AWARDS NEWS: Boston joins L.A, names “WALL-E” co-Best Picture
There must be something to this trend…Fox 411 columnist Roger Friedman railed last week against the stupidity of the Los Angeles Film Critics for daring to name a ::shudder:: ANIMATED film as Best Picture, and pointed out that the loonies that populate LA would be the only critics' group to be so inclined.
Guess what, Rog? You're wrong…AGAIN…
The Boston Society Of Film Critics has named BOTH Wall-E and Slumdog Millionaire as their 2008 Best Picture winners, with the little robot also taking Best Animated Film, as well it should.
Boston also paid homage to Gus Van Zant's OTHER film this year, by giving Van Zant Best Director for BOTH Milk and his wonderful, totally underseen Paranoid Park. Paranoid Park also takes Boston's honor for Best Cinematography, which was done by Christopher Doyle, highly respected for his work with director Wong Kar Wai
And in a year where the various critics groups seem to be bowing to indie pressure to give either Synecdoche, NY or Vicky Christina Barcelona the Ensemble awards, Boston gave it to an even more deserving cast – the cast of the hilarious Tropic Thunder.
The complete winner's list:
Tie: Slumdog Millionaire and WALL-E
Tie: Sean Penn for Milk and Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler
Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actor
Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress
Penélope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Gus Van Sant for Milk and Paranoid Park
Dustin Lance Black for Milk
Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li for Paranoid Park
Man on Wire
Best Foreign-Language Film
Let the Right One In
Best Animated Film
Best Film Editing
Chris Dickens for Slumdog Millionaire
Best New Filmmaker
Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
Best Ensemble Cast
More awards news as it becomes available…stay tuned to PNR for all the latest!