"The Artist" Claims Top Boston Society Film Critics Honor, "Bridesmaids'" Melissa McCarthy Surprises 


The black-and-white, silent film (well, not quite entirely silent) "The Artist" took home the top honor at the 2012 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards. But director Michel Hazanavicius must contend to just be a runner-up against "Hugo's" Martin Scorsese's big win as Best Director.

Brad Pitt (Best Actor for "Moneyball"), Michelle Williams (Best Actress for "My Week with Marilyn"), and Albert Brooks (Best Supporting Actor for "Drive") took home acting honors, but it was Melissa McCarthy's memorable performance in the No. 1 women-centric comedy "Bridesmaids" that surprised the most! Yay and congrats to Miss Melissa! (Check out my fun interview with the actress for "Bridesmaids" right here)

Here's the full list of winners and runners-up of the Boston Society Film Critics Awards:

Best Picture
"The Artist"
(Runners-up: "Hugo" and "Margaret")

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"
(Runner-up: Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist")

Best Actor
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"
(Runners-up: George Clooney, "The Decendants" and Michael Fassbender, "Shame")

Best Actress
Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn"
(Runner-up: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady")

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, "Drive"

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
(Runner-up: Jeannie Berlin, "Margaret")

Best Screenplay
"Moneyball"
(Runner-up: "Margaret")

Best Foreign Film
"Incendies"
(Runners-up: "A Separation" and "Poetry")

Best Cinematography
"The Tree of Life"
(Runner-up: “Hugo”)

Best Documentary
"Project Nim"
(Runner-up: “Bill Cunningham, New York)

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer)
“The Clock”
(Runner-up: “Hugo”)

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy)
Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene
(Runner-up: JC Chandor, Margin Call)

Best Ensemble Cast
"Carnage
(Runner-up: "Margaret")

Best Use of Music in a Film
"The Artist" and "Drive"
(Runner-up: "The Descendants")

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"New Year's Eve" Rings in Cash, Box-Office Still Sluggish! Check Out the Not-Quite Top 10 Box-Office Films 


So here's the current threat in Hollywood -- fewer moviegoers have been going to the movies! It's been dead for the last two weekends. Yikes! The box-office has not been this slow since the weekend that followed the 9/11 attacks in 2001. Box-office total was just about $77 million, an all-time low this year. It's considerably lower than last weekend's brutal $81 million domestic revenues.

Against that dire backdrop, "New Year's Eve" captured the No. 1 spot with a weak $13.7 million. Warner Bros. was predicting, hoping that the romantic anthology would open around $20 million or more. But alas, the Garry Marshall film starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Hilary Swank and Jessica Biel, among many others, only managed a so-so opening.

RELATED POSTS:

"New Year's Eve" movie review
"New Year's Eve" interview with Hilary Swank, Jake T. Austin, Hector Elizondo, and director Garry Marshall

"The Sitter," the Jonah Hill so-so film from the "Pineapple Express" director, David Gordon Green, debuted at No. 2 with only $10 million. It's truly abysmal I say! Let's see if Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law can help matters next weekend with "Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows." Or maybe the IMAX screenings of Brad Bird's Tom Cruise-starrer "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol." Or heaven forbid, the sequel "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked." Perhaps, Alvin and his merry band of chipmunks can help save Hollywood.

One thing's for sure, the sure-fire Oscar contenders such as Charlize Theron's "Young Adult" and Gary Oldman's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" are doing well in limited release. "Young Adult" ($320,000) averaged $40,000 per cinema in just eight theaters, while "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" ($300,737) took in about $75,184 average in just four theaters.

Here's the not quite stellar Top 10 box office films for weekend of Dec. 9th:

1. "New Year's Eve," $13.7 million ($12.9 million international).

2. "The Sitter," $10 million.

3. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1," $7.9 million.

4. "The Muppets," $7.1 million ($1.2 million international).

5. "Arthur Christmas," $6.6 million ($14.3 million international).

6. "Hugo," $6.1 million.

7. "The Descendants," $4.4 million.

8. "Happy Feet Two," $3.8 million.

9. "Jack and Jill," $3.2 million.

10. "Immortals," $2.4 million.

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"The Amazing Spider-Man" Unveils New Poster, AND... 
I still am not interested in watching the same movie! Granted this one's got a new actor (Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-man) and a new director (Marc Webb of the excellent "500 Days of Summer"), and promises, based on the poster below, that this is the "untold story" but really? How many times can Peter Parker go back to high school and discover his amazing super-powers? But I kinda liked the poster though, it's got a very B-movie vibe, and I love that genre!



