Evan Derrick 2008

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Evan Derrick is the founder of MovieZeal.com, film critic for TulsaToday.com, member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, and President of the National Association of Really Awesome Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Not surprisingly, it is the latter accomplishment he is most proud of.


Best Feature-Length Film


2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

3. Speed Racer

4. The Dark Knight

5. The Fall

6. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

7. Rachel Getting Married

8. Milk

9. Revolutionary Road

10. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days


Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Sean Penn - Milk

2. Colin Farrell – In Bruges

3. Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

4. Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon

5. Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man


Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married

2. Catinca Untaru – The Fall

3. Anamaria Marinca – 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days

4. Cate Blanchett – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

5. Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road


Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Doug Jones – Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

2. Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

3. Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road

4. Eddie Marsan – Happy-Go-Lucky

5. Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder


Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Debra Winger – Rachel Getting Married

2. Viola DavisDoubt

3. Kate Winslet – The Reader

4. Amy Adams – Doubt

5. Tilda Swinton – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Best Direction

1. David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

2. Tarsem – The Fall

3. Gus Van Sant - Milk

4. Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight

5. Cristian Mungiu – 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days


Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Jenny Lumet - Rachel Getting Married

2. Simon Beaufoy - Slumdog Millionaire

3. Joel & Ethan Coen - Burn After Reading

4. Eric Roth - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

5. Christopher & Jonathan Nolan - The Dark Knight


Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. Colin Watkinson - The Fall

2. Claudio Miranda - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

3. Harris Savides - Milk

4. Maryse Alberti - The Wrestler

5. Emmanuel Lubezki - Burn After Reading


Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. Thomas Newman - WALL*E

2. James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer - The Dark Knight

3. Michael Giacchino - Speed Racer

4. Carter Burwell - Burn After Reading

5. Alexandre Desplat - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Best Cinematic Moment

1. One of the concluding shots in Benjamin Button, when the elderly Cate Blanchett leans down and kisses the little boy. One of the most beautiful images I have ever seen in my life.

2. The final climactic race in Speed Racer, when Speed explodes through the finish line.

3. WALL*E and EVE’s “space dance,” where WALL*E propels himself around EVE with a fire extinguisher.

4. The visuals in The Fall, which are too numerous to mention but too breathtaking to ignore.

5. The  Joker’s disappearing pencil trick in The Dark Knight.

6. The Troll Market in Hellboy 2.

7. Anne Hathaway’s dinner toast in Rachel Getting Married.

8. Eddie Marsan’s final, furious meltdown in Happy-Go-Lucky.

9. Harvey Milk’s assassination.

10. Robert Downey Jr.’s performance in Tropic Thunder. Can’t really single out one scene, but he deserves mention as one of the most memorable cinematic moments of 2008.


Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Tarsem (for The Fall)

2. Mickey Rourke (for The Wrestler)

3. Anne Hathaway (for Rachel Getting Married)

4. Martin McDonagh  (for In Bruges)

5. Tom Cruise (for Tropic Thunder)


Best Body of Work

1. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Tropic Thunder, Charlie Bartlett)

2. Doug Jones (for the 3 roles he played in Hellboy 2)

3. Michael Shannon (Shotgun Stories, Revolutionary Road)

4. Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Burn After Reading)


Best Ensemble Performance

1. The Dark Knight

2. Burn After Reading

3. Tropic Thunder

4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

5. Milk


Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. Greencine Daily

2. The House Next Door

3. IMDb

4. Rotten Tomatoes


10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. Dark City

2. American History X

3. Rushmore

4. Saving Private Ryan

5. The Big Lebowski


25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. Return of the Jedi

2. Trading Places

3. Videodrome

4. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life


50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. Vertigo

2. The Hidden Fortress

3. Touch of Evil

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