Boston crix fete ‘The Artist’

Brad Pitt, Michelle Williams take acting honors

BOSTON — In a year with no dominant films, the Boston Society of Film Critics served up their most eclectic slate of winners in years.

“The Artist,” took best picture, while “Drive” was cited for best supporting actor for Albert Brooks’ cool but vicious gangster. Both films were tied for best use of music in the film. “Moneyball” was the only other multiple winner with Brad Pitt winning best actor and Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin sharing the screenplay honors.

Past winner Martin Scorsese was named best director for “Hugo,” while the acting awards were widely scattered. Michelle Williams’s turn as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn” won best actress. The Society went lowbrow for best supporting actress, awarding Melissa McCarthy for “Bridesmaids.” Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” — starring Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet — was cited for best ensemble.

“The Tree of Life” won for cinematography for d.p. Emmanuel Lubezki. “Rango” won for best animated film, the only film to be selected in a single ballot, while “Project Nim” was named best documentary and “Incendies” was named best foreign language film.

The award for best new filmmaker, named for the late critic David Brudnoy, was given to Sean Durkin for “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” The Boston crix are known for their sometimes quirky choices and this year was no exception, as they gave the best editing kudo to “The Clock,” the twenty-four hour art installation by Christian Marclay which uses film clips showing watches and clocks from various movies and TV shows to go through a full day.

Awards will be handed out Feb. 4.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • disney d23

    Cruella, Kit Harington and Black Panther's Return: Everything We Learned at D23 Day Two

    Not to be outdone by the avalanche of series orders and casting announcements bolstering the new streaming series Disney Plus, Walt Disney Studios showed off its film wares in a marathon presentation at D23 on Saturday. The Anaheim, Calif. expo brought star power, if perhaps fewer surprises than Friday’s presentation, as fans in princess and [...]

  • Harvey Weinstein, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift'The

    Taylor Swift Downplays Association With Harvey Weinstein

    Taylor Swift’s association with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was among the topics the singer addressed in a revealing new interview with The Guardian. Weinstein held producer credits for the movies “One Chance” and “The Giver,” both of which featured Swift — in the former, a song, and in the latter, a supporting role. She [...]

  • Breaking Bad Movie

    'Breaking Bad' Movie: Watch the First Teaser for 'El Camino'

    In case you hadn’t heard, Emmy-winning drama “Breaking Bad” is cooking up a movie sequel. On Saturday, after details of Netflix’s project quietly leaked online, the streaming giant issued the first teaser for “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie,” which will be released on October 11. Starring Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, the “Breaking Bad” [...]

  • Samara Weaving and Adam Brody Big

    'Ready or Not': That Time Samara Weaving Hit Andie MacDowell in the Face

    Samara Weaving didn’t mean to hurt Andie MacDowell, but she did just that while they were rehearsing for their new horror dark comedy “Ready or Not.” “I hit Andie MacDowell in the face by accident,” Weaving says on this week’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast. “It was horrible. It was [...]

  • Aracne

    Chile’s Sanfic, Mexico’s Morbido Fest Pact to Promote Latino Horror (EXCLUSIVE)

    Mexican horror festival Morbido and Chile’s Santiago Intl. Film Festival (Sanfic) have agreed on a long-term collaboration intended to strengthen the genre film industry in Chile and across Latin America. This partnership will see Morbido representatives attend the Sanfic industry section each year to aid in the promotion of horror projects and advise those projects [...]

  • Tom Holland'Spider-Man: Homecoming' film premiere, Arrivals,

    Tom Holland Addresses Spider-Man’s Studio Divorce at D23: ‘I Love You 3000’

    British actor Tom Holland showed face on the main stage at D23 on Saturday, in the thick of an ugly studio battle over the rights to his iconic Marvel character Spider-Man. Headlines have been rolling in for days about the contentious battle for the cinematic future of the hero, after Sony Pictures became unwilling to [...]

  • Soul Movie

    Pixar's 'Soul' Announces Voice Cast: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey to Star

    Disney debuted a first look at upcoming Pixar film “Soul” at the D23 expo in Anaheim, Calif. and announced its star-studded voice cast. “Soul” imagines that every person on earth comes pre-installed with a soul formed and perfected in a cosmic realm. Jamie Foxx will play a middle-school music teacher on earth who dreams of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content