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‘Slumdog,’ ‘WALL-E’ tie for top honors with Beantown critics

Posted by · 1:42 pm · December 14th, 2008

Two ties from the Boston crowd, actually.  In big categories.  Have some balls.  Take a stand.  Anyway, Sally Hawkins gets yet another boost, while “Man on Wire” remains the only (boringly) undefeated contender so far.

Here’s the list:

Best Picture: (tie) “Slumdog Millionaire” and “WALL-E”
Best Director: Gus Van Sant, “Milk,” “Paranoid Park”
Best Actor: (tie) Sean Penn, “Milk” and Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Best Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Best Screenplay: “Milk”
Best Cinematography: “Paranoid Park”
Best Documentary: “Man on Wire”
Best Foreign-Language Film: “Let the Right One In”
Best Animatd Film: “WALL-E”
Best Film Editing: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best New Filmmaker: Martin McDonough, “In Bruges”
Best Ensemble Cast: “Tropic Thunder”




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  • 1 12-14-2008 at 1:52 pm

    Anthony said...

    Tropic Thunder continues its slow climb up my list of the most over-appreciated films of the year.

  • 2 12-14-2008 at 1:56 pm

    N8 said...

    I’m actually not all that surprised that WALL-E turned up in their Best Picture slot. Last year they were the only critics’ group to say Ratatouille had the Best Screenplay of the year, which shows they clearly have no bias against animated films. This just goes to prove that even further.

  • 3 12-14-2008 at 2:00 pm

    Chad said...

    Yeah, the Tropic Thunder ensemble is a joke. Other than that and Slumdog for Best Pic, I like this take.

  • 4 12-14-2008 at 2:18 pm

    McGuff said...

    Tropic is my fourth favorite movie of the year (and man, what’s up with everyone calling my top movies over-appreciated? Who knew I was so populist…), and from the beginning, I said my favorite aspect of the movie was the great ensemble cast. As much love as Downey Jr. and Cruise have received in other places, I think there’s moments in the film where you could shine it on almost anybody.

    Still, even I will admit that the choice is an odd one. Especially after they show so much love for ‘Milk’ in other places. I’ll take it, though, even if it serves as more validation that this is the awards circuit’s strangest season in awhile.

    And “Paranoid Park” for cinematography? Really?

  • 5 12-14-2008 at 2:46 pm

    Chris said...

    I’m so happy they found some space for “Paranoid Park”.

  • 6 12-14-2008 at 2:59 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    What the hell!?? Have these critics lost their friggin’ minds?!? If I see one more Best Picture win for WALL-E…..

  • 7 12-14-2008 at 5:28 pm

    leocdc said...

    what’s the problem with wall-e getting best picture prizes??
    I still think that is a amazing movie and far superior from anything i’ve seen this year (that’s not so much seeing that I am from Chile and only two or three movies really really good have come to my country)
    sorry for my english
    i do just what i can xD
    TOP 5
    1. Wall-e
    2. Dark Knight
    3. In Bruges
    4. Tropic Thunder
    5. Kung fu Panda
    You can see that I’ve not seen many real contenders to Oscars so far, but I love to see Wall-E being nominated to Best Picture.
    TWO PRICES ON CIRCLES OF CRITICS FOR BEST PICTURE
    Nº1 ON METACRITIC
    Nº 34 ON IMDB
    It has the critic, the audience and the prizes.
    So keep on Wall-E!!!

  • 8 12-14-2008 at 6:50 pm

    Diego said...

    Again Wall-E?! Great!!! i love it!

  • 9 12-14-2008 at 9:06 pm

    N8 said...

    As great as it is to see WALL-E doing well with early precursors, it will not do so well with the higher profile ones to come. It’s obviously not going to get any mention from SAG or DGA. It’ll certainly be nominated by PGA for their animation category, but what’s its competition?

    I’m thinking its precursor success will translate into an Original Screenplay nod, because it’s a thin field this year and the writers traditionally admire scripts Pixar (as well they should). But has for Best Picture, I’m thinking the closest it’ll come is 7th or 8th overall. Too bad we’ll never know.

  • 10 12-14-2008 at 9:50 pm

    Glenn said...

    I’d rather “Wall-E” winning Best Picture prizes from these groups that more classically Oscar-baiting titles, but that’s just me.

    I’m loving the two citations for “Paranoid Park”, too. I was hoping that any critic groups that gave Van Sant their Best Director prize would see fit to add “also for ‘Paranoid Park'” for kicks and giggles and voila! I actually think “Paranoid Park” is still my #1 of the year.

  • 11 12-15-2008 at 5:45 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I knew Sally Hawkins would pick up a few critics’ prizes, but I didn’t expect quite such a dominant showing for a performance that not all viewers seem to get. I’m so thrilled.

    A SAG nod would seal the deal for her. Fingers crossed.