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17th Annual Critics Choice Winners

January 12, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ll be posting the awards as they’re announced live. The technical awards and, you know, others that don’t include stars, will be announced prior to the show starting, so they will be showing up first.

Here are the winners:

BEST PICTURE
“The Artist”

BEST DIRECTOR
Michael Hazanavicius – “The Artist”

BEST ACTOR
George Clooney – “The Descendants”

BEST ACTRESS
Viola Davis – “The Help”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christopher Plummer – “The Beginners”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer – “The Help”

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
“The Help”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Thomas Horn – “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“MONEYBALL”!!!!!!!!!!

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Midnight in Paris”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
(TIE) “War Horse” – Janusz Kaminski and “The Tree of Life” – Emmanuel Lubezki

BEST EDITING
“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

BEST ART DIRECTION
“Hugo”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“The Artist”

BEST SOUND
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part II”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

BEST MAKEUP
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part II”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
“The Artist”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Life is a Happy Song” – “The Muppets”

BEST DOCUMENTARY
“George Harrison: Living in a Material World”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“A Separation”

BEST ANIMATED FILM
“Rango”

BEST COMEDY
“Bridesmaids”

BEST ACTION MOVIE
“Drive”

My BFCA Critics Choice Awards Predictions

January 12, 2012 2 comments

 I’m not going to spend any time discussing these but just let my predictions speak for themselves. But, if I could make one wish to the Awards Gods, please let “Moneyball” win for Best Adapted Screenplay. We all know it deserves it.

For the record, as much as I’d like to, I’m really not trying very hard on these. Feel free to use these as a useful guide, but honestly, who the hell knows what these crazy-ass critics are going to do here? Are they going to follow their hearts? Are they going to vote for what people want them to vote for? Or are they going to do what they love most: predict the Oscars?

Who cares? Don’t put any money on these.

Moving on:

BEST PICTURE
“The Artist”
r/u: “Hugo”

BEST ACTOR
George Clooney – “The Descendants”
r/u: Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”

BEST ACTRESS
Meryl Streep – “The Iron Lady”
r/u: Michelle Williams – “My Week With Marilyn”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Albert Brooks – “Drive”
r/u: Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Octavia Spencer – “The Help”
r/u: Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”
r/u: Asa Butterfield – “Hugo”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
“The Help”
r/u: “The Artist”

BEST DIRECTOR
Martin Scorsese – “Hugo”
r/u: Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius
r/u: “Midnight in Paris” – Woody Allen

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“The Descendants” – Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
r/u: “Moneyball” – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“The Tree of Life” – Emmanuel Lubezki
r/u: “Hugo” – Robert Richardson

BEST ART DIRECTION
“Hugo” – Production Designer: Dante Ferretti, Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo
r/u: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” – Production Designer: Stuart Craig, Set Decorator: Stephenie McMillan

BEST EDITING
“Hugo” – Thelma Schoonmaker
r/u: “The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius and Anne-Sophie Bion

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“The Artist” – Mark Bridges
r/u: “Hugo” – Sandy Powell

BEST MAKEUP
“The Iron Lady”
r/u: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
r/u: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part II”

BEST SOUND
“Hugo”
r/u: “War Horse”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“A Separation”
r/u: “The Skin I Live In”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Project Nim”
r/u: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”

BEST SONG
“Pictures in My Head” – performed by Kermit and the Muppets/written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman – “The Muppets”
r/u: “The Living Proof” – performed by Mary J. Blige/written by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman and Harvey Mason, Jr. – “The Help”

BEST SCORE
“War Horse” – John Williams
r/u: “The Artist”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Rango”
r/u: “The Adventures of Tintin”

BEST ACTION MOVIE
“Drive”
r/u: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

BEST COMEDY
“Bridesmaids”
r/u: “Midnight in Paris”

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Nominations

December 15, 2011 3 comments

Once again, I’ll have a full opinion piece out in a few hours. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with the nominees (including a tally of how many I correctly predicted). Also, there’s one jarring thought that’s kind of occupying my mind right now?

WHERE THE HELL IS MELISSA McCARTHY!?!?!?!?!?! HFPA, just what were you thinking?

