Bryan Whitefield

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Bryan Whitefield is an aspiring screenwriter living in New York City. He studied film with Stan Brakhage and film scholar Suranjan Ganguly. He writes for Nerve.com’s Screengrab.

Best Feature-Length Film
1. There Will Be Blood
2. No Country For Old Men
3. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4. Gone Baby Gone
5. Michael Clayton
6. The Lives of Others
7. Zodiac
8. The Darjeeling Limited
9. I’m Not There
10. Control

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Daniel Day Lewis – There Will Be Blood
2. Sam Riley - Control
3. George Clooney – Michael Clayton
4. Casey Affleck – Gone Baby Gone
5. Tony Leung – Lust, Caution

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Tang Wei - Lust, Caution
2. Sienna Miller - Interview
3. Juliette Binoche – Breaking and Entering
4. Ellen Page - Juno
5. Keira Knightley – Atonement

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Javier Bardem – No Country For Old Men
2. Tommy Lee Jones – No Country For Old Men
3. Chiwetel Ejiofor – Talk To Me
4. Josh Brolin – No Country For Old Men
5. Heath Ledger – I’m Not There

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
2. Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
3. Charlotte Gainsbourg – I’m Not There
4. Kelly Macdonald – No Country For Old Men
5. Marie-Josee Croze – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Direction
1. Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood
2. Coen Brothers – No Country
3. Julian Schnabel – Diving Bell
4. Todd Haynes – I’m Not There
5. David Fincher – Zodiac

Best Screenplay
1. There Will Be Blood
2. No Country For Old Men
3. The Lives of Others
4. Michael Clayton
5. Gone Baby Gone

Best Cinematography
1. There Will Be Blood
2. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
3. Lust, Caution
4. Zodiac
5. The Darjeeling Limited

Best Music
1. Once
2. Control
3. The Darjeeling Limited

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Paul Thomas Anderson – There Will Be Blood
2. Ben Affleck – Gone Baby Gone
3. Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton, Bourne Ultimatum
4. Sam Riley - Control
5. Lars Von Trier – The Boss of it All

Best Body of Work
1. Judd Apatow
2. James Schamus (Focus Features = Atonement, Eastern Promises + screenwriter of Lust, Caution)
3. Josh Brolin

Best Ensemble Performance
1. No Country For Old Men
2. I’m Not There
3. The Darjeeling Limited
4. Gone Baby Gone
5. Breaking and Entering

Best DVD Releases
1. The Wire (Season 4)
2. Twin Peaks (Gold Box)
3. Days of Heaven (Criterion)

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1997
1. Happy Together
2. Gummo
3. Good Will Hunting
4. In the Company of Men
5. Boogie Nights

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1982
1. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
2. Fitzcarraldo
3. Conan the Barbarian
4. Blade Runner
5. Officer and a Gentleman, An

There Will Be Blood

What a monster year for film! Even after I had submitted what I considered to be a very strong Top 10 to Nerve that even excluded films that never found distribution but would have certainly made the list based on quality, I find my more complete list for this awards voting with three more entries in the Top 10 and a new number 1. I’d have to say that coming out of No Country For Old Men I really didn’t think it was possible for another film this year to be better but then there was There Will Be Blood. I always knew that PTA had a genius-level masterpiece in him and freed from the issues and hang-ups that plagued his original scripts he found it. This film is an epic masterpiece and as near perfect as anything that I’ve seen over the last 5 years. To have two films that are certain to enter the pantheon of all-time greats in one year and the rest of this list populated with films that operated at such a high level of quality and creativity in such variety is definitely something worthy of note and (quiet) celebration.

Other awards:

The Most Fun To Look At:
1. The Host
2. The Bourne Ultimatum
3. Transformers
4. I Am Legend
5. The Golden Compass

Won’t Change Your Life But Will Make You Laugh:
1. Hot Fuzz
2. Knocked Up
3. The Boss of it All
4. Superbad

Best Film With No Distributor:
1. Reprise
2. Never Forever
3. The Go-Getter
4. On The Road With Judas
5. The Good Life

From Bad To Worse:
1. Death Proof
2. Black Book
3. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
4. The Lookout
5. Factory Girl
6. Everything’s Gone Green
7. The Hottest State
8. Broken English
9. Angel-A
Yes, There Is Such A Thing As Too Real aka The Life Sucks Award:
10. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days