‘A Prophet’ tops International Cinephile Society honors

Posted by · 5:45 am · February 21st, 2011

One last set of kinda-critics’ awards to see out the season — the International Cinephile Society is an online group of journalists, academics and industry professionals that, true to their name, offers a slightly more global outlook in their measuring of the year’s best.

It’s a small organization, but I mention their awards here for two reasons: 1) I’m one of the voters, and 2) despite that hindrance, they’ve assembled one of the best winners lists I’ve seen all season. Jacques Audiard’s long-lingering prison drama “A Prophet” evidently still weighs heavily on people’s minds, as it took the group’s top two awards, plus an acting win for Niels Arestrup.

Its tally was equalled, however, by “Another Year” and “The Social Network,” making for a pretty generous spread of choices — few of which we’re likely to see echoed on Sunday night. Vive la différence, and all that. Full list of winners after the cut.

Top 10 Films of 2010
1. “A Prophet”
2. “Carlos”
3. “Another Year”
4. “The Social Network”
5. “Everyone Else”
6. “I Am Love”
7. “Blue Valentine”
8. “Black Swan”
9. “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
10. “Inception”

Best Director: Jacques Audiard, “A Prophet”
Runner-up: Olivier Assayas, “Carlos”

Best Actor: Édgar Ramírez, “Carlos”
Runner-up: Tahar Rahim, “A Prophet”

Best Actress: (tie) Lesley Manville, “Another Year” and Giovanna Mezzogiorno, “Vincere”
Runner-up: Tilda Swinton, “I Am Love”

Best Supporting Actor: Niels Arestrup, “A Prophet”
Runner-up: John Hawkes, “Winter’s Bone”

Best Supporting Actress: Olivia Williams, “The Ghost Writer”
Runner-up: Elle Fanning, “Somewhere”

Best Original Screenplay: “Another Year”
Runner-up: “Everyone Else”

Best Adapted Screenplay: “The Social Network”
Runner-up: “Wild Grass”

Best Cinematography: “I Am Love”
Runner-up: “True Grit”

Best Film Editing: “The Social Network”
Runner-up: “Carlos”

Best Production Design: “I Am Love”
Runner-up: “Inception”

Best Original Score: “The Social Network”
Runner-up: “The Ghost Writer”

Best Ensemble: “Another Year”
Runner-up: “The Kids Are All Right”

Best Animated Film: “The Illusionist”
Runner-up: “Summer Wars”

Best Documentary: “Exit Through the Gift Shop”
Runner-up: “Boxing Gym”

Best Picture Not Released in 2010
“The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu”
“Certified Copy”
“Film Socialisme”
“I Killed My Mother”
“Meek’s Cutoff”
“Mysteries of Lisbon”
“Of Gods and Men”
“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”

[Photo: Sony Pictures Classics]

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  • 1 2-21-2011 at 7:19 am

    Adam said...

    Guy, I totally agree that this is one of the best lists of the year (I personally would only disagree with I Am Love, but I can’t have everything I want). Great mix of commercial, independent and foreign cinema. Well done. And bravo to you for your undoubted contribution to The Illusionist winning Best Animated Film.

  • 2 2-21-2011 at 8:10 am

    Dan said...

    Great list, and I can’t help but smile at the double recognition of Xavier Dolan in the Not Released in 2010 category.

  • 3 2-21-2011 at 8:14 am

    James D. said...

    Their top six will all make my top ten. Can’t say the same for the Oscars. Good list.

  • 4 2-21-2011 at 8:22 am

    Patryk said...

    Very nice indeed. Especially the categories of Actor, Actress, Cinematography and Direction. Where can we view their previous lists?

    Hope Criterion does “Carlos” as beautifully as they did “The Summer Hours,” and “Che.”

  • 5 2-21-2011 at 9:56 am

    Ali E. said...

    You can view the previous lists from this link:


    I’m glad the results are also posted here.

  • 6 2-21-2011 at 10:37 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Niels Arestrup really was outstanding in A Prophet. I almost wish the film wasn’t nominated for Best Foreign Language Feature so that he could have been eligible this year, or better yet, do away with that stupid rule entirely.

    AND John Hawkes was their runner up?! I love these guys already.

  • 7 2-21-2011 at 1:41 pm

    Afrika said...

    Tahar should have won best actor. Why he wasn’t nominated by AMPAS still baffles me.

  • 8 2-21-2011 at 1:44 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Due to the rules, he never had a chance. He wasn’t eligible last year because the film wasn’t a 2009 U.S. release. He wasn’t eligible this year because the film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film last year, rendering it ineligible in all other categories this year.

  • 9 2-21-2011 at 1:51 pm

    Scott W. said...

    God this list is so good. One of the very few that seem to pick the best movies, unlike the voters who choose from the pre-ordained films put in front of them.

  • 10 2-21-2011 at 3:43 pm

    marco70go said...

    Just a question: if the society is “international”, how do they (you) decide what pictures were “not released in 2010”?
    You consider the US release when it comes to that?

  • 11 2-21-2011 at 4:19 pm

    lazarus said...

    Yes, the American release date would be used because we tend to get the European and Asian films much later. You have to look at it from the other end. If one goes by the local release dates of foreign language films, then the American members of the group wouldn’t have a fair shake to see most of those eligible films for the main awards. To balance this, you have the list of “Films not yet released in 2010”, which allows the members who have been to festivals or have seen these newer films closer to home an
    opportunity to do a little forecasting of what may get attention in the U.S. In the coming year.

  • 12 2-21-2011 at 4:23 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    We were instructed to use the US release date in that regard, yes.