gARTh's 2010 Movie Awards


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Beginning in 2008, the winners were chosen by user voting via Myspace and Facebook, with the exception of in a few categories added later. These are marked with an *.

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The Social Network

David Fincher - The Social Network

Colin Firth - The King's Speech

Natalie Portman - Black Swan

Supporting Actor:
Christian Bale - The Fighter

Supporting Actress:
Melissa Leo - The Fighter

Adapted Screenplay:
Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network

Original Screenplay:
Christopher Nolan - Inception

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Art Direction:

Costume Design:
Black Swan

The Wolfman

Visual Effects:

Sound Mixing:
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Music - Original Score:
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network

Music - Original Song:
A.R. Rahman & Dido - "If I Rise" - 127 Hours

Music - Use of Previously Recorded Song; Feature:
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (Edvard Grieg) - "In the Hall of the Mountain King" - The Social Network

Music - Use of Previously Recorded Song; Trailer:
Johnny Cash - "God's Gonna Cut You Down" - True Grit

Animated Feature Film:
Toy Story 3

Documentary Feature Film:
Waiting for "Superman"

Foreign Language Film:
Enter the Void - France

Animated Performance:
Ned Beatty - Toy Story 3

Villainous Performance:
Mark Strong - Kick-Ass

Comedic Performance:
Steve Carell - Dinner for Schmucks

Cameo / Bit-Part Performance:
Crispin Glover - Hot Tub Time Machine

Breakthrough Performance:
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit

Breakthrough Filmmaker:
Joseph Kosinski - TRON: Legacy

The Social Network

Inception - Arthur (Joseph-Gordon Levitt) fights a projection while losing gravity in the hotel hallway.

The Social Network - "I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try, but there's no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention, you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing. Did I adequately answer your condescending question?"

The Social Network - "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies."

Poster Art: (select link to view)
Inception (One Sheet  12)

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*Most Underrated Film:

Films that did not receive a wide release, were unsuccessful at the box office, were not nominated for any major awards or receive acclaim at any major film festivals, and were generally unknown to most audiences at the time of their release... but were well-liked by most critics and audiences that did happen to see them.

Leaves of Grass - Written and Directed by Tim Blake Nelson.

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Special Achievement Award:

Chloë Grace Moretz (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kick-Ass, and Let Me In)

At 13 years old, Chloë Moretz is set to take Hollywood by storm as only a handful of young actresses before her have been able to do. Drew Barrymore, Anna Paquin, Natalie Portman, Dakota Fanning... the list of recent female child stars able to make the transition into mature roles isn't very long. Already, Moretz has shown the world acting abilities far beyond her years, and her choice of roles reflects a desire to be taken seriously. She's not just another cute-faced kid. She's a smartass middle-schooler with an interesting eye on what's what and who's who in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. She's a lethal assassin in a purple wig Hell-bent on tearing down a druglord's empire with a tongue as sharp as the knives she wields in Kick-Ass. She's a lonely vampire trying to survive in a cold, modern world who makes friends with a bullied boy she feels a strange kinship with in Let Me In.

As supporting character Angie Steadman in Thor Freudenthal's adaptation of the acclaimed novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid, she acts as guide to sixth grader Greg and his nerdy best friend Rowley, giving them lessons on the inner-workings of middle school. While she's not the center of the film, Angie is always around and always a part of Greg and Rowley's lives, and Moretz injects an energy and playfulness so that Angie doesn't come across as too weird or too smart, just smart and weird enough. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, which only cost $15 million to make, made over $75 million at the box office, (The sequel will be released March 25, 2011, although Moretz is not attached).

As Hit-Girl in Matthew Vaughn's adaptation of the Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr. graphically violent graphic novel Kick-Ass, Moretz trained with martial arts legend Jackie Chan's stunt crew for three months, and performed almost all of her acrobatic stunts on location. Besides the action, stunts, and foul-mouthed humor that's delivered with a quick acid-tongue, Moretz brings a sense of sadness and brevity when the action slows adding a dimension of realism and consequence that enhances not only her performance but the entire film, as well. Made for $28 million (raised by director Matthew Vaughn himself due to the Studio's hesitancy over the violence and language of the film... he later sold it to Universal, one of the Studio's that had originally turned him down), Kick-Ass earned $96 million at the box office and instant 'cult movie' status. The sequel, Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall has been announced, with all (surviving) cast and crew returning, to be released in 2012.

And, as Abby in Let Me In, Matt Reeves' adaptation of the novel Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvis and the 2008 Swedish film of the same name directed by Tomas Alfredson, Moretz adds a spin to the role originated by Swedish actress Lina Leandersson so as to make it her own. The reserved, quiet subtleties and nuances of the character remain intact, but Moretz seems more inviting and accessible, more rewarding with what she gives her audience in her performance, and that small tonal change makes all the difference in the American version. Moretz plays the role phenomenally, bringing a wisdom beyond her years that can be read in her eyes and the sense of primal ferocity lying just beyond the reach of light.

While the movie wasn't a huge box office success (cost $20 million, made only $21 million) it was universally acclaimed by critics and audiences everywhere with review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes giving the consensus that it's "similar to the original in all the right ways, but with enough changes to stand on its own, Let Me In is the rare Hollywood remake that doesn't add insult to inspiration," and leading the novel's author (and writer of the screenplay to the Swedish film) Lindqvis to issue this statement about the film: "I might just be the luckiest writer alive. To have not only one, but two excellent versions of my debut novel done for the screen feels unreal. Let The Right One In is a great Swedish movie. Let Me In is a great American movie. There are notable similarities and the spirit of Tomas Alfredson is present. But Let Me In puts the emotional pressure in different places and stands firmly on its own legs. Like the Swedish movie it made me cry, but not at the same points. Let Me In is a dark and violent love story, a beautiful piece of cinema and a respectful rendering of my novel for which I am grateful. Again." Finally, acclaimed horror author Stephen King said of the film, "Let Me In is a genre-busting triumph. Not just a horror film, but the best American horror film in the last 20 years."

For her performances in Kick-Ass and Let Me In Chloë Moretz has received two Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Young Actress (alongside Let Me In co-star Kodi Smit-McPhee), was nominated for the Female Breakout Award at the Teen Choice Awards for her role in Kick-Ass, and was nominated for Best Fantasy Film Actress, Best Superhero, and won the award for Best Breakthrough Female Performance at the 2010 Scream Awards, also for her role in Kick-Ass.

Besides Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall in 2012, Chloë Moretz can soon be seen in Ami Mann's dark murder mystery set in the Texan bayou The Fields also starring Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and as a part of the ensemble cast, including Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Sascha Baron Cohen and Christopher Lee, of Martin Scorsese's family adventure Hugo Cabret to be released in 3D Fall 2011.

1 comment:

  1. Best year for film since the venerable 1999!!!