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Best Picture – “Boyhood”
Best Actor – Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Best Actress – Julianne Moore, “Still Alice”
Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash”
Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood”
Best Young Actor/Actress – Ellar Coltrane, “Boyhood”
Best Acting Ensemble – “Birdman”
Best Director – Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”
Best Original Screenplay – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo, “Birdman”
Best Adapted Screenplay – Gillian Flynn, “Gone Girl”
Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman”
Best Art Direction – Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Anna Pinnock (Set Decorator), “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Editing – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione, “Birdman”
Best Costume Design – Milena Canonero, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Hair & Makeup – “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Best Visual Effects – “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
Best Animated Feature – “The Lego Movie”
Best Action Movie – “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Best Actor in an Action Movie – Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”
Best Actress in an Action Movie – Emily Blunt, “Edge of Tomorrow”
Best Comedy – “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Best Actor in a Comedy – Michael Keaton, “Birdman”
Best Actress in a Comedy – Jenny Slate, “Obvious Child”
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie – “Interstellar”
Best Foreign Language Film – “Force Majeure”
Best Documentary Feature – “Life Itself”
Best Song – “Glory”, Common and John Legend, “Selma”
Best Score – Antonio Sanchez, “Birdman”

Critics-Choice-Awards

There could be some strange surprises with the Critics Choice, wherein some people could win that weren’t even nominated for an Oscar.  Here are the nominees. I have bolded the likely winner in red and

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

BEST PICTURE
Birdman <–alt 1
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel <–alt 2
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
Whiplash

BEST ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler <—alt.
Michael Keaton – Birdman
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood
Ansel Elgort – The Fault in Our Stars
Mackenzie Foy – Interstellar
Jaeden Lieberher – St. Vincent
Tony Revolori – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Quvenzhane Wallis – Annie
Noah Wiseman – The Babadook

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Selma

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman <–alt
Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore <—alt
Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten
Unbroken – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson
Wild – Nick Hornby

BEST CINEMATOGRAPY
Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman <—alt.
Interstellar – Hoyte Van Hoytema
Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
Unbroken – Roger Deakins

BEST ART DIRECTION
Birdman – Kevin Thompson/Production Designer, George DeTitta Jr./Set Decorator
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
Inherent Vice – David Crank/Production Designer, Amy Wells/Set Decorator
Interstellar – Nathan Crowley/Production Designer, Gary Fettis/Set Decorator
Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
Snowpiercer – Ondrej Nekvasil/Production Designer, Beatrice Brentnerova/Set Decorator

BEST EDITING
Birdman – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
Boyhood – Sandra Adair
Gone Girl – Kirk Baxter <—alt.
Interstellar – Lee Smith
Whiplash – Tom Cross

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero <—alt.
Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard
Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
Foxcatcher <—alt.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Into the Woods
Maleficent

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy <—alt.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Big Hero 6 <–alt.
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

BEST ACTION MOVIE
American Sniper
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow
Fury
Guardians of the Galaxy –alt.

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Tom Cruise – Edge of Tomorrow <–alt.
Chris Evans – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Brad Pitt – Fury
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt – Edge of Tomorrow
Scarlett Johansson – Lucy <–alt.
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy
Shailene Woodley – Divergent

BEST COMEDY
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent
Top Five
22 Jump Street

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jon Favreau – Chef
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman <—alt.
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Chris Rock – Top Five
Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Rose Byrne – Neighbors
Rosario Dawson – Top Five
Melissa McCarthy – St. Vincent
Jenny Slate – Obvious Child 
Kristen Wiig – The Skeleton Twins <—alt.

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
The Babadook
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Interstellar
Snowpiercer
Under the Skin

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
Ida
Leviathan
Two Days, One Night
Wild Tales

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Citizenfour
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
The Overnighters

BEST SONG
Big Eyes – Lana Del Rey – Big Eyes
Everything Is Awesome – Jo Li and the Lonely Island – The Lego Movie <–alt.
Glory – Common/John Legend – Selma
Lost Stars – Keira Knightley – Begin Again
Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

BEST SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman <—alt.
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar 

What are your predictions?

