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The Noughts: Decade in Review – Film, Television and Music

December 31, 2009

A tumultuous decade it indeed was. A look back on world events, politics, sports and technology would each garner their own article, so instead, I’ll focus specifically on the areas of film, television and music, citing my choices for the best this decade had to offer. No more ado:

FILM

20 Best Films of the 2000’s

1: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, directed by Michel Gondry
2: Almost Famous, directed by Cameron Crowe
3: WALL-E, directed by Andrew Stanton
4: No Country for Old Men, directed by the Coen Brothers
5: Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan
6: Amélie, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
7: City of God, directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund
8: Sideways, directed by Alexander Payne
9: Mulholland Dr., directed by David Lynch
10: The Royal Tenenbaums, directed by Wes Anderson
11: Kill Bill, directed by Quentin Tarantino
12: The Departed, directed by Martin Scorsese
13: Waking Life, directed by Richard Linklater
14: Lost in Translation, directed by Sofia Coppola
15: There Will Be Blood, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
16: Children of Men, directed by Alfonso Cuarón
17: Once, directed by John Carney
18: Traffic, directed by Steven Soderbergh
19: Y Tu Mamá También, directed by Alfonso Cuarón
20: Match Point, directed by Woody Allen

Film Awards of the 2000’s


Best Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Best Director: Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Best Actor: Sean Penn, Mystic River
Best Actress: Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There
Best Original Screenplay: Cameron Crowe, Almost Famous
Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Sideways
Best Art Direction: Moulin Rouge!
Best Cinematography: City of God
Best Costume Design: Gangs of New York
Best Film Editing: Traffic
Best Makeup: Pan’s Labyrinth
Best Original Score: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
Best Original Song: “Falling Slowly,” by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Once
Best Sound Mixing: Gladiator
Best Sound Editing: WALL-E
Best Visual Effects: Avatar
Best Documentary: Man on Wire, directed by James Marsh
Best Foreign Language Film: Amélie, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

TELEVISION

10 Best Television Shows of the 2000’s

1: Arrested Development, FOX
2: The Wire, HBO
3: Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO
4: Mad Men, AMC
5: Freaks and Geeks, NBC
6: The Daily Show, Comedy Central
7: House, FOX
8: 30 Rock, NBC
9: 24, FOX
10: Friday Night Lights, NBC

Television Awards of the 2000’s


Best Drama Series: The Wire
Best Comedy Series: Arrested Development
Best Lead Actor, Drama Series: Hugh Laurie, House
Best Lead Actor, Comedy Series: Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Best Lead Actress, Drama Series: Allison Janney, The West Wing
Best Lead Actress, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Best Animated Series: South Park
Best Reality Program: Dirty Jobs

MUSIC

10 Best Records of the 2000’s

1: Radiohead – Kid A
2: The White Stripes – Elephant
3: Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
4: The Arcade Fire – Funeral
5: The Killers – Hot Fuss
6: Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
7: The Strokes – Is This It?
8: Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
9: Daft Punk – Discovery
10: TV on the Radio – Dear Science

10 Best Songs of the 2000’s


1: The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”
2: Franz Ferdinand – “Take Me Out”
3: U2 – “Beautiful Day”
4: The Postal Service – “Such Great Heights”
5: Radiohead – “Idioteque”
6: MGMT – “Time to Pretend”
7: Modest Mouse – “Float On”
8: Sufjan Stevens – “Chicago”
9: Outkast – “B.O.B.”
10: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Maps”

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