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James is a Year One Muriel Voter and freelance writer. He can't believe how boring life is at 26. Is it these morose Iowans he's surrounded by, or do people just start walking down the long road of lameness everywhere once the mid-20's are hit? James just obtained a permit to carry a concealed weapon, more out of principal than practical concern. The picture on the ID isn't very good, as it was taken through the bottom port of a glass window at the sheriff's office. His reviews are published in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and on his blog, Whispers of a Cinematic Echo. The blog has more spelling and grammar errors, but the thoughts are more pure. 

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Best Feature-Length Film
1. True Grit
2. The Social Network
3. Inception
4. Youth in Revolt
5. The American
6. The Town
7. The Expendables
8. Let Me In
9. From Paris with Love
10. The King’s Speech

Best Lead Performance, Male
1. Jeff Bridges, True Grit
2. Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
3. Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
4. George Clooney, The American
5. Patrick Fabian, The Last Exorcist

Best Lead Performance, Female
1. Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
2. Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
3. Jennifer Laurence, Winter’s Bone
4. ChloŽ Moretz, Let Me In
5. Greta Gerwing, Greenberg

Best Supporting Performance, Male
1. Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
2. Christian Bale, The Fighter
3. Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
4. Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
5. Vincent Cassel, Black Swan

Best Supporting Performance, Female
1. Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
2. Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
3. Portia Doubleday, Youth in Revolt
4. Mila Kunis, Black Swan
5. Rooney Mara, The Social Network 

Best Direction
1. Christopher Nolan, Inception
2. Coen Brothers, True Grit
3. David Fincher, The Social Network
4. Matt Reeves, Let Me In
5. Ben Affleck, The Town

Best Screenplay
1. Christopher Nolan, Inception
2. Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
3. Coen Brothers, True Grit
4. Rowan Joffť, The American
5. David Seidler, The King’s Speech

Best Cinematography
1. Wally Pfister, Inception
2. Roger Deakins, True Grit
3. Greig Fraser, Let Me In
4. Martin Ruhe, The American
5. Jeff Cronenweth, The Social Network

Best Editing
1. Lee Smith, Inception
2. Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, The Social Network
3. Andrew Weisblum, Black Swan
4. Ken Blackwell and Paul Harb, The Expendables
5. Jon Harris, 127 Hours 

Best Music
1. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
2. Hans Zimmer, Inception
3. Michael Giacchino, Let Me In
4. John Swihart, Youth in Revolt
5. Harry Gregson-Williams and David Buckley, The Town

Best Cinematic Moment 
1. Cabin siege – True Grit
2. “You have the minimum amount.” – The Social Network
3. Faking your own death is harder than it looks – Youth in Revolt
4. A rather rude gesture at dinner – From Paris with Love
5. Jack weighs his options at the picnic – The American
6. Climax - Inception
7. Three’s a crowd (second car murder) – Let the Right One In
8. Plane attack on the docks – The Expendables
9. Mattie negotiates a fair price – True Grit
10. Freefall Opening – Predators

Best Cinematic Breakthrough
1. ChloŽ Moretz
2. Patrick Fabian
3. Hailee Steinfeld
4. Greta Gerwig
5. Emma Stone

Best Body of Work
1. Leonard DiCaprio
2. Michael Cera
3. Mark Wahlberg
4. Julianne Moore 
5. Guy Pearce

Best Ensemble Performance
1. The Social Network
2. True Grit
3. Inception
4. Youth in Revolt
5. The Town

Best Web-Based Criticism
3. MUBI

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 2000
1. American Psycho
2. Requiem for a Dream
3. Battle Royale
4. The Way of the Gun
5. You Can Count on Me

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1985
1. Back to the Future
2. Ran
3. Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
4. After Hours
5. Day of the Dead

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1960
1. The Apartment
2. Psycho
3. Peeping Tom
4. Shoot the Piano Player
5. La Dolce Vita

Special Award: Best Film of the 1950s
1. North by Northwest
2. Rashomon
3. Vertigo
4. On the Waterfront
5. Sunset Boulevard
6. Paths of Glory
7. 12 Angry Men
8. Kiss Me Deadly
9. The Searchers
10. Touch of Evil

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