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Jim Emerson is a hyphenate who lives in Seattle.  He has been a daily newspaper critic (The Seattle Times, the Orange County Register), an art house exhibitor, a film festival programmer, a screenwriter, a playwright, a dogsitter and a bunch of other things that make him hyphenated.  He was the editor of the Microsoft Cinemania CD-ROM movie encyclopedia and is the founding editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com and the blog Scanners.  His dogs are Edith Olive Eggplant Dog and Dolores Madeleine Haze Dog.  If he had a tumor, he would name it Marla.

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Best Feature-Length Film
1. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
2. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
3. Margaret
4. Certified Copy
5. A Separation
6. Melancholia
7. Meek's Cutoff
8. Poetry
9. The Mill and the Cross
10. Moneyball

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Brad Pitt, Moneyball
2. Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
4. Peyman Moadi, A Separation
5. Antonio Banderas, The Skin I Live In 

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Anna Paquin, Margaret
2. Yun Jeong-hie, Poetry
3. Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
4. Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
5. Bérénice Bejo, The Artist

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life
2. Jonah Hill, Moneyball
3. Tom Hardy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
4. Albert Brooks, Drive
5. Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Jeannie Berlin, Margaret
2. J. Cameron-Smith, Margaret
3. Allison Janney, Margaret
4. Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
5. Kathy Burke, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Direction
1. Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
2. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
3. Abbas Kiarostami, Certified Copy
4. Lars von Trier, Melancholia
5. Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

Best Screenplay
1. Kenneth Lonergan, Margaret
2. Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. Abbas Kiarostami, Certified Copy
4. Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
5. Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, Moneyball

Best Cinematography
1. Hoyte Van Hotema, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
2. Luca Bigazzi, Certified Copy
3. Christopher Blauvelt, Meek's Cutoff
4. Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
5. Manuel Alberto Claro, Melancholia

Best Editing
1. Dino Jonstater, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
2. Bahman Kiarostami, Certified Copy
3. Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
4. Christopher Tellefsen, Moneyball
5. Lee Chatametikool, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Best Music
1. Alberto Iglesias, The Skin I Live In
2. Alberto Iglesias, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
4. Jeff Grace, Meek's Cutoff
5. Alexandre Desplat, Carnage
 

Best Cinematic Moment 
1. A dissolve in which, for just a second or two, the westward-heading settlers of "Meeks Cutoff" appear to traverse mountains made of clouds -- ghost riders in the sky.
2. The amazing shot through the rear window of the Citroen as a stray bee buzzes around the interior. Peter (Benedict Cumberbatch), in the front seat, swats it away. George Smiley (Gary Oldman), in the back seat, watches it, rolls down his window, and lets it escape of its own volition. It's his m.o. (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
3. The appearance of Uncle Boonmee's ex-wife (and I mean <i>ex-</i> -- she's dead) at the dinner table.  She seeps into the scene before anyone, on- or off-screen, notices. The membranes between this world and the next are permeable, and it seems like the most natural thing in the world, requiring only a moment's psychological adjustment to catch up on what's been happening since she died. (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives)
4. A woman (Allison Janney) slowly bleeding to death after losing a limb in a bus accident: "Are my eyes open or closed?" (Margaret)
5. Battling and negotiating: The multi-layered conversations and self-aware meta-conversations that take place simultaneously throughout Margaret. Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin), exasperated that her mother (J. Cameron-Smith) keeps insisting that she must like SOME kind of "operatic" singing (she likes classical music, likes "The Magic Flute," doesn't she?): "OK, I guess I'm wrong. I guess I DO like opera singing. I just didn't realize it."
6. The way Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) reaches up to mime grabbing for the Brass Ring, and just missing it, in his first meeting with the Oakland A's owner -- before asking for a bigger player budget. (Moneyball)
7. The possibilities that swirl around Elle (Juliette Binoche) and James Miller (William Shimell) as they discuss a fountain statue in a Tuscan square, which we see only from the male figure's waist down. Much of what they describe and debate is not in the frame, but in the background are a young couples embracing, a wedding party, photos being taken… (Certified Copy)
8. A bit of fatherly romantic advice offered by… screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere (collaborator with Bunuel on Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, That Obscure Object of Desire -- not to mention Valmont, Sommersby, Birth). Can one, well-timed gesture make all the difference in a relationship? (Certified Copy)
9. A limousine that's too long to negotiate the turns in the driveway to the house -- portrait of a brief marriage in one image. (Melancholia)
10. The sucking/whistling sound of the sealed doors in Martin Vanger's (Stellan Skarsgård) cliff-top glass house (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

Best Cinematic Breakthrough 
1. Jessica Chastain -- The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, Coriolanus, Texas Killing Fields, The Help
2. Tomas Alfredson -- director of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (proving Let the Right One In was no fluke)
3. Jeff Nichols, for writing and directing Take Shelter (and proving that Shotgun Stories was no fluke)
4. Jonah Hill, Moneyball -- didn't see that performance coming!


Best Ensemble Performance
1. Margaret
2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. A Separation
4. Melancholia
5. Midnight in Paris

Best Web-Based Criticism 
1. AltScreen.com (Paul Brunick, editor/creator)
4. The Cooler (Jason Bellamy)

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 2001
1. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch)
2. Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón)
3. The Man Who Wasn't There (Joel & Ethan Coen)
4.  Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly)
5. A.I. -- Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg)

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1986
1. Summer / The Green Ray (Eric Rohmer)
2. The Fly (David Cronenberg)
3. River's Edge (Tim Hunter)
4. Round Midnight (Bertrand Tavernier)
5. Blue Velvet (David Lynch)

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1961
1. Viridiana (Luis Bunuel)
2. Last Year at Marienbad (Alain Resnais)
3. Splendor in the Grass (Elia Kazan)
4. Underworld USA (Sam Fuller)
5. Two Rode Together (John Ford)

Special Award: Best Film of the 1990s
1. Miller's Crossing (Joel & Ethan Coen)
2. Fast, Cheap and Out of Control (Errol Morris)
3. GoodFellas (Martin Scorsese)
4. Boogie Nights (P.T. Anderson)
5. Barton Fink (Joel & Ethan Coen)
6. The Big Lebowski (Joel & Ethan Coen)
7. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick)
8. Dazed & Confused (Richard Linklater)
9. Fight Club (David Fincher)
10. Secrets & Lies (Mike Leigh)

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