Martin McClellan 2009

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Martin McClellan is a designer and writer living in Seattle. He can't remember a time when he didn't love movies. When he was in elementary school he begged his father, a minister, to take him to see this new film Apocalypse Now. He snuck across the street to the neighbors to watch films on the Z Channel whenever he could, occasionally getting in trouble for watching films he really shouldn't have. You can find out more about Martin at his website.

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Best Feature-Length Film
1. A Serious Man
2. Inglourious Basterds
3. The Hurt Locker
4. The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans
5. The Informant!
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox    
7. In the Loop
8. Ponyo
9. Up
10. Up in the Air

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
2. Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
3. Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
4. Nicolas Cage, The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans
5. Brian Cox, The Escapist

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia  [Hard to justify on one hand for so terrible a movie, but if you cut out all the Julie scenes and added more about Julia Child (who completely deserves a biopic all her own), it could have been great. In any case, Streep has so much fun with this performance, it was so lively and unadorned, that I almost have forgiven her for It's Complicated. Almost.]
2. Mélanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds
3. Helen Mirren, The Last Station [Even by Mirren standards, she is superb here. A complex woman playing multiple notes on her many instruments. She's an orchestra unto herself.]
4. Abbie Cornish, Bright Star
5. Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Fred Melamed, A Serious Man
2. Paul Schneider, Bright Star
3. Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker
4. Jackie Earle Haley, Watchmen
5. Joseph Fiennes, The Escapist

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Melanie Lynskey, The Informant!
2. Melanie Lynskey, Away We Go 
3. Mimi Kennedy, In the Loop
4. Lily Cole, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
5. Amy Morton, Up in the Air

Best Direction
1. Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

2. Werner Herzog, The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans
3. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
4. Wes Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox     
5. Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man

Best Screenplay
1. Ricky Gervais & Matthew Robinson, The Invention of Lying
2. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
3. Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach, Fantastic Mr. Fox
4. Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida, Away We Go
5. Coen Bros, A Serious Man

Best Cinematography
1. Robert Richardson, Inglourious Basterds
2. Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker
3. Tristan Oliver, Fantastic Mr. Fox
4. Greig Fraser, Bright Star
5. Mauro Fiore, Avatar

Best Music
1. Black Dynamite
2. Anvil!: The Story of Anvil
3. Ponyo
4. Crazy Heart
5. Inglourious Basterds

Best Cinematic Moment
1. The projected laughing Shosanna in the burning nazi theater - Inglourious Basterds
2. Opening Montage / Married Life - Up
3. Parking lot shake down outside of nightclub (Bad Lieutenant)
4. Ponyo running on the waves next to the car highway - Ponyo
5. Black Dynamite takes down Nixon - Black Dynamite
6. Approaching storm (closing scene) - A Serious Man
7. Patient sniper hunt scene - The Hurt Locker
8. Bob Dylan montage / Opening Credits - Watchmen
9. The death of Dumbledore - Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince
10. Bad and Wayne go fishing - Crazy Heart

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Quentin Tarantino, Inglorious Basterds [furthering the amazing ability to throw traditional narrative on its ear and still make an amazingly entertaining film, Tarantino starts his messing with the audience early, using the typeface for Pulp Fiction, and then rendering each set of title cards in a different typeface. "You think you know what to expect?" he seems to be saying. "Well, you're wrong."]
2. T. Bone Burnett, Crazy Heart [The most pitch-perfect musician story ever told. This was a true behind-the scenes look at a mid-line career, which could only be brought through the authentic music and authentic life Burnett no-doubt infused into the production.]
3. Ricky Gervais, The Invention of Lying [A remarkable movie that marries the absurdism and cultural critique of Terry Southern (minus the cynicism) with the broad appeal of a comedian like Jim Carrey (minus the over-acting look-at-meism)]
4. Fantastic Mr. Fox [Remote directing from a Parisian apartment = the new black]
5. Avatar [Like-it-or-not, we have our new blockbuster high-watermark, and it's coming to you in 3D]

Best Body of Work
1. Melanie Lynskey (Away We Go, Up In the Air, The Informant!)
2. George Clooney (Up in the Air, The Men Who Stare at Goats, Fantastic Mr. Fox)
3. Jason Bateman (State of Play, Extract, Up in the Air, The Invention of Lying)
4. Dave Eggers (Away We Go, Where the Wild Things Are)
5. Christopher Plummer (Up, Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, 9, The Last Station)

Best Ensemble Performance
1. In the Loop
2. Inglourious Basterds
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
4. The Hangover
5. Away We Go

Best Web-Based Criticism
1. Todd Alcott, What Does The Protagonist Want?
2. Roger Ebert

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1999
1. Eyes Wide Shut
2. The Matrix
3. eXistenZ
4. Topsy-Turvy
5. Limbo


25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1984
1. This Is Spinal Tap
2. Repo Man
3. The Killing Fields
4. Amadeus
5. Blood Simple

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1959 
1. North by Northwest
2. Some Like it Hot       
3. Ben-Hur               
4. Anatomy of a Murder
5. Pillow Talk           

Best Film of the Decade
1. There Will Be Blood 
2. No Country for Old Men
3. Synecdoche, New York
4. Mulholland Drive
5. In Bruges
6. Punch-Drunk Love
7. Children of Men
8. A History of Violence
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
10. Kill Bill, Vol II


Best Performance of the Decade, Male
1. Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
2. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche, New York
3. Jim Carey, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4. Adam Sandler, Punch-Drunk Love
5. Ian McKellen, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


Best Performance of the Decade, Female
1. Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive
2. Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
3. Emily Watson, Punch-Drunk Love
4. Uma Thurman, Kill Bill, Vol I

5. Helen Mirren, The Queen

Best Directorial Body of Work of the Decade
1. Paul Thomas Anderson
2. Werner Herzog
3. Coen Brothers
4. Alfonso Cuaron
5. David Cronenberg

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