Phoenix Film Critics Society Names "Inglourious Basterds" Top Film of 2009 

The Phoenix Film Critics Society has chosen Quentin Tarantino's revenge fantasy "Inglourious Basterds" the best film of the year! They also named Tarantino Best Director, his cast Best Ensemble, and Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor for his role as the "Jew Hunter" Hans Landa.

Here's the complete list of winners:

Best Picture

Inglourious Basterds

Top Ten Films of 2009 (in alphabetical order)

District 9
(500) Days of Summer
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Sherlock Holmes
Star Trek
Up In The Air

Best Director

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role

George Clooney, Up In The Air

Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role

Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Mo’Nique, Precious

Best Acting Ensemble

The cast of Inglourious Basterds

Best screenplay written directly for the screen


Best screenplay adapted from another medium

Up In The Air

Best Live Action Family Film

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

Overlooked Film


Best Animated Film


Best Foreign Language Film

Broken Embraces

Best Documentary

Capitalism: A Love Story

Best Original Song

“Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart

Best Original Score


Best Cinematography


Best Film Editing


Best Production Design


Best Costume Design

The Young Victoria

Best Visual Effects


Best Stunts

Star Trek

Breakout on Camera

Gabourey Sidibe, Precious

Breakout Behind the Camera

Neill Blomkamp, District 9

Best Performance by a Youth – Male

Jae Head, The Blind Side

Best Performance by a Youth – Female

Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones

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"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" the Best AND Worst of the Year? 

The people had spoken and they picked "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" as both the Best Action Movie of 2009 and the Worst Movie of the Year!

AOL's Moviefone has released its 2009 year-end movies poll and one thing is clear -- moviegoers, at least the ones voting on Moviefone, loved "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." The vampire romance saga was chosen as the Best Movie of the Year.

But my favorite question? "How would you rate 2009 overall," to which the answer was a resounding "Eh!"

Check out the full results of the Moviefone poll below:

1. What was the best movie of the year?
'New Moon' - 41%
'Avatar' - 14%
'The Hangover' - 13%
'Star Trek' - 11%
'Up' - 9%
'Inglourious Basterds' - 9%
'Up in the Air' - 2%

2. What was the worst movie of the year?
'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' - 24%
'Land of the Lost' - 23%
'Year One' - 21%
'Old Dogs' - 12%
'Bride Wars' - 11%
'Couples Retreat' - 6%

3. What was the best action movie?
'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' - 24%
'Avatar' - 23%
'Star Trek' - 22%
'2012' - 13%
'District 9' - 11%
'Watchmen' - 5%

4. What was the best chick flick?
'The Twilight Saga: New Moon' - 52%
'The Proposal' - 21%
'He's Just Not That Into You' - 9%
'Julie & Julia' - 8%
'The Time Traveler's Wife' - 5%
'Confessions of a Shopaholic' - 4%

5. What was the funniest movie?
'The Hangover' - 52%
'The Proposal' - 18%
'Zombieland' - 12%
'I Love You, Man' - 9%
'Bruno' - 5%
'Funny People' - 3%

6. What was the best animated movie?
'Up' - 57%
'The Princess and the Frog' - 12%
'Monsters vs. Aliens' - 10%
'Coraline' - 9%
'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs' - 6%
'Fantastic Mr. Fox' - 5%

7. What was the best horror movie?

'Paranormal Activity' - 42%
'Zombieland' - 20%
'Drag Me to Hell' - 16%
'Orphan' - 12%
'My Bloody Valentine 3D' - 8%

8. Who was the year's sexiest female star?
Megan Fox, 'Transformers' - 45%
Zoe Saldana, 'Star Trek' - 17%
Sandra Bullock, 'The Proposal' - 13%
Penelope Cruz, 'Nine' - 9%
Beyonce, 'Obsessed' - 7%
Jennifer Aniston, 'He's Just Not That Into You' - 6%

9. Who was the year's sexiest male star?
Robert Pattinson, 'New Moon' - 46%
Taylor Lautner, 'New Moon' - 20%
Johnny Depp, 'Public Enemies' - 15%
Bradley Cooper, 'The Hangover' - 7%
Sam Worthington, 'Avatar' - 6%
George Clooney, 'Up in the Air' - 5%

10. Which actor gave the best performance?
George Clooney, 'Up in the Air' - 29%
Morgan Freeman, 'Invictus' - 24%
Viggo Mortensen, 'The Road' - 16%
Matt Damon, 'The Informant!' - 15%
Daniel Day-Lewis, 'Nine' - 8%
Jeff Bridges, 'Crazy Heart' - 7%

11. Which actress gave the best performance?
Sandra Bullock, 'The Blind Side' - 44%
Meryl Streep, 'Julie & Julia' - 27%
Gabby Sidibe, 'Precious' - 12%
Penelope Cruz, 'Broken Embraces' - 6%
Vera Farmiga, 'Up in the Air' - 5%
Carey Mulligan, 'An Education' - 4%

