March 6, 2010

Best Films of 2009

While we didn't get to see ALL the Oscar nominated films for 2009, we still managed to see most of them thanks to babysitters and piratebay. Overall, it seems 2009 was more on par with 2007, with one great picture and lots of good ones. Even still, I loved going to the movies this year. I love previewing the movies before they come out, reading the reviews...the popcorn and soda, the crowds, and the conversations with Kari on the walk home.

My favorite film this year was Inglourious Basterds and it will certainly go down as one of the best made films I've ever seen. The first twenty minutes of that film simply took my breath away and the performances of Melanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz were some of the best of the year.

And what can be said of Avatar...oh Mr. Cameron, you can certainly make a damn fun movie to watch. The sci-fi picture may just be the only movie I've ever wanted to see twice in the same day. I elbowed Kari and friends at least every few minutes - I just couldn't believe the spectacle before my eyes. Beautiful.

My favorites of the year, even if some of them weren't nominated:

**I didn't see The Messenger, which I have a sneaking suspicion might have cracked into a category or two.**

     Best Picture:

The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
District 9
The Road
Fantastic Mr Fox

     Best Actor (lead/support):

Sharlto Copley, District 9
Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart
Tobey Maguire, Brothers
Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Viggo Mortensen, The Road
Nicolas Cage, Bad Lieutenant
Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

     Best Actress (lead/support):

Gabourey Sidibe, Precious
Mo'Nique, Precious
Vera Farmiga, Up In The Air
Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds
Diane Krueger, Inglourious Basterds
Zoe Saldana, Avatar

     Best Director:

Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
James Cameron, Avatar
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
Lee Daniels, Precious
Neil Blomkamp, District 9

     Best Writing (original/adapted):

Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious
Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach, Fantastic Mr. Fox
Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds
David Benioff, Brothers
Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man



pk said...

I thought Avatar was the best movie-going experience, Inglorious was the best writing, and Hurt Locker wins out for most emotionally gripping

Sarah said...

I knew you'd have something about the Oscars on here, I remembered from last year. I know it's after the fact, but I thought Hurt Locker really did deserve to win for Best Picture, and I was happy to see Jeff Bridges win. This year was a pretty predictable one.

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