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Matthew Lotti, instructor by day and Heaven-knows-what by night, makes an attempt to catalogue his fleeting - and frivolous - thoughts on the motion pictures with his website, Cinematic Threads. Asking him to make a list of movie stuff is like asking Howard Hughes to clean a telephone.

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Best Feature-Length Film
1. Inglourious Basterds
2. The Headless Woman 
3. Two Lovers 
4. Bright Star 
5. Summer Hours 
6. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea 
7. Fantastic Mr. Fox 
8. Up in the Air 
9. Up 
10. In the Loop 

Best Lead Performance, Male 
1. Joaquin Phoenix, Two Lovers 
2. Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker 
3. Nicolas Cage, The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans 
4. Michael Fassbender, Hunger 
5. Tom Hardy, Bronson 

Best Lead Performance, Female 
1. Tilda Swinton, Julia 
2. Abbie Cornish, Bright Star 
3. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Antichrist
4. María Onetto, The Headless Woman 
5. Carey Mulligan, An Education 

Best Supporting Performance, Male 
1. Peter Capaldi, In the Loop 
2. Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds 
3. Jackie Earle Haley, Watchmen 
4. Daryl Sabara, World's Greatest Dad 
5. Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker 

Best Supporting Performance, Female 
1. Gwyneth Paltrow, Two Lovers 
2. Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air 
3. Naomi Watts, The International 
4. Diane Kruger, Inglourious Basterds 
5. Marion Cotillard, Public Enemies 

 Best Direction 
1. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds 
2. Lucrecia Martel, The Headless Woman 
3. Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker 
4. James Gray, Two Lovers
5. Olivier Assayas, Summer Hours 

Best Screenplay 
1. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds 
2. James Gray and Ric Menello, Two Lovers 
3. Armando Iannucci et. al., In the Loop 

Best Cinematography 
1. Christopher Doyle, The Limits of Control 
2. Anthony Dod Mantle, Antichrist 
3. Robert Richardson, Inglourious Basterds 
4. Sean Bobbitt, Hunger 
5. Yu Wang and Nelson Yu Lik-wai, 24 City 

Best Cinematic Moment 
1. Chaos Reigns - Antichrist 
2. Opening Interrogation - Inglourious Basterds 
3. Stick It to the Man (with the Wolf) - Fantastic Mr. Fox 
4. Bobby Talks to a Priest - Hunger 
5. The Goy's Teeth - A Serious Man 

Best Cinematic Breakthrough 
1. Michael Fassbender 
2. Peter Capaldi 
3. Christoph Waltz 

 Best Body of Work 
1. Michael Fassbender 
2. George Clooney 
3. Marion Cotillard 

Best Ensemble Performance 
1. In the Loop 
2. Inglourious Basterds 
3. Up in the Air 

 Best Movie-Related Web Site (Not Ranked) 
The A.V. Club (Especially the Comments Section) 
Mr. D'Angelo in All Forms 
Mr. Erickson (Not the Novelist) 
Those Beautiful Curmudgeons at Slant 

Those Obscure Objects of Desire 
1. Emily Blunt, The Great Buck Howard 
2. Marion Cotillard, Public Enemies 
3. Alexie Gilmore, World's Greatest Dad (* Reppin' A-Town!) 
4. Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer's Body (* Reppin' A-Town ... Again!) 
5. Aubrey Plaza, Funny People 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1999 
1. Eyes Wide Shut 
2. Fight Club 
3. Magnolia 
4. Toy Story 2 
5. The Sixth Sense 

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1984 
1. Once Upon a Time in America 
2. Paris, Texas 
3. Amadeus 
4. Broadway Danny Rose 
5. Body Double 

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1959 
1. The 400 Blows 
2. North by Northwest 
3. Anatomy of a Murder 
4. Pickpocket 
5. Fires on the Plain 

Best Film of the Decade 
1a. What Time Is It There? 
1b. The Skywalk Is Gone 
2. Spirited Away 
3. Grizzly Man 
4. WALL-E 
5. Irréversible 
6. Capturing the Friedmans 
7. Dogville 
8. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 
9. Cowards Bend the Knee 
10. Mulholland Drive

Best Performance of the Decade, Male 
1. Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson 
2. Paul Giamatti, Sideways 
3. Billy Bob Thornton, Bad Santa 
4. Tom Hanks, Cast Away 
5. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Almost Famous 

Best Performance of the Decade, Female 
1. Isabelle Huppert, The Piano Teacher 
2. Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky 
3. Nicole Kidman, Dogville 
4. Cate Blanchett, I'm Not There 
5. Summer Phoenix, Esther Kahn 

Best Directorial Body of Work of the Decade 
1. Hayao Miyazaki 
2. Tsai Ming-Liang 
3. Steven Spielberg (... pretending The Terminal doesn't exist) 
4. Kim Ki-Duk (... pretending Dream doesn't exist) 
5. Lars von Trier (... pretending Manderlay doesn't exist) 

Top Underrated and/or Little Seen Movies of the 00's 
(If You Ask Me) 
Birth 
The Brown Bunny 
Cremaster 3 
The Day I Became a Woman 
Duck Season 
Esther Kahn 
The Forest for the Trees 
Good Morning, Night 
A hole in my heart 
My Neighbors the Yamadas 
My Summer of Love 
One Day in the Life of Andre Arsenevich 
Terror's Advocate 
We Jam Econo: The Story of the Minutemen

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