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Daily Post's movie critic picks high's and lows of 2010

Michael Clark 

Michael Clark 

Despite a handful of 11th-hour gems, 2010 proved to be not only the worst year for movies in this decade but also the most dismal year for live-action films in the last half-century. Offering almost enough high quality counter-balance was the more-than-superb roster of animated titles; 2010 was by far the best year for animated features since the invention of the medium. Considering the studios only issue about a dozen animated movies per year, that’s saying a lot.

Like last year, the typical high-quality, late fall Oscar hopefuls were in short supply which should again prove to be interesting when the upcoming Oscar nominations are announced. This will be only the second year since the mid-1940s when 10 titles will be nominated for Best Picture — a desperate move by event organizers to boost the broadcast’s continually sagging ratings.

It’s time now for my annual year-end list of standouts and industry embarrassments. Some choices are obvious, some hopefully, are not. Thanks for reading and have yourself a great 2011!

Top 10 films

1. “The King’s Speech”

2. “RED”

3. “Toy Story 3”

4. “Tangled”

5. “Despicable Me”

6. “Mother and Child”

7. “Let Me In”

8. “How to Train Your Dragon”

9. “The Fighter”

10. “Winter’s Bone”

BEST LEAD ACTOR

1. Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

2. James Franco in “127 Hours”

3. Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network”

BEST LEAD ACTRESS

1. Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone”

2. Natalie Portman in “Black Swan”

3. Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

1. Christian Bale in ‘The Fighter”

2. John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone”

3. Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

1. Kristen Scott-Thomas in “Nowhere Boy”

2. Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”

3. Helena Bonham-Carter in “The King’s Speech”

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

1. “Mother and Child”

2. “Inception”

3. “The Social Network”

BEST DIRECTOR

1. Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech”

2. David Fincher for “The Social Network”

3. Christopher Nolan for “Inception”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1. “The King’s Speech”

2. “Inception”

3. “The Kids Are All Right”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

1. “The Social Network”

2. “Winter’s Bone”

3. “Tangled”

BEST DOCUMENTARY

1. “Jean-Michel Basquiat: Radiant Child”

2. “Inside Job”

3. “Casino Jack and the United States of Money”

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM

1. “Lebanon”

2. “Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky”

3. “Secret in Their Eyes”

BEST ANIMATED FILM

1. “Toy Story 3”

2. “Tangled”

3. “Despicable Me”

The remainder:

• Absolute proof women over 60 are still sexy: Helen Mirren in “RED”

• Best action performer: Chloe Moretz in “Kick-Ass” and “Let Me In”

• Best cinematography: “The American”

• Best date movie (clean): “Tangled”

• Best date movie (risqué): “She’s Out of My League”

• Best movie for AARP members: “RED”

• Best film with a no-name cast: “Winter’s Bone”

• Best guilty pleasure: “Chloe”

• Best-looking film shot in Georgia: “The Joneses”

• Best action-comedy: “The Other Guys”

• Best movie (almost) no one saw: “Mother and Child”

• Best movie shot in Georgia: “Get Low”

• Best performance by a singer/musician: Sean Combs in “Get Him to the Greek”

• Best performance in a mostly bad film: Thandie Newton in “For Colored Girls”

• Best performance by a non-human: The dog in “Due Date”

• Best performance by a juvenile: Chloe Moretz in “Let Me In” • Best remake: “Let Me In”

• Best scenery chewing: Russell Brand in “Get Him to the Greek”

• Best score: “Let Me In”

• Best soundtrack: “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”

• Best special effects: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1”

• Best sports-related movie: “The Fighter”

• Best stylistic throwback: “Get Low”

• Best trend: Excellent animated features

• Best vamp: Angelina Jolie in “The Tourist”

• Best villain (female): The psycho stepmother in “Tangled” • Best villain (male): Jeff Fahey in “Machete”

• Biggest disappointment: “Hereafter”

• Biggest flop: “How Do You Know”

• Both creepy and unfunny: “Little Fockers”

• Both good-looking and vacant: “The Tourist”

• Look out Dakota Fanning: Elle Fanning in “Somewhere”

• Most accurate portrayal of the South: “Winter’s Bone”

• Most bizarre: “Wild Grass”

• Most clunky title: “Blood Done Sign My Name”

• Most depressing: “Rabbit Hole”

• Most innovative use of profanity: Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”

• Most likely to be the subject of a 2011 movie: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

• Most likely to bite the dust in 2011: Lindsay Lohan

• Most obvious casting: Cher and Christine Aguilera in “Burlesque”

• Most original concept: “Catfish” • Most overrated: “I Am Love”

• Most underrated: “Let Me In”

• Most unnecessary sequel: “Sex and the City 2”

• M.V.P. (female): Annette Bening in “Mother and Child” and “The Kids Are All Right”

• M.V.P. (male): Leonardo DiCaprio in “Shutter Island” and “Inception”

• R.I.P.: Dennis Hopper, Blake Edwards, Leslie Nielsen, Lena Horne, Lynn Redgrave, Patricia Neal, Kevin McCarthy, Gloria Stuart, Tony Curtis and Dino De Laurentiis

• The Not-Quite Little Engine That Could: “Unstoppable”

• Truth in advertising: “The Losers”

• What were they thinking: “Marmaduke”

• Worst bait-and-switch: “The Tourist”

• Worst butchering of a classic literary work: “Gulliver’s Travels”

• Worst trend: Inappropriate family films

• Worst date movie: “Valentine’s Day”

• Worst political metaphor posing as a horror movie: “Monster”

• Worst movie of the year — make that the entire decade: “Fury Vengeance”

• Worst movie shot in Georgia: “Lottery Ticket”

• Worst remake: “A Woman, A Gun and A Noodle Shop” (remake of “Blood Simple”)

• Worst sequel: “Little Fockers”

• Worst waste of a once-talented ensemble cast: “Little Fockers” • Your 15 minutes are officially over: M. Night Shyamalan