Once again, it's that magical time of year when we look back on the last 12 months and name our favorite people, projects, and performances that made it so memorable. Yesterday we gave you our list of the BEST COMIC BOOKS, WEBCOMICS, AND GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2010, and now we turn our attention to the screen.
This year wasn't short on offerings in the comic book adaptation scene, with television hits like "The Walking Dead" enjoying a similar level of buzz as big-screen hits like "Kick-Ass" and "Iron Man 2." Impressive performances were hard to avoid, too — whether it was the young cast of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" or the veteran stars of "Red." It was a banner year indeed, but here were our favorites from 2010.
BEST TV SERIES
"The Walking Dead" (AMC)
As if it needs further repeating (it doesn't), Frank Darabont's television adaptation of "The Walking Dead" was everything we hoped it would be and more. The first season of the zombie apocalypse series wasn't without its rough patches, but most of those shortcomings were outbalanced by strong acting from the ensemble cast, sharp writing from Darabont, Robert Kirkman and their fellow writers, and clever deviations from the source material that took longtime readers by surprise. (Oh, and the zombies. We can't forget the zombies!) With season one barely in the rearview mirror, we're already counting the days until season two kicks off.
- Josh Wigler
BEST ANIMATED FILM
"Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths" (Warner Bros. Animation)
This was a big year for animated films, with "Planet Hulk," "Superman/Batman: Apocalypse," and even "DC Showcase: Superman/Shazam" all hitting shelves in 2010. While all of the aforementioned features are great, it's "Justice League: Crisis On Two Earths" that really stands out as the best of the bunch. The spot-on voice casting of James Woods as Owlman ranks right up there with some of the best voice-character matches we've seen lately, and the battle between Owlman and Batman (voiced by William Baldwin) offers up an impressive grand finale. "Crisis On Two Earths" also manages to successfully balance the need to remain accessible to new audiences and supply hardcore DCU fans with some applause-worthy moments. Oh, and "Firefly" actress Gina Torres as the voice of Super Woman? Bonus!
- Rick Marshall
Chris Evans, "The Losers" & "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World"
Actor Chris Evans has been on our radar for a while now, thanks to his role as Johnny Storm in the "Fantastic Four" movies, but this year he took comic book movies to another level with memorable performances in "The Losers" and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World." In the criminally under-appreciated "Losers," Evans played wise-ass tech specialist Jensen and stole just about every scene in which he appeared. Given the surrounding cast that included Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, and Zoe Saldana, Evans' ability to run away with the film was no small feat, and it's a shame the film's poor box office showing means we probably won't see more of him in the role. In "Scott Pilgrim," Evans brought one of fans' favorite evil exes to life in the best possible way, and his portrayal of skater-turned-actor Lucas Lee was one of many elements that made the film one of this year's best. With the title role in "Captain America" looming, there's a good chance we could see Evans on this list again in 2011.
Chloe Moretz, "Kick-Ass"
Hit-Girl. Need we say more?
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Lennie James, "The Walking Dead"
It's always a pleasant surprise when a guest-starring role turns into an extraordinarily memorable character, and Lennie James' work as Morgan Jones in the first episode of "The Walking Dead" more than fits that bill. The British actor delivered a beautifully nuanced performance filled with humor, rage and deep sadness, and we can't wait to see him on "Walking Dead" again. In the meantime, we'll settle for his other excellent comic book character, the arrogant and deadly Baptiste on "Human Target."
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Helen Mirren, "Red"
Five words: Helen Mirren with a sniper rifle. We didn't need to hear anything else about "Red" to know it was going to be an excellent time at the movies, and sure enough, the goods were delivered. Mirren relishes her role as a former assassin turned suburban socialite, unloading heavy firepower and rattling off wicked one-liners like it's her job which, actually, it is. Her scenes opposite John Malkovich and Brian Cox were particularly enjoyable, but no matter who she was sharing screen time with, Mirren positively owned "Red" from her opening scene to the closing one.
BEST LIVE-ACTION MOVIE
"Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World"
This category was a tough one in 2010, with both "Kick-Ass" and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" vying for our affection as the year's best live-action comic book movie. In the end, we had to give it to "Scott Pilgrim" based on director Edgar Wright's mind-blowing creativity in bringing the fantastic, surreal world of Bryan Lee O'Malley's comic book series to life. There really isn't a single negative thing we can say about Matthew Vaughn's "Kick-Ass" adaptation, but the product of Wright's unique filmmaking vision is completely different than anything we've seen before — and that's what gives "Scott Pilgrim" the winning edge. From the amazing cast and faithful tone of the film to the obvious love Wright had for the film's source material, "Scott Pilgrim" was a grand experiment that truly paid off for fans and more than lived up to the tagline that declared it "an epic of epic epicness."
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