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Guardian's First Film Award Goes to Ireland's 'The Guard'; Director McDonagh 'Pretty Surprised and Very Pleased'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 10, 2012 at 8:57AM

John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard," starring Brendan Gleeson, has won the Guardian's First Film Award (in its fourth year). Guardian awards judge and film critic Peter Bradshaw says, "This was an exceptionally good year for debut work and our shortlist was packed with excellent work...
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The Guard

John Michael McDonagh's "The Guard," starring Brendan Gleeson, has won the Guardian's First Film Award (in its fourth year). Guardian awards judge and film critic Peter Bradshaw says, "This was an exceptionally good year for debut work and our shortlist was packed with excellent work. It was a supremely difficult choice, but 'The Guard' won our hearts because of its fizzing originality and wit. It's great to see a comedy win this kind of prize." McDonagh (whose brother is playwright/screenwriter/director Martin McDonagh) says, “I’m really chuffed about it, to be honest." He mentions his competition, including "Snowtown" (one of his favorites of the year) and "Attack the Block ("probably the best British film of the year"), and says, "to come out on top, I’m pretty surprised and very pleased.”

Check out The Playlist and Indiewire's reviews of "The Guard."

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Directors, Foreign, Genres, Brendan Gleeson


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.