Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2010 in Film: The Brandy Awards

Accidentally edited this post instead of creating a new one when I did the "update" recently. This should be exactly what I originally posted back in January 2011. I've since seen many more films, including ones I've listed below as glaring omissions. 

I emphasize these are SUBJECTIVE picks with some objectivity thrown in. I don’t believe there are “best” things but these are the ones I want to highlight that were important in these categories for ME. I was going to write long explanations but I don’t think anyone cared about what I wrote last time. If you want to hear more or discuss why I have something or why I omitted something than feel free to message me on facebook and I will write you loads about each especially the best picture choices. It doesn’t matter if you were tagged or even if we’ve spoken in years feel free I’m open to talk to anyone about this stuff. Hopefully you’ll find some good recommendations in here.

Some facts (to perhaps validate my shaky qualifications):

Films seen released in 2010: 151
Foreign Films Seen: 36
Documentaries Seen: 41
Animated (yes pathetic): 7

Considerably important films I did not see (not including foreigns and documentaries because there are too many and they’re impossible to access often times: Tangled (for animated), Buried (actor), Daddy Longlegs (actor), The Way Back (anything), Let Me In (anything), BIGGEST MISS = Another Year (definitely foreign and screenplay but anything also)

AGAIN, contact me if you want to discuss I’m all ears to differing opinions. Feel free to tell me why you hated The Social Network and/or why The King’s Speech is the best thing since sliced bread. I could go on for a long time as to why those picture 10 (/12) are there especially for The Social Network, Blue Valentine, and Howl.

Picture: The Social Network
Runners up: Blue Valentine, Toy Story 3, Howl, Black Swan
6. Enter the Void
7. Shutter Island
8. Inception
9. Exit Through the Gift Shop
10. The Illusionist
Honorable mention: Cyrus, Catfish

Director: Gaspar Noe for Enter the Void
Runners up: Derek Cianfrance for Blue Valentine, Slyvain Chomet for The Illusionist, Darren Aronfsky for Black Swan, Christopher Nolan for Inception
6. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman for Howl
7. Olivier Assayas for Carlos
8. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritui for Biutiful
9. Mark and Jay Duplass for Cyrus
10. David Fincher for The Social Network
Honorable Mention: Debra Grabnik for Winter’s Bone, Sofia Coppola for Somewhere

Male Acting Performance: Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network
Runners up: John C. Reilly for Cyrus, Javier Bardem for Biutiful, Christian Bale for The Fighter, James Franco for Howl
6. Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine
7. James Franco for 127 Hours
8. Edgar Ramirez for Carlos
9. Vincent Cassel for Black Swan
10. Leonardo DiCaprio for Shutter Island

Female Acting Performance: Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine
Runner up: Greta Gerwig for Greenberg
3. Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone
4. Zoe Kazan for The Exploding Girl
5. Carey Mulligan for Never Let Me Go
6. Natalie Portman for Black Swan
7. Marion Cotillard for Inception
8. Isabelle Huppert for White Material
9. Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole
10. Elle Fanning for Somewhere
Honorable Mention: Rebecca Hall for Please Give, The Town

Original Screenplay: Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne, Joey Curtis for Blue Valentine
Runners up: Christopher Nolan for Inception, Darren Aronofsky, Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin for Black Swan
4. Mark and Jay Duplass for Cyrus
5. Noah Baumbach, Jennifer Jason Leigh for Greenberg
Honorable Mention: Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg for The Kids Are All Right

Adapted Screenplay: Michael Ardnt for Toy Story 3
Runner up: Dennis Lehane and Laeta Kalogridis for Shutter Island
3. Aaron Sorkin for The Social Network
4. Sylvain Chomet, Jacques Tati for The Illusionist
5. Kazuo Ishiguro and Alex Garland for Never Let Me Go
Honorable Mention: Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn, Mark Millar, John Romita Jr. for Kick Ass, David Linsay-Abaire for Rabbit Hole, Erin Cressida Wilson, Anne Fontaine for Chloe

Foreign Film: Enter the Void (France)
2. The Illusionist (France)
3. Biutiful (Mexico)
4. Carlos (France)
5. White Material (France)
6. Alamar (Mexico)
7. The Secret in Their Eyes (Argentina)
8. Pepperminta (Switzerland)
9. Four Lions (England)
10. The Secret of Kells (Sweden)

Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop
2. Catfish
3. Jena-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
4. Kings of Pastry
5. Waiting for “Superman”
Honorable Mention: Boxing Gym, Inside Job, A Small Act, The Oath

Animated Feature: The Illusionist
2. Toy Story 3
3. The Secret of Kells

Film Editing: Lee Smith for Inceptoin
2. Jim Helton, Ron Patane for Blue Valentine
3. Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall for The Social Network
4. Jay Deuby for Cyrus
5. Guy Lecorne for White Material

Cinematography: Andrij Parekh for Blue Valentine
Runners up: Matthew Libatique for Black Swan, Wally Pfister for Inception
4. Edward Lachman for Howl
5. Harris Davides for Somewhere
Honorable Mention: Rodrigo Prieto for Biutiful

Art Direction (All-encompassing art award including cinematography, sets, music, costumes, etc.): Black Swan
Runners up: Howl, Inception
4. The Illusionist
5. Pepperminta
6. Enter the Void
7. Carlos
8. Biutiful
9. The Social Network
Honorable Mention: Blue Valentine

Best Use of Low Budget ($5 million or less): Blue Valentine
Runner Up: The Exploding Girl
3. Winter’s Bone
4. The Kids Are All Right
5. Rabbit Hole
Honorable Mention: Please Give

Best Theatrical Trailer: Blue Valentine
Runners up: The Social Network, Howl, Black Swan, Somewhere
6. Inception
7. Rabbit Hole
8. The Town
9. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
10. Waiting for “Superman”

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