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The 11th annual FiLM BiTCH Awards celebrating the films of 2010.

see also: Traditional Acting, Visuals, Aurals, Fun Extras, Best Scenes (in progress)

BEST PICTURE

BLACK SWAN
Darren Aronofsky
(Fox Searchlight, Dec 5th)
BLUE VALENTINE
Derek Cianfrance
(Weinstein Co, Dec 29th)
I AM LOVE
Luca Guadagnino
(Magnolia, June 18th)
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
Lisa Cholodenko
(Focus Features, Jul 30th)
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
David Fincher
(Columbia, Oct 1st)
An extravagantly silly, deliciously risky and modern hall of mirrors. Best Scene: Nina & Lily (before, during and after)
 It's linear halves are a sad dischordant duet. Boy do these performances sing.
Best Scene: "You Only Hurt the One You Love"
Emma is a quiet one so the movie does the operatic emotion for her. Thrilling cinema. Best Scene: Emma stalks the chef.
A randy funny sweet comedy about a family coming apart and staying together. Best Scene: Dinner at Paul's, so "Blue"
The sharp banter-heavy opening is a lift off. The movie never comes down.  Best Scene: Who could possibly choose?
 
Finalists: David O. Russell's exuberant boxing pic THE FIGHTER | David Michôd's twisty and taught crime drama ANIMAL KINGDOM | Andrea Arnold's mesmerizing mundanity in FISH TANK.
Semi-Finalists: THE GHOST WRITER, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, RABBIT HOLE and TOY STORY 3

 

BEST DIRECTOR

 Darren Aronofsky
BLACK SWAN
 David Fincher
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
Luca Guadagnino
I AM LOVE
 David Michôd
ANIMAL KINGDOM
 David O. Russell
THE FIGHTER
Okay, now he's just showing off. Watch him pull those ballerina strings like a mad puppeteer, drunk on his own skill.
Remember that bloke in ...Button repeatedly struck by lightning? He's not that guy. He catches it in a bottle instead.
 Gifted fearless auteur as chef. He cooks with bold flavors but subtleties emerge. He's got quite a palette.
A shockingly controlled debut: performances, story and tone are all in synch, building incredible momentum.
The jazziest directorial triumph of the year, full of rhythm, surprise, and what sounds like improvised harmonies.
 


Finalists: Andrea Arnold's camera is practically sentient and totally immerses us in this FISH TANK, Roman Polanski continues to be a master of atmosphere and encroaching dread in THE GHOST WRITER, Jacques Audiard elevates a familiar genre with true verve in A PROPHET

Semi-Finalists: Bong Joon-Ho for MOTHER, Lee Unkrich for TOY STORY 3, Derek Cianfrance for BLUE VALENTINE and Lisa Cholodenko for THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT.

 

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

 (I realize Toy Story 3 is campaigning as adapted as did Before Sunset, but I don't buy the argument that movies based on preexisting characters are "adaptations" else all fiction based on true stories (like say, The Fighter!) would be "adapted", wouldn't it?

 David Michôd
ANIMAL KINGDOM
 Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne & Joey Curtis
BLUE VALENTINE
 Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
 Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
THE FIGHTER
Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich
TOY STORY 3
Great characters, big never over- bearing themes, organic twists and a memorably constricting structure.
 A telling juxtaposition of time frames, crafted naturalistic dialogue and room for great actors to breathe and interpret.
 Perfect structure, organic politics, endearingly flawed characters and laugh out loud wordplay. The summer ends too soon.
It never settles for genre basics preferring idiosyncratic language and funny story beats. "I heard you're an MTV girl."
Brilliant choices to build and comment on the previous chapters, clever beats, hilarious dialogue and great new characters.
 
Finalists: Nicole Holofcener's PLEASE GIVE again reveals the writer/director's gift at sharp comedy and human bathos but one keeps hoping she'll push out of her comfort zones a bit for real greatness, Park Eun-kyo & Boon Jong-ho's offer up eccentric characters, delicious red herrings and complicated thrills in MOTHER, Mike Leigh's unique process is still paying fascinating dividends in ANOTHER YEAR even if the structure is a bit easy.

Semi-Finalists: I AM LOVE, EASY A, GREENBERG, THE KING'S SPEECH

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

 Robert Harris & Roman Polanski
THE GHOST WRITER
 David Lindsey-Abaire
RABBIT HOLE
Aaron Sorkin
THE SOCIAL NETWORK
The Coen Brothers
TRUE GRIT
 Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini
WINTER'S BONE
 Robert Harris moves his slippery novel "The Ghost" over to the screen with an assist from the director.
Seeds planted in Lindsey-Abaire's own play, flower cinematically here without awkward "opening up"
 Brilliant verbosity aided by Ben Mezrich's non-fiction "Accidental Billionaires"
 Adapted from the novel of the same name by Charles Portis. Coen's write indelible dialogue.
 Daniel Woodrell's regionally specific noir novel moves over to the big screen with care and craft.
 

Finalists: I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS,  HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON,

Semi-Finalists: SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD, THE MISFORTUNATES, 127 HOURS and THE TOWN

 

 ACTING Nominees | VISUAL Nominees | AURAL Nominees

[You can find a menu to the last two years of awards to your right in the sidebar. The first ten years of the awards will be available in book format in summer 2011. Stay tuned.]