THR.COM: Israeli Animated Film 'Waltz With Bashir' About Lebanon War Wins 2008 Best Picture Award

Indeed a surprise...
'Waltz With Bashir' draws critics' praise
By Gregg Kilday

The National Society of Film Critics hailed the animated documentary "Waltz With Bashir" as the best picture of 2008 on Saturday.

The last of the major critics groups to weigh in with a selection of the year's best, the National Society's choice confirmed the rising status of animated films. Last month, the Los Angeles Film Critics' Assn. singled out "WALL-E" as its best picture of the year. And "WALL-E" also tied with the British comedy "Happy-Go-Lucky" for runner-up status in the National Society's best picture voting.

Directed by Ari Forman and released by Sony Pictures Classics, "Bashir" centers on the Israeli war with Lebanon in 1982....

The National Society, made up of 63 critics from across the country, held its annual awards meeting at Sardi's Restaurant in New York, with 49 members voting, using a weighted ballot system. Scrolls will be sent to the winners.

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