Four years ago, I gave out a bunch of awards for the best films of 2009. Of course, due to the vagaries of film distribution, many great films from that year were only released (or became available to me) long after I handed them out. So here is an up-to-date accounting of the 2009 Endy Awards.
>Other years can be found in the Rankings & Awards Index. Eligibility is determined by imdb date and by whether or not I’ve seen the movie in question. Nominees are presented in alphabetical order, the winner is bolded. And the Endy goes to. . .

Best Picture:

1. Bright Star
2. Bluebeard
3. La danse
4. Fantastic Mr. Fox
5. Inglourious Basterds
6. It Felt Like a Kiss
7. The Limits of Control
8. Oxhide II
9. Phantoms of Nabua
10. Wild Grass

Best Director:

1. Frederick Wiseman, La danse
2. Wes Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox
3. Adam Curtis, It Felt Like a Kiss
4. Liu Jiayin, Oxhide II
5. Alain Resnais, Wild Grass

Best Actor:

1. Nicholas Cage, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
2. Ben Whishaw, Bright Star
3. Isaach De Bankolé, The Limits of Control
4. Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man
5. André Dussollier, Wild Grass

Best Actress:

1. Bae Doona, Air Doll
2. Lola Créton, Bluebeard
3. Abbie Cornish, Bright Star
4. Tilda Swinton, I Am Love
5. Sabine Azéma, Wild Grass

Supporting Actor:

1. Mathieu Amalric, Wild Grass
2. Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
3. Peter Capaldi, In the Loop
4. Dolph Lundgren, Universal Soldier: Regeneration
5. Simon Yam, Vengeance

Supporting Actress:

1. Marilou Lopes-Benites, Bluebeard
2. Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds
3. Anna Kendrick, Up in the Air
4. Anne Consigny, Wild Grass
5. Kelly Lin, Written By

Original Screenplay:

1. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
2. Hong Sang-soo, Like You Know It All
3. Liu Jiayin, Oxhide II
4. Corneliu Porumboiu, Police Adjective
5. Wai Ka-fai & Au Kin-yee, Written By

Adapted Screenplay:

1. Catherine Breillat, Bluebeard
2. Manoel de Oliveira, Eccentricities of a Blond-Haired Girl
3. Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach, Fantastic Mr. Fox
4. Armando Iannucci et al, In the Loop
5. Alain Resnais & Laurent Herbiet, Wild Grass

Foreign Language Film:

1. Bluebeard (Catherine Breillat)
2. La danse (Frederick Wiseman)
3. Oxhide II (Liu Jiayin)
4. Phantoms of Nabua (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
5. Wild Grass (Alain Resnais)

Documentary Feature:

1. The Art of the Steal (Don Argott)
2. It Felt Like a Kiss (Adam Curtis)
3. La danse (Frederick Wiseman)
4. In Search of Beethoven (Phil Grabsky)
5. The September Issue (RJ Cutler)

Unseen Film:

1. About Elly (Asghar Farhadi)
2. The Box (Richard Kelly)
3. Magadheera (SS Rajamouli)
4. A Single Man (Tom Ford)
5. White Material (Claire Denis)

Animated Feature:

1. Coraline (Henry Selick)
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson)
3. The Secret of Kells (Tomm Moore & Nora Twomey)
4. Summer Wars (Mamoru Hosada)
5. Up (Pete Docter & Bob Peterson)

Film Editing:

1. Accident
2. La danse
3. Inglourious Basterds
4. It Felt Like a Kiss
5. Public Enemies


1. Greig Fraser, Bright Star
2. Robert Richardson, Inglourious Basterds
3. Christopher Doyle, The Limits of Control
4. Dante Spinotti, Public Enemies
5. Eric Gautier, Wild Grass

Art Direction:

1. Fantastic Mr. Fox
2. Gamer
3. Inglourious Basterds
4. The Limits of Control
5. Written By

Costume Design:

1. Bright Star
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
3. I Am Love
4. The Limits of Control
5. Where the Wild Things Are


1. Crank: High Voltage
2. District 9
3. Drag Me to Hell
4. Star Trek
5. Watchmen


1. Fantastic Mr. Fox
2. Inglourious Basterds
3. Phantoms of Nabua
4. Public Enemies
5. Universal Soldier: Regeneration

Sound Editing:

1. Avatar
2. Drag Me to Hell
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox
4. Public Enemies
5. Star Trek

Visual Effects:

1. Avatar
2. Sophie’s Revenge
3. Star Trek
4. Watchmen
5. Written By

Original Score:

1. Alexandre Desplat, Fantastic Mr. Fox
2. Justin Hurwitz, Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench
3. John Adams, I Am Love
4. Boris, The Limits of Control
5. Carter Burwell, A Serious Man

Adapted Score:

1. Adventureland
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
3. Inglourious Basterds
4. In Search of Beethoven
5. The Limits of Control

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