Film 2008 As Seen By Wayne Case

| January 18, 2009

Best Films
(In order of preference)
(1) MILK
(2) CHANGELING
(3) THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
(4) THE DARK KNIGHT
(5) BRIDESHEAD REVISITED
(6) STOP-LOSS
(7) AUSTRALIA
(8) DOUBT
(9) THE READER
(10) MAMMA MIA!
Runners-Up
(Alphabetical)
THE INCREDIBLE HULK
INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL
IRON MAN
THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
UNTRACEABLE
WANTED
Honorable Mentions
(Alphabetical)
THE BANK JOB
BOY A
DEFINITELY, MAYBE
DECEPTION
EAGLE EYE
FROST/NIXON
JUMPER
NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
PASSENGERS
ROLE MODELS
SAVAGE GRACE
SEX AND THE CITY
THE STRANGERS
THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES
THEN SHE FOUND ME
TWILIGHT
THE VISITOR
W.
WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
Best Films In A Language Other Than English
(In Order of Preference)
TELL NO ONE (France)
REPRISE (Norway)
I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG (France)
Worst Films
(Alphabetical)
88 MINUTES
CASSANDRA’S DREAM
FOOL’S GOLD
FOUR CHRISTMASES
THE HAPPENING
HAROLD & KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY
THE HOUSE BUNNY
MAD MONEY
MADE OF HONOR
OVER HER DEAD BODY
PATHOLOGY
SHUTTER
STREET KINGS
TOWELHEAD
THE WOMEN
But Not For Me
(Alphabetical)
(In spite of overwhelming amounts of positive feedback from serious critics, I beg to differ about the following. Consider this the minority report.)
Penelope Cruz in VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
Sally Hawkins & HAPPY-GO-LUCKY
RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
Mickey Rourke & THE WRESTLER
WALL-E
Best Actor
(In order of preference)
(1) Sean Penn, MILK
(2) Brad Pitt, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
(3) Richard Jenkins, THE VISITOR
(4) Leonardo DiCaprio, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
(5) Frank Langella, FROST/NIXON
Best Actor Runners Up
(Alphabetical)
Christian Bale, THE DARK KNIGHT
Josh Brolin, W.
Robert Downey Jr., IRON MAN
Andrew Garfield, BOY A
Hugh Jackman, AUSTRALIA
Best Supporting Actor
(In order of preference)
(1) Heath Ledger, THE DARK KNIGHT
(2) Josh Brolin, MILK
(3) James Franco, MILK
(4) David Kross, THE READER
(5) Ben Whishaw, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED
Best Supporting Actor Runners-Up
(Alphabetical)
Kevin Bacon, FROST/NIXON
Russell Brand, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL
Tom Cruise, TROPICAL THUNDER
Robert Downey Jr., TROPICAL THUNDER
Philip Seymour Hoffman, DOUBT
Brad Pitt, BURN AFTER READING
Brandon Walters, AUSTRALIA
Best Actress
(In order of preference)
(1) Angelina Jolie, CHANGELING
(2) Kate Winslet, REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
(3) Cate Blanchett, THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
(4) Anne Hathaway, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
(5) Meryl Streep, DOUBT
Best Actress Runners Up
(Alphabetical)
Kate Beckinsale, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
Nicole Kidman, AUSTRALIA
Melissa Leo, FROZEN RIVER
Julianne Moore, SAVAGE GRACE
Kristin Scott Thomas, I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG
Kate Winslet, THE READER
Best Supporting Actress
(Alphabetical)
Amy Adams, DOUBT
Viola Davis, DOUBT
Vera Farmiga, NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH
Taraji P. Henson, THE CURIOUS CASE OFBENJAMIN BUTTON
Emma Thompson, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED
Debra Winger, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
Kate Winslet, THE READER
Best Director
(Alphabetical)
Clint Eastwood, CHANGELING
Christopher Nolan, THE DARK KNIGHT
Gus Van Sant, MILK
Best Cinematography
(Alphabetical)
AUSTRALIA, Mandy Walker
CHANGELING, Tom Stern
THE CURIOUS…BENJAMIN BUTTON, Claudio Miranda
MILK, Harris Savides
WANTED, Mitchell Amundsen
Best Original Script
(Alphabetical)
CHANGELING
MILK
I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG
Best Adapted Script
(Alphabetical)
BRIDESHEAD REVISITED
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
THE DARK KNIGHT
Best Original Song
(Alphabetical by film title)
“Gran Torino” from GRAN TORINO
