Best of 2009

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1. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,148,752 | Gross: $120.54M

BEST PICTURE

Nominees: District 9 Avatar Up The Secret in Their Eyes

2. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,148,752 | Gross: $120.54M

BEST DIRECTOR - Quentin Tarantino

Nominees: Neill Blomkamp - District 9 Lee Daniels - Precious Juan José Campanella - The Secret in Their Eyes James Cameron - Avatar

3. Crazy Heart (2009)

R | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

83 Metascore

A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, James Keane

Votes: 80,222 | Gross: $39.46M

BEST ACTOR - Jeff Bridges

Nominees: George Clooney - Up in the Air Ricardo Darín - The Secret in Their Eyes Sharlto Copley - District 9 Joseph Gordon-Levitt - (500) Days of Summer

4. An Education (2009)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.

Director: Lone Scherfig | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, Olivia Williams

Votes: 123,912 | Gross: $12.57M

BEST ACTRESS - Carey Mulligan

Nominees: Sandra Bullock - The Blind Side Gabourey Sidibe - Precious Soledad Villamil - The Secret in Their Eyes Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia

5. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,148,752 | Gross: $120.54M

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Christoph Waltz

Nominees: Guillermo Francella - The Secret in Their Eyes Alfred Molina - An Education Pablo Rago - The Secret in Their Eyes Brad Pitt - Inglourious Basterds

6. Precious (II) (2009)

R | 110 min | Drama

79 Metascore

In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey

Votes: 100,995 | Gross: $47.40M

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Mo'Nique

Nominees: Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air Melanie Laurent - Inglourious Basterds Vera Farmiga - Up in the Air Maggie Gyllenhaal - Crazy Heart

7. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,148,752 | Gross: $120.54M

BEST CASTING

Nominees: The Secret in Their Eyes An Education Up in the Air Precious

8. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,148,752 | Gross: $120.54M

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Nominees: Up Dogtooth The Hangover (500) Days of Summer

9. Up in the Air (I) (2009)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

Ryan Bingham enjoys living out of a suitcase for his job, travelling around the country firing people, but finds that lifestyle threatened by the presence of a potential love interest, and a new hire.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman

Votes: 303,518 | Gross: $83.82M

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nominees: The Secret in Their Eyes An Education Precious District 9

10. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)

PG-13 | 123 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

65 Metascore

A traveling theater company gives its audience much more than they were expecting.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Heath Ledger, Andrew Garfield

Votes: 139,504 | Gross: $7.69M

BEST TITLES/CREDITS DESIGN

Nominees: Sherlock Holmes Up Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Inglourious Basterds

11. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

81 Metascore

An extraterrestrial race, forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth, suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 609,940 | Gross: $115.65M

BEST EDITING

Nominees: Avatar Inglourious Basterds Precious The Secret in Their Eyes

12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

PG | 153 min | Action, Adventure, Family

78 Metascore

As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as "the property of the Half-Blood Prince" and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 426,202 | Gross: $301.96M

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Nominees: Avatar Inglourious Basterds The Secret in Their Eyes The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

13. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

57 Metascore

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong

Votes: 554,072 | Gross: $209.03M

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Nominees: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Avatar The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus The Young Victoria

14. The Young Victoria (2009)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

64 Metascore

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 54,553 | Gross: $11.00M

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Nominees: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Sherlock Holmes Inglourious Basterds Coco Before Chanel

15. Star Trek (2009)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

The brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father's legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Leonard Nimoy

Votes: 559,787 | Gross: $257.73M

BEST MAKE-UP & HAIR

Nominees: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus District 9 Inglourious Basterds

16. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 1,058,686 | Gross: $760.51M

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Nominees: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Star Trek District 9 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

17. Sherlock Holmes (2009)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

57 Metascore

Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

Director: Guy Ritchie | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong

Votes: 554,072 | Gross: $209.03M

BEST SCORE

Nominees: Avatar Up Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince District 9

18. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

R | 153 min | Adventure, Drama, War

69 Metascore

In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a plan to assassinate Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers coincides with a theatre owner's vengeful plans for the same.

Director: Quentin Tarantino | Stars: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mélanie Laurent

Votes: 1,148,752 | Gross: $120.54M

BEST SOUNDTRACK/ADAPTED SCORE

Nominees: Crazy Heart

19. Crazy Heart (2009)

R | 112 min | Drama, Music, Romance

83 Metascore

A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell, James Keane

Votes: 80,222 | Gross: $39.46M

BEST SONG - "The Weary Kind"

Nominees: Avatar - "I See You" Hannah Montana: The Movie - "The Climb" The Young Victoria - "Only You" The Princess and the Frog - "Almost There"

20. District 9 (2009)

R | 112 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

81 Metascore

An extraterrestrial race, forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth, suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.

Director: Neill Blomkamp | Stars: Sharlto Copley, David James, Jason Cope, Nathalie Boltt

Votes: 609,940 | Gross: $115.65M

BEST SOUND

Nominees: Star Trek Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Avatar Inglourious Basterds

21. Avatar (2009)

PG-13 | 162 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

83 Metascore

A paraplegic Marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez

Votes: 1,058,686 | Gross: $760.51M

BEST SOUND EDITING

Nominees: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Star Trek District 9 Up

22. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

Votes: 368,163 | Gross: $402.11M

BEST STUNTS

Nominees: Fast & Furious Star Trek Sherlock Holmes Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

23. Up (2009)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

88 Metascore

Seventy-eight year old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his home equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway.

Directors: Pete Docter, Bob Peterson | Stars: Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, John Ratzenberger, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 861,041 | Gross: $293.00M

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Nominees: The Princess and the Frog

24. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)

R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

80 Metascore

A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later.

Director: Juan José Campanella | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago, Carla Quevedo

Votes: 175,747 | Gross: $6.39M

BEST FOREIGN FILM

Nominees: Dogtooth The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Coco Before Chanel



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