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Best Motion Picture – Drama

Moneyball

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Meryl StreepThe Iron Lady

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Ryan GoslingThe Ides of March

 

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Felicity JonesLike Crazy

 

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Andy SerkisRise of the Planet of the Apes

 

Best Motion Picture – Comedy

Horrible Bosses

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Charlize TheronYoung Adult

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Tyler LabineTucker and Dale vs. Evil

 

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Melissa McCarthyBridesmaids

 

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy

Seth RogenPaul

 

Best Director – Motion Picture

Michel HazanaviciusThe Artist

 

Best Animated Feature Film

Rango

 

Best Original Screenplay

Crazy, Stupid, Love.Dan Fogelman

 

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Rum DiaryBruce Robinson

 

Best Original Score

Fright Night (2011)Ramin Djawadi

 

Best Original Song

Man Or Muppet” by Bret McKenzieThe Muppets

 

Best Art Direction

The Adventures of TintinAndrew L. Jones & Jeff Wisniewski

 

Best Cinematography

Jackass 3DLance Bangs, Dimitry Elyashkevich & Rick Kosick

 

Best Costume Design

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of ShadowsJenny Beavan

 

Best Visual Effects

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

 

Best Television Series – Drama

Justified

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Piper PeraboCovert Affairs

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Timothy OlyphantJustified

 

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Margo MartindaleJustified

 

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Walton GogginsJustified

 

Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Television Series – Drama

Burn Notice

Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Coby Bell & Sharon Gless

 

Best Writing for a Television Series – Drama

Justified

 

Best Television Series – Comedy

Modern Family

 

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy

Christina ApplegateUp All Night

 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy

Jason GannWilfred

 

Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Television Series – Comedy

Julie BowenModern Family

 

Best Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Television Series – Comedy

Charlie DayIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

 

Best Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Television Series – Comedy

Modern Family

Ed O’Neill, Sofía Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Rico Rodriguez, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland & Ariel Winter

 

Best Writing for a Television Series – Comedy

Louie

 

Best Animated Television Series

The Looney Tunes Show

 

Best Movie Poster

The Ides of March

 

Best Movie Trailer

Green With Envy (Teaser)

 

Best Comic Book Series

Detective ComicsScott Snyder

 

Death Coach Award

Shark Night 3D

(This award is given each year to the worst movie of the year. It’s the movie that the studios should have put on the Death Coach rather than in theaters.)

 

King of the Leprechauns Award

Ryan Dunn (1977–2011)

We lost the “Random Hero” this year, and even though his death could have been prevented, it doesn’t make losing him any easier. Ryan has always been my favorite Jackass , and I never missed an episode of Homewrecker or G4’s Proving Ground. I know he will be dearly missed, and that he truly deserves the title of King of the Leprechauns this year!

(This award is the Banshee’s equivalent to a Man/Woman of the Year Award or a Lifetime Achievement Award)

 

