Best of 2009: The Definitive List of Top Tens

Here we are: my Top Tens in the major award categories, including Best Animated Feature, Best Visual Effects, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Picture. I included my Top 25 for Best Picture. Also, click the movie titles to read my original reviews of these film. Enjoy.

Best Animated Feature:
9. Monsters vs. Aliens
8. 9
7. Fantastic Mr. Fox
6. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
5. Coraline
4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
3. Ponyo
2. The Princess and the Frog
1. Up

Best Visual Effects:
10. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
9. Watchmen
8. Terminator: Salvation
7. Where the Wild Things Are
6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
5. Knowing
4. 2012
3. District 9
2. Star Trek
1. Avatar

Best Original Score:
10. Nathan Johnson- The Brothers Bloom
9. Adrian Younge- Black Dynamite
8. Mark Isham- Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
7. Alexandre Desplat- Fantastic Mr. Fox
6. Carter Burwell and Karen O.- Where the Wild Things Are
5. Stephen Bruton and T-Bone Burnett- Crazy Heart
4. Marvin Hamlisch- The Informant!
3. Hans Zimmer- Sherlock Holmes
2. Michael Giacchino- Star Trek
1. Michael Giacchino- Up

Best Cinematography:
10. Trent Opaloch- District 9
9. Robert Richardson- Inglourious Basterds
8. Steve Yedlin- The Brothers Bloom
7. Roger Deakins- A Serious Man
6. Larry Fong- Watchmen
5. Dion Beebe- Nine
4. Nicola Pecorini- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
3. Bruno Delbonnel- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2. Mauro Fiore- Avatar
1. Lance Acord- Where the Wild Things Are

Best Screenplay:
10. Phil Lord and Chris Miller- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
9. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber- (500) Days of Summer
8. Greg Mottola- Adventureland
7. Scott Z. Burns- The Informant!
6. Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, and Thomas McCarthy- Up
5. Jonathan Parker and Catherine DiNapoli- (untitled)
4. Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner- Up in the Air
3. Rian Johnson- The Brothers Bloom
2. Joel and Ethan Coen- A Serious Man
1. Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, and Tony Roche- In the Loop

Best Supporting Actress:
10. Marley Shelton- (untitled)
9. Naturi Naughton- Notorious
8. Lily Cole- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
7. Emily Blunt- Sunshine Cleaning
6. Marion Cotillard- Nine
5. Rinko Kikuchi- The Brothers Bloom
4. Anna Kendrick- Up in the Air
3. Penelope Cruz- Nine
2. Vera Farmiga- Up in the Air
1. Mo’Nique- Precious

Best Supporting Actor:
10. Tom Waits- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
9. Ryan Reynolds- Adventureland
8. Clifton Collins Jr.- Sunshine Cleaning
7. Anthony Mackie- The Hurt Locker
6. Alfred Molina- An Education
5. Jackie Earle Haley- Watchmen
4. Peter Capaldi- In The Loop
3. Stanley Tucci- The Lovely Bones
2. Tom Hollander- In The Loop
1. Christoph Waltz- Inglourious Basterds

Best Actress:
10. Saoirse Ronan- The Lovely Bones
9. Sandra Bullock- The Blind Side
8. Maya Rudolph- Away We Go
7. Rachel McAdams- The Time Traveler’s Wife
6. Amy Adams- Sunshine Cleaning
5. Rose Byrne- Adam
4. Gabourey Sidibe- Precious
3. Carey Mulligan- An Education
2. Meryl Streep- Julie & Julia
1. Rachel Weisz- The Brothers Bloom

Best Actor:
10. Jeremy Renner- The Hurt Locker
9. Michael Stuhlbarg- A Serious Man
8. George Clooney- Up In The Air
7. Hugh Dancy- Adam
6. Sam Rockwell- Moon
5. Robin Williams- World’s Greatest Dad
4. Nicolas Cage- Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
3. Sharlito Copley- District 9
2. Jeff Bridges- Crazy Heart
1. Matt Damon- The Informant!

Best Director:
10. David Yates- Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
9. Jason Reitman- Up in the Air
8. Duncan Jones- Moon
7. Kathryn Bigelow- The Hurt Locker
6. Rian Johnson- The Brothers Bloom
5. Terry Gilliam- The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
4. Neill Blomkamp- District 9
3. James Cameron- Avatar
2. Ethan and Joel Coen- A Serious Man
1. Spike Jonze- Where the Wild Things Are

Best Picture:
25. 2012
24. (500) Days of Summer
23. Zombieland
22. The Hurt Locker
21. World’s Greatest Dad
20. Coraline
19. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
18. The Informant!
17. Adventureland
16. Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
15. Star Trek
14. District 9
13. Anvil: The Story of Anvil
12. Ponyo
11. Avatar
10. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
9. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
8. The Princess and the Frog
7. The Brothers Bloom
6. Where the Wild Things Are
5. Black Dynamite
4. Up
3. In the Loop
2. A Serious Man
1. Up in the Air

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~ by russellhainline on February 20, 2010.

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