2009 ICS Award Winners

Honoring films released in the USA in 2008.

The International Cinephile Society has named Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky the Best Film of 2008. Included below are the ICS lists for Top 10 Films of 2008 and Top 10 Films Not In the English Language, as well as the winners in several acting, writing, and technical categories. Both Ari Folman’s animated documentary Waltz With Bashir and Gus Van Sant’s biopic Milk received the most accolades, with three awards each.

2009 ICS Awards

TOP 10 FILMS OF THE YEAR
01. Happy-Go-Lucky
02. Milk
03. A Christmas Tale
04. The Dark Knight
05. Hunger
06. WALL•E
07. Flight of the Red Balloon
08. The Wrestler
09. In Bruges
10. Rachel Getting Married

DIRECTOR (TIE): Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight AND Gus van Sant – Milk

TOP 10 FILMS NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
01. Waltz With Bashir
02. A Christmas Tale
03. Flight of the Red Balloon
04. The Edge of Heaven
05. The Class
06. Gomorra
07. The Secret of the Grain
08. Still Life
09. Love Songs
10. Let The Right One In

ACTOR: Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

ACTRESS: Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Hanna Schygulla – The Edge of Heaven

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
In Bruges – Martin McDonagh

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Wendy and Lucy – Jonathan Raymond & Kelly Reichardt

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Paranoid Park – Christopher Doyle & Rain Kathy Li

EDITING: Milk – Elliot Graham

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Synecdoche, New York – Mark Friedberg

ORIGINAL SCORE:
Milk – Danny Elfman

ENSEMBLE:
A Christmas Tale

ANIMATED FILM: Waltz with Bashir

DOCUMENTARY: Waltz with Bashir

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