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Mark Kermode | 17:29 UK time, Tuesday, 26 January 2010

It's that time of year again: time for me to find out the movies and the movie makers who you believe will be worthy recipients of that most revered of motion picture awards, The Kermode ®.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Best Film: Adventureland or Moon
    Best Director: Neil Blomkamp
    Best Actor: Sharlto Copley or Sam Rockwell
    Best Actress: Zoe Saldana
    Best Supporting Actor: Max Records
    Best Supporting Actress: Marion Coltiard (Public enemies)

  • Comment number 2.

    Best Film
    Goodbye Solo

    Best Director
    Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker

    Best Actor
    Nicolas Cage - Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans

    Best Actress
    Charlotte Gainsbourg- Antichrist

    Best Supporting Actor
    Micheal Fassbender - Fish Tank

    Best Supporting Actress
    Ok Bin Kim - Thirst

    Best Score
    Nick Cave and Warren Ellis - The Road

  • Comment number 3.

    Interesting topic. Frankly, I have lost faith in the Academy since the year Marty lost Best Director to Costner 1991, and they have failed to win me back when they awarded Best Actor to Denzel instead of either Russell Crowe or Sean Penn 2002, and once again when they failed to award Mickey Rourke 2009. To me, its all about politics and commercials nowadays.

    However, I have a gut feeling Sam Rockwell will not get a nod for Best Actor, never mind winning it! And if he doesn't get nominated, then I shan't bother myself about the Oscars till the day I die!

  • Comment number 4.

    Best Film: A Serious Man
    Best Director: Joel & Ethan Coen
    Best Actor: Kåre Hedebrant (Let The Right One In)
    Best Actress: Lina Leandersson (Let The Right One In)
    Best Supporting Actor: Fred Melamed (A Serious Man)
    Best Supporting Actress: Gina McKee (In The Loop)
    Best Score: Karen O & The Kids,Carter Burwell (Where The Wild Things Are)
    Best Soundtrack: Jefferson Airplane (A Serious Man)

  • Comment number 5.


    Best Director: Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In)

  • Comment number 6.

    Best Film: Let the Right One In
    Best Director: Quentin Tarantino (he won't be nominated, and you won't nominate him either, but he is very worthy for making the best comedy of the year)
    Best Actor: Viggo Mortensen (although he could get nominated at the academy)
    Best Actress: Lina Leandersson
    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
    Best Supporting Actress: Mélanie Laurent

    Reading back over that I think "Yeah, fat chance Kermode'll listen to that...for the most part."

  • Comment number 7.

    I can't be bothered to do it in the format you told us, but, Mark, you and I both know the following need to be recognised in one form or another:

    Let The Right One In
    A Serious Man
    The Hurt Locker
    Fish Tank

  • Comment number 8.

    I know this isn't the game, but...I think we should point out that we do all know what Dr. is going to pick, don't we?

    Best Director: Tomas Alfredson
    Best Film: Let the Right One In
    Best Actor: Andy Serkis
    Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg

    That much is certain, isn't it?

  • Comment number 9.

    Best Film: The White Ribbon
    Best Director: Michael Haneke

    Somewhat better than the Coen Brothers' A Serious Man, which I saw the day after it, Haneke's film is, in my opinion, both historical and historic; historical in the sense that it perfectly exemplifies the way in which we can look back on the past and discover new things about it, whilst simultaneously allowing that past to act as a mirror to our present; historic in the sense that it is a landmark both in the extended project of soul-searching within the German national psyche and in cinema's depiction of our relationship with children.

    The central subject of the film is, i think, not the obvious one of repression - emotional, sexual, etc. - it's actually more about children. Children were treated more harshly in the 1910s than they are now - of that there is no doubt; what is also the case, however, is that we have become increasingly afraid of them since then. The horror genre's increasing fascination with evil children is cinematic evidence of this, but the children in The White Ribbon are, in a quiet, odd way, absolutely terrifying; crucially, they never actually do anything (on screen, at least) to particularly justify our suspicion of them; this arguably lays bare, in a more powerful way than any horror movie ever could, the power of paedophobia today.

    The many ways in which the events of the film mirror, distort, depend upon and exploit contemporary fears about children, while simultaneously functioning as a penetrating exploration of the pre-WWI German psyche, mark it out as a truly great film. What takes it even further, though, is the visual, conversational and aural austerity of the film, which wonderfully contrasts with the rich depth of psychological intensity felt in practically every scene, and therefore the heavy dramatic power of even the smallest piece of dialogue or facial expression.

    The White Ribbon is a film saturated in psychological power, with some potentially interesting political and historical implications; its unflinching intensity made it one of the most mentally tiring films I've ever seen, but I came out of it feeling nourished at the same time. I usually go straight into discussing the film I've just seen with the people who saw it with me; in this case, we exited the cinema and lingered for a while in a contented silence.

  • Comment number 10.

    Best director: John Hillcoat (The road)
    One the most intense,emotional 111 mins i have spent in a cinema. Truly briiliant.

    Best Film: Up in the air OR The Hangover ( I know the good doctor didn't think too highly of it but I think it was one of the funniest sleeper comedies in ages and made laugh lots even though it was puerile in parts I still think it deserves something)

  • Comment number 11.

    Oh, and Fred Melamed from A Serious Man for Best Supporting Actor - seriously funny...

  • Comment number 12.

