Jenny Sekwa

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An infrequent and rambling former guest reviewer at the groovy movie blog known as The Ongoing Cinematic Education of Steven Carlson, Jenny Sekwa is now far more content to simply watch hundreds of movies, attend film festivals with the singular intent of meeting her favorite actors, and sneak into film premiere after-parties (ask her to tell you the Garry Shandling story sometime). She also served as the executive producer on the award-winner short film Y Nada Mas. Jenny's favorite movie is The Godfather, which she quotes (along with numerous other movies) often on her infrequently updated blog: Do I Amuse You?. Jenny resides with her very amusing husband near Katherine Hepburn's former family home on Long Island Sound where, in honor of Kate the Great, they ride bikes, dry their laundry on the back lawn, argue politics, and frequently suck face.

Best Feature-Length Film
1. Into the Wild
2. The Bourne Ultimatum
3. No Country for Old Men
4. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
5. Gone Baby Gone
6. Zodiac
7. There Will Be Blood
8. Ratatouille
9. Knocked Up
10. Superbad

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
2. Emile Hirsch – Into the Wild
3. Christian Bale – Rescue Dawn
4. Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd
5. Frank Langella – Starting Out in the Evening

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Julie Christie – Away From Her
2. Ellen Page - Juno
3. Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose
4. Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
5. Laura Linney – The Savages

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Javier Bardem – No Country for Old Men
2. Hal Holbrook – Into the Wild
3. Steve Zahn – Rescue Dawn
4. Philip Seymour Hoffman – Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
5. Robert Downey Jr. – Zodiac

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
2. Lili Taylor – Starting Out in the Evening
3. Jennifer Garner - Juno
4. Emily Mortimer – Lars and the Real Girl
5. Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There

Best Direction
1. Joel and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
2. PT Anderson – There Will Be Blood
3. Paul Greengrass – Bourne Ultimatum
4. Sarah Polley – Away From Her
5. Sidney Lumet – Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Best Screenplay
1. No Country for Old Men – Joel/Ethan Coen
2. Away From Her – Sarah Polley
3. Bourne Ultimatum – Tony Gilroy
4. Juno – Diablo Cody
5. Zodiac – James Vanderbilt

Best Cinematography
1. Roger Deakins – No Country for Old Men (not to mention his two other great 2007 films – Assassination of Jesse James and In the Valley of Elah)
2. Eric Gautier – Into the Wild
3. Oliver Wood – Bourne Ultimatum
4. Harris Savides - Zodiac
5. Robert Elswit – There Will Be Blood

Best Music (original, adapted, or compiled)
1. Into the Wild (compiled)
2. Juno (compiled)
3. Across the Universe (compiled)
4. Once (compiled)
5. Paris Je T’aime (compiled)

Best Cinematic Moment
1. Bourne Ultimatum - Rooftop chase…window jump by Jason Bourne leading to the incredible fight scene between Bourne and “asset”
2. There Will Be Blood – bowling alley melee’ between DD Lewis and Paul Dano
3. Eastern Promises - NAKED VIGGO MORTENSEN FIGHT IN SAUNA – THERE WILL BE BALLS!
4. Superbad – Penis drawings as credits rolls
5. Juno – Jennifer Garner talking to Ellen Page’s pregnant belly
6. Michael Clayton – George Clooney/Tilda Swinton showdown – “Do I LOOK like I’m negotiating?”
7. 300 – First battle sequence after Gerard Butler yells “Persians…come and get them!”
8. Into the Wild – Hal Holbrook wanting to adopt Emile Hirsch
9. Away From Her – Julie Christie telling her husband at the institution “I’d like to make love, then I’d like you to go”
10. 3:10 to Yuma – Ben Foster “Even bad men love their mamas”

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Amy Ryan
2. Marion Cotillard
3. PT Anderson
4. Ben Affleck
5. Katherine Heigl

Best Body of Work
1. Roger Deakins – outstanding cinematography in 3 excellent films – NcfOM, Assasination of Jesse James and In the Valley of Elah
2. Josh Brolin – superb supporting roles in No Country for Old Men, American Gangster, In the Valley of Elah, Planet Terror
3. Casey Affleck – superb supporting roles in Assassination of Jesse James & Gone Baby, Gone
4. Philip Seymour Hoffman – Superb trifecta for Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Charlie Wilson’s War and The Savages
5. Michael Cera – Superbad and Juno – nuff said

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Juno
2. No Country for Old Men
3. Zodiac
4. Gone, Baby, Gone
5. Superbad

Best new DVD Release
1. Saturday Night Fever 30th Anniversary Edition
2. Deliverance – 35th Anniversary Edition
3. Sergio Leone Anthology – (Clint Eastwood package)

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1997
1. Funny Games
2. L.A. Confidential
3. Donnie Brasco
4. Affliction
5. Good Will Hunting

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1982
1. The Verdict
2. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
3. E.T.
4. Diner
5. Sophie’s Choice

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1957
1. Bridge on the River Kwai
2. 12 Angry Men
3. An Affair to Remember
4. The Seventh Seal
5. A Face in the Crowd

Into the Wild

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