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George Wu reviews movies for Culturevulture and has written for Cineaste, Senses of Cinema, and for those who care to hurt their brain mining memories dating back to the ancient times of the primordial world wide web, Prodigy Internet. A product of New York University’s Film Studies graduate program, George continues to dwell in extremely over-priced Manhattan but it’s worth it for the best cinema-viewing you can get in the U.S.A

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Best Feature-Length Film
1. The Turin Horse
2. The Loneliest Planet
3. The Master
4. The Avengers
5. Lincoln
6. Killing Them Softly
7. Sister
8. The Deep Blue Sea
9. Kill List
10. Indie Game: The Movie

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
2. Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
3. Jiang Wen, Let the Bullets Fly
4. Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
5. Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Amy Adams, Trouble with the Curve
2. Hani Furstenberg, The Loneliest Planet
3. Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea
4. Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
5. Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
2. Bidzina Gujabidze, The Loneliest Planet
3. Lior Ashkenazi, Footnote
4. David Strathairn, Lincoln
5. Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
2. Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises
3. Alessandra Mastronardi, To Rome With Love
4. Scarlett Johansson, The Avengers
5. Teresa Madruga, Tabu

Best Direction
1. Julia Loktev, The Loneliest Planet
2. Bela Tarr, The Turin Horse
3. Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
4. Jiang Wen, Let the Bullets Fly
5. Terence Davies, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Screenplay
1. Bernie
2. The Avengers
3. The Loneliest Planet
4. Killing Them Softly
5. Lincoln

Best Cinematography
1. The Turin Horse
2. The Master
3. Let the Bullets Fly
4. Samsara
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Editing
1. The Avengers
2. The Loneliest Planet
3. Indie Game: The Movie
4. Silver Linings Playbook
5. Bernie

Best Cinematic Moment
1. Fantine sings "I Dreamed a Dream", Les Miserables
2. Black Widow gets a phone call, The Avengers
3. Hallway martial arts fight, The Raid: Redemption
4. Eliezer figures out his son is behind the Israel Prize letter, Footnote
5. Lincoln tells his cabinet why the Thirteenth Amendment is necessary, Lincoln
6. All evil escapes, The Cabin in the Woods
7. Fantine and Jean Valjean sing "Come to Me", Les Miserables
8. Cemetery photo shoot, Holy Motors
9. Iron Man vs. Thor, The Avengers
10. Visitors on the horizon, The Turin Horse

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Anne Hathaway
2. Léa Seydoux
3. Ben Wheatley
4. Analeigh Tipton
5. Joseph Cedar

Best Body of Work
1. Anne Hathaway
2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
3. Amy Adams
4. Tom Hiddleston
5. Greta Gerwig

Best Ensemble Performance
1. The Avengers
2. To Rome With Love
3. Lincoln
4. Silver Linings Playbook
5. Killing Them Softly

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 2002
1. Morvern Callar
2. Talk to Her
3. Dracula - Pages from a Virgin's Diary
4. Blue Gate Crossing
5. So Close

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1987
1. Hope and Glory
2. Dust in the Wind
3. Full Metal Jacket
4. Red Sorghum
5. Project A, Part II

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1962
1. Ride the High Country
2. Ivan’s Childhood
3. An Autumn Afternoon
4. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
5. Salvatore Giuliano

Special Award: Best Film of the 1970s
1. Mirror
2. Manhattan
3. Celine and Julie Go Boating
4. A Clockwork Orange
5. Annie Hall
6. Apocalypse Now
7. The Godfather
8. Badlands
9. Jaws
10. Killer of Sheep

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