Thursday, January 16, 2014

Critics Choice Awards

So the critics choice awards have been announced, and as usual, they're up to their old anticipatory ways, opting for whichever titles (at this point in the race at least) appear to be the leading contenders in their respective categories. I was astonished at just how many winners I was guessing right mere seconds before they were called, but with a group this predictable that's hardly a significant feat.

One category I was happy to guess wrong was Supporting Actress. It did not go the way of Golden Globe victor Jennifer Lawrence, but instead went to the only contender in that field who I think should even be uttered in the same breath as the word "Oscar", the lovely Lupita Nyong'o. She gave a beautiful speech to boot. It may be down to the SAG Award to break the tie.

In addition to Nyong'o, the film picked up Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture, but Gravity ruled the trophy tally with seven wins, although two of them were for dubious genre categories Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie ("Sci-fi" my ass) and Best Actress in an Action-Movie (which Sandra delightfully poked holes in during her acceptance speech by thanking the likes of Jackie Chan and Sylvester Stallone for teaching her everything she knows -- heehee!).

One more random thought... I can totally see Dallas Buyers Club winning it's semi-surprising Best Makeup nomination. Besides my own bias in thinking that the work in the film is really quite good, it struck me that every time McConaughey and (especially) Leto take the stage this season -- and they may do so again at SAG -- viewers will get to see just how different they look in real life. Plus it's the lone Best Picture nominee in a category where its only competition are two critically dismissed movies that are really not in the Academy's wheelhouse. How many of them saw Bad Grandpa or The Lone Ranger?

Anyway, check out all the Critics Choice winners (and my rambling commentaries) after the cut.

Best Actor, Comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Best Actress, Comedy: Amy Adams, American Hustle
Following the awards season script to the letter so far. Typical BFCA.
Best Comedy: American Hustle

Best Actor, Action Movie: Mark Whalberg, Lone Survivor
Best Action Movie: Lone Survivor
Best Actress, Action Movie: Sandra Bullock, Gravity
I'm seriously typing these winners before their being called. So predictable.

Best Ensemble: American Hustle
Wish I had actually made official predictions. I'd be five for five so far.

Love Aisha Tyler, but they're giving her pretty limp jokes to read.

Best Foreign Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color

Geez, eight for eight! Why didn't I publish predictions? Oh right, because predicting the CCMAs earns you no credibility.

That Forest Whitaker, who accepted a humanitarian awards moments ago, sure is a good speaker. So eloquent.

Best Animated Feature: Frozen

I'm bowling a perfect game here.

Best Young Actor/Actress: Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color

Please, please, you're just gonna hafta take my word for it that I keep getting these right!

Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Just occurred to me, every time Jared Leto gets up to accept an award this year, he's doing terrific campaign work for the film's Best Makeup bid. Looks nothing like his character. Could win that category at the Oscars, especially against The Lone Ranger and Jackass.

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave

Finally! A category I get wrong, and in the BEST way. Lupita for aaallllll the wins!

Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy accept the Louis XIII Genius Award. Glad to see them accepting something this year... and with a comedy bit no less! HA!

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Best Sci-fi/Horror Movie: Gravity yeah... THAT makes sense ("Sci-fi" my ass)
Best Original Score: Gravity
Best Documentary: 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Original Screenplay: Her
Best Original Song: "Let It Go", Frozen
Best Adapted Screenplay: 12 Years a Slave

You'd think that critics, of all people, would want to honour writers. But no, here they are relegated to non-televised awards.

Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Art Direction: The Great Gatsby
Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Makeup and Hair: American Hustle Ha! Bet they're wishing they had picked different now. This is one Oscar category you'll just never be able to predict, BFCA.
Best Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Cinematography: Gravity
Best Editing: Gravity

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Moment of truth time, BFCA. Will you fall in line with American Hustle, or will you give Gravity or 12 Years a Slave a boost?

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave

Another Best Picture award for 12 Years a Slave, but it doesn't mean much. If the BFCA knew how much steam American Hustle would pick up this week, they probably would've opted for it instead. The PGA will be the acid test.

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