Top 5 Christopher Nolan Films

Some people would kill for a resume this solid. A writer, director, and producer, Christopher Nolan has only eight films to his name so far, but all of them represent some of the best work of the last decade. Dark themes permeate Nolan’s works, giving us troubled protagonists and interesting philosophical ideas. He is the king of cinematic spectacle, shying away from CGI and favoring reality. With The Dark Knight Rises in theaters, we decided to count down our favorite Christopher Nolan films. As always, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below!


5. Batman Begins

I hate to use such an overused term, but Batman Begins was a game changer in the comic book genre, both in origin stories and adding a level of seriousness. It’s one of the few films that I’ve seen more than once in a movie theater, and is the start of a remarkable series.

4. Inception

This is a film that I’ve seen many, many times, enjoying the conversations afterwards almost as much as the film itself. The ensemble that Nolan brought together for Inception is great, the world-building works really well, and the effects of all kinds are dazzling.

3. Memento

I watched this in college when I was first learning about video editing, so naturally it blew me away. At the time this was one of the most unique narratives that I’d ever seen. I’ve toyed around with the idea of re-editing the film in a more sequential manner, but have always erred on the side of not messing with the director’s vision. Guy Pearce is great in the lead role, resulting in one of my favorite funny moments (“I’m chasing someone”), and Stephen Tobolowsky shines in a smaller role. The ending still chills me every time I see it.

2. The Dark Knight

Nolan delivers a wonderful sequel to Batman Begins, with a remarkable performance by Heath Ledger as The Joker, and moral questions that permeate the film. I was worried about the film not living up to the high level of hype I had going into the film; it exceeded it. I’ve since heard that one of the films that the crew was required to watch before production started was Michael Mann’s Heat, a great action film. I can definitely see the influence in The Dark Knight.

1. The Prestige

The Prestige (aka “Not the one with Edward Norton”), is a fantastic film that shows the depths of human nature, starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. David Bowie also made an appearance as Nikola Tesla, which was one of the highlights of the film for me. The thing I love about The Prestige is the meta aspect of the film itself following the magic sequence that Michael Cain’s character refers to (The pledge, turn, and prestige), and filmmaking in general.

The audience knows the truth: the world is simple. It’s miserable, solid all the way through. But if you could fool them, even for a second, then you can make them wonder, and then you…then you got to see something really special…it was the look on their faces.



5. Batman Begins

Batman Begins is the Batman film everyone was longing for: a dark, gritty realistic take that was the polar opposite of what Joel Schumacher had brought to the table. Christopher Nolan takes his time developing his world and the characters who inhabit it. Instead of rushing Batman into battle, Nolan explores themes like fear, anger, and justice. In fact, it’s over an hour before we actually see Bruce Wayne in costume as the caped crusader. While the action scenes are by far the least impressive of the franchise, Batman Begins remains the best reboot/prequel in the comic book genre.   

4. The Prestige

Arguably one of Nolan’s more personal films, The Prestige is an endlessly fascinating film that examines what one is willing to do when desperate to gain the upper hand in a rivalry. Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale star as two magicians whose friendship is shattered after a tragic accident, sending both on a journey to invent the best magic trick ever seen. Jackman delivers one of his best performances as a man pushed to breaking point, so desperate to outsmart Bale’s character that he is willing to do anything. An extremely dark film full of twists and turns, The Prestige may be one of Nolan’s more bleak film but it is also one of his most captivating. 

3. Memento 

In 2001, Nolan’s second feature film gained a healthy following and was rewarded with an Oscar nomination for best screenplay. More importantly, it introduced Christopher Nolan to the world.  Guy Pearce stars as Leonard Shelby, a man with short-term memory loss on the hunt for his wife’s murderer. Memento was Nolan’s successful experiment in playing with the way he told a story. Nolan often employs a nonlinear structure in his films, presenting events out of order instead of the traditional chronological narrative. There is almost no linear storytelling in Memento, so don’t go into this movie expecting it to be easy to follow. Instead, expect an exciting thriller that will leave you thinking about its story long after the credits have rolled.