    Best Director - Terry Gilliam (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus)
    Best Film - Let the Right One In
    Best Actor - Benico Del Toro (Che Part 1 and 2)
    Best Actress - Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones)
    Best supporting actor - Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road)
    Best supporting actress - Zoe Saldana (Avatar)
    Best Score - Reinhold Heil, Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer (The International)

  • Comment number 13.

    I haven't seen enough films this year to have a go at all categories but I think Christoph Waltz should be nominated for Best Actor.
    Sure he'll get nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as he has been at the BAFTAs and the Globes, but, as he has no smaller part than any of the other actors in Inglorious Basterds and was simply fantastic, he should win the Kermode award (and in my opinion the Oscar) for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

    Saw the film yesterday, went in with low expectations and was proved right.
    Film is flimsy, superficial, rushed yet too long, Brad Pitt is the worst I've seen him and the only redeeming feature is Christoph Waltz's glorious performance.

    "Au revoir, Shoshana!"

  • Comment number 14.

    Best Supporting Cast Special Mention - The children in The White Ribbon. There are too many of them to focus on one, but they are all amazing.

    The White Ribbon certainly deserves recognition as a masterpiece but sadly it wasn't quite as good as the classic A Serious Man, which is destined to be appreciated more and more with each passing year, nor the enchanting Let The Right One In.

  • Comment number 15.

    Best director should go to Nuri Bilge Ceylan for the extraordinary Three Monkeys. Though I very much doubt it will as I have never heard Mark Kermode make any mention of his name.

  • Comment number 16.

    Bad hand angle, Dr K. Not doing the 'big hand' thing any favours.

  • Comment number 17.

    Best Film: Let the right one in
    Best Director: Duncan Jones (Moon)
    Best Actor: Con O'neil (Telstar)
    Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist)
    Best Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road)
    Best Supporting Actress: Lina Leandersson (Let the right one in)

    Best Score: The Road

    Also additional category I think that Anthony Dod Mantel should be given something for his outstanding shooting of Antichrist especially as he was completely overlooked for Slumdog at last years Oscars.

  • Comment number 18.

    Best Film- Gran Torino

    Best Director- Sam Raimi (Drag Me To Hell)

    Best Actor- Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino)

    Best Actress- Jessica Lange (Grey Gardens)

    Best Supporting Actor- the talking fox in thing in it!

    Best Supporting Actress- Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens)

    Best Score (Perhaps)- Angelo Badalamenti (it pains me to say this because it was one of the worst films of recent times but 44 Inch Chest, it had a great Badalemnti score)

  • Comment number 19.

    My suggestion for best film would be one of two off-beat love stories that I saw last year:

    Anvil (The Story of Anvil)
    Let the Right One In

  • Comment number 20.

    Although I highly rate the horror and supernatural genres Mark Kermode specialises in, I feel his obsession sometimes blind sights him against other genres.

  • Comment number 21.

    The toughest is picking those who won't get Oscar nominated...

    Best Director: Terry Gilliam - Imaginarium of Dr Parnasus
    Best Actor: Vincent Cassel - Mesrine 1&2
    Best Actress: Zoe Saldana - Avatar
    Best Supporting Actor: Eli Roth (really!) - Inglorious Bast*rds
    Best Supporting Actress: Malin Akerman - Watchmen
    Best Film: Bride Wars - no, real one is Mesrine 1&2

  • Comment number 22.

    Best film - Let The Right One In

    Best Director - Lars Von Trier for Antichrist

    Best Actor - Michael Sheen for his uncanny portrayal of Brian Clough in the Damned United

    Best Actress - Lina Leandersson for her flawless performance as Eli the child vampire in Let The Right One In

    To be honest, that's all i can think of right now. I suggest that you do a similar award ceremony to the Golden Raspberry awards, where you hand out awards for terrible movies that weren't nominated in the Golden Raspberry awards. It's just a thought.

  • Comment number 23.

    Best Film: Pontypool
    Best Actor: Stephen McHattie as Grant Mazzy - Pontypool
    Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg - Antichrist
    Best Supporting Actor: Daryl Sabara - World's Greatest Dad
    Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Wiig - Whip It
    Best Director: Bruce McDonald - Pontypool
    Best Score: Where The Wild Things Are (since its been disqualified from being nominated at the Oscars. Bologna!)

  • Comment number 24.

    oh and Best Supporting Actor for Peter Capaldi as Alistair campbell in In The Loop :)

  • Comment number 25.

    Best Film: In The Loop
    Best Director: Nell Blomkamp
    Best Actor: Sharlto Copley
    Best Actress: Zoe Saldana
    Best Supporting Actor: Peter Capaldi
    Best Supporting Actress: Marion Colitard
    Best Screenplay: In The Loop

    Score: Don't know

  • Comment number 26.

    Best Film: Un Prophete

    I know you haven't asked for this category but I really hope that you consider this film for Best Documentary:

    Tha Cove

    Surely one of the best documentaries I have seen in a very long time. A powerful documentary with arresting visuals, a topic that makes you want to stand up and act, and an incredibly well constructed documentary that almost doubles as a heist film. Absolutely mindblowing stuff.

    I beg you Dr K. Please please please, I beg you, give this film the recognition it deserves.

  • Comment number 27.

    Best Film: Flame & Citron
    Best Director: Jean-François Richet - Mesrine Parts 1&2
    Best Actor: Vincent Cassel - Mesrine Parts 1&2
    Best Actress: Maria Heiskanen - Everlasting Moments (I didn't like the film but did like her performance)
    Best Supporting Actor: Kevin Spacey - Moon
    Best Supporting Actress: Marion Cotillard - Public Enemies

  • Comment number 28.

