Movies of the Year Awards: 2008 Updated 3/2010

I’m going through and revising all the awards I’ve handed out the last few years. Ideally, these will continue to be updated as I see more movies from each year. So far I’ve done every year from 1946-2009; 1945 and earlier will also be forthcoming. I’m ranking the nominees in each category, first place being the winner.

Best Picture:

2. Sita Sings the Blues
3. A Christmas Tale
4. Waltz with Bashir
5. 24 City

Best Director:

1. Andrew Stanton, WALL-E
2. Nina Paley, Sita Sings The Blues
3. Arnauld Desplechin, A Christmas Tale
4. Jia Zhang-ke, 24 City
5. Olivier Assayas, Summer Hours


1. Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
2. Benicio Del Toro, Che
3. Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino
4. Sean Penn, Milk
5. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Redbelt


1. Sally Hawkins, Happy Go Lucky
2. Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
3. Maria Onetto, The Headless Woman
4. Lina Leandersson, Let The Right One In
5. Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married

Supporting Actor:

1. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
2. Mathieu Almaric, A Christmas Tale
3. Bill Irwin, Rachel Getting Married
4. Eddie Marsan, Happy Go Lucky
5. Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker

Supporting Actress:

1. Kirin Kiki, Still Walking
2. Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
3. Isabella Rossellini, Two Lovers
4. Anne Consigny, A Christmas Tale
5. Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona

Original Screenplay:

1. Arnaud Desplechin & Emmanuel Bourdieu, A Christmas Tale
2. Mike Leigh, Happy Go Lucky
3. Jia Zhang-ke & Zhai Yong-ming, 24 City
4. Olivier Assayas, Summer Hours
5. Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York

Adapted Screenplay:

1. Nina Paley, Sita Sings The Blues
2. Wong Kar-wai, Ashes of Time Redux
3. John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let The Right One In
4. Dustin Lance Black, Milk
5. Jonathan Raymond & Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy

Foreign Language Film:

1. A Christmas Tale
2. Waltz With Bashir
3. 24 City
4. Still Walking
5. Summer Hours

Documentary Feature:

1. Waltz With Bashir
2. 24 City
3. Rembrandt’s J’Accuse
4. Bigger, Stronger, Faster*
5. Roman Polanski: Wanted & Desired

Animated Feature:

2. Sita Sings The Blues
3. Waltz With Bashir
4. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea

Film Editing:

1. A Christmas Tale
2. The Hurt Locker
3. Sparrow
4. Speed Racer
5. Waltz With Bashir


1. Eric Gautier, A Christmas Tale & Summer Hours
2. Christopher Doyle, Ashes Of Time Redux
3. Yu Wang & Nelson Yu Lik-wai, 24 City
4. Joaquín Baca-Asay, Two Lovers
5. Barry Ackroyd, The Hurt Locker

Art Direction:

1. A Christmas Tale
2. Synecdoche, New York
3. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
4. Summer Hours
5. The Brothers Bloom

Costume Design:

1. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
2. Rachel Getting Married
3. Ashes Of Time Redux
4. Che
5. Milk


1. The Dark Knight
2. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
3. Ong Bak 2: The Beginning

Sound Mixing:

2. Rachel Getting Married
3. Speed Racer
4. Cloverfield
5. Sita Sings the Blues

Sound Editing:

2. Iron Man
3. Cloverfield
4. Speed Racer
5. Hellboy II

Visual Effects:

1. Speed Racer
2. Hellboy II
3. Iron Man
4. Cloverfield
5. The Dark Knight

Original Score:

1. Thomas Newman, WALL-E
2. Max Richter, Waltz With Bashir
3. Grégoire Hetzel, A Christmas Tale
4. Xavier Jamaux and Fred Avril, Sparrow
5. A. R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

Original Song:

1. “Down To Earth”, Peter Gabriel, WALL-E
2. “Agni Parisha”, Todd Michaelson, Sita Sings the Blues
3. “Dracula’s Lament”, Jason Segal, Forgetting Sarah Marshall
4. “Jai Ho”, A. R. Ragman and Gulzar, Slumdog Millionaire


1. Sita Sings The Blues
3. Gonzo: the Life And Work Of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson
4. Rachel Getting Married
5. Slumdog Millionaire

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