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Pride Of Manchester Awards 2008-09

The results of the Pride Of Manchester Awards 2008-09 has now been decided with over 2,600 of our 20,000 members casting their votes for the best Manchester had to offer during 2008.
On these pages, you'll find the final winners for each award, including the name of the lucky voter who won a trip to Montreux, Switzerland.
Whilst most Pride Of Manchester Awards were decided by members' votes, the awards for Best Restaurant and Best Hotel were decided upon from the reviews submited by our customers during 2008.

Pride Of Manchester Award for Best Album from a Manchester Band

2008 was another amazing year for bands from Manchester with the likes of Take That, Oasis, The Ting Tings, The Verve, The Courteeners, Elbow, Primal Scream, James and Russell Watson all enjoying Top 10 chart success. The most critical acclaim went to Elbow for their Mercury & Brit Award winning album 'Seldom Seen Kid', whilst Randy Crawford described Mick Hucknall's solo tribute to Bobby Bland as 'the finest record' she'd heard 'for a long time' when we bumped into her at his Montreux concert.
1824 members voted for 16 different albums with the 2008-09 winner being....
Last Year's Winner
"Don't Forget To Remember"


Elbow - Seldom Seen Kid
Bury band Elbow won both the Mercury Music Prize & The Brit Award for their brilliant fourth studio album, ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’, which was driven by thunderous riffs that remind listeners of the band’s love of the heavy as well as the delicate. Written largely about the hugely influential Bury singer/songwriter Bryan Glancy, who died in 1996, it reached no.5 in the UK charts and included the hits 'One Day Like This' and 'Grounds For Divorce', which references Temple Bar on Oxford Road.
3rd ~ The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
Also shortlisted ~ James - Hey Ma & Hucknall - Tribute To Bobby

Pride Of Manchester Award for Best Movie with a Manchester Connection

Whilst 2007 saw Manchester-located movies winning awards around the globe and 2009 is set to see the release of some blockbusters filmed in the city, 2008 was a relatively quiet year. The biggest releases starring Mancunian actors included Steve Coogan in the smash comedy Tropic Thunder, Ian McShane in Death Race, Albert Finney in Before The Devil Knows You're Dead and Sir Ben Kingsley in The Love Guru, Elergy, Transsiberian and the brilliant The Wackness amongst others. Ian McShane also provided the voice of Tai Lung in Kung-Fu Panda with Jane Horrocks voicing Fairy Mary in Tinker Bell. Mike Leigh's multi-award winning Happy-Go-Lucky had the critics purring. Grant Gee's cinema documentary of Joy Division received 5 star reviews across the board as did Oldham comic legend Eric Sykes in Son Of Rambow. Interestingly Ridley Scott's Body of Lies starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Russell Crowe was set in Manchester but actually filmed in Baltimore.
1708 members voted for 24 different films with the 2008-09 winner being...
Last Year's Winner
Anton Corbijn's Cannes Film Festival winning cinema biopic of Manchester music legend Ian Curtis

Joy Division

Grant Gee's cinema documentary of Manchester band Joy Division received 5 star reviews from the likes of Time Out and The Guardian, with Empire and Total Cinema also waxing lyrical of the rockumentary. The film follows the unlikely rise of these working class Manchester lads up to Ian Curtis's suicide, which tore the band apart until it was reborn as New Order. Unlike the Pride Of Manchester Award winning Control, a drama which told the story of Ian Curtis, Joy Division is a documentary about the whole band which boasts rare footage as well as their beautifully moody videos and one of Tony Wilson's last ever interviews, capturing the essence of what made Joy Division so special yet so tragic.
3rd ~ Body Of Lies (set in Manchester, athough actually filmed in America)
Also shortlisted ~ Son Of Rambow (Eric Sykes) & Tropic Thunder (Steve Coogan)
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