This will be my third time crossing over into a new year while writing for Cinematical, and I've never once shelled out a top ten list. And every year, as January approaches, I always say to myself, "This will be the year I write a top ten list." Recently, it was more like, "You're the editor of the friggin' site -- you need to write a top ten list. It's, like, mandatory and punishable by death in some states." You'll notice that Cinematical has officially kicked off our year-end extravaganza; it began earlier this month with our Hot and Lame in 2007 lists, and now we'll end the year allowing several of our writers to give their top picks of 2007 (including a few posts on the worst films of the year as well). But when I looked at everything we were doing, I noticed one element was absent: Awesome Awards! So, instead of giving you another top ten list, here are my official awesome awards for 2007:

The Awesome Award for Best Action Scene Featuring Uncomfortable Male Nudity Goes to ...

The bath house scene in Eastern Promises -- David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises has wound up on a lot of year-end lists, and will most likely find a spot in the best picture category at the Oscars in 2008, but when you talk about the film there's one scene that immediately comes to mind: the bath house scene. Viggo Mortensen plays a guy with ties to the Russian mob, and when a couple of dudes are sent to off him at a bath house, we get one of the best action sequences in all of 2007 ... and Viggo is completely naked the entire time. It's extremely uncomfortable and wildly exhilarating to watch all at the same time.

The Awesome Award for Best Scene Featuring a Nerd Attempting to Woo the Girl Next Door Goes to ...

Sam Witwicky gives Mikaela Banes a "ride" in Transformers -- You won't see this film anywhere near a top ten best-of list this year, but Michael Bay's Transformers did include one genuine, well-written, cutesy moment early on in the film when Shia LaBeouf's character attempts to "pick up" Megan Fox on the side of the road in his new set of wheels and finds the yellow and black clunker has a mind of its own. While Fox is hardly the girl next door (more like the hottie on your next door neighbor's Playboy calendar), it was fun to watch LaBeouf reacting to this bizarre situation, while still trying to make sense of it and woo the girl of his dreams. In a film full of giant f**king robots, this was the most human scene ... if that makes any sense.