Tuesday, December 9, 2008

LA Critics Awards [Oscar Watch]

How about THIS?

The LA Critics Film Association has named Wall*E its best picture of the year. This is the first time in the history of the LA Critics that best picture has gone to an animated feature. Danny Boyle took the prize for best director. Runner-Up for both? The Dark Knight. Lookin good, Dark Knight, lookin good.

The complete list of winners:

Picture: "Wall-E"
Runner-up: "The Dark Knight"

Director: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Runner-up: Christopher Nolan, "The Dark Knight"

Actor: Sean Penn, "Milk"
Runner-up: Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler"

Actress: Sally Hawkins, "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Runner-up: Melissa Leo, "Frozen River"

Supporting actor: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight"
Runner-up: Eddie Marsan, "Happy-Go-Lucky"

Supporting actress: Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and "Elegy"
Runner-up: Viola Davis, "Doubt"

Screenplay: Mike Leigh, "Happy-Go-Lucky"
Runner-up: Charlie Kaufman, "Synecdoche, New York"

Foreign-language film: "Still Life"
Runner-up: "The Class"

Documentary: "Man on Wire"
Runner-up: "Waltz With Bashir"

Animation: "Waltz With Bashir"

Cinematography: Yu Lik Wai, "Still Life"
Runner-up: Anthony Dod Mantle, "Slumdog Millionaire"

Production design: Mark Friedberg, "Synecdoche, New York"
Runner-up: Nathan Crowley, "The Dark Knight"

Music/score: A.R. Rahman, "Slumdog Millionaire"
Runner-up: Alexandre Desplat, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"

New Generation: Steve McQueen, "Hunger"

Douglas E. Edwards independent/experimental film/video: James Benning, "RR" and "Casting a Glance"

So what have we learned here? Heath & The Dark Knight are building momentum for their respective win & nominations and looks like I need to add Happy Go Lucky to my must-see list. Oh and clearly no one in LA saw Let The Right One In, otherwise it would have won Best Foreign Film.


david said...

well, it looks like dark knight is gonna be nominated. which is really a shame, cause i name 10 movies more deserving without taking a breath... but what are ya gonna do? as for heath, he's a lock and i have zero problem with that, but i find the lack of kate winslet love disturbing (though sally hawkins is awesome!).

and LQ... let the right one in is GREAT and all, but still life and waltz with bashir are both utter masterpieces (particularly the former). look for a post in my inevitable film stories of the decade series about still life director, jia-zhang ke.

david said...

wait... omg... is wall-e gonna WIN best picture?????

The Danifesto said...

I'm telling ya, The Dark Knight is gonna be nominated for Best Picture. It's gonna happen. My Danifesto Awards Previews would not lie to you, my friend.