Sean M. Burns 2008

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Sean Burns has been the lead film critic for Philadelphia Weekly since 1999, and also currently writes for The Improper Bostonian. His work has previously appeared in The Boston Metro, Matinee Magazine, The Nashville Scene, Time Out New York and The House Next Door. He graduated from New York University with a degree in Film and Television Production, then spent the next three years living in his mother’s basement. Burns was a recurring guest on the late David Brudnoy's WBZ 1030 AM Radio Show, and in 2002 received an award for Excellence in Criticism from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is often told that he "smokes too much and drives like an old lady."

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. Rachel Getting Married

2. WALL*E

3. The Wrestler

4. Encounters at the End of the World

5. In Bruges

6. Let the Right One In

7. Reprise     

8. Burn After Reading

9. A Christmas Tale

10. Man on Wire

 

Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

2. Sean Penn, Milk

3. Benicio Del Toro, Che

4. Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges

5. Paul Rudd, Role Models

 

Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

2. Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

3. Melissa Leo, Frozen River

4. Anna Faris, The House Bunny

5. Famke Janssen, Turn the River

 

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

2. Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading

3. Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder

4. Russell Brand, Forgetting Sarah Marshall

5. Mathieu Amalric, A Christmas Tale

 

Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

2. Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married

3. Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married

4. Catherine Deneuve, A Christmas Tale

5. Amy Adams, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

 

Best Direction

1. Werner Herzog, Encounters at the End of the World

2. Andrew Stanton, WALL*E

3. Steven Soderbergh, Che

4. Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married

5. Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In

 

Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1.  Martin McDonagh, In Bruges

2.  Joel and Ethan Coen, Burn After Reading

3.  Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt, Reprise

4.  Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married

5.  Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter and Jim Reardon, WALL*E

 

Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. Chris Doyle & Rain Kathy Li, Paranoid Park

2. Darius Khondji, My Blueberry Nights

3. Hoyte Van Hoytema, Let the Right One In

4. Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight

5. Peter Andrews, Che

 

Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. Encounters at the End of the World

2. The Wrestler

3. The Dark Knight

 

Best Cinematic Moment

1. Alone On Earth, WALL*E

2. “Did You Just Call My Kids Cunts?”, In Bruges

3. Swimming Pool Of Death, Let the Right One In

4. The Joker Walks Away From Death In A Nurse’s Uniform, The Dark Knight

5. Randy The Ram Works The Deli Counter, The Wrestler

6. “Get Off My Lawn,” Gran Torino

7. The Dishwasher Scene, Rachel Getting Married

8. He Pulled It Off, Man on Wire

9. What’s He Building Down There?, Burn After Reading

10. Live Action Role Playing With KISS, Role Models

 

Best Ensemble Performance

1. Rachel Getting Married

2. A Christmas Tale

3. Burn After Reading

 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. The Thin Red Line

2. The Big Lebowski

3. Out of Sight

4. Buffalo ‘66

5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

 

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. The King of Comedy

2. Videodrome

3. Risky Business

4. Trading Places

5. WarGames

 

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. Touch of Evil

2. Vertigo

3. The Hidden Fortress

4. The Last Hurrah

5. Big Deal on Madonna Street

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