Jason Overbeck 2008

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Jason Overbeck occasionally writes about movies and music at his website Bentclouds. He lives in Los Angeles and is now hard at work corrupting his soul in the movie industry.

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. A Christmas Tale

2. In the City of Sylvia

3. Funny Games

4. Stuck

5. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

6. Burn After Reading

7. Wendy and Lucy

8. Snow Angels

9. Gran Torino

10. My Winnipeg

 

Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Sean Penn; Milk

2. Mathieu Amalric; A Christmas Tale

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman; Synecdoche, New York

4. Clint Eastwood; Gran Torino

5. Michael Shannon; Shotgun Stories

 

Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Michelle Williams; Wendy and Lucy

2. Asia Argento; The Last Mistress

3. Anna Faris; The House Bunny

4. Asia Argento; Boarding Gate

5. Angelina Jolie; Changeling

 

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Laurent Capelluto; A Christmas Tale

2. John Malkovich; Burn After Reading

3. Josh Brolin; Milk

4. Heath Ledger; The Dark Knight

5. James Franco; Milk

 

Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Emmanuelle Devos; A Christmas Tale

2. Chiara Mastroianni; A Christmas Tale

3. Amy Adams; Doubt

4. Olivia Thirlby; Snow Angels

5. Gwyneth Paltrow; Iron Man

 

Best Direction

1. Arnaud Desplechin; A Christmas Tale

2. Josť Luis GuerÓn; In the City of Sylvia

3. Guy Maddin; My Winnipeg

4. Stuart Gordon; Stuck

5. Woody Allen; Vicky Cristina Barcelona

 

Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Emmanuel Bourdieu & Arnaud Desplechin; A Christmas Tale

2. Woody Allen; Vicky Cristina Barcelona

3. Ethan & Joel Coen; Burn After Reading

4. Charlie Kaufman; Synecdoche, New York

5. David Gordon Green; Snow Angels

 

Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. Eric Gautier; A Christmas Tale

2. Natasha Braier; In the City of Sylvia

3. Darius Khondji; The Ruins

4. Yorich Le Saux; Boarding Gate

5. Tom Stern; Changeling

 

Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. Synecdoche, New York

2. A Christmas Tale

3. Burn After Reading

4. The Dark Knight

5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

Best Cinematic Moment

1. Sylvia Confronts Simon – A Christmas Tale

2. Sketching the Coffee Shop Patrons – In the City of Sylvia

3. Following SylviaIn the City of Sylvia

4. Be Unkind RewindFunny Games

5. Chad Gets Shot – Burn After Reading

6. Saying Goodbye to Faunia – A Christmas Tale

7. Dildo Chair – Burn After Reading

8. Family History as Shadow Puppets – A Christmas Tale

9. Somebody You Shouldn’t Have Fucked WithGran Torino

10. Why Won’t You Look At Me? – The Ruins 

 

Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Ronald Bronstein; Frownland

2. Carter Smith; The Ruins

3. Jeff Nichols; Shotgun Stories

4. Joshua Safdie; The Pleasure of Being Robbed

5. Charlie Kaufman; Synecdoche, New York

 

Best Body of Work

1. Clint Eastwood; Changeling & Gran Torino

2. Asia Argento; The Last MistressMother of Tears & Boarding Gate

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman; Synecdoche, New York & Doubt

4. George Clooney; Leatherheads & Burn After Reading

5. Josh Brolin; W. & Milk

 

Best Ensemble Performance

1. A Christmas Tale

2. Milk

3. Burn After Reading

4. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

5. The Ruins

 

Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. Theo’s Century of Movies

2. The Man Who Viewed Too Much

3. DVD Beaver

4. The Academic Hack

5. Then Fuck You, Jack – The Life and Art of Vern

 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. Rushmore

2. Out of Sight

3. A Simple Plan

4. The Thin Red Line

5. Run Lola Run

 

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. Terms of Endearment

2. The Fourth Man

3. Return of the Jedi

4. Made in Britain

5. The Dead Zone

 

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. Vertigo

2. Touch of Evil

3. The Hidden Fortress

4. Man of the West

5. Murder by Contract

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