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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Wall-E wins LA Film Critics?!

There's no lying in that the LA Film Critics like to be different, but what a surprise today with naming Wall-E the best of 2008. Not going to lie, I haven't seen this film yet. I missed it in the theater and rather than waste money renting it, I'm just going to watch it after Christmas (my sister asked for it).

Still, the naming of an animation film is a somewhat of a head scratcher.  Ocassionally the LA critics have been known for also helping a film that needed a boost. Look no further than last year with There Will Be Blood. Another example I can think of is when Mulholland Drive took top honors in 2001 and arguably made enough noise for David Lynch to get a directing nomination.

The odd part is that there's really no way Wall-E will be nominated. I know it is arguably Pixar's best, but I just don't see it. And the sad part is that if The Dark Knight won it may have been the boost it needed to get into the final five like Blood last year. Too bad really.

Below is the list of the major winners (Note: LA only has one Screenplay category):

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

Other Quick Thoughts:

- Sean Penn finally won something this season. I still think he is the man to beat, but I have to say this is going to be a great race. I saw Frost/Nixon today and Frank Langella was as good as advertised. Can't wait for The Wrestler as Rourke is still very much in this race.

- Ledger has won LA. If he wins NY, then it will send a strong message at least with the critics. Though, remember people that the critics don't vote for the Oscars (i.e. don't think this is over).

- Huge surprise in the actress race. Not sure what this means, if anything.

- It's clear that LA definitely had some indie love this year with Happy-Go-Lucky and to a lesser extent Frozen River. Will be interesting to see if it has any impact.


Fletch said...

I'm not all that surprised to see Wall*E win. Thus far, it's in my top four, and it's probably the best reviewed film of the year, even ahead of TDK.

ed said...


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