December 16, 2009, - 1:16 am

My Votes on the Best Movies, Actors, Etc. in 2009

By Debbie Schlussel

Last week, as a member of the Detroit Film Critics Society, I cast my nominating votes for best movie of the year, etc.  We were allowed to vote up to five nominations in each category, with the first being the best and getting five points, the second getting four points, and so on.  Here’s what I nominated, and below it, I post the final choices, and my votes below that.  For each movie that is already out, I link to my reviews and/or put notes of explanation.


Bear in mind that some of these (like Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress) were votes I put in because we could nominate up to five choices.  Also keep in mind that while I really liked most of these movies, I hated some of them, but thought the actors/actresses were good in them (and I note such where applicable).  Also, some of these movies, like “Departures” and “The Merry Gentleman,” came out in 2008 but we were allowed to vote for them because they weren’t released for screening or showing here in Detroit until 2009.  So, here are my nominations, but please keep in mind that I’ll try to have my separate, complete top ten list of movies by the end of the year.


1)      Inglourious Basterds

2)      Departures

3)      The Hurt Locker

4)      Drag Me to Hell

5)      Taken


1)      Quentin Tarantino- Inglourious Basterds

2)      Sam Raimi—Drag Me to Hell

3)      Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker

4)      Peter Jackson –The Lovely Bones (not released yet in Detroit, but my review will be up when it’s released, later this month)

5)      Jason Reitman—Up in the Air (not released yet in Detroit, but my review will be up when it’s released, later this month)


1)  Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

2)  Matt Damon – The Informant! (hate his far-left politics and anti-American smug arrogance, but he was good in this)

3)  Jeff Bridges—Crazy Heart (disliked this movie, but Jeff Bridges was really good as a washed up country singer; not released yet in Detroit, but my review will be up when it’s released, later this month)

4)  Sam Rockwell—Moon

5)  Liam Neeson—Taken


1)  Jennifer Aniston – Management

2)  Michelle Williams—Wendy and Lucy

3)  Shoreh Agdashloo—The Stoning of Soraya M.

4)  Saoirse Ronan—The Lovely Bones

5)  Meryl Streep—Julie/Julia (disliked this movie, but Meryl Streep really captured Julia Child to a “T,” and perhaps even exaggerated it a little)


1)  Christoph Waltz – Inglorious Basterds

2)  Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones

3)  Woody Harrelson—Zombieland (normally hate him, but he was good in this)

4)  Steve Zahn—Management

5)  Michael Keaton—The Merry Gentleman


1)  Melanie Laurent – Inglourious Basterds

2)  Elizabeth Banks—The Uninvited

3)  Anna Kendrick—Up in the Air

4)  Amy Adams – Night at the Museum 2

5)  Susan Sarandon—The Lovely Bones  (hate her far-left politics and smug arrogance, but she was good in a supporting role in this)


1)  Inglourious Basterds

2)  Drag Me To Hell

3)  Zombieland

4)  Duplicity

5)  Star Trek


1)  Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

2)  Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

3)  Melanie Laurent—Inglourious Basterds

4)  Chris Pine—Star Trek

5)  Channing Tatum—Fighting

Here are the final nominations from the Detroit Film Critics Society:


500 Days of Summer
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Up in the Air


Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Peter – Up
Jason Reitman – Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds
Marc Webb – 500 Days of Summer


George Clooney – Up in the Air
Matt Damon – The Informant!
Colin Firth – The Single Man (not released yet in Detroit, but my review will be up when it’s released, later this month; think “Brokeback Mountain” on the set of “Mad Men”)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 500 Days of Summer
Sam Rockwell – Moon


Alison Lohman – Drag Me To Hell
Carey Mulligan – An Education (I refuse to vote for anyone or anything in this anti-Semitic silver screen diatribe)
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe – Precious
Meryl Streep – Julie and Julia


Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Woody Harrelson – Zombieland
Christian McKay – Me and Orson Welles (stay tuned for my review, Friday)
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds


Marion Cotillard – Nine (not released yet in Detroit, but my review will be up when it’s released, later this month)
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Melanie Laurent – Inglourious Basterds
Mo’Nique – Precious


The Hangover
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek


Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Christian McKay – Me and Orson Welles
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Chris Pine – Star Trek
Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe – Precious
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Here’s how I voted, based on these final nominations (we didn’t have to vote for five and I wanted to weight my choices, since the first choice gets five points, the second one four points, and so on):


1) Inglourious Basterds

2) Up


1) Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds


1) Sam Rockwell – Moon

2) Matt Damon – The Informant!


