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My 2010 Film Awards… 11 Months Too Soon

My 2010 Film Awards... 11 Months Too Soon

So yesterday I wrote a story on indieWIRE that relayed Oscar possibilities for next year via thoughts on some films I saw last week at Sundance. And it got me thinking about the dozen or so 2010 theatrical releases I’ve already seen, whether at Sundance or at various festivals last year. True to my list geek nature, this thought process resulted in coming up with what my 2010 personal award choices would look like if they only included the films I’ve already seen. And, frankly, it was no struggle to come up with a very worthy batch of awards, particularly in the “best actress” category, where I couldn’t even narrow it down to 5 for the life of me. Instead I deicded to just include the 10 fabulous female performances that should make any list making impossible come December considering how many 2010 films (97% of them?) I’ve yet to even see. There’s already no filler there: From “I Killed My Mother”‘s Anne Dorval to “I Am Love”‘s Tilda Swinton to “The Kids Are All Right” duo of Bening and Moore, these are all performances worthy of awards attention.

While its doubtful a lot of these will end up in the actual awards mix come a year from now (though one can dream), I suspect a lot of them will in fact end up on my personal best of. It’s looking to be quite the year for film, and another fantastic year for cinematic women (half of my current top ten is female-helmed):

2010 Top Ten
1. I Am Love
2. A Prophet
3. The Kids Are All Right
4. Everyone Else
5. Please Give
6. I Killed My Mother
7. Cyrus
8. Fish Tank
9. Blue Valentine
10. Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Maren Ade, Everyone Else
Jacques Audiard, A Prophet
Lisa Cholochenko, The Kids Are All Right
Luca Guadagnino, I Am Love
Nicole Holofcener, Please Give

Xavier Dolan, I Killed My Mother
Robert Duvall, Get Low
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
John C. Reilly, Cyrus
Tamir Rahim, A Prophet

Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Dorval, I Killed My Mother
Katie Jarvis, Fish Tank
Catherine Keener, Please Give
Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Vincere
Birgit Minichmayr, Everyone Else
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Tilda Swinton, I Am Love
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor:
Adel Bencherif, A Prophet
Michael Fassbender, Fish Tank
Jonah Hill, Cyrus
Bill Murray, Get Low
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Best Supporting Actress:
Ann Morgan Guilbert, Please Give
Rebecca Hall, Please Give
Marisa Tomei, Cyrus
Mia Wasikowska, The Kids Are All Right
Kierston Wareing, Fish Tank

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