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San Diego critics favor Eastwood

The San Diego critics might have picked a familiar pic for their best film of the year, but they’ve indeed bucked the trend with at least 3 of their 4 choices for acting awards – finally The Proposition is remembered and Dick Pope gets a worthy kudos for Best Cinematography for The Illusionist.

The San Diego critics might have picked a familiar pic for their best film of the year, but they’ve indeed bucked the trend with at least 3 of their 4 choices for acting awards – finally The Proposition is remembered and Dick Pope gets a worthy kudos for Best Cinematography for The Illusionist.

Here are San Diego Film Critics Society top choices of the year.

Best Film: Letters From Iwo Jima
Best Director: Clint Eastwood
Best Actor: Ken Takakura – Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
Best Actress: Helen Mirren – The Queen
Best Supporting Actor: Ray Winstone – The Proposition
Best Supporting Actress: Lili Taylor – Factotum
Best Ensemble Performance: Babel
Best Original Screenplay: Karen Moncrieff – The Dead Girl

Best Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman Thank You for Smoking
Best Non-Fiction Film: Shut Up & Sing
Best Animated Film: Cars
Best Cinematography: Dick Pope The Illusionist

Best Editing: Christopher Rouse, Richard Pearson, and Clare Douglas – United 93
Best Score: Gustavo Santaolalla – Babel
Best Production Design: Owen Paterson – V for Vendetta
Body of Work Award: Edward Norton for his performances in The Illusionist, Down in the Valley, and The Painted Veil

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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