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“I Spit on Your Grave”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Do you like rape? What am I saying? Of course you do! Who doesn’t? No, really. You’re going to have to be really okay with rape scenes if you’re even going to thinking about seeing this movie. I Spit on Your Grave is a remake of the 1978 grindhouse exploitation film Day of the Woman, which was later re-titled and released as I Spit on Your Grave in 1980. The movie was very much one of those movies you hear about in high school, and know you shouldn’t see it, so of course you’ll do anything to get your hands on a copy. Much like those Faces of Death videos. I of course watched the original back in high school, but can’t remember anything about it, other than the fact that it, like everything else, did not live up to the hype. So, when Shady and I went to the advanced screening of the current re-interpretation of I Spit on Your Grave a few months back, neither of us had any idea what we were walking into. We’re talking about almost forty minutes, if not more, of hardcore rape. And, I mean rape. Which is then followed by graphically violent revenge torture. Shady and I both have a pretty high tolerance for all things wrong, and even we were having a hard time sitting through this movie. I’m not kidding, people were leaving the theatre in waves throughout the screening, and by the end of the movie the full theatre was easily half empty. You know it’s bad when you’re filling out the questionnaire at the end of the movie, and when you get to the “What would make this movie better?” question, you actually find yourself writing “less rape.” With that said, Sarah Butler, the actress who plays the young victim, is outstanding! The things that she had to do for this movie are unbelievable, and the fact that she not only did them, but also was able to give a performance that would make even Meryl Streep envious, is simply amazing! Butler plays Jennifer, a young female novelist who has rented a reclusive cabin out in the middle of nowhere to get some writing done, and quickly becomes the fascination of four local men. As you can probably guess at this point, they brutally and graphically rape her. The tension and discomfort of the first half of this movie is sure to bother everyone, and I mean everyone! I don’t care how much you say nothing bothers you. If you can watch this movie without getting upset or truly uncomfortable, you’re either a sick freak or a soulless bastard. How do I know this? Because I was sitting with someone who would normally fit that description, and even he was both bothered and uncomfortable. The revenge torture in the second half is equally graphic and unsettling. But, it does seem to somehow manage to even out the scales somewhat with Jennifer getting her revenge. But with all of that said, I still think that some of the movie was really well done, for what it was. It’s really hard to say you enjoyed a movie about really graphic rape, and at times one step away from an exploitation snuff film, but there are a few things worth seeing in this remake of I Spit on Your Grave. Just be ready. I mean really, really, really ready.

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“Julie & Julia”
a review by Darby O’Gill

I know, not the type of movie you would expect to find here, but I’m all about breaking the mold. Truth be told, I was home over the holidays and my mother made me watch it. Also, my grandmother was a huge Julia Child fan, and I grew up watching her show with my gram in my younger years, so I was a little interested to see Meryl Streep’s portrayal of her. But, that’s not to say I wouldn’t be more than happy to give any film a fair chance. I do also realize that this is another Amy Adams’ movie, and if you read my Leap Year review, you all know how I feel about her. It’s not that much of a problem in this film, because she’s not really the lead; she kind of shares that title with Streep. Although, just for the record, it is still more Amy Adams than I would like. Enough of this tomfoolery, let’s get to the review.

Julie & Julia mainly takes place in 2002, and tells the story of Julie Powell, played by Amy Adams, who has just moved to New York with her husband, played by Chris Messina, and finds herself looking for an escape from her day job job at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation‘s call center. She decides to start a blog, but she isn’t quite sure what to blog about, until she comes up with the idea of cooking every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook, and giving herself a year in which to do it. The other part of this story takes place in 1949, when Julia Child, played by Meryl Streep, and her husband Paul, played by Stanley Tucci, have just moved to Paris for Paul’s job at the American Embassy. Julia is looking for something to fill her time while Paul’s at work, and starts her cooking career. She finds it hard however to learn from the French cookbooks, and realizes that there are no American French cookbook. Therefore, she decides to publish her own cookbook where the French recipes would be a little easier for American cooks to follow.

Okay, let’s cut to the chase. I wasn’t a big fan of this movie. The one thing I did find impressive, other than Meryl Streep’s performance, was writer/director Nora Ephron’s ability to intertwine Julie Powell’s novel Julie & Julia with Julia Child and Alex Prud’humme’s My Life in France. By finding the parallels in these two women’s lives, and making the movie just as much about Julia Child’s life, as it is about Julie’s blog challenge, was this film’s saving grace. Well, that and Meryl Streep’s amazing performance. She really embodied the essences of Julia Child in this movie. It’s probably not much of a shock, that I would have enjoyed this movie 100% more, if it was just a story about Julia Child, and skipped all the Amy Adams stuff. I think the movie is better than most would suspect, but in the end it’s just not that satisfying, and leaves you just plain hungry… literally.

