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Tilda Swinton Best Performer of 2009 - indieWIRE Poll

Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds
Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (François Duhamel / The Weinstein Co.)

SUMMER HOURS Best Film of 2009 - indieWIRE Poll

Top choices in the indieWIRE annual poll's other categories include Kathryn Bigelow as best director, the Coen brothers' A Serious Man screenplay, Tilda Swinton as best performer in a leading role for Erick Zonca's Julia and, unsurprisingly, Christoph Waltz as best performer in a supporting role for his evil Nazi in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Mo'Nique was a distant second for her mean mom in Precious.

Sacha Gervasi's rockumentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, about a Canadian heavy metal band that doesn't quite make it to the top, was voted the best documentary of 2009. Agnès Varda's autobiographical The Beaches of Agnès was a close second.

Steve McQueen's Hunger, which recently shared the Toronto film critics' best picture award, was the best first feature, while Harmony Korine's Trash Humpers was the best undistributed film of the year.

In the best director category, Olivier Assayas was #3 for Summer Hours, while Joel and Ethan Coen tied with Michael Haneke (for The White Ribbon) in the #5 spot. Lucrecia Martel was a surprising #2 for the little-seen The Headless Woman.

Charlotte Gainsbourg in Antichrist

In the best lead performance category, Charlotte Gainsbourg was #3 for Antichrist (above) and Jeremy Renner #3 for The Hurt Locker. Potential Oscar contenders were spread out: Colin Firth (for a Single Man) at #6, Jeff Bridges (for Crazy Heart) and Meryl Streep (for Julie & Julia) at #8, Carey Mulligan (for An Education) and Gabourey Sidibe (for Precious) at #9, Sandra Bullock (for The Blind Side) at #32, and Saoirse Ronan (for The Lovely Bones) at #33 (and that's where the list ends; lots of ties).

Both Mo'Nique and Christoph Waltz were also included in the lead performance list, and so were Agnès Varda for The Beaches of Agnès (#25); Adam Sandler for Funny People (#26); Sasha Grey for The Girlfriend Experience (#28), Michael Jackson for This Is It (#29), Paul Rudd for I Love You, Man (#31), Julia Roberts for Duplicity (#31), and Anna Karina for the 1960s film (recently released on DVD) Made in U.S.A. (#31).

Considering some of those that managed to sneak in, strangely missing from the list are Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart for The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Zac Efron for 17 Again and Me and Orson Welles, Megan Fox for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and/or Jennifer's Body, Amy Adams for Julie & Julia, Isla Fisher for Confessions of a Shopaholic, and the Anvil band players. Ah, and Morgan Freeman in Invictus.

Here's why we shouldn't believe in best-of lists all that much (though they're fun to read):

Among the critics' top films of the decade, this year's winner, Summer Hours, can be found way down at #43. Last year's winner, Flight of the Red Balloon (which also stars Juliette Binoche), is #32. Perhaps that means 2008 and 2009 were really bad years, or perhaps critics just change their minds when they go from one list to the other.

Also, the Hurt Locker-A Serious Man tie came unraveled in the best-of-the-decade list: The Hurt Locker is #46 and A Serious Man is #57.

And Steven Spielberg's A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, somehow, is listed as one of the top ten.

Photo: Antichrist (Courtesy of IFC Films)

indieWIRE poll's top-ten films of 2009

1 Summer Hours
2 A Serious Man and
The Hurt Locker
3 Inglourious Basterds
4 Fantastic Mr. Fox
5 35 Shots of Rum
6 The Headless Woman
7 Two Lovers
8 Up
9 Police, Adjective
10 In the Loop

indieWIRE poll's top-ten films of the 2000s

1 Mulholland Dr.
2 In the Mood for Love
3 Yi Yi
4 There Will Be Blood
5 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
6 The New World
7 Before Sunset
8 Zodiac
9 Platform
10 A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

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  1. Chimar Lopez

    What a joke picking Anvil for top documentary...the so-called documentary was edited to show events out of order...the director has a scene at a radio studio which happened in 2006 followed by a meeting which happened in 2007 followed by the band receiving their CDs in August 2007 and culminating in a concert which happened in October 2006...events appeared to be shown in linear fashion...totally manipulative and a lie...if you didn't know that then you were had...Anvil is nothing but a reality TV show like Survivor...but it certainly isn't a documentary


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