“Another Way To Die” from QUANTUM OF SOLACE
“The Little Things” from WANTED
Best Original Music/Score
(Alphabetical by film title)
CHANGELING, Clint Eastwood
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, Alexandre Desplat
MILK, Danny Elfman
PASSENGERS, Ed Shearmur
Best Costumes
(Alphabetical)
27 DRESSES
AUSTRALIA
THE CURIOUS…BENJAMIN BUTTON
BRIDESHEAD REVISITED
CHANGELING
MILK
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
Special Awards 2008
The Sly Stallone/Ar-nuld Schwarzenegger Worst Performance by an Actor Award:
-Tie- Patrick Dempsey in MADE OF HONOR
-and- Vince Vaughn in FOUR CHRISTMASES
The Michelle Phillips/Cornelia Sharpe/Angel Tompkins Worst Performance by an Actress Award:
Worst actress: It’s a tie!
Amber Heard in NEVER GIVE UP
Debra Messing in THE WOMEN
The Heaven’s Gate Budget Award: THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN
The Otto Preminger “Light Touch” Award: THE WOMEN
Russell Crowe in BODY OF LIES
Vince Vaughn in FOUR CHRISTMASES
The Sam Peckinpah “Wretched Excess” Award: LAKEVIEW TERRACE and TOWELHEAD
The Sidney Lumet Miscasting Award:
Male –
Al Pacino in 88 MINUTES
Keanu Reeves in STREET KINGS
Female –
Demi Moore in FLAWLESS
The Surgeon General’s Warning Award:
CASSANDRA’S DREAM
DEFINITELY, MAYBE
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
THE STRANGERS
VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA
The John Hartl Stop-Them-Before-They-Direct-Again Award:
Phylida Lloyd for MAMMA MIA!
Diane English for THE WOMEN
The Calling-Sydney-Guilaroff-for-Help-Hair-Style Award:
Diane Lane in UNTRACEABLE
The What About Bob Most Annoying Award:
Eva Longoria Parker, OVER HER DEAD BODY
Amy Poehler, BABY MAMA
Jada Pinkett Smith, THE WOMEN
Jaden Smith, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL
Reese Witherspoon, PENELOPE
Renee Zellweger, APPALOOSA
The Bill Lee Worst Musical Scoring Award: Donald Harrison, Jr. & Zafer Tawil for RACHEL GETTING MARRIED
The Ellen Terry Awards
Note: Awarded to those providing extra and or unexpected pleasure.
Eric Bana, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL
Jamie Bell, JUMPER
Callum Blue, YOUNG PEOPLE F***ING
Billy Burke, UNTRACEABLE
Edward Burns, 27 DRESSES
Gerard Butler, NIM’S ISLAND
Hayden Christensen, JUMPER
Joseph Cross, UNTRACEABLE
Aaron Eckhart, THE DARK KNIGHT
Matthew Goode, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED
Freddy Highmore, THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES
Thomas Kretschmann, WANTED
Ashton Kutcher, WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
Shia LaBoeuf, EAGLE EYE
Joseph Gordon Levitt, STOP-LOSS
Gilles Marini, SEX AND THE CITY
James Marsden, 27 DRESSES
James McAvoy, WANTED
Ewan McGregor, DECEPTION
Kevin McKidd, MADE OF HONOR
Lee Pace, MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY
Guy Pearce, DEATH DEFYING ACTS & TRAITOR
Ryan Phillippe, STOP-LOSS
Scott Porter, PROM NIGHT
Eddie Redmayne, SAVAGE GRACE
Ryan Reynolds, DEFINITELY, MAYBE
Paul Rudd, ROLE MODELS
Seann William Scott, ROLE MODELS
Scott Speedman, THE STRANGERS
Jim Sturgess, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL
Channing Tatum, STOP-LOSS
Patrick Wilson, PASSENGERS
Hiam Abbass, THE VISITOR
Amy Adams, MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY
Joan Allen, DEATH RACE
Hayley Atwell, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED
Rachel Bilson, JUMPER
Cameron Diaz, WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS
Dakota Fanning, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
Isla Fisher, DEFINITELY, MAYBE
Carla Gugino. RIGHTEOUS KILL
Anne Hathaway, PASSENGERS
Mary Beth Hurt, UNTRACEABLE
Angelina Jolie, WANTED
Catherine Keener, WHAT JUST HAPPENED
Diane Lane, JUMPER
Queen Latifah, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
Rachelle Lefevre, TWILIGHT
Rachel McAdams, THE LUCKY ONES
Michelle Monaghan, EAGLE EYE
Sophie Okonedo, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
Gwyneth Paltrow, IRONMAN
Kristin Scott Thomas, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL
Liv Tyler, THE INCREDIBLE HULK and THE STRANGERS
Michelle Williams, DECEPTION

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