2. The Dark Knight

What else can be said about The Dark Knight that hasn’t already been said? Nolan tackles some heavy stuff here, from anarchy and lost love to justified dishonesty. The use of IMAX cameras for a feature film was pretty much unheard of until this movie came along. Heath Ledger is fantastic as the Joker, but what makes the film truly compelling is the way in which his character pushes Batman to his limits. The best of the franchise and my pick for the best superhero movie of all time, The Dark Knight set a new standard not only for comic book movies but for movies in general.

1. Inception

A movie ten years in the making, this is Nolan’s masterpiece. With its heavy emphasis on architecture, a troubled protagonist, solid action sequences, and a commendable fashion sense, Inception has Christopher Nolan written all over it. Assembling an all-star cast and creating some of the most memorable sequences in recent memory, Nolan effortlessly blends genres to tell his story. Inception is a heist film, a compelling romance, an exciting action film, and is above all a high-octane thriller. It grabs hold of you and never lets go. Like all of Nolan’s films, it stays with you even after you’ve stopped watching it. Now that Christopher Nolan has concluded his Batman franchise, I’m very excited for him to return to his kind of intelligent, innovative filmmaking.

Top 5 Comic Book Movie Villains

With The Amazing Spider-Man doing well at the box office, and The Dark Knight Rises coming along shortly, we thought it would be fun to look back at our ‘favorite’ baddies in the genre. These are the characters with troubled pasts, issues, and desire for recognition and power; the characters we love to hate. Below are our top 5 comic book movie villains. Feel free to leave your top 5 in the comments below.


5. Doctor Octopus

Spider-Man 2 is easily one of my favorite comic book movie sequels, and Alfred Molina’s performance as Doctor Octopus is one of the reasons. The appeal of Doc Oc is that he isn’t a one-dimensional character; I actually care about his character all the way through the film.

4. General Zod 

General Zod (Superman II) has to be on this list, if only for one reason: He actually succeeded, albeit temporarily, to take over the world. Many have aspired to this greatness, but few have succeeded. “Kneel before Zod!” I’m looking forward to Michael Shannon’s take on General Zod in Man of Steel.

3. Casanova Frankenstein

My number three choice is easily the campiest on the list. Geoffrey Rush hams it up in Mystery Men as Casanova Frankenstein, the crazy well-manicured nemesis to Captain Amazing. This is one of those roles where the actor was clearly having way too much fun.

2. Magneto

I love the X-Men films, largely because of their societal themes and backgrounds. Magneto (originally played by Ian McKellen), is a villain defined by his past, and his worldview is at odds with Professor X’s. He’s one of the brainier villains, and always has a plan brewing. Oh, and he controls metal.

1. The Joker

Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight still creeps the heck out of me. It’s a performance I will remember alongside Hannibal Lector and Nurse Ratched in the years to come. I originally scoffed at the casting when it was first announced, and promptly ate my words on opening day. Ledger brings a manic energy and shrouded mystery to the character, and is easily my favorite comic book villain performance yet.


5. Scarecrow

Cillian Murphy’s performance as Dr. Crane, a.k.a. Scarecrow, in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins remains one of the highlights of the film. A recurring element in the movie is fear. Can Bruce Wayne overcome his fear, using it as motivation to fight crime? Scarecrow lives off of fear, making him a perfect choice for Batman’s first foe.

4. Loki

One of the biggest surprises last year was Tom Hiddleston’s turn as Loki, the adopted royal son of Asgard. Too many times in a comic book movie is a villain written solely for the purpose of being the one-dimensional antagonist. Loki broke that mold, giving us a compelling character with a tragic back-story. Even though he ventures into campy territory at time in The Avengers, he’s still a chilling villain and extremely fun to watch.

3. Doc Ock 

Cinematically speaking, Otto Octavius was a step forward in terms of how villains were presented in comic book movies. As mentioned earlier, in most cases the bad guy in comic book movies existed so there could be an antagonist, something for the hero to overcome. Otto Octavius was unique in that he never wanted to be the bad guy. A tragic accident turned him into one. His good and bad sides are constantly at odds and it’s quite exciting to watch which side will win over the other.

2. Magneto

Whether brought to life by Ian McKellen or Michael Fassbender, Eric Lehnsherr is an all-around compelling villian. One of the most powerful mutants ever to exist, Magneto hates humans. After losing his parents and spending his life in a concentration camp, Eric sees nothing redeemable about them.The perfect foil to Professor X, Magneto believes mutants are superior to humans, and the two can never share the same planet. His relationship and debates with Professor X remain the high points of the X-Men franchise.

