Here they are, the list of 2010′s Top 10 Truly Moving Picture Award winners. There were many deserving films this year, but this list represents the best of the best.
10. Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole may be one of the most realistic and truthful films of the year, depicting a couple fighting through grief after the loss of their son. It is occasionally difficult to watch as they honestly wrestle with their pain and guilt, yet the film finds a striking balance of hope and realism as it reaches its conclusion.
Director Nigel Cole’s story of women at a Ford plant in Dagenham in the late 1960’s tells, for the first time, this incredible chapter in the civil rights movement. As Rita O’Grady leads the women on strike, demanding equal pay, we are reminded how far we have come, and how much of the fight is left to win.
It is hard to find a true story more incredible than that of Betty Anne Waters. Conviction tells her tale, as she juggled family life and work while putting herself through college and law school in a determined effort to free her brother, who was jailed for murder.
This true story of a young Chinese ballet dancer who defects to the United States to pursue his passion is directed by five-time TMPA winner Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Paradise Road, Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant). Featuring a first time actor in the lead role, Mao’s Last Dancer captures the beauty of ballet, and the striking freedoms available in the United States.
The third installment in the Chronicles of Narnia series brings back the fantastical world of Narnia. Lucy and Edmund join forces with King Caspian to unite Narnia and defeat the evil that teases each person’s dark side. Their courage in the face of danger, coupled with the redemption of their cousin Eustace, make The Voyage of the Dawn Treader a worthy entry in the series.
The best-reviewed film of the year, Toy Story 3 caps off an incredible trilogy of Truly Moving Picture Award winners. The story of Woody, Buzz and the gang continues as the toys are mistakenly delivered to a daycare center and have to find their way back home while discovering what it truly means to be a friend.
Flipped is a story of young love, telling the tale of two youngsters whose feelings for each other “flip” as they move through school. Charmingly and simply told, acclaimed director Rob Reiner’s film of young love is a potent reminder of youth and innocence.
One of the year’s most thought-provoking documentaries, Waiting for “Superman” explores public education in a frightening manner. Director Davis Guggenheim, using exhaustive research to back up his film, injects much-needed conversation into the public education debate.
Secretariat succeeds by not only telling the story of the historic horse, but also by detailing the aspirations of a strong-headed woman by the name of Penny Chenery, Secretariat’s owner. She fights the male-dominated racing establishment all the way to victory, just as her horse does the same on the racetrack.
More than an inside look at an important moment in history, The King’s Speech tells the story of a man determined to lead his country in the finest possible manner. Doing so requires overcoming tremendous obstacles with the help of a dedicated and stubborn teacher, as England’s King George VI prepares to guide his people through the Second World War.
So there’s our list of the Top 10 Truly Moving Picture Award winners from 2010! What do you think? Which films did we miss, what would you add or take away from our Top 10? Let us know!