Critics-Choice-Awards

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

BEST PICTURE
Birdman
Boyhood
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Unbroken
Whiplash

BEST ACTOR
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
David Oyelowo – Selma
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Marion Cotillard – Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Josh Brolin – Inherent Vice
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Tilda Swinton – Snowpiercer

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Ellar Coltrane – Boyhood
Ansel Elgort – The Fault in Our Stars
Mackenzie Foy – Interstellar
Jaeden Lieberher – St. Vincent
Tony Revolori – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Quvenzhane Wallis – Annie
Noah Wiseman – The Babadook

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Birdman
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Selma

BEST DIRECTOR
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro G. Inarritu – Birdman
Angelina Jolie – Unbroken
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten
Unbroken – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson
Wild – Nick Hornby

BEST CINEMATOGRAPY
Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Interstellar – Hoyte Van Hoytema
Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
Unbroken – Roger Deakins

BEST ART DIRECTION
Birdman – Kevin Thompson/Production Designer, George DeTitta Jr./Set Decorator
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
Inherent Vice – David Crank/Production Designer, Amy Wells/Set Decorator
Interstellar – Nathan Crowley/Production Designer, Gary Fettis/Set Decorator
Into the Woods – Dennis Gassner/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
Snowpiercer – Ondrej Nekvasil/Production Designer, Beatrice Brentnerova/Set Decorator

BEST EDITING
Birdman – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
Boyhood – Sandra Adair
Gone Girl – Kirk Baxter
Interstellar – Lee Smith
Whiplash – Tom Cross

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice – Mark Bridges
Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood
Maleficent – Anna B. Sheppard
Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
Foxcatcher
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Into the Woods
Maleficent

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

BEST ACTION MOVIE
American Sniper
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow
Fury
Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Bradley Cooper – American Sniper
Tom Cruise – Edge of Tomorrow
Chris Evans – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Brad Pitt – Fury
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt – Edge of Tomorrow
Scarlett Johansson – Lucy
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy
Shailene Woodley – Divergent

BEST COMEDY
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent
Top Five
22 Jump Street

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jon Favreau – Chef
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Chris Rock – Top Five
Channing Tatum – 22 Jump Street

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Rose Byrne – Neighbors
Rosario Dawson – Top Five
Melissa McCarthy – St. Vincent
Jenny Slate – Obvious Child
Kristen Wiig – The Skeleton Twins

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
The Babadook
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Interstellar
Snowpiercer
Under the Skin

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Force Majeure
Ida
Leviathan
Two Days, One Night
Wild Tales

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Citizenfour
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Jodorowsky’s Dune
Last Days in Vietnam
Life Itself
The Overnighters

BEST SONG
Big Eyes – Lana Del Rey – Big Eyes
Everything Is Awesome – Jo Li and the Lonely Island – The Lego Movie
Glory – Common/John Legend – Selma
Lost Stars – Keira Knightley – Begin Again
Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

BEST SCORE
Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

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KEVIN COSTNER, RON HOWARD AND JESSICA CHASTAIN
WILL EACH RECEIVE SPECIAL AWARDS DURING THE CEREMONY

SHOW WILL BROADCAST LIVE ON A&E
FROM THE ICONIC HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM
JANUARY 15TH AT 9PM ET/6PM PT

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(Press Release) The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for The 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be revealed at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which will broadcast live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on January 15th at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT, the day the Academy Award nominations are announced. This is the first year that the BFCA will partner with A&E to broadcast the show.

Legendary Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan will serve as the show’s host. Strahan is the co-host of the popular morning talk show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael,” and an Emmy-nominated “Fox NFL Sunday” analyst.  He also serves as special co-host for ABC’s top-rated morning program, “Good Morning America.”

“I am excited to host a night honoring some of the most talented people in the industry,” said Strahan. “‘The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards’ show paves the way for the upcoming awards season, and the best part is that the winners are selected by the very people who make a living watching and reviewing films. It doesn’t get much more competitive than that.”

As announced previously, Kevin Costner, Ron Howard and Jessica Chastain will each receive special honors at the ceremony. Costner, winner of two Academy Awards® and a Primetime Emmy® Award, will be honored with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ celebrating more than three decades of incredible work in film. The LOUIS XIII Critics’ Choice Genius Award, established to honor an icon who has demonstrated unprecedented excellence in the cinematic arts, will be presented to multiple award-winning director, producer and actor Ron Howard. Chastain will receive the inaugural ‘Critics’ Choice MVP Award,’ which recognizes an extraordinary actor for their work in several standout movies throughout a single year. She is being saluted for starring in the films Interstellar, Miss Julie, A Most Violent Year (which also earned her a nomination this year), and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

“Birdman” leads this year with thirteen nominations including Best Picture, Michael Keaton for Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy, Edward Norton for Best Supporting Actor, Emma Stone for Best Supporting Actress, Best Acting Ensemble, Alejandro G. Inarritu for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Comedy, and Best Score.

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” also impressed with eleven nominations, which include Best Picture, Ralph Fiennes for Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy, Tony Revolori for Best Young Actor/Actress, Best Acting Ensemble, Wes Anderson for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design and Best Comedy.

“Boyhood” was nominated for eight awards including Best Picture, Ethan Hawke for Best Supporting Actor, Patricia Arquette for Best Supporting Actress, Ellar Coltrane for Best Young Actor/Actress, Best Acting Ensemble, Richard Linklater for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, and Best Editing.

