The Boston Society of Film Critics have weighed in and show their inability to make a decision by coming up with two ties, one for Best Picture and another for Best Actor. After all, if you give out a tie no one can fault you for snubbing anyone.
The big winner, despite the fact it wasn’t voted Best Picture is Milk as it earned Best Actor (Sean Penn), Best Director (Gus van Sant) and Best Screenplay (Dustin Lance Black) honors. At the top are WALL•E and Slumdog Millionaire, both of which went on to earn one more honor each including Best Animated Film for WALL•E and Best Editing for Slumdog.
Tied with Penn for Best Actor is Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler, which I believe will be the Oscar showdown and just furthers my belief that ties in this situation are such a waste of time. Sally Hawkins continues a late season run reminding people of her performance in Happy-Go-Lucky with a Best Actress win and at this point I am starting to think she has finally edged into the top five for Best Actress, a category that looks like it will be the most interesting as we head down the line.
The complete list of winners is listed below.
Best Picture: WALL•E and Slumdog Millionaire (tie)
Best Actor: Sean Penn for Milk and Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler (tie)
Best Actress: Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky
Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Best Supporting Actress: PenÃ©lope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Best Director: Gus Van Sant for Milk and Paranoid Park
Best Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for Milk
Best Cinematography: Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li for Paranoid Park
Best Documentary: Man on Wire
Best Foreign-Language Film: Let the Right One In
Best Animated Film: WALL•E
Best Film Editing: Chris Dickens for Slumdog Millionaire
Best New Filmmaker: Martin McDonagh for In Bruges
Best Ensemble Cast: Tropic Thunder