Here's more details on "The Amazing Spider-Man" from Yahoo:

A teenage Peter Parker grapples with both high school and amazing super-human crises as his alter-ego Spider-Man.
Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Action/Adventure and Adaptation
Release Date: July 3rd, 2012 (wide)
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing

Cast and Credits
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Martin Sheen
Directed by: Marc Webb
Produced by: Michael Grillo, Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach

SOURCE: SUPERHEROHYPE.COM

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"Nostalgia for the Light" Wins Best Feature at the International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards 


Patricio Guzmán's "Nostalgia for the Light" was the big winner at the 2011 International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards receiving the Best Feature trophy. Here's the full list of winners:

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Les Blank

JACQUELINE DONNET EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD
Danfung Dennis

BEST FEATURE AWARD
"NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT"
Director/Writer: Patricio Guzmán
Producer: Renate Sachse
Atacama Productions (France), Blinker Filmproduction GmbH and WDR (Germany), and Cronomedia Ltda. (Chile), Icarus Films

BEST SHORT AWARD
"POSTER GIRL"
Director/Producer: Sara Nesson
Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins (HBO)
Producer: Mitchell Block
Supervising Producer: Sara Bernstein (HBO)
Consulting Producer: Ross Kauffman
Portrayal Films, Inc. in association with HBO Documentary Films

BEST LIMITED SERIES AWARD
"BOOMTOWN"
Executive Producer/Director: Rachel Libert
Executive Producers: Josh Braun, Ken Druckerman, Susannah Ludwig, Banks Tarver
Co-Executive Producer: Matthew Galkin
Producer: Kevin Vargas
Left/Right Inc., Discovery Channel- Planet Green

BEST CONTINUING SERIES AWARD
"POV"
Executive Producer: Simon Kilmurry
Co-Executive Producer: Cynthia López
VP of Programming and Production: Chris White
Series Producer: Yance Ford
Coordinating Producer: Andrew Catauro
American Documentary | POV

DAVID L. WOLPER STUDENT DOCUMENTARY AWARD
"GUAÑAPE SUR"
Director/Executive Producer/Writer: János Richter
Executive Producers: Heidi Gronauer, Lorenzo Paccagnella
Producer: Georg Zeller
ZeLIG- School for Documentary, Andanafilms, Icarus Films

HUMANITAS DOCUMENTARY AWARD
"POSITION AMONG THE STARS (STAND VAN DE STERREN)"
Director/Writer: Leonard Retel Helmrich
Producer/Writer: Hetty Naaijkens - Retel Helmrich
Scarabee Films and HUMAN Broadcasting in association with HBO Documentary Films

ABC NEWS VIDEOSOURCE AWARD
"THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTH"
Director/Producer/Writer: Chad Freidrichs
Producers: Jaime Freidrichs, Paul Fehler, Brian Woodman
Unicorn Stencil Documentary Films

PARE LORENTZ AWARD
"THE LAST MOUNTAIN"
Director/Producer/Writer: Bill Haney
Executive Producers: Tim Disney, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Tim Rockwood
Producers: Clara Bingham, Eric Grunebaum
Writer: Peter Rhodes
Uncommon Productions, Dada Films, New Video

CREATIVE RECOGNITION AWARDS

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:

"IL CASTELLO"
Cinematography: Massimo D'Anolfi
Directors: Massimo D'Anolfi & Martina Parenti

BEST EDITING:
"SENNA"
Editors: Chris King & Gregers Sall
Director: Asif Kapadia

BEST MUSIC:
"BETTER THIS WORLD"
Composer: Paul Brill
Directors: Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega

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"Melancholia" Dominates European Film Awards 


Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" (I know, he's the most hated director right now, but the film was great!) was the big winner at the 2011 European Film Awards. The film took home the Best Film, Best Cinematography, and Best Production Design awards.

Tilda Swinton won Best Actress for "We Need to Talk About Kevin" while Colin Firth added another Best Actor award under his belt for "The King's Speech." The Oscar Best Picture winner also won the Best Editing and People's Choice awards.

Here's the full list of the winners of the 2011 European Film Award:

EUROPEAN FILM 2011

Melancholia Dir. Lars von Trier

EUROPEAN DIRECTOR 2011

Susanne Bier for In a Better World

EUROPEAN ACTRESS 2011

Tilda Swinton in We Need To Talk About Kevin

EUROPEAN ACTOR 2011

Colin Firth in The King's Speech

EUROPEAN SCREENWRITER 2011

Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne for The Kid with a Bike

CARLO DI PALMA EUROPEAN CINEMATOGRAPHER AWARD 2011

Manuel Alberto Claro for Melancholia

EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY 2011

Pina Dir. Wim Wenders

EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2011

Mads Mikkelson

EFA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Stephen Frears

EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD - PRIX EURIMAGES

Mariela Besuievsky

EUROPEAN ANIMATED FEATURE FILM 2011

Chico & Rita Dir. Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba

EUROPEAN EDITOR 2011

Tariq Anwar for The King's Speech

EUROPEAN PRODUCTION DESIGN

Jette Lehmann for Melancholia

EUROPEAN COMPOSER

Ludovic Bource for The Artist

EUROPEAN DISCOVERY - PRIX FIPRESCI

Oxygen (Belgium/Netherlands) Dir. Hans Van Nuffel

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD

The King's Speech

EFA SHORT FILM AWARD

The Wholly Family

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