The 1st Annual Magic Lantern Award Nominations

OK — it’s finally here. The 1st Annual Magic Lantern Awards nominations for the film year 2010! It  took a little while, but I wanted to be sure to screen most of the films that have been receiving some sort of recognition. I missed a few (see below), but have managed to so far see 133 films from the past year. I created the Magic Lantern Awards because, as usual, campaigning and politics seem to have had a lot to do with the Academy Awards nominations — so I wanted to post what I personally thought were the year’s best in film in some of the major categories. First, a few notes. The Golden Globes do very little right, but I do like their separation of dramas and comedies in the “Best Picture” category. If not for this, the comedic films would be swept away to the streets more often than not — and I do believe the comedies deserve some sort of recognition. Regarding my category for “Best Performance by A Child Actor” — as I stated before, I think this is an all-important category as each year usually brings with it some pretty damn fine performances by young actors. I wish that the Oscars would create this categroy as I do not find it fair that seasoned, polished and trained veterans compete against children. So for the Magic Lantern Awards, anyone under the age of 16 at the time of filming was eligible.

I hope that you look over the nominations — and of course, please feel free to comment and let me know who you think I left out and which nominees listed you feel are deserving. This was a tough task. So difficult to narrow down to 5 nominees. Not that there were many great films for the year (because, quite frankly, there weren’t), but many very good choices to pick from. The only categories where I spread it to 6 nominees are both “Screenplay” categories. I will announce the winners before March 2011. If I had more readers, I would have Lantern readers vote for who they think should win. But that will have to hold off for a little while — perhaps soon, the dream will come true.

Ladies and gentleman, I give you…the nominees:

Best Performance by A Child Actor

Lola Creton (Blue Beard)
Izzy Meikle-Small (Never Let Me Go)
Chloe Moretz (Let Me In)
Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In)
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)

Best Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland
Blue Beard
The King’s Speech
Robin Hood
True Grit

Best Cinematography

Black Swan
The Ghost Writer
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
True Grit

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale (The Fighter)
Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go)
John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)
Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom)
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Rebecca Hall (Please Give)
Barbara Hershey (Black Swan)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Naomi Watts (Mother and Child)

(Both supporting actor categories proved to be the most challenging this year to narrow down to five. There were at least 20 worthy performances by supporting actors and over 15 supporting actresses.)

Best Original Screenplay

Animal Kingdom
The Fighter
The Kids are All Right
The King’s Speech
Mother and Child
Solitary Man

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Ghost Writer
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Rabbit Hole
The Social Network
True Grit

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges (True Grit)
Michael Douglas (Solitary Man)
Robert Duvall (Get Low)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
Michael Nyqvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

 (“Best Actor” was a terribly weak category this year. Very slim pickings in an area that usually has quite a few to pick from)

Best Actress

Annette Bening (Mother and Child)
Hya-ja Kim (Mother)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

Best Director

Catherine Briellat (Blue Beard)
Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit)
David Michod (Animal Kingdom)
Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
David O. Russell (The Fighter)

Best Picture – Comedy

Cemetery Junction
City Island
Please Give
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World



Best Picture – Drama

Animal Kingdom
The Fighter
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Social Network
True Grit



Films Yet to See: All Good Things, Barney’s Version, Biutiful, Casino Jack, The Company Men, Life During Wartime, Made in Dagenham, Nothing Personal, The Way Back.


COMING SOON!!! My Top 10 Films of 2010…

Nomination Leader Board:

True Grit – 7

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – 6

The Fighter – 6

Animal Kingdom – 4

The King’s Speech – 4

Blue Beard – 3

Mother and Child – 3


11 Responses to The 1st Annual Magic Lantern Award Nominations

  1. EmmaQ says:

    Is this a real award, because I’m a bit confused!

  2. LiddyPop says:

    Some great choices here and its wonderful to see Never Let me Go getting a look in as it was completely ignored in all award ceremonies. I think that young girl Izzy Meikle-Small was simply fantastic as the Young Kathy. Carey Mulligan was pretty darn amazing as the older version too – shame she didn’t make your list as Best Actress….

    • Pengaleng;) says:

      Yes I saw her- brilliant!

    • Yes, the film never really got any awards love. I am not sure why that is. I thought Meikle-Small was amazing. It was a wonderfully made film and so very tragic. I wish I had read the book beforehand. Garfield deserved serious consideration for this rather than The Social Network, which is what everyone was touting him for. It was one of the better films of 2010 to be sure.

  3. Castor says:

    I know you really liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo so I’m not surprised to see it featured prominently on your Magic Lantern Award nominations. Nice to see Hya-Ja Kim get some much deserved love too. Looking forward to your top movies of 2010! 🙂

  4. Richard says:

    It’s about time, Peter. 😉 And just to build the suspense, you’re not going to tell us who the winners are! Damn you!

    You’ve pretty much got it all covered. I’d have at least nominated Four Lions for Best Comedy, and I’m surprised to see Inception left out of the Best Picture five.

    Not tempted to do a Worst Movie category? 😀

    Looking forward to the results.

    • Haha…thanks, Richard. I thought Nolan’s film was ok, but i didn’t go nuts about it. Artistically beautiful, but I thought there were far too many flaws in it. I must see Four Lions asap….thank you for the recommendation. was not on my radar.

      OK Worst Movies of 2010: Trash Humpers, Prodigal Sons, Grown-Ups, Catfish, Cop Out. I usually try to stay away from films that look awful (any rom-com with JLo, Heigl or Aniston; silly action flicks or poor horror films), which is why I can’t pronounce my expertise on this subject…. 🙂

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