“The Artist” takes Best Picture at 2012 Chlotrudis Awards

The 18th annual Chlotrudis Awards were held this evening at the Brattle Theater in Cambridge. Like many other organizations, “The Artist” held sway in more than one category, winning Best Picture among it’s several awards.

This year’s ceremony honored filmmaker Atom Egoyan as the latest inductee to the Chlotrudis Hall Of Fame. Egoyan has had several films that number among Chlotrudis members’ favorites, including his 1998 film The Sweet Hereafter and his 2002 film Ararat, which was described by Chlotrudis president Michael Colford as “epic and intimate at the same time”.

The staff of the Independent Film Festival of Boston took this year’s honors for The Cat’s Meow, an award given to members of the Boston film community for their work in same.

The Chlotrudis award for Buried Treasure, the groups’ signature award, went to the Canadian feature Trigger, and the film also won best actress for the late Tracy Wright for her performance in the film; Wright, a long time friend of  Chlotrudis, died of pancreatic cancer last year, and Trigger was her final on-screen performance.

The theme of this years awards celebrated Art House Cinema, and many presenters recalled their favorite moments at the art house of their youth. The best stories of the night, as well as the biggest laughs, came from Peter Keough, film editor of the Boston Phoenix, and Wesley Morris, critic for the Boston Globe.

As has been seen throughout the last several years, the Chlotrudis Awards, officially known as the Trudys (and affectionately known to members and friends as the Cat on a Stick), had a diverse range of nominees and winners this year, and the awards were as always a lot of fun to attend and participate in (both Kim and TC are members of the organization).

We will have full coverage of the awards ceremony, including all the winners and our take on the ceremony,  on next weekend’s edition of the Subject:CINEMA podcast on our parent site at http://popcornnroses.com. For info on joining the Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film, check out their website at http://chlotrudis.org.