…and the nominees are…

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA  (4/5 + 1 alternate)
“The Descendants”
“The Help”
“Hugo”
“The Ides of March”
“Moneyball”
“War Horse”

BEST PICTURE: MUSICAL/COMEDY (5/5!!!)
“The Artist”
“Bridesmaids”
“50/50”
“Midnight in Paris”
“My Week With Marilyn”

BEST DIRECTOR (4/5 + 1 alternate)
Woody Allen – “Midnight in Paris”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”
George Clooney, “The Ides of March”

BEST ACTOR: DRAMA (4/5 +1 alternate)
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar”
Michael Fassbender, “Shame”
Ryan Gosling, “The Ides of March”
Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

BEST ACTOR: MUSICAL/COMEDY (3/5)
Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”
Brendan Gleeson, “The Guard”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “50/50”
Ryan Gosling, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”
Owen Wilson, “Midnight in Paris”

BEST ACTRESS: DRAMA (4/5)
Glenn Close, “Albert Nobbs”
Viola Davis, “The Help”
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Meryl Streep, “The Iron Lady”
Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

BEST ACTRESS: MUSICAL/COMEDY (4/5 + 1 alternate)
Jodie Foster, “Carnage”
Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids”
Charlize Theron, “Young Adult”
Michelle Williams, “My Week With Marilyn”
Kate Winslet, “Carnage”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (3/5 + 1 alternate)
Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”
Albert Brooks, “Drive”
Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”
Viggo Mortensen, “A Dangerous Method”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (3/5 + 1 alternate)
Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”
Shailene Woodley, “The Descendants”

BEST SCREENPLAY (4/5)
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, “The Ides of March”
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, “Moneyball”

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM (N/A)
“The Flowers of War”
“In the Land of Blood and Honey”
“The Kid With a Bike”
“A Separation”
“The Skin I Live In”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE (5/5!!!)
“The Adventures of Tintin”
“Arthur Christmas”
“Cars 2”
“Puss in Boots”
“Rango”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE (3/5)
Ludovic Bource, “The Artist”
Trent Reznor and Attivus Ross, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
Howard Shore, “Hugo”
John Williams, “War Horse”
Abel Korzeniowski, “W.E.”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG (N/A)
“Lay Your Head Down,” “Albert Nobbs”
“Hello Hello,” “Gnomeo and Juliet”
“The Living Proof,” “The Help”
“The Keeper,” “Machine Gun Preacher”
“Masterpiece,” “W.E.”

My Golden Globe Predictions

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m not going to spend a lot of time justifying these. With the Golden Globes, you just never know what is going to happen, to be quite honest. One easy way to make predictions would be to track which studios sent the HFPA members the most gift baskets and free trips to Vegas, but I guess that’s out of the question.

For the record, I am going against my hopes and dreams by betting against “Moneyball” in most categories. I may regret it, but I just don’t see the Globes going hardcore for a baseball movie, no matter how incredible it is. I can only hope that I’ll be proven wrong.

Here’s my predictions:

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA

1. “The Descendants”
2. “Hugo”
3. “War Horse”
4. “The Help”
5. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

Alt 1: “Moneyball”
Alt 2: “Drive”

BEST PICTURE: MUSICAL/COMEDY
1. “The Artist”
2. “Midnight in Paris”
3. “Bridesmaids”
4. “50/50”
5. “My Week with Marilyn”

Alt 1: “Crazy Stupid Love”
Alt 2: “Carnage”

BEST ACTOR: DRAMA
1. George Clooney – “The Descendants”
2. Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”
3. Leonardo DiCaprio – “J. Edgar”
4. Michael Fassbender – “Shame”
5. Gary Oldman – “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

Alt 1: Ryan Gosling – “Drive”
Alt 2: Woody Harrelson – “Rampart”

BEST ACTOR: MUSICAL/COMEDY
1. Jean Dujardin – “The Artist”
2. Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “50/50”
3. Paul Giamatti – “Win Win”
4. Johnny Depp – “The Rum Diary”
5. Owen Wilson – “Midnight in Paris”

Alt 1: Steve Carell – “Crazy Stupid Love”
Alt 2: Matt Damon – “We Bought a Zoo”