    Best film:(500)days of summer
    Best Director:Ken Loach (Looking for Eric)
    Best Actor:Michael Caine (Harry Brown)
    Best Actress:Zoe Saldana (Avatar)
    Best Supporting Actor:Shia LaBeouf (New York, I Love You)
    Best Supporting Actress:Paula Patton(precious)

  • Comment number 29.

    Best Film: A Prophet (by a country mile I might add)
    Director: Jacques Audiard
    Actor: Sam Rockwell, Moon
    Actress: Lina Leandersson, Let The Right One In
    Supporting actor: Fred Melamed, A Serious Man
    Supporting actress: Ok Bin Kim, Thirst
    Best score Clint Mansell, Moon

    Although I am interested to find out if you saw Vampire Girl Vs. Frankenstein Girl at Frightfest Mark.

    If there was a Most Hilariously Deranged Film category it would win hands down (take that AntiChrist!)

  • Comment number 30.

    My list, I was surprised I didn't add Antichrist in there somewhere...

    Actor: Stephen McHatti (Pontypool)
    Actress: Katie Featherston (Paranormal Activities)
    Supporting Actor: Kevin Spacey (Moon)
    Supporting Actress: Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds)
    Film: Pontypool
    Director: Sam Raimi (Drag Me To Hell)

  • Comment number 31.

    Best Director: John Woo (RED CLIFF)
    Best Actor: Sharlto Copely (DISTRICT 9)
    Best Actress: Lina Leandersson
    Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ajvide Lindqvist (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN)
    Best Original Screenplay: Neil Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell (DISTRICT 9)
    Best Documentary: ANVIL: THE STORY OF ANVIL

    And the Kermode Lifetime Achievement Award: John Woo

  • Comment number 32.

    Best Director: James Cameron. I know, I know, the film's clunky as hell but..."Director" is not the same award as "Film" and I don't think there are many (or any) other directors who could have marshalled everything involved in getting that to the screen. If nothing else, the guy practically invented the technology that (whatever Dr K says) really did mean 3D added something to a movie for the first time.

    Actor: Viggo Mortensen (The Road)

    Best Actress: Lina Leandersson (Let The Right One In)...yes it IS a lead actress role.

    Best Supporting Actor: Bruce Campbell (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs)...providing he shares it with pixels 8,745,322 through 9,548,200.

    Best Supporting Actress: Marion Cotillard (Public Enemies)

    Best Film: Let The Right One In

  • Comment number 33.

    Best Film: Let the Right One In
    Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll
    District 9

    Best Director: JJ Abrahams
    Neil Blomkamp
    Duncan Jones

    Best Actor: Sam Rockwell
    Sharlto Copley
    Andy Serkis

  • Comment number 34.

    Oh, and a big telling off for whoever sugested Lina Leandersson for supporting actress. She's not really supporting, lets be honest! She's more the main character! I fear Kate Winslet syndrome is coming on!

  • Comment number 35.

    Best Film: Let the Right One In
    Best Director: Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In)
    Best Actor: Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino)
    Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourgh (Antichrist)
    Best Supporting Actor: Fred Melamed (A Serious Man)
    Best Supporting Actress: Marion Cotillard (Public Enemies)
    Best Score: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis (The Road)

  • Comment number 36.

    Best director: Wes Anderson (for doing as good a job of overall film-making as that Cameron chap, but producing something worthwhile)

    Best actor: Jeremy Renner (no one had mentioned this guy so far, I thought he was great)

  • Comment number 37.

    Best Film - Moon. Won't be nominated for anything but the most impressive film of the year for me

    Best Director - Duncan Jones. If someone had said to me that Zowie Bowie would make the best film of the year last January I would have laughed in their face. Stunning vision for any director let alone a first time one.

    Best Actor - I think Viggo Mortensen has an outside chance of getting a nod so I'm going to go for Kodi Smit-McPhee as he was equally impressive as Mortensen and I really don’t think it can be considered a supporting role, he probably has more screen time than Mortensen. He also manages to avoid what I like to call 'Dakota Fanning Syndrome', which is acting far too mature for a child and instead actually acts like a child would in such an extraordinary situation.

    Best Actress - Maya Rudolph. Brilliant performance in the underrated Away We Go, which is both sensitive and subtle. It could have easily been a very irritating character but her measured performance is why the film works.

    Best Supporting Actor - Tom Felton. He actually gets to show his acting ability in the sixth Potter film and his performance captures the internal conflict of that character perfectly. A welcome surprise.

    Best Supporting Actress - Diane Kruger for both Inglourious Basterds and Anything For Her. Two very different performances but both show what a capable actress she is. She handles the portrayal of grief in Anything For Her so convincingly that I don't think the film would have been anything special without her. She was also great to watch in Inglourious Basterds and more than holds her own alongside Michael Fassbender.

    Best Score - I can't decide between Nick Cave and Warren Ellis for The Road or Clint Mansell for Moon. Both brilliant but I think Mansell just edges it as the score for The Road is slightly too similar to The Assassination of Jesse James. Although perhaps you should give them the award, Dr. Kermode, for overlooking their score for Jesse James, which is the best score in the last 10 years.

  • Comment number 38.

    Best Film: The Hurt Locker
    Best Director: Quentin Tarantino
    Best Actor: Sam Rockwell
    Best Actress: Tilda Swinton
    Best Supporting Actor: Fred Melamed
    Best Supporting Actress: Vera Farmiga
    Best Score: Clint Mansell

  • Comment number 39.

