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Jim Emerson is a hyphenate who lives in Seattle.  He has been a daily newspaper critic (The Seattle Times, the Orange County Register), an art house exhibitor, a film festival programmer, a screenwriter, a playwright, a dogsitter and a bunch of other things that make him hyphenated.  He was the editor of the Microsoft Cinemania CD-ROM movie encyclopedia and is the founding editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.com and the blog Scanners.  His dogs are Edith Olive Eggplant Dog and Dolores Madeleine Haze Dog.  If he had a tumor he would name it Marla.

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Best Feature-Length Film
1. A Serious Man
2. The Hurt Locker
3. Liverpool
4. 35 Shots of Rum
5. Inglourious Basterds
6. The Headless Woman
7. Police, Adjective
8. Summer Hours
9. The Limits of Control
10. Goodbye Solo

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
2. Alex Descas, 35 Shots of Rum
3. Matt Damon, The Informant!
4. Ben Foster, The Messenger
5. Michael Stuhlbarg, A Serious Man

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds
2. Carey Mulligan, An Education
3. María Onetto, The Headless Woman
4. Abbie Cornish, Bright Star
5. Kristen Stewart, Adventureland

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Ari Hoptman, A Serious Man
2. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Watchmen
3. Fred Melamed, A Serious Man
4. Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
5. James Gandolfini, In the Loop

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Samantha Morton, The Messenger
2. Vera Farmiga, Up in the Air
3. Edith Scob, Summer Hours
4. Catherine O'Hara, Where the Wild Things Are
5. Liev Schreiber, Taking Woodstock

Best Direction
1. Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
2. Lucrecia Martel, The Headless Woman
3. Corneliu Porumboiu, Police, Adjective
4. Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
5. Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Best Screenplay
1. Joel & Ethan Coen, A Serious Man
2. Olivier Assayas, Summer Hours
3. Corneliu Porumboiu, Police, Adjective
4. Scott Z. Burns, The Informant!
5. Lucrecia Martel, The Headless Woman

Best Cinematography
1. Robert Richardson, Inglourious Basterds
2. Bárbara Álvarez, The Headless Woman
3. Christopher Doyle, The Limits of Control
4. Michael Simmonds, Goodbye Solo
5. Roger Deakins, A Serious Man

Best Music
1. A Serious Man
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
3. The Informant!
4. The Limits of Control
5. The Brothers Bloom

Best Cinematic Moment
1.  The meeting at Embers ("No one is playing the blame game, Larry…") - A Serious Man
2.  The final sequence - A Serious Man
3.  The accident, the recovery, the title shot - The Headless Woman
4.  Bowie: "Putting out the Fire with Gasoline" - Inglourious Basterds
5.  The (Revenge of the) Giant Face - Inglourious Basterds
6.  The first explosion - The Hurt Locker
7.  Breaking, entering, dancing - Fantastic Mr. Fox
8.  "Apple juice.  Apple juice flood." - Fantastic Mr. Fox
9.  Two espressos, in separate cups. - The Limits of Control
10. The dictionary scene - Police, Adjective

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues
2. Wes Anderson, Fantastic Mr. Fox

Best Body of Work
1. James Gandolfini (Where the Wild Things Are, In the Loop)
2. Patton Oswalt (Big Fan, The Informant!)
3. Steven Soderbergh (The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant!)
4. George Clooney (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Up in the Air, The Men Who Stare at Goats)
5. Seth Rogen (Observe and Report, Funny People)

Best Ensemble Performance
1. A Serious Man
2. Fantastic Mr. Fox
3. Inglourious Basterds
4. The Hurt Locker
5. Summer Hours

Best Web-Based Criticism
1. David Bordwell
2. Some Came Running
3. girish
4. Self-Styled Siren
5. Sunset Gun

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1999
1.  Eyes Wide Shut
2. Three Kings
3. Fight Club
4. Jesus' Son
5. Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1984
1. A Year of the Quiet Sun
2. Under the Volcano
3. Once Upon a Time in America (restored version)
4. Stranger Than Paradise
5. Stop Making Sense

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1959
1. North By Northwest 
2. Rio Bravo
3. Pickpocket
4. Nazarin
5. Ohayô/Good Morning

Best Film of the Decade
1. No Country for Old Men
2. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
3. Cache
4. Zodiac
5. A Serious Man
6. Mulholland Drive
7. Brokeback Mountain
8. Pan's Labyrinth
9. Birth
10. 24 Hour Party People

Best Performance of the Decade, Male
1. Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
2. Tommy Lee Jones, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
3. Tommy Lee Jones, No Country For Old Men
4. Barry Pepper, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
5. Steve Coogan, 24 Hour Party People

Best Performance of the Decade, Female
1. Nicole Kidman, Birth
2. Naomi Watts, Mulholland Drive
3. Laura Linney, You Can Count on Me
4. Julianne Moore, Far from Heaven
5. Laura Dern, INLAND EMPIRE

Best Directorial Body of Work of the Decade
1. Joel & Ethan Coen
2. Ramin Bahrani
3. Bong Joon-ho
4. Michael Haneke
5. David Gordon Green

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