Sunday, December 14, 2008
Both the American Film Institute and the Boston Society of Film Critics have announced their best of the year today.
AFI's Top Ten
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Wendy and Lucy
Thrilled to see Dark Knight, Iron Man, Wall-E & The Wrestler on this list. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I really love The Wrestler and am blown away with Mickey Roarke's performance.
Slumdog Millionaire didn't make the cut because it was produced abroad. Also noticeably absent - Revolutionary Road, Doubt & Golden Globe Obsession, The Reader.
Boston Film Critics Society
Wall-E & Slumdog Millionaire tied for Best Movie - both movies are racking up the awards - could Wall-E possibly get a best picture nomination? It's looking more and more likely.
Roarke & Sean Penn also tied, for Best Actor. I'm pretty sure it'll come down to these two for the little golden man. Go Mickey!
And the rest -
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Director: Gus Van Sant for Milk and Paranoid Park
Best Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for Milk
Best Cinematography: Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li for Paranoid Park
Best Documentary: Man on Wire
Best Foreign-Language Film: Let the Right One In
Best Animated Film: WALL•E
Best Film Editing: Chris Dickens for Slumdog Millionaire
Best New Filmmaker: Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
Best Ensemble Cast: Tropic Thunder
Thrilled with Actress & both Supporting categories. Just saw Happy Go Lucky today and was absolutely enthralled by Sally Hawkins. Beautiful performance that can't help but leave you smiling. Obviously happy to see Let The Right One In, though it pains me to think it won't get its shot at an Oscar. Martin McDonagh is one of my favorite playwrights (The Pillowman? Lieutenant of Inishmore? The Lonesome West? I could go on) so I love to see him win anything, but new filmmaker? Isn't he...an Academy Award winning filmmaker? Do shorts not count? Ah, and Tropic Thunder for Best Ensemble Cast. They were all pretty funny, but Thunder was not my favorite comedy of the year and certainly did not feature the best ensemble of the year. Oh well.
Next up, Time's Top Ten Movies & TV Series
1. Wall-E (another one for the adorable trash compactor!)
2. Synecdoche, New York
3. My Winnipeg
4. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Isn't this technically a 2007 film?)
6. Benjamin Button
7. Slumdog Millionaire
8. Iron Man (Woot!)
9. Speed Racer (Um...I'm guessing Time didn't see it stoned in IMAX like I did, so...how did it make it on this list?)
10. Encounters at the End of the World (aka david says I need to see this...so I probably should)
1. The Shield
2. Mad Men (!!!!)
3. The Presidential Election (You know this doesn't count, Time. But I'll let it slide, cause, well... yeah, it WAS probably the best TV series this fall)
4. Dr. Horrible's Sing Alone Blog (Not a tv series either but who cares! Yay!)
5. The Wire (Still gotta catch that boat)
6. Breaking Bad
7. Lost (!!!)
8. Battlestar Galactica (!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GIVE THEM EMMYS NOW BITCH)
9. Architecture School
10. Chuck (!!)
I like you, Time. You should have put Dark Knight on your list, but you more than make up for it with whichever geek you had compiling your best of tv list. Said geek should be my friend. Can this be arranged?
The Dark Knight
The Bank Job
Hmm. Well. Okay. The man loves himself some Jason Statham, that's for damn sure.
Happy Go Lucky
Rachel Getting Married
Burn After Reading
Doesn't a wave of profound sadness wash over you when you think of whoever must be reviewing movies for US Weekly? Can't really explain why, but I certainly feel it. Weird list, but glad to see Happy Go Lucky getting some love. Still baffles me why Tropic Thunder is popping up everywhere when Baby Mama, Pineapple Express, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Role Models and oh say, every other comedy this year made me laugh three times as much.
All for now folks.