Alex’s 2011 Ira Ballot

This year’s Iras are a two-night affair — we’re all going up to Mohegan Sun for the weekend! Our rooms are comped! (No, not because we’re all a bunch of gambling addicts but because one of our august brotherhood, Joe Smith, works there and is kindly getting rooms for us.)

The first night will be devoted to voting on the Top 100 Movies of All Time. (An aggregate list has been compiled, each voter ranked the 100 titles on that list, each movie has now been assigned a point value based on those rankings, and when we’re in the room on Friday night we’ll take the list in ten-movie blocks and vote on each film in that block. Kinda complicated. Anyway, if you’re curious, here’s my own list of my personal Top 100, and here’s Aaron’s Top 100.)

And on the second night we’ll do the 2011 awards. Rest assured, dear readers, we’ll post all the results to Pomona on Monday.

For now, here’s Alex’s 2011 ballot. One reminder: the ballot works on a point system. 5 points to your top choice in each category, 4 points for your second choice, etc.

Oh, and I’m also pleased to report that, after a lobbying effort led by yours truly, the Iras have added a category: Best Editing. Yay!

Okay, here we go:

Best Editing
5 points:  Gregg Araki, Kaboom
4 points:  Christopher Tellefsen, Moneyball
3 points:  Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa, The Tree of Life
2 points:  Thelma Schoonmaker, Hugo
1 point:  Lee Chatametikool, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Best Costume Design
5  Jacqueline West, The Tree of Life
4  Jacqueline Durran, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
3  Jagna Janicka, Nadine Kremeier, Katarzyna Lewinska, In Darkness
2  Victoria Farrell, Meek’s Cutoff
1   Sandy Powell, Hugo

Best Production Design
5  Jack Fisk, The Tree of Life
4  Maria Djurkovic, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
3  Dante Ferretti, Hugo
2  Laurence Bennett, The Artist
1  Beth Mickle, Drive

Best Score
5  Dario Marianelli, Jane Eyre
4  Michael Giacchino (and Lalo Schifrin?), Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
3  Mychael Danna, Moneyball
2  Alberto Iglesias, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy & The Skin I Live In
1  Cliff Martinez, Drive

Best Cinematography
5  Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
4  Wally Pfister, Moneyball
3  Jolanta Dylewska, In Darkness
2  Robert Elswit, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
1  Newton Thomas Sigel, Drive

Best Supporting Actress
5  Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus
4  Sareh Bayat, A Separation
3  Kinga Preis, In Darkness
2  Sarina Farhadi, A Separation
1  Judy Greer, The Descendents

Best Supporting Actor
5  Hunter McCrackenThe Tree of Life
4  Tom Hardy, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
3  José Julián, A Better Life
2  Jamie Bell, Jane Eyre
1  Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Best Actress
5  Keira Knightley, A Dangerous Method
4  Lubna Azabal, Incendies
3  Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy
2  Elena Anaya, The Skin I Live In
1  Anna Paquin, Margaret

Best Actor
5  Brad Pitt, The Tree of LifeMoneyball
4  Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
3  Peyman Maadi, A Separation
2  Robert Wieckiewicz, In Darkness
1  Bruce Greenwood, Meek’s Cutoff

Best Screenplay
5  Stan Chervin and Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
4  Ashgar Farhadi, A Separation
3  Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
2  John Logan, Hugo
1  Andrew Haigh, Weekend

Best Director
5  Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
4  Agnieszka Holland, In Darkness
3  Bennett Miller, Moneyball
2  Martin Scorsese, Hugo
1  Tomas Alfredson, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Best Picture
5  The Tree of Life
4  Moneyball
3  A Separation
2  Hugo
1  Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

And now for the ironic awards…

Mechanical Actor
5  James Franco, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
4  Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
3  Kiefer Sutherland, Melancholia
2  Tom Hanks, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (have to say here I loved this movie, but man, was Tom annoying)
1  Shia LaBouef Bourguignon, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Mechanical Actress
5  Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
4  Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
3  Mia Wasikowska, Jane Eyre, Restless, and Albert Nobbs
2  Emma Stone, The Help
1  Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melancholia

Sominex (for the movie that puts you to sleep)
5  Le Havre
4  Midnight in Paris
3  Melancholia
2  The Artist
1  Mysteries of Lisbon

Dramamine (for the movie that makes you sick)
5  Seven Days in Utopia, or: How to be a Republican
4  Super, or: How to be Psychotic
3  The Iron Lady, or: How to be a Fascist
2  The Help, or: How to Feel Better about Yourself for Not Having Any Black Friends; or: How To Feel Good about Yourself for Having Black Friends
1  Shame, or: How I Learned to Start Worrying and Hate My Genitalia

Honorable Mentions:
•  Beginners, or: Why Your Ennui is Really Important
•  Bridesmaids, or: How Women Are.


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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