And the winner is…
At the 2008 Muriel Awards, the only film awards that matter, the final tallies are in.
Notable winners included:
- Wall-E blasted home with the Golden Muriel for Best Feature Film.
- Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler: Best Lead Performance, Male.
- Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married: Best Lead Performance, Female.
- Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married: Best Direction.
- Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight: Best Supporting Performance, Male.
- Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married: Best Supporting Performance, Female.
- Charlie Kaufman took Best Screenplay for Synecdoche, New York.
Also awarded were anniversary awards for Best Picture:
- 50th Anniversary Award, Best Picture, 1958: Vertigo.
- 25th Anniversary Award, Best Picture, 1983: The King of Comedy.
- 10th Anniversary Award, Best Picture, 1998: Rushmore.
Check out all the awards, and NOW individual ballots (including one from your humble blogger) at the Muriel Awards 2008 page on opal-films.com. Big thanks to Paul Clark, for running the awards; Scott Black, for inviting me to participate; and all the voters for a great Muriel Awards. Taking a bit of a break from new films right now, but can’t wait to do it all over again for 2009.
Finally, to put a big bow on the year: My 2008 top 10.
1. 4 Weeks, 3 Months and 2 Days.
2. Man on Wire
4. Chop Shop
5. Waltz with Bashir
6. Taxi to the Dark Side
7. Flight of the Red Balloon
8. Rachel Getting Married
9. Wendy and Lucy
10. In Bruges
Several of these might be seen as 2007 releases, but didn’t receive U.S. distribution until this year. Under Muriel rules, they counted. Also, what can I say? 2008 was a down year.
Worthy 2008 releases I’m most disappointed to say I missed include:
- The Class
- The Duchess of Langeais
- A Girl Cut in Two
- Gran Torino
- I’ve Loved You So Long
- My Winnipeg
- Trouble the Water
Well, that’s it. Dwelling in the past is for chumps. Bring on ’09!