DALE DICKEY, BETH GRANT & MORE ON HAND AS ‘THE PAST’ COMES UP BIG AT 20TH CHLOTRUDIS AWARDS
This year, the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film bestowed the most accolades upon Asghar Farhadi’s THE PASTat its 20th anniversary Chlotrudis Awards ceremony, held at the Brattle Theater this past Sunday. The French Iranian film took home Best Movie, while Farhadi won Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. The only other repeat winner of the night was AS I LAY DYING, which won Best Adapted Screenplay for its writer/director James Franco, and Best Ensemble. Both of the film’s awards were accepted by returning Chlotrudis winner Beth Grant, who costarred in the film and was thrilled on the cast’s behalf to have won the Trudy. Grant says, "Chlotrudis Society is an extraordinary group of intellectuals who are rabid film buffs. Their commitment to watching, evaluating, discussing, deliberating, and debating each and every independent film that qualifies makes winning these awards a true honor. They take independent film seriously!" The rest of the Trudies were generously distributed. In the acting categories, Brie Larson won Best Actress for a career-defining role as Grace in SHORT TERM 12, and Mads Mikkelsen received Best Actor for his harrowing role of a man accused in THE HUNT. Jared Leto added a Trudy to his award collection for his work in DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, and June Squibb captured Best Supporting Actress for her memorable turn in NEBRASKA. The full list of winners can be found here.
Character actress Dale Dickey (WINTER’S BONE, Justified, SUPER 8) and Canadian actress/singer Rebecca Jenkins (STORIES WE TELL, MARION BRIDGE) were present to accept the Chlotrudis Career-So-Far awards, and were joined by returning honorees director Thom Fitzgerald (THE HANGING GARDEN) and actress Beth Grant (The Mindy Project, DONNIE DARKO). Honored in absentia with the Breakout Award was Ahna O’Reilly (FRUITVALE STATION, THE HELP), with an assist from a fellow AS I LAY DYING cast member, Beth Grant, who accepted the Trudy on Ahna’s behalf.
The heart-breaking Belgian drama THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN 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.
Finally, throughout the night the audience was treated to musical salutes, beginning with a medley of past Chlotrudis songs, a clip package of some of the group’s greatest hits (‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Sondheim’s Company, and ABBA), and a rousing finale set to Hairspray’s infectious ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’. 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 Irish Film Festival; and consulate staff of the French Cultural Center and the Goethe Institut.
FULL LIST OF TRUDY WINNERS
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST
As I Lay Dying - James Franco, Beth Grant, Logan Marshall-Green, Scott Haze, Brian Lally, Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Ahna O'Reilly, Jim Parrack, Brady Permenter
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Alain Bainée for Blancanieves
Bradford Young for Mother of George
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
As I Lay Dying, screenplay by James Franco and Matt Rager, based on the novel by William Faulkner
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Past, screenplay by Asghar Farhadi
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
June Squibb for Nebraska
Mads Mikkelsen for The Hunt
Brie Larson for Short Term 12
Asghar Farhadi for The Past
The Act of Killing
The Broken Circle Breakdown