Friday, January 1, 2010

End-Of-Year: 2009 Film Nominees

Happy New Year! It's a new year and a whole new decade. But let's back up for a second and think about the movie year that was. Last year, at this time, I had seen about 38 films that came out that year. This year, the tally almost doubled to 61 and I have plans to see at least five more 2009 films in January.

Having said that, just wanted to reiterate that obviously I didn't get to see a lot of films still. Here are the films I didn't get a chance to see yet: Nine, Invictus, In the Loop, The Hurt Locker, The Hangover, Moon, Adam, Public Enemies, Fantastic Mr. Fox, New Moon, The Road, A Serious Man, Zombieland, Brothers, The Last Station, Paranormal Activity, The Blind Side, Ponyo, Antichrist, and I'm sure a bunch more.

So with that in mind, here are some of my favorite films/performances of the past year:

Best Film
(500) Days of Summer
The Brothers Bloom
District 9
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Up in the Air
Where the Wild Things Are

Best Actor
Sharlto Copley, District 9
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, (500) Days of Summer
Colin Firth, A Single Man
Max Records, Where the Wild Things Are
Sam Worthington, Terminator Salvation and Avatar

Best Actress
Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds
Carey Mulligan, An Education
Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia and It's Complicated
Tilda Swinton, Julia
Rachel Weisz, The Brothers Bloom

Best Supporting Actor
Jackie Earle Haley, Watchmen
Tom Felton, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
John Krasinski, It's Complicated
Stanley Tucci, Julie & Julia and The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress
Drew Barrymore, Whip It!
Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
Rinko Kikuchi, The Brothers Bloom
Mo'Nique, Precious
Julianne Moore, A Single Man

Best Ensemble
An Education
The Brothers Bloom
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek
Where the Wild Things Are

Worst Film
Ghost of Girlfriends Past
GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra
Eating Out: All You Can Eat
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Most Disappointing Film
The Lovely Bones
State of Play

Worst Acting Performances
Matthew Mcconaughey, Ghost of Girlfriends Past
Channing Tatum, GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra
Megan Fox, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Kate Hudson, Bride Wars
Anne Hathaway, Bride Wars

Best Netflix Movie
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Bright Young Things
Electric Shadows
Letters from Iwo Jima
The Princess Bride
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
The Royal Tenenbaums
Schindler's List
Tell No One

I'll post the winners before the weekend is up. Then I'll try to post my ranked list of films sometime next week after I hopefully see a few more films from my unseen list.

For now, enjoy the new decade, everyone!

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