1. The Joker

This probably won’t come as a shock to any of you, but awarding Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker the number one spot on this list is pretty much a no-brainer. After The Dark Knight hit theaters, you couldn’t talk about comic book villains without bringing up The Joker. I have seen The Dark Knight dozens of times and Ledger still leaves me breathless.

Top 5 Pixar Moments

When naming your favorite animated movies, chances are a Pixar movie holds at least one spot on the list.  Since Toy Story‘s debut in 1995, the studio’s feature films have been nominated for 24 Academy Awards and have taken home 11. Their thirteenth feature film, Brave, hit theaters this last weekend. What better time to list out favorite Pixar moments?

This list was a tricky one. There’s nothing quite like a Pixar film, and each of them have dozens of memorable moments. Narrowing our list down to one moment from each film was quite a task. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!


5. The Incredibles Teaser Trailer

Even though the scene never made it into the movie, the teaser trailer for The Incredibles is easily one of the funniest things Pixar has ever done. It’s a simple enough scenario: Mr. Incredible is suiting up to go and fight crime. The only problem is he’s outgrown his belt. Comedic genius ensues.

4. “Married Life” – Up

What sets Pixar animation up from other studios is that their uncanny ability to elicit every moment from the audience. The opening to Up is a beautiful and intimate portrait of a romance that started in childhood and lasted a lifetime. With an incredibly believable story that sucks you in immediately, Up holds the record for being the only movie that makes me cry before it reaches the thirty minute mark.

3. Boo and Sulley Say Goodbye – Monsters, Inc. 

Speaking of moments that make you cry, how’s this one for a tear-jerker? Boo and Sully dont’ get much time alone during their adventures in Monsters, Inc, but their relationship throughout the film is an adorable one to watch develop. After all the chaos they’ve been through together, Boo finally gets to show Sully all her toys and get tucked into bed. It’s a wonderful moment between the two.

2. Andy Plays With His Toys One Last Time – Toy Story 3

The perfect ending a timeless trilogy.

1. “It’s okay. Daddy’s here.” – Finding Nemo

My personal favorite Pixar movie, every scene in this movie could have easily vied for a spot on this list. But there’s a small moment that makes me cry like a baby every time I watch the movie. After his wife and his children were devoured by a barracuda, Marlin finds a lone clown fish egg. Picking it up in his fins, he speaks four simple words. “It’s okay. Daddy’s here.” Later in the movie when he finally reunites with his son, he holds him again, repeating the same four words as we have a brief flashback to the little egg in Marlin hands. It’s the perfect example of how Pixar movies, after making us laugh at things like speaking whale and crazy seagullls, can also make us cry.


5. “Not a Flying Toy” – Toy Story

Looking back at the Pixar films, I was kind of surprised at this one. When I watched Toy Story the first few times, I was more involved in the story of Woody and enamored with the concept of talking toys. On subsequent viewings, however, I keep coming back to this scene. It’s really emotional (it is Pixar, after all), and magnifies the Buzz Lightyear storyline even more.

4. “Define Dancing” – WALL-E

I wouldn’t be able to call myself a human being if I didn’t include this delightful moment between two robots dancing together among the stars. The music, visuals, and chemistry all blend together to make this memorable.

3. “No Capes!” – The Incredibles

Enough with the emotional scenes; there’s plenty more in the next two picks. This time I’m going with one of my favorite Pixar characters (voiced by director Brad Bird), Edna Mode. The Incredibles is Pixar’s take on super heroes, and Edna’s speech (i.e. rant) about capes is a loving jab at the genre, and great slapstick comedy.

2. “Ratatouille” – Ratatouille

There are many wonderful moments in Ratatouille, but the one that gets me every time is when the food critic Anton Ego eats the titular Ratatouille at the end of the film. His trip down memory lane is a touching, nostalgic moment that shows the power that the senses can have.

1. “Married Life” – Up

Up is one of the few movies that I enjoyed watching in 3D, and the only one that caused me to wipe off my 3D glasses 15 minutes into the film. It’s been overstated ad nauseum, but the opening montage from Up not only sets the rest of the film up beautifully, but could easily be viewed as a stand-alone short film.  I’m continually blown away by Pixar’s use of story, visuals, and pathos, and this is one of their finest moments.