“Interstellar” earned seven nominations, followed by “Gone Girl” and “The Imitation Game” each with six. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Into The Woods,” “Selma,” and “The Theory of Everything” were each nominated for five awards, while “Edge of Tomorrow,” “Inherent Vice,” “St. Vincent,” “Unbroken” and “Whiplash” are each in the running for four.

“It’s been a great year for movies,” said BFCA President Joey Berlin.  “Filmmakers have demonstrated that riveting, magical and provocative stories can be told in an incredible range of styles and techniques.  The members of the BFCA and our new partners at A&E are proud to salute wonderful films and performances in the traditional categories and a wide variety of popular genres including Comedy, Action and Sci-Fi/Horror.  Audiences love all kinds of movies – and so do we.”

“The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” are bestowed annually by the BFCA to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 300 television, radio and online critics. BFCA members are the primary source of information for today’s film-going public. Historically, the “Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” are the most accurate predictor of the Academy Award nominations.

The “The 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards” are produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.

About BFCA
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 300 television, radio and online critics. For additional information about the BFCA and their memberships, visit www.criticschoice.com.

About A&E Network
Now reaching more than 96 million homes, A&E is the home to quality original content that inspires and challenges audiences to BE ORIGINAL. A&E offers a diverse mix of uniquely immersive entertainment ranging from the network’s original scripted series, including “Bates Motel” and “The Returned” to signature non-fiction franchises, including “Duck Dynasty,” “Wahlburgers” and “Storage Wars.” The A&E website is located at aetv.com. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/aetv and Facebook at facebook.com/AETV. For more press information and photography please visit us at press.aenetworks.com.

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NOMINEES BY PICTURE FOR THE 20th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

22 JUMP STREET (2)
1. Best Comedy
2. Best Actor in a Comedy – Channing Tatum

AMERICAN SNIPER (2)
1. Best Action Movie
2. Best Actor in an Action Movie – Bradley Cooper

ANNIE (1)
1. Best Young Actor/Actress – Quvenzhane Wallis

THE BABADOOK (2)
1. Best Young Actor/Actress – Noah Wiseman
2. Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie

BEGIN AGAIN (1)
1. Best Song – “Lost Stars” by Keira Knightley

BIG EYES (1)
1. Best Song – “Big Eyes” by Lana Del Rey

BIG HERO 6 (1)
1. Best Animated Feature

BIRDMAN (13)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – Michael Keaton
3. Best Supporting Actor – Edward Norton
4. Best Supporting Actress – Emma Stone
5. Best Acting Ensemble
6. Best Director – Alejandro G. Inarritu
7. Best Original Screenplay – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo
8. Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki
9. Best Art Direction – Kevin Thompson/Production Designer, George DeTitta Jr./Set Decorator
10. Best Editing – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
11. Best Comedy
12. Best Actor in a Comedy – Michael Keaton
13. Best Score – Antonio Sanchez

THE BOOK OF LIFE (1)
1. Best Animated Feature

THE BOXTROLLS (1)
1. Best Animated Feature

BOYHOOD (8)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Supporting Actor – Ethan Hawke
3. Best Supporting Actress – Patricia Arquette
4. Best Young Actor/Actress – Ellar Coltrane
5. Best Acting Ensemble
6. Best Director – Richard Linklater
7. Best Original Screenplay – Richard Linklater
8. Best Editing – Sandra Adair

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (2)
1. Best Action Movie
2. Best Actor in an Action Movie – Chris Evans

CAKE (1)
1. Best Actress – Jennifer Aniston

CHEF (1)
1. Best Actor in a Comedy – Jon Favreau

CITIZENFOUR (1)
1. Best Documentary Feature

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2)
1. Best Visual Effects
2. Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie

DIVERGENT (1)
1. Best Actress in an Action Movie – Shailene Woodley

EDGE OF TOMORROW (4)
1. Best Visual Effects
2. Best Action Movie
3. Best Actor in an Action Movie – Tom Cruise
4. Best Actress in an Action Movie – Emily Blunt

THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (1)
1. Best Young Actor/Actress – Ansel Elgort

FORCE MAJEURE (1)
1. Best Foreign Language Film

FOXCATCHER (2)
1. Best Supporting Actor – Mark Ruffalo
2. Best Hair & Makeup

FURY (2)
1. Best Action Movie
2. Best Actor in an Action Movie – Brad Pitt

GLEN CAMPBELL: I’LL BE ME (1)
1. Best Documentary Feature

GONE GIRL (6)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actress – Rosamund Pike
3. Best Director – David Fincher
4. Best Adapted Screenplay – Gillian Flynn
5. Best Editing – Kirk Baxter
6. Best Score – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (11)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – Ralph Fiennes
3. Best Young Actor/Actress – Tony Revolori
4. Best Acting Ensemble
5. Best Director – Wes Anderson
6. Best Original Screenplay – Wes Andreson, Hugo Guinness
7. Best Cinematography – Robert Yeoman
8. Best Art Direction – Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
9. Best Costume Design – Milena Canonero
10. Best Comedy
11. Best Actor in a Comedy – Ralph Fiennes

