Kent Beeson 2008

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Kent M. Beeson is a writer and stay-at-home dad living in Seattle, WA with his wife and two-year-old daughter. He builds screenplays with fellow Muriel voter Martin McClellan and writes about film and screenwriting on their shared blog, Spitball!. He is the former film columnist for ComiXolgy and regrets that he will not write about the upcoming Watchmen film for them, since the column was called "The Watchman", and, well, you can see what I did there. Also, this is the year he writes his novel.

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. Burn After Reading

2. Man on Wire

3. In Bruges

4. Cloverfield

5. Rachel Getting Married

6. Iron Man

7. Be Kind, Rewind

8. The Dark Knight

9. Redbelt

10. Synecdoche, New York

 

Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man

2. Colin Farrell, In Bruges

3. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

4. Danny McBride, The Foot Fist Way

5. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche, New York

 

Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

2. Jeanne Balibar, The Duchess of Langeais

3. Mila Kunis, Forgetting Sarah Marshall

4. Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

5. Lina Leandersson, Let the Right One In

 

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading

2. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

3. Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges

4. Gary Oldman, The Dark Knight

5. Bill Irwin, Rachel Getting Married

 

Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Samantha Morton, Synecdoche, New York

2. Amy Poehler, Baby Mama

3. Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading

4. Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married

5. Emily Mortimer, Redbelt

 

Best Direction

1. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Burn After Reading

2. Matt Reeves, Cloverfield

3. Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married

4. Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler

5. Andrew Stanton, WALL*E

 

Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan, The Dark Knight

2. Martin McDonagh, In Bruges

3. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Burn After Reading

4. Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais, The Bank Job

5. Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

 

Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. David Tattersall, Speed Racer

2. Michael Bonvillain, Cloverfield

3. Peter Sova, The Strangers

4. Hoyte Van Hoytema, Let The Right One In

5. Eigil Bryld, In Bruges  

 

Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer, The Dark Knight

2. Michael Nyman, Man on Wire

3. Jon Brion, Synecdoche, New York

4. Donald Harrison Jr., Zafer Tawil, Robyn Hitchcock, et. al., Rachel Getting Married

5. John Zorn, et. al., Funny Games

 

Best Cinematic Moment

1. Cold Open, Iron Man

2. Statue of Liberty, Cloverfield

3. Meeting in Car, Burn After Reading

4. Mama Tried, The Strangers

5. How To Defend Yourself Against A Knife-Wielding Rapist, Redbelt

6. Ants!!!, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

7. The End, Pathology

8. The Chase/Truck Flip, The Dark Knight

9. The Last Ram Jam, The Wrestler

10. Dracula's Lament (in the bar), Forgetting Sarah Marshall

 

Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Matt Reeves

2. Jon Favreau

3. Danny McBride

4. Mickey Rourke

5. Martin McDonagh 

 

Best Body of Work

1. Robert Downey Jr.

2. Michael Shannon

3. Richard Jenkins

4. Danny McBride

5. Gus Van Sant

 

Best Ensemble Performance

1. Burn After Reading

2. Rachel Getting Married

3. Synecdoche, New York

4. The Strangers

5. Cloverfield

 

Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. Todd Alcott, What Does The Protagonist Want?

2. Vern, Then Fuck You, Jack: The Life and Art of Vern

3. Mike D'Angelo, Listen Eggroll

4. Keith Uhlich/Matt Zoller Seitz, The House Next Door

5. Michael Sicinski, The Academic Hack

 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. Buffalo '66

2. Out of Sight

3. Pleasantville

4. Rushmore

5. The Celebration 

 

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. Videodrome

2. The King of Comedy

3. A Christmas Story

4. Nostalghia

5. Krull

 

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. The Tarnished Angels

2. Touch of Evil

3. Vertigo

4. Man of the West

5. The Horse's Mouth

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