The Sixth Annual Jagged Edge Awards
Awarding Filmmaking Excellence Above the Cut
Best Picture of the Year
The Dark Knight
Synecdoche, New York
Darren Aronofsky for The Wrestler
Charlie Kaufman for Synecdoche, New York
Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight
Andrew Stanton for Wall-E
Gus Van Sant for Milk
This is the first nomination for Darren Aronofsky, and Gus Van Sant.
Andrew Stanton is also nominated this year for his screenplay for Wall-E
Christopher Nolan was previously nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Prestige in 2006. He is also nominated for Adapted Screenplay for his film this year.
Charlie Kaufman was nominated for – and won – the award for Best Original Screenplay in 2004 for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He is also nominated this year for Best Original Screenplay for his film.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Clint Eastwood for Gran Torino
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Synecdoche, New York
Richard Jenkins for The Visitor
Sean Penn for Milk
Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler
This is the fourth nomination for Clint Eastwood. He was previously nominated in this category for Million Dollar Baby and for Direction for Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby
This is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s second nomination. He was nominated – and won – the category in 2005 for Capote.
This is Sean Penn’s second nomination. He was nominated – and won – the category in 2003 for Mystic River.
This is the first nomination for Richard Jenkins and Mickey Rourke.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky
Melissa Leo for Frozen River
Lina Leandersson for Let the Right One In
Meryl Streep for Doubt
Michelle Williams for Wendy and Lucy
This is the first nomination for Sally Hawkins, Lina Leandersson and Melissa Leo.
This is the second nomination for Meryl Streep. She was previously nominated – and won – this category in 2006 for The Devil Wears Prada.
This is the second nomination for Michelle Williams. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain. She is also nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Synecdoche, New York.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Mathieu Amalric for A Christmas Tale
Josh Brolin for Milk
Robert Downey, Jr. for Tropic Thunder
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Brad Pitt for Burn After Reading
This is the first nomination for Mathieu Amalric and Josh Brolin
This is the second nomination for Robert Downey, Jr. He was nominated in this category last year for Zodiac
This is the second nomination for Heath Ledger. He was nominated for Lead Actor in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain.
This is the second nomination for Brad Pitt. He was nominated last year in Lead Actor for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams for Doubt
Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Frances McDormand for Burn After Reading
Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler
Michelle Williams for Synecdoche, New York
This is the first nomination for Penelope Cruz, Frances McDormand, and Marisa Tomei.
This is the second nomination for Amy Adams. She was nominated – and won – the Lead Actress category in 2007 for Enchanted.
This is the third nomination for Michelle Williams. She was nominated for this category in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain and is nominated this year in Lead for Wendy and Lucy.
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Dustin Lance Black for Milk
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for Burn After Reading
Charlie Kaufman for Synecdoche, New York
Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
Andrew Stanton for Wall-E
This is Dustin Lance Black’s and Martin McDonagh’s first nomination.
This is Joel and Ethan Coen’s fourth nomination. Last year they won three awards – for Directing, Writing, and Editing No Country for Old Men.
This is Charlie Kaufman’s third nomination. He won in 2004 for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and is nominated this year for direction for his film.
This is Andrew Stanton’s second nomination. He is also nominated this year for his film’s direction.
Best Screenplay Adapted from Previous Material
Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy
Based on the Novel “Q & A” by Vikas Swarup
Let the Right One In
Screenplay by John Ajvide Lindqvist
From his Novel
The Dark Knight
Screenplay by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan
Story by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan and David S. Goyer
Based on Characters Appearing in Comics Created by DC Comics
Original Character “Batman” Created by Bob Kane
Screenplay by John Patrick Shanley
From his Stage Play
Wendy and Lucy
Screenplay by Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt
From a Short Story by Jonathan Raymond
This is the second nomination for Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan as a writing team; they were previously nominated for The Prestige. Christopher Nolan is additionally nominated as director this year.
This is the first nomination for other nominees.
Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble
Burn After Reading: George Clooney, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand, Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Tilda Swinton
A Christmas Tale: Catherine Deneuve; Jean-Paul Roussillon, Anne Consigney, Mathieu Amalric, Melvil Poupaud, Hippolyr Girardot, Chiara Mastroianni, Laurent Capelluto, Emmanuelle Devos
Milk: Sean Penn, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, Alison Pill
Synecdoche, New York: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Tom Noonan, Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton, Hope Davis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Emily Watson, Dianne Wiest
Tropic Thunder: Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr, Jack Black, Nick Nolte, Tom Cruise, Brendan T. Jackson, Jay Baruchel, Steve Coogan
Best Art Direction
Appaloosa, Steve Arnold
Australia, Ian Gracie and Karen Murphy
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Kelly Curley, Randy Moore, Tom Reta
Doubt, Peter Rogness
Synecdoche, New York, Adam Stockhausen
This is the first nomination for all nominees
Australia, Mandy Walker
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Claudio Miranda
The Dark Knight, Wally Pfister
Milk, Harris Savides
Slumdog Millionaire, Anthony Dod Mantle
This is Claudio Miranda’s, Wally Pfister’s and Mandy Walker’s first nomination
This is Harris Savides’ second nomination. He was nominated last year for Zodiac
This is Anthony Dod Mantle’s second nomination. He was nominated in 2003 for Dogville
Best Costume Design
Australia, Catherine Martin
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Jacqueline West
The Dark Knight, Lindy Hemming
Happy-Go-Lucky, Jacqueline Durran
The Wrestler, Amy Westcott
This is Jacqueline West’s, Amy Westcott’s, Lindy Hemmings’ and Catherine Martin’s first nomination.
This is Jacqueline Durran’s third nomination. She was nominated in 2007 for Atonement and 2005 for Pride and Prejudice.
Best Film Editing
The Dark Knight, Lee Smith
Milk, Elliot Graham
Slumdog Millionaire, Chris Dickens
Synecdoche, New York, Robert Frazen
The Wrestler, Andrew Weisblum
This is Lee Smith’s third nomination. He was nominated in 2006 for The Prestige and 2003 for Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
This is Chris Dickens’ second nomination. He was nominated in 2007 for Hot Fuzz
This is Robert Frazen’s, Andrew Weisblum’s and Elliot Graham’s first nomination
The Dark Knight, Peter Robb-King
Synecdoche, New York, Judy Chin
Tropic Thunder, Gerald Quist
This is the first nomination for all nominees.
Australia, David Hirschfelder
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Alexandre Desplat
The Dark Knight, James Newton Howard and Hans Zimmer
Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman
Wall-E, Thomas Newman
This is Alexandre Desplat’s, Thomas Newman’s, A.R. Rahman’s, and David Hirschfelder’s first nomination
This is James Newton Howard’s and Hans Zimmer’s second nomination; they were collaboratively nominated for Batman Begins in 2005
The Dark Knight, Richard King
Iron Man, Christopher Boyes, Frank Eulner
Let the Right One In, Mikael Brodin, Christoffer Demby, Maths Kallqvist
Slumdog Millionaire, Tom Sayers, Resul Pookutty, Ben Barker, Niv Adiri
Wall-E, Ben Burtt
This is Ben Burtt’s third nomination. He was nominated twice in 2005 for Munich and for Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith
This is the first nomination for all other nominees.
Best Visual Effects
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Ted Allen
The Dark Knight, Chris Corbould
Iron Man, Stan Winston
This is the first nomination for Chris Corfloud and Stan Winston
Ted Allen was previously nominated for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
Best Original Song
“Jia Ho” by A.R. Rahman from Slumdog Millionaire
“Little Person” by Jon Brion from Synecdoche, New York
“The Wrestler” by Bruce Springsteen from The Wrestler
Body of Work Award
Award given to an individual who has made an impact in two or more productions in a single year.
Robert Downey, Jr. for Iron Man and Tropic Thunder
James Franco for Pineapple Express and Milk
Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt and Synecdoche, New York
Richard Jenkins for The Visitor, Step Brothers, and Burn After Reading
Brad Pitt for Burn After Reading and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Scene of the Year
Australia: Dancing in the Rain
Burn After Reading: The Spook in the Closet
The Dark Knight: The Chase in the Streets
Doubt: Sister vs. Father
Forgetting Sarah Marshall: The Dracula Musical
In Bruges: Getting Stoned with a Dwarf
Let the Right One In: Climax/Resolution
Man on Wire: The Tight Rope
Milk: First Rally in the Streets
Pineapple Express: F*ck the Po-lice!
Slumdog Millionaire: The Third Musketeer (The Final Question)
Synecdoche, New York: The Funeral, Again and Again and Again
Tropic Thunder: Satan’s Alley
Wall-E: Define Dancing
The Wrestler: Dance in the Warehouse
The Dark Knight – 12
Synecdoche, New York – 10
Milk – 9
The Wrestler – 8
Slumdog Millionaire – 7
Wall-E – 6
Doubt – 5
Burn After Reading – 5
Australia – 5
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 5
Let the Right One In – 4
Tropic Thunder – 4
In Bruges – 2
Wendy and Lucy – 2
A Christmas Tale – 2
Happy-Go-Lucky – 2
Iron Man – 2
Appaloosa – 1
The Visitor – 1
Forgetting Sarah Marshall – 1
Man on Wire – 1
Pineapple Express – 1
Vicky Cristina Barcelona – 1
Frozen River – 1
Gran Torino – 1