Tuesday, December 09, 2008

LA Film Critics Love "WALL-E"

For the first time in their history, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association chose Disney/Pixar's WALL-E as their best film of the year. Staying with the unusually mainstream choices, The Dark Knight was the runner up.

Strangely enough, WALL-E lost best animation to Waltz with Bashir...probably in an attempt to spread the wealth around.

I was thrilled to see the love for A.R. Rahman's excellent score for Slumdog Millionaire recognized, which I hope translates into an Oscar nomination later on down the road.

Here is 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"

Source: Variety

2 comments:

Sam Juliano said...

The WALL-E win is fantastic. I am thrilled an dspeechless, especially since it appears it will be my own #1 film of the year.

J.D. said...

SALLY!