Dennis Cozzalio 2009

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For the past four years Dennis Cozzalio has written Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, a blog about movies and other elements of the real world, from a bunker somewhere in Glendale, California, where he has been embedded for the past 15 years. Long ago and far away (in Ashland, Oregon, from 1982-1984), he was actually paid to write movie reviews, for the city newspaper The Ashland Daily Tidings. This remains the only time he has ever received money for writing about film over an extended period of time, a fact that would seem to qualify SLIFR for "labor of love" status. Dennis maintains a healthy interest in both film criticism and the movies themselves as viable expressions of artistic sensibility. He also believes that no movie should be disqualified from the possibility of quality based on preconceptions alone or glorified based on heightened expectations. These are points of view which he sincerely hopes are reflected by his blog on a daily basis. Dennis has been happily married since 1993 and has two lovely daughters and the cherished memory of one son as a result. He also just completed a return to school for a teaching credential and his Masters in cross-cultural education, all of which he hopes will result in a new career as a kindergarten teacher sometime in the very near future. But for now there are the movies, and more specifically the Muriels, and that, as a stoic and soulful farmer once said to his prize sheep-pig, will do.

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Best Feature-Length Film
1.
Inglourious Basterds
2.
A Serious Man
3.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
4.
Summer Hours
5.
Tyson
6.
Antichrist
7.
Goodbye Solo
8.
Food, Inc.
9.
Orphan
10.
A Town Called Panic

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
2. Sharlto Copley, District 9
3. Michael Fassbender, Hunger

4. Charles Berling, Summer Hours
5. George Clooney, Fantastic Mr. Fox

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia
2. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Antichrist
3. Vera Farmiga, Orphan
4. Isabelle Fuhrman, Orphan
5. Emily Blunt, The Young Victoria

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
2. Peter Capaldi, In the Loop
3. Daryl Sabara, World’s Greatest Dad
4. Jemaine Clement, Gentlemen Broncos
5. Hank Azaria, Year One

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds
2. Mimi Kennedy, In the Loop
3. Kristen Wiig, Extract
4. Edith Scob, Summer Hours
5. Natalie Portman, Brothers

Best Direction
1. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
2. Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man

3. Wes Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox
4. Olivier Assayas, Summer Hours
5. Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

Best Screenplay
1. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
2.Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
3. Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach, Fantastic Mr. Fox
4. Olivier Assayas, Summer Hours
5. David Johnson & Alex Mace, Orphan

Best Cinematography
1. Anthony Dod Mantle, Antichrist
2. Robert Richardson, Inglourious Basterds
3. Roger Deakins, A Serious Man
4. Eric Gautier, Summer Hours
5. Mihai Malaimare Jr., Tetro

Best Music
1. Up
2. Star Trek
3. Coraline
4. Inglourious Basterds  
5. A Serious Man

Best Cinematic Moment
1. Revenge of the Giant Face - Inglourious Basterds
2. A Marriage in Four Minutes - Up
3. Joel Salatin and Polyface Farms - Food, Inc.
4. Long-distance Shootout - The Hurt Locker
5. Accept the Mystery - A Serious Man
6. Drive to the Mountain - Goodbye Solo
7. “The Saarne Institute isn’t an orphanage…” - Orphan
8. The Parking Garage - Drag Me to Hell
9. Stoned in the Desert - Land of the Lost
10. “I always took you as more of an INXS fan…” - Brothers

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. QUENTIN TARANTINO, for Inglorious Basterds, and for stepping in to save the New Beverly Cinema from certain closure, thereby preserving and renewing Los Angeles’ only surviving calendar-based, classically programmed repertory cinema for the foreseeable future.  
2. The glorious return of STOP MOTION ANIMATION in Fantastic Mr. Fox, Coraline and A Town Called Panic
3. Lars Von Trier

4. Bobcat Goldthwait

5. Mimi Kennedy

Best Body of Work
1. MIchael Fassbender (Hunger, Inglourious Basterds)
2. Hank Azaria (Year One, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian)

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Inglourious Basterds
2. Star Trek
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox
4. Duplicity

Best Web-Based Criticism
1. Stephanie Zacharek
2. Glenn Kenny
3. Ed Howard
4. That Little Round Headed Boy
5. Parallax View

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1999
1. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
2. The Straight Story
3. Election
4. The Iron Giant
5. Three Kings

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1984
1. Secret Honor
2. Once Upon a Time in America (Leone Cut)
3. Stop Making Sense

4. Comfort and Joy
5. Dune

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1959
1. Rio Bravo
2. North by Northwest 
3. Floating Weeds
4. The World of Apu
5. Some Like it Hot

Best Film of the Decade
1. Speed Racer

2. No Country for Old Men

3. Zodiac

4. Los Angeles Plays Itself

5. Mulholland Drive

6. Gerry
7. Gosford Park

8. The Incredibles
9. In the Mood for Love

10. Femme Fatale


Best Performance of the Decade, Male
1. Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
2. Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men
3. Robert Downey Jr., Zodiac
4. Kurt Russell, Grindhouse/Death Proof
5. Brad Bird, The Incredibles

Best Performance of the Decade, Female
1. Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive
2. Maggie Cheung, In the Mood for Love

3. Shu Qi, Three Times
4. Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
5. Nicole Kidman, Birth

Best Directorial Body of Work of the Decade
1. Ethan and Joel Coen
2. Brad Bird
3. Gus Van Sant
4. Robert Altman

5. Werner Herzog

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