Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Boston Film Critics Society

PICTURE: The Artist
runners-up: Hugo; Margaret
DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
runner-up: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
ACTOR: Brad Pitt, Moneyball
runners-up: George Clooney, The Descendants; Michael Fassbender, Shame
ACTRESS: Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks, Drive
SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
runner-up: Jeannie Berlin, Margaret
SCREENPLAY: Moneyball- Steven Zailian & Aaron Sorkin
CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Tree of Life- Emmanuel Lubezki
runner-up: Hugo- Ralph Richardson
EDITING: The Clock
runner-up: Hugo
runner-up: Bill Cunningham New York
runners-up: Poetry; A Separation
BEST USE OF MUSIC: (tie) Drive; The Artist
runner-up: The Descendants
BEST NEW FILMMAKER: Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene
runner-up: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
runner-up: Margaret

Another win for The Artist, and some usual suspects-- however some personality must be paid to the win for Melissa McCarthy's performance in Bridesmaids, and the overall affection for the Kenneth Lonergan long-delayed (and dumped) opus Margaret which snared three runner-up prizes, as well as a deftly worded summation from the Beantown film critics:

"The Boston Society of Film Critics expresses its regret that Fox Searchlight refused to distribute screeners of the film "Margaret" and scheduling only a last-minute screening after numerous requests. The film, which received an extremely limited release, was a favorite of many BSFC members and could have won several awards had it been made available for viewing within a reasonable timeframe.  Despite this disadvantage, "Margaret" was a runner up in three of the BSFC’s award categories. We encourage Fox Searchlight not compound this oversight and to make screeners available to the voting body of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and so give the film a fair chance in the upcoming awards competition."

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