1) Alison Lohman – Drag Me to Hell

2) Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones


1) Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

2) Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones (In retrospect, I wish I’d just voted for Waltz and left Tucci off to strengthen my vote, as it’s night and day between the two.)


1) Melanie Laurent – Inglourious Basterds


1) Inglourious Basterds


1) Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

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17 Responses

this Jew bitch would pick Inglourious Basterds for every category! Hello whore, there was some blacks in the movies also you racist c**t!

H4R: Aside from the fact that I had to edit your c-word (nice language and class, dude), you need to get your racism straight. “Inglourious Basterds” has a Black guy as one of its heroes. He gives his life to murder Nazis. DS

Hater4real on December 16, 2009 at 8:39 am

Zombieland was better viewing if you considered the zombies as liberals, best movie ever.

Pile On Hollywood on December 16, 2009 at 9:13 am

Hater4real: here’s a penny. Now go try to buy yourself some class. Or better yet, disappear.

Richard on December 16, 2009 at 9:15 am

to Hater 4real: what Richard said!

MOMinMINNESOTA on December 16, 2009 at 11:11 am

Hater4real, your name definitely fits. You really need to slow your roll, especially calling someone a bith and a whore. Don’t you see the irony of hatin’ while accusing someone else of hate??? As a Black woman, I’m trying to figure out why you’re making someone’s movie choices a racial issue and using derogatory language while doing it??? People like what they like and that’s that.

Ms. Teek on December 16, 2009 at 11:28 am

Great list Debbie and I agree, I really enjoyed Inglourious Basterds. I did however enjoy Defiance more.

While Inglourious Basterds seemed more like an entertaining comic book movie, Defiance seemed more realistic.

JP: “Defiance” was released last year, and I did vote for it last year. DS

jimmyPx on December 16, 2009 at 11:48 am

Seeing the Drag Me to Hell nominations reminds me how criminally overlooked movie this was.

It was a hoot, especially the part about her cat.

I hope Alison Lohman, who was very good, wins something for this gem.

Jeff_W on December 16, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Wow. Out here in cow country we don’t put up with boys who talk like Hater4Real.

C’mon out to Wyoming, boy. We got a lesson or two in manners waiting for you. (of course you won’t. you’re hunched over your laptop in somebody’s basement in your skiivies, cruising the internet for animal porn)

Alison Lohman, Inglorious Basterds straight across the board and Liam Neeson.

Edouard Coneho on December 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Hater4Real is just a troll. Probably Muslim. Uneducated and unemployed. Pays no taxes. On the dole. I ignore he/she/it.

lexi on December 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Great picks,Debbie-this HAS been a good year for movies!
I’m aboard the Alison Lohman bandwagon-she made “Drag” work; I would love to see her win tied with Melanie Laurent, who deserves to be in the ‘leading’ and not ‘supporting’ actress category.
Star trek was absolutely great-why so few nominations? Because “SCI FI” isn’t pretentious enough Cin-e-ma?
I have no interest in Jim Cameron’s “Avatar” cartoon. I want to see real actors acting. Inglorious Basterds is my top pick for acting, direction, writing…I picked up the Bluray yesterday, and it is solid.
Bring on 2010!

Douglas Q on December 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm

“Avatar” should be on every “Best Movie of the Year” list. Just like the “Lord of the Rings” movies and “Jurassic Park” should have been on every “Best Movie of the Year” list when they came out. The above movies were the most creative and imaginative even though you might disagree with their themes.

ramjordan on December 16, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I’m not going to see any movie that gives me motion sickness.

lexi on December 16, 2009 at 1:51 pm

“The Stoning of Soriya M” is MUST viewing for every feminist who dares to make nice or march with Taliban/al-Qaeda/Hamas/Hezo/etc types…, make that every feminist (girl AND boy) who have a hate-on for Western Civilization period (as many do). Chain ’em to their seats and make ’em watch…It’s time WE did some re-educating.

N: I agree. My review is linked in this post. DS

Not Ovenready on December 16, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Wow, I thought that Eddie Rabbit was from New Jersey. Who new?

