Sam Juliano 2012

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Sam Juliano, age 58. Have taught creative writing and literature in the Fairview Public School system for 28 years. Am a regular patron of NYC cinemas all year long for decades, I attend Broadway and off-Broadway shows, have held partial season tickets to the Metropolitan Opera for 27 years and attend several classical concerts a year at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic. I founded the popular movie blogsite Wonders in the Dark in September of 2009, immediately forging a two-person chairmanship of the site with my British friend Allan Fish, a gifted writer with an astonishing film-watching background. Married the former Lucille Mancini in 1996, and had five children with her: Melanie (16), Sammy (15), Daniel (13), Jillian (12) and Jeremy (10). Lucille is a former teacher who is now an elementary school principal in Fairview.

I've written film reviews for local newspapers, and I have both a comprehensive DVD/Blu-ray collection of over 6,000 titles and a family that is movie-crazy.


Best Feature-Length Film
1. The Turin Horse
2. Les Miserables
3. Life of Pi
4. Oslo, August 31st
5. Zero Dark Thirty
6. Lincoln
7. The Impossible
8. Monsieur Lazhar
9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
10. Django Unchained

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Daniel-Day Lewis (Lincoln)
2. Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
3. Denis Lavant (Holy Motors)
4. Anders Danielsen Lie (Oslo, August 31st)
5. Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi)

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)
2. Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
3. Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
4. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
5. Nadezhda Markina (Elena)

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Tom Holland (The Impossible)
2. Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables)
3. Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
4. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
5. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
2. Sally Field (Lincoln)
3. Anne Dowd (Compliance)
4. Samantha Barks (Les Miserables)
5. Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

Best Direction
1. Bela Tarr (The Turin Horse)
2. Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
3. Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
4. Tom Hooper (Les Miserables)
5. Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31st)

Best Screenplay
1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
2. Lincoln
3. The Deep Blue Sea
4. Zero Dark Thirty
5. Oslo, August 31st

Best Cinematography
1. Life of Pi
2. The Turin Horse
3. Holy Motors
4. Lincoln
5. Django Unchained

Best Editing
1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. The Deep Blue Sea
3. Life of Pi
4. Argo
5. Lincoln

Best Music
1. Life of Pi (Danna)
2. The Impossible (Valazquez)
3. Anna Karenina (Marianelli)
4. Lincoln (Williams)
5. Argo (Desplat)

Best Cinematic Moment
1. degradation of humanity monologue in "The Turin Horse"
2. "I Dreamed A Dream" from "Les Miserables"
3. Tsunami strikes in "The Impossible"
4. Cafe scene in "Oslo, August 31st"
5. Convent death scene of Jean Valjean from "Les Miserables"
6. Flying fish sequence from "Life of Pi"
7. Extended torture sequence from "Zero Dark Thirty"
8. Day-Lewis and Field clash in "Lincoln"
9. "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from "Les Miserables"
10. Underground train station sequence in "The Deep Blue Sea"

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Quvenzhane Wallis
2. Thomas Doret
3. Ezra Miller
4. Tom Holland
5. Rian Johnson

Best Body of Work
1. William Goldenberg
2. Matthew McConaughey
3. Anne Hathaway
4. Jennifer Lawrence
5. Jessica Chastain

Best Ensemble Performance
1. Les Miserables
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
3. Django Unchained
4. Amour
5. Lincoln

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 2002
1. Far From Heaven (Haynes)
2. Talk To Her (Almodovar)
3. The Hours (Daldry)
4. 10 (Kiarostami)
5. Chicago (Marshall)

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1987
1. Hope and Glory (Boorman)
2. Au Revoir Les Enfants (Malle)
3. Empire of the Sun (Spielberg)
4. The Dead (Huston)
5. Full Metal Jacket (Kubrick)

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1962
1. Ivan's Childhood (Tarkovsky)
2. Akitsu Springs (Yoshida)
3. Hara-kiri (Kobayashi)
4. Lawrence of Arabia (Lean)
5. To Kill a Mockingbird (Mulligan)

Special Award: Best Film of the 1970s
1. The Last Picture Show (Bogdanovich)
2. Barry Lyndon (Kubrick)
3. Cries and Whispers (Bergman)
4. Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir)
5. The Godfather Part II (Coppola)
6. A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick)
7. The Conformist (Bertolucci)
8. Celine et Julie vont en Bateau (Rivette)
9. The New Land (Troell)
10. Edvard Munch (Watkins)

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