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Film Honors: 2008

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Subject to alter choices based on viewings.


Fatih Akın (Auf der anderen Seite)
Tomas Alfredson (Låt den rätte komma in)
Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Laurent Cantet (Entre les murs)
Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight)


Roger Deakins (Revolutionary Road)
Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Hideyo Nakano (Mogari no mori)
Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight)
Hoyte Van Hoytema (Låt den rätte komma in)

Actor Support

Mathieu Amalric (Un conte de Noël)
Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Eddie Marsan (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt)
Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road)

Actress Support

Amy Adams (Doubt)
Anne Consigny (Un conte de Noël)
Penelope Cruz (Vicky Chrstina Barcelona)
Kate Winslet (The Reader)
Nurgül Yesilçay (Auf der anderen Seite)

Screenwriting Adapted

Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)
Laurent Cantet, Robin Campillo, François Bégaudeau (Entre les murs)
Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road)
John Ajvide Lindqvist (Låt den rätte komma in)
John Patrick Shanley (Doubt)

Screenwriting Original

Fatih Akın (Auf der anderen Seite)
Olivier Assayas (L’heure d’été)
Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)
Martin McDonagh (In Bruges)
Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Pete Docter (WALL-E)

Picture Editing

Auf der anderen Seite
The Dark Knight
Låt den rätte komma in
Slumdog Millionaire

Special Effects

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Iron Man

Score Composing

Alexandre Desplat (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
Thomas Newman (Revolutionary Road)
Thomas Newman (WALL-E)
James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight)
Rachel Portman (The Duchess)

Cast Ensemble

Auf der anderen Seite
Entre les murs
Rachel Getting Married
Slumdog Millionaire
Un conte de Noël

Actor Lead

François Bégaudeau (Entre les murs)
Michael Fassbender (Hunger)
Sean Penn (Milk)
Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Shigeki Uda (Mogari no mori)

Actress Lead

Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married)
Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Machiko Ono (Mogari no mori)
Meryl Streep (Doubt)
Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)

Sound Designing

The Dark Knight
Iron Man

Costume Designing

The Duchess
Iron Man
The Other Boleyn Girl
Revolutionary Road

Set Designing

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
The Duchess
Revolutionary Road

Motion Picture

Auf der anderen Seite (Fatih Akın) Turkey / Germany
The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan) UK / US
Entre les murs (Laurent Cantet) France
Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh) UK
Hunger (Steve McQueen) Ireland / UK
L’heure d’été (Olivier Assayas) France
Låt den rätte komma in (Tomas Alfredson) Sweden
Mogari no mori (Naomi Kawase) Japan
Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle) UK
WALL-E (Andrew Stanton) USA

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