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Tuesday 6 January 2009, 13:00

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The Kermodes: the most coveted awards in cinema are upon us once more. You know my views - but what is your opinion?

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    Comment number 1.

    Dr Kermode,

    How dare you besmirch the good name of the Academy Awards.

    They have a long and glorious history of recognising those films that are TRULY great going right the way back to 1941 when the unforgettable How Green Was My Valley triumphed over that confusing, flashy vanity project Citizen Kane.

    Keeping that in mind . . .

    Kermode for Best Film: Son of Rambow

    It's too small for the Oscars but too great to be ignored.

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    Comment number 2.

    Dear Mark,

    It may still have an outside chance of a 'Best Picture' nomination at the Oscars, but if it misses out it'd be great if could at least condiser WALL-E for a Kermode.

    Keep up the good work Dr!

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    Comment number 3.

    So far, 'Che' and Steven Soderbergh and Benicio del Toro, and the rest of the crew, completely neglected at the Golden Globe.

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    Comment number 4.

    Best Film - Hunger

    Best Actor - Michael Fassbender (Hunger) or Richard Jenkins (The Visitor)

    Best Actress - Julie Walters (Mamma Mia!)

    Best Screenplay - Martin McDonagh (In Bruges)

    Best Music - Max Richter (Waltz With Bashir)

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    Comment number 5.

    Best Film - [rec]

    Best Actor - Bill Milner (Son of Rambow)

    Best Actress - Belén Rueda (El Orfanato)

    Best Screenplay - I'd happily second (In Bruges)

    Best Music - I've drawn a blank!

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    Comment number 6.

    Best Film :- El Orfanato

    Best Actor : - Ron Perlman (Hellboy 2)

    Best Director :- Terence Davies ( Of Time and the City)

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    Comment number 7.

    I think you'd better initiate a best documentary category (after all they really need advertising)

    Best documentary - Tyson.

    Unsavoury subject but an excellent film, saw it at the London Film Festival but have heard nothing about it since?

    Best Actress - Michelle Williams (Incendiary)

    The rest of the film is so dreadful she deserves a nomination for struggling through.

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    Comment number 8.

    Best Film: Times and Winds [yet another great film from Turkey]
    Best Director: Terence Davies [masterful, as always]
    Best Actor: Michael Fassbender (Hunger) [hypnotic]
    Best Actress: Belen Rueda (The Orphanage) [please no US remake!]
    Best Screenplay: Martin McDonagh (In Bruges) [as sharp as Billy Wilder]
    Best Music: Man on Wire [keeps the pacing, adds to the drama]

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    Comment number 9.

    Dear Dr K

    Hello there, I must say it's spiffing of you to give us this chance to contribute. I've been coming up with shortlists inside my head anyway, so I may as well put them down here.

    Best Actress: Belen Rueda for 'The Orphanage'

    Best soundtrack: 'The Orphanage' again (it scared the bejayziz out of me, thereby doing its job)

    Best screenplay: In Bruge. Yes, I know the film had a lot of problems, but I've just got a lot of admiration for the way it managed to wrangle such potentially irritating dialogue.

    Best actor: I can't decide; either Peter Dinklage for Prince Caspian (he was the ONLY saving grace in that film)or Thomas Turgoose for Somerstown.

    Best Director: HAS to be Del Toro, for making a subversive, interesting and occasionally frightening Hollywood film in the shape of Hellboy II

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    Comment number 10.

    Best Film - Gomorra

    Best Director - Frank Darabont for The Mist

    Best Actor - Casey Affleck for Gone Baby Gone

    Best Actress - Belen Rueda for The Orphanage

    Best Screenplay - Martin McDonagh for In Bruges

    Best Music - Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard for The Dark Knight

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    Comment number 11.

    Best Film - Waltz With Bashir. Probably be nominated for best documentary but not best film. My two favourites of 2008 are There Will Be Blood and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly but they were included at the last Oscars.

    Best Director - Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage). Came out too early in the year to be remembered by the Academy.

    Best Actor - Michael Fassbender. The film is too controversial to be nominated but Fassbender's performance is extraordinary.

    Best Actress - Belen Rueda (The Orphanage). Again, came out too long ago for the academy to remember. Shame because this is such a strong and natural performance. Can't see anyone being better than this in the more Academy friendly films.

    Best Screenplay - Hunger. The film stops halfway through for a half hour decussion on the subject and not only does it not destroy the pace of the film is only hightens the drama and tension. Brilliant.

    Best Score - Fernando Velázquez (The Orphanage) Very subtle and very creepy.

    Honourable mentions to Aaron Eckhart for The Dark Knight. Far more layed and complex than Heath Ledger's enjoyable but one-note performance. Visual effects for Hellboy II; this is the kind of stuff we want to see for Middle Earth. Josh Brolin in W. Underated actor gives a very compelling performance in an underated film.

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    Comment number 12.

    Best Film - Changeling: despite recognition for Angelina Jolie, Clint Eastwood's masterpiece has not recieved any nominations for best film or director

    Best Director - Andrew Stanton for WALL-E: seriously when has a director's job ever been noted for directing an animated feature, they put in a lot of effort and time. And Wall-E was one of the best films of this year.

