Saturday, January 10, 2009

The 2nd Annual Stereo Sanctity Film Awards

It becomes a tiring award season with the same names continually popping up at every ceremony. A little diversity would go a long way, but that's rarely the case. I will give the Academy credit though, as a good deal of these picks are probably going to show up on nomination morning. What follows then are my personal picks for the best of film in 2008. Or in other words, if I had a ballot, this is how I would cast my vote. These are ranked in order of preference, with the winner mark in red. I've stuck with 5 nominees in the main categories and 3 in the techs. Enjoy.

Best Picture

The Wrestler
The Dark Knight

Synecdoche, New York

Snow Angels


Best Director
Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler)
Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)
Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York)
Jonathan Demme (Rachel Getting Married)
David Gordon Green (Snow Angels)

Best Actor
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Sean Penn (Milk)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Revolutionary Road)
Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon)
Benicio Del Toro (Che)

Best Actress
Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)
Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)
Angelina Jolie (Changeling)
Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy)

Best Supporting Actor
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt)
Robert Downey Jr. (Tropic Thunder)
Eddie Marsan (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Brad Pitt (Burn After Reading)

Best Supporting Actress
Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)
Viola Davis (Doubt)
Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married)
Kate Winslet (The Reader)
Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)

Best Original Screenplay
Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)
Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York)
Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Robert Siegel (The Wrestler)
Woody Allen (Vicky Cristina Barcelona)

Best Adapted Screenplay
John Patrick Shanley (Doubt)
David Gordon Green (Snow Angels)
Christopher & Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight)
Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road)
John Ajvide Lindqvist (Let the Right One In)

Best Editing
Slumdog Millionaire
The Dark Knight
The Wrestler

Best Cinematography
Claudio Miranda (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight)
Hoyte Van Hoytema (Let the Right One In)

Best Art Direction
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight

Synecdoche, New York

Best Costume Design
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Revolutionary Road


Best Original Score
Jon Brion (Synecdoche, New York)
James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight)
Alexandre Desplat (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

Best Makeup
Synecdoche, New York
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Tropic Thunder

Best Foreign Language Film
Let the Right One In
Flight of the Red Balloon
I've Loved You So Long

Best Documentary Feature
Man on Wire
Encounters at the End of the World
Waltz With Bashir

Best Original Song
"The Wrestler" (Bruce Springsteen - The Wrestler)
"Little Person" (Jon Brion - Synecdoche, New York)

"Jaiho" (AR Rahmen - Slumdog Millionaire)

Best Animated Film
Waltz With Bashir
Kung Fu Panda

The Wrestler, The Dark Knight - 7
Synecdoche, New York, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - 6
Rachel Getting Married, Revolutionary Road - 4
Happy-Go-Lucky, Snow Angels, Let the Right One In - 3

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