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Since 2004 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 since 1998. 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. But for the moment SLIFR remains a "labor of love" supplemented by the occasional shekel earned from freelance assignments. Despite the increasing distraction of everyday responsibilities, Dennis strives to keep the blog fresh even when posts come less frequently than he would like, and he 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 solely 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 earned a teaching credential and his Masters in Cross-cultural Education in 2009, which he hopes will result in a new career as a elementary schoolteacher 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. Please Give
2. Let Me In
3. Toy Story 3
4. Mother
5. Another Year
6. The Killer Inside Me
7. Carlos
8. The Ghost Writer
9. Easy A
10. Unstoppable

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Edgar Ramirez, Carlos
2. Casey Affleck, The Killer Inside Me
3. Jeff  Bridges, True Grit
4. Michael Caine, Harry Brown
5. Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Emma Stone, Easy A
2. Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
3. Hye-Ja Kim, Mother
4. Annette Bening, Mother and Child
5. Hallie Steinberg, True Grit

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Jim Broadbent, Another Year
2. Richard Jenkins, Let Me In
3. Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
4. Jeremy Renner, The Town
5. Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Lesley Manville, Another Year
2. Jessica Alba, The Killer Inside Me
3. Olivia Williams, The Ghost Writer
4. Amy Adams, The Fighter
5. Kerry Washington, Mother and Child

Best Direction
1. Nicole Holofcener, Please Give
2. Matt Reeves, Let Me In
3.Lee Unkrich, Toy Story 3
4. Joon-ho Bong, Mother
5. Mike Leigh, Another Year

Best Screenplay
1. Nicole Holofcener, Please Give
2.Mike Leigh, Another Year
3.Olivier Assayas, Dan Franck and Daniel Leconte, Carlos
4. John Curran, The Killer Inside Me
5. Rodrigo Garcia, Mother and Child

Best Cinematography
1. Greig Fraser, Let Me In
2. Kyung-Pyo Hong, Mother
3. Roger Deakins, True Grit
4. Morten Soborg, Valhalla Rising
5. Bill Pope, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Best Editing
1. Stan Salfas, Let Me In
2. Ken Schretzman and Lee Unkrich, Toy Story 3
3. Luc Barnier and Marion Monnier, Carlos
4. Robert Duffy and Chris Lebenzon, Unstoppable
5. Joe Walker, Harry Brown

Best Music
1. Carter Burwell, True Grit
2. Heitor Pereira, Pharrell Williams, Despicable Me
3. Marius De Vries, Ilan Eshkeri, Henry Jackman and John Murphy, Kick-Ass
4. Nigel Godrich and Beck Hansen, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
5. Javier Navarrete, The Warrior's Way

Best Cinematic Moment
2. Holding hands above the incinerator - Toy Story 3
3. Catherine Keener falling apart at a gym for special needs kids - Please Give
8. Vanessa Redgrave reunited with Franco Nero - Letters to Juliet
9. Reanimating and interrogating the dead - Jonah Hex
10. “Oh, my God! Was I good?” Mila Kunis quizzes Natalie Portman about her “dream” - Black Swan

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Matt Reeves, director, Let Me In
2. Michelle Williams, actress, Blue Valentine
3. Jeff Malmberg, director, Marwencol
4. Jessica Alba, actress, The Killer Inside Me and Machete (but not Little Fockers or Valentine's Day)
5. Tony Scott, director, Unstoppable

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Please Give (Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet, Lois Smith, Ann Guilbert, Sarah Steele, Thomas Ian Nicholas)
2. Toy Story 3 (Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, John Ratzenberger, Michael Keaton, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, Estelle Harris, John Morris, Jodi Benson, Laurie Metcalf)
3. Another Year (Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Peter Wight, Oliver Maltman, David Bradley, Martin Savage, Karina Fernandez, Imelda Staunton)
4. Machete (Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan, Daryl Sabara, Electra Avellan, Elise Avellan)
5. RED (Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ernest Borgnine, James Remar, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon)

Best Web-Based Criticism
1. Kevin J. Olson, HUGO STIGLITZ MAKES MOVIES
2. Farran Smith Nehme, SELF STYLED SIREN
3. Chris Stangl, THE EXPLODING KINETOSCOPE
4. Jason Bellamy, THE COOLER
5. Sheila O’Malley, THE SHEILA VARIATIONS

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 2000
1. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai)
3. O Brother, Where Art Thou (Joel and Ethan Coen)
4. Dr. T and the Women (Robert Altman)
5. What Lies Beneath (Robert Zemeckis)
 
25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1985
1. Lost in America (Albert Brooks)
2. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (Paul Schrader)
3. Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (Tim Burton)
4. Explorers (Joe Dante)
5. O.C. and Stiggs (Robert Altman)

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1960
1. Wild River (Elia Kazan)
2. Late Autumn (Yazujiro Ozu)
3. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
4. Peeping Tom (Michael Powell)
5. The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges)

Special Award: Best Film of the 1950s
1. Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks)
2. The Searchers (John Ford)
3. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock)
4. Bend of the River (Anthony Mann)
5. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)
6. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder)
7. The Tall T (Budd Boetticher)
8. Day of the Outlaw (Andre De Toth)
9. Diabolique (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
10. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks)

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