The Decade in Review: The Superlatives

Before I start my list of the 50 best movies of the decade on Monday, I thought it would be nice to list my picks for the top achievements in areas like directing, cinematography, score, etc. I had planned to do deatailed lists for all of them, but it would be way too time consuming. So, I’m just going to pick my top 2 for each category and list them.

Well, Here they are:

Best Director: Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings, King Kong)

Runner Up: Steven Spielberg (Artificial Intelligence, Minority Report, Catch Me if you Can, The Terminal, War of the Worlds, Munich, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)

Best Single Achievement in Directing: Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Runner-up: Baz Luhrman, Moulin Rouge!

Best Directorial Debut: Sarah Polley, Away from Her

Runner-Up: Martin McDonagh, In Bruges

Best Performance by a Leading Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Runner-Up: Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean

Best Performance by a Leading Actress: Ellen Burstyn, Requiem for a Dream

Runner-Up: Nicole Kidman, Moulin Rouge!

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Runner-Up: Casey Affleck, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There

Runner-Up: Ellen DeGeneres, Finding Nemo

Best Original Screenplay: In Bruges, Martin McDonagh

Runner-Up: Love Actually, Richard Curtis

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Ronald Harwood

Runner-Up: Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens

Best Cinematographer: Roger Deakins (O Brother Where Art Thou? The Man who Wasn’t There, House of Sand and Fog, The Village, Intolerable Cruelty, The Lady Killers, Jarhead, No Country for Old Men, In the Valley of Elah, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Doubt, Revolutionary Road, A Serious Man)

Runner-Up: Bruno Delbonnel (Amelie, A Very Long Engagement, Across the Universe, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)

Best Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Runner-Up: Janusz Kaminski, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Composer: Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream, Sahara, The Fountain, Definitely, Maybe, The Wrestler, Moon)

Runner-Up: Alexandre Desplat (Girl with a Pearl Earing, Birth, The Upside of Anger, Casanova, Syriana, The Queen, The Painted Veil, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Cheri, Coco Before Chanel, Julie & Julia, Fantastic Mr. Fox, New Moon, Lust/Caution)

Best Original Score: The Fountain, Clint Mansell

Runner-Up: Amélie, Yann Tiersen

Best Original Song: (Tie) Man of the Hour by Pearl Jam from Big Fish and Little Person by Jon Brion from Synecdoche, New York

Runner-Up: Come What May from Moulin Rouge!

Best Editing: Moulin Rouge!

Runner-Up: The Diving Bell and the Buttefly

Best Costume Design: Marie Antoinette

Runner-Up: Dreamgirls

Best Production Desgin: Moulin Rouge!

Runner-Up: Lord of the Rings

Best Make-Up: Pan’s Labyrinth

Runner-Up: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Visual Effects: Avatar

Runner-Up: King Kong

Best Scene: El Tango de Roxanne, Moulin Rouge!

Runner-Up: Chapter 5, Inglourious Basterds

Best Villain: The Joker (as played by Heath Ledger), The Dark Knight

Runner-Up: The Witch (as played by Tilda Swinton), The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

Worst Movie of the Decade: Miracle at St. Anna

Runner-Up: Walking Tall


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