‘MOONRISE KINGDOM', 'PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER' BIG WINNERS AT 19TH CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS
This year, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film bestowed the most accolades upon Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM and Stephen Chbosky's THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER at its 19th annual Chlotrudis Awards ceremony, held at the Brattle Theater this past Sunday. Both films won 3 awards:
Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Ensemble went to MOONRISE KINGDOM, while THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER nabbed Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (for Ezra Miller), and one of the night's top honors, Best Movie.
Joining Miller as winners in the acting categories were Amy Adams capturing Best Supporting Actress for her work in THE MASTER, John Hawkes receiving Best Actor for his portrayal of a polio survivor in THE SESSIONS, and Olivia Colman being a surprise winner of Best Actress for her harrowing turn in TYRANNOSAUR.
Ann Hui's gentle Hong Kong drama A SIMPLE LIFE won the most coveted prize of the night, the Buried Treasure. In order to be eligible, Buried Treasure nominees must have earned less than $250,000 in US box office. Chlotrudis created the category in order to shine a spotlight on those films the group feels deserve wider attention and a second look. Clips from all nominated Buried Treasure films were shown throughout the evening.
Actor Christopher Abbott (pictured left with Gabrielle Hanna - photo by Shawn Callan) was on hand to accept the Chlotrudis Breakout Award, for his promising work in 2011's MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE and last year's HELLO I MUST BE GOING. His latest film, BURMA, just won the Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting at SXSW earlier this month, and will next be screened at the Sarasota Film Festival, in April. Mr Abbott can also be seen on Lena Dunham's hit HBO show, GIRLS, where he plays Charlie.
Later in the night, the Provincetown International Film Festival was awarded The Cat’s Meow, to celebrate its upcoming 15th anniversary and its successful campaign to save and expand the remaining movie theater in Provincetown, the Water's Edge at Whaler's Wharf. The Cat’s Meow is awarded to a particular person, event or organization in the Boston film community that has provided support or has been a great friend to Chlotrudis and to film.
In what became an impromptu theme of the evening, before announcing category nominees and winners, many guest presenters took the opportunity to speak of the recent closure of the Boston Phoenix and shared personal stories of the impact the paper and its writers had upon them. When Phoenix arts editor Peter Keough took the stage for his category presentation towards the end of the evening, he was greeted with loud and sustained affectionate applause.
Finally, throughout the night the audience was treated to musical salutes to the challenges as well as the joys of watching independent film, with two numbers from the Sondheim classic, COMPANY. Presenters and guests included many members and friends of the Boston film community, among them indie film producers, film critics Peter Keough & Gerry Peary, programmers from the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Boston Jewish Film Festival & the Boston GLBT Film Festival and Boston Underground (BUFF); and representatives of the cultural arms of various consulates of Boston and New England.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Alex DiGerlando for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Mihai Malaimare Jr. for The Master
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Stephen Chbosky for Perks of Being a Wallflower
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY (TIE!)
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola for Moonrise Kingdom and Sarah Polley for Take This Waltz
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ezra Miller for The Perks of Being a Wallflower
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams for The Master
John Hawkes for The Sessions
Olivia Colman for Tyrannosaur
Wes Anderson for Moonrise Kingdom
How To Survive a Plague
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A Simple Life