Patrick Williamson 2008

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Patrick Williamson, millionaire, owns a mansion and a yacht. His earliest memory of the movies was watching Young Frankenstein at a drive-in in his pajamas, and then falling asleep during the late show. These days, his loving wife and son tolerate his desire for all things film, when he really should be building forts. He resides in the Chicago suburbs, somewhat near the high school in Lucas, the film that propelled Corey Haim to stardom. He also squats at his blog Red Herrings, for which he hopes to achieve dual citizenship.

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

2. Man on Wire

3. WALL*E

4. Chop Shop    

5. Waltz with Bashir

6. Taxi to the Dark Side

7. Flight of the Red Balloon

8. Rachel Getting Married

9. Wendy and Lucy

10. In Bruges

 

Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

2. Richard Jenkins, The Visitor

3. Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon

4. Sean Penn, Milk

5. Colin Farrell, In Bruges

 

Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Juliette Binoche, Flight of the Red Balloon

2. Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

3. Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy

4. Anamaria Marinca, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

5. Meryl Streep, Doubt

 

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

2. Brendan Gleeson, In Bruges

3. Javier Bardem, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

4. Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky

5. Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

 

Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married

2. Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

3. Hanna Schygulla, The Edge of Heaven

4. Viola Davis, Doubt

5. Alexis Zegerman, Happy-Go-Lucky

 

Best Direction

1. Cristian Mungiu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

2. James Marsh, Man on Wire

3. Andrew Stanton, WALL*E

4. Ramin Bahrani, Chop Shop

5. Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married

 

Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon, WALL*E

2. Martin McDonagh, In Bruges

3. John Patrick Shanley, Doubt

4. Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married

5. Mike Leigh et al, Happy-Go-Lucky

 

Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. Alexis Zabe, Silent Light

2. Mark Lee Ping Bing, Flight of the Red Balloon

3. Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

4. Darius Khondji, My Blueberry Nights

5. Declan Quinn, Rachel Getting Married

 

Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. Jon Brion, Synecdoche, New York

2. Alexandre Desplat, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

3. Thomas Newman, WALL*E

4. A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

5. Danny Elfman, Milk

 

Best Cinematic Moment

1. “Sweding" montage, Be Kind Rewind

2. Poppy’s flamenco lesson, Happy-Go-Lucky

3. The kiss, Silent Light

4. Chase through Paris, Tell No One

5. A punch to the nose, Burn After Reading 

6. Ram's speech before Ayatollah match, The Wrestler

7. The pool, Let the Right One In

8. Getting rid of the evidence, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

9. Toasting the couple, Rachel Getting Married

10. Dance/Finale, The Secret of the Grain

 

Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Martin McDonagh, In Bruges

2. Alejandro Polanco, Chop Shop

3. James Franco, Milk, Pineapple Express

4. Kåre Hedebrant, Let the Right One In

5. Hafsia Herzi, The Secret of the Grain

 

Best Body of Work

1. Richard Jenkins - Burn After Reading, The Visitor, Step Brothers, The Tale of Despereaux

2. Robert Downey, Jr. - Charlie Bartlett, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk (cameo), Tropic Thunder

3. Gus Van Sant - Milk, Paranoid Park

4. Philip Seymour Hoffman - Synecdoche, New York, Doubt

5. Kate Winslet - Revolutionary Road, The Reader

 

Best Ensemble Performance

1. Rachel Getting Married

2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona

3. In Bruges

4. A Christmas Tale

5. Doubt

 

Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. A.V. Club

2. The House Next Door

3. Twitter

4. Final Girl

5. Cinematical

 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. Rushmore

2. Run Lola Run

3. The Truman Show

4. The Thin Red Line

5. Buffalo '66

 

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. Local Hero

2. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

3. The Right Stuff

4. The King of Comedy

5. Koyaanisqatsi

 

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958 

1. Vertigo

2. Elevator to the Gallows

3. Big Deal on Madonna Street

4. Touch of Evil

5. Auntie Mame

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