Got Milk? I’ll Take Vicky and Cristina in Barcelona! My Faves From ’08

As a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics, I voted for

As a member of the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics, I voted for the following players on my first ballot:

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Best Actress:

Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road, The Reader

Kristin Scott Thomas, I’ve Loved You So Long, Tell No One

 

Best Actor:

Clint Eastwood, Gran Torino

Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon

Sean Penn, Milk

 

Best Supporting Actress:

Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married

Penélope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Elegy

Elizabeth Banks, Zack and Miri Make a Porno

 

Best Supporting Actor:

Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Willem Dafoe, Adam Resurrected

Josh Brolin, Milk, W

 

Other female performances of distinction are as follows: Marianne Faithful, Siobhán Hewlett, Irina Palm; Eileen Atkins, Last Chance Harvey; Olivia Thirlby, Famke Janssen, The Wackness; Marie-Jose Croze, Tell No One; Beyoncé Knowles, Cadillac Records; Audrey Tautou, Priceless; Abbie Cornish, Stop-Loss; Nicole Kidman, Australia; Alison Pill, Milk; Sissy Spacek, Rebecca Romijn, Lake City; Ania Bukstein, Rivka Michaeli, The Secrets; Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Joan Allen, Bonneville; Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy; Meryl Streep, Doubt, Theater of War; Amy Adams, Doubt; Lili Taylor, Jenna Fischer, The Promotion; Hiam Abbass, Danai Gurira, The Visitor; Kathy Bates, Revolutionary Road; Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Frost/Nixon; Kate Jennings Grant, Patty McCormack, Frost/Nixon; Hanna Schygulla, The Edge of Heaven; Marisa Tomei, The Wrestler; Norah Jones, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, My Blueberry Nights; Winona Ryder, Sex and Death 101; Viola Davis, Doubt; Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days; Emmanuelle Béart, The Witnesses; Charlize Theron, AnnaSophia Robb, Sleepwalking; Juliet Stevenson, A Previous Engagement; Ellen Page, The Tracey Fragments; Kate Beckinsale, Amy Sedaris, Olivia Thirlby, Snow Angels; Cécile De France, Ludivine Sagnier, A Secret; Veronica Loren, August Evening; Juliet Stevenson, When Did You Last See Your Father?; Ann Savage, My Winnipeg; Catherine Deneuve, Anne Consigny, Emmanuelle Devos, Chiara Mastroianni, A Christmas Tale; Jeanne Moreau, One Day You’ll Understand.

Other male performances of distinction are as follows: Ben Kingsley, The Wackness, Elegy; Hugh Jackman, Bryan Brown, David Wenham, Australia; Daniel Craig, Mathieu Amalric, Quantum of Solace; Adrien Brody, Cadillac Records; Michael Sheen, Sam Rockwell, Oliver Platt, Matthew Macfadyen, Kevin Bacon, Toby Jones, Gabriel Jarret, Jim Meskimen, Frost/Nixon; James Franco, Milk; Karl Markovics, August Diehl, The Counterfeiters; Ralph Fiennes, David Kross, Bruno Ganz, The Reader; Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler; Richard Jenkins, Haaz Sleiman, The Visitor; Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Shannon, David Harbour, Revolutionary Road; Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung, Ashes of Time Redux; Francois Bégaudeau, The Class; Jude Law, David Strathairn, John Malloy, My Blueberry Nights; Daniel Stern, Tcheky Karyo, A Previous Engagement; Nick Stahl, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Mathew St. Patrick, Sleepwalking; Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Michael Lonsdale, Lou Castel, Heartbeat Detector; Francois Cluzet, André Dussollier, Tell No One; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Synecdoche, New York, Doubt; Jeff Goldblum, Adam Resurrected; Daniel Craig, Defiance; Seann William Scott, John C. Reilly, The Promotion; Tom Skerritt, Victor Rasuk, Bonneville; Ingvar Sigurdsson, Jar City; Eddie Marsan, Happy-Go-Lucky, Sixty Six; Sam Rockwell, Snow Angels; Pedro Castaneda, Abel Becerra, August Evening; Michel Joelsas, The Year My Parents Went on Vacation; Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud, Hippolyte Girardot, A Christmas Tale.

And so on to 2009, a hopefully happier year than 2008, especially offscreen. Onscreen, as always, will take care of itself.

asarris@observer.com

Got Milk? I’ll Take Vicky and Cristina in Barcelona! My Faves From ’08