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1920-29 + Superlatives Index

2008: Year in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives

 

  1. 35 Shots of Rum (dir: Claire Denis)
  2. My Winnipeg (dir: Guy Maddin)
  3. Rachel Getting Married (dir: Jonathan Demme)
  4. Hunger (dir: Steve McQueen)
  5. Let the Right One In (dir: Tomas Alfredson)
  6. Man on Wire (dir: James Marsh)
  7. Happy-Go-Lucky (dir: Mike Leigh)
  8. The Strangers (dir: Bryan Bertino)
  9. Step Brothers (dir: Adam McKay)
  10. Synecdoche, New York (dir: Charlie Kaufman) 

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): A Christmas Tale (dir: Arnaud Desplechin), Burn After Reading (dir: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen), Che (dir: Steven Soderbergh), The Dark Knight (dir: Christopher Nolan), Elegy (dir: Isabel Coixet), Milk (dir: Gus Van Sant), WALL-E (dir: Andrew Stanton), Wendy and Lucy (dir: Kelly Reichardt)

Best Film of the Year: 35 Shots of Rum
Producers: Karl Baumgartner, Bruno Pesery

US Distributor: The Cinema Guild

Jonathan Demme directs a dinner scene on the set of Rachel Getting Married

Jonathan Demme directs a dinner scene on the set of Rachel Getting Married

Best Director:
1. Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married
2. Claire Denis, 35 Shots of Rum
3. Tomas Alfredson, Let the Right One In
4. Guy Maddin, My Winnipeg
5. Steve McQueen, Hunger


Benicio Del Toro and Catalina Sandino Moreno in Steven Soderbergh's Che

Benicio Del Toro and Catalina Sandino Moreno in Steven Soderbergh's Che

Best Actor:
1. Benicio Del Toro, Che

2. Michael Fassbender, Hunger
3. Ben Kingsley, Elegy
4. Sean Penn, Milk
5. Alex Descas, 35 Shots of Rum


Anne Hathaway in Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married

Anne Hathaway in Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married

Best Actress:
1. Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
2. Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

3. Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
4. Penelope Cruz, Elegy
5. Mati Diop, 35 Shots of Rum


John Malkovich in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Burn After Reading

John Malkovich in Joel Coen and Ethan Coen's Burn After Reading

Best Supporting Actor:
1. John Malkovich, Burn After Reading
2. Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
3. Josh Brolin, Milk
4. Adam Scott, Step Brothers
5. Mahershala Ali, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Supporting Actress:
1. Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona
2. Viola Davis, Doubt
3. Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
4. Patricia Clarkson, Elegy
5. Anne Consigny, A Christmas Tale


Amy Stewart in Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg

Amy Stewart in Guy Maddin's My Winnipeg

Best Original Screenplay:
1. My Winnipeg – Guy Maddin and George Toles
2. Synecdoche, New York – Charlie Kaufman

3. Burn After Reading — Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
4. A Christmas Tale – Arnaud Desplechin and Emmanuel Bourdieu
5. Happy-Go-Lucky – Mike Leigh


Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In

Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist
2. Wendy and Lucy – Kelly Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond

3. Doubt — John Patrick Shanley
4. Elegy – Nicholas Meyer
5. Hellboy II: The Golden Army — Guillermo del Toro and Mike Mignola


Kåre Hedebrant in Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In

Kåre Hedebrant in Tomas Alfredson's Let the Right One In

Best Cinematography:
1. Let the Right One In – Hoyte Van Hoytema
2. Speed Racer — David Tattersall

3. Hunger – Sean Bobbitt
4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Claudio Miranda
5. 35 Shots of Rum – Agnes Godard


Andrew Stanton's WALL-E

Andrew Stanton's WALL-E

Best Original Score:
1. WALL-E – Thomas Newman
2. A Christmas Tale – Gregiure Hetzel
3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Alexandre Desplat
4. Let the Right One In – Johan Söderqvist
5. Slumdog Millionaire – A.R. Rahman


Alex Descas in Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum

Alex Descas in Claire Denis' 35 Shots of Rum

Best Film Editing:
1. 35 Shots of Rum — Guy Lecorne
2. My Winnipeg – John Gurdebeke
3. Slumdog Millionaire — Chris Dickens
4. Step Brothers — Brent White
5. The Strangers – Kevin Greutert


Samantha Morton and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York

Samantha Morton and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York

Best Production Design:
1. Synecdoche, New York ­– Mark Friedberg and Lydia Mark
2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Donald Graham Burt and Victor J. Zolfo
3. Speed Racer — Owen Paterson and Peter Walpole
4. Hellboy II: The Golden Army – Stephen Scott, Elli Griff and Zsuzsa Mihalek
5. 
My Winnipeg – Rejean Labrie, Chad Giesbrecht, John Jnnissen, Alexis Labra and Bill MacInnis


Taraji P. Henson and Brad Pitt in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Taraji P. Henson and Brad Pitt in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Costume Design:
1. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button — Jacqueline West

2. Australia — Catherine Martin
3. Changeling — Deborah Hopper
4. The Dark Knight — Lindy Hemming
5. Speed Racer — Kym Barrett


Best Documentary Feature: James Marsh, Man on Wire


Best Ensemble Cast: Step Brothers
Orson Welles' Best First Feature: Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche New York

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Best Ensemble Cast: (dir: Adam McKay; in alphabetical order): Will Ferrell, Kathryn Hahn, Richard Jenkins, Lurie Postin, John C. Reilly, Andrea Savage, Adam Scott, Mary Steenburgen and Elizabeth Yozamp

Best First Feature: Charlie Kaufman, Synechdoche, New York


the year-end project: 
201620152014201320122011, 20102009, 2008 ... 
2007200620052004200320022001
20001999199819971996
19951994
19931992, 1991199019891988198719861985,198419831982
198119801975-79,
1970-741965-691960-641955-591950-541940-491930-39,
1920-29 + Superlatives Index