Oh the Critics Choice. It’s right about this time of year when awards watchers, stars and people in general begin complaining about awards fatigue.
It isn’t really the BFCA’s fault that they’re always used as a predictor/influencer of the Oscars. Okay, it’s partly their fault; they, like the DGA and the NYFCC like to point out how many times they’ve matched with Oscar. But for the most part, I have found, that the BFCA is reflective of what the internet at large things/believes about the Oscar race. They are the only major group, as far as I can tell, that has given Drive or Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close major placement. Given how much they love Drive, it will be interesting to see if that movie will pick up any heat here – although ballots for Oscar are due to be turned in tomorrow, so it’s unlikely anything that happens here can change the ultimate outcome of the race.
Buzz can change on a dime, as you can see, and we still don’t yet know the outcome of this year’s race, whether War Horse will be an Oscar nominee or not, whether Dragon Tattoo will or won’t. We have our various ideas based on the critics and the guilds but no way of knowing for sure until the nominees are announced almost two weeks from today.
Herewith, our predictions for the Critics Choice awards.