BEST ACTRESS: DRAMA
1. Meryl Streep – “The Iron Lady”
2. Viola Davis – “The Help”
3. Glenn Close – “Albert Nobbs”
4. Tilda Swinton – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
5. Kirsten Dunst – “Melancholia”

Alt 1: Olivia Colman – “Tyrannosaur”
Alt 2: Elizabeth Olsen – “Martha Marcy May Marlene”

BEST ACTRESS: MUSICAL/COMEDY
1. Michelle Williams – “My Week with Marilyn”
2. Charlize Theron – “Young Adult”
3. Kristen Wiig – “Bridesmaids”
4. Emma Stone – “Crazy Stupid Love”
5. Jodie Foster – “Carnage”

Alt 1: Kate Winslet – “Carnage”
Alt 2: Cameron Diaz – “Bad Teacher”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
1. Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”
2. Kenneth Branagh – “My Week with Marilyn”
3. Albert Brooks – “Drive”
4. Nick Nolte – “Warrior”
5. Armie Hammer – “J. Edgar”

Alt 1: Max von Sydow – “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
Alt 2: Viggo Mortensen – “A Dangerous Method”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
1. Octavia Spencer – “The Help”
2. Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids”
3. Berenice Bejo – “The Artist”
4. Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”
5. Vanessa Redgrave – “Coriolanus”

Alt 1: Jessica Chastain – “The Help”
Alt 2: Carey Mulligan – “Shame”

BEST DIRECTOR
1. Michael Hazavanicius – “The Artist”
2. Steven Spielberg – “War Horse”
3. Martin Scorsese – “Hugo”
4. Woody Allen – “Midnight in Paris”
5. Stephen Daldry – “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

Alt 1: Alexander Payne – “The Descendants”
Alt 2: Nicholas Wending Refn – “Drive”

BEST SCREENPLAY
1. “Midnight in Paris”
2. “The Descendants”
3. “The Artist”
4. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
5. “Moneyball”

Alt 1: “War Horse”
Alt 2: “The Help”

BEST ANIMATED FILM
1. “Rango”
2. “The Adventures of Tintin”
3. “Puss in Boots”
4. “Arthur Christmas”
5. “Cars 2”

Alt 1: “Kung Fu Panda”
Alt 2: “Rio”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
1. “The Artist”
2. “War Horse”
3. “Hugo”
4. “The Adventures of Tintin”
5. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

Alt 1: “Drive”
Alt 2: “Rango”

I’m not even going to attempt to do Foreign Language Film or Original Song since its late and I will most certainly do pretty poorly on them. We’ll see what happens in a few hours and I’ll be sure to report whatever turns up.

Broadcast Film Critics Choice Awards Nominees

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Jeez. I’m not sure at what point and time I am going to have a chance to process everything that has happened as of late. In fact, with the Screen Actors Guild nominations coming tomorrow and the Golden Globe nods coming the day after that, I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to that point. Therefore, we’ll just continue to take this thing one step at a time. And this particular step may be the most defining moment in shaping the Oscar race (at least as far as critics are concerned).

For the past decade the BFCA has made itself into less of prestigious critics group that makes insightful choices concerning the best films of the year and more into the most highly televised group of Oscar prognosticators on the planet. Sure, they picked “The Social Network” over “The King’s Speech” and yes, they went with “Brokeback Mountain” over “Crash” so one could make the argument that they have some integrity. Or you could just look back and realize that at those points in time, those films were the absolute frontrunners to win the Oscar. And when you take a look at this list of nominees, there’s really nothing to hide. These are Oscar predictions to the core.

One thing that these nominations have certainly proven is what we’ve already known all along: “The Artist” is the frontrunner for Best Picture. Even though it shares the title of nomination-leader (11) with “Hugo,” with all of its accolades, it’s hard not to put Hazavanicius’ film in the lead. Coming in second with a surprising 8 nominations is “Drive,” followed by “The Help,” “The Descendants” and “War Horse” each garnering 7. “The Tree of Life” came out with five nominations, including a Best Picture nod and yet, strangely, no love for Terrence Malick, himself. “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” scored four nominations, including Picture and Director, while “Midnight in Paris” and “Moneyball” rounded it out with 3 apiece.