    Best Film: Avatar
    Best Director: Clint Eastwood Gran Torino
    Best Actor: Clint Eastwood Gran torino
    Best Actress: Zoe Saldana Avatar
    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz Ingloruis B*******
    Best Supporting Actress: Melaine Laurent Ingloruis B*******
    Best Score: James Horner Avatar

  • Comment number 40.

    Sorry, Ignore Avatar but please, please accept all the other awards (even Zoe saldana as she probably wont be nominated).
    I didn't include Frost/Nixon because I wasn't sure if it counted for 2009.
    If it does then this is correct:

    Best Actor: Frank langella/Michael Sheen
    Best Score: Frost/Nixon

  • Comment number 41.

    Best Film: Let the Right One In

  • Comment number 42.

    Best Film: Anvil (The Story of Anvil)

    Best Director: Henry Selick (Coraline)
    Yet another example of animation being completely overlooked in the major categories come award season. Coraline is a superbly made film.

    Best Actor: Christian McKay - Me and Orson Welles
    He might get nominated by Oscar, but i have my doubts.

    Best Actress: Zoe Saldana - Avatar
    Although it must be said that the competition is awful this year.

    Best Supporting Actor: Peter Capaldi - In the Loop

    Best Supporting Actress: Marion Cotillard - Public Enemies

    Best Score: Karen O and the Kids - Where the Wild Things Are OST

  • Comment number 43.

    Best Film: Let The Right One In

    Best Director: Tomas Alfredson - Let The Right One In

    Best Actor: Clint Eastwood - Gran Torino

    Best Actress:Katie Featherston - Paranormal Activity

    Best Supporting Actor: Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen)

    Best Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick (Up In The Air)

    Best Score: Johan Soderqvist (Let The Right One In)

  • Comment number 44.

    Three in one here, largely because the film that's really won me over in the last cinematic year hasn't been mentioned here and has received a woeful lack of media attention.

    Best Actor: John Malkovich - Disgrace
    Best Acress: Jessica Haines - Disgrace
    Best Film: Disgrace

    What a wonderful film. Utterly devoid of over-direction and pretention, and held together by two performances that I can only describe as horrifyingly convincing. Jessica Haines in particular is impossibly credible as Lucy, given the kind of decisions and compromises her character is forced to make. And Malkovich, too, is superbly nuanced as a character who starts out barely human and ends the film as something approaching a man. It's rare to find a film that requires its characters to undergo such fundamental changes and alterations during the course of its plot; and rarer still for two actors to make you believe in them. And it pulls off the equally impossible feat of providing profound social commentary without ever allowing allegory or "bigger issues" to impinge on the intimacy of its human drama.

    I've been reading the blog and listening to the radio show fairly assiduously since Disgrace came out but I don't think you've yet discussed or reviewed this film, Mark. If that's the case, why? And how is it that a film dripping in talent and the requisite level of 'worthiness' has maintained such a low profile in the awards season?

  • Comment number 45.

    Best Film: Let the Right One In
    Best Director: Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
    Best Actor: Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo)
    Best Actress: Morjana Alaoui (Martyrs)
    Best Supporting Actor: James Gandolfini (Where the Wild Things Are)
    Best Supporting Actress: Lina Leandersson (Let the Right One In)
    Best Score: Karen O (Where the Wild Things Are)

    The only one here that might get a nomination at the oscars is Tarantino but he definitely won't be nominated for the Kermodes so I thought I'd slip him in. If I could include Oscar nominated films I'd probably only swap Christoph Waltz for Gandolfini. I haven't seen Port of Call, The Prophet, Moon, or Hunger so judge accordingly. If Nick Cage's performance in The Bad Lieutenant is anywhere close to The Wicker Man I'd have to put him up for best actor.

    Suggestion: Dr. K, have you considered a special best of the decade Kermode award show?

  • Comment number 46.

    Films that first come to my mind impressing me are 'Let the Right One In', 'A Serious Man' and 'Where the Wild Things Are'. So it would have to be one of those for Kermode award for best flick. Quite funny In the week of Christmas I saw (on Monday) 'Avatar', which I thought was flawed in the ways you mentioned (death to 3D...among others) but one of the best films of the year (yet not in the Cameron top 3), then on Christmas Eve I saw 'Where the Wild Things Are', again for me one of the best films of the year (but for different reasons obviously -- to my mind the clearest and all round greatest clandestine film ever made). It's a shame I had to see in between that...'Alvin and the Chipminks 2: The Squeakquel', undoubtedly one of the worst films of the year.

  • Comment number 47.

    I definitely think that Peter Capaldi should be recognised with an acting award. He may get a BAFTA nomination but i doubt he would at the Oscars

  • Comment number 48.

    I would nominate Moon for best film and Johnny Depp for best actor because without him Public Enemies wouldn't have been even a half way decent film. Best actor could also go to Sam Rockwell for a brilliant performance in Moon.

  • Comment number 49.

    Best Film -- Where the Wild Things Are

    Best Director -- Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In)

    Best Actor -- Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man)

    Best Actress -- Zoe Saldana (Avatar)

    Best Supporting Actor -- Karl Urban (Star Trek)

    Best Supporting Actress -- Lena Leandersson (Let the Right One In)

  • Comment number 50.

