The Kermodes 2008

Mark KermodeHands up if you’ve seen the Oscars. I’m not doing that because I want to count how many people tuned in, I just want to rob you from your money for doing that. Just like you’ve already been robbed from your soul by watching the awards show.
All kidding aside, the award ceremony wasn’t broadcast in my area (well, not if you don’t count a subscription-based movie channel owned by evil people whose phone number does not end in 666 for no reason, I assume) and I was left to view red carpet footage (two hours of “Who are you wearing?”) and a montage offered by Daily Show fora (as Jon Stewart was this year’s host).

The Oscar ratings were the lowest ever recorded and most of this has to do with 2007 being not a very strong year. In fact, the only nominated movie to make more than $100 million was Juno.

So let’s avoid the Oscars once again and focus on a more prestigious award ceremony: The Kermodes.

Movie critic Mark Kermode used BBC2’s Culture Show once again to give his own prize away. The winners received a statue and their names will be remembered forever. Here’s the list:

Best Actor: Sam Riley (Control) (Kermode: “And I can’t even stomach Joy Division.”)
Best Actress: Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days)
Best Music: Jonny Greenwood (There Will Be Blood) (banned from the Oscars for including a previously released track)
Best Foreign Language Movie: Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)
Best Director: David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises)
Best Movie: Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ken Russell

Now how’s that for a list?

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