I simply don’t have the strength to go into a full analysis of all this right now. Plus, it all seems a bit of a mute point when everything will just get turned on its head tomorrow and then again on Thursday. Therefore, we’ll just let these stew for a while and I’ll get back to milling over “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” which I got a chance to screen last night.

Here’s the full list of nominations:

BEST PICTURE
The Artist
The Descendants
Drive
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

BEST ACTOR
George Clooney – “The Descendants”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “J. Edgar”
Jean Dujardin – “The Artist”
Michael Fassbender – “Shame”
Ryan Gosling – “Drive”
Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”

BEST ACTRESS
Viola Davis – “The Help”
Elizabeth Olsen – “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Meryl Streep – “The Iron Lady”
Tilda Swinton – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Charlize Theron – “Young Adult”
Michelle Williams – “My Week With Marilyn”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh – “My Week With Marilyn”
Albert Brooks – “Drive”
Nick Nolte – “Warrior”
Patton Oswalt – “Young Adult”
Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”
Andrew Serkis – “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo – “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain – “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids”
Carey Mulligan – “Shame”
Octavia Spencer – “The Help”
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Asa Butterfield – “Hugo”
Elle Fanning – “Super 8”
Thomas Horn – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Ezra Miller – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Saoirse Ronan – “Hanna”
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March

BEST DIRECTOR
Stephen Daldry – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
Alexander Payne – “The Descendants”
Nicolas Winding Refn – “Drive”
Martin Scorsese – “Hugo”
Steven Spielberg – “War Horse”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius
“50/50” – Will Reiser
“Midnight in Paris” – Woody Allen
“Win Win” – Screenplay by Tom McCarthy, Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni
“Young Adult” – Diablo Cody

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“The Descendants” – Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” – Eric Roth
“The Help” – Tate Taylor
“Hugo” – John Logan
“Moneyball” – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“The Artist” – Guillaume Schiffman
“Drive” – Newton Thomas Sigel
“Hugo” – Robert Richardson
“The Tree of Life” – Emmanuel Lubezki
“War Horse” – Janusz Kaminski

BEST ART DIRECTION
“The Artist” – Production Designer: Laurence Bennett, Art Director: Gregory S. Hooper
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” – Production Designer: Stuart Craig, Set Decorator: Stephenie McMillan
“Hugo” – Production Designer: Dante Ferretti, Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo
“The Tree of Life” – Production Designer: Jack Fisk, Art Director: David Crank
“War Horse” – Production Designer: Rick Carter, Set Decorator: Lee Sandales

BEST EDITING
“The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius and Anne-Sophie Bion
“Drive” – Matthew Newman
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
“Hugo” – Thelma Schoonmaker
“War Horse” – Michael Kahn

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“The Artist” – Mark Bridges
“The Help” – Sharen Davis
“Hugo” – Sandy Powell
“Jane Eyre” – Michael O’Connor
“My Week With Marilyn” – Jill Taylor

BEST MAKEUP
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Iron Lady
J. Edgar
My Week With Marilyn

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
The Tree of Life

BEST SOUND
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Super 8
The Tree of Life
War Horse

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Drive
Fast Five
Hanna
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8

BEST COMEDY
Bridesmaids
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Horrible Bosses
Midnight in Paris
The Muppets

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
In Darkness
Le Havre
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
Where Do We Go Now

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Buck
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Page One: Inside the New York Times
Project Nim
Undefeated

BEST SONG
“Hello Hello” – performed by Elton John and Lady Gaga/written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin – Gnomeo & Juliet
“Life’s a Happy Song” – performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – The Muppets
“The Living Proof” – performed by Mary J. Blige/written by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman and Harvey Mason, Jr. – The Help
“Man or Muppet” – performed by Jason Segel and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – The Muppets
“Pictures in My Head” – performed by Kermit and the Muppets/written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman – The Muppets

BEST SCORE
“The Artist” – Ludovic Bource
“Drive” – Cliff Martinez
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
“Hugo” – Howard Shore
“War Horse” – John Williams

African-American Film Critics Winners

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Yes, it’s true that even more critics groups have laid out their winners today. Not a lot of patience in among my peers, as of late. Once again, the St. Louis and San Diego Film Critics groups have decided to first issue lists of nominations prior to their OFFICIAL announcements. Therefore, I will not be posting their decisions  yet. Their nominees will be posted here along with the winners, but I’m not dedicating two posts for each of their deliberations.

