Best of 2010: Movies, songs, and pop culture moments

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 16, 2010 7:10 AM

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Best Movies

1. Inception: "Because Leo had us wondering if we were dreaming within a dream, within a dream." — Laura Willis
2. Shutter Island: "The suspense film was a testament to Leonardo DiCaprio's acting and Martin Scorsese's direction. The twisted plot strung audiences along to an unexpected ending with dark and puzzling encounters along the way." — Hannah Kramer
3. The Social Network: "This film exceeded expectations with its portrayal of the aftermath that follows a rise to fame and fortune. The script drips with sarcasm, and complex characters keep audiences intrigued throughout." — Hannah Kramer
4. Toy Story 3: "I grew up watching the Toy Story movies with my family. We agreed that it was amazing, and it actually made me and my mom cry." — Jessica Carbino
5. Alice in Wonderland: "The remake of the Disney classic may differ from the animated version we all know from childhood, but the new version succeeds in a retelling similar to the book that excels visually in such elements as set and costumes." — Hannah Kramer

Best Albums

1. The Suburbs, Arcade Fire: "Finally, an album that makes kids from the suburbs proud." — Laura Willis
2. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West: "West proved he's more of a jackass than we give him credit for and made an amazing album proving his point. A toast for Yeezy and the fish sticks that he loves putting in his mouth." — Evan Clark
3. This Is Happening, LCD Soundsystem: "The '80s throwback album of the year is also one of the best. From the opening 'Dance Yrself Clean' to the finale 'Home,' This Is Happening was the coolest thing to happen in 2010." — Evan Clark
4. Brothers, Black Keys: "Brothers has the sweet blues sound that Black Keys fans all know and love." — Laura Willis
5. Speak Now, Taylor Swift: "Swift truly delivers to her boy-crazed fans on her third album with many daydreaming songs including "Sparks Fly" and "Enchanted," although country fans may be disappointed — this Southern belle's latest hits barely hint at her 'Tim McGraw' musical roots." — Alyssa Harn

Best Songs

1. "Forget You," by Cee Lo Green: "It's catchy, fun, and comes to mind whenever you get mad at someone." — Jessica Carbino
2. "Animal," by Neon Trees: "This song makes falling into relationship ruts seem exciting, and the song's catchy lyrics and killer drum melodies have people everywhere singing, 'Take a bite of my heart tonight.' " — Alyssa Harn
3. "Baby," by Justin Beiber: "One of Beiber's first big hits is not just entertaining for teenyboppers. 'Baby' is a catchy tune featuring A-list rapper Ludacris that many audiences can sing and dance along to — whether they admit it or not." — Hannah Kramer
4. "I Like It," by Enrique Iglesias: "First heard on an episode of this season's 'Jersey Shore,' the song 'I Like It' didn't disappoint listeners with its catchy beat and lyrics. It was a great comeback song for Iglesias, and it is a song that will never get old." — Samantha Gentry
5. "Alejandro," by Lady Gaga: "I am a big Lady Gaga fan, so of course I love 'Alejandro.'" — Jessica Carbino

Best Pop-Culture Moments

1. Conan's comeback: "I was worried O'Brien may have lost his touch after all that time off, but when he came out wearing jeggings during the monologue, I was assured the man is back. The beard is awesome, too." — Eric Hawkinson
2. Lil' Wayne is released from jail: "The world practically went crazy while Weezy F. Baby was staying at Rikers Island. Oil spills, economic meltdowns, no immigration reform, you name it. But on Nov. 4, he was back, and it's no coincidence that nothing has gone wrong since and the world is at peace again." — Evan Clark
3. Brett Favre sends a racy text message: "Just when we all thought this season couldn't get any worse for Favre, his infamous picture text sent the media into a frenzy. Please keep those 'real comfortable' Wrangler jeans on. No one wants to see that." — Eric Hawkinson
4. "Jersey Shore" goes Miami: "Season 2 of Jersey Shore didn't disappoint viewers. Whether it was Pauly D's 'T-shirt time' or the Situation calling Angelina a 'dirty little hamster,' the fighting and the drama was even crazier this season." — Samantha Gentry
5. Jesse James cheats on Sandra Bullock: "Jesse messed with the wrong woman — doesn't he know she knows how to SING (solar plexus, instep, nose, groin)?" — Alyssa Harn

Best YouTube Videos

1. Antoine Dodson's Bed Intruder: "He warned us about all potential bed intruders in the Lincoln Park area, while proving once and for all that auto tuner can make anyone a star, and for that we dearly thank him." — Evan Clark
2. Keenan Cahill sings, well, everything: "We've all seen his rendition of 'Teenage Dream,' not to mention the many other pop songs he has lip-synced. And his crazy facial expressions and sometimes spastic body movements makes us laugh hysterically." — Samantha Gentry
3. Double Rainbow: "This video really makes me appreciate the little things in life — including the ab workout I get from laughing at this guy and his discovery of a rainbow or two." — Alyssa Harn
4. Marcel the Shell: "Who knew that hang gliding on a Dorito could be so much fun?" — Laura Willis
5. Panda Boy Swag: "This. Right here. Is my. Swag. If you didn't at least smile after seeing this video, then you need to seriously check yourself. Panda + Soulja Boy + Dancing = hilarious YouTube clip." — Eric Hawkinson

Breakout Actor

Jesse Einsenberg: "Eisenberg was previously featured in such films as Adventureland and Zombieland, but The Social Network showed audiences the true talent he has. His portrayal of Mark Zukerberg brilliantly displayed the loneliness of a millionaire genius, and the role helped Eisenberg prove he could play serious characters." — Hannah Kramer

Breakout Actress

Amanda Seyfried: "Even though her claim to fame is being the ditzy blonde who thinks she has 'ESPN' in the 2004 movie Mean Girls, Seyfried proved how she can be real actor with the roles she played this year, such as in Dear John and Letters to Juliet." — Samantha Gentry

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