Awards season is fast approaching and ahead of Thursday 15th December’s Golden Globe nominations announcement, the critics have chosen their own winners. Female comedy Bridesmaids has won big.
Four film groups announced their awards for 2011 on Sunday, sparking discussions from film fanatics over the pending announcements of both the Globes and the Oscars.
Perhaps a surprise winner among the list, which includes Brad Pitt’s Moneyball and Oscar favourite The Artist, is the female comedy Bridesmaids, which won no less than three awards on Sunday.
The film had already bagged several nominations recently, including the People’s Choice Awards and the Washington DC Area Critics Association Awards, but now they can add wins to the tally.
Actress Melissa McCarthy won the honour for Best Supporting Actress at the Boston Society of Film Critics, for her role as the Bride’s future sister-in-law Megan. She also received the same prize from the New York Film Critics Online who honoured the entire ensemble of the female-driven comedy with the Best Ensemble Cast prize.
To add a cherry on the cake, Bridesmaids which was produced by the man behind the likes of Knocked Up and Zoolander, Judd Apatow, has also been added to the American Film Institute’s list of the 10 best American movies of the year.
The reception to the film must come as a relief to its star Kristen Wiig, who co-wrote the film. The plot centres around her character Annie, an out-of-work pastry chef who agrees to be her best friend Lillian’s Maid of Honour. However a competition between her and a fellow bridesmaid over Lillian’s friendship, threatens to ruin the entire affair.
Other big winners include George Clooney’s The Descendants which was named the Best Picture by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and Michelle Williams who won an Acting prize from the Boston Film Critics for My Week with Marilyn.