'Argo' takes top honors from San Diego Film Critics, 'Perks' gets some love
Take that, Anne Thompson! (We kid because we love.) Many of you have noticed the growing presence of word-of-mouth favorite "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" on the precursor beat, and the tender teen drama scored a nifty coup from the San Diego Film Critics' Society today, taking Best Supporting Actress for Emma Watson, as well as the Best Ensemble award.
The "Perks" love is one of several ways in which the San Diego group, who announced their nominations yesterday, distinguished themselves from the herd. Their big winner, "Argo," took four awards including Best Picture and Director: you wouldn't have guessed it a few weeks ago when it was still the consensus Oscar frontrunner, but it's the film's first win in either category thus far.
They also gave Best Actress to Michelle Williams for her lovely work in "Take This Waltz," recognized the screenplay and score of "The Master," and preferred "The Kid With a Bike" to "Amour" in the foreign-language category. After scoring a few runner-up citations, Christoph Waltz notches up his first Supporting Actor win for his co-lead role in "Django Unchained"; this internal competition with Leonardo DiCaprio is getting interesting.
Anyway, refreshing picks all round, and a nice bonus to see Greig Fraser recognized for his diverse 2012 achievements. Check out the full list of nominees below and keep track of the growing list of precursor awards at The Circuit.
Best Picture: "Argo"
Best Director: Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best Actress: Michelle Williams, "Take This Waltz"
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
Best Supporting Actress: Emma Watson, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, "The Master"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, "Argo"
Best Foreign Language Film: "The Kid With a Bike"
Best Animated Film: "ParaNorman"
Best Documentary: "The Invisible War"
Best Ensemble: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda, "Life of Pi"
Best Film Editing: William Goldenberg, "Argo"
Best Original Score: Jonny Greenwood, "The Master"
Best Production Design: Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch, "Cloud Atlas"
Body of Work Award: Greig Fraser, cinematographer, "Zero Dark Thirty," "Killing Them Softly" and "Snow White and the Huntsman"
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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