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (5)
1. Best Hair & Makeup
2. Best Visual Effects
3. Best Action Movie
4. Best Actor in an Action Movie – Chris Pratt
5. Best Actress in an Action Movie – Zoe Saldana

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (2)
1. Best Hair & Makeup
2. Best Visual Effects

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 (1)
1. Best Animated Feature

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 (2)
1. Best Actress in an Action Movie – Jennifer Lawrence
2. Best Song – “Yellow Flicker Beat” by Lorde

IDA (1)
1. Best Foreign Language Film

THE IMITATION GAME (6)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – Benedict Cumberbatch
3. Best Supporting Actress – Keira Knightley
4. Best Acting Ensemble
5. Best Adapted Screenplay – Graham Moore
6. Best Score – Alexandre Desplat

INHERENT VICE (4)
1. Best Supporting Actor – Josh Brolin
2. Best Adapted Screenplay – Paul Thomas Anderson
3. Best Art Direction – David Crank/Production Designer, Amy Wells/Set Decorator
4. Best Costume Design – Mark Bridges

INTERSTELLAR (7)
1. Best Young Actor/Actress – Mackenzie Foy
2. Best Cinematography – Hoyte Van Hoytema
3. Best Art Direction – Nathan Crowley/Production Designer, Gary Fettis/Set Decorator
4. Best Editing – Lee Smith
5. Best Visual Effects
6. Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie
7. Best Score – Hans Zimmer

INTO THE WOODS (5)
1. Best Supporting Actress – Meryl Streep
2. Best Acting Ensemble
3. Best Art Direction – Dennis Gassner/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
4. Best Costume Design – Colleen Atwood
5. Best Hair & Makeup

JODOROWSKY’S DUNE (1)
1. Best Documentary Feature

THE JUDGE (1)
1. Best Supporting Actor – Robert Duvall

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM (1)
1. Best Documentary Feature

THE LEGO MOVIE (2)
1. Best Animated Feature
2. Best Song – “Everything Is Awesome” by Jo Li and the Lonely Island

LEVIATHAN (1)
1. Best Foreign Language Film

LIFE ITSELF (1)
1. Best Documentary Feature

LUCY (1)
1. Best Actress in an Action Movie – Scarlett Johansson

MALEFICENT (2)
1. Best Costume Design – Anna B. Sheppard
2. Best Hair & Makeup

A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (1)
1. Best Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain

MR. TURNER (2)
1. Best Cinematography – Dick Pope
2. Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran

NEIGHBORS (1)
1. Best Actress in a Comedy – Rose Byrne

NIGHTCRAWLER (3)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – Jake Gyllenhaal
3. Best Original Screenplay – Dan Gilroy

OBVIOUS CHILD (1)
1. Best Actress in a Comedy – Jenny Slate

THE OVERNIGHTERS (1)
1. Best Documentary Feature

SELMA (5)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – David Oyelowo
3. Best Acting Ensemble
4. Best Director – Ava DuVernay
5. Best Song – “Glory” by Common/John Legend

THE SKELETON TWINS (1)
1. Best Actress in a Comedy – Kristen Wiig

SNOWPIERCER (3)
1. Best Supporting Actress – Tilda Swinton
2. Best Art Direction – Ondrej Nekvasil/Production Designer, Beatrice Brentnerova/Set Decorator
3. Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie

ST. VINCENT (4)
1. Best Young Actor/Actress – Jaeden Lieberher
2. Best Comedy
3. Best Actor in a Comedy – Bill Murray
4. Best Actress in a Comedy – Melissa McCarthy

STILL ALICE (1)
1. Best Actress – Julianne Moore

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (5)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Actor – Eddie Redmayne
3. Best Actress – Felicity Jones
4. Best Adapted Screenplay – Anthony McCarten
5. Best Score – Johann Johannson

TOP FIVE (3)
1. Best Comedy
2. Best Actor in a Comedy – Chris Rock
3. Best Actress in a Comedy – Rosario Dawson

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (2)
1. Best Actress – Marion Cotillard
2. Best Foreign Language Film

UNBROKEN (4)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Director – Angelina Jolie
3. Best Adapted Screenplay – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson
4. Best Cinematography – Roger Deakins

UNDER THE SKIN (1)
1. Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie

WHIPLASH (4)
1. Best Picture
2. Best Supporting Actor – J.K. Simmons
3. Best Original Screenplay – Damien Chazelle
4. Best Editing – Tom Cross

