All in good taste

Posted by · 10:32 am · March 24th, 2009

There’s no real reason to pay attention to the Chlotrudis Awards,which took place on Sunday. After all, they’re a casually organised set of honours determined by an enthusiastic group of Boston-based film lovers — that apparently get mentioned on IMDB and precisely nowhere else.

But hey, when their taste is this exemplary, they deserve a bit of notice. After all, in the thick of awards season, people actually bother with the innumerable, obscure regional critics’ awards and their largely yawnsome copycat choices. The Chlotrudis Awards, by contrast, go commendably against the grain.

Any organisation that singles out the exceptional, Oscar-snubbed work of Kristin Scott Thomas and Elsa Zylberstein in “I’ve Loved You So Long” is in my good books, while “The Edge of Heaven” is a pretty fresh, adventurous choice for Best Picture of 2008. “Happy-Go-Lucky,” meanwhile, continues to generate affection, taking Supporting Actor kudos for Eddie Marsan and half a Best Director award — in another inspired move, Mike Leigh and Guy Maddin (“My Winnipeg”) tied for that honour.

OK, so nobody really notices or cares about these awards, but it’s the principle that counts. I applaud them. Check out a full list of winners and nominees here, if you’re so inclined.

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  • 1 3-24-2009 at 10:46 am

    James D. said...

    Hey, they have seen Chop Shop too! I thought I was the only one on the planet.

  • 2 3-24-2009 at 10:49 am

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Mike Leigh getting all these directorial notices for Happy-Go-Lucky is criticism at it’s laziest.

    Guy Maddin getting best director is criticism at it’s BEST.

  • 3 3-24-2009 at 10:53 am

    Lev Lewis said...

    Liking the “Synecdoche” and “4 Months …” love. Although, for the life of me I cannot understand what people see in Kristen Scott-Thomas and Elsa Zylberstein’s’ performances.

  • 4 3-24-2009 at 4:50 pm

    andrew said...

    I could see why people may not like Elsa Zylberstein’s performance, she comes off as just a scared looking woman most of the time with random moments of histrionics, but Kristin’s performance is perfection.

  • 5 3-25-2009 at 2:22 am

    Belik said...

    It happens in IE to me as well… should be easy to fix I think.

  • 6 3-25-2009 at 2:23 am

    Belik said...

    Oops, wrong article (I was referring to the fact that the site appears aligned to center as was mentioned in this other post)

  • 7 3-26-2009 at 1:42 pm

    v said...

    Wow. The best photo they could find for Mickey was the mugshot from his Miami Vespa DUI?