Following in the footsteps of the NYFCC, the Boston Film Critics Society has handed its Best Picture award to The Artist. Shame! Once again a reputable critics group has gone for a soft compromise-consensus choice — a light silvery bauble that contains nothing thematically, narratively or stylistically of its own, and a film that is entirely about backwards reflection and reconstitution and sparkly “entertainment.”
Best Picture: The Artist.
Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo.
Best Screenplay: Steven Zallian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, Moneyball.
Best Actress: Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn.
Best Actor: Brad Pitt for Moneyball. (Runners-up: George Clooney, The Descendants and Michael Fassbender, Shame.)
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids (Runner-up: Jeannie Berlin, Margaret)
Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks, Drive. Wells comment: Pretty much guaranteed a Best Supporting Oscar nom at this stage, I’d say.
Best Foreign Language Film: TBA
Best Documentary: Project Nim.
Best Animated Film: Rango.
Best New Filmmaker: Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene. (Runner-up: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call)
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezski, The Tree of Life (Runner-up: Hugo)
Best Editing: The Clock (Runner-up: Hugo). Wells comment: The what? A lotta Hugo pallies in this bunch.
Best Use of Music: (tie) The Artist and Drive (Runner-up: The Descendants)
Best Ensemble Cast: Carnage.