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2008: Year in Review
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. Viva (dir: Anna Biller)

  6. Man on Wire (dir: James Marsh)

  7. Let the Right One In (dir: Tomas Alfredson)

  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), Happy-Go-Lucky (dir: Mike Leigh), Milk (dir: Gus Van Sant), Revolutionary Road (dir: Sam Mendes), WALL-E (dir: Andrew Stanton), Waltz with Bashir (dir: Ari Folman) and Wendy and Lucy (dir: Kelly Reichardt)


Best Film of the Year: 35 Shots of Rum
Director: Claire Denis 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. Anna Biller, Viva
4. Guy Maddin, My Winnipeg
5. Steve McQueen, Hunger

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Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s  Hunger

Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s Hunger

Best Actor:
1. Michael Fassbender, Hunger
2. Leonardo DiCaprio, Revolutionary Road
3. Ben Kingsley, Elegy
4. Sean Penn, Milk
5. Alex Descas, 35 Shots of Rum

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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. Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road

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Michael Shannon and Richard Easton in Sam Mendes'  Revolutionary Road

Michael Shannon and Richard Easton in Sam Mendes' Revolutionary Road

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

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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. Viva — Anna Biller

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Michelle Williams in Kelly Reichardt's  Wendy and Lucy

Michelle Williams in Kelly Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy

Best Adapted Screenplay:
1. Wendy and Lucy – Kelly Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond
2. Frost/Nixon — Peter Morgan
3. Let the Right One In – John Ajvide Lindqvist
4. Revolutionary Road — Justin Haythe
5. Hellboy II: The Golden Army — Guillermo del Toro and Mike Mignola

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

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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. Viva — Anna Biller
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

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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. Viva — Anna Biller
5. Speed Racer — Kym Barrett

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Best Documentary Feature: James Marsh, Man on Wire
Best Animated Feature: Ari Folman, Waltz with Bashir

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Best Ensemble Cast: Step Brothers
Orson Welles' Best First Feature: Anna Biller, Viva

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

Best First Feature: Anna Biler and Jared Sanford (pictured, right) in Anna Biller's Viva