James Frazier 2009

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James Frazier recently earned his MA in creative writing from the University of Northern Iowa, which has helped him land exactly zero job interviews, though it sounds nice to mention aloud. He writes film reviews for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, which makes him a D-list celebrity in the Black Hawk County area, and he maintains his personal site Whispers of a Cinematic Echo. James lives in Cedar Falls, IA, where he can often be found drunk.

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Best Feature-Length Film
1. Up
2. Inglourious Basterds
3. (500) Days of Summer
4. Watchmen
5. Public Enemies
6. Zombieland

7. Fantastic Mr. Fox
8. The Hurt Locker
9. Taken
10. Julia

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Liam Neeson, Taken
2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
3. Robin Williams, World’s Greatest Dad
4. Tom Hardy, Bronson
5. Jackie Earle Haley, Watchmen

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Tilda Swinton, Julia
2. Zooey Deschanel, (500) Days of Summer
3. Malin Akerman, Watchmen
4. Gabourey Sidibe, Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire

5. Marion Cotillard, Nine

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1.Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
2. Woody Harrelson, Zombieland
3. Peter Capaldi, In the Loop
4. Billy Crudup, Watchmen

5. Zach Galifianakis, The Hangover


Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Diane Kruger, Inglourious Basterds

2. Mo’Nique, Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire

3. Anna Faris, Observe and Report

4. Marion Cotillard, Public Enemies

5. Rinko Kikuchi, The Brothers Bloom


Best Direction

1. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

2. Pete Docter, Up

3. Marc Webb, (500) Days of Summer

4. Michael Mann, Public Enemies

5. Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker


Best Screenplay

1. Pete Docter & Bob Peterson & Thomas McCarthy, Up

2. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

3. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, (500) Days of Summer

4. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, The Hangover

5. Mark Boal, The Hurt Locker


Best Cinematography

1. Robert Richardson, Inglourious Basterds

2. Larry Fong, Watchmen

3. Trent Opaloch, District 9

4. Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker

5. Dante Spinotti, Public Enemies


Best Music 

1. Watchmen

2. Up

3. Inglourious Basterds

4. (500) Days of Summer

5. Public Enemies


Best Cinematic Moment 

1. Tavern showdown - Inglourious Basterds

2. Montage of a life - Up

3. Expectations vs. Reality - (500) Days of Summer

4. Opening credits - Watchmen

5. The hotel/retreat shootout - Public Enemies

6. Liam encounters the kidnappers - Taken 

7. The amusement park finale - Zombieland

8. The sniper duel - The Hurt Locker

9. Bruno in the jury box - Bruno

10. Seth interviews for the police department - Observe and Report


Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Christoph Waltz

2. Jeremy Renner

3. Woody Harrelson

4. Diane Kruger

5. Mo’Nique


Best Body of Work

1. Woody Harrelson

2. Joseph-Gordon Levitt

3. George Clooney

4. James Gandolfini

5. Meryl Streep


Best Ensemble Performance

1. Inglourious Basterds

2. Watchmen

3. The Hurt Locker

4. Zombieland

5. The Hangover


Best Web-Based Criticism

1. Ain’t It Cool

2. Filmsite

3. Roger Ebert

4. CHUD

5. Cinematical


10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1999

1. Magnolia

2. Office Space

3. Go

4. Toy Story 2

5. Bowfinger


25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1984

1. The Terminator

2. Sixteen Candles

3. Beverly Hills Cop

4. Body Double

5. 1984


50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1959

1. North by Northwest

2. Rio Bravo

3. Shadows

4. Some Like it Hot

5. Breathless


Best Film of the Decade

1. Sideways

2. Memento

3. Punch-Drunk Love

4. Adaptation

5. Black Hawk Down

6. American Psycho

7. The Dark Knight

8. Up

9. Bad Santa

10. United 93

Best Performance of the Decade, Male
1. Paul Giamatti, Sideways
2. Christian Bale, American Psycho
3. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
4. Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
5. Billy Bob Thornton, Bad Santa

Best Performance of the Decade, Female
1. Rinko Kikuchi, Babel
2. Virginia Madsen, Sideways
3. Kate Winslet, Little Children
4. Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive
5. Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading

Best Directorial Body of Work of the Decade
1. Christopher Nolan: Memento, The Prestige, The Dark Knight
2. Peter Jackson: LOTR Trilogy, King Kong
3. Alexander Payne: About Schmidt, Sideways
4. Paul Thomas Anderson: Punch-Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood
5. Terry Zwigoff: Ghost World, Bad Santa, Art School Confidential

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