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Justine Smith was found in the woods in the later part of the 1980s. Lured from her natural habitat, she was raised to be a good little girl with an aptitude for the arts. Old enough to pursue her own education, she threw herself into the world of cinema, only to find herself lost again. The years of complacency and shelter had not prepared her for the cold and dark of the woods but she manages as best she can. She's been writing at House of Mirth and Movies for a little more than a year now.

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. The Wrestler

2. A Christmas Tale

3. Let the Right One In

4. Gran Torino

5. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

6. Waltz with Bashir

7. Wendy and Lucy

8. Happy-Go-Lucky

9. Rachel Getting Married

10. WALL*E

 

Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

2. Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

3. Josh Brolin, W.

4. Kåre Hedebrant, Let the Right One In

5. Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy

2. Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

3. Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

4. Lina Leandersson, Let the Right One In

5. Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

 

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Mathieu Amalric, A Christmas Tale

2. Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky

3. James Franco, Pineapple Express

4. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

5. Wally Dalton, Wendy and Lucy

 

Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler

2. Amy Adams, Doubt

3. Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married

4. Isla Fisher, Definitely, Maybe

5. Tilda Swinton, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

 

Best Direction

1. Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler

2. Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy

3. Ari Folman, Waltz with Bashir

4. Arnaud Desplechin, A Christmas Tale

5. Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In

 

Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Robert Siegel, The Wrestler

2. Ari Folman, Waltz with Bashir

3. Arnaud Desplechin & Emmanuel Bourdieu, A Christmas Tale

4. John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In

5. Jonathan Raymond & Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy

 

Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. Hoyte Van Hoytema, Let the Right One In

2. Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler

3. Sam Levy, Wendy and Lucy

4. Eric Gautier, A Christmas Tale

5. Declan Quinn, Rachel Getting Married

 

Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. Waltz with Bashir

2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

3. WALL*E

4. Speed Racer

5. The Happening

 

Best Cinematic Moment

1. Last scene, The Wrestler

2. Wendy finding her dog, Wendy and Lucy

3. Fight with staple gun, The Wrestler

4. Opening dream, Waltz with Bashir

5. Final confrontation, Gran Torino

6. Benjamin Button closing his eyes for the last time, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

7. Not inviting the vampire inside, Let the Right One In

8. Kym Telling the story about her brother, Rachel Getting Married

9. Giant Woman hallucination, Waltz with Bashir

10. Running from the wind, The Happening

11. Exchange about Frosty the Snowman, Doubt

 

Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Both child stars from Let the Right One In, Kåre Hedebrant & Lina Leandersson

2. Anne Hathaway in Rachel Getting Married showed a side of her I didn't know she was capable of

3. Jay Baruchel

4. Nick Schenk, writer of Gran Torino

5. Martin McDonagh (anxious to see more of his directorial efforts)

 

Best Body of Work

1. Danny McBride (stole every scene he was in this year)

2. Robert Downey, Jr.

3. Anne Hathaway

4. Josh Brolin

5. Tilda Swinton

 

Best Ensemble Performance

1. A Christmas Tale

2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

3. Let the Right One In

4. The Wrestler

5. The Dark Knight

 

Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. A Film Canon

2. Cinebeats

3. Polar Bear's Film Journal

4. Self-Styled Siren

5. Sunset Gun

 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. Out of Sight

2. Rushmore

3. Buffalo '66

4. Kirikou et la sorciere

5. The Truman Show

 

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. Local Hero (of the three films from 1983 I've seen, this is the only one I like)

 

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. Vertigo

2. Touch of Evil

3. The Tarnished Angels

4. Some Came Running

5. Elevator to the Gallows

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