Reagen Sulewski's 2009 Calvins Ballot

By Reagen Sulewski

March 2, 2010

Mr. Tarantino does not care what you think of him. He also says good luck with fatherhood, Reagen.

Like 2008, 2009 was a year where TV offered me a lot more in terms of entertainment than the movies did. The gap closed in both directions for me, though, as a number of brilliant series ended or got the hook, and a number of directors stepped up to provide us with one of the stronger movie years of the decade.

Really, any year for me with a Quentin Tarantino film in release is going to be a good one for me, and Inglourious Basterds provided me with that rare thrill of the unexpected that I haven't had in some time. It's now the fourth time that a Tarantino film has topped my yearly list (the other three being Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill Vol. 1) at a time when it feels like I should probably be growing tired of his films, and his strange genre affectations.

And I entered into Basterds expecting to find that Tarantino had given into the simple gore mentality of the last few years, and based on the ads I don't think I could be faulted for that. Instead, I found Tarantino using a WWII backdrop for a meditation on the power of cinema and its essential nature in determining truth, structured around three incredible set pieces. I never should have doubted you Quentin, even if I still can't really stand you as a person that much.

Best Picture: 2010 Calvins
Position Film
1 Inglourious Basterds
2 The Hurt Locker
3 Up in the Air
4 Big Fan
5 The Informant!
6 Up
7 Adventureland
8 District 9
9 State of Play
10 Crazy Heart

Best Director: 2010 Calvins
Position Director Film
1 Kathryn Bigelow The Hurt Locker
2 Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds
3 Jason Reitman Up in the Air
4 Steven Soderbergh The Informant!
5 James Cameron Avatar
6 Pete Docter and Bob Peterson Up
7 Neill Blomkamp District 9
8 Kevin Macdonald State of Play
9 Robert Seigel Big Fan
10 Rian Johnson The Brothers Bloom

Best Actor: 2010 Calvins
Position Actor Film
1 Jeff Bridges Crazy Heart
2 George Clooney Up in the Air
3 Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker
4 Patton Oswalt Big Fan
5 Matt Damon The Informant!
6 Sam Rockwell Moon
7 Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500) Days of Summer
8 Adrien Brody The Brothers Bloom
9 Viggo Mortensen The Road
10 Sharlto Copley District 9

Best Actress: 2010 Calvins
Position Actress Film
1 Melanie Laurent Inglourious Basterds
2 Maya Rudolph Away We Go
3 Vera Farmiga Up in the Air
4 Maggie Gyllenhaal Crazy Heart
5 Rachel Weisz The Brothers Bloom
6 Zooey Deschanel (500) Days of Summer
7 Amy Adams Sunshine Cleaning
8 Zoe Saldana Avatar
9 Julia Roberts Duplicity

Best Supporting Actor: 2010 Calvins
Position Actor Film
1 Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds
2 Anthony Mackie The Hurt Locker
3 Ben Affleck State of Play
4 Mark Ruffalo The Brothers Bloom
5 Woody Harrelson Zombieland
6 Alan Arkin Sunshine Cleaning
7 Martin Starr Adventureland
8 Jeff Bridges The Men Who Stare at Goats
9 Zach Galifianakis The Hangover
10 Paul Giamatti Duplicity

Best Supporting Actress: 2010 Calvins
Position Actress Film
1 Anna Kendrick Up in the Air
2 Diane Kruger Inglourious Basterds
3 Rachel McAdams State of Play
4 Melanie Lynskey Away We Go
5 Charlize Theron The Road
6 Rinko Kikuchi The Brothers Bloom
7 Marion Cotillard Public Enemies
8 Emily Blunt Sunshine Cleaning
9 Dakota Fanning Push
10 Kristen Stewart Adventureland

Best Screenplay: 2010 Calvins
Position Person(s) Film
1 Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds
2 Sheldon Turner/Jason Reitman Up in the Air
3 Mark Boal The Hurt Locker
4 Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell District 9
5 Scott Neustadter/Michael H. Weber (500) Days of Summer
6 Scott K. Burns The Informant!
7 Bob Peterson, Pete Docter Up
8 Matthew Michael Carnahan & Tony Gilroy & Billy Ray State of Play
9 Rian Johnson The Brothers Bloom
10 Dave Eggers, Vendela Vida Away We Go

Best Cast: 2010 Calvins
Position Film
1 Inglourious Basterds
2 Up in the Air
3 The Brothers Bloom
4 The Hurt Locker
5 The Informant!
6 The Hangover
7 Public Enemies
8 Zombieland
9 Adventureland
10 Sunshine Cleaning

Best Scene: 2010 Calvins
Position Scene Film
1 Flashback of Carl and Ellie's life together Up
2 The scene with the big-star cameo Zombieland
3 Could I have another glass of your delicious milk? Inglourious Basterds
4 Expectation vs reality (500) Days of Summer
5 Might I have some more of your delicious milk? Inglorious Basterds
6 Dismantling a car bomb The Hurt Locker
7 Night out at the club in Montreal Away We Go
8 Helpless man has unremovable bombs attached to body The Hurt Locker
9 Serving eviction notices District 9
10 Paul goes to Philadelphia Big Fan

Best Use of Music: 2010 Calvins
Position Film
1 Crazy Heart
2 Inglourious Basterds
3 (500) Days of Summer
4 The Hangover
5 Up
6 Away We Go
7 Watchmen
8 Observe and Report
9 Adventureland
10 Avatar

Best Overlooked Film: 2010 Calvins
Position Film
1 The Hurt Locker
2 Big Fan
3 Adventureland
4 Away We Go
5 The Brothers Bloom
6 Moon
7 The Invention of Lying
8 The Road
9 Sunshine Cleaning
10 Extract

Best Breakthrough Performance: 2010 Calvins
Position Person Film
1 Anna Kendrick Up in the Air
2 Sharlto Copley District 9
3 Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds
4 Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker
5 Melanie Laurent Inglourious Basterds
6 Patton Oswalt Big Fan
7 Jesse Eisenberg Zombieland
8 Zach Galifianakis The Hangover
9 Chris Pine Star Trek
10 Anthony Mackie The Hurt Locker

Worst Performance: 2010 Calvins
Position Person Film
1 Megan Fox Transfomers: Revenge of the Fallen
2 Paul Walker Fast & Furious
3 Danny Huston X-Men Origins: Wolverine
4 Jack Black Year One
5 Malin Akerman Watchmen
6 Allison Janney Away We Go
7 Amy Smart Crank: High Voltage
8 Jordana Brewster Fast & Furious
9 Ray Liotta Observe and Report
10 Sacha Baron Cohen Bruno

Worst Picture: 2010 Calvins
Position Film
1 X-Men Origins: Wolverine
2 BrĂ¼no
3 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
4 Year One
5 Fast & Furious
6 9
7 Observe and Report
8 Push
9 Watchmen
10 Terminator Salvation

Best Album: 2010 Calvins
Position Artist Album
1 Metric Fantasies
2 A.C. Newman Get Guilty
3 Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz!
4 Neko Case Middle Cyclone
5 Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures
6 Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
7 Heartless Bastards The Mountain
8 White Rabbits It's Frightening
9 k-os Yes!
10 The Decemberists The Hazards of Love

Best TV Show: 2010 Calvins
Position Show
1 Mad Men
2 Battlestar Galactica
3 Better Off Ted
4 Friday Night Lights
5 Dexter
6 Chuck
7 The Daily Show
8 Modern Family
9 30 Rock
10 Dollhouse

Best Videogame: 2010 Calvins
Position Game
1 Batman: Arkham Asylum
2 Torchlight
3 Rock Band: The Beatles



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