Last night the Boston Society of Film Critics gave their annual awards at the Brattle, handing out commendations to local heroes like Stefanie Lubkowski and Kelley Teer, both recently departed from the Museum of Fine Art's film program; Paul Sherman, film critic and author of the essential reference work "Big Screen Boston"; longtime Harvard Film Archive projectionist, old school cineaste, and all-around class act Steve Livernash.
Then we gave awards for films, including best documentary, which went to the evening's feature film, "Man on Wire." Producer Maureen A. Ryan was present to introduce the film and spoke movingly of learning to love movies during her own Boston days, when she was a student at BC and came every weekend to the Brattle -- second row balcony center -- to absorb the greats on a big screen.
Oh, and Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke showed up, sort of. The two tied for best actor in the BSFC voting in December, and apparently they thought that was pretty cool and wanted to let us know. Up top is the video they sent us; it was shown last night to the Brattle audience. What I want to know is, if Rourke wins the Oscar, does the dog get an itty-bitty statue of its own?