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Dennis Cozzalio owns and operates the virtual corner store known as Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule, where he writes reviews, long essays and short observations about movies old and new. The blog, which began inauspiciously three and a half years ago, has been a wonderful outlet for its author to write about films as disparate as The Passion of Joan of Arc, His Girl Friday, Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed and 1941, while at the same time affording Cozzalio the opportunity to meet lots of wonderful people in the film criticism and filmmaking communities, many of which he has appreciated from afar for years. In addition to those mentioned above, his favorite movies include Nashville, Only Angels Have Wings, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Rio Bravo, The Godfather (Parts I & II), Mandingo, Dressed to Kill and Aguirre, the Wrath of God. He hopes to someday retire with his wife to his native Oregon and devote copious amounts of time to both watching his daughters grow up and catching up on his DVD collection.

Best Feature-Length Film
1. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2. ZODIAC
3. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
4. SUPERBAD
5. RATATOUILLE
6. MICHAEL CLAYTON
7. I’M NOT THERE
8. BLACK BOOK
9. THE HOST
10. GONE BABY GONE

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. George Clooney MICHAEL CLAYTON
2. Viggo Mortensen EASTERN PROMISES
3. Daniel Day-Lewis THERE WILL BE BLOOD
4. Christian Bale RESCUE DAWN
5. Casey Affleck GONE BABY GONE

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Carice van Houten BLACK BOOK
2. Ashley Judd BUG
3. Julie Christie AWAY FROM HER
4. Laura Linney THE SAVAGES
5. Christina Ricci BLACK SNAKE MOAN

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Javier Bardem NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2. Casey Affleck THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
3. John Carroll Lynch ZODIAC
4. Peter O’Toole RATATOUILLE
5. Kurt Russell GRINDHOUSE (Death Proof)

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Marcia Gay Harden THE MIST
2. Catherine Keener INTO THE WILD
3. Cate Blanchett I’M NOT THERE
4. Tilda Swinton MICHAEL CLAYTON
5. Amy Ryan GONE BABY GONE

Best Direction
1. ETHAN AND JOEL COEN No Country for Old Men
2. DAVID FINCHER Zodiac
3. ANDREW DOMINIK The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
4. GREG MOTTOLA Superbad
5. BRAD BIRD Ratatouille

Best Screenplay
1. ETHAN AND JOEL COEN No Country for Old Men
2. JAMES VANDERBILT Zodiac
3. PAUL VERHOEVEN, GERARD SOETEMAN Black Book
4. SARAH POLLEY Away From Her
5. SETH ROGEN, EVAN GOLDBERG Superbad

Best Cinematography
1. ROGER DEAKINS The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
2. ROGER DEAKINS No Country for Old Men
3. HARRIS SAVIDES Zodiac
4. ROBERT ELSWIT Michael Clayton
5. MARTIN RUHE Control

Best Music (original, adapted, or compiled)
1. Anne Dudley (Original Score) BLACK BOOK
2. Johnny Greenwood (Original, Adapted Score) THERE WILL BE BLOOD
3. Marc Shaiman (Adapted Song Score) HAIRSPRAY
4. ZODIAC (compilation)
5. Howard Shore (Original Score) EASTERN PROMISES

Best Cinematic Moment
1. Moss’ return to the scene of the colossal goat-fuck: NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
2. The sleepover/Ride up the escalator: SUPERBAD
3. A critic revisits his childhood: RATATOUILLE
4. Arthur Leigh Allen’s first interview: ZODIAC
5. Vanishing Point: DEATH PROOF
6. Bart’s skateboard ride (“I like men now!”): THE SIMPSONS MOVIE
7. The nicest kids in town: HAIRSPRAY
8. Out on a ledge: 1408
9. Arthur, manned with baguettes, and Michael in the alley: MICHAEL CLAYTON
10. Gang-du discovers he’s holding onto the wrong hand: THE HOST

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. David Fincher (director, ZODIAC)
2. Sarah Polley (director/writer: AWAY FROM HER)
3. Elijah Kelley (HAIRSPRAY)
4. Michael Cera (SUPERBAD)
5. Ben Affleck (GONE BABY GONE)

Best Body of Work
1. Roger Deakins (cinematographer, NO COUNTRY, JESSE JAMES)
2. Alex Gibney (producer, writer, director, TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, producer, NO END IN SIGHT)
3. Seth Rogen (actor, KNOCKED UP, writer/actor, SUPERBAD)
4. Robert Elswit (cinematographer, MICHAEL CLAYTON, THERE WILL BE BLOOD)
5. Casey Affleck (GONE BABY GONE, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD)

Best Ensemble Performance
1. ZODIAC
2. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
3. THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD
4. HOT FUZZ
5. HAIRSPRAY

Best new DVD Release
1. TWO-LANE BLACKTOP (Criterion)
2. WARNER BROS. FILM NOIR COLLECTION #4 (WB)
3. GREEN FOR DANGER (Criterion)

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1997
1. JACKIE BROWN (Quentin Tarantino)
2. THE SWEET HEREAFTER (Atom Egoyan)
3. L.A. CONFIDENTIAL (Curtis Hanson)
4. STARSHIP TROOPERS (Paul Verhoeven)
5. BREAKDOWN (Jonathan Mostow)

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1982
1. THE THING (John Carpenter)
2. E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL (Steven Spielberg)
3. THE BORDER (Tony Richardson)
4. DINER (Barry Levinson)
5. COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN (Robert Altman)

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1957
1. THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (David Lean)
2. WILL SUCCESS SPOIL ROCK HUNTER? (Frank Tashlin)
3. THE TALL T (Budd Boetticher)
4. THE SEVENTH SEAL (Ingmar Bergman)
5. RUN OF THE ARROW (Samuel Fuller)

No Country for Old Men

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