BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD top Chlotrudis list with Seven Nominations Including Best Movie and Best Director!

Beasts of the Southern WildThe nominees for the 19th annual Chlotrudis Awards were announced tonight at a special party at Post 390, attended by Chlotrudis members, guests and various folk active in the Boston film scene.  2012 was a good year for American indie films, 18 of the 35 unique films nominated coming from the U.S.  Those 18 films made up 41 of the total nominations.  Films from Frances had the next largest impact with 7 nominations from 3 films, and surprisingly, Belgium took in 6 nominations with just 2 films.  All-in-all, 19 countries were represented among the nominees.  Despite the high number of U.S. films garnering nominations, only 2 of the films nominated for Best Movie was U.S.-made:  BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.  The other three nominated films hailed from Belgium; BULLHEAD, Canada; MONSIEUR LAZHAR, and the UK; TYRANNOSAUR.  

Something similar was evident with the Buried Treasure, the Society's signature award.  Of the six nominated films in the Buried Treasure category, only one hailed from the U.S., a documentary about the life of artist Wayne White.  Rounding out the Buried Treasure nominees were Giorgos Lanthimos' ALPS, his second offerring in this category following 2010's DOGTOOTH (which won!); Karl Markovics; BREATHING from Austria; Joachim Trier's OSLO, AUGUST 31, a follow-up to his well-received film REPRISE; the award-winning film A SIMPLE LIFE from Chinese filmmaker Ann Hui and the Swedish film SOUND OF NOISE, by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson, about guerilla percussionists.

The big winner of the year was BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, which picked up an astounding seven nominations, including Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.  Trailing behind the BEASTS was Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM which picked up five nods including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design and Best Ensemble Cast.  Other multiple nominees included THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and THE SESSIONS, which each nabbed four; BULLHEAD, HOLY MOTORS, THE MASTER, RUST & BONE, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK and TYRANNOSAUR which each took three nods; and I WISH, KILLER JOE, ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA, ROBOT & FRANK, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, and TAKE THIS WALTZ which each scored a pair of nominations.  

Here is the complete list of nominees for the 19th annual Chlotrudis Awards:

Buried Treasure
Alps
Beauty is Embarrassing
Breathing
Oslo, August 31
A Simple Life
Sound of Noise

Best Movie
Beasts of the Southern Wild 
Bullhead
Monsieur Lazhar
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Tyrannosaur

Best Documentary
Central Park Five
Detropia
First Position
How to Survive a Plague
The Queen of Versailles 

Best Director
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Michael R. Roskam, Bullhead
Hirokazu Koreeda, I Wish
Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
Jacques Audiard, Rust & Bone
Sarah Polley, Take This Waltz 

Best Actress
Quvenzhan√© Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Marion Cotillard, Rust & Bone
Aubrey Plaza, Safety Not Guaranteed
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Olivia Colman, Tyrannosaur 

Best Actor
Matthias Schoenaerts, Bullhead 
Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
Frank Langella, Robot & Frank
Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust & Bone
John Hawkes, The Sessions
Peter Mullan, Tyrannosaur

Best Supporting Actress
Edith Scob, Holy Motors
Amy Adams, The Master
Moon Bloodgood, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister's Sister

Best Supporting Actor
Isaac Leyva, Any Day Now 
Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Matthew McConaughey, Bernie
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

Best Original Screenplay
I Wish, Hirokazu Koreeda
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Robot & Frank, Christopher D. Ford
Safety Not Guaranteed, Derek Connolly
Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley

Best Adapted Screenplay
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, based on the play by Lucy Alibar
Killer Joe, Tracy Letts, based on his play
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky, based on his novel
The Sessions, Ben Lewin, based on the article by Mark O'Brien
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell, based on the novel by Matthew Quick

Best Cinematography
Ben Richardson, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Sung Fai Choi, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate
Mihai Malaimare Jr., The Master
Robert D. Yeoman, Moonrise Kingdom
G√∂khan Tiryaki, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Best Production Design
Sarah Greenwood, Anna Karenina
Alex DiGerlando, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Florian Sanson, Holy Motors
Ricardo Alms, Keyhole
Adam Stockhausen, Moonrise Kingdom

Best Ensemble Cast
Killer Joe
Moonrise Kingdom
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A Royal Affair
Silver Linings Playbook

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I'd like to double Peg's comment regarding entries on the nominated films. I've seen virtually all of them and have indicated, on the homepage listed, which of them I have previous journalist coverage for. Would love to post some stuff here, as this organization does special things for indie film, as it very well knows!

Thanks, Peg, you will be hearing from me about blurbs very soon!

I missed the noms but I'd still be happy to write some entries. Especially for Sarah Polley as Best Director, and any of the Moonrise Kingdom noms (cinematography and production design).