WILD (2)
1. Best Actress – Reese Witherspoon
2. Best Adapted Screenplay – Nick Hornby

WILD TALES (1)
1. Best Foreign Language Film

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BIRDMAN – 13 nominations
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL – 11 nominations
BOYHOOD – 8 nominations
INTERSTELLAR – 7 nominations
GONE GIRL – 6 nominations
THE IMITATION GAME – 6 nominations
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY – 5 nominations
INTO THE WOOD – 5 nominations
SELMA – 5 nominations
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (5)
EDGE OF TOMORROW – 4 nominations
INHERENT VICE – 4 nominations
UNBROKEN – 4 nominations
WHIPLASH – 4 nominations
NIGHTCRAWLER – 3 nominations
SNOWPIERCER – 3 nominations
TOP FIVE – 3 nominations

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This year’s race has kind of been all over the place. The big movies that came in the fall haven’t yet turned into the massive hits people were expecting them to be. Interstellar, despite it having a complicated plot and three hours, has finally surged barely ahead of Gone Girl. It’s still hovering at the top of the box office, however, as people are slowly making their way to see it. Into the Woods will likely do some banging business for the holidays but who would have ever thought that by year’s end the Oscar race would maybe possibly include a single $100 million earner, Gone Girl. And even that film’s fate is held in the balance, knocked way down to #13 by Scott Feinberg, not even predicted at all by Dave Karger at Movie City News.  So what are we looking at here? It’s a confused jumble with some known titles clustered in the middle.

The Critics Choice awards are handed out by the Broadcast Film Critics. They used to be a lot more discerning in whom they allowed to be members — then it turned into a free-for-all where literally guys who used to be forum members at my site are now full fledged members of that association. Almost every Oscar blogger I know is a voting member — save David Poland, who opted out of voting at some point. Every other one though? Jeff Wells, Steve Pond, Anne Thompson, Nathaniel Rogers — you name it, they’re members of the BFCA.  This is the one area where I exercise the only integrity I have because I’ve never joined this group and, in fact, do not vote on any awards leading up to the Oscars. The reason I do this is because I am paid in advertising dollars by studios directly. Most of my pundit friends have editorial overseers — I do not. I started my own business and run my own business. So it’s a sticky area, I think. Some think so, others don’t – either way, however we got here, here we are.

The BFCA values their record of matching up with Oscar more than any other group. The film critics mostly pretend like they’re at the same party with Oscar voters but are embarrassed to be there. The BFCA embrace this — they even expanded their categories to allow for more celebrities to attend their telecast.  I’m really glad they no longer take the stage for a round of applause. That’s progress.

They have virtually zero impact on the Oscars except in the form of publicity. Ben Affleck got off his best joke at the BFCAs when he was “snubbed” for Best Director, saying, “I’d like to think the Academy…” It caught on like wildfire. A speech in front of a camera and an audience is always good publicity and most of the time no one considers anything else.  They aren’t quite on the level of the Golden Globes yet, in terms of eyeballs, but they’re still a televised awards show and thus, that matters. Still, it cracks me up when the muggle press covers them like they’re real critics. They ain’t. Their like the Oscar-flavored version of the People’s Choice awards — somewhere between mainstream and snooty, not unlike industry voters.

I have to admit I’ve always wondered whether they try to vote to match what they think the Academy might do, thus following the lead of prominent Oscar bloggers, or whether they vote for what they actually think is good. Could that many of them really like Nine that much? Their score would indicate no. Same goes for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I find this contradiction to be strange. Shouldn’t their nominees match, at the very least, their highest scores? That leads me to believe that they probably do pick films they think the Academy will pick to maintain their record of matching up. But maybe many voting bodies do the same thing — maybe this is how the consensus is formed in the end: bloggers predict what movies get in, people voting pick those same movies, those movies get picked by the Academy. The classic self-fulfilling prophecy. It messes with your head, doesn’t it?

The BFCA will announce on Monday — you can take a look at their scores below, to see how they have leaned 2014 and in previous years. Somewhere as we speak several bloggers and BFCA members have the embargoed list. They already know what’s going to get nominated. I used to be one who got the list but — since I bitch about them too much I’ve been removed, I think, from that privilege.

The Critics Choice Best Picture nominees are in red. An asterisk* means the Academy also chose the movie as a Best Picture nominee.

