The (I won’t call them the First Annual) Golden Reels were a success! I was surprised by the number of votes that my little blog was able to gather, and I’m hoping next year we can net even more. But more than anything the quality of votes was the big surprise. Readers, you know your movies and you have made me proud with your votes. After posting the original ballot I was able to see a few more movies and wish I could have included them in the voting process. “An Education” and “Crazy Heart” were two glaring omissions that I didn’t get to see until after the ballot was published, but you all did well with your write-ins. So without further ado, The Golden Reels!
We’ll begin our evening with the music protion of the program with the winners of the Soundtrack and Song categories respectively. Taking home the Golden Reel for Best Soundtrack in a Major Motion Picture is…Karen O. and Carter Burwell for “Where the Wild Things Are!” This is their first nomination and win at the Golden Reels (OK, I’ll stop the hokey Oscar parody now). This was a landslide win with 8 total votes. “Up” and “Inglourious Basterds” tied for second with 3 votes apiece, “Avatar” received 2, and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “The Informant!” rounded out the voting with 1 each.
Best Song (Original and Otherwise) also went to Karen O. and the Kids for “All Is Love” from WTWTA. This was a much closer race, however, with Stu’s Song from “The Hangover” coming in second with 5 votes to Karen O’s 6. And Hall and Oates are continuing their comeback year with a 3rd place finish with 4 votes. Paul McCartney’s “I Want to Come Home” and Karen O’s “Worried Shoes” each garnered 1 vote apiece.
The Best Supporting Actress category came as a surprise to me. I was hoping for more love for Melanie Laurent’s performance in “Inglourious Basterds,” but I had to settle on her winning 2nd with 4 votes. Zooey Deschanel surged ahead early and stayed there winning the award with 8 votes! (500) Days of Summer received a lot of love, and I was glad. It was one of my favorites from 2009. Mo’Nique (Precious) and Emma Stone (Zombieland) each received 2 votes, and Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) rounded it out with 1 vote.
The Best Supporting Actor category was closer than I expected. I expected a torrent of votes for Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) but Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover) apparently impressed some of you because he finished second with 6 votes to Christoph’s 10, bringing home a win to the German newcomer. Woody Harrelson (Zombieland) got 3 votes for his hilarious performance and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) impressed someone enough to get himself 1 vote.
“Up in the Air” got robbed again for Adapted Screenplay finishing all the way in 3rd (!) tying with “Fantastic Mr. Fox” with 2 votes. “The Informant!” grabbed 4 votes, good enough for 2nd, and “The Road” and “An Education” (a write in vote) both took 1 vote to give the win to Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze for “WTWTA.” For a movie that received such mixed reviews this year, I was surprised to see it get so many votes. Just more proof that the readers here know their stuff. :)
The Best Original Screenplay was another close race. We had 2 write in nominees – 2 votes for Nathan Parker for “Moon” and 1 vote for Rian Johnson for “The Brothers Bloom” (I still need to see both). “The Hurt Locker,” “The Hangover,” and “Away We Go” each nabbed 2 votes. “Zombieland” and “(500) Days of Summer” tied for 2nd with 3 votes. And the Golden Reel for Original Screenplay goes to the man, the myth, the possibly insane Quentin Tarantino for “Inglourious Basterds.” I was seriously happy this one took home the top prize.
We’ll get right to it on this one. The Best Actress award went to Gabourey Sidibe (Who in real life either really gets on my nerves or is really charming. Her interviews have been hit and miss with me. Anyone else feel that way?) for her stunning debut in “Precious.” Carey Mulligan received some much deserved love with 3 write-in votes to give her a tie in 2nd place with Sandra Bullock. Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia) and Maya Rudolph (Away We Go) both received 2 to round out the bunch.
Our first and only tie for 1st place came in the Best Actor category. Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days of Summer) and Matt Damon (The Informant!) grabbed 4 votes each to take home the top prize. Souleymane Sy Savane (Goodbye Solo) surprised me with a 2nd place finish with 3 votes (I can’t believe that many people have even seen it). The rest of the votes were split pretty evenly between the rest. You can go back to the original post to see the full results for this one.
The Best Director award went to Quentin Tarantino for his wonderful “Inglourious Basterds” with 9 total votes! Former self-proclaimed “King of the World” James Cameron came in 2nd (much to my chagrin) with 4 votes. Kathryn Bigelow came in 3rd with 3, Spike Jonze got some love with 2, and Jason Reitman and Clint Eastwood each nabbed 1 vote.
And without further ado, the Golden Reel for Best Picture goes to “Inglourious Basterds” with 5 votes! It was clear coming in that this was the favorite to win and it proved it with wins in 3 categories. WTWTA and (500) Days of Summer continued to prove as favorites for some with 3 votes each. UITA, “The Hangover” and “The Hurt Locker” gathered 2 votes, and “Goodbye Solo” took the final vote in the category.
Thanks to all who voted! I had a lot of fun with this and I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year. I’d love to hear any suggestion for the (definitely not the 2nd Annual) Golden Reels! Hope you enjoyed them as much as I did!