    I haven't seen enough movies to contribute properly, but would really like this to be recognized somewhere:


    Because everyone either hated it or ignored it, and I think that's a shame. Apart from being a great funny / sexy / scary b-movie, it was a clever little fable about patriarchy and the way you deal with it. That Diablo Cody knows what she is doing, people...

    Maybe give her original screenplay? Or give Amanda Seyfried the supporting actress award? Either way, it would be really great to see it get a mention.

    The only other film of last year I loved unreservedly was In The Loop. I thought Let The Right One In and District 9 were good, but flawed. (Avatar VERY flawed. Come on guys...)

  • Comment number 51.

    I know you didn't even ask for this category, but I want to say that for me the single most impressive element of the best film I saw all year is the cinematography of Let The Right One In. The long distance shot of the bridge during Eli's first attack, The passing train seem from inside the school hall windows, Oskar's hand print on the glass, the symmetrical placement of their two bedroom windows looking like a Mark Rothko painting, the snow falling, the frost on the trees glinting in the sun... just heartbreakingly beautiful from end to end.

  • Comment number 52.


    BEST DIRECTOR: Coen Brothers - A Serious Man

    BEST ACTOR: Viggo Mortensen - The Road

    BEST ACTRESS: Katie Featherston - Paranormal Activity

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Ed Helms - The Hangover

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Lily Cole - The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

  • Comment number 53.

    I am glad that Lina Leandersson has received so many nods. I agree, she was definitely also my favourite actress in 2009, but that is no excuse for overlooking Kåre Hedebrant as best actor.

    If you watch those two amazing performances closely, the one from Hedebrant is actually even better than the one from Leandersson, mainly because he is able to inject that amazing twisted sense of humour that is so great about the best of Swedish films. In a lot of ways, Hedebrant carried the film, I'm pretty sure he had a lot more screen time than his co-star.

    I'm afraid that I fear that Leandersson is receiving so much more praise than Hedebrant partly because her looks are so striking.

  • Comment number 54.

    PICTURE The Immaginarium Of Dr. Parnassus
    DIRECTOR Terry Gilliam (as above)
    ACTOR LEAD Sam Rockwell MOON

  • Comment number 55.

    Picture: A Serious Man
    Director: Joel and Ethan Coen -A Serious Man
    Actor Lead: Kare Hedabrant -Let the Right One In
    Actress Lead: Charlotte Gainsbourg -Antichrist
    Supporting Actor: Fred Melamed -A Serious Man
    Supporting Actress: Evan Rachel Wood -Whatever Works
    Score: Carter Burwell -A Serious Man

  • Comment number 56.

    Bobbox and Peter Dawson, we're all very dissapointed in you... she's not a supporting actress! Tell them Mark! Just cos she's a child, doesn't mean she can't be nominated for best actress. The definition of a best actress nominee is not "must be 21 or over!"

  • Comment number 57.

    Best Score: Katalin Varga

  • Comment number 58.

    My best One guess for Kermode Award.
    Best Supporting Actor: Lorna Raver - Drag me to Hell

  • Comment number 59.

    Best Picture: Antichrist
    Best Director: Michael Haneke - The White Ribbon
    Best Actor: Tom Hardy - Bronson
    Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg - Antichrist
    Best Supporting Actor: Peter Capaldi - In the Loop
    Best Supporting Actress: Susanna Lothar - The White Ribbon

  • Comment number 60.

    Going on what I've seen - and was released in the UK - last year, and that spring to mind. (I still have yet to see many mentioned above such as Che, Fishtank etc. Most of what I watch nowadays is on DVD.)
    Of course I can't guarantee that the Oscars also won't/didn't recognise some of these - and recognise that all awards are the result of inherently unfair spins of a roulette wheel...

    Best film - Gran Torino / Slumdog Millionaire* / Red Cliff
    Best director - Neil Blomkamp - District 9 / John Woo Red Cliff
    Best screenplay - Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell - District 9
    Best actor - Vincent Cassel - Le Mesrine / Mickey Rourke The Wrestler
    Best actress - Zoe Salander - Avatar
    Best Supporting actor - Stephen Lang - Avatar
    Best Supporting actress - Lina Leandersson - Let the Right One In
    Best soundtrack - Marcelo Zarvos - Sin Nombre

    Best animated film: Up

    Slumdog Millionaire? I think this only opened in the UK this time last year; if not I'll get my coat.
    It made me like Danny Boyle again, after a series of films by him following Trainspotting that I really though inferior work by a has-been. Welcome back Danny.

  • Comment number 61.

    Best Film: Let The Right One In

    Best Director: Tomas Alfredson (I DARE you to give one for Lars Von Trier)

    Best Actor: Andy Serkis (Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll)

    Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist)

    Best Supporting Actor: Christian MacKay (Me and Orson Welles)

    Best Supporting Actress: Lorna Raver (Drag Me To Hell)

    Best Score: Johan Soderqvist (Let The Right One In)

  • Comment number 62.

    Best Film - Up / Zombieland
    Best Director - Sam Raimi (Drag Me To Hell)
    Best Actor - Sam Rockwell (Moon)
    Best Actress - Natalie Portman (Brothers)
    Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray (Zombieland)/ Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen)
    Best Supporting Actress - Bailee Madison (Brothers)
    Best Score - Drag Me To Hell

  • Comment number 63.

