Benjamin Lim 2008

Rules and Regulations

Benjamin Lim runs and writes for Lucid Screening. He's an aspiring filmmaker, soccer fanatic, amateur beer brewer, and professional web developer. He's a graduate of the Film & Television program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and lives in Brooklyn.


Best Feature-Length Film

1. Milk

2. The Wrestler


4. Encounters at the End of the World

5. Synecdoche, New York

6. Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

7. Wendy and Lucy

8. Man on Wire

9. Let the Right One In

10. In Bruges


Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

2. Phillip Seymour Hoffman – Synecdoche, New York

3. Sean Penn – Milk

4. Colin Farrell – In Bruges

5. Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire


Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Michelle Williams – Wendy and Lucy

2. Meryl Streep - Doubt

3. Naomi Watts – Funny Games

4. Gillian Anderson – X-Files: I Want to Believe

5. Amy Poehler – Baby Mama


Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

2. James Franco – Milk/Pineapple Express

3. Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges

4. Michael Pitt – Funny Games

5. Jude Law – My Blueberry Nights


Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Lina Leandersson – Let the Right One In

2. Amy Adams - Doubt

3. Samantha Morton – Synecdoche, New York

4. Marissa Tomei – The Wrestler

5. Viola Davis - Doubt


Best Direction

1. Gus Van Sant - Milk

2. Kelly Reichardt – Wendy and Lucy

3. Darren Aronofsky – The Wrestler

4. Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire

5. Michael Haneke – Funny Games


Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Martin McDonaugh, In Bruges

2. John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

3. Dustin Lance Black, Milk

4. David Mamet, Redbelt

5. Robert Siegel, The Wrestler


Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. Darius Khondji, Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait


3. Peter Zeitlinger, Encounters at the End of the World

4. Harris Savides, Milk

5. Darius Khondji, My Blueberry Nights


Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. Slumdog Millionaire

2. Milk


4. Funny Games

5. The Wrestler


Best Cinematic Moment

1. The Dark Knight - The Joker taking a joy ride in a stolen police car.

2. In Bruges - Colin Farrell karate chops the dwarf.

3. Man on Wire – The walk between the towers.

4. Emo Harold in Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay.

5. The first sequence in WALL*E.

6. The deranged penguin in Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World.

7. Brad Pitt's grin just before getting shot in Burn After Reading

8. The pigeons in Bolt explaining how to get his head unstuck from between the bars.

9. Zidane sets up a goal in Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait. The perfect collision of the beautiful game and beautiful filmmaking.

10. Michael Pitt rewinds the movie after the audience is finally given a break in Funny Games.


Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Colin Farrell – In Bruges

2. Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

3. Michelle Williams – Wendy and Lucy

4. James Franco – Milk/Pineapple Express

5. Dev Patel – Slumdog Millionaire


Best Body of Work

1. Phillip Seymour Hoffman

2. Robert Downey Jr.

3. James Franco

4. Darius Khondji (My Blueberry Nights, Zidane, Funny Games)

5. Kate Winslet


Best Ensemble Performance

1. Doubt

2. Synecdoche, New York

3. Milk

4. In Bruges

5. Burn After Reading


Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. The House Next Door

2. Like Anna Karina's Sweater

3. The Screengrab

4. d+kaz

5. girish


10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. The Thin Red Line

2. Rushmore

3. Buffalo '66

4. Babe: Pig in the City

5. Christmas in August


25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. Sans Soleil

2. Born in Flames

3. Koyaanisqatsi

4. A Christmas Story

5. Videodrome


50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. Vertigo

2. Touch of Evil

3. Elevator to the Gallows

4. A Movie

5. The Hidden Fortress

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