There are two critics groups in Boston now, and just as there is some small overlap in membership, likewise there were only a few agreements in their year ending voting. The 24 member Boston Society of Film Critics (Society), now in its fourth decade, is comprised of mostly print critics and skews older, while the younger thirteen member Boston Online Film Critics Association (BOFCA) – founded earlier this year – favors new media.
“Zero Dark Thirty” notched the best picture nod after several ballots with Kathryn Bigelow named as best director while William Goldenberg and DylanTichenor were honored for their editing of the film. Tony Kushner got the best screenplay award for “Lincoln.” For foreign language film the winner was “Amour.”
The acting awards is where the Society can get quirky. Daniel Day-Lewis notched another best actor win for “Lincoln,” where he was joined by co-star Sally Field for best supporting actress. Best actress went to octogenarian French actress Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour” while supporting actor went to the teenaged Ezra Miller for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Best ensemble was given to the comic killers of “Seven Psychopaths.”
“How to Survive a Plague” was doubly honored, as best documentary and with director David France being named best new filmmaker. Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” got the nod for animation, while “best use of music in film” went to “Moonrise Kingdom” for preexisting material and for Alexandre Desplat’s score. Mihai Malaimare, Jr. was awarded for best cinematography for “The Master.”
“Zero Dark Thirty” and “Lincoln” were also big winners for the BOFCA scribes. The film was named best picture, with kudos also given to Bigelow as director, Jessica Chastain for best actress, and William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor for editing. “Lincoln” got acting and support acting nods for Daniel Day-Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones, as well as Tony Kushner’s screenplay. Anne Hathaway was the pick for best supporting actress for “Les Miserables.”
Other choices were more varied. “Paranorman” won best animated film, “Oslo, August 31” was named best foreign language film, Roger Deakins’ work on the James Bond entry “Skyfall” was cited for cinematography, and Jonny Greenwood’s work on “The Master” was named best original score. The historical AIDS doc “How to Survive a Plague” was tapped for best documentary while arthouse hit “Moonrise Kingdom” received the nod for best ensemble cast.
Unlike the Society, BOFCA’s members put together a collective ten best list with topper “Zero Dark Thirty” winning for best picture. The rest of the list (in order): “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Lincoln,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Django Unchained,” “Oslo, August 31,” “Holy Motors,” “The Master,” “Argo,” “Cloud Atlas.”