Well, here we are. I said Monday and I meant Monday and it's Monday. Unless you're east of the prime meridian, which is NOT my problem, so let's just get this over with. I'm doing a top fifteen because I've decided that's how I do things - five nominees from ten finalists, with five semi-finalists backing things up. It seems efficient enough.
Presented without much comment, and of the 105 films I apparently saw and count for 2008 (yay archive!), here are the 15 best of them IMFO.
#15 The Class
(SPC, December 19)
#14 A Christmas Tale
(IFC, November 14)
(Fox, November 26)
Ed. note: As most of you will recall from last year, I was completely obsessive about this movie months before it came out. I couldn't go five seconds without thinking/screaming aloud "OMG AUSTRALIA!" And it didn't disappoint me. It still hasn't. The problem was I was just too fanatical. I rolled with it's obvious flaws and claimed them as just adding to it's overall "masterful" existence. BUT I still think it's a great, thoroughly entertaining work of overly romantic awesomeness, and I probably like it more than most of the films on this list. So make of all that as you will.
#12 The Wrestler
(Fox Searchlight, December 17)
#11 Waltz with Bashir
(SPC, December 25)
MY TOP TEN, + THE FINALISTS.
#10 The Fall
(Roadside, May 9)
(Miramax, May 16)
#8 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
(Paramount/Warner, December 25)
#7 Love Songs
(IFC, March 21)
(Miramax, October 10)
Which obvies leads to MY NOMINEES FOR BEST PICTURE.
#5 The Dark Knight
(Warner, July 18)
#4 The Reader
(TWC, December 10)
(Disney/Pixar, June 27)
#2 Paranoid Park
Gus Van Sant
(IFC, March 7)
And now, fiiiiinally, MY BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR.
Gus Van Sant
(Focus, November 26)
That noise you hear is of you and everybody else not being surprised. Of course it's Milk, it was never gonna be anything else. Though it's more of an emotionally linked rallying cry than a truly great film at this point, it still IS a truly great film, and one of the most important and affecting I've ever seen. ♥
Winners in gold, runners-up in silver and bronze. Yes, medals. I'm original. If there's anything you want me to comment on, then ask in the comments. I usually try to act like I have a descriptive brain in that box.
I need to announce tho that I revoked Waltz with Bashir's Documentary Feature nomination. It's so categorically in the gray - it's more like a personal History Channel special than a flat-out documentary - that I thought it kinda does a disservice to more determinable docs.
For reference, here are all the winners in readable text form:
Best Director: Gus Van Sant, Milk + Paranoid Park
Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, Milk
Best Adapted Screenplay: François Bégaudeau + Robin Campillo + Laurent Cantet, The Class
Best Animated Feature Film: WALL•E
Best Foreign Language Film: Love Songs
Best Documentary Feature Film: American Teen
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Sean Penn, Milk
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Penélope Cruz, Elegy + Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Art Direction: Australia
Best Cinematography: Milk
Best Costume Design: Australia
Best Film Editing: Milk
Best Make-Up: The Dark Knight
Best Original Score: Love Songs
Best Mix-Tape Score: Waltz with Bashir
Best Original Song: "Au Parc", Love Songs
Best Sound Mixing: Paranoid Park
Best Sound Editing: WALL•E
Best Visual Effects: Speed Racer
Best Ensemble Acting: A Christmas Tale
Best Limited/Cameo Acting: Karina Fernandez, Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Juvenile Acting: Catinca Untaru, The Fall
Best Voice-Over Acting: Tress MacNeille, Futurama: Bender's Game
Man, that looks weird put together. And gay. And adolescent. And ADD-riddled. And I need to stop starting my sentences with the word 'and'.
I really hope people care and comment/tell me what they think! *nervous laughter*