This is getting kind of ridiculous. As much as film critics like myself would love to vote in the Oscars, we don’t get that chance. Some critics groups don’t seem to understand that and so they try to make their own little Oscar ceremony. There is no need for the St. Louis Film Critics (to name one of many) to have nominees, followed by a special announcement of their winners. Forgive me, and I don’t mean to burn bridges here, but you’re really not that special. Groups like LA and NY have it correct. A simple winner and runner-up is fine. It’s classy, it’s efficient and it’s professional; the way it should be.

Anyway, here are the winners of the African American Film Critics Association. Some real originality here, if I do say so. Woody Harrelson for Best Actor is a truly inspired choice. I can’t wait to get a glimpse of his performance, myself.

Official winners:

BEST PICTURE: “The Tree of Life”

TOP TEN:
1. “The Tree of Life”
2. “Drive”
3. “Pariah”
4. “Rampart”
5. “Shame”
6. “Moneyball”
7. “The Descendants”
8. “A Better Life”
9. “My Week With Marilyn”
10. “The Help”

BEST DIRECTOR: Steve McQueen – “Shame”

BEST ACTOR: Woody Harrelson – “Rampart”

BEST ACTRESS: Viola Davis – “The Help”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Octavia Spencer – “The Help”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks – “Drive”

BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE: Adepero Oduye – “Pariah”

BEST DOCUMENTARY: “The Black Power Mixtape”

BEST SCREENPLAY: “I Will Follow”

BEST FOREIGN FILM: “Kinyarwanda”

BEST SONG: “The Show” from “Moneyball.”

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM: “Pariah”

LEGACY AWARD: Richard Roundtree

HORIZON AWARD: Hattie Winston

CINEMA VANGUARD AWARD: George Lucas

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Sony Pictures Entertainment

And You Thought We Were Done: San Francisco and Indiana

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

As if yesterday wasn’t quite ridiculously chaotic enough, a handful of cities decided to pile on. Along with these choices, Detroit and Houston also decided to issue their lists of nominees. At this point in time, one has to ask if it’s really necessary for cities such as Detroit or Houston to actually issue nominees. Therefore, I will postpone posting about their decisions until they actually make them.

In the meantime, here are the winners of the always interesting San Francisco Film Critics Circle and the particularly unusual and surprisingly unique decisions of the Indiana Film Critics Association. “Win Win” was certainly the unsung favorite of the hoosier state (despite “The Artist” taking the top prizes). Meanwhile, San Francisco chose to honor “The Tree of Life,” while also being the first critics group to finally bestow some love on “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”

Here’s the winners:

 

SAN FRANCISCO FILM CRITICS CIRCLE:

 

BEST PICTURE: “The Tree of Life”

BEST DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life”

BEST ACTOR: Gary Oldman – “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

BEST ACTRESS: Tilda Swinton – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks – “Drive”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Vanessa Redgrave – “Coriolanus”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “Margin Call”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: “The Tree of Life”

BEST ANIMATED FILM: “Rango”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “Certified Copy”

BEST DOCUMENTARY: “Tabloid”

SPECIAL CITATION: “The Mill and the Cross”

 

INDIANA  FILM JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION:

 

BEST FILM: “The Artist”

runner-up: “The Descendants”

BEST DIRECTOR: Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
runner-up: “Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life”

BEST ACTOR: Paul Giamatti – “Win Win”
runner-up: Ralph Fiennes – “Coriolanus”

BEST ACTRESS: Elizabeth Olsen – “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
runner-up: Tilda Swinton – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”
runner-up: Albert Brooks – “Drive”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Viola Davis – “The Help”
runner-up: Amy Ryan – “Win Win”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: “The Descendants”
runner-up: “Moneyball”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: “Win Win”
runner-up: “Margin Call”

BEST MUSICAL SCORE: “The Artist”
runner-up: “Hugo”

BEST ANIMATED FILM: “Rango”
runner-up: “Winnie the Pooh”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “The Skin I Live In”
runner-up: “13 Assassins”

BEST DOCUMENTARY: “Project Nim”
runner-up: “Into the Abyss”

ORIGINAL VISION AWARD: “The Tree of Life”
runner-up: “The Artist”

HOOSIER AWARD: Lindsay Goffman, producer – “Dumbstruck”

New York Film Critics Online Announce Winners – LIVE

December 11, 2011 1 comment

Might as well make it a trifecta. The New York Film Critics Online are also announcing their winners. Follow along, here.

