James Frazier 2008

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James has been reviewing films for nearly three years, in which time he has been read by nearly two dozen people. He has made a few thousand bucks from being published in the Northern Iowan and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, cementing his status as the luckiest man he knows. Fate has seen to it that he is pursuing a master’s degree in English at the University of Northern Iowa. James regularly directs people to his blog Whispers of a Cinematic Echo instead of the newspapers because no one edits out his swear words on the web. He lives in Cedar Falls, IA, with his ginger girlfriend and gun collection.

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. The Dark Knight

2. WALL*E

3. Burn After Reading

4. Revolutionary Road

5. Cloverfield

6. Lakeview Terrace

7. The Reader

8. In Bruges

9. Transsiberian

10. The Wrestler

 

Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

2. Samuel L. Jackson, Lakeview Terrace

3. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Redbelt

4. Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

5. Paul Rudd, Role Models

 

Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Kate Winslet, The Reader

2. Meryl Streep, Doubt

3. Emily Mortimer, Transsiberian

4. Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

5. Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

 

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

2. James Franco, Pineapple Express

3. Robert Downey, Jr., Tropic Thunder

4. Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky

5. John Malkovich, Burn After Reading

 

Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

2. Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading

3. Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

4. Amy Adams, Doubt

5. Kristen Bell, Forgetting Sarah Marshall

 

Best Direction

1. Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight

2. Andrew Stanton, WALL*E

3. Coen Brothers, Burn After Reading

4. Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road

5. Matt Reeves, Cloverfield

 

Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Coen Brothers, Burn After Reading

2. Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, The Dark Knight

3. David Loughery and Howard Korder, Lakeview Terrace

4. Justin Haythe, Revolutionary Road

5. Martin McDonagh, In Bruges

 

Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight

2. Roger Deakins, Revolutionary Road

3. Eigil Bryld, In Bruges

4. Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

5. Hoyte Van Hoytema, Let the Right One In

 

Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. The Dark Knight

2. WALL*E

3. Revolutionary Road

4. Slumdog Millionaire

5. In Bruges

 

Best Cinematic Moment

1. Batman interrogates The Joker, The Dark Knight

2. Cloverfield monster vs. N.Y. National Guard, Cloverfield

3. What is it with white people and "whatever?", Lakeview Terrace

4. WALL*E in space, WALL*E

5. How about a magic trick?, The Dark Knight

6. "I thought you might be worried... about the security... of your shit.", Burn After Reading

7. He’s not well!, Revolutionary Road

8. For those who found Saving Private Ryan too tame, Rambo

9. So that’s why you came back., The Reader

10. I’m Samuel Hello, Diary of the Dead

 

Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road)

2. Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)

3. Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man, Tropic Thunder)

4. James Franco (Pineapple Express, Milk)

5. Richard Jenkins (Burn After Reading, Step Brothers, The Visitor)

 

Best Body of Work

1. Kate Winslet

2. Robert Downey, Jr.

3. Richard Jenkins

4. Brad Pitt

5. James Franco

 

Best Ensemble Performance

1. The Dark Knight

2. Burn After Reading

3. Revolutionary Road

4. In Bruges

5. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

 

Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. Internet Movie Database

2. Ain’t It Cool

3. Screengrab

4. Filmsite.org

5. CHUD

 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. The Big Lebowski

2. Saving Private Ryan

3. Dark City

4. A Simple Plan

5. Rushmore

 

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. Trading Places

2. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

3. Videodrome

4. Scarface

5. A Christmas Story

 

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. Vertigo

2. Touch of Evil

3. King Creole

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