Simon Abrams 2010

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Simon Abrams is a NY-based film and arts critic. He's a staff writer for The Comics Journal and his writing has been featured everywhere including the Village Voice, Time Out New York, New York Press, Slant Magazine, Indiewire and the AV Club. He co-hosts the Bad Idea Podcast with Steve Carlson, a misguided young man with a loose moral character. Simon is responsible for at least two one-vote wonders in every category of this year's Muriel Awards. Apparently, none of you are trying very hard (Anton Chekhov's The Duel: why have you not seen it?).

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Best Feature-Length Film
1. Dogtooth
2. Amer
3. Let Me In
4. Oceans
5. The Ghost Writer
6. Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl
7. Hadewijch
8. Life During Wartime
9. Lourdes
10. Black Swan

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
2. Casey Affleck, The Killer Inside Me
3. Ray Winstone, 44 Inch Chest
4. Andrew Scott, Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
5. Ciaran Hinds, The Eclipse

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Julie Sokolowski, Hadewijch 
2. Magaly Solier, The Milk of Sorrow
3. Lesley Manville, Another Year
4. Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
5. Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Pete Postlethewaite, The Town 
2. Jerry O’Connell, Piranha 3D
3. Paul Reubens, Life During Wartime
4. Vincent Cassell, Black Swan
5. Richard Jenkins, Let Me In

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Charlote Rampling, Life During Wartime
2. Ruth Sheen, Another Year
3. Fiona Glascott, Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
4. Kiera Knightley, Never Let Me Go
5. Elisabeth Moss, Get Him to the Greek

Best Direction
1. Tom Six, The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
2. Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, Amer
3. Matt Reeves, Let Me In
4. Mark Romanek, Never Let Me Go
5. Pedro Costa, Ne Change Rien

Best Screenplay
1. Conor McPherson & Billy Roche, The Eclipse
2. Mary Bing, Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
3. Alex Garland, Never Let Me Go
4. Jalmari Helander, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
5. Gabriel Medina & Nicolas Gueilburt, The Paranoids

Best Cinematography
1. Martin Ruhe, The American
2. Greig Frasier, Let Me In
3. Paul Sarossy, Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
4. Pawel Edelman, The Ghost Writer
5. Maxime Alexandre, The Crazies

Best Editing
1. The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
2. Andrew Hulme, The American
3. Bernard Beets, Amer
4. Karina Ressler, Lourdes
5. Stan Salfas, Let Me In

Best Music
1. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 
2. Tron: Legacy
3. Amer
4. Ne Change Rien
5. The Other Guys

Best Cinematic Moment
1. Mouthwash scene - Dogtooth
2. Car wash scene - The Crazies
3. The end - The Ghost Writer
4. The last hit - The American
5. Lucas Lee fight - Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
6. Death and a puddle of piss - The Killer Inside Me
7. Stan’s Elves love gingerbread cookies - Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
8. Stadium stalemate - The Town
9. Video game showdown - The Paranoids
10. Car crash ending - Satan Hates You

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1.  Wes Craven
2.  Matt Reeves
3. Scott Charles Stewart
4. Gabriel Medina
5. Edgar Wright

Best Body of Work
1. Vincent Cassel (Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1, Black Swan)
2. Manoel de Oliveira (Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, The Strange Case of Angelica)
3. Ciaran Hinds (Life During Wartime, The Eclipse)
4. Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go, The Social Network)
5. Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine, Shutter Island)

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Anton Chekhov’s The Duel
2. Another Year
3. The Ghost Writer
4. Shutter Island
5. The Paranoids

Best Web-Based Criticism

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 2000
1. In the Mood for Love
2. Yi Yi
3. Devils on the Doorstep
4. Songs from the Second Floor
5. Brother

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1985
1. Ran
2. Shoah
3. Return of the Living Dead
4. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
5. Prizzi’s Honor

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1960
1. Psycho
2. Spartacus
3. La Dolce Vita
4. Classe Tous Risques
5. The Warped Ones

Special Award: Best Film of the 1950s
1. Rashomon
2. The 400 Blows
3. Tokyo Story
4. Hiroshima Mon Amour
5. Lola Montes
6. Wages of Fear
7. Fanfan la Tulipe
8. Fires on the Plain
9. I Vitelloni
10. Auntie Mame

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