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the 16th annual
cadet film awards 2009


best picture



Top 10 of 2008
  1. Star Trek (J.J. Abrams)
  2. Moon (Duncan Jones)
  3. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow)
  4. District 9 (Neil Blomkamp)
  5. Avatar (James Cameron)
  6. The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson)
  7. Up (Pete Docter)
  8. (500) Days Of Summer (Marc Webb)
  9. Julie & Julia (Nora Ephron)
  10. The Proposal (Anne Fletcher)
Honourable Mentions: Bright Star (Jane Campion), Fantastic Mr Fox (Wes Anderson), Up In the Air (Jason Reitman), I Love You, Man (John Hamburg),
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (Lee Daniels), The Messenger (Oren Moverman), Broken Embraces (Pedro Almodovar),
Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino), An Education (Lone Scherfig).

best director


Kathryn Bigelow
The Hurt Locker

James Cameron Avatar
Neil Blomkamp District 9
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds
J.J. Abrams Star Trek

best lead actor


Sam Rockwell

Sharlto Copley District 9
Jeremy Renner The Hurt Locker
Ben Foster The Messenger
Michael Stuhlbarg A Serious Man
Colin Firth A Single Man

best lead actress


Meryl Streep
Julie & Julia

Carey Mulligan An Education
Sandra Bullock The Blind Side and The Proposal
Abbie Cornish Bright Star
Saoirse Ronan The Lovely Bones

best supporting actor


Stanley Tucci
Julie & Julia and The Lovely Bones

Paul Schneider Bright Star
Anthony Mackie The Hurt Locker
Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds
Woody Harrelson The Messenger

best supporting actress


Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Zoe Saldana Avatar
Marion Cotillard Public Enemies
Paula Patton Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire
Vera Farmiga Up in the Air

best limited/cameo performance


Steve Buscemi
The Messenger

Emma Thompson An Education
Michelle Rodriguez Avatar
Ralph Fiennes The Hurt Locker
Jane Lynch Julie & Julia

best original screenplay


Mark Boal
The Hurt Locker

Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (500) Days of Summer
Quentin Tarantino Inglourious Basterds
Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman The Messenger
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen A Serious Man
Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick Zombieland

best adapted screenplay


Jason Reitman & Sheldon Turner
Up in the Air

Nick Hornby An Education
Jane Campion Bright Star
Neill Blomkamp & Teri Hatchell District 9
Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach Fantastic Mr Fox
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, Tony Roche In the Loop

best dramatic score


Abel Korzeniowski & Shigeru Umebayashi
A Single Man

Hans Zimmer & Joshua Bell Angels and Demons
Alberto Iglesias Broken Embraces
Alexandre Desplat Coco Before Chanel
Christopher Young Drag Me To Hell
Clint Mansell Moon
Alexandre Desplat The Twilight Saga: New Moon

best comedy/musical score


Michael Giacchino

Mark Mothersbaugh Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Alexandre Desplat Fantastic Mr Fox
Hans Zimmer Sherlock Holmes
David Sardy Zombieland

best original song


"All is Love"
Karen O & Nick Zinner
Where the Wild Things Are

"You've Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger", Beth Rowley & Ben Castle An Education
"I See You", James Horner, Simon Franglen & Kuk Harrell Avatar
"The Weary Kind", Ryan Bingham & T-Bone Burnett Crazy Heart
"Possibility", Lykke Li Twilight Saga: New Moon

best non-english language film


Broken Embraces (Abrazos Rotos)

A Prophet (Un Prophete) (France)
Baaria (Italy)
Il Divo (Italy)
Samson & Delilah (Australia)

best cinematography


Andrew Lesnie
The Lovely Bones

Salvatore Totino Angels and Demons
Greig Fraser Bright Star
Dante Spinotti Public Enemies
Javier Aguirresarobe The Road

best film editing


Chris Innis & Bob Murawski
The Hurt Locker

Lee Smith Avatar
Julian Clarke District 9
Nicholas Gaster Moon
Dana E. Glauberman Up in the Air

best production design


Rick Carter & Robert Stromberg

Naomi Shohan The Lovely Bones
Tony Noble Moon
Dan Bishop A Single Man
Patrice Vermette The Young Victoria

best costume design


Janet Patterson
Bright Star

Nancy Steiner The Lovely Bones
Jane Holland Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
Michael Wilkinson Watchmen
Sandy Powell The Young Victoria

best sound mixing


The Lovely Bones

Inglourious Basterds

best sound editing


District 9

Star Trek

best makeup/hairstyling


District 9

Drag Me To Hell
Il Divo
Star Trek

best visual effects



District 9
The Lovely Bones
Star Trek

best stunt direction/ensemble


Star Trek

District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds

best australian film


Bright Star

Mary and Max
Samson & Delilah

best documentary


Food, Inc.

Capitalism: A Love Story
The Cove

best ensemble


Star Trek

The Hurt Locker
In the Loop
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

best breakthrough/debut


Gabourey Sidibe
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire and Frost/Nixon

Kodi Smit-McPhee The Road
Quentin Aaron The Blind Side
Chris Pine Star Trek
Anna Kendrick Up in the Air

best animated feature



Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Fantastic Mr Fox
Mary and Max

best voiceover performance


Bill Hader
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Richard McGonagle (500) Days of Summer
George Clooney Fantastic Mr Fox
Barry Humphries Mary and Max
Kevin Spacey Moon
Ed Asner Up

best titles sequence


Up in the Air


best poster



Food, Inc.

Julie & Julia

The Lovely Bones


top 10 scenes of 2009
(Spoiler Alert)


Expectation vs. Reality
(500) Days of Summer


Morning After Dance
(500) Days of Summer


Jake Chooses His Banshee


Thompson Becomes a Casualty
The Hurt Locker


The Farmhouse
Inglourious Basterds


Mary and Mrs Weiss
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


The Planet Destroyer
Star Trek


Lindsey Salmon in George Harvey’s House
The Lovely Bones


Married Life


wins tally

The Hurt Locker 3
The Lovely Bones 3
Star Trek 3
Up 3

Avatar 2
Bright Star 2
District 9 2
Julie & Julia 2
Moon 2
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire 2
Up in the Air 2

Broken Embraces 1
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 1
Food, Inc. 1
The Messenger 1
A Single Man 1
Where the Wild Things Are 1

multiple nominations tally

Avatar 12

The Hurt Locker 10
Moon 10

District 9 9
The Lovely Bones 9
Star Trek 9

Inglourious Basterds 7

Bright Star 6
Up 6

(500) Days of Summer 5
An Education 5
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 6
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire 5
Up in the Air 5

Fantastic Mr Fox 4
Julie & Julia 4

Mary and Max 3
A Single Man 3

Angels and Demons 2
The Blind Side 2
Broken Embraces 2
Coraline 2
Drag Me To Hell 2

Il Divo 2
In the Loop 2
Food, Inc. 2
Public Enemies 2
The Road 2

Samson & Delilah 2
A Serious Man 2
The Twilight Saga: New Moon 2
The Young Victoria 2
Zombieland 2

Please note that eligibility periods and category placements may not be 100% accurate, and is in the sole discretion of the writer to do as he wishes. Thanks.