What's been your cultural highlight this year?
From Newsnight Review's producer, Liz Gibbons:
What was your cultural highlight of 2008? You can click here to find out which work we've chosen to discuss. Tell us whether you think we've made the right choices. And you can find out what Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Paxman, Ian Hislop, Kate Mosse and a host of other people's highlights and lowlights were by watching the clips below, or by clicking here.
The Review team is lucky enough to get to see and to read and to listen to a lot of new work in the course of the year. So they'll be revealing some of their highlights in posts below, to get the debate flowing.
I've decided to pick just a few otherwise I'll be here all night. Actually, I'm going to be here all night anyway...
No Country for Old Men was, for me, the stand-out film of the year, and Javier Bardem's performance in it was astonishing. I still shiver when I recall the scene in the gas station where the toss of a coin is seemingly enough for him to decide whether the hapless pump attendant should live or die.
Talking of shivering a little, Pierce Brosnan's singing in Mamma Mia was a little frightening too. But that was the most surprisingly good thing I saw. I was slightly dreading going to see it after seeing the promotional clips, but I ended up laughing, crying and singing along.
David Tennant's Hamlet was fantastic. I did wonder beforehand whether he could bring anything new to a text that's so well worn. But, in the end, it felt like I was hearing it all for the first ever time.
And Daniel Barenboim's performance of the last Beethoven piano sonata at the Royal Festival Hall was another highlight. He admitted in a Newsnight interview a few days earlier that he is prone to a little improvisation if he loses his way. And this wasn't a note perfect performance. But that didn't matter in the end, because it felt like he reached a musical sphere where hitting all the right notes didn't even matter!
Oh, and I'm still not sure whether Strictly or the X Factor won the talent TV battle this year. But I was addicted to both.