Douglas Q- Just from the previews Avatar looks like a rip off of Halo.

pinandpuller on December 17, 2009 at 3:03 am

Gotta give Matt Damon credit on his acting; too bad he’s such a doofus on politics/national policy. Agree with several posters on Alison Lohman in “Drag Me to Hell” – she made the movie; normally like Justin Long, but he was horribly mis-cast in this one; reminded me a lot of “Thinner,” based on the Stephen King novella, with the “evil-eye,” curse-casting Gypsies, et al.

Some good ones in 2009 (“Drag Me,” “Inglorious B’s,” and “The Stoning),” but one hopes 2010 will be better, indeed . . .

jc15 on December 17, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Excellent choices on your part (as expected)! I really liked your unorthodox “genre” nominations (Taken and Drag Me to Hell)–especially Raimi’s sly horror. Happy that you eschewed Avatar–no amount of “movie magic” special effects could overcome Cameron’s amateurish and vindictive attack of American conservatism.

Here were my own conservative choices (there are a couple of differences between us, but a lot of similarities, too):

2009 movies

4 star (loved)
Antichrist, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Where the Wild Things Are

3 1/2 stars (very good stuff!)
Moon, Coraline, A Serious Man, The Young Victoria, The Hurt Locker, The Bad Lieutenant, Precious, Searching for Beethoven, 500 Days of Summer, Peter and Vandy, Ponyo, 9 (animated), Extract, Brothers, The Stoning of Soraya M

3 stars (enjoyed a lot!)
Year One, The Goods:Live Hard, Sell Hard, Dance Flick, The Last House on the Left, Killshot, Jennifer’s Body, Zombieland, A Perfect Getaway, Pandorum, The Invention of Lying, Baader Meinhoff Complex, Art and Copy, Departures, The Hangover, Pirate Radio, The Collector, Outlander, Drag Me to Hell, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, An Education

2 1/2 Stars (enjoyed a fair amount)
Cirque de Freak, Taking Woodstock, Invictus, The Princess and the Frog, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Taken, Ninja Assassin, This is Steve, Gamer, Sorority Row, The Informant, Capitalism: A Love Story, Paranormal Activity, GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra, District 9, September Issue, The
Stoning of Soraya M, The Girl from Monaco, Orphan, Adam, Funny People, Star Trek, Angels and Demons, Up, Adventureland, 17 Again, Crank: High Voltage, Tyson, Knowing, Inglourious Basterds, Inkheart, Donkey Punch, Duplicity, A Single Man

2 stars (liked okay)
Up in the Air, Nine (musical), Imagine That, The Chipmunks Squeakquel, From Mexico With Love, New York I Love You, The Watchmen, The Taking of Pelham 123, It’s Complicated, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Sherlock Holmes, A Christmas Carol, The Box, The Fourth Kind, The Men Who Stare at Goats, 2012, Broken Embraces, Couples Retreat, Me and Orson Welles, Michael Jackson’s This Is It, Whiteout, I Can Be Bad All By Myself, Bright Star, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Fame, Julie and Julia, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Aliens in the Attic, Whatever Works, The Proposal, Cheri, Terminator Salvation, Night at the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian, State of Play, My Bloody Valentine 3D, Whip It, Avatar

1 1/2 stars (glad I saw even though flawed)
Good Hair, Law Abiding Citizen, , Monsters vs. Aliens, New In Town, The Haunting in Connecticut, Everybody’s Fine, Transylmania, Planet 51, Twilight Saga: The New Moon, The Road, Surrogates, Love Happens, My One and Only, Shorts, Halloween II, Final Destination, I Love You Beth Cooper, The Ugly Truth, G Force, My Sister’s Keeper, Sunshine Cleaning, Our City Dreams, The Pink Panther II,

1 star (didn’t like that much)
Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Boondock Saints II, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, The Blind Side, Old Dogs, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Land of the Lost, Amelia, Public Enemies, Fast and Furious, Race to Witch Mountain, X Men
Origins: Wolverine, Armored, Play the Game: Legend of Chun Li, the Mutant Chronicles, Bruno

1/2 star (annoying)
Astro Boy, Crossing Over, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, The Stepfather, Saw VI, Baby on Board

Burke on December 28, 2009 at 12:52 pm

A search doesn’t turn up a review of “Lovely Bones.” Me and my sister were wondering if the movie had the same storyline as the book that we HATED. Question for you, Debbie:

In the book, the dead girl would rather experience sex, a la “Ghost” through inhabiting a friends body, than have or help her murderer get caught redhanded with her dead body, and therefore, stop him from being able to kill again. Did the movie go there?

FeFe on January 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

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