THROWN FOR A ‘LOOP’ – ‘PRECIOUS’ AND ‘IN THE LOOP’ CLEAN UP AT 16TH CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS

In the LoopThis year’s Chlotrudis Awards ceremony was a night of unexpected appearances and presentations. The field was dominated by a surprising frontrunner, with IN THE LOOP winning Best Supporting Actor, Best Ensemble and Best Original Screenplay. Matching the UK film in number of wins was PRECIOUS, FROM THE NOVEL ‘PUSH’ BY SAPPHIRE’, which came away with Trudies for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. The only other film to win multiple cats was A SINGLE MAN, taking home a pair for Best Actor and Best Production Design.

Filling out the award winners, THE HURT LOCKER completed its circle of Boston praise (the Boston Society of Film Critics awarded it one of its first Best Picture laurels), winning Best Movie. One category was hotly fought over, resulting in a tie, for Best Documentary. That Trudy was shared by Agnes Varda’s whimsical THE BEACHES OF AGNES and HERB AND DOROTHY, which tells the story of a middle-class couple amassing a renowned collection of minimalist art. The prestigious Buried Treasure award was won by the riotously explosive biopic BRONSON. In order to be eligible, Buried Treasure nominees had to have earned less than $250,000 in US box office. Chlotrudis created the category in order to shine a spotlight on those films the society feels deserve wider attention and a second look.

Beth GrantThe night’s special award recipients also received big surprises. Career So Far honoree, Beth Grant, was serenaded by her daughter, Mary Chieffo. To the tune of ‘Defying Gravity’ from Wicked, with lyrics written for the occasion, Ms. Chieffo sang during a video montage of her mother’s most memorable film and television characters – she brought the house down and her mother nearly to tears. Ms. Grant regained composure quickly, however, and gave a gracious, endearing and inspiring acceptance speech. Later in the night, member Scot Colford was blindsided when his name was called to receive the Cat’s Meow, for his tireless work on behalf of Chlotrudis in all things technical and musical. 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.

Standing as fine examples of Scot’s brilliant contributions, this year’s musical numbers were the hit of the night. Kicking things off with Queen’s We Will Rock You, the group poked fun at its unusual name and the reaction of the blogosphere to its roster of nominees. Later the audience was treated to an operatic and theatrical interpretation of the night’s Buried Treasure nominees set to the rock classic, Bohemian Rhapsody, which the Boston Phoenix’s Peter Keough called “a singing, dancing, video and multimedia extravaganza - a showstopper”.

Presenters and guests included many members and friends of the Boston film community, among them Peter Keough, Tom Meek, president of the Boston Society of Film Critics, and representatives from the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Boston Jewish Film Festival, the Boston Latino International Film Festival, Women in Film/Video New England.

Visit our Awards page for the full list of nominations.

BEST MOVIE The Hurt Locker

BEST DIRECTOR Hirokazu Koreeda – Still Walking

BEST ACTRESS Gabourey Sidibe – Precious, Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

BEST ACTOR Colin Firth – A Single Man

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Mo’nique – Precious, Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Peter Capaldi – In The Loop

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST In the Loop

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY The White Ribbon

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN A Single Man

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Precious, Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY In the Loop

BEST DOCUMENTARY (tie) The Beaches of Agnes Herb and Dorothy

BURIED TREASURE Bronson

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