2014
Boyhood – 96
Whiplash – 93
Birdman – 91
Guardians of the Galaxy – 91
The Imitation Game – 91
The LEGO Movie – 91
Selma – 90
Gone Girl – 90
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 89
Captain America: The Winter Soldier – 88
Nightcrawler – 88
The Grand Budapest Hotel – 87
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – 87
Snowpiercer – 87
The Theory of Everything – 87
Wild – 87
American Sniper – 85
Foxcatcher – 85
Still Alice – 85
The Babadook – 84
Locke – 84
A Most Violent Year – 84
Only Lovers Left Alive – 84
Unbroken – 84

2013
12 Years a Slave – 94*
Short Term 12 – 94
Gravity – 93*
American Hustle – 91*
Captain Phillips – 90*
Blue Jasmine – 89
Philomena – 89*
Dallas Buyers Club – 88*
Fruitvale Station – 88
All Is Lost – 87
Her – 87*
Nebraska – 87*

Stories We Tell – 87
Before Midnight – 86
Mud – 86
Enough Said – 85
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – 85
Prisoners – 85
Rush – 85
Saving Mr. Banks – 85
Side Effects – 85
The Spectacular Now – 85
The Wolf of Wall Street – 84*
Lone Survivor – 83
Inside Llewyn Davis – 82
Upstream Color – 82
Lee Daniels’ The Butler – 81
August: Osage County – 80

2012
Argo – 94*
Zero Dark Thirty – 92*
Skyfall – 92
The Avengers – 90
Silver Linings Playbook* – 90
Lincoln – 88*
Django Unchained – 88*
Amour – 87*
Les Misérables – 87*

Life of Pi – 86*
Looper – 86
Beasts of the Southern Wild – 85*
End of Watch – 85
Arbitrage – 84
Moonrise Kingdom – 83
The Impossible – 82
Prometheus – 82
The Master – 81
Flight – 81
Hunger Games – 81
The Road – 79

2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 – 93
The Descendants – 92*
Martha Marcy May Marlene – 92
The Artist – 91*
Drive – 91
The Ides of March – 91
Moneyball – 91*
The Help – 89*
Hugo – 87*
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – 87
Beginners – 85
Midnight in Paris – 85*
My Week with Marilyn – 85
Bridesmaids – 82
War Horse – 80*
Warrior – 80
Contagion – 79
Melancholia – 78
Rampart – 78
Shame – 78
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – 78*
The Tree of Life – 78*
We Need to Talk About Kevin – 78
The Iron Lady – 77
Cloud Atlas – 74

2010

The King’s Speech – 97*
Toy Story 3 – 97*
The Social Network – 95*
True Grit – 95*
Inception – 94*
127 Hours – 90*
The Fighter – 90*
Black Swan – 89*
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – 87
The Town – 87
The Kids Are All Right – 85*
Winter’s Bone – 85*
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – 84
Secretariat – 83
Another Year – 82
The Ghost Writer – 81
Shutter Island – 81

2009

100 – Me and Orson Welles
100 – Up*
97 – Up in the Air*
95 – An Education*
93 – The Hurt Locker*
93 – Star Trek
92 – (500) Days of Summer
91 – Inglourious Basterds*
91 – Fantastic Mr Fox
89 – Avatar*
89 – Precious*
88 – Julie & Julia
87 – District 9*
86 – A Serious Man*
85 – Sherlock Holmes
85 – The Blind Side*
85 – The Messenger
85 – The Princess and the Frog
83 — Invictus
79 — Nine

I guess I will predict the BFCA Best Picture nominees this way:

Boyhood – 96
Whiplash – 93
Birdman – 91
The Imitation Game – 91
Gone Girl – 90
Selma – 90
Nightcrawler – 88
The Grand Budapest Hotel – 87
The Theory of Everything – 87
Foxcatcher – 85
Interstellar – 80

Also possible:

Wild – 87
American Sniper – 85
Unbroken – 84
Into the Woods – 79

I won’t even guess at the rest of the categories, though I’ll be interested to see how it goes.  How about you?

 

 

Cannes 2014: Mr Turner

When is it Timothy Spall’s turn!?

From Hitfix:

European Film
“Ida”

European Comedy
The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer

European Director
Pawel Pawlikowski, “Ida”

European Actor
Timothy Spall, “Mr. Turner”

European Actress
Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

European Screenwriter
Pawel Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, “Ida”

European Cinematographer (Prix Carlo Di Palma)
Ryszard Lenczewski, Lukasz Zal, “Ida”

European Editor
Justine Wright, “Locke

European Production Designer
Claus-Rudolf Amler, “The Dark Valley

European Costume Designer
Natascha Curtius-Noss, “The Dark Valley”

European Composer
Mica Levi, “Under the Skin”

European Sound Designer
Joakim Sundstrom, “Starred Up

European Animated Feature Film
The Art of Happiness

European Documentary
Master of the Universe

European Short Film
“The Chicken”

People’s Choice Award
“Ida”

European Discovery (FIPRESCI Prize)
The Tribe

European Co-Production Award (Prix Eurimages)
Ed Guiney

European Achievement in World Cinema
Steve McQueen

Lifetime Achievement Award
Agnes Varda
Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/ida-timothy-spall-marion-cotillard-win-2014-european-film-awards#R6f06cMwCGMyhGK7.99

