Don’t forget the Motor City

Posted by · 6:04 am · December 16th, 2008

Ha. Allow me to bask in the glory of that headline for a moment. No? Okay.

Anyway, a concerned reader emailed to point out that the Detroit Film Critics Society announced their own nominees (that’s right, not just awards, but nominees) a few days ago. Even considering the bewildering array of critics’ awards that I was just talking about, I must admit I was not aware that Detroit had its own gongs. Good for them, but still — nominees? What’s the point?

Anyway, the list is after the cut. Their best call? Eddie Marsan. Their worst? Nominating Amy Adams in place of Viola Davis. Their weirdest? The “Best Newcomer” category, which pits writer-director Martin McDonagh against five actors. Not so much a case of apples and oranges as, say, bananas and puppies. Winners to be announced Friday.

Best film
“The Dark Knight”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“The Wrestler”

Best Director
Darren Aronofsky, “The Wrestler”
Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Ron Howard, “Frost/Nixon”
Christopher Nolan, “The Dark Knight”
Andrew Stanton, “WALL-E”

Best Actor
Josh Brolin, “W.”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “Revolutionary Road”
Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn, “Milk”
Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler”

Best Actress
Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”
Sally Hawkins, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Melissa Leo, “Frozen River”
Meryl Streep, “Doubt”
Kate Winslet, “Revolutionary Road”

Best Supporting Actor
Robert Downey Jr., “Tropic Thunder”
James Franco, “Milk”
Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight”
Eddie Marsan, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Michael Sheen, “Frost/Nixon”

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, “Doubt”
Elizabeth Banks, “W.”
Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Rosemarie DeWitt, “Rachel Getting Married”
Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”

Best Ensemble
“Burn After Reading”
“Rachel Getting Married”
“Revolutionary Road”
“Tropic Thunder”

Best Newcomer
Rosemarie DeWitt, “Rachel Getting Married”
Rebecca Hall, “Frost/Nixon,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”
Danny McBride, “Pineapple Express”
Martin McDonagh, “In Bruges”
Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Catinca Untaru, “The Fall”

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6 responses so far

  • 1 12-16-2008 at 6:23 am

    nick said...

    They nominated Cantinca! Wow! These people have class and brains!!!

  • 2 12-16-2008 at 6:57 am

    Chris said...

    Michael Sheen for “Supporting Actor”? Have they seen the film? If they wanted to nominate him, they should have had the guts to put him in lead together with Langella.

  • 3 12-16-2008 at 7:09 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Couldn’t agree more, Chris.

    Of course, I’d prefer it if they didn’t nominate him at all, but that’s me.

  • 4 12-16-2008 at 9:14 am

    JAB said...

    their ensemble picks are just awful. I’m sorry, Burn After Reading was not a good movie, and tropic thunder had one outstanding performance.

  • 5 12-16-2008 at 4:15 pm

    Speaking English said...

    “Burn After Reading” was an absolutely spectacular movie, definitely one of the best ensembles of the year.