Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Awkwards! Honoring the Best in Film from 2008 (Retroactively)

Boys and girls, I have so much blogging to catch up on!

If I get everything done that I want to by the end of tomorrow, I should have four posts up for this weekend. And only one has to do with awards. Back to sanity, kids!

I had so much fun handing out the Awkwards! a few weeks ago, I decided that since I had covered the 81st Academy Awards as well, I should do a set of awards for those films. So I am. I can award them. I have the technology.

A reminder: Unlike the Oscars, I only have 10 categories (this is an abbreviated version for one-time use only), and I only use six of the Academy's categories. Some are more fun than others, but overall, I want to capture all aspects of a film in these categories that may have not as much to do with the technical work, but what, as an audience member, we appreciate.

I also award 5th through 1st. The only other rule I have is that one performer can't be nominated twice in one category. So without further ado, let's get started!

Best Ensemble
1st: Burn After Reading
2nd: The Class
3rd: Doubt
4th: Vicky Cristina Barcelona
5th: Rachel Getting Married

Best Individual Scene
1st: The Interrogation, The Dark Knight
2nd: Conversing with Mrs. Miller, Doubt
3rd: Chad's Shooting, Burn After Reading
4th: The Late Night Phone Call, Frost/Nixon
5th: The Taj Mahal, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Supporting Actor
1st: Brad Pitt, Burn After Reading
2nd: Aaron Eckhart, The Dark Knight
3rd: Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road
4th: Kevin Bacon, Frost/Nixon
5th: John Malkovitch, Burn After Reading

(Looking for Heath Ledger? He's a lead in my book, so look in that category.)

Best Individual Line
1st: "I thought you might be worried... about the security... of your shit." Burn After Reading
2nd: "You...complete me!" The Dark Knight
3rd: "I'm not talking about talent. I said 'genius.' Gee-nius." Vicky Cristina Barcelona
4th: "I hate you. You were just some boy who made me laugh at a party once, and now I loathe the sight of you." Revolutionary Road
5th: "I have doubts! I have such doubts!" Doubt

Best Supporting Actress
1st: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2nd: Viola Davis, Doubt
3rd: Rosemarie Dewitt, Rachel Getting Married
4th: Tilda Swinton, Burn After Reading
5th: Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married

Best Title
1st: Slumdog Millionaire
2nd: Rachel Getting Married
3rd: Vicky Cristina Barcelona
4th: Burn After Reading
5th: The Wrestler

Best Actor
1st: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
2nd: Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
3rd: Sean Penn, Milk
4th: Michael Sheen, Frost/Nixon
5th: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt

Best Actress
1st: Meryl Streep, Doubt
2nd: Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road
3rd: Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
4th: Frances McDormand, Burn After Reading
5th: Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Director
1st: Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married
2nd: Laurent Cantet, The Class
3rd: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
4th: Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight
5th: Woody Allen, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Picture
1st: Doubt
2nd: Vicky Cristina Barcelona
3rd: Rachel Getting Married
4th: Burn After Reading
5th: Slumdog Millionaire

And here's the nomination count:

8 nominations
Burn After Reading (3 wins)

7 nominations
Doubt (2 wins)
Vicky Cristina Barcelona (1 win)

5 nominations
Rachel Getting Married (1 win)
The Dark Knight (2 wins)

4 nominations
Slumdog Millionaire (1 win)

2 nominations
The Class
Revolutionary Road

1 nomination
The Wrestler

This was a year when the supposed clear winner (Burn After Reading with 8 nominations and 2 wins) lost out to another favorite of mine (Doubt is in my Top Five films of all time, after all). Revolutionary Road had a really strong showing despite my hatred for the film. And though I like to retcon my opinions of Slumdog Millionaire and The Dark Knight, this list proves what is painfully obvious: both films were accomplished, interesting, appealing, and instant classics.

What about you guys? What did you think of 2008? What did I miss? Take it to the comments!

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