2009 Kaedrin Movie Awards: Best Villain/Hero/Badass

The nominations for the 2009 Kaedrin Movie Awards were announced last week. This week, I’ll be announcing two winners every day, culminating in a post with my top 10 movies of the year and possibly some other wrap-up posts.

Best Villain/Badass: Colonel Hans Landa, played by Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds

In a year of lackluster villainy, Christoph Waltz’s scenery chewing performance as Colonel Hans “The Jew Hunter” Landa was without a doubt the best selection here. The other nominees don’t even come close. As I’ve commented before, Waltz plays Landa as a Jew hunting, Nazi version of Columbo. Charismatic and disarming, he draws you in and makes you comfortable before pulling the rug out from beneath you. He plays the character with a slightly effeminate panache and you grow to hate him pretty quickly. Best villain of the year.

Best Hero/Badass: Rorschach, played by Jackie Earle Haley in Watchmen

This category was a little more difficult as there were lots of good heroic performances this year, but none quite so effective as Jackie Earle Haley’s turn as as a morally uncompromising sociopath/superhero. He’s the most memorable character in both the comic and the film, and despite his ruthless tactics, you find yourself rooting for the guy. Honorable mention goes to Liam Neeson for his surprisingly badass performance in Taken and also Yanin Vismitananda for her spectacular martial arts skills in Chocolate. Tom Hardy’s titular performance in Bronson is also worth a note, but that will come up later in the week. In the end, this is all about Rorschach. I’ve had him penciled in to this award since March, and no one managed to knock him off…

Up next: Best Comedic Performance and Breakthrough Performance. Check back Monday for the winners.