American Film Institutes Top Ten of 2008:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Dark Knight
Wendy and Lucy
The Boston Film Critics Circle ( runner-ups in brackets)
Film: “WALL-E” and “Slumdog Millionaire” (“Milk”)
Director: Gus Van Sant “Milk” and “Paranoid Park” (Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan“Slumdog Millionaire”)
Foreign Language: “Let the Right One In” (“Waltz with Bashir”)
Ensemble: “Tropic Thunder” (“The Visitor”)
Actor: Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler” and Sean Penn in “Milk” (Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” and Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor”)
Actress: Sally Hawkins in “Happy-Go-Lucky” (Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married”)
Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight” (Robert Downey, “Tropic Thunder”)
Supporting Actress: Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (Viola Davis “Doubt”)
Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black, “Milk” (Mike Leigh “Happy Go Lucky”)
First Film: Martin McDonagh “In Bruges” (Courtney Hunt, “Frozen River”; Lance Hammer, “Ballast”)
Documentary: “Man on Wire” (“Young@Heart”)
Cinematography: Christopher Doyle and Rain Kathy Li, “Paranoid Park” (Anthony Dod Mantle, “Slumdog Millionaire”)
Editing: Chris Dickens, “Slumdog Millionaire” (Gus Van Sant, “Paranoid Park”)
Animated Film: “WALL-E” (“Waltz with Bashir”)
Best Movie Series of 2008
The Complete Joseph Losey (HFA)
Minnelli’s Melodramas (HFA)
No Borders, No Limits: Nikkatsu Action & 60s Japan (Brattle)
Return to the Grindhouse (Brattle)
Unseen Noir (HFA)
Best Revival of 2008
Taking Off (The Films of Milos Forman, MFA)
Noon Wine (Sam Peckinpah, Blood Poet, HFA)
The Exiles (MFA)
Underworld (Somerville Theatre)
Lola Montes (Coolidge Corner)
The BSFC would like to commend Bo Smith on the occasion of his departure as film curator of the Museum of Fine Arts. In his more than two decades at the helm of the film program, Bo brought a remarkable collection of film series and film artists to Boston and had a strong hand in making it one of the leading cities in the country to view non-mainstream and especially foreign film.
Stefanie Lubkowski, who has recently left the Museum of Fine Arts film program after several years there, catered tirelessly to our needs as Film & Concerts Press Coordinator, and, as Friends of Film Coordinator, brought that program online by encouraging and disseminating feedback about their special sneak previews.
Kelly Teer, manager of the Museum of Fine Arts’ auditorium for film exhibition, put a welcoming human face on a cultural institution. Before relinquishing her post this past summer after an 8-year tenure, Ms. Teer never did less than make a difficult job look easy, always ensuring smooth operations, from the box-office straight on to your seat.
Joe Zina leaves the Boston film scene immensely richer than when he stepped into the post of Executive Director of the Coolidge Corner Theatre in 1998. With tireless energy and flair, he oversaw the theater’s physical upgrade, the launch of a $2.5 million capital campaign, the institution of the Coolidge Award, and the sustaining of the Coolidge as a beloved and necessary neighborhood cultural fixture.
To Paul Sherman, for researching, authoring, and self-distributing
an instantly indispensible, one-of-a-kind film history, “Big Screen Boston: From Mystery Street to the Departed and Beyond.” For the fascinating story of Boston filmmaking, from imported blockbusters to tiny, heartfelt independents, Sherman’s book is the place to look.
To the Harvard Film Archive’s Steve Livernash, the unofficial dean of Hub 35mm projectionists, for setting a sterling example of film projection as a serious, aesthetic calling, and for extending his job definition to include film preservation. Generations of filmmakers are indebted to Steve for taking time at work to patch and mend their prints, so that the films can be projected in the proper way.