Boston Society of Film Critics announces winners



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“If Beale Street Could Talk,” an alternately soaring and searing James Baldwin adaptation about a young black couple in early ’70s Manhattan, was named the best movie of 2018 by the Boston Society of Film Critics on Sunday.

The film is the latest release from director Barry Jenkins, whose 2016 “Moonlight” won the Oscar for best picture. “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which will be released here on Christmas Day, also won awards for best supporting actress Regina King, as the heroine’s pillar-of-strength mother, and for Nicholas Britell’s sweeping musical score.

The society, a group of 21 movie reviewers working in the New England area, was founded in 1981. Sunday’s meeting marked the organization’s 38th annual awards vote. Reflecting a year of strong contenders on the blockbuster front, in American independent film, and from other countries, the BSFCs awards were spread widely around.

One other movie, the fact-based comedy drama “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” won three awards. Best actress went to Melissa McCarthy for her portrayal of a literary forger, and Richard E. Grant won best supporting actor as her barroom-hustler accomplice. The script, by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty, won best screenplay. Continue reading “Boston Society of Film Critics announces winners”


Boston film critics name ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ the year’s best film

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The Boston Society of Film Critics honored “If Beale Street Could Talk,” a story of love and racial injustice, with three awards, including best picture at its 38th annual meeting Sunday.

The Barry Jenkins-directed drama – his first film since his Oscar-winning “Moonlight” – also earned nods for Nicholas Britell’s score and Regina King’s standout supporting role as a righteous mother fighting on behalf of her pregnant daughter. J. Smith-Cameron (“Nancy”) was runner-up in the supporting actress category.

“If Beale Street Could Talk,” an adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel, was named best picture over “Shoplifters” in a tight contest that was settled after three rounds of voting. It opens in Boston on Christmas Day. Continue reading “Boston film critics name ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ the year’s best film”

Taking on Disney

Boston Film Critic Head Explains Solidarity With LA Peers After Disney’s Strike Against Press

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Visitors walk through Disneyland in Anaheim, California, in January 2015.
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A recent retaliatory measure enacted by the Walt Disney Company triggered a rapid solidarity response by film critics groups, including ours in Boston, over the weekend.

On Tuesday morning, four critics groups announced they would drop Disney-produced films from award consideration until the company rescinds its blackout of the Los Angeles Times.

The Boston Society of Film Critics joined the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics in speaking out against Disney’s systematic blackballing of the Times from its press screenings, interview opportunities and other media access.

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