12. Which actor gave the worst performance?
Jack Black, 'Year One' - 22%
Will Ferrell, 'Land of the Lost' - 21%
Steve Martin, 'The Pink Panther 2' - 17%
Nicolas Cage, 'Knowing' - 15%
Matthew McConaughey, 'Ghosts of Girlfriends Past' - 14%
Robin Williams, 'Old Dogs' - 9%

13. Which actress gave the worst performance?
Megan Fox, 'Transformers' - 31%
Beyonce, 'Obsessed' - 23%
Hilary Swank, 'Amelia' - 13%
Sandra Bullock, 'All About Steve' - 11%
Kate Hudson, 'Bride Wars' - 10%
Malin Akerman, 'Watchmen' - 9%

14. Who was the best scene stealer?
Anna Kendrick, 'Up in the Air' - 30%
Zach Galifianakis, 'The Hangover' - 23%
Christoph Waltz, 'Inglourious Basterds' - 13%
Mo'Nique, 'Precious' - 12%
Betty White, 'The Proposal' - 11%
The Demon, 'Paranormal Activity' - 9%

15. What was the most disappointing movie of the year?
'Bruno' - 29%
'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' - 23%
'Terminator Salvation' - 14%
'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' - 13%
'Watchmen' - 11%
'Where the Wild Things Are' - 9%

16. What was the best sleeper hit of the year?
'Paranormal Activity' - 23%
'District 9' - 22%
'(500) Days of Summer' - 21%
'Zombieland' - 14%
'Precious' - 13%
'The Hurt Locker' - 8%

17. Who was the male breakout star of the year?
Taylor Lautner, 'New Moon' - 53%
Zach Galifianakis, 'The Hangover' - 17%
Chris Pine, 'Star Trek' - 12%
Sam Worthington, 'Terminator Salvation' & 'Avatar' - 9%
Christoph Waltz, 'Inglourious Basterds' - 6%
Sharlto Copley, 'District 9' - 3%

18. Who was the female breakout star of the year?
Anna Kendrick, 'Up in the Air' - 36%
Zoe Saldana, 'Star Trek' & 'Avatar' - 30%
Gabby Sidibe, 'Precious' - 17%
Rachel Nichols, 'Star Trek' & 'GI Joe' - 7%
Isabel Lucas, 'Transformers' - 5%
Carey Mulligan, 'An Education' - 3%

19. How would you rate 2009 overall?
Eh - 47%
Awesome - 46%
Sucked - 7%

20. Which 2010 movie are you most excited to see?
'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' - 47%
'Iron Man 2' - 18%
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I' - 14%
'Alice in Wonderland' - 9%
'Toy Story 3' - 5%
'Robin Hood' - 2%
'Sex and the City 2' - 1%
'Tron' - 1%


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"Avatar" Chosen by AFI as One of Year's Top Moments! 

The American Film Institute has released its list of 2009's "Moments of Significance" and hailed James Cameron's "Avatar" as one of the "events" of 2009. Yet, the film wasn't chosen as one of the year's best movies. (Take a look at AFI's Top 10 of 2009 right here)

But their picks are quite intriguing -- Twitter, Reality Shows, Leno, Michael Jackson. Here's the complete AFI Moments of Significance:



James Cameron’s pioneering effort to unleash the human imagination was fully realized in 2009 with the release of AVATAR, a film that firmly established itself as a landmark in the way stories are told.

With an army of technological wizards at his side, writer/director/producer/co-editor Cameron called upon the forces of art and technology to create new tools for storytelling that are groundbreaking in both scope and scale.

The magic of the motion picture - and the transfer of its power to television and now video games - has always found its truest power in its immersive qualities, and with Cameron’s advances in CGI (computer-generated images) and 3-D, AVATAR enters AFI’s almanac as an achievement that will have profound effects on the future of the art form.


Twitter, the Internet platform for messages of up to 140 characters, has become a powerful force in the worlds of film and television. It has long been proven that the most effective way to attract an audience is through “word of mouth,” and Twitter allows for these influential conversations to be immediate and international.

Twitter has also created new and direct channels of communication for artists to speak directly to their fan base. Most notably, in 2009, Ashton Kutcher enlisted over one million followers to his “tweets.”

In marketing terms, Twitter and other forms of social networking have allowed motion pictures and television programs the opportunity to both expand and unite their audiences. For example, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY became a cultural sensation in 2009 for mastering “word of mouth” marketing via social networks, in addition to telling a terrifying tale very well. In television, Twitter helped to ensure “appointment television” by creating venues for viewers to comment on shows as they aired. For example, GLEE employed Twitter to broaden its fan base of “Gleeks.”


On September 14, 2009, NBC premiered THE JAY LENO SHOW, a reformatted version of THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, to run Monday through Friday at 10:00 p.m.

As a result, five hours traditionally reserved for episodic drama were dropped from the broadcast television landscape. The move had a harsh effect in job losses for the creative ensembles whose stories were told at that time, and also among national affiliate stations whose ratings for 11:00 p.m. local news programs dropped significantly.

