Last Words

As a member of the New York Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics, I submitted the following selections by proxy to both groups:

BEST PICTURE

1. Juno

2. Atonement

3. Lust, Caution

BEST ACTOR

1. George Clooney, Michael Clayton

2. Russell Crowe, American Gangster, 3:10 to Yuma

3. Gordon Pinsent, Away from Her

BEST ACTRESS

1. Julie Christie, Away from Her

2. Ellen Page, Juno

3. Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, I’m Not There

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Albert Finney, Amazing Grace, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

2. Paul Dano, There Will Be Blood

3. Bruno Ganz, Youth Without Youth

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Vanessa Redgrave, Atonement

2. Romola Garai, Atonement

3. Saoirse Ronan, Atonement

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Jason Reitman, Juno

2. Joe Wright, Atonement

3. Ang Lee, Lust, Caution

BEST SCREENWRITER

1. Diablo Cody, Juno

2. Christopher Hampton, Atonement

3. James Schamus, Lust, Caution

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

2. The Lives of Others

3. Private Fears in Public Places

BEST ANIMATION

1. Ratatouille

2. Bee Movie

3. The Simpsons Movie

I must admit that if I had seen Persepolis sooner, I would have given it the runner-up spot, because in my heart of hearts I still prefer Ratatouille for the top spot.

BEST NONFICTION FILM

1. In the Shadow of the Moon

2. Sicko

3. How to Cook Your Life


I now wish I had remembered The Cats of Mirikitani for the third spot.