Sean Burns 2009

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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. Up
2. A Serious Man
3. Adventureland
4. Public Enemies
5. The Hurt Locker
6. Two Lovers
7. Where the Wild Things Are
8. Fantastic Mr. Fox
9. Funny People
10. The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Nicolas Cage, The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans
2. Adam Sandler, Funny People
3. Matt Damon, The Informant!
4. Joaquin Phoenix, Two Lovers
5. Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Antichrist
2. Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
3. Kristen Stewart, Adventureland
4. Abby Cornish, Bright Star
5. Gwyneth Paltrow, Two Lovers

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. James Gandolfini, Where the Wild Things Are
2. Fred Melamed, A Serious Man
3. Woody Harrelson, The Messenger
4. Glenn Kenny, The Girlfriend Experience
5. Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Kirsten Wiig, Whip It
2. Samantha Morton, The Messenger
3. Julianne Moore, A Single Man
4. Anna Faris, Observe and Report
5. Maribel Verdu, Tetro

Best Direction
1. Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
2. The Coen Brothers, A Serious Man
3. Michael Mann, Public Enemies
4. Spike Jonze, Where the Wild Things Are
5. Werner Herzog, The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans

Best Screenplay 
1. The Coen Brothers, A Serious Man
2. Greg Mottola, Adventureland
3. Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche & Armando Iannucci, In the Loop
4. Pete Docter, Bob Peterson & Thomas McCarthy, Up
5. Judd Apatow, Funny People

Best Cinematography
1. Dante Spinotti, Public Enemies
2. Christopher Doyle, The Limits of Control
3. Grieg Fraser, Bright Star

4. Anthony Dod Mantle, Antichrist
5. Dan Mindel, Star Trek

Best Music [5]
(original, adapted, or compiled)
1. Up
2. Star Trek
3. A Serious Man
4. Fantastic Mr. Fox
5. The Limits of Control

Best Cinematic Moment
1. Married Life - Up
2. Operation Kino - Inglourious Basterds
3. .50 Caliber Long-Range Sniper Battle - The Hurt Locker
4. The Goy’s Teeth - A Serious Man
5. Little Bohemia Lodge - Public Enemies
6. Iguana Boogaloo - The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans
7. So Much for the Guggenheim - The International

8. “Where Is My Mind?” - Observe and Report
9.  Eminem’s Words of Wisdom - Funny People
10. “Chaos Reigns” - Antichrist

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Drew Barrymore, who surprised me by directing a movie as generous and upbeat as Whip It.
2. Chris Pine, who surprised me by proving somebody besides Shatner could be a great Captain Kirk, in Star Trek.
3. Nicolas Cage, who surprised me by reminding me why I used to love Nicolas Cage, in The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans.

 

Best Body of Work
1. James Gandolfini (Where the Wild Things Are, In the Loop, The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3)
2. Michael Giacchano (Up, Star Trek)
3. Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia, Fantastic Mr. Fox, It's Complicated)
4. George Clooney (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up in the Air, The Men Who Stare at Goats)
5. Kirsten Wiig (Whip It, Adventureland)

Best Ensemble Performance
1. A Serious Man
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
3. In the Loop
4. Funny People
5. Star Trek

Best Web-Based Criticism
1. The Onion A.V. Club
2. Glenn Kenny’s Some Came Running
3. Kim Morgan’s Sunset Gun
4. Current Movies Blog
5. IFC Indie Eye

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1999
1. Magnolia
2. Three Kings
3. Fight Club
4. Eyes Wide Shut
5. Election

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1984
1. Once Upon a Time in America
2. This Is Spinal Tap
3. Stranger than Paradise
4. Ghostbusters
5. Songwriter

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1959
1. Rio Bravo
2. The 400 Blows
3. Some Like it Hot
4. North by Northwest
5. Shadows

Best Film of the Decade
1. In the Mood for Love and 2046 (Sorry for the tie, but I can no longer separate these two in my mind. Now they’re just one long, perfect movie.)
3. Children of Men
4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
5. There Will Be Blood 
6. The New World

7. Wonder Boys

8. Million Dollar Baby

9. I'm Not There

10. Rachel Getting Married


Best Performance of the Decade, Male
1. Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York
2. Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
3. Robert Downey Jr., Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
4. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
5. Gene Hackman, The Royal Tenenbaums

Best Performance of the Decade, Female
1. Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. Laura Linney, You Can Count on Me
3. Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There
4. Maggie Cheung, In the Mood for Love
5. Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

Best Directorial Body of Work of the Decade
1. Paul Thomas Anderson
2. The Coen Brothers
3. Clint Eastwood
4. Michael Mann
5. Wong Kar-Wai

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