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2010 Ten Best List

2010 Ten Best List

Thompson on Hollywood

I’ve been feverishly catching up on screeners, knowing that I had to declare my ten best list on Friday’s Oscar Talk. I filed my votes at the Village Voice and indieWIRE critics polls. And I filed my nominations for the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which announced Monday. It turns out that my number ten choice, Fish Tank, had a qualifying run in 2009. So I replaced it with The Ghost Writer. So here goes:

Best Film »
1) Winter’s Bone
2) The Kids Are All Right
3) The Social Network
4) Toy Story 3
5) Inside Job
6) Carlos
7) Let Me In
8) The King’s Speech
9) True Grit
10) The Ghost Writer

Best Lead Performance »
1) Edgar Ramirez, Carlos
2) Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
3) Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
4) Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
5) Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Best Supporting Performance »
1) Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
2) Sam Rockwell, Conviction
3) Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
4) Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
5) Marion Cotillard Inception

Best Director »
1) Debra Granik, Winter’s Bone

Best Documentary »
1) Restrepo

Best Screenplay »
1) Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best First Feature »
1) Exit Through the Gift Shop

Best Undistributed Film »
1) Abel
2) Silent Souls

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I made a point to go out & see “Winter’s Bone”, and though I found it a reasonably entertaining INDIE flick, I still thought it had plenty of low-budget flaws that distracted from it being particularly standout: the drawn-out, talky & slightly too hammy “white-trash” melodramatics of the script, and some of the supporting roles that were forced, & not very convincing. And the payoff was anti-climatic.
Lawrence…she carried her main part fine; somber, conflicted, determined & outspoken, as needed.
But consideration for “Female Performance of the Year” ? Really?
This film wasn’t a “knockout” on any level. A solid B.
(And Granik doesn’t deserve a “best director” nod for this little film either…there was some HAMMY acting in this).
If we’re talkin’ best female indie, then its definitely Cholodenko’s.


No Lesley Manville? Other than that, good list! Interesting, thoughtful picks. Happy to see you didn’t count out “King’s Speech” as some people have, it’s truly great.

Joe Valdez

Pretty good list, Anne. I liked that INCEPTION didn’t make your Top 10 — there were too many movies in 2010 that were much better, whether the public realizes it yet or not.

I really liked WINTER’S BONE, but Debra Granik can’t be getting awarded for the second feature she ever directed. Best Director should probably go to David Fincher.

Anne Thompson

Let’s say it’s best doc on not on my ten best list. Just to spread the wealth.

Ravi Vora

I think you’re missing James Franco for Best Lead Performance in 127 Hours.


How come Inside Job is in your top ten, yet Restrepo is listed as best documentary?


SILENT SOULS has been picked up for US distribution by Shadow Distribution and the film will be released in the Spring 2011.

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