Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Year In Superlatives aka If I had a ballot

I've already had my say on my top ten films of the year but I figured I would also sound off on what I thought were the best singular achievements in film this year, if for no other reason, to keep my self and my readers from getting bored. Call it the 1st Annual Film Studies and Other Shenanigans Awards, if you will. Anywho, here it is.

Best Picture
The Social Network

Best Director
Christopher Nolan - Inception

Best Actor
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine

Best Actress
Natalie Portman - Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale - The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)

Best Original Screenplay
The King's Speech (David Seidler)

Best Art Direction

Best Cinematography
Shutter Island

Best Costume Design

Best Film Editing
Shutter Island

Best Makeup
True Grit

Best Music (Original Score)

Best Music (Original Song)
We Belong Together (Toy Story 3)

Best Sound Editing

Best Sound Mixing
TRON Legacy

Best Visual Effects

Best Animated Feature
How To Train Your Dragon

Best Documentary Feature

Best Ensemble
The Fighter

Most Underrated Film of the Year
Shutter Island

Most Overrated Film of the Year
The Kids Are All Right

Best Directorial Debut
Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger - Restrepo

Breakthrough Performance (Male)
Tahar Rahim - A Prophet

Breakthrough Performance (Female)
(tie) Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit & Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)

Best Cameo Performance (Male)
Dakin Matthews - True Grit

Best Cameo Performance (Female)
Emily Mortimer - Shutter Island

Best Performance in a Bad Film
Carey Mulligan - Never Let Me Go

Worst Performance in a Good Film
Ellen Page - Inception (not her fault — terrible casting)

Best Hero
Rooster Cogburn - True Grit

Best Villain
Nina Sayers - Black Swan

Best Poster
Black Swan (link)

Best Trailer (for a trailer released in 2010, not necessarily a film released in 2010)
The Social Network

Most Surprising Film of the Year
Enter the Void

Most Disappointing Film of the Year
Never Let Me Go

Most Ambitious Film of the Year

Most Intriguing Failure
TRON: Legacy

Best Action Sequence
Inception - Spinning hallway fight. No contest.

Entertainer of the Year
Leonardo DiCaprio - The most ambitious and hard-working actor of his generation, instead of just cashing in on paycheck roles, he continues to push himself creatively, professionally, and intellectually. His work in Inception and Shutter Island shows just that.

Ten Worst Films of the Year (that I saw, anyway)

1. The Last Airbender
2. Prince of Persia - The Sands of Time
3. The A-Team
4. Alice in Wonderland
5. The Tempest
6. How Do You Know
7. The Expendables
8. Knight and Day
9. Due Date
10. Never Let Me Go

Top 10 Films of the Year

1. The Social Network
2. Shutter Island
3. Inception
4. Black Swan
5. True Grit
6. How to Train Your Dragon
7. Winter's Bone
8. The King's Speech
9. Blue Valentine
10. Enter the Void


Lesya Khyzhnyak said...

I agree with a lot here, but not all. I was puzzled seeing that you gave your Best Costume Design award to Inception. I'm curious, why? And why Ellen Page was a miscast? Totally agree with Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. I hope they'll also take home the Oscars. Kudos for naming How to Train Your Dragon the best animated film. Toy Story 3 was overrated.

Kevin K. said...

Go back and look at the costumes in Inception. It's incredible complex and varied designs for their outfits that really highlight aspects of each character's personalities. Cobb's classic american style, Arthur's three piece Euro-suits, Eames' leisure suit casino outfits, the snow suits, Ariadne's college hipster scarfs and jackets, all of it. I've said it before, but I don't buy into this idea that only period pieces can have superb costume design. As far as Ellen Page goes, I think she gives it her best shot, but she's completely out of her element and sometimes actively annoying in the film. I lover her in other things, I was rooting for her to win for Juno three years ago (until I finally saw La Vie En Rose this year) and she was fantastic in Whip It. Simply bad casting. I would have cast someone like Jennifer Lawrence in the Ariadne role, actually.

elizagolightly said...

You're so spiteful towards Never Let Me Go. And I am confused about the costumes in Inception since it's a modern movie and all the clothes are like... in stores everywhere right now. Not the hardest thing to achieve, IMO.

However, I like most everything else you said. Though I agree with Lesya that Toy Story 3 was the most overrated movie of the year... until I see Social Network, I'll hold off saying that was the most overrated. :)

Kevin K. said...

Overrated is an overrated word. Just seems like another way of saying "I didn't like it as much as everyone else". But who am I to talk, I used it to describe The Kids Are All Right.

I wouldn't say I'm spiteful towards Never Let Me Go. I hated the film, why would I say anything else?

Again, just because it's a contemporary films doesn't mean the costumes aren't fascinating, beautiful, and intricate. Here's an article that describes what I'm on about.

Like I said, film doesn't have to be a period piece with big elaborate dresses and period specific outfits to have a wonderful costume design. I was genuinely taken by the intricacies of Inception's wardrobe.

Lesya Khyzhnyak said...

Thanks for explanation. I loved outfits in Inception, I just wouldn't name them the best this year. And I am utterly FOR giving costume awards to non period films. By the way, what about the best Cast Ensemble award, what film would you give it to?

Kevin K. said...

I already gave a Best Ensemble award, it's listed below Best Documentary Feature and above Most Underrated Fim of the Year. I named The Fighter Best Ensemble :)

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