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Phil Nugent has worked as office manager and assistant director of the New Orleans Film & Video Festival, and put in two years as film reviewer for the barely distributed world-music magazine Global Rhythm, all as part of his lifelong devotion to promoting the art of film. Presently, Nugent continues to contribute regularly to Nerve's movie blog The Screengrab, and his own blog, The Phil Nugent Experience, which just got a whole lot more exciting the recently when MacGyver here finally figured out, no more than five years into his blogging career, how to post images.

Best Feature-Length Film
1. There Will Be Blood
2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
3. Once
4. The Host
5. Away From Her
6. Zodiac
7. Ratatouille
8. Control
9. Sweeney Todd
10. Year of the Dog

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood
2. Frank Langella, Starting Out in the Evening
3. Russell Crowe, 3:10 to Yuma
4. Robert Downey, Jr., Zodiac
5. Josh Brolin, No Country for Old Men

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
2. Laura Linney, The Savages
3. Molly Shannon, Year of the Dog
4. Belen Rueda, The Orphanage
5. Helena Bonham Carter, Sweeney Todd

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Charlie Wilson’s War
2. Steve Zahn, Rescue Dawn
3. Clarence Williams III, American Gangster
4. Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood
5. Jeff Daniels, The Lookout

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone
2. Tilda Swinton, Michael Clayton
3. Marisa Tomei, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
4. Leslie Mann, Knocked Up
5. Catherine Keener, Into the Wild

Best Direction
1. Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
2. Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
3. Sarah Polley, Away From Her
4. John Carney, Once
5. David Fincher, Zodiac

Best Screenplay (original or adapted)
1. Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
2. Ronald Harwood, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
3. Sarah Polley, Away From Her
4. Mike White, Year of the Dog
5. Judd Apatow, Knocked Up

Best Cinematography
1. Roger Deakins, No Country for Old Men
2. Robert Elswit, There Will Be Blood
3. Janusz Kaminski, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4. Harris Savides, Zodiac
5. Martin Ruhe, Control

Best Music (original, adapted, or compiled)
1. Jonny Greenwood, There Will Be Blood
2. Carter Burwell, No Country for Old Men
3. Matt Messina, Juno
4. Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd
5. Carter Burwell, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Best Cinematic Moment
1. There Will Be Blood: the outdoor gathering where Daniel Planview holds onto the little girl and demands assurances that her father doesn't hit her anymore--solicitousness as a form of violation
2. Once: the hero and heroine working out a song together at the piano during their recording session, taking a break from making music to make music together
3. No End in Sight: Bush diehard Walt Slocombe being asked if anyone ever suggested, when Paul Bremer and the other neocons in Iraq were disbanding Saddam Hussein's army, that they might be creating a counterinsurgery by taking hundreds of guys with weapons and military training and suddenly throwing them out of work, and, after doing a double take, responding, "Not in those terms."
4. Knocked Up: the club bouncer gently taking Leslie Mann aside and trying to explain the way things are to her: "I'm so sorry, I fuckin' hate this job. I don't want to be the one to pass judgement, decide who gets in. Shit makes me sick to my stomach, I get the runs from the stress. It's not cause you're not hot, I would love to tap that ass. I would tear that ass up. I can't let you in cause you're old as fuck. For this club, you know, not for the EARTH."
5. 3:10 to Yuma: Russell Crowe dispatching Peter Fonda with the words, "I like you Byron, but you always did talk too much."
6. Away From Her: the moment when the sweet, nonjudgmental young nurse, after listening to Gordon Pinsent go on and on about how great his marriage always was before his wife got Alzheimer's, finally snapping, and for just one moment, having to have her say: "In my experience, it's always the husbands who think that everything was just fine."
7. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: the hero (Mathieu Amalric) shaving his father (Max von Sydow)
8. The Lookout: the expression--or rather the lack of an expression--on the face of the assistant villain Bone when the head villain challenges the brain-damaged hero (Joseph Gordon Leavitt), asking if his plan was to kill him, and the hero blurts out, "I have to kill Bone first!"
9. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead: the close-up of Amy Ryan's smiling face as she registers that her deadbeat ex-husband (Ethan Hawke) is about to let their daughter down again, and that soon the little girl will hate the useless son of a bitch as much as she does.
10. Juno: Ellen Page and Michael Cera's duet on the sidewalk at the end.

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Sarah Polley (Away From Her)
2. David Fincher (Zodiac)
3. Mike White (Year of the Dog)
4. Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood)
5. John Carney (Once)

Best Body of Work
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman: The Savages, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Charlie Wilson’s War
2. Roger Deakins: No Country for Old Men, In the Valley of Elah, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
3. Amy Ryan: Gone Baby Gone, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Dan in Real Life
4. Paul Rudd: Knocked Up, Diggers
5. Timothy Spall: Sweeney Todd, Enchanted, Pierrepont: The Last Hangman

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Knocked Up
2. Zodiac
3. Sweeney Todd
4. Away From Her
5. Diggers

Best new DVD Release
1. Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection
2. The Documentaries of Louis Malle
3. Popeye the Sailor, 1933-1938: Vol. 1

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1997
1. The Apostie
2. L.A. Confidential
3. The Butcher Boy
4. The Eel
5. Jackie Brown
6. Tin Cup
7. Princess Mononoke
8. Eve’s Bayou
9. Boogie Nights
10. Welcome to Sarajevo

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1982
1. Night of the Shooting Stars
2. Shoot the Moon
3. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
4. Flight of the Eagle
5. Tootsie
6. Barbarosa
7. Personal Best
8. Say Amen, Somebody
9. The Year of Living Dangerously
10. Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1957
1. The Seventh Seal
2. Nights of Cabiria
3. Sweet Smell of Success
4. Throne of Blood
5. Kanal
6. Men in War
7. Curse of the Demon
8. Paths of Glory
9. 12 Angry Men
10. Forty Guns

There Will Be Blood

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