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In Danny's words: "I'm a 19-year-old film fan currently living in Los Angeles and attending USC. Nearly all of my time outside of school is devoted to watching movies and writing about them on my website, Bucket Reviews. On the rare instance that I'm not doing one of those things (or sitting in LA-traffic, for that matter), you'll likely find me watching mindless drivel on television, listening to shock-jock talk-radio, or cursing at a tiny white ball on a golf course. My favorite films include Tonari No Totoro, The Silence of the Lambs, Hoop Dreams, M, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Citizen Kane, and Double Indemnity."

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. The Dark Knight

2. The Wrestler

3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

4. Gran Torino

5. Slumdog Millionaire

6. Man on Wire

7. Revolutionary Road

8. Let the Right One In (Note to readers: On my personal list, this tied with another exceptional vampire flick, Twilight, but I’ve eliminated that one here because I know it won’t get many votes.)

9. The Wackness (Note to readers: On my personal list, this tied with Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, but I’ve eliminated that one here because I know it won’t get many votes.)

10. Frost/Nixon

 

Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

2. Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

3. Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon

4. Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

5. Richard Jenkins, The Visitor

 

Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

2. Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

3. Kate Beckinsale, Nothing but the Truth

4. Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long

5. Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

 

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

2. Josh Brolin, Milk

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt

4. Bee Vang, Gran Torino

5. Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder

 

Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Evan Rachel Wood, The Wrestler

2. Viola Davis, Doubt

3. Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

4. Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married

5. Olivia Thirlby, The Wackness

 

Best Direction

1. Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight

2. Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler

3. Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

4. David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

5. Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

 

Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Eric Roth, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2. Christopher & Jonathan Nolan, The Dark Knight

3. Simon Beaufoy, Slumdog Millionaire

4. Nick Schenk, Gran Torino

5. Robert Siegel, The Wrestler

 

Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. Roger Deakins, Revolutionary Road

2. Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

3. Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler

4. Harris Savides, Milk

5. Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight

 

Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. Slumdog Millionaire

2. Twilight

3. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

5. The Dark Knight

 

Best Cinematic Moment

1. Randy “The Ram” lets his daughter down, The Wrestler

2. The Joker blows up Gotham Hospital, The Dark Knight

3. Jamal and company run away from the cops to “O Saya” revealing the enormity of the Mumbai slums, Slumdog Millionaire

4. Dracula: The Musical, Forgetting Sarah Marshall

5. Walter Vale plays his drum in the subway station in the final scene, The Visitor

6. Eli comes to Oskar’s rescue in the final sequence, Let the Right One In

7. Tony Stark demos Stark Industry’s new bomb, Iron Man

8. Michael learns he’s in for more than a bath, The Reader

9. Memories of paddle-ball on the beach, OSS 117: Cairo—Nest of Spies

10. Opening sequence/dog chase, Waltz with Bashir

 

Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Robert Downey Jr., brining himself back into the spotlight in Iron Man

2. Mickey Rourke, doing the same in The Wrestler

3. Olivia Thirlby, playing much more than just the hot love interest in The Wackness

4. Viola Davis, stealing Doubt in only 12 minutes

5. Anne Hathaway, showing audiences she’s definitely for realz in Rachel Getting Married

 

Best Body of Work

1. Roger Deakins, Revolutionary Road and The Reader (but not Doubt, hehe)

2. Kate Beckinsale, Nothing But the Truth and Snow Angels

3. Richard Jenkins, The Visitor, Step Brothers, Burn After Reading, The Tale of Despereaux

4. Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road and The Reader

5. Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Frost/Nixon

 

Best Ensemble Performance

1. The Wrestler

2. Revolutionary Road

3. Frost/Nixon

4. Rachel Getting Married

5. Nothing but the Truth

 

Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. Roger Ebert - always the best

2. Hollywood Stock Exchange

3. Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily

4. Berardinelli's ReelViews

5. Breitbart's Big Hollywood

 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. Saving Private Ryan

2. The Truman Show

3. Babe: Pig in the City

4. Great Expectations

5. Rush Hour

Note to readers: My favorite film of 2007, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days qualified for this year’s Muriels but I’m arbitrarily not including it because it feels a bit “old”.

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