    Best Film : The Road

    Best Director : Richard Kelly (The Box)

    Best Actor : Viggo Mortensen (The Road)

    Best Actress : Zooey Deschanel (500 Days of Summer)

    Best Supporting Actor : Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen)

    Best Supporting Actress : Charlize Theron (The Road)

    Best Score : Arcade Fire (The Box and I hate Arcade Fire's music but they was brilliant, totally got the feel of impending doom down so well)

  • Comment number 64.

    I have seen fewer films this last year than ever, so I find myself only able to nominate a short film which I saw at the London Film Festival. I nominate "Jubilee" (written and directed by Doug Rao), for both its quality and the potential of its writer and director.

  • Comment number 65.

    Best Film: Let the right one in
    Best Director: Duncan Jones (Moon)
    Best Actor: Vincent Cassel (Mesrine: Killer Instinct)
    Best Actress: Marion Coltiard (Public enemies)
    Best Supporting Actor: Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen)
    Best Supporting Actress: Lily Cole (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus)
    Best Score: Watchmen

  • Comment number 66.

    Here are my own personal choices...

    Best Film : In The Loop

    Best Director : Terry Gilliam (Imaginarium of Dr. Parnasurs)

    Best Actor : Sam Rockwell (Moon)

    Best Actress : Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist)

    Best Supporting Actor : Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen)

    Best Supporting Actress : Kristen Stewart (Adventureland)

  • Comment number 67.


    Honestly, you're probably right that Leandersson's role is more of a lead role. I guess that I just see Oskar as the focal point of the film and therefore label the other roles as supporting to that performance; it has nothing to do with her age. Supporting or not, let's just call it a fantastic performance.


    I don't think anyone who has seen Let the Right One In is overlooking Hedebrant's performance. He is clearly on par with Leandersson and the two really carry the film. I would bet that most of the people who enjoyed Let the Right One In would include him in there nominations for best actor. There have simply been some other great male leads this year. I think it's easily the strongest category of 2009.

  • Comment number 68.

    I think you should have a life time achievement award, NOT for just being in the film making business since the dawn of time, but for having an excellent body of work, that each film is excellent in it's own right, rather than a mix bag of movies, where some are good, but some are real bad, but a faultless line of masterpieces/good movies.

    Will you be having a best 3D award catagory?

  • Comment number 69.

    Mark, there's no point giving you my 'For Your Consideration's, if you won't consider them. Good day, sir.

  • Comment number 70.

    Best Film: A Serious Man

    Best Director: Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon)

    Best Actor: Sam Rockwell (Moon)

    Best Actress: Lina Leandersson (Let The Right One In)

    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)

    Best Supporting Actress: Sari Lennick (A Serious Man)

  • Comment number 71.

    Best Film- Moon or A Serious Man
    Moon I simply enjoyed more thoroughly than any other film this year. A Serious Man might be the first Coen bros film actually about something other than their cleverness at making films.

    Best Director- Duncan Jones (Moon)
    A really solid debut. With the references to the likes of 2001 and Silent Running could have easily slipped into pastiche, which it never does. I think Kathryn Bigelow ought to get the big awards, well deserved, and also to get one up on her ex and his pretty blue people. Also Terry Gilliam, even when he puts out an uneven film, it's a joy to behold.

    Best Actor- Sam Rockwell (Moon)
    I think this may be the most underappreciated dual role since Jeremy Irons in Dead Ringers. Andy Serkis (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and Michael Sheen (The Damned United) are close favorites. Also agree with those who've mentioned Stephen McHattie's lynchpin performance in Pontypool. Matt Damon (The Informant!) and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) were similarly essential in their respective films.

    Best Actress- Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist)
    Whatever else you come away with from the film, a blistering performance, it's almost too much too bear. Close in the trauma stakes: Melissa George (Triangle).

    Best Supporting Actor- Bill Milner (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll)
    Serkis performance would have overpowered everyone else in the movie (much as Dury seemed to), but for the relationships portrayed excellently with his son. Olivia Williams and Naomie Harris also deserve praise within this ensemble.
    Also Tom Waits (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassas), I could have done with more of him and Christopher Plummer and their feud in the past than the Heath and his regrettable understudies bits.

    Best Supporting Actress- Anne Marie Duffy and Kristin Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy) and only if they can share it. OR
    Olivia Williams and Naomie Harris (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) with the same proviso OR
    Meryl Streep (The Fantastic Mr Fox) her dead on performance grounded the quirkaholic Wes Andersons film on the enjoyable end of the spectrum.
    Also, Milla Jovovich (A Perfect Getaway) -- perfect B movie acting, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin (Zombieland) another dual nomination, Kristen Stewart (Adventureland) maybe it takes a particularly good performance to make Jesse Eisenberg credible, Zooey Deschanel ((500) Days of Summer) don't quite understand why Mark slammed this cineliterate update on Chilly Scenes of Winter, he clearly dislikes certain American female inflections and the actresses who possess them.

    Best Score - Clint Mansell (Moon) Honourable mention: Chaz Jankel (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll)

    Most Disappointing Movies: Public Enemies and Inglorious Basterds
    I know Mark didn't ask for this, but I saw these films with lowered expectations, which neither managed to rise to. Public Enemies unforgivably ugly videography from a director and cinematographer who should know better, and boring. Inglorious Basterds, too few good bits surrounded with boredom and pointless grandstanding, I hope its success doesn't prompt more of the same from QT. I was slightly disappointed by the excellent The Damned United, but only because it wasn't a zombie film.

  • Comment number 72.

