Jenny Sekwa 2008

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An infrequent and rambling former guest reviewer at  The Ongoing Cinematic Education of Steven Carlson, Jenny Sekwa is now far more content to simply watch hundreds of movies, attend film festivals with the singular intent of meeting her favorite actors, (2008's NYFF highlight:  shaking hands with Mickey Rourke) and sneak into film premiere after-parties.   She also served as a co-executive producer on the award-winner short film Y Nada Mas. Jenny's favorite movie is The Godfather,  which she quotes (along with numerous other movies) often on her newly revamped blog: Do We AMUSE You?  Jenny is currently empty-nesting with her very funny husband and very old cat  in Key West, Florida and Old Saybrook, CT.  

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Best Feature-Length Film

1. Rachel Getting Married

2. In Bruges

3. Dear Zachary:  A Letter to a Son About His Father

4. The Visitor

5. Slumdog Millionaire

6. Man on Wire

7. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

8. Milk

9. Iron Man

10. Pride and Glory

 

Best Lead Performance, Male

1. Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler

2. Richard Jenkins - The Visitor

3. Sean Penn - Milk

4. Robert Downey, Jr. - Iron Man

5. Philip Seymour Hoffman - Doubt

 

Best Lead Performance, Female

1. Anne Hathaway - Rachel Getting Married

2. Sally Hawkins - Happy-Go-Lucky

3. Michelle Williams - Wendy and Lucy

4. Meryl Streep - Doubt

5. Angelina Jolie - Changeling

 

Best Supporting Performance, Male

1. Heath Ledger - The Dark Knight

2. Bill Irwin - Rachel Getting Married

3. Michael Shannon - Revolutionary Road

4. James Franco - Milk

5. Brendan Gleeson - In Bruges

 

Best Supporting Performance, Female

1. Rosemary DeWitt - Rachel Getting Married

2. Viola Davis - Doubt

3. Rebecca Hall - Vicky Cristina Barcelona

4. Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler

5. Tilda Swinton - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  

Best Direction

1. Jonathan Demme - Rachel Getting Married           

2. Martin McDonagh - In Bruges

3. Thomas McCarthy - The Visitor

4. Danny Boyle - Slumdog Millionaire

5. Gus Van Sant - Milk

 

Best Screenplay

(original or adapted)

1. Jenny Lumet - Rachel Getting Married

2. Martin McDonagh - In Bruges

3. Simon Beaufoy - Slumdog Millionaire

4. John Patrick Shanley - Doubt

5. Woody Allen - Vicky Cristina Barcelona

 

Best Cinematography

(film or video)

1. Eigil Bryld - In Bruges

2. Declan Quinn - Rachel Getting Married

3. Anthony Dod Mantle - Slumdog Millionaire

4. Wally Pfister - The Dark Knight

5. Harris Savides - Milk

 

Best Music

(original, adapted, or compiled)

1. WALL*E - Thomas Newman

2. Milk - Danny Elfman

3. Burn After Reading - Carter Burwell

4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Alexandre Desplat

5. Cadillac Records - Terence Blanchard

 

Best Cinematic Moment

1. The Dark Knight - opening robbery scene w/ all the Jokers

2. Rachel Getting Married - gut-wrenching argument/brawl between Ann Hathaway and Debra Winger

3. The Wrestler - Mickey Rourke’s playful deli counter banter

4. Vicky Cristina Barcelona - Javier Bardem’s blunt pick-up banter when first encountering Scarlett Johannsen and Rebecca Hall

5. Revolutionary Road - Every second Michael Shannon is onscreen

6. Step Brothers - John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell separately grilling their newly married parents, Richard Jenkins and Mary Steenbergen

7. Man on Wire - Breath-holding shots of tightrope walk (and mid-wire laydown) between the newly built World Trade Center buildings

8. Doubt - Viola Davis debating Meryl Streep over her son’s future

9. Iron Man - Robert Downey, Jr.:  “I am Iron Man”

10. Gran Torino - Unarmed Clint Eastwood going down in a hail of automatic weapon spray

 

Best Cinematic Breakthrough

1. Kurt Kuenne - Filmmaker - Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

2. James Franco - Acting - Milk

3. Jenny Lumet - Screenwriter - Rachel Getting Married

4. Debra Winger - Acting - Rachel Getting Married

5. Russell Brand - Acting - Forgetting Sarah Marshall

 

Best Body of Work

1. Richard Jenkins - (Performer) - The Visitor/Burn After Reading/ Step Brothers

2. Carter Burwell - (Composer) - In Bruges/Burn After Reading/Twilight

3. James Franco - (Performer) - Milk/Pineapple Express

4. Robert Downey, Jr. - (Performer) - Iron Man/Tropic Thunder/The Incredible Hulk

5. Colin Farrell - (Performer) - In Bruges/Pride and Glory

 

Best Ensemble Performance

1. Rachel Getting Married

2. In Bruges

3. Milk

4. Pride and Glory

5. Doubt

 

Best Movie-Related Web Site

1. The Filthy Critic

2. Internet Movie Database

3. Metacritic

4. Criterion Collection

5. The Man Who Viewed Too Much

 

10th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1998

1. The Big Lebowski

2. Buffalo '66

3. Out of Sight

4. Saving Private Ryan

5. A Simple Plan

 

25th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1983

1. Terms of Endearment

2. Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life

3. Scarface

4. The Big Chill

5. A Christmas Story

 

50th Anniversary Award, Best Feature Film 1958

1. Touch of Evil

2. Vertigo

3. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

4. Gigi

5. Run Silent, Run Deep

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