Could the stars be aligning for 2008's best movie about lovesick robots and morbidly obese space people? Maybe! Pixar's Vulture-endorsed Wall-E shared Best Picture honors with Slumdog Millionaire at the Boston Society of Film Critics Awards on Saturday, its second top prize this season. Happy-Go-Lucky's Sally Hawkins won for Best Actress, Sean Penn tied Mickey Rourke for Best Actor, Penélope Cruz and Heath Ledger scored in supporting categories, and Gus Van Sant was named Best Director for Milk and Paranoid Park.
In a move that irritated some, the BSFC also named Wall-E the year's Best Animated Film ("That's like a Catholic male convincing his Jewish wife to take vows as a Catholic and then marrying her in St. Patrick's, and then turning around and getting hitched a second time in her father's synagogue as an honorary Jew," exclaimed Jeffrey Wells). Mostly, though, this just adds fuel to the Oscar campaign: If two critics associations can ignore tradition to honor the year's best-loved, top-reviewed film (even if it was made by Pixar), then why the heck can't the Academy? Wall-E for Best Picture!
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2008 Winners [Official site]
Excess of Zeal [Hollywood Elsewhere]
Earlier: Wall-E Wins Best Picture!*