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In Jason's words: "It was Pete's Dragon or The Goonies. Or maybe it was The Neverending Story. Possibly Gremlins. Whatever it was, I was bitten by the movie bug at a young age and have never recovered. And I hope I never do. Ever since I was a kid, my favorite thing to do has always been (with the exception of the short time in junior high writing songs with my heavy metal band) watching movies, critiquing them, and debating their merits (or lack of) with other movie lovers. I work at a historic indie movie theatre (a dream job for me), I see hundreds of movies a year, and I do my best to keep my review blog I Hate Blogs updated. Sure, I have other interests, but ever since I sat with my Mom in the back row the first time I saw Gremlins (so that I was close to the exit if I got too scared!), it's hard to beat the magic in the air when the lights go out, the screen flickers to life, and the story begins. Whether it's David Lynch, Werner Herzog, Akira Kurosawa, George Romero or John Hughes, I'm down for whatever."

Best Feature-Length Film
1. Zodiac
2. Michael Clayton
3. No Country For Old Men
4. Gone Baby Gone
5. Grindhouse
6. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
7. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
8. Protagonist
9. The Italian
10. I'm Not There

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. George Clooney - Michael Clayton
2. Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood
3. Tommy Lee Jones - In The Valley Of Elah
4. Kurt Russell - Grindhouse
5. Casey Affleck - Gone Baby Gone

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Nicole Kidman - Margot At The Wedding
2. Ellen Page- Juno
3. Anna Faris - Smiley Face
4. Julie Christie - Away From Her
5. Christina Ricci - Black Snake Moan

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Casey Affleck - The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
2. Javier Bardem - No Country For Old Men
3. Hal Holbrook - Into The Wild
4. Irfan Khan - The Namesake
5. Robert Downey, Jr. - Zodiac

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Cate Blanchett - I'm Not There
2. Tilda Swinton - Michael Clayton
3. Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone
4. Taraji P. Henson - Talk To Me
5. Sigourney Weaver - The TV Set

Best Direction
1. David Fincher - Zodiac
2. Todd Haynes - I'm Not There
3. Joel and Ethan Coen - No Country For Old Men
4. Julian Schnabel - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
5. Ben Affleck - Gone Baby Gone

Best Screenplay (original or adapted)
1. Joel and Ethan Coen - No Country For Old Men
2. James Vanderbilt - Zodiac
3. Tony Gilroy - Michael Clayton
4. Todd Haynes and Oren Moverman - I'm Not There
5. Ben Affleck and Aaron Stockard - Gone Baby Gone

Best Cinematography
1. Robert Elswit - There Will Be Blood
2. Janusz Kaminski - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
3. Roger Deakins - No Country For Old Men
4. Roger Deakins - The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford
5. Harris Savides - Zodiac

Best Music (original, adapted, or compiled)
1. I'm Not There (compiled)
2. Death Proof (compiled)
3. Zodiac (compiled - nice period choices all around, but this is especially for the best use yet of Donovan's phenomenally creepy "Hurdy-Gurdy Man")
4. There Will Be Blood (Jonny Greenwood's score)
5. Halloween (compiled)

Best Cinematic Moment
1. I'm Not There - Cate Blanchett as Dylan fixes the audience in her gaze with that perfect pose in the back of the limo
2. Grindhouse - the climactic car chase from "Death Proof"
3. There Will Be Blood - oil well explosion, Daniel's son injured
4. Michael Clayton - silent, single-shot murder sequence
5. Grindhouse - high-speed, head-on collision set to Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mich and Tich
6. Michael Clayton - Clooney gives Swinton what-for ("You are SO fucked.")
7. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford - the titular scene
8. Gone Baby Gone - Affleck's surprise gut-reaction execution of the child murderer, this is where the film takes its first turn toward murkier moral territory
9. The Host - opening monster attack
10. Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters - opening death-metal "Let's All Go To The Movies" spoof - the rest of the movie is awful, but that scene rules!

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Casey Affleck - actor: The Assassination of Jesse James..., Gone Baby Gone, Ocean's Thirteen
2. Ben Affleck - director: Gone Baby Gone
3. Tony Gilroy - writer / first-time director: Michael Clayton
4. Zoe Bell - actor / stunts: Grindhouse
5. Keri Russell - actor: Waitress

Best Body of Work
1. Casey Affleck
2. Tommy Lee Jones
3. Roger Deakins
4. Phillip Seymour Hoffman
5. Josh Brolin

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Grindhouse
2. I'm Not There
3. Michael Clayton
4. No Country For Old Men
5. Before The Devil Knows You're Dead

Best new DVD Releases
1. The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky
2. The Monster Squad
3. Hearts of Darkness

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1997
1. Boogie Nights
2. L.A. Confidential
3. Titanic
4. Jackie Brown
5. Grosse Point Blank

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1982
1. The Thing
2. Pink Floyd's The Wall
3. The Verdict
4. Fast Times at Ridgemont High

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1957
1. 12 Angry Men
2. Throne of Blood
3. The Seventh Seal

Zodiac

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