Prometheus Review

As soon as Ridley Scott announced he was making a new science fiction movie, fanboys immediately dubbed it the quintessential Alien prequel. Even after its release, people are citing ways in which Prometheus relates to Scott’s original film. I cannot emphasize more that Prometheus has almost nothing to do with Alien. The two movies don’t even take place on the same planet. Admittedly, Alien will be seen in a different context after viewing this movie, but it is not at all essential to understanding the 1979 classic. Instead, Prometheus stands on its own as a solid genre piece, but is that really a bad thing?

Alien, a personal favorite of mine, works so well because an explanation of the origins of the planet and the grotesque, violent monster that abides in its depths is never provided. Like Hannibal in The Silence of the Lambs and the Joker in The Dark Knight, some of the greatest characters manifested on film have mysterious origins. Giving the xenomorph an intricate origin story would have been a grave misstep, as most prequels usually are. Even though there are nods to the alien in this movie, the mysterious element present in Alien is preserved.

The year is 2089. Archeologists Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and her boyfriend Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green) discover a series of cave drawings from a number of civilizations who shared no contact with one another but each containing a map of a solar system billions of miles from earth. Five years later, the multi-trillion dollar ship known as the Prometheus lands on the distant moon LV-223. Their mission is to find what they call the Engineers, extraterrestrial beings who created human beings. As evidenced by its opening scene, the movie operates under the assumption that aliens were responsible for our entire existence. The mission of the Prometheus is not to prove this fact, but to meet their makers.

The script, penned by Lost‘s Damon Lindelof and relative newcomer Jon Spaihts, takes its time setting up its story and characters. The film is relatively uneventful for its first hour or so, introducing us to the world of LV-22 and masterfully building intrigue and an impending sense of doom. Almost all of the characters are believable and interesting, and the story never goes flat. Though that isn’t to say that the script doesn’t have its issues.

“How far would you go to get what you came all this way for, your answers? What would you be willing to do?” David, the android aboard the Prometheus played masterfully by Michael Fassbender, proposes this question to Charlie. This idea of meeting our maker and discovering our reason for existence is touched on multiple times in the film, but inexplicably abandoned by the third act. In fact, many of the movie’s plot lines are left unresolved by the film’s climax.

Decisions made by some of the characters make no sense at all and exist only to aid the plot and transition to the next scene. This adds a dose of detachment from the characters because we don’t understand why they are acting this way. For example, if you were a biologist and encountered a new extraterrestrial being, would your first reaction be to try and pet it? If a woman covered and a recently stitched surgical incision stumbled into the room would you act unphased and pretend its just another day at the office? It’s just lazy writing. While this doesn’t destroy the movie altogether, it does turn the film into a good movie rather than a great one.

On a technical level, the look of the film is breathtaking and full of detail. The visual effects are top notch, from the set design aboard the Prometheus to the mysterious depths of LV-22. The cast does a wonderful job with what they are given, and Fassbender in particular shines in yet another dynamic performance. The movie is full of memorable experiences, from a chilling operation scene to the destruction of an alien spaceship. Scott’s decision to film the movie with 3D cameras was a successful one and provides an even greater depth to the visual aesthetics in the film.  After less-than-stellar movies like Robin Hood and Body of Lies, it’s wonderful to see Ridley Scott remind us why he’s one of the best directors out there.

If you haven’t seen Prometheus yet, I urge you to do so. The fact that a summer blockbuster is generating conversation should be reason enough to check this movie out. After mindless outings like Snow White and Battleship, isn’t it nice to finally have a movie that gets people talking. Plus, we don’t get many science fiction films of this caliber. Prometheus has its flaws, some of them gaping, but it is still worth a look.

Snow White and the Huntsman Review

I’m sure there’s a good movie hidden somewhere in Snow White and the Huntsman. Some are sure to find this movie an enjoyable summer outing, but this reviewer found himself shoving popcorn into his mouth of out sheer boredom.

Imprisoned in a tower since childhood by the evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron), Snow White (Kristen Stewart) spends her days reciting the Lord’s Prayer and building fires to keep her warm. Her decision to finally escape her captors conveniently coincides with the Queen’s decision to kill her, and she escapes into the dark forest. Desperate to remain the fairest of them all and keep her immortality, the Queen hires a hunstman (Chris Hemsworth) to track Snow White down.

