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Scott Von Doviak is the author of Hick Flicks: The Rise and Fall of Redneck Cinema (McFarland & Co.), a film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and a blogger for Nerve.com's The Screengrab.  His freelance writing on film has appeared in the Hollywood Reporter, Oxford American, Alternative Cinema, Film Threat and many other publications.  Despite pleas from his loved ones, he is currently watching and reviewing every movie on the IMDb Bottom 100 list.  He is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, and now lives in Austin, TX with his life partner Maury the Wonder Chibeagle.

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. Synecdoche, New York

2. Milk

3. Encounters at the End of the World

4. Rachel Getting Married

5. The Dark Knight

6. WALL*E

7. Frost/Nixon

8. In Search of a Midnight Kiss

9. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

10. Full Battle Rattle


Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Sean Penn - Milk

2. Richard Jenkins - The Visitor

3. Frank Langella - Frost/Nixon

4. Benicio Del Toro - Che

5. Clint Eastwood - Gran Torino


Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married 
2. Lina Leandersson - Let the Right One In

3. Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road

4. Rebecca Hall - Vicky Cristina Barcelona

5. Famke Janssen - Turn the River


Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight

2. Michael Shannon - Revolutionary Road

3. Bill Irwin - Rachel Getting Married

4. Richard Dreyfuss - W.

5. Brad Pitt - Burn After Reading 


Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Penelope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona

2. Debra Winger - Rachel Getting Married

3. Samantha Morton - Synecdoche, New York

4. Viola Davis - Doubt

5. Ari Graynor - Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
 

Best Direction

1. Gus Van Sant - Milk

2. Charlie Kaufman - Synecdoche, New York

3. Jonathan Demme - Rachel Getting Married

4. Andrew Stanton - WALL*E

5. Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight


Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Charlie Kaufman - Synecdoche, New York

2. Jenny Lumet - Rachel Getting Married

3. Coen/Coen - Burn After Reading

4. Stanton/Reardon - WALL*E

5. Peter Morgan - Frost/Nixon


Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. Wally Pfister - The Dark Knight

2. Peter Zeitlinger - Encounters at the End of the World

3. Peter Andrews - Che

4. Anthony Dod Mantle - Slumdog Millionaire

5. Harris Savides - Milk


Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. The Dark Knight

2. Slumdog Millionaire

3. The Strangers

4. Revolutionary Road

5. Synecdoche, New York


Best Cinematic Moment

1. The insane penguin waddles off to nowhere, Encounters at the End of the World

2. Groom sings to bride in Rachel Getting Married

3. WALL*E watches his tape of Hello, Dolly!

4. Brad Pitt's final moments in Burn After Reading

5. Randy gets into working the deli counter, The Wrestler

6. The Joker's "pencil trick," The Dark Knight

7. Viola Davis's five minutes in Doubt

8. The three fake trailers that open Tropic Thunder

9. Bill Irwin's dish-stacking prowess, Rachel Getting Married

10. "Is Tamara home?", The Strangers

Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Charlie Kaufman makes brilliant directorial debut, Synecdoche

2. Rebecca Hall gets my attention in both Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Frost/Nixon

3. Jenny Lumet's first screenplay, Rachel Getting Married

4. Bryan Bertino makes promising debut with The Strangers

5. The Duplass brothers invent mumblecore horror with Baghead


Best Body of Work

1. The abovementioned Rebecca Hall

2. Josh Brolin (Milk, W.)

3. Philip Seymour Hoffman (Synecdoche, Doubt and possibly something else I'm forgetting)

4. Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, Shotgun Stories)

5. Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Tropic Thunder)


Best Ensemble Performance

1. Synecdoche, New York

2. Rachel Getting Married

3. Burn After Reading

4. Role Models

5. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist


Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. IMDb

2. Rotten Tomatoes

3. The AV Club

4. Movie City News

5. The Screengrab


10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. The Big Lebowski

2. Out of Sight

3. Buffalo '66

4. Rushmore

5. The Thin Red Line
 
 25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. The Right Stuff

2. Local Hero

3. The King of Comedy

4. Zelig

5. Risky Business


50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. Touch of Evil

2. Some Came Running

3. Vertigo

4. Buchanan Rides Alone

5. The Hidden Fortress

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