Sunday, January 4, 2009

The National Society of Film Critics Announces Winners

That's right, no acronym here and - obviously - no map point, either.

Here's another lovely push for Sally Hawkins, and lots of love for Leigh's film in general. But "Waltz with Bashir" getting Best Picture and "Man on Wire" getting Best Non-Fiction Film? I'm confused.

Just where is "WWB" going to end up if it sneaks into the nominations? Is it not the leading candidate for the obligatory prestigious foreign toon slot?

BEST PICTURE:“Waltz with Bashir,” directed by Ari Folman
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: “Happy-Go-Lucky,” written by Mike Leigh
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: “Slumdog Millionaire,” Anthony Dod Mantle
BEST NON-FICTION FILM: “Man on Wire,” directed by James Marsh
BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM: “Razzle Dazzle,” directed by Ken Jacobs

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