Best Performances, Directors, and Other Miscellany of 2010

     December 29, 2010

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In my profession, there are two very important things you must do: watch movies and keep notes.  I did an alright job with the first one, but admittedly fell short on the latter.  While last year I was able to confidently provide what I thought were the best kills and quotes, this year I didn’t do a good job with record keeping and so I’ve omitted those categories.  Next year I’ll be more meticulous and make it a point to see movie where people get destroyed while saying witty things.

However, I did see enough movies to confidently make a list of the folks I thought were the best actors, directors, and other miscellaneous greats.  Hit the jump to check out my picks.

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BEST ACTOR

Colin Firth as “King George VI” in The King’s Speech

Runners-Up:

George Clooney as “Jack / Edward” in The American

Jesse Eisenberg as “Mark Zuckerberg” in The Social Network

James Franco as “Aron Ralston” in 127 Hours

Tahar Rahim as “Malik El Djebena” in A Prophet

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BEST ACTRESS

Natalie Portman as “Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen” in Black Swan

Runners-Up:

Annette Bening as “Nic” in The Kids Are All Right

Julianne Moore as “Jules” in The Kids Are All Right

Emma Stone as “Olive Penderghast” in Easy A

Michelle Williams as “Cindy” in Blue Valentine

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christian Bale as “Dicky Ecklund” in The Fighter

Runners-Up:

Armie Hammer as “Cameron Winklevoss / Tyler Winklevoss” in The Social Network

Ben Mendelsohn as “Andrew ‘Pope’ Cody” in Animal Kingdom

Mark Ruffalo as “Paul” in The Kids Are All Right

Geoffrey Rush as “Lionel Logue” in The King’s Speech

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Hailee Steinfeld as “Mattie Ross” in True Grit

Runners-Up:

Amy Adams as “Charlene Fleming” in The Fighter

Barbara Hershey as “Erica Sayers” in Black Swan

Melissa Leo as “Alice Ward” in The Fighter

Jackie Weaver as “Janine Cody” in Animal Kingdom

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BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE

Jennifer Lawrence as “Ree Dolly” in Winter’s Bone

Runners-Up:

Hailee Steinfeld as “Mattie Ross” in True Grit

Chloe Moretz as “Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl” in Kick-Ass

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BEST DIRECTOR

Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan

Runners-Up:

Joel and Ethan Coen – True Grit

David Fincher – The Social Network

Christopher Nolan – Inception

Edgar Wright – Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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BEST DOCUMENTARY

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Runner-Up: Inside Job

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BEST ANIMATED FILM

How to Train Your Dragon

Runner-Up: Toy Story 3

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BEST SCORE

Daft Punk –TRON: Legacy

Runner-Up: Clint Mansell – Black Swan

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Matthew Libatique – Black Swan

Runner-Up: Robert Richardson – Shutter Island

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Aaron Sorkin – The Social Network

Runner-Up: Joel and Ethan Coen – True Grit

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

David Siedler – The King’s Speech

Runner-Up: Christopher Nolan – Inception

Monday: Top 10 Posters of 2010

Tuesday: Top 10 Trailers of 2010

Wednesday: Best Performances, Directors, and Other Miscellany of 2010

Thursday: Worst 5 Films of 2010

Friday: Top 10 Films of 2010

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