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January 12, 2010 5:23 AM
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Best of the Decade: "Mulholland" Tops LA Critics' List

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) announced their selections for the best of the 2000s, with "Mulholland Dr.," from director David Lynch, topping the list. The LAFCA's choices were announced today by Brent Simon, President of LAFCA. This is the organization's inaugural survey of the decade in cinema.

"Famously salvaged from a rejected TV pilot, Lynch's film stands as both a cautionary tale and a mascot for the triumph of art and personal vision in an industry that, from where we sit, often seems actively devoted to the suppression of both," the organization said in an essay announcing its choice.

"Deep love, respect and gratitude to the L.A. Film Critics Association for choosing Mulholland Dr. as the film of the decade," said director David Lynch when informed of the distinction, in a statement. "I am really thrilled by this honor, thank you."

"Mulholland Dr." beat out 189 other selected titles, which were chosen by 41 LAFCA members who participated in the vote. In 2001, "Mulholland Dr." was the group's runner-up for best picture, placing second to Todd Fields' "In the Bedroom."

The film also topped a recent list of the best 150 movies of the decade published on the Film Comment website, and the recent indieWIRE survey of nearly one hundred film critics and bloggers, with Wong Kar-wai's "In The Mood for Love" at number two and Edward Yang's "Yi Yi" at number three. "In The Mood For Love" was surprising omission from the LAFCA list.

Tthe top 10 Films of the Decade list from LAFCA:

1. Mulholland Dr. - David Lynch
2. There Will Be Blood - Paul Thomas Anderson
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Michel Gondry
4. Brokeback Mountain - Ang Lee
5. No Country for Old Men - Joel and Ethan Coen and Zodiac - David Fincher (tie)
6. Yi Yi - Edward Yang
7. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days - Cristian Mungiu and The Lord of the Rings - Peter Jackson (tie)
8. Spirited Away - Hayao Miyazaki
9. United 93 - Paul Greengrass (tie) and Y Tu Mama Tambien - Alfonso Cuaron (tie)
10. Sideways - Alexander Payne

The rules of the selections, as explained by the LAFCA: "Each critic was invited to submit a weighted ballot of 10 films. On ranked ballots, the No. 1 choice received 10 points, No. 2 received 9 points, No. 3 received 8 points, and so on. On unranked ballots, each film received 5.5 points. The organization freely allowed votes for franchises (i.e., The Lord of the Rings trilogy), short films (The Heart of the World), films that premiered at festivals in the '90s but didn't play U.S. theaters until the '00s (Audition), films that premiered at festivals in the '00s but won't play U.S. theaters until the '10s (Wild Grass), and even films that were made four decades ago (Army of Shadows)."

Check out the LAFCA's 2009 awards here.

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