Michael Lieberman 2008

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Michael Lieberman resides in Binghamton, N.Y. where he is editing a documentary feature, "The Drift", about an Iraq War veteran who briefly became an anti-war activist. In addition, he is a film and video curator for Spool MFG, a contemporary art gallery in Johnson City, N.Y. He is the proprietor of tout va bien and contributor to A Shout In The Street.

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. Still Life

2. In the City of Sylvia

3. Wendy and Lucy

4. Flight of the Red Balloon

5. A Christmas Tale

6. The Duchess of Langeais

7. WALL*E

8. Paranoid Park

9. Momma’s Man

10. Rachel Getting Married

 

Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Guillaume Depardieu, The Duchess of Langeais

2. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

3. Sean Penn, Milk

4. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche, New York

5. Cornelio Wall, Silent Light

 

Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy

2. Jeanne Balibar, The Duchess of Langeais

3. Juliette Binoche, Flight of the Red Balloon

4. Asia Argento, Boarding Gate 

5. Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

 

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Bill Irwin, Rachel Getting Married

2. Jean-Paul Roussillon, A Christmas Tale

3. Ken Jacobs, Momma’s Man

4. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

5. Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading

 

Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married

2. Catherine Deneuve, A Christmas Tale

3. Ann Savage, My Winnipeg

4. Anne Consigny, A Christmas Tale

5. Maria Pankratz, Silent Light

 

Best Direction

1. Jia Zhangke, Still Life

2. Jose-Luis Guerin, In the City of Sylvia

3. Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy

4. Hou Hsiao-hsien, Flight of the Red Balloon

5. Jacques Rivette, The Duchess of Langeais

 

Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Pascal Bonitzer, Christine Laurent & Jacques Rivette, The Duchess of Langeais

2. Arnaud Desplechin & Emmanuel Bourdieu, A Christmas Tale 

3. Jonathan Raymond & Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy

4. Guy Maddin & George Toles, My Winnipeg

5. Hou Hsiao-hsien & Francois Margolin, Flight of the Red Balloon

 

Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. William Lubtchansky, The Duchess of Langeais

2. Lik Wai Yu, Still Life

3. Alexis Zabe, Silent Light

4. Jody Shapiro, My Winnipeg

5. Sam Levy, Wendy and Lucy

 

Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. Paranoid Park

2. My Winnipeg

3. Momma’s Man

4. Flight of the Red Balloon

5. WALL*E

 

Best Cinematic Moment

1. Observing at the café, In The City of Sylvia

2. Exchanging vows, Rachel Getting Married

3. Fireworks, A Christmas Tale

4. One character to the next, Still Life

5. The Indigo Girls, Momma’s Man

6. Swimming, Silent Light

7. Steel against steel, The Duchess of Langeais

8. Mirror images, Flight of the Red Balloon

9. Sacco and Vanzetti, Profit motive and the whispering wind

10. The shower, Paranoid Park

 

Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Jose Luis Guerin, In the City of Sylvia

2. Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy

3. Azazel Jacobs, Momma’s Man

4. John Gianvito, Profit motive and the whispering wind

5. Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married

 

Best Body of Work

1. Gus Van Sant

2. Clint Eastwood

3. Michelle Williams

4. Asia Argento 

5. Juliette Binoche

 

Best Ensemble Performance

1. Rachel Getting Married

2. A Christmas Tale

3. Synecdoche, New York

4. Milk

5. Burn After Reading

 

Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. Moving Image Source

2. The House Next Door

3. DVD Beaver

4. The Auteurs

5. Hammer to Nail

 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. Rushmore

2. The Thin Red Line

3. Besieged

4. Flowers of Shanghai

5. Festen

 

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. Sans Soleil

2. L’argent

3. The King of Comedy

4. Zelig

5. Nostalghia

 

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. Vertigo

2. Touch of Evil

3. The Tarnished Angels

4. Mon Oncle

5. Party Girl

Miscellaneous commentary:

 

2008 was a very good year for film, if that included 2007 international releases. Was there a more disappointing year for studio film in recent memory? If it wasn’t for WALL*E, I’d have just about given up on the multiplex altogether.

 

I missed every major film festival in 2008, as well as any chance to catch up on new experimental works. My 2008 list is about as bare as it’s been in years, sadly. For those who care about such things, I would’ve included Summer Hours, The Headless Woman and United Red Army had the rules allowed international releases.

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