Milk and WALL-E Win Awards

New York Film Critics Circle Awards:

Best Picture:  Milk
Best Actor:  Sean Penn (Milk)
Best Actress:  Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Best Director:  Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Best Supporting Actor:  Josh Brolin (Milk)
Best Supporting Actress:  Penelope Cruz (Vicky Christina Barcelona)
Best Screenplay:  Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)
Best Cinematographer:  Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Foreign Film:  4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
Best First Film:  Courtney Hunt (Frozen River)
Best Documentary:  Man on Wire

Los Angeles Film Critics Awards:

Best Picture:  WALL-E
Best Actor:  Sean Penn (Milk)
Best Actress:  Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Best Director:  Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Supporting Actor:  Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
Best Supporting Actress:  Penelope Cruz (Vicky Christina Barcelona)
Best Screenplay:  Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky)
Best Foreign Film:  Still Life
Best Documentary:  Man on Wire
Best Production Design:  Mark Friedberg (Synecdoche, New York)
Best Animation:  Waltz with Bashir
Best Music/Score:  A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire)
Best Cinematography:  Yu Lik Wai (Still Life)

The two biggest film cities have expressed their views on 2008.  The NYFCC praised Milk‘s achievement awarding it their Best Picture of the Year, along with a duo of acting awards to Sean Penn and Josh Brolin.  The NYFCC also felt Happy-Go-Lucky was among the year’s best awarding Sally Hawkins for Best Actress and Mike Leigh as Best Director.

The LAFC voiced a more diverse opinion.  The big story was them giving WALL-E the Best Picture award, along with The Dark Knight as runner-up.  Happy-Go-Lucky was a hit in LA as well taking Best Actress and Best Screenplay.  Heath Ledger was awarded the Best Supporting Actor award and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle was given Best Director.

So what can we take from these two announcements?  Well, Sally Hawkins is a major competitor in the Best Actress category… while Milk’s Sean Penn (Best Actor) and Vicky Christina Barcelona’s Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress) seem to be way out in front in the early running.  LA showed some Heath Ledger love, which was much needed since Josh Brolin (Milk) has been winning Best Supporting Actor quite steadily.  Slumdog Millionaire still remains a heavyweight contender, placing other awards for directing, music/score, and cinematography.  Also, Man on Wire seems to be the documentary to beat.

With these critics awards and the National Board of Review, there are a few movies that seem to be in trouble.  These include:  Revolutionary Road, The Reader, Doubt, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  All of these films have almost been blanked by the early awards.  Although it’s still some time until these films are released to the public, this has to be a slight alarm for the supposedly big-time contenders for Best Picture.  Honestly, I’m beginning to twitch with nerves at the thought Benjamin Button might not be the amazing film I’m building up in my mind.  But I won’t fully commit to such thoughts until I see it.  Christmas Day couldn’t come soon enough.

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2 Responses to Milk and WALL-E Win Awards

  1. RaiulBaztepo says:

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    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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