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Awards won so far:

Foreign Language Film: Two Days, One Night
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Picture: Boyhood
Best Ensemble: Boyhood
Best Actor: Michael Keaton, Birdman
Best Actress: Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night and The Immigrant
Supporting Actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash
Supporting Actress: Emma Stone, Birdman
Screenplay: TIE Birdman, Boyhood
Cinematography: Birdman
Documentary: CitizenFour
Animated Film: The Tale of The Princess Kaguya
Best New Filmmaker Award: Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler
Music in a film: Inherent Vice
Editing: Boyhood

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We’ll leave the nominees listed in this post as a reminder of who the BFCA passed over in favor of the winners (noted in * bold).

BEST PICTURE
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Saving Mr. Banks
* 12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
* Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford – All Is Lost

BEST ACTRESS
* Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Brie Larson – Short Term 12
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

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Not too far from now, the Critics Choice will begin handing out their awards. The big question is really what is going to win Best Picture. We probably won’t know for sure until the Producers Guild on Sunday. If the SAG ensemble and the Producers Guild match then the mystery might be over. Gravity, it’s worth noting, is not nominated for the SAG but it might win the PGA, putting the whole thing into flux.

At any rate, many over at Gold Derby are predicting 12 Years a Slave to win the CCMA’s. I seriously doubt it. This is an American Hustle crowd if there ever was one. I fully expect it to win tonight, along with David O. Russell and it will give the film and its director its first real moment to shine after the Globes.

Here are my predictions, such as they are:

BEST PICTURE
American Hustle <—predicted winner
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity  <—but it might be
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Saving Mr. Banks
12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street<—Wouldn’t it be funny if?

BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale – American Hustle  <–Caught up in Hustle love.
Bruce Dern – Nebraska <–or maybe..
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club  <–predicted winner
Robert Redford – All Is Lost
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12 Years a Slave and American Hustle lead with 13 nominations each.

BEST PICTURE
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Saving Mr. Banks
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford – All Is Lost

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Brie Larson – Short Term 12
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

 

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Boston Film Critics Association

  • Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave; runner-up: The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Best Director: , 1: runner-up: Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Best Actor: , : runner-up:, The of Wall Street
  • Best Actress: , Blue Jasmine: runner-up: Judi Dench in Philomena
  • Best Supporting Actor: Enough Said; runner-up: TIE! , Captain Phillips, and , Dallas Buyers Club
  • Best Supporting Actress: June Squibb, Nebraska; runner-up: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
  • Best Screenplay: Enough Said; runner-up: Wolf of Wall Street
  • Best Documentary:  ; runner-up:
  • Best Animated Feature: The Wind Rises; runner-up: Frozen (near tie)
  • Best New Filmmaker: Ryan Coogler for ; runner-up: Josh Oppenheimer
  • Best Cinematography: Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki; runner-up: The Grandmaster
  • Best Editing: Rush; runner up: Wolf of Wall Street
  • Best Use of Music in a Film: Inside Llewyn Davis; runner-up: Nebraska

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One of several blunt instruments we can use to pound out a sense of what’s percolating up to the top tier of the year in film. If you need a reminder than these scores don’t always translate into actual awards heat, bear in mind that Me and Orson Welles has a BFCA score of 100 — and the Critics Choice voters themselves didn’t even chose it as one of their Best Picture nominees that year.

I’m sure I’m forgetting a few titles. We’ll update periodically if scores change and whenever new significant titles emerge. (Full chart after the cut).

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UPDATES 11-4: Nebraska 93/100… Wadjda 87/100… The Hunt 86/100.

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WINNERS OF THE 18TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

Best Picture – Argo
Best Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis
Best Actress – Jessica Chastain
Best Supporting Actor – Philip Seymour Hoffman
Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway
Best Young Actor/Actress – Quvenzhane Wallis
Best Acting Ensemble – Silver Linings Playbook
Best Director – Ben Affleck
Best Adapted Screenplay – Tony Kushner
Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino
Best Cinematography – Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi)
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The Critics Choice awards are going to be this Thursday night, the same day as Oscar nominations.  We have a contest for you to enter your predictions. You can also do that over at Gold Derby.  Since they’re coming out after Oscar ballots have been turned in, and occurring on the same day as the Oscar nominations, what Oscar voters do will no effect on what the BFCA do.  For instance, they could award Tom Hooper Best Director and Tom Hooper might not even get an Oscar nomination.  That sort of thing. 2012 is just that kind of year.  Someone toppled the house of cards and we have no idea where anything is going to land.