This experiment can be viewed as another chapter in the evolution of television to less expensive programming, which began in force with the emergence of reality television. However, audiences have found quality dramas moving in force to cable and pay cable television, and the world awaits the first breakout drama scripted for the Internet.


Reality television crossed a line in 2009 as the cultural craving for celebrity moved in a dangerous new direction. Most significantly, the “characters” now referred to as “Balloon Boy” and “Octomom,” in addition to a couple who allegedly infiltrated the White House to attend a state dinner, have marked the year as one in which the health and welfare of our citizens should be considered before the standards and practices of television.


On June 12, 2009, analog television switched off, and the digital revolution saw a new day. This moment is mostly symbolic, but signaled further change across many former television traditions:

• Several long-running soap operas were cancelled in 2009. GUIDING LIGHT, the longest-running drama in television and radio history, aired its final episode on September 18, 2009. The program began in 1937, during the second Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It was also announced that AS THE WORLD TURNS, a daytime staple since 1956, would air its last episode on September 10, 2010. The demise of the soap opera can be linked to the omnipresent melodrama presented in news, reality and other programs that are now available instantaneously, around the clock and on many platforms.

• Long-form television became more scarce in 2009. While excellent programs like GREY GARDENS, INTO THE STORM and PRAYERS FOR BOBBY proved there was still quality work being done in the field, the fragmentation of the television audience strained the economics of the old business model for TV movies and mini-series.

Other notable moments in the sea of change include Comcast’s bid to acquire NBC Universal to ensure content for distribution to its more than 23 million subscribers, as well as the continued rise in the reliance of DVRs (digital video recorders) so that audiences have shows when and where they wish to view them.


Though animation has been a genre of great impact since the dawn of the moving image, 2009 marked a year that saw a dazzling explosion of noteworthy work from many of the nation’s finest artists, and in forms vast and varied - from classic hand-drawn stories like THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG; to stop-motion splendors like CORALINE and FANTASTIC MR. FOX; to computer-generated creations like 9, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS and MONSTERS VS. ALIENS.


Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. One of the most influential entertainers in modern day, Jackson’s death was met with a worldwide expression of grief.

In the months that followed his death, Jackson’s talents were celebrated on-line, with a renewed interest in the musical and video gifts he had given the world over five decades; on television, as millions tuned in for his memorial and funeral services; and, most notably, in theatres, with the film THIS IS IT, a documentary crafted from the rehearsal footage for an upcoming concert tour. The film proved an unprecedented global eulogy for fans and friends of the “King of Pop.”


Just as Americans flocked to musicals and screwball comedies during the Great Depression of the 1930s, audiences in 2009 escaped their worries by going to the movies. Though total admissions do not compare, it is worthy to note that in the world’s darkest economic time since the Depression, American films grossed more money than any time in the history of the art form. Aliens, vampires and wizards may have replaced Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers on the silver screen, but the movies still provide joy and refuge in a story well told.

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A Very Merry Record-Shattering Box-Office Christmas! "Avatar" Remains on Top with $75 Million 

Hollywood celebrated a merry Christmas with shattered box-office records! Moviegoers spent the weekend enjoying high-profile releases. The estimated $278 million box-office take broke the previous record of $253 million set in July 2008 when "The Dark Knight" was released.

For a while, at least on its opening day, "Sherlock Holmes" was poised to take the box-office crown earning a record Christmas day debut of $24.9 million.

But James Cameron's "Avatar" regained its audience over the weekend, topping the box office with merely a 3 percent drop from its opening weekend. The sci-fi flick earned $75 million for the No. 1 crown!

Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law must settle for the No. 2 spot. Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" opened with a very impressive $65.4 million box office take.

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" took in $50.2 million on the weekend, and $77.1 million since it opened Wednesday. Also opening strongly was "It's Complicated" starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin from director Nancy Meyer. The Universal romantic romp had a solid debut of $22.1 million settling at No. 4.

Oscar contender films also did very well at the box office. "Up in the Air" starring George Clooney grossed $11.8 million (total $24.5 million) while "Nine" earned $5.5 million in 1408 theaters.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office films for Christmas weekend:

1. "Avatar," $75 million.
2. "Sherlock Holmes," $65.4 million.
3. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," $50.2 million.
4. "It's Complicated," $22.1 million.
5. "Up in the Air," $11.8 million.
6. "The Blind Side," $11.7 million.
7. "The Princess and the Frog," $8.7 million.
8. "Nine," $5.5 million.
9. "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" $5 million.
10. "Invictus," $4.4 million.

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Top 10 Best Films of 2009! Did Your Favorite Movie Appear On My List?  

From big blockbusters to small independent films, they all earned a slot in my Top 10 Best Films of 2009 list. My requirements are simple – did the film entertain? Provoke? Cajole? Will I remember the movie years from now? I’m happy to report that the films that entertained, provoked, and cajoled me can all be found on my list. And yes, I’ll remember these movies for years to come.

Here’s my list of the Top 10 Best Movies of 2009, from No. 10 to the best of the best! And there's also a fun TOP 10 video made just for you! Read More...

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