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Davis Awards 2009

Welcome to the Editor’s Choices for the Best in Film for 2009 or “The Davis Awards.” Feel free to comment on these picks and include your own choices that you felt were deserving of a citation for the respective year. Enjoy!

Best Motion Picture

  • “(500) Days of Summer” – Mason Novick; Jessica Tuchinsky; Mark Waters; Steven J. Wolfe
  • “Avatar” – James Cameron; Jon Landau
  • “Fantastic Mr. Fox” – Allison Abbate; Wes Anderson; Jeremy Dawson; Scott Rudin
  • “The Hurt Locker” – Kathryn Bigelow; Mark Boal; Nicolas Chartier; Greg Shapiro
  • “Inglourious Basterds” – Lawrence Bender
  • “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” – Lee Daniels; Gary Magness; Sarah Siegel-Magness
  • “Star Trek” – J.J. Abrams; Damon Lindelof
  • “Up” – Jonas Rivera
  • “Up in the Air” – Jeffrey Clifford; Daniel Dubiecki; Ivan Reitman; Jason Reitman
  • “Where the Wild Things Are” – John B. Carls; Gary Goetzman; Tom Hanks; Vincent Landay; Maurice Sendak

Best Achievement in Directing

  • Kathryn Bigelow – “The Hurt Locker”
  • James Cameron – “Avatar”
  • Lee Daniels – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  • Jason Reitman – “Up in the Air”
  • Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • George Clooney – “Up in the Air”
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “(500) Days of Summer”
  • Tom Hardy – “Bronson”
  • Jeremy Renner – “The Hurt Locker”
  • Michael Stuhlbarg – “A Serious Man”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Helen Mirren – “The Last Station”
  • Carey Mulligan – “An Education”
  • Saiorse Ronan – “The Lovely Bones”
  • Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
  • Meryl Streep – “Julie & Julia”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Robert Duvall – “The Road”
  • Alfred Molina – “An Education”
  • Christopher Plummer – “The Last Station”
  • Stanley Tucci – “The Lovely Bones”
  • Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds”

Best Performance by an Actress in Supporting Role

  • Marion Cotillard – “Public Enemies”
  • Vera Farmiga – “Up in the Air”
  • Anna Kendrick – “Up in the Air”
  • Melanie Laurent – “Inglourious Basterds”
  • Mo’Nique – “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Best Original Screenplay

  • Scott Neustadler & Michael H. Weber – “(500) Days of Summer”
  • Niell Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell – “District 9″
  • Mark Boal – “The Hurt Locker”
  • Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”
  • Pete Docter, Bob Petersen, Tom McCarthy – “Up

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach – “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
  • Michael Hoffman – “The Last Station”
  • Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci – “Star Trek”
  • Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner – “Up in the Air”
  • Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers – “Where the Wild Things Are”

Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble

  • “Avatar”
  • “The Hurt Locker”
  • “Inglourious Basterds”
  • “Star Trek”
  • “Where the Wild Things Are”

Best Original Score

  • James Horner – “Avatar”
  • Sergei Yevtushenko – “The Last Station”
  • Brian Eno – “The Lovely Bones”
  • Michael Giacchino – “Up”
  • Carter Burwell & Karen O. – “Where the Wild Things Are”

Best Film Editing

  • James Cameron, John Refoua, Stephen Rivkin – “Avatar”
  • Chris Innis & Bob Murawski – “The Hurt Locker”
  • Sally Menke – “Inglourious Basterds”
  • Jeffrey Ford & Paul Rubell – “Public Enemies”
  • Maryann Brandon & Mary Jo Markey – “Star Trek”

Best Cinematography

  • Mauro Fiore – “Avatar”
  • Barry Ackroyd – “The Hurt Locker”
  • Dion Beebe – “Nine”
  • Dante Spinnoti – “Public Enemies”
  • Lance Acord – “Where the Wild Things Are”

Best Costume Design

  • Catherine Lettier – “Coco avant Chanel”
  • Odile Dicks-Mireaux – “An Education”
  • Anne B. Sheppard – “Inglourious Basterds”
  • Colleen Atwood – “Public Enemies”
  • Arianne Phillips – “A Single Man”

Best Art Direction

  • “Avatar”
  • “Inglourious Basterds”
  • “Nine”
  • “Public Enemies”
  • “Where the Wild Things Are”

Best Sound

  • “Avatar”
  • “District 9″
  • “The Hurt Locker”
  • “Star Trek”
  • “Up”

Best Animated Feature

  • “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
  • “Coraline”
  • “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
  • “Ponyo”
  • “Up”

Best Song From/Used in a Motion Picture

  • “Avatar” – “I See You”
  • “Crazy Heart” – “The Weary Kind”
  • “The Hangover” – “Stu’s Song”
  • “Nine” – “Cinema Italiano”
  • “Where the Wild Things Are” – “All is Love”

Honorable Mentions

  • “The Cove”
  • “District 9″
  • “An Education”
  • “Everybody’s Fine”
  • “Food Inc.”
  • “The Hangover”
  • “Humpday”
  • “The Last Station”
  • “Public Enemies”
  • “This Is It”


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Clayton Davis

Editor-in-Chief & Owner at The Awards Circuit
Clayton Davis started to write professionally in his sophomore year of college when Johnny Alba, the editor and owner of the old Oscar prediction site, The Oscar Igloo, had an opening for staff writers. Clayton wrote for The Igloo for nearly four years before being appointed editor and revamping and renaming The Oscar Igloo into the now popular mega-site, The Awards Circuit. Since then, Clayton has become a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to awards season show, The Critics Choice Awards. Most recently, Clayton is a now an active member of the International Press Academy, which hosts the popular Satellite Awards as well as the newly integrated Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which hosts the Critics Choice Television Awards. In June 2014 he became the year's first accepted member to New York Film Critics Online. He has been quoted in various outlets (CNN.com, Bloomberg.com, TheWrap.com, AceShowbiz.com, SlashFilm.com, ScottFeinberg.com) and continues to raise the bar for film-talking enthusiasts around the globe.