    “Black Swan” is the most overrated film of the year. I liked it when it was called “All About Eve.”

  • 39 12-20-2010 at 6:19 am

    JJ1 said...

    If you think ‘Black Swan’ is overrated, that’s fine. But I don’t get all of the ‘All About Eve’ references. Can that be explained; further than the woman usurping another woman thing?

  • 40 1-04-2011 at 3:24 pm

    katryn said...

    I really liked Black Swan — I didn’t see it as horror-ish, but more about neurosis and the psychological effects of intense pressure and competition. I didn’t find Nina’s fragility problematic, as it’s easy to coast along in the chorus, but totally different when you’re expected to be the star. My only problem with it was medical — no way the whole denouement would have been physically possible!

    Perhaps as a woman and someone once involved in the similar (if less cut-throat) world of classical music, I found it easier to relate to the character than others.

    I don’t understand the love for “Dogtooth”. There was nothing new or surprising there. It struck me as a hipster version of “Flowers in the Attic.”

  • 41 1-20-2011 at 1:05 pm

    Mike_M said...

    Caught Blue Valentine finally on Monday, and I am with you Kris, Ryan is def my top choice for Best Actor… hope he at least gets a nom

  • 42 5-18-2011 at 4:13 pm

    Mike said...

    Best Picture
    “Another Year/Black Swan”
    Best Director
    Darren Aronofsky, “Black Swan”
    Best Actor
    James Franco, “127 Hours”
    Best Actress
    Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
    Best Supporting Actor
    John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”
    Best Supporting Actress
    Lesley Manville, “Another Year”
    Best Adapted Screenplay
    “The Social Network” (Aaron Sorkin)
    Best Original Screenplay
    “Another Year” (Mike Leigh)
    Best Art Direction
    “Inception”
    Best Cinematography
    “Inception”
    Best Costume Design
    “Black Swan”
    Best Film Editing
    “Inception”
    Best Makeup
    “Black Swan”/”Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”
    Best Sound Editing
    “TRON Legacy”
    Best Visual Effects
    “Inception”/”Alice in Wonderland”/”Black Swan”
    Best Animated Feature
    “Chico and Rita″ – one to watch
    Best Ensemble
    “Another Year”
    Most Underrated Film of the Year
    “4.3.2.1” – another one to watch
    Most Overrated Film of the Year
    “Inception” – I know I’ve awarded it a lot but a tadge overrated
    Breakthrough Performance (Female)
    Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
    Best Performance in a Bad Film
    Bojana Novakovic, “Devil”
    Worst Performance in a Good/Fairly Decent Film
    Mia Wasikowska, “Alice in Wonderland”
    Best Hero
    Luz/She, “Machete” – she was a good freedom fighter, shame about the film
    Best Villain
    Nina Sayers, “Black Swan”/ Mal Cobb “Inception”
    Best Poster
    “Black Swan”
    Best Trailer (for a trailer released in 2010, not necessarily a film released in 2010)
    “Black Swan”
    Most Surprising Film of the Year
    “Centurion”
    Most Disappointing Film of the Year
    “Robin Hood”
    Most Ambitious Film of the Year
    “Inception”