    Best Film: A Prophet
    Best Director: Michael Haneke - The White Ribbon
    Best Actor: Sam Rockwell - Moon
    Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg - Antichrist
    Best Supporting Actor: Ian McShane - 44 Inch Chest
    Best Supporting Actress: Samantha Morton - The Messenger
    Best Score: Bright Star

  • Comment number 73.

    Since everyone else has already said my real nominations a dozen times over, and these nominations won't make a difference anyway:

    Best film: The trailer for Inglorious Bast(cough cough) which was significantly better than the film.

    Best Director: Orson Welles

    Best Actor: Neil Patrick Harris as Steve in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    Best Actress: The partially decomposed corpse of Sylvia Gannush in Drag Me to Hell

    Best Supporting Actor: Matt berry in Moon

    Best Supporting Actress: Megan fox for having the decency to only show up in two films this year that there was no chance in hell I was ever going to watch, thus saving me the agony of her ridiculous 'pouty stretchy' performance (a word I use loosely).

  • Comment number 74.

    Also forgot to mention that TOM WAITS was in TWO films this year! Can we please see the Kermode award 'Best Film to feature Tom Waits'

  • Comment number 75.

    One More!

    Best Score: The version of Fight the Power by the singing cats in Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

  • Comment number 76.

    I'd feel gratified if The White Ribbon received some special mention, particularly Leonard Proxauf's supporting performance as Martin. I guess the film has already won the Palme d'or though, so for me it's the second most haunting film of the year, A Serious Man.

    Clint Mansell's score for Moon was very effective, don't know if it'll be recognised elsewhere. Bruno Coulais for Coraline was also excellent.

    Genuinely, Alison Lohman deserves every award going for Drag Me to Hell. You could even give her best score, she'd still deserve it. Some reviewers were quite sniffy about her performance, as well as the film itself, so it would be a real righting of wrongs if she were recognised.

    Clint Eastwood for best director might just be a sentimental vote, but he earns a Giggles award if nothing else.

    Vincent Cassell carried two films with one performance, and finally lay the ghost of Guest House Paradiso to rest.

    Patricia Clarkson's support turn in Whatever Works made that more watchable than it otherwise would have been, but Esmerelda Ouertani in The Class was a standout.

  • Comment number 77.

    Best Director: Michael Haneke - The White Ribbon

    Best Film: Adventureland/Let the Right One In

    Best Actor: Vincent Cassel - Mesrine Part 1 & 2

    Best Actress: Emily Blunt - Sunshine Cleaning

    Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender - Inglourious Basterds/Fish Tank

    Best Supporting Actress: Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air

  • Comment number 78.

    It's interesting how so many of you have voted charlotte gainsbourg best actress but, not voted Antichrist best movie. What about willem Dafoe? Surely he desrves a nomination for best actor. I can't understand your reasoning. How many of you actually watched this film?

  • Comment number 79.

    Best Film: Duncan Jones (Moon)

    Best Director: Zach Synder (The Watchmen)

    Best Actor: Sam Rockwell (Moon)

    Best Actress: Alison Lohman (Drag Me To Hell)

    Best Supporting Actor: Woody Harrelson (Zombieland)

    Best Supporting Actress: Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan)

    Best Score: Christopher Young (Drag Me To Hell)

  • Comment number 80.

    my awards

    Best film: Inglourious Basterds
    Best driector: Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds)
    Best actor: Sam Rockwell (Moon)
    Best actress: Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank)
    Best supporting actor: Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds)
    Best supporting actress: Susanne Lothar (The White Ribbon)
    Best Score: Michael Giacchino (Up)

    the Kermodes

    Best Film: Synechdoche, New York
    Best director: Laurent Cantet (The Class)
    Best actor: Sam Rockwell (Moon)
    Best actress: Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank)
    Best supporting actor: Burghart Klaußner (The White Ribbon)
    Best supporting actress: Susanne Lothar (The White Ribbon)
    Best Score: Clint Mansell (Moon)

  • Comment number 81.

    and the most overrated film of the year and a dead cert to win the Kermode for best film:

    Let the Right One In

    it didn't even make my top 20

  • Comment number 82.

    In The Loop in Best Film, Director (Armando Ianucci) and Supporting Actor (Peter Capaldi) categories for sure. Even Dr K will nod in agreement at said suggestions.

  • Comment number 83.

    Best Film: Moon
    Best Director: Duncan Jones (Moon)
    Best Actor: Sam Rockwell (Moon)
    Best Actress: Zooey Deschanel ((500) Days of Summer)
    Best Supporting Actor: Richard Kind (A Serious Man)
    Best Supporting Actress: Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air)
    Best Score: Clint Mansell (Moon)

    This is the correct list. Everything else on here is wrong as will the Kermode Awards be wrong if they deviate from this list in any way.

  • Comment number 84.

    Best Film: Let the Right One In
    Best Director: Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In)
    Best Actor: Vincent Cassel (Mesrine 1 & 2)
    Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist)
    Best Supporting Actor: Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen)
    Best Supporting Actress: Lina Leandersson (Let the Right One In)
    Best Score: Clint Mansell (Moon)

  • Comment number 85.

    And lol at givemebackmyhand for suggesting Bill Murrey for best supporting actor in zombieland. I'd love it if the academy actually surprised us all and awarded it to him. It's be good to show they have a sense of humour.

  • Comment number 86.

    'Let the Right One In' not being nominated isn't the fault of the Academy but is due to the Swedish Film Institute not selecting it as their official selection last year when it was due to be eligible. When it's eligibility status changed so that it could be included in this years selection the Swedish Film Institute refused to include it as it had already been considered for last years nominations and they never allow films to be considered twice. Having said all that the Academy are somewhat to blame for their silly rules especially in the foreign Language section.

