Lucas McNelly 2008

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Lucas McNelly is a filmmaker from the great state of Maine who somehow ended up in Pittsburgh, where he lives with his girlfriend and a cat who's trying to kill him. His short film gravida finished second in the 2008 Now Film Festival (damn you, Rainn Wilson), and he's currently working on a feature. He's one of the original Muriel voters, and doesn't update his blog 100 Films nearly as often as he did when he was single.

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. WALL*E

2. A Christmas Tale

3. Synecdoche, New York

4. Revolutionary Road

5. The Wrestler

6. Flight of the Red Balloon

7. Alice's House

8. Slumdog Millionaire

9. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

10. Milk

 

Best Lead Performance, Male 

1. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler 

2. Sean Penn, Milk 

3. Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road

4. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche, New York

5. Dore Mann, Frownland

 

Best Lead Performance, Female 

1. Kate Winslet, The Reader

2. Juliette Binoche, Flight of the Red Balloon

3. Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

4. Catherine Deneuve, A Christmas Tale

5. Samantha Morton, Synecdoche, New York

 

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Mathieu Amalric, A Christmas Tale

2. James Franco, Milk

3. Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, Slumdog Millionaire

4. Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

5. Tom Noonan, Synecdoche, New York

 

Best Supporting Performance, Female 

1. Dianne Wiest, Synecdoche, New York

2. Chiara Mastroianni, A Christmas Tale

3. Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

4. Michelle Williams, Synecdoche, New York

5. Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona

 

Best Direction 

1. Andrew Stanton, WALL*E

2. Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

3. Arnaud Desplechin, A Christmas Tale

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

5. Sam Mendes, Revolutionary Road

 

Best Screenplay 

(original or adapted)

1. Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, WALL*E

2. Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

3. Arnaud Desplechin & Emmanuel Bourdieu, A Christmas Tale

4. Jason Segal, Forgetting Sarah Marshall

5. Chico Teixeira, Alice's House

 

Best Cinematography 

(film or video)

1. Christopher Doyle & Rain Kathy Li, Paranoid Park

2. Wally Pfister, The Dark Knight

3. Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler

4. Mauro Pinheiro Jr., Alice's House

5. Michael Roy, Ciao

 

Best Music 

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. Paranoid Park

2. Tropic Thunder

3. Forgetting Sarah Marshall

4. The Wrestler

5. WALL*E

 

Best Cinematic Moment 

1. WALL*E cares for Eve, WALL*E

2. WALL*E and Eve's dance in space, WALL*E

3. A face plant, A Christmas Tale

4. the last ram, The Wrestler

5. The burning house metaphor, Synecdoche, New York

6. The Dracula song, Forgetting Sarah Marshall

7. Sam Mendes: "See honey, it's not just me" (the 20 second sex

scenes in Revolutionary Road)

8. my girlfriend's decision to walk out half-way through Sex and the City

9. the skateboarding footage in Paranoid Park

10. the floating balloon, Flight of the Red Balloon

 

Best Cinematic Breakthrough 

1. Dev Patel, Slumdog Millionaire

2. David Kross, The Reader

3. James Franco

4. Jason Segel

5. Dore Mann

 

Best Body of Work 

1. Kate Winslet (The Reader, Revolutionary Road, "Extras")

2. Gus Van Sant (Milk, Paranoid Park, "Entourage," 8)

3. James Franco (Milk, Pineapple Express, "SNL")

4. Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt, Synecdoche, New York)

5. Josh Brolin (W., Milk)

 

Best Ensemble Performance 

1. A Christmas Tale

2. Synecdoche, New York

3. The Dark Knight

4. Milk

5. Revolutionary Road

 

Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. Screengrab

2. They Shoot Movies, Don't They?

3. rogerebert.com

4. Spout Blog

5. Criterion

 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998 

1. Rushmore

2. The Thin Red Line

3. Run Lola Run

4. Pi

5. Dark City

 

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983 

1. The King of Comedy

2. Confidentially Yours

3. Zelig

4. Koyaanisqatsi

5. National Lampoon's Vacation

 

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958 

1. Vertigo

2. Touch of Evil

3. Mon Oncle

4. The Magician

5. Gigi

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