But you can enter our contest if you’d like.  Here are my rough predictions – but I must stipulate, figuring out what the BFCA is going to do is near impossible.

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The Broadcast Film Critics Association, or Critics Choice, has announced this year’s nominations and for the first time we have an idea of how the Oscar cards might be dealt this year. The Critics Choice are less inclined towards backroom debates over legacy because they attend to their personal ballots at home and each member simply fills out his or her ballot in privacy, free from peer pressure, like Oscar voters and the guilds do. To that end, the Critics Choice is most useful, I’ve found of late, in predicting the categories that the whole of the Academy choose rather than those left to the discretion of the individual branches.  The Best Picture lineup, for instance, is usually a fairly reliable indicator, even if we don’t yet know how many films Oscar will choose for that lineup.

The other categories have a pretty good track record for matching too, but maybe that’s because, unlike Oscar, they get to pick 6 instead of 5.   My take-away from these nominations is that they really liked Lincoln. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it will their winner.  Stats for this after the nominations.

 

The Critics Choice Awards will air on January 10, 2012

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 18th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

BEST PICTURE
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

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The Critics Choice awards have been around for a relatively short time, since 1995, and is made up of a hodge podge of folks, many of which are Oscar bloggers themselves, like David Poland, Jeff Wells, Kris Tapley, Anne Thompson, Steve Pond, Nathaniel Rogers, Ed Douglas. They also include some actual film critics, like James Rocchi, Joanna Langfield and Zorianna Kit.

They give out ratings, or scores, for films that can sometimes be an indication of what will do well at their awards and sometimes not. For instance, An Education was rated higher by them than The Hurt Locker in 2009, but the latter went on to win the BFCA and the Oscar.

Like the New York Film critics, the BFCA prides themselves on their matching with Oscar. The truth about that is that they are really really good at picking what will eventually be the Best Picture nominees, particularly since Oscar expanded to ten, and then their weird procedure now. The BFCA is a bigger group than most critics awards but still not as big as the guilds. Their demographic is all over the place, not unlike Oscar, and it is dominated by males, like Oscar.   I haven’t counted exactly but I would estimate that it’s one woman for every five males.

The Critics Choice are better at predicting rather than pushing through borderline nominees. Drive, their pet film last year was mostly shut out by the Oscars. And in 2009, this was their headline after nominations, “Nine, Inglourious Basterds lead with ten nominations each. Avatar close behind with 9.” 

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For the first time in Oscar/DGA history (as far as I know) I’m not entirely sure beyond a reasonable doubt that the DGA has always announced before the Oscar nomination ballots are due but I know for the past ten years they certainly haven’t.  In moving their dates back, the Oscar voters will be flying blind, without the harbinger of the highly influential DGA backing them.  It will go like this:

Golden Globe nominations announced-December 13,2012
Oscar ballot deadline-January 3, 2013
PGA nominations announce-January 3, 2013
DGA ballot deadline-January 7, 2013
DGA nominations-January 8, 2013
Oscar nominations–January 10, 2013
Critics Choice Awards–January 10, 2013 (anticipated date, not announced)
Golden Globes ceremony–January 13, 2013

There is a tiny possibility that the DGA might alter their dates once they get a gander at this – but the way it stands now, only the PGA might have the smallest amount of influence being announced the last day Oscar voters have to turn in their ballots. But voters will not have the benefit of the five picks from the Directors Guild and that throws a kink in the works.

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To hear many people talk about this year’s Oscar race you will hear them say the same thing over and over again, “It’s been the Artist since Cannes.” There are some Oscar years where the undertow is simply too strong to fight against. There are also some Oscar years where surprises are hiding in the shadows. While last night the Critics Choice, a group that mostly tries to align themselves with Oscar and/or supplant the Golden Globes in precursor status, went overwhelmingly with The Artist for Picture and Director, Score and Costume, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer took Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, which is shocking in and of itself, but especially shocking considering how predictable the race has seemed so far.

For those wins, and really only those wins, the BFCA might actually end up being somewhat influential after all, as this has been the first critics awards that has not gone to either Meryl Streep or Michelle Williams. In every other way, I’m afraid, the Critics Choice mostly fell in line with conventional thinking. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It really could be that we’re in for a year like Slumdog Millionaire which, if you remember that year, was like having to sit through the Don’t Stop Believin‘ for an entire weekend. It’s pretty great the first couple of times you hear it but after a while you start to feel impatience creep in and before you know it you’re unleashing waves of hatred for something fairly harmless. Why, because we don’t want people to always agree one everything. Sooner or later popular opinion becomes distasteful. So then we have to wonder, why do actually want any film to win if we’re just going to hate it in the end?

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Best Picture: The Artist
Best Actress: Viola Davis, The Help
Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendants
Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best Ensemble: The Help
Best Young Actor: Thomas Horn, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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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.

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