2009 Special Awards


The Best Film Series

The Complete Elia Kazan (HFA)

Gordon Willis, The Man Who Shot The Godfather (HFA)

James Whale: Of Monsters, Melodrama, and the Production Code (HFA)

Kathryn Bigelow — Filmmaking at the Dark Edge of Exhiliration (HFA)

Stanley Donen, Hollywood ShowmanJapan (HFA)


Best Rediscoveries

Boomerang  (from the HFA’s “The Complete Elia Kazan” series)

It’s Always Fair Weather (from the HFA’s “Stanley Donen, Hollywood Showman” series)

The Landlord (from the HFA’s “Gordon Willis, The Man Who Shot The Godfather” series)

Leon Morin, Priest (from the MFA’s “Classic French Cinema” series)

Operation Madball (from the HFA’s”9 x Quine” series)


Special Commendations

The Boston Society of Film Critics would like to commend Haden Guest, David Pendleton and the staff of the Harvard Film Archive for an extraordinary year of programming film series and events.  The 2009 schedule has been varied, imaginative and compelling and has greatly enriched film culture in the Boston area.

The Boston Society of Film Critics would like to commend Gerald Peary and Amy Geller, the director and producer of “For the Love of Movies” for their timely, eloquent elucidation and vindication of our beleaguered profession.

The Boston Society of Film Critics would like to commend David Bramante of the Stuart Street Playhouse for returning independent cinema to the city of Boston and providing downtown audiences with a much-needed neighborhood alternative to corporate multiplexes.