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Ari Dassa is the founder and lead editor of The Aspect Ratio, a film website dedicated to analysis and conversation for movies new and old. The site, which launched in summer 2006, has published reviews, retrospectives and commentary from a small team of passionate film aficionados and writers from around the globe. Dassa's favorite directors include Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, John Cassavetes, Stanley Kubrick and Akira Kurosawa.

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Best Feature-Length Film
1. A Serious Man
2. Inglourious Basterds
3. Public Enemies
4. Bright Star
5. The Limits of Control 
6. Tetro
7. The White Ribbon
8. Thirst 
9. Broken Embraces
10. Gomorrah 

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Johnny Depp, Public Enemies
2. Ben Whishaw, Bright Star
3. Isaach de Bankole, The Limits of Control
4. Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
5. Vincent Gallo, Tetro

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Abbie Cornish, Bright Star
2. Penelope Cruz, Broken Embraces
3. Kim Ok-Bin, Thirst
4. Zoe Saldana, Avatar
5. Marion Cotillard, Public Enemies

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
2. Brad Pitt, Inglourious Basterds
3. Alden Ehrenreich, Tetro
4. Paul Schnieder, Bright Star
5. Christian Bale, Public Enemies

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds
2. Maribel Verdu, Tetro
3. Blanca Portillo, Broken Embraces
4. Diane Kruger, Inglourious Basterds
5. CCH Pounder, Avatar

Best Direction
1. Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
2. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
3. Michael Mann, Public Enemies
4. Jane Campion, Bright Star
5. Jim Jarmusch, The Limits of Control

Best Screenplay
1. Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
2. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
3. Michael Haneke, The White Ribbon
4. Jane Campion, Bright Star
5. Jim Jarmusch, The Limits of Control

Best Cinematography
1. Mihai Malaimare Jr., Tetro
2. Dante Spinotti, Public Enemies
3. Greig Fraser, Bright Star
4. Roger Deakins, A Serious Man
5. Robert Richardson, Inglourious Basterds

Best Music
1. Inglourious Basterds
2. The Limits of Control
3. A Serious Man
4. Public Enemies
5. Bright Star

Best Cinematic Moment
1. Bar Mitzvah - A Serious Man
2. Tavern discussion and subsequent shoot-out - Inglourious Basterds
3. Dillinger's death and "bye bye blackbird" - Public Enemies
4. Opening chapter - Inglourious Basterds
5. Closing image - A Serious Man
6. The Priest demonstrates his strength and ability to jump across rooftops - Thirst
7. The ending - Gomorrah
8. "Fausto" - Tetro
9. Tilda Swinton's appearance - The Limits of Control
10. Taming the dragon - Avatar

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Christoph Waltz with a breakthrough performance in Inglourious Basterds
2. Alden Ehrenreich's debut in Tetro
3. Zoe Saldana in Avatar
4. Mihai Malaimare's exquisite digital cinematography in Tetro
5. The motion-capture technicians of Avatar

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Inglourious Basterds
2. A Serious Man
3. Tetro
4. Public Enemies
5. The Limits of Control

Best Web-Based Criticism
1. The Auteurs' Notebook
2. Some Came Running
3. Wonders in the Dark
4. Motion Captured
5. Roger Ebert

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1999
1. Eyes Wide Shut
2. The Matrix
3. Sweet and Lowdown
4. Three Kings
5. Magnolia

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1984
1. The Cotton Club
2. Broadway Danny Rose
3. Blood Simple
4. Antonio Gaudi
5. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1959
1. Shadows
2. Il Generale Della Rovere
3. Hiroshima, Mon Amour
4. Pickpocket
5. The Human Condition Part 1 

Best Film of the Decade
1. Before Sunset
2. Mulholland Drive
3. The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford
4. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
5. There Will Be Blood
6. Gangs of New York
7. Speed Racer
8. Lost in Translation
9. Cafe Lumiere
10. Coffee and Cigarettes

Best Performance of the Decade, Male
1. Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
2. Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York
3. Benecio del Toro, Che
4. Bill Murray, Lost in Translation
5. Brad Pitt, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Best Performance of the Decade, Female
1. Penelope Cruz, Volver
2. Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive
3. Julie Delpy, Before Sunset
4. Asia Argento, The Last Mistress
5. Maggie Cheung, In the Mood for Love

Best Directorial Body of Work of the Decade
1. Joel & Ethan Coen
2. David Lynch
3. Steven Soderbergh
4. Hong Sangsoo
5. Michael Mann

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