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‘Adam & Paul’ & ‘Hunger’ are Irish Films of the Decade for Dublin Critics
23 Dec 2009 :
Adam & Paul
Lenny Abrahamson's ‘Adam & Paul’ and Steve McQueen’s ‘Hunger’ have been named as the joint best Irish films of the decade as a result of an annual vote orchestrated by the Dublin Film Critics Circle.

The vote also saw Joel Conroy’s documentary ‘Waveriders’ receiving the title of Best Irish Film of the year and Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘There Will Be Blood’ scooped the prize in the category of Best Film of the Outgoing Decade. Four of the ten finalist Irish films such as 'Adam and Paul', 'Garage' and 'Omagh' were produced by Element Pictures, the company behind the distribution of the top two films of the year, as voted by the Irish critis - 'Waveriders' and 'The Yellow Bittern: The Life and Times of Liam Clancy'.

On an international level the Swedish vampire film, ‘Let the Right One In’ claimed the title of Best Film of 2009. The 2009 best actor and actress nods went to Sean Penn and Yolande Moreau for their work on ‘Milk’ and ‘Séraphine’ respectively.

Established in 2006, The Dublin Film Critics Circle looks to offer the city's professional movie reviewers an opportunity to pool opinions on the Irish and international film industry. The list of eligible voters this year included Tara Brady, Declan Burke, Gavin Burke, George Byrne, Paul Byrne, Ciaran Carty, Donald Clarke, Michael Dwyer, Joe Griffin, Gordon Hayden, Aoife Kelly, Taragh Loughrey Grant, Paul Lynch, John Maguire, Philip Molloy, Esther McCarthy, David O'Mahony, Mike Sheridan and Paul Whitington.

The full list of the vote results is as follows:

Best Irish Film of the Decade

1.    Hunger / Adam And Paul
2.    Garage
3.    Once
4.    Bloody Sunday
5.    Intermission
6.    In America
7.    How Harry Became A Tree
8.    Omagh
9.    Kisses
10.  Isolation

Best Irish Film of 2009
1.    Waveriders
2.    The Yellow Bittern: The Life and Times of Liam Clancy
3.    The Secret of Kells

Best Film of 2009
1.    Let the Right One In
2.    The White Ribbon
3.    Up
4.    The Hurt Locker
5.    The Wrestler
6.    Il Divo
7.    A Serious Man
8.    Mesrine Parts 1 & 2
9.    Slumdog Millionaire
10.  District 9 = Moon
11.  Anvil: The Story of Anvil
12.  The Class
13.  Star Trek
14.  Inglourious Basterds
15.  In the Loop
16.  (500) Days of Summer
17.  Synecdoche, New York
18.  Where the Wild Things Are
19.  Frost/Nixon = Milk
20.  Katalyn Varga = Antichrist

Best Director of 2009
1. Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker
2. Michael Haneke, The White Ribbon
3. Paolo Sorrentino, Il Divo
4. Jean-Francoise Richet, Mesrine Parts 1 & 2
5. Neil Blomkamp, District 9

Best Actor of 2009
1.    Sean Penn, Milk
2.    Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
3.    Tom Hardy, Bronson
4.    Vincent Cassel, Mesrine Parts 1 & 2
5.    Tom Servillo, Il Divo

Best Actress of 2009
1.    Yolande Moreau, Séraphine
2.    Lina Leanderson, Let the Right One In
3.    Carey Mulligan, An Education
4.    Isabelle Fuhrman, Orphan
5.    Meryl Streep, Doubt

Best Documentary of 2009
1.    Anvil: The Story of Anvil
2.    The Cove
3.    Encounters at the End of the World
4.    The Yellow Bittern: The Life and Times of Liam Clancy
5.    Soul Power

2009 Breakthrough Award
Neil Blomkamp, District 9

2009 Outstanding Achievement
Duncan Jones, Moon

Best Film of the Decade
1.    There Will Be Blood
2.    Downfall
3.    Brokeback Mountain
4.    The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
5.    The White Ribbon
6.    Hidden
7.    United 93
8.    City Of God
9.    Little Miss Sunshine / In The Mood For Love
10.  Spirited Away / Let The Right One In
11.  Far From Heaven
12.  Pan's Labyrinth
13.  Sideways / Lost In Translation
14.  The Lives Of Others
15.  Adaptation
16.  Wall-E / Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind / Mulholland Drive
17.  The Best Of Youth
18.  The Dark Knight
19.  Zodiac / Before Sunset / Letters from Iowa Jima / Waltz With Bashir / Irreversible
20.   Together / Infernal Affairs

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