Critic Wesley Morris on His Pulitzer Win

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April 19, 2012

BOSTON — This week, Boston Globe film critic Wesley Morris, 36, won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for criticism for his reviews of gems, garbage and everything in between. The Pulitzer panel said Morris' work was “smart, inventive and distinguished." 

Two days after the official announcement, he was still happily stunned.
 
"It feels amazing but it hasn't quite sunken in — whatever it means, whatever it's supposed to mean, hasn't quite sunken in yet," he said.
 
That's even though he had an extra weekend to process: Globe editor Marty Baron called with the news on Friday, April 13. "[I] had to sit on it all weekend. I called my mother."
 
After a weekend of silence, Morris entered the newsroom Monday to acclaim. "Our copy desk, they knew and they applauded." He was determined to stay composed. But when the copy desk, the world's harshest critics, are happy for you … well. "Those are my favorite guys, they're the best, they have saved my life a number of times," Morris said, "— and I just started to cry."
 
Also proud: Morris' middle school social studies teacher, who emailed with congratulations. He assigned the tween his first movie review: "April Morning," a made-for-TV historical drama starring Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn, Chad Lowe and Meredith Salenger.
 
Young Morris came to a verdict, and argued his point in print: "It was really boring." The teacher liked the review and encouraged him to continue.
 
"I'm going to write him back and tell him he's responsible for this," Morris said.  

> > READ: Morris' review of "The Help" (pdf)


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