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"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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Wall-E, Mickey Rourke, Dark Knight,Synecdoche NY take the big awards!

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I speak, of course, of the Muriels, the most glamorous and prestigious movie of awards named after Paul Clark's guinea pig. (You can put a comma in the previous sentence if you like. Anywhere you like.) More than thirty movie bloggers (including yours truly) cast their point-weighted ballots in umpteen fabulous categories. The winners, the runners-up, and the voters' comments about them have been announced every day since February 6. And now, they're all here. Nibble Feast away.

Other big winners: "Rachel Getting Married," "In Bruges," "Man on Wire"...

Meanwhile, live from Istanbul: Ali Arikan liveblogs the Oscars!

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More about the Muriels later, but first...

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