    If Avatar gets the same nominations in the Academy Awards as it has in the Golden Globes and BAFTAs then I will be convinced that awards are simply bought.

    The Academy Awards are DEAD, long live the KERMODES!

  • Comment number 87.

    Why has Mark kermode never mentioned anything about Director Nuri bilge Ceylan? Ceylan has recieved high praise for Uzak, Climates and Three Monkeys. I'm guessing you have ignored these films because you despise them. Not your type of film? That's fine, but can you tell us why? Maybe you couldn't find anything interesting in them and simply forgot them? That name again "NURI BILGE CEYLAN".


  • Comment number 88.

    I know it's not one of the categories but I think a nod should be given to Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno as best documentary as I found it to be a thoroughly interesting and engaging piece of cinema.

  • Comment number 89.

    Best Film - Let the Right one In
    Best Actor - Sam Rockwell (Moon)
    Best Director - Sam Raimi (Drag me to Hell)
    Best Actrees - Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist)
    Best Supporting Actor - Karl Urban (Star Trek)
    Best Supporting Actrees - Sari Lennick (A Serious Man)
    Best Score Clint Mansell - (Moon)

  • Comment number 90.

    Best Film: Drag Me To Hell
    Best Director: Sam Raimi
    Best Actor: Tom Hardy (Bronson)
    Best Actress: Amanda Seyfreid (Jennifer's Body)
    Best Supporting Actor: Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus)
    Best Supporting Actress: Cécile De France (Mesrine: Killer Instinct)
    Best Score: Sherlock Holmes

  • Comment number 91.

    Sam Rockwell for best actor & best supporting actor for Moon....

  • Comment number 92.

    Best Film - Let the right one in
    Best Director - Michael Haneke (White Ribbon)
    Best Actor - Peter Capaldi (In the Loop) or Edward Hogg (White Lightning)
    Best Actress - Katie Jarvis (Fish Tank)
    Best Supporting Actor - Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank)
    Best Supporting Actress - Charlotte Gainsbourg (Antichrist)
    Best Score - Clint Mansell (Moon)
    Best Documentary - Anvil
    Best Animation film - Mary and Max

    Worst Film - The Hangover (most uncomfortable experience since watching Tom Cruise in a fat suit wrestling with his ego in Tropic Thunder)

  • Comment number 93.

    Best Film: Watchmen
    Best Director: Lars von trier
    Best Actor: Tom Hardy for 'Bronson' (im counting this because of the DVD release
    Best Actress: Charlotte Gainsbourg for 'Antichrist'
    Best Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee for 'The Road'
    Best Supporting Actress: Amanda Seyfried for 'Jennifer's Body'
    I've chosen these co they are unlikely to be at the awards but the kermodes? who knows, guess i'll just have to wait and see

  • Comment number 94.

    Best Director: Quentin Tarantino

    Best Film: Moon

    Best Actor: Sam Rockwell

    Best Actress: Melanie Lauret

    Best Supporting Actor: Denis Menochet (Confident Christoph Waltz will be nominated).

    Best Supporting Actress: Marion Cotillard

    Best Score: Clint Mansell

  • Comment number 95.

    Best Film: Moon
    Best Actor: Tom Hardy (Bronson)
    Best Actress: Alison Lohman (Drag Me to Hell)
    Best Supporting Actor: Karl Urban (Star Trek)
    Best Supporting Actress: Marion Cottilard (Public Enemies)
    Best Director: Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In)
    Best Score: Clint Mansell nee Clint Poppie (Moon)

    Special award for playing every role exactly the same this year: Christian Bale ie. *gruff voice* "I'm John Connor, are you a Terminator?" followed by *gruff voice* "I'm Melvin Purvis, are you John Dillinger?" taken from his wonderful *gruff voice* "I'm Batman, are you the Joker?"

  • Comment number 96.

    I meant "Christian Bale ie." Dang unfamiliar keyboard!

  • Comment number 97.

    Best Film: Let the Right One In
    Best Director: Duncan Jones (Moon)
    Best Actor: Viggo Mortensen (The Road)
    Best Actress: Kristen Stewart (Adventureland)
    Best Supporting Actor: Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road)
    Best Supporting Actress: Samantha Morton (Synecdoche, New York)
    Best Score: Karen O (Where the Wild Things Are)

  • Comment number 98.

    Best film- A Serious Man
    Best Director- Joel and Ethan Coen (A Serious Man)
    Best Actor- Sam Rockwell (Moon)
    Best Actress- Marion Cottlard (Public Enemies)
    Best Supporting Actor- Fred Melamed (A Serious Man)
    Best Supporting Actress- Sarri Lennick (A Serious Man)
    Best Score- Micheal Giacchino (Up)

  • Comment number 99.

    I'd like to add somewhat of an opposite contribution. A film that will get a nomination but won't deserve one:
    - Avatar

    Hearing and reading your review, Mark, I seem to agree with you on almost every remark except the final conclusion. To me the good does not by far outweigh the bad. I am still baffled. What is it that makes Avatar such a succes? I have to wonder whether I did indeed see the same film as the rest of the world. Do special effects still substitute for story? I thought we were getting past that.

  • Comment number 100.

    Bobbox, this is a fair point. I conceede. It is a stellar performance though isn't it? Top notch.


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