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In Danny's words: "I am an eighteen-year-old film-enthusiast currently pursuing a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, hopefully to wind up in a career related to the Entertainment Industry. Nearly all of my time is devoted to studying, watching movies, and writing about movies on my website, Bucket Reviews. On the rare instance that I’m not doing one of those three things (or sitting in LA-traffic, for that matter), you’ll likely find me watching mindless drivel on television, listening to shock-jock talk-radio, or cursing at a tiny white ball on a golf course. My favorite films include Tonari No Totoro, The Silence of the Lambs, Hoop Dreams, M, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and, of course, Citizen Kane."

Best Feature-Length Film
1. The Kingdom (Readers, please note that 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days topped my personal 2007-best list, but was ruled ineligible for the Muriels until next year due to its January 2008 NYC release date.)
2. Into the Wild
3. No Country for Old Men
4. Knocked Up
5. Across the Universe
6. American Gangster
7. The Savages
8. There Will Be Blood
9. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
10. Juno

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood
2. Frank Langella in Starting out in the Evening
3. Will Smith in I Am Legend
4. Emile Hirsch in Into the Wild
5. Ryan Gosling in Lars and the Real Girl

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Lauren Ambrose in Starting out in the Evening
2. Ellen Page in Juno
3. Laura Linney in The Savages
4. Katherine Heigl in Knocked Up
5. Marion Cotillard in La Vie en Rose

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men
2. Hal Holbrook in Into the Wild
3. Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford
4. Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Wilson’s War
5. Peter O’Toole in Ratatouille

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Jennifer Garner in Juno
2. Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton
3. Cate Blanchett in I’m Not There
4. Saoirse Ronan in Atonement
5. Heather Graham in Adrift in Manhattan

Best Direction
1. Sean Penn for Into the Wild
2. Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men
3. Julie Taymor for Across the Universe
4. Sidney Lumet for Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
5. Peter Berg for The Kingdom

Best Screenplay
1. Sean Penn for Into the Wild
2. Judd Apatow for Knocked Up
3. Diablo Cody for Juno
4. Joel and Ethan Coen for No Country for Old Men
5. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for Superbad

Best Cinematography
1. Oliver Wood for The Bourne Ultimatum
2. Roger Deakins for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
3. Jamusz Kaminski for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4. Robert Elswit for There Will Be Blood
5. Roger Deakins for No Country for Old Men

Best Music (original, adapted, or compiled)
1. Into the Wild
2. Across the Universe
3. Once
4. Atonement
5. There Will Be Blood

Best Cinematic Moment
1. Daniel and Eli have a final showdown in There Will Be Blood.
2. Chiugrh chases Llewelyn on foot through the streets, air-gun in hand, after breaking into his hotel room in No Country for Old Men.
3. Ron tells Chris about his late wife and child in Into the Wild.
4. Uncle Sam sings “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” to Max in Across the Universe.
5. The bombing of the Saudi-based U.S. housing compound in The Kingdom.
6. Frank Lucas and Richie Roberts look each other in the eye in front of Frank’s Harlem church before he’s arrested in American Gangster.
7. H.W. loses his hearing and is carried by a distressed, running Daniel amidst a wealth of spurting oil in There Will Be Blood.
8. Seth tells Evan about his history of drawing penises in Superbad.
9. Jude sings “I’ve Just Seen a Face” in a light-laden bowling alley in Across the Universe.
10. Jon Savage breaks it to his father, Lenny, that the nursing home he has placed Lenny in isn’t a hotel in The Savages.

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Jennifer Garner, transforming from girl-next-door to serious actress in Juno and The Kingdom.
2. Casey Affleck, displaying striking assuredness The Assassination of Jesse James… and Gone Baby Gone.
3. Ellen Page, baffling us all in with her sheer audacity Juno.
4. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, bringing the one and only McLovin’ to life in Superbad.
5. Katherine Heigl, revealing uncanny leading-lady potential in Knocked Up.

Best Body of Work
1. Judd Apatow
2. Philip Seymour Hoffman
3. Josh Brolin
4. Casey Affleck
5. Jennifer Garner

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Into the Wild
2. Juno
3. The Savages
4. American Gangster
5. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1997
1. Titanic
2. L.A. Confidential
3. Boogie Nights
4. Men in Black
5. Selena

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1982
1. E.T.: The Extraterrestrial
2. Blade Runner
3. The Thing
4. Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
5. A Good Marriage (I had to break the sci-fi trend with a little Rohmer)

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1957
1. 12 Angry Men
2. Nights of Cabiria
3. Old Yeller
4. The Seventh Seal
5. The Naked Truth

The Kingdom

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