Winners, thus far:

BEST PICTURE: “The Artist”

BEST DIRECTOR: Michael Hazavanicius – “The Artist”

BEST ACTOR: Michael Shannon – “Take Shelter”

BEST ACTRESS: Meryl Streep – “The Iron Lady”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks – “Drive”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids”

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: “Bridesmaids”

BEST SCREENPLAY: Alexander Payne, Jim Rash and Nat Faxon – “The Descendants.”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki – “The Tree of Life”

BEST USE OF MUSIC: Ludovic Bource – “The Artist”

BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR Joe Cornish – “Attack the Block”

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER: Jessica Chastain – “The Tree of Life,” “The Help,” “The Debt,” “Take Shelter,” “Texas Killing Fields,” “Coriolanus”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: “A Separation”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: “The Adventures of Tintin”

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Announces Winners LIVE

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment


It’s basically the Awards Season’s equivalent of Super Tuesday, except it’s super sunday. Going to be busy all day. Keep checking back as more winners are announced!

I’ll have a full recap, later, but I must say that the Chemical Brothers win has got to be the smartest and most creative award any critics body has made yet.

BEST PICTURE: “The Descendants”
runner-up: “The Tree of Life”

BEST DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick – “The Tree of Life”
runner-up: Martin Scorsese – “Hugo”

BEST ACTOR: Michael Fassbender – “Shame,” “Jane Eyre,” “A Dangerous Method,” and “X-Men: First Class”
runner-up: Michael Shannon – “Take Shelter”

BEST ACTRESS: Yun Jung-Hee – “Poetry”
runner-up: Kirsten Dunst – “Melancholia”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”
runner-up: Patton Oswalt – “Young Adult”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jessica Chastain – “The Tree of Life,” “Coriolanus,” “The Help,” “The Debt,” and “Take Shelter,”
runner-up: Janet McTeer – “Albert Nobbs”

BEST SCREENPLAY: “A Separation” by Asghar Farhadi
runner-up: “The Descendants” by Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: “The Tree of Life”
runner-up: ?

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: “Hugo”
runner-up: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: “Hanna” by The Chemical Brothers
runner-up: “Drive” by Cliff Martinez

BEST ANIMATED FILM: “Rango”
runner-up: “The Adventures of Tintin”

BEST DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION: “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”
runner-up: “The Arbor”

BEST INDEPENDENT/EXPERIMENTAL FILM: “Spark of Being”

Boston Society of Film Critics Announces Winners – LIVE

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Well I’m stuck at AMC River East waiting for TGWTDT passes to be issued so I’m gonna be doing some mobile blogging. This should be interesting.

The BSFC winners are as follows:

BEST PICTURE: “The Artist”
runner-up: “Hugo” and “Margaret”

BEST DIRECTOR: Martin Scorsese – “Hugo”
runner-up: Michael Hazavanicius – “The Artist”

BEST ACTOR: Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”
runner-up: George Clooney – “The Descendants” AND Michael Fassbender – “Shame”

BEST ACTRESS: Michelle Williams – “My Week with Marilyn”
runner-up: ?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Albert Brooks – “Drive”
runner-up: ?

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids”
runner-up: Jeannie Berlin – “Margaret”

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: “Carnage”
runner-up: “Margaret”

BEST SCREENPLAY: “Moneyball” by Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zallian
runner-up: “Margaret” by Kenneth Lonergan

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: “The Tree of Life”
runner-up: “Hugo”

BEST EDITING: “The Clock” wtf??
runner-up: “Hugo”

BEST USE OF MUSIC: TIE: “The Artist” and “Drive”
Runner-Up: “The Descendants”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: “Project Nim”
runner-up: “Bill Cunningham: New York”

BEST NEW FILMMAKER Sean Durkin for “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
runner up: JC Chandor for “Margin Call”