Boston Film Critics

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Best Film
Sideways
Runner-up: Before Sunset

Best Foreign Language Film
House of Flying Daggers
Runner-up: Very Long Engagement

Best Director
Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers)
Runner-up: Alexander Payne

Best Documentary
Control Room
Runner-up: Touching the Void

Best Actor
Jamie Foxx, Ray
Runner-up: Paul Giamatti

Best Actress
Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby
Runner-up: Annette Bening/Kim Basinger (tie)

Best Supporting Actor
Thomas Haden Church, Sideways
Runner-up: Clive Owen

Best Supporting Actress
Laura Dern and Sharon Warren (tie)
Runner-up: Cate Blanchett (Aviator)

Best Screenplay
Sideways
Runner-up: Eternal Sunshine

Best New Filmmaker
Jonathan Caouette
Runners-up: the directors of The Woodsman and Maria Full of Grace (tie)

Best Cinematography
House of Flying Daggers
Runner-up: Very Long Engagement

Best Ensemble Cast
Sideways
Runner-up: The Life Aquatic

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Who are the critics speaking to?
Nobody seems able to answer the question of how you can make theatre criticism more appealing, more clickworthy. One answer is to be a goddamn flamethrower every week, be a bombthrower, to write scorched-earth reviews. Just be completely hedonistic and ego-driven in your criticism, become a master stylist, and treat everything in front of you onstage as fodder for your most delicious and vicious language. That’s one road. And people may enjoy your writing. The thing that’s sacrificed is any sense of a larger responsibility, and any aesthetic consistency. I don’t think anyone is following that model right now—just being a complete jerk.

Well, Rex Reed is still writing.
Ah. Well, you can also be a standard bearer, and insist that work doesn’t measure up to your high standards. But I think the art makes the standards. I’m not going to sit there and say, “This is the way you do Shakespeare.” I believe that every play establishes its own standards, and our job is to just evaluate it. But everybody’s looking for the formula for how to talk about culture so that people who don’t have any time to read want to read about it. Is there something beyond thumbs-up, thumbs-down criticism? I would hope there’s a way to talk about a theatre event in real time—meaning while it’s still going on—in a way that’s engaging, funny, witty, and evaluates the elements of the thing. But it’s like if you had a friend who was like, “Gee, are you working out? You look great. But that’s a terrible haircut.” Nobody wants that person around.
~ Time Out’s 17-Year Theatre Critic, David Cote, Upon His Exit

“Now I am awake to the world. I was asleep before. When they slaughtered Congress, we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Constitution, we didn’t wake up either. They said it would be temporary. Nothing changes instantaneously. In a gradually heating bathtub you’d be boiled to death before you knew it.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale,” Bruce Miller