It should be noted here that the only thing keeping me in my seat was Charlize Theron’s performance. She creates a compelling villain that is terrifying and at times even sympathetic. She is responsible for some of the film’s more creative sequences, including a creepy transformation into a flock of crows. Sadly, she is inexplicably absent after the film reaches its halfway point, showing up briefly to remind us that she still exists and longs for Snow White’s death.

Hemsworth is also fun to watch as the axe-wielding, mead-chugging Hunstman. He’s perfect for action-oriented roles like this, but he still brings a certain amount of depth to his character. Kristen Stewart, on the other hand, is given almost no dialogue at all. What little dialogue she has in the film is delivered in cringe-inducing emotionless staccato. I haven’t given up on Stewart as a decent actress yet, but she needs to find a better acting coach.

First-time director Rupert Sanders never seems to find a comfortable pace. The movie’s second act is far too long and its finale too short and frustratingly anticlimactic. Nothing ever seems at stake. We know that Snow White defeats Ravenna, but the way it goes down in the movie is ridiculously easy. When the seven dwarfs finally do show up, it’s almost as if it was an afterthought. The action scenes, which are something of a cross between Robin Hood and The Lord of the Rings, are bereft of excitement. The whole movie’s a mess.

There’s no denying that Snow White and the Huntsman sucessfully creates a dark world full of magic and mystery at every turn. If only the people who inhabit this world were just as interesting. While it has a pretty commendable cast, the movie doesn’t employ them well enough. The movie’s meandering plot, combined with an anticlimactic finale and bland protagonist, transform this adventure into more of a boring lullaby than an epic adventure.

Why Are Super Heroes So…Super?

If you haven’t watched The Avengers yet, read Daniel’s review of it, and check it out; it’s a lot of super-heroey fun. And as always, stay after the credits. Twice. I was shocked at how many people left the theater right when the credits started. Seriously, people? Four years later and you still don’t get it? Anyways, moving on…

I recently had the opportunity to record Dave Canfield (Twitch Film writer) speaking about Super Heroes and Culture at The Row House in Lancaster, PA.

The Row House hosts a wide, diverse range of lectures and discussions from “Mom Guilt” to “Harry Potter’s Alchemy”.

Check out their podcast for old forums, and participate in one if you’re in town.


Eagle’s Fan (60 Second Film Festival)


You can now vote for the people’s choice award at (on the right-hand side). Thanks!



I recently submitted a film for the 60 Second Film Festival in Lancaster, PA. It’s a mini-doc about my little brother.

If you’re in the Lancaster, PA area it will be shown with 11 other short films on Sunday, May 13th at 7:00pm at Penn Cinema. Tickets are free, but are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

There will also be a fan favorite award; I will post a link to that page when they put it up.

Here’s a link to the film if it doesn’t show up below.

Thank you for your support!


The Avengers Review

For lack of a better word, The Avengers is badass. Easily the best Marvel adaptation since Iron Man, the movie teams up Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye up against the villainous Loki and his army of robotic alien beings. Opening tonight at midnight in theaters nationwide, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers packs a wallop.

Chances are you’ve seen at least one of the previous Marvel movies that establish the characters I listed earlier, but it won’t be an issue if you haven’t – unless you’re my girlfriend of course. The movie is solid blockbuster entertainment for anyone, whether they are a comic book geek or not. This movie has everything you need in a summer movie. There are laughs, spectacular action scenes, a dash of romance, and for some people maybe even some tears.

The fact that the movie is not an origin story like almost all superhero movies is rewarding because it allows the film to jump right into the action. That being said, it takes a strangely longer amount of time for the movie to gain traction than I expected.

The movie’s first act lays out why such an impressive list of people would be summoned to fight evil and then introduces them to the picture one character at a time. This is a bit tedious and could have been trimmed down just a bit, but once the movie gets rolling there’s no stopping it.

The second act focuses on the group’s struggle to work together as a team. After all, when you bring a bunch of invincible warriors together, there’s going to be a bit of conflict. Part of the fun of the Avengers is that we get to see our favorite superheroes duke it out with each other. By the time the last act rolls around, you’ll be firmly rooted to your seat. The final action piece is a jaw-dropping action sequence that will have you cheering.

