Boston Society of Film Critics

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The Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) is an organization of film reviewers from Boston, Massachusetts.


The BSFC was formed in 1981 as a society of film critics in the New England area.[1] It was founded to make “Boston’s unique critical perspective heard on a national and international level by awarding commendations to the best of the year’s films and filmmakers and local film theaters and film societies that offer outstanding film programming.”

Every year for the past three decades, the Boston Society of Film Critics give their Boston Society of Film Critics Awards. The 2009 award for best picture and best director went to The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow and also won three other awards (best actor, best cinematography and best film editing). It was the first time in the organization's thirty-year history that one film took home five awards.[2]

The New Filmmaker award is named for David Brudnoy, Boston-area radio talk show host and film critic, who was a founding member of the BSFC; he died in 2004. Winners include Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice),[3] Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson)[4] and Florian Zeller (The Father).[5]



^A : The Society does not distinguish between original screenplays and adaptation for their Best Screenplay award.[7]


  1. ^ Burr, Ty (December 16, 2018). "Boston Society of Film Critics announces winners". Retrieved 2023-04-14.
  2. ^ Variety "'Hurt Locker' tops with Boston critics Pic takes four other kudos as journos hand out honors" By DANIEL KIMMEL, Dec. 13, 2009
  3. ^ Boston crix hail 'Brokeback,' 'Capote' - Variety
  4. ^ Selected critics' winners and nominees - Variety
  5. ^ The Boston Society of Film Critics names its winners for 2020 - The Boston Globe
  6. ^ "Current Winners – 2023 Awards". 27 July 2018. Archived from the original on 2023-06-14.
  7. ^ Morris, Wesley (December 11, 2006). "'The Departed' tops Boston film critics' awards". The Boston Globe. Retrieved November 10, 2009.

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