Best of 2009

This was a very strange year in film for me.   I was won over by animated features from directors I trust (Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson), was pleasantly surprised with work by directors I don’t (Quentin Tarantino) and found myself legitimately enjoying box office champs (The Hangover, Avatar).  While the films I was most impressed with, perhaps because they are not in the English language, barely caused a ripple outside of highbrow critics circles. 

Best Feature-Length Film
1. Where the Wild Things Are
2. Gomorrah
3. Revanche
4. Summer Hours
5. Fantastic Mr. Fox
6. The Hurt Locker
7. 35 Rhums
8. Sugar
9. Inglorious Basterds
10. Avatar

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Michael Fassbender – Hunger
2. Joahannes Krisch – Revanche
3. Jeremy Renner – Hurt Locker
4. Max Records – Wild Things
5. Alex Descas – 35 Rhums

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Carey Mulligan – An Education
2. Tilda Swinton – Julia
3. Melanie Laurent – Inglorious Basterds
4. Maria Onetto – The Headless Woman
5. Penelope Cruz – Broken Embraces

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Christoph Waltz – Inglorious Basterds
2. Alden Ehrenreich – Tetro
3. Anthony Mackie – Hurt Locker
4. Zach Galifianakis – Hangover
5. Christian Bale – Public Enemies

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Irina Potapenko – Revanche
2. Maribel Verdu – Tetro
3. Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
4. Ursula Strauss – Revanche
5. Diane Kruger – Inglorious Basterds

Best Direction
1. Matteo Garrone – Gomorrah
2. Spike Jonze – Wild Things
3. Gotz Spielmann – Revanche
4. Wes Anderson – Fantastic Mr. Fox
5. Olivier Assayas – Summer Hours

Best Screenplay
(original or adapted)
1. Gotz Spielmann – Revanche
2. Olivier Assayas – Summer Hours
3. Quentin Tarantino – Inglorious Basterds
4. Wes Anderson/Noah Baumbach – Fantastic Mr. Fox
5. Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker

Best Cinematography
1. Gomorrah
2. Wild Things
3. Revanche
4. Tetro
5. Public Enemies

Best Music
1. Karen O & the Kids – Wild Things Soundtrack
2. Tindersticks – 35 Rhums
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox
4. An Education
5. A Single Man

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Gomorrah
2. Mr. Fox
3. Wild Things
4. Summer Hours
5. Public Enemies

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1999
1. Being John Malkovich
2. The Insider
3. Virgin Suicides
4. Fight Club
5. Eyes Wide Shut

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1984
1. Stranger Than Paradise
2. Paris, Texas
3. Spinal Tap
4. Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom
5. Terminator

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1959
1. Hiroshima Mon Amour
2. The 400 Blows
3. Black Orpheus

Best Film of the Decade
1.In the Mood For Love
2.The Royal Tenenbaums
3. Lost in Translation
4. Eternal Sunshine
5.There Will Be Blood
6.Memento
7.25th Hour
8.No Country For Old Men
9.The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
10.Half Nelson

Best Performance of the Decade, Male
1. Daniel Day Lewis – TWBB
2. Ryan Gosling – Half Nelson
3. Bill Murray – Lost in Translation
4. Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler
5.Heath Ledger – Brokeback Mountain

Best Performance of the Decade, Female
1. Bjork – Dancer in the Dark
2. Maggie Cheung – In the Mood for Love
3. Vera Farmiga – Never Forever
4. Nicole Kidman – Dogville
5. Samantha Morton – Morvern Callar

Best Directorial Body of Work of the Decade
1.Christopher Nolan
2. Wes Anderson
3. Wong Kar Wai
4. Coen Bros
5. Michel Gondry

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2 thoughts on “Best of 2009

  1. Dreher Bear says:

    Great list! I definitely agree with Daniel-Day Lewis in his performance in There Will Be Blood. His performance will never lose it’s impact on me no matter how many times I watch it.

  2. laura says:

    I’m glad to see you posting, and will keep reading if you continue publishing.

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