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James is a Year One Muriel Voter and freelance writer. He can't believe how boring life is at 27. Is it these morose Iowans he's surrounded by, or do people just start walking down the long road of lameness everywhere once the mid-20's are hit? James just obtained a permit to carry a concealed weapon, more out of principal than practical concern. The picture on the ID isn't very good, as it was taken through the bottom port of a glass window at the sheriff's office. His reviews are published in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and on his blog, Whispers of a Cinematic Echo. The blog has more spelling and grammar errors, but the thoughts are more pure. 

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Best Feature-Length Film 
1. Drive
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
3. War Horse
4. Shame
5. Moneyball
6. Young Adult
7. Martha Marcy May Marlene
8. Fast Five
9. Win Win
10. I Saw the Devil

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Ryan Gosling, Drive
2. Brad Pitt, Moneyball
3. Michael Fassbender, Shame
4. Paul Giamatti, Win Win
5. Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2. Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
3. Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
4. Charlize Theron, Young Adult
5. Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Albert Brooks, Drive
2. Christopher Plummer, Beginners
3. John Hawkes, Martha Marcy May Marlene
4. Choi Min-sik, I Saw the Devil
5.Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
2. Jessica Chastain¸ The Tree of Life
3. Shailenne Woodley, The Descendants
4. Carey Mulligan, Shame
5. Kate Winslet, Carnage

Best Direction
1. Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
2. David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
3. Steven Spielberg, War Horse
4. Bennett Miller, Moneyball
5. Justin Lin, Fast Five

Best Screenplay
1. Steve Zaillian, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2. Richard Curtis and Lee Hall, War Horse
3. Hossein Amini, Drive
4. Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
5. Diablo Cody, Young Adult

Best Cinematography
1. Newton Thomas Siegel, Drive
2. Janusz Kaminski, War Horse
3. Jeff Cronenweth, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
4. Robert Elswit, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
5. Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life

Best Editing
1. Matthew Newman, Drive
2. Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
3. Michael Kahn, War Horse
4. Christopher Tellefsen, Moneyball
5. Michael Tronick, The Green Hornet

Best Music
1. Drive
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
3. War Horse
4. Hanna
5. The Tree of Life

Best Cinematic Moment
1. Driver, Irene, Hitman, Elevator, Kiss, Crush, Drive
2. Colin and Peter free Joey, War Horse
3. “Sail away, sail away, sail away,” The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
4. Concluding duel, 13 Assassins
5. Negotiations, Moneyball
6. New York, New York, Shame
7. Lisbeth’s revenge, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
8. Climbing the world’s tallest building, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
9. Driving off a cliff, Fast Five
10. Fight in the cannibal’s mansion, I Saw the Devil

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Rooney Mara
2. Jessica Chastain
3. Albert Brooks (Drive)
4. Elizabeth Olsen
5. Nicolas Winding Refn

Best Body of Work 
1. Jessica Chastain 
2. Ryan Gosling
3. Steven Spielberg
4. Brad Pitt
5. Daniel Craig

Best Ensemble Performance
1. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2. Drive
3. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
4. War Horse
5. Carnage

Best Web-Based Criticism
2. MUBI

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 2001
1. Mulholland Drive
2. Black Hawk Down
3. Bully
4. Ghost World
5. In the Bedroom

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1986
1. Blue Velvet
2. Hannah and Her Sisters
3. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
4. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
5. Aliens

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1961
1. The Hustler
2. One, Two, Three
3. Yojimbo
4. Blast of Silence
5. West Side Story

Special Award: Best Film of the 1990s
1. Pulp Fiction
2. The Big Lebowski
3. Casino
4. Sling Blade
5. Welcome to the Dollhouse
6. Saving Private Ryan
7. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
8. Election
9. Groundhog Day
10. Hard Boiled

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