The 2009 TFO Awards: Director / Screenplay / Animation Categories

Just scroll down to see my picks. Here are the picture categories (but the Top 20 Movies of 2009 will have its own post.

The categories here are:

Best Director
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Feature

Best Director

Here are my nominees (click photo to enlarge):

Marc Webb – (500) Days of Summer

  • Wonderfully creates the tragicomic mood the film needs, in sync with the great screenplay and thrilling performances.

1st Place Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker

  • The direction seemed so tough that it’s almost impossible to think that a woman directed (come on, I’m not a sexist, but it’s the thinking)….

3rd Place Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

  • In this massive hell of a movie, all he needs to do is to keep the satiric atmosphere enveloped in developing danger. For 2 and 1/2 hours…..

2nd Place Tom Ford – A Single Man

  • It’s a fabulous debut, and it’s unimaginable to say that it’s a debut. The designer is still evident here, but I love it! Storytelling and art’s here.

Jason Reitman – Up in the Air

  • The subtlety of this hard-hitting movie is, well, heartbraking to see. Equipped with dark humor and truthful drama, it’s heaven.

Runners-up: Neill Blomkamp – District 9 | Armando Iannucci – In the Loop | Lone Scherfig – An Education | Pete Docter – Up | Wes Anderson – Fantastic Mr. Fox




Best Original Screenplay

Here are my nominees (click photo to enlarge):

1st Place (500) Days of Summer

  • Wonderfully shows the dynamic balancing of grief and joy in Tom Hansen’s character.

The Hurt Locker

  • In a repetitive structure, we are able to slowly peel off the skin off the three main characters.

2nd Place Inglourious Basterds

  • Maintaining the dark tone of this historical comedy all throughout, the exuberance of the exchange of dialogue is revealed.

A Serious Man

Hated it at first, but completely fell for it. It’s written to get in your nerves, and you will be on the edge of your seat.

3rd Place Up

  • It succeeds not just because of the very funny lines, but it wins me for its stark representation of melancholy over death.

Runners-up: The Messenger | The Hangover | It’s Complicated | Funny People | Bright Star




Best Adapted Screenplay

Here are my nominees (click photo to enlarge):

An Education

  • Rich characters, inspired dialogue, justified events – where would we all owe this? And the focus on Jenny… splendid!

3rd Place Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • The whole film is colored with warm humor that comes from hearty writing. Dark humor + dysfunc family = šŸ™‚

2nd Place In the Loop

  • When you have such a shoot-out of complex and rapid lines, the screenplay must be blamed for that!


  • The movie was flawed, but the deep and textured characterizations of the characters are heartbreaking.

1st Place Up in the Air

  • Given the sensitive and depressing subject matter, it’s surprising that it was able to create a sometimes quirky but emotionally rich movie.

Runners-up: Where the Wild Things Are | A Single Man | The Last Station | The Informant! | District 9




Best Animated Feature

Here are my nominees (click photo to enlarge):


  • Mystifying magic and soaring enchantment is brought to the screen!

2nd Place Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • When you have a heartwarming story mixed with quirky humor, you’ve got it all.

The Princess and the Frog

  • Traditionalism never gets old. Even though it is unusually modern compared to Disney tradition, it still brings the class in it.

3rd Place The Secret of Kells

  • Forget everything that it lacks (perhaps the screenplay?). Just see it and be amazed by the thrilling animation. This is animation, baby!

1st Place Up

  • Rarely that you have a cartoon that is so minimal in fantasy elements and veers to the humanity. It’s daring enough to do that.

Runners-up: none (I didn’t really like the other animations this year)

So, I’m really sorry for the slow pace of posting this last few days. I am so busy and school and this week is my last week in school so I really have a terrible time in posting. But I’m doing my best.

For you to have a knowledge on the line-up of posts, here it is:

  • The 2009 TFO Awards: The 20 Best Movies of 2009 RANKED
  • Films to Watch Out in 2011
  • Best Picture 2007 (as promised! Watch out for this!)

6 thoughts on “The 2009 TFO Awards: Director / Screenplay / Animation Categories

  1. I’d give it this way from your nominees
    Director: Tarantino
    Original: Inglorious Basterds
    Adapted: An Education
    Animated: Coraline

    I must have major disagreement with you, and that is giving Bigelow director. I just say this since you gave picture to Basterds over The Hurt Locker. I firmly believe that the best picture is also the best directed.


    • I really tried to separate picture from director. For me, picture is the collaboration of all the labor, the direction included. However, the direction is on how these elements were collaborated.

      Though I believe that a greatly directed movie is indeed a great movie, the variation between the picture and director lies on other aspects too.



  2. Again I must disagree. I believe the direction is what the picture is as well. The director is in the traditional sense, suppose to be behind all aspects of what see and hear on the screen, therefore creating the picture itself.

    Now I am not going to say every director is behind everything. Some cases the actors can have their own power and refuse direction, and some picture are in fact more controlled by the producer. But for us to try to determine the precise amount the director has or has not done is not something that should or could be done. So that’s why I view picture, and director as one and the same for this sort of thing.


    • Well, I have no more arguments. Still, even if my best pic is not best director, a great movie will always be greatly directed and great direction always results a great movie. šŸ™‚


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