One of the critics groups that frequently gives their top prize to the eventual Best Picture winner is the Boston Society of Film Critics. Other than 2010 and 2005, when they aligned with every other critics group behind The Social Network and Crash, respectively, their choices often mirror the current state of the awards race.
This year’s crop of awards were announced today via their official website and their Twitter feed. Their 2011 winners reflect the early consensus of other precursor groups with a few variations. They agree with the vast majority that The Artist is the Best Picture of the year and they give an increased boost to Albert Brooks, giving him another Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in Drive. That makes three wins for Brooks so far this year, more than any other actor in that category. The group also indicates that Brad Pitt may be emerging to frontrunner status in the Best Actor category as he takes home another victory for his Moneyball performance.
There were certainly some risks taken by the group as they give their Best Supporting Actress award to the well-liked Melissa McCarthy for her comical performance in Bridesmaids. They also ended the long dry spell for Martha Marcy May Marlene by giving the Best New Filmmaker award to director Sean Durkin.
View the full awards below and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments!
Boston Society of Film Critics
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks, Drive
Best Supporting Actress
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Martin Scorcese, Hugo
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Best Foreign-Language Film
Best Animated Film
Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer)
Christian Marclay, The Clock
Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy)
Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Use of Music in a Film
(TIE) Drive and The Artist
Don’t forget to check out the full precursor charts for the latest updates!