Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

The Dublin Film Critics Circle waves goodbye to 2010

Your final end-of-year poll comes courtesy of the good people at the Dublin Film Critics Circle. The list is compiled from the votes of professional critics throughout the capital and reflects the influence of endless (good-natured) squabbles conducted while striding …

Fri, Dec 31, 2010, 13:35

   

Your final end-of-year poll comes courtesy of the good people at the Dublin Film Critics Circle. The list is compiled from the votes of professional critics throughout the capital and reflects the influence of endless (good-natured) squabbles conducted while striding from the Savoy cinema to the nearest bus stop or bagel emporium. Here’s the flagship top ten:

BEST FILM

1.      A Prophet

2.      Winter’s Bone

3.      Toy Story 3

4.      The Social Network

5.      Dogtooth

6.      Inception

7.      Uncle Boonmee Who Can Remember His Past Lives

8.      The Road/ Bad Lieutenant

9.      Mother

10.     The Illusionist/A Room and a Half/Of Gods and Men

As I’ve argued elsewhere, it has been an indifferent — though far from disastrous — year in the mainstream and the results reflect that situation. A glance at other critics’ polls confirms that only three multiplex-friendly films properly registered with pundits: Toy Story 3,  The Social Network and Inception. Those pictures duly turn up at, respectively, numbers three, four and six. A Prophet always felt like the best-reviewed film of the year, so there’s little surprise that it sailed into the top spot. Jacques Audiard’s thriller might have won even more comfortably if it didn’t feel so old. Premiered at Cannes a year and a half ago, A Prophet doesn’t really look like a 2009 film.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (yetis in Thailand), Dogtooth (depravity in Greece) and Mother (maternal obsession in Korea) may sound a little recherché, but those films have also popped up repeatedly in other critics’ lists throughout the planet. Their stirling quality confirms that cinema is very healthy at its radical penumbra. Our own little proud eccentricity — thanks to votes from Screenwriter and one other writer for a national paper — is the inclusion of the tragically overlooked A Room and a Half in the top ten (just).

There’s more. It is no surprise to see His & Hers named as best Irish film. Though festival watchers will, again, note that Ken Wardrop’s fine film first came above ground at the Galway Film Fleadh in the summer of 2009. Nonetheless, he qualifies for our best breakthrough award. Jennifer Lawrence, icily powerful in Winter’s Bone, is also gifted a breakthrough award.

Peruse and ponder. Happy New Year. Who knows. We even get to see Tree of Life before 2011 grinds to a halt.

BEST DIRECTOR

1.      Jacques Audiard (A Prophet)

2.      David Fincher (The Social Network)

3.      Werner Herzog (Bad Lieutenant)

4.      Christopher Nolan (Inception)

5.       Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love)

6.      Clio Barnard (The Arbor)

7.      Apichatapong Weeresethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can remember His Past Lives)

8.      Jessica Hauser, Lourdes /Giorgos Lantimos  (Dogtooth)

9.      Roman Polanski, The Ghost /Sylvian Chomet (The Illusionist)/Elia Suileman (The Time that Remains) Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island)

10.     Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) Andrey Khrzhanovskiy (A Room

and a Half)

BEST ACTRESS

1.      Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)

2.      Leslie Manville (Another Year)

3.      Tilda Swinton (I Am Love)

4.      Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe (Precious)

5.      Hye-ja Kim (Mother)

6.      Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right)

7.      Catalina Saavedra (The Maid)

8.      Juliette Binoche (Certified Copy)

9.      Catherine Keener (Please Give)

10.     Kirsten Scott Thomas (Leaving)

BEST ACTOR

1.      Tahar Rahim (A Prophet)

2.      Colin Firth (A Single Man)

3.      Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)

4.      Ryan Reynolds (Buried)

5.      Viggo Mortensen (The Road)

6.      Nicolas Cage (Bad Lieutenant)

7.      Casey Affleck (The Killer Inside Me)

8.      Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart) Leonardo DiCaprio (Shutter Island)

9.      Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are All Right)

10.     George Clooney (Up in the Air) Ben Stiller (Greenberg)

BEST IRISH FILM

1.      His & Hers

2.      Savage

3.      The Fading Light

4.      The Pipe

5.      Zonad

6.      All Good Children

7.      Pyjama Girls

8.      Eamon

9.      Foxes

10.     Colony

BEST DOCUMENTARY

1.      His & Hers

2.      Exit Through the Gift Shop

3.      Restrepo

4.      Catfish

5.      Good Hair

6.      American: The Bill Hicks Story

7.      Mugabe and the White African

8.      Capitalism: A Love Story/The Pipe

9.      Pyjama Girls

10.     Colony

BREAKTHROUGH AWARD

Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone

IRISH BREAKTHROUGH AWARD

Ken Wardrop for His & Hers

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