Pixar continues its domination as a critical favourite at the 11th Annual Golden Tomato Awards as Up has won the Golden Tomato Award for a film in wide release. Rotten Tomatoes, the online aggregator of film reviews has more than 200 top film critics whose opinions and judgements are included in the final score that resulted in Pixar picked up its 16th Golden Tomato Award. It was critically acclaimed for making the story of far greater importance than the visuals, remarking “another masterful work of art from Pixar, Up is an exciting, hilarious, and heartfelt adventure impeccably crafted and told with wit and depth”. The Hurt Locker was the best limited release film for 2009 while Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li was considered ‘moldy’, as the worst reviewed film of 2009 with an embarrassing 4% rotten tomato rating. Winners in action/adventure, comedy, documentary, drama, sci-fi, thriller, foreign, horror, kids, romance, musical and the user-voted Golden Tomato, after the jump.
The Golden Tomato Award for action/adventure finally ended a five year winning streak for major superhero flicks (The Dark Knight, The Bourne Ultimatum, Casino Royale, Batman Begins, Spider-Man 2), with The Hurt Locker emerging victorious.
An Education has won the Golden Tomato Award for Drama, also winning as the best reviewed UK film, marking the second time in three years that a film that won the UK award has also won another category (the last to do this was 2008’s Man On Wire, winning for the best reviewed UK film and best reviewed film in limited release.) The best reviewed Australian film was the brilliantly photographed and heart wrenching Aboriginal love story (and Cannes Film Festival’s best first feature film winner), Samson and Delilah, directed by Warwick Thornton.
J.J. Abraham’s reboot of Star Trek has won the best reviewed Sci-Fi/Fantasy film of 2009 and the cheesy, corny, farcical, (“Get some! Get some!”) and at times, fucking ridiculously scary horror film Drag Me To Hell by Spider-Man’s, Sam Raimi has won the best reviewed horror film of 2009.
Critics are often (ironically) criticised for being out of touch with the general movie going audience, so Rotten Tomatoes’ best user-reviewed film may be the only important and valid category to you. The winner was Zomebieland.
Here’s a full list of the award winners:
Action / Adventure: “The Hurt Locker”
Comedy: “In the Loop”
Documentary: “Anvil! The Story of Anvil”
Drama: “An Education”
Foreign: “Afghan Star” (Afghanistan)
Horror: “Drag Me to Hell”
Kids / Family: “Where the Wild Things Are”
Musical: “Crazy Heart”
Sci-Fi / Fantasy: “Star Trek”
Thriller: “State of Play”
Best Reviewed Australian Film: “Samson and Delilah”
Best Reviewed UK Film: “An Education”
Best User Reviewed Film: “Zombieland”