In a nice change of pace from the predictable rotation of best picture winners happening around the United States, the Toronto Film Critics' Association named Kelly Reichardt's "Wendy and Lucy" best picture of the year, in addition to honoring its star, Michelle Williams, as best actress. "Rachel Getting Married" was another big winner, taking best director (Jonathan Demme), best screenplay (Jenny Lumet) and best supporting actress (Rosemarie DeWitt). "Rachel" was also the runner-up for best picture, while Anne Hathaway was the runner-up for best actress. Both films screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, as did best actor winner Mickey Rourke's "The Wrestler" (and actor second-runner up Jean-Claude Van Damme, for "JCVD"). Other winners included Heath Ledger for best supporting actor, "Ballast" for best first feature, and a common trio: "Let The Right One In" for best foreign-language film, "Man on Wire" for best documentary, and "WALL-E" for best animated film. The group's as-yet-unnamed winner for Best Canadian Film will be presented by Sarah Polley at a Gala Dinner on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 in Toronto.
By Peter Knegt | Indiewire December 17, 2008 at 9:08AM