    Best Actor - Ron Perlman for Hellboy 2: a great comedic performance he delivers a terrific emotional performance despite being underneath all that make up

    Best Actress - Marcia Gay Harden for The Mist. Arguably being a supporting performance, her chilling Mrs. Carmody delivers one of the more memorable performances of the year.

    Best Screenplay - Frank Darabont for The Mist. An intelligent script with some very clever religious and political overtones + a great ending.

    Best Music Score - John Williams for Indiana Jones 4. The best part of the new Indiana Jones film, a terrific score blending thumping action beats with some dark and mysterious sounds.

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    Comment number 13.

    Best Film-Somers Town

    Best Actor-Thomas Turgoose (Somers Town)

    Best Director-Terence Davies (Of Time and the City)

    Best Music-Gavin Clark (Somers Town)

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    Comment number 14.

    Best Film: Doomsday
    Its about time the best action film for probably a generation was acknowledged. Doomsday does not falter like so many other action films which have no memorable sequences and are just people hitting each other endlessly- this is crammed with memorable events and is a wonderful ride to experience. It is also wonderful for it's beautiful decaying settings and depth of detail in a post apocalyptic Scotland brimming with phycopaths. It also has the one of the happiest endings of any film I have seen, and if thats not enough, it even has a gimp.

    Best Actor: Doug Jones
    The star of Hellboy 2 is the mand behind the mask of some of the best creatures, namley Abraham, the chamberlain and the incredible Angel of Death. He makes up for not having a 'human' face by his wonderful body actions which are as expressive as any facial movement. He deserves an award for 'acting' better than any other actor I have seen and making the unbelievabe very real.

    Best Actress: Belen Rueda
    In The Orfanage her gradual physical and mental disintergration at the loss of her son is brillantly performed, and adds even more depth to an already wonderful story as her detierioration becomes just as scary as any possible ghosts.

    Best Director: Jaume Balagureo + Paco Plaza
    The directors of REC, not mearly made a great horror movie, but the greatest yet 'handy cam' film. This has been achieved through numerous efforts, notably keeping actors in the dark and using believable characters. As a result REC stands up with The Orphanage in terms of edge of the seat scares, but unlike The Orphanage the fear stays with you well into the night...

    Best Screenplay: The Mist
    The Mist is a top notch monster film, and despite the fact that they changed the ending from that of the short story on which it is based, it has been made even more grim and hopeless than you could ever believe you would see in any film, and for bringing such pessimism back into the world the writers deserve everything they get.

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    Comment number 15.

    I'm not going to cover all the awards as I'm not sure I can think of a forerunner in all of them. But here are those where I think there is a clear deserving winner.

    Best Actor: Can you really make a case for Efron over Michael Fassbender in Hunger? Nuanced, able to display gradual decline towards starvation without words as well as wonderful intricate dialogue acting in the 17 minute unflincing camera shot.

    Best Actress: Let's best honest, Jolie is nailed on for this at the Oscars and she was no where near Kristin Scott Thomas in I've Loved You So Long who managed to create a tense, realistic emotive atmosphere without ever overdoing it.

    Best Music: Of Time and the City. Marvellous evocation of nostalgia, pining and brought the images to the forefront of the audience's imagination.

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    Comment number 16.

    I'd just like to suggest Ricky Gervais as best actor for Ghost Town, a great performance in a touching film. I'd say also that The Dark Knight's score is impressively powerful.

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    Comment number 17.

    BEST DIRECTOR - Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury for À l'intérieur*

    A masterpiece of modern horror. Brutal and claustrophobic that was almost too tense

    * Although it premièred in 2007 it wasn't widely released till 2008

    BEST SCREENPLAY - Steven C. Stewart For "It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine!"

    One of the most Beautiful and disturbing films i have ever seen.

    Reminded me of an ultra dark The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

    Almost impossible film to see in the U.K though.

    BEST ACTOR - Josh Brolin for Milk

    His portrayal of Assassin Dan White was brilliantly both menacing and pathetic.

    BEST FILM - Gomorrah

    A gloriously disjointed and downbeat film that gives a lingering bad taste in your mouth.

    Frighteningly realistic it shows just how deeply ingrained the Camorra is in the day to day lives of people who live both in the slums and suburbs of Naples

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    Comment number 18.

    Lifetime achievement award-Bob Hoskins

    Best actress-Ellen Page

    Best Actor-Micheal Sheen

    Best cinematography-The Dark Knight

    Best cartoon-Wall-e

    Best documentatry- Waltz with bashir

    Best film-Of time in the city

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    Comment number 19.

    * Best Film - Man On Wire

    * Best Director- Ari Folman (Waltz With Bashir)

    * Best Actor - Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)

    * Best Actress - Cate Blanchett (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)

    * Best Screenplay - Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)

    * Best Music - Max Richter (Waltz With Bashir)

    With an honorable mention to Ben Burtt (the voice of Wall-e)who defies all categorization.

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    Comment number 20.

    Seen far too few films this year, but of those I've seen, Hunger was a real stand-out, and must be in with a chance for best film, director and actor.

    Son of Rambow was great too - best screenplay.

    And Of Time and the City certainly shouldn't go unrewarded - best music.

    I can't call to mind anyone who I'd award best actress to - just that it certainly *wouldn't* be Thandie Newton for Dubya!


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