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“It’s Complicated”
a review by Darby O’Gill

There’s nothing complicated about it; Nancy Meyers has once again delivered a hit! It’s Complicated is great! The story may not be new, but the way it’s told is. Meyers has written a script that Hollywood would love to make with a 20 or 30 something cast, but she didn’t write it for them. No, she wrote it for a cast in their 60’s, and I for one am really glad that she did.

In It’s Complicated, we follow the story of Jane, played by Meryl Streep, a woman that finds herself in her 60’s and single. Her ex-husband of many years, Jake, played by Alec Bladwin, has remarried; in fact he has married the younger woman he was having an affair with while with Jane. Thanks to their three kids, Jane and Jake have managed to keep a civil relationship with each other despite their divorce. But, when the family travels to New York, for one of their daughter’s college graduation, the unthinkable happens. Jane and Jack hook-up after a late night of drinking, and Jane now finds herself being her ex-husband’s mistress. If now being the other woman to the woman who broke up your marriage didn’t complicate things enough for poor Jane, she suddenly finds herself sparking up a budding relationship with her architect Adam, played by Steve Martin. John Krasinski gives a nice performance as the son-in-law that knows about Jane and Jack’s secret relationship, and is tortured by keeping it just that, a secret.

I really enjoyed this film. I don’t know if it was the mood I was in, or if it’s just Nancy Meyers’ refreshing spin on things. The really nice thing is that there are no tacky jokes about age. If anyone other than Meyers had written this story it would be full of “at my age” jokes. Like I said, the movie really could have been made with a cast of thirty year olds, but there is something great about the fact that it’s not. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are jokes about being older, but the nice thing is that they don’t rely on it like most films would. The cast, as you would expect, is fantastic! The pacing is pitch perfect. And if nothing else, Nancy Meyers has once again proved that she truly is the queen of romantic comedies.

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“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
a review by Darby O’Gill

Fantastic Mr. Fox is fantastic indeed! It seems like 2009 is the year of visionary directors making classic children’s books into amazing feature films. First with Spike Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic “Where the Wild Thing Are,” and now Wes Anderson’s outstanding rendition of Roald Dahl’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” I can’t wait to see Steven Soderbergh’s “Goodnight Moon.”

In the film, when Mr. Fox finds out he’s about to have a family, he is forced to give up his wild ways of chicken coop raiding. Then, one day when Mr. Fox decides to buy the family a new home inside a tree on top of a hill, he is faced with the ultimate heist. Not one, not two, but three farms all ripe for the picking. How could Mr. Fox resist? So he decides to pull one last job… Well, three jobs. But, when things go south, and it’s not just Mr. Fox that has to pay the price. It also puts the whole animal community in danger.

Wes Anderson has really outdone himself. The decision to use stop-motion animation was absolutely brilliant! It totally adds to the look and feel of the film. Unlike most animated films, Anderson decided to record the cast’s vocal tracks on location, and not in a sound booth. So, if the scene takes place in a field, actors George Clooney and Meryl Streep recorded their vocal tracks together in an actual field. It may not sound like a big deal, but that’s unheard of! Most actors working on animated film don’t even meet each other until the premiere. I can’t wait to see the DVD footage of the actors in character, playing out a scene on the countryside somewhere. George Clooney is brilliant as always, and Meryl Streep is a perfect addition to the Wes Anderson family. I really hope he uses her in a live action film someday. But, I’ve got to say, Jason Schwartzman really steals the show as Mr. Fox’s son Ash. And, you have to love Wes’ eye for detail. At the end of the film, and I’m not giving anything anyway, Ash is drinking a grape juice-box while everyone else is drinking apple. It’s the little things like this that make him one of my favorite directors. The best part of this film is that even though it’s an adaptation of a children’s book, it’s still very much a Wes Anderson movie. It’s true to its source material, but still has the dialog and everything you would come to expect from a Wes Anderson movie. And, unlike Where the Wild This Are, Fantastic Mr. Fox can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. What the cuss else do you want me to say? Go see this cussin’ movie! Cuss!

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