Boston Society of Film Critics: What are you thinking?

Good for Katherine Bigelow and THE HURT LOCKER for being awarded the Best Director and Best Movie of 2009 respectively by the Boston Society of Film Critics. Other winners of interest include THE COVE for Best Documentary, and SUMMER HOURS for Best Foreign Film. But what's up with Best Ensemble Cast... a tie between PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE and STAR TREK? I think they're trying to outdo Chlotrudis for startling choices. Now, I thought the cast of STAR TREK did an admirable job, but really, I would hardly call it award-worthy. Just my opinion though.

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I've got to say I agree with Jason - far too often mainstream films with outstanding casts get pushed aside for the indie film with a cast only half as good. Star Trek not only had the best performing ensemble of 2009, they did something no other film in 2009 could lay claim to - they brought new life and endless new possibilities to characters that are so iconic it was once thought to be impossible for anyone other than the original TV cast to play those very characters. Kudos to Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, John Cho, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Ben Cross, Winona Ryder, and Bruce Greenwood - AND Director JJ Abrams - for pulling off the impossible - finding a common ground to do the damn-near impossible. I for one think they deserve any and every award they get this season, and you can bet that the film will be making it's mark in the 2009 Poppies And Rosies awards this year as well...

That's the second place I've seen people bagging on Star Trek for Best Ensemble Cast. Maybe I'm parsing it too closely, but I don't necessarily think that means "best collection of performances", but also "cast that best functions as a unit". And I'm guessing that few casts were nearly as scrutinized and successful as that crew.

In related news, file the Herald's headline in Great Moments of Missing the Point.