NSFC goes with ‘Bashir’ and ‘Happy’ in a big way

Posted by · 4:24 pm · January 3rd, 2009

Waltz with BashirThis is just like the National Society of Film Critics.  Sorry, just coming around to this (football has taken some precedence this afternoon as I unwind post-vacation).  “Waltz with Bashir” may have taken the top prize, but “Happy-Go-Lucky” was the clear favorite.  Perhaps added fuel to the film’s Oscar fire.  Lone director nomination?  Hmmm…

Best Picture
“Waltz with Bashir”

Best Director
Mike Leigh, “Happy-Go-Lucky”

Best Actor
Sean Penn, “Milk”

Best Actress
Sally Hawkins, “Happy-Go-Lucky”

Best Supporting Actor
Eddie Marsan, “Happy-Go-Lucky”

Best Supporting Actress
Hanna Schygulla, “The Edge of Heaven”

Best Screenplay

Best Cinematography
“Slumdog Millionaire”

Best Non-Fiction Film
“Man on Wire”

Best Experimental Film
“Razzle Dazzle”

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  • 1 1-03-2009 at 4:32 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    I’d be annoyed if Mike Leigh became the stock “5th director” every time he makes a damn movie. There are many more deserving directors this year. I’m really rooting for Aronfosky.

  • 2 1-03-2009 at 5:47 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It’s happened…once.

  • 3 1-03-2009 at 11:53 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I must say I’m still left a little cold by “Bashir,” but I applaud the NSFC (as usual) for sticking their necks out.

    The “Happy-Go-Lucky” love is great to see — can the Academy really not nominate Sally Hawkins when she’s taken the three top critics’ awards? Is there a precedent for that? I don’t have my research resources to hand right now, but I don’t think so.

    And I gotta disagree, Brian, but to each his own.

  • 4 1-04-2009 at 4:38 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Damn, I think that somehow Nolan is vulnerable when TDK gets a BP nod and a director needs to “go” instead of Leigh. I believe it will happen. But what I’m more interested in is if Eddie Marsan is actually able to make the cut, hell he could even win it when the momentum is his. Very interesting category BD and SA have become.

  • 5 1-04-2009 at 5:09 am

    John Foote said...

    And Penn again — LA, NY and the NYSFC — Oscar next? Hugely acclaimed performance joins only a few select others.

  • 6 1-04-2009 at 6:45 am

    Kokushi said...

    HGL is a 7 or 7.5/10 for me, i liked and hawkins and marsan were great and both deserve nominations but HGL is ”ok” compared to TDK.

  • 7 1-04-2009 at 8:36 am

    benitodelicias said...

    thank god somebody is noticing Marsan…i still hope he can make it in, maybe this will help, maybe it won’t, but he sure deserves it over much of the overrated supporting actors from 2008….

  • 8 1-04-2009 at 11:02 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    BTW what are the odds of Waltz being nominated for Best Animated, Docu and Foreign all at the same time?

  • 9 1-04-2009 at 11:40 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Not eligible for doc:


  • 10 1-04-2009 at 1:07 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Okay, seems like Leonard Klady had the same hopes I did:


    Wouldn’t it have been just something?

  • 11 1-04-2009 at 6:08 pm

    Marissa M. said...

    No win for DArk Knight??? Ledger and Pfister should win. The cinematography in TDK and the supporting actor are head and shoulders above the rest. Have these people been living under a rock?