The movie’s greatest strength is that it doesn’t center itself on one or two of the characters. Nobody is put on the backburner or is turned into a supporting character. Each is given ample screen time and dialogue. Thanks to Whedon’s script and solid direction, the characters are even given further characterization, most notably Black Widow. First introduced in Iron Man 2, Black Widow was nothing more than a hot babe who packed quite a punch. Whedon, who has a history of crafting strong female characters, transforms her into a multidimensional character with a dark past. Loki isn’t as dark or mischievous as he was when we first saw him, but he is one of the highlights of the film and works as a great villain. Iron Man and Thor are enjoyable as ever, though I was slightly disappointed we didn’t see more from CaptainAmerica. Last and most certainly not least, Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk is easily the best version adaptation ever. Ruffalo plays the part of the mild-mannered scientist perfectly, and the way he is implanted into the action scenes helps him to steal the show.

I should mention that I was very disappointed in the way that the movie presented Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner is a very capable actor and Hawkeye is a fairly interesting minor playing in the Marvel comics. After his brief appearance in Thor last summer, I was looking forward to seeing what he would be given to work with in The Avengers. While he does shine in the action sequences, we are given a boring character that spends half the movie as Loki’s zombie and the other half spouting out dull one-liners.

Overall, The Avengers is an immensely enjoyable cinematic experience, solid blockbuster entertainment from beginning to end. Not only is it big screen entertainment at its finest, but it reminds us why the big screen experience is essential to enjoying some movies. I don’t care how good your entertainment system at home is. This is a must-see on the big screen. The Avengers starts summer off with a bang and was very much worth the wait. It might even turn you into a comic book geek.

Short Spotlight: Sockfeet

My appreciation for short films began when I first attended the Nashville Film Festival. Blown away by the wide range in content and talent, I immediately went to the Internet to find more short films. Modern short films are a fascinating genre, ranging from no budget backyard productions, to low budget indie films, to full-blown blockbusters. Short films are a great way to glimpse future talent, or a window into the origins of a respected director. The goal of this series is to showcase a wide range of short films from all over the world. If you want to have a short film featured, please comment and leave a link. Enjoy the show!

The first film in this series comes from my Alma mater, Bryan College. It’s a short, sweet love story told from a unique perspective.


2012 Oscar Predictions


Best Picture: The Artist
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin
Best Actress: Viola Davis
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants
Best Animated Feature: Rango
Best Documentary: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Cinematography: The Tree of Life
Best Film Editing: The Artist
Best Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Best Art Direction: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II
Best Costume Design: Jane Eyre
Best Makeup: Albert Nobbs
Best Sound Editing: War Horse
Best Sound Mixing: War Horse
Best Original Score: The Artist
Best Original Song: ‘Man or Muppet’
Best Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris
Best Live-Action Short: The Shore
Best Documentary Short: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom


Best Picture: The Artist
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Best Actor: George Clooney
Best Actress: Viola Davis
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants
Best Animated Feature: Rango
Best Documentary: Undefeated
Best Foreign Language Film: Bullhead
Best Cinematography: The Tree of Life
Best Film Editing: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Visual Effects: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II
Best Art Direction: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II
Best Costume Design: Jane Eyre
Best Makeup: The Iron Lady
Best Sound Editing: War Horse
Best Sound Mixing: War Horse
Best Original Score: The Artist
Best Original Song: ‘Man or Muppet’
Best Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris
Best Live-Action Short: Raju
Best Documentary Short: The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom


Best Picture: The Artist
Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin
Best Actress: Viola Davis
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer
Best Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants
Best Animated Feature: Rango
Best Documentary: Undefeated
Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation
Best Cinematography: The Tree of Life
Best Film Editing: The Artist
Best Visual Effects: Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Best Art Direction: Hugo
Best Costume Design: The Artist
Best Makeup: The Iron Lady
Best Sound Editing: Hugo
Best Sound Mixing: Hugo
Best Original Score: The Artist
Best Original Song: ‘Man or Muppet’
Best Animated Short: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris
Best Live-Action Short: Saving Face
Best Documentary Short: Tuba Atlantic

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