The 2010 Ira Winners (with commentary)

Best Score: John Adams, I Am Love

Best Cinematography: Yorick Le Saux, I Am Love

Best Costume Design: Antonella Cannarozzi, I Am Love

Best Production Design: Francesca Balestra di Mottola, I Am Love

Best Supporting Actress: Dale Dickey, Winter’s Bone

Best Supporting Actor: Niels Arestrup, A Prophet

Best Actress: Tilda Swinton, I Am Love

Best Actor: Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

Best Screenplay: Thomas Bidegain, Jacques Audiard, Abdel Raouf Dafri & Nicolas Peufaillit, A Prophet

Best Director: Jacques Audiard, A Prophet

Best Picture: A Prophet

Mechanical Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Mechanical Actor: Vincent Cassel, Black Swan, Mesrine: Killer Instinct & Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

Sominex: Cairo Time

Dramamine: Black Swan

A Special One-Time Award: The Scott Walker Award for Political Thuggery: Waiting for Superman. [This added after Aaron’s reminder below.]


Alex: So 2010 was to the Iras what 2006 was to the Academy. After lavishing technical awards on The Aviator, they then gave all the big ones to Million Dollar Baby. For the Ira voters — usually referred to as Iroids or Iranians — I Am Love was both baroque and tasteful, while A Prophet was the movie that made them feel things.

Puh-leaze. I mean, I knew Aaron had been taken in by this not-as-good-as-it-seems movie long ago, but I didn’t realize that A Prophet had turned nearly all the Ira voters into unthinking, kneejerk, “It must be good because it seems like something that must be good” moviegoers. Like, when did we become a regional-theatre audience?

Okay, so I knew my own favorite movie of the year — Toy Story 3 — wasn’t going to get much support, but the fact that we only gave one award to Carlos, a major cinematic achievement, is going to embarrass us in years to come. (Although if you ask me, it embarrasses us already.)

Aaron: Wow, Alex. You sure made good whine from those sour grapes!

It should be noted that Carlos was second place in many of the major categories and everyone had incredibly positive things to say about it. I ended up giving top acting points to Ramirez. I think this was a great year and the awards were mostly very good. If I had two complaints they would be giving Tilda the award for best actress (I didn’t love her in the film) and giving Black Swan so many negative awards (it’s an easy target and there was other deserving garbage).

Alex, you also forgot to mention there was a special jury prize “The Scott Walker Prize for Political Bullying” that went to Waiting for ‘Superman,’ a horrible, anti-intellectual and disgustingly anti-union turd.

Alex, were you happy with any of the winners? Are you still crying?

Oh – and this just in. Here is a list of the films that were in the top five in voting in multiple categories and how many categories they were in (Alex, does this make you feel any better?):

Carlos (8 categories)
A Prophet (7)
I Am Love (6)
Vincere (6)
The Ghost Writer (5)
White Material (5)
Winter’s Bone (5)
Eccentricities Of A Blonde-haired Girl (4)
The Strange Case Of Angelica (4)
The King’s Speech (3)
The Social Network (3)

About Aaron & Alex

We're two highly opinionated, movie-going, liberal, cynical, (single) New York Jews who like to bitch about movies.
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