January 4, 2009

Movie critics tab ‘Bashir’ as best picture

U.S. movie critics say the animated documentary Waltz with Bashir was the best film of 2008, giving it a National Society of Film Critics award.

The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday the movie from Ari Folman details the Israeli director's struggles with repressed memories that date back to his experience in the 1982 Lebanon War.

Folman's documentary has already received kudos from both the Israeli Film Academy and the Los Angeles Critics Association, along with a Golden Globe nomination for best foreign film.

Meanwhile, the critics group tabbed Mike Leigh as best director for his movie Happy-Go-Lucky, which also earned Leigh a best screenplay honor.

The comedy also helped Sally Hawkins win a 2008 best actress award and Eddie Marsan earn best supporting actor honors.

Sean Penn was given a best actor award by the critics association for his performance in the drama Milk, while German actress Hanna Schygulla took the best supporting actress award for The Edge of Heaven.

The Times said Man on Wire was named the top non-fiction movie of 2008.