Critics Roundup: LA Film Critics, AFI, NY Film Critics Online

There is nothing quite like sitting on a Greyhound bus and reading the tweets of your fellow film bloggers as several critics groups announce their annual awards. I probably seemed like a crazy person, muttering to myself about The Social Network. This awards’ season critical darling cleaned up at the Boston Film Critics, LA Film Critics and NY Film Critics Online awards. It was also named one of the ten best films of the year by the American Film Institute.

There were also plenty of surprises, courtesy of Colin Firth, Melissa Leo, Niels Arestrup and Carlos, to keep things interesting.  Here is a breakdown of the winners.

LA Film Critics

The most surprising and interesting critics awards yet. Sure The Social Network was named Best Picture but its star Jesse Eisenberg was left out of the mix. With Firth’s LAFCA win, the Best Actor race definitely came alive today. (He apparently lost the Best Actor prize from the Boston critics by just one vote.) Likewise, Natalie Portman for her performance in Black Swan was left off the winner’s list in favor of Kim Hye-Ja in Mother. Arguably the most surprising win of all is Niels Arestrup for his supporting role in A Prophet. (For an explanation of A Prophet‘s and Mother‘s Oscar eligibility, head here.)

Best Picture – The Social Network
(Runner-up: Carlos)

Best Actor – Colin Firth, The Kings Speech
(Runner-up: Edgar Ramirez, Carlos)

Best Actress – Kim Hye-Ja, Mother
(Runner-up: Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone)

Best Supporting Actor – Niels Arestrup, A Prophet
(Runner-up: Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech)

Best Supporting Actress – Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
(Runner-up: Olivia Williams, The Ghost Writer)

Best Director – Olivier Assayas, Carlos and David Fincher, The Social Network (tie)

Best Screenplay – The Social Network
(Runner-up: The King’s Speech)

Best Cinematography – Black Swan
(Runner-up: True Grit)

NY Film Critics Online

What has made me beyond ecstatic here is Melissa Leo’s win. Leo is by far my favorite, and often one of the most unappreciated, actresses. Any attention a performance of her’s receives makes me happy. Other than that, the NY Film Critics named, at this point, fairly expected winners.

Best Picture – The Social Network

Best Actor – James Franco, 127 Hours

Best Actress – Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Director – David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Supporting Actor – Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress – Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Breakthrough Performer – Noomi Repace, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Best Debut Director – John Wells, The Company Men

Best Ensemble Cast – The Kids Are All Right

Best Screenplay – Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

American Film Institute Top 10

In a top 10 list that is fairly safe, although it is filled with excellent movies, Winter’s Bone stands out to me as an exciting selection. Special awards were given to The King’s Speech and Waiting for Superman.

Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
127 Hours
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

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Critics Roundup: New York, Los Angeles and AFI

The Hurt Locker continues to rake in the critics prizes; the film won two Best Picture honors and two Best Director honors for Kathryn Bigelow. But what I’m sure will get a lot of hype in the tabloids/bloggersphere is that Hurt Locker and Bigelow are frequently nominated against ex-husband James Cameron’s Avatar. Here is the critics roundup from yesterday:

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A Tribute to Warren Beatty

Airing tonight at 9pm on the USA Network is the American Film Institute’s Tribute to Warren Beatty.
Beatty is the 36th recipient of the Life Achievement Award, which was presented to him on June 12th.
Jack Nicholson, Julie Christie, Gene Hackman, Robert Downey Jr, Diane Keaton, Faye Dunaway, Keith Carradine, and Al Pacino as well as former President Bill Clinton were on hand to honor the actor and director.

I Should Be Watching Thelma and Louise…

… because I have to write a paper on it for tomorrow.

But Thelma and Louise can wait. (I never write these papers until the morning they’re due anyway.)

Because airing tonight at 8pm on CBS is the American Film Institute’s 10th Anniversary Edition of the 100 Greatest Movies.

I will be updating this post as the winning films are announced.

Here is the original Greatest 100 Movies list, in case you are a normal person and don’t have it memorized like me.

And just so the AFI knows, if Citizen Kane is no longer #1, I will hurt someone.

I really need more hobbies.

The 100 Greatest Movies

100. Ben-Hur (#72)
99. Toy Story (NEW)
98. Yankee Doodle Dandy (#100)
97. Blade Runner (NEW)
96. Do the Right Thing (NEW)
95. The Last Picture Show (NEW)
94. Pulp Fiction (#95)
93. The French Connection (#70)

92. Goodfellas (#94)
91. Sophie’s Choice (NEW)
90. Swing Time (NEW)
89. The Sixth Sense (NEW)
88. Bringing Up Baby (#97)
87. 12 Angry Men (NEW)
86. Platoon (#83)
85. A Night at the Opera (NEW)
84. Easy Rider (#88)
83. Titanic (NEW)

82. Sunrise (NEW)
81. Spartacus (NEW)
80. The Apartment (#93)
79. The Wild Bunch (#80)
78. Modern Times (#81)
77. All The President’s Men (NEW)
76. Forrest Gump (#71)
75. In the Heat of the Night (NEW)
74. The Silence of the Lambs (#65)
73. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (#50)

72. The Shawshank Redemption (NEW)
71. Saving Private Ryan (NEW)
70. A Clockwork Orange (#46)
69. Tootsie (#62)
68. Unforgiven (#98)
67. Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf? (NEW)
66. Raiders of the Lost Ark (#60)
65. The African Queen (#17)
64. Network (#66)
63. Cabaret (NEW)

62. American Graffiti (#77)
61. Sullivan’s Travels (NEW)
60. Duck Soup (#85)
59. Nashville (NEW)
58. The Gold Rush (#74)
57. Rocky (#78)
56. Jaws (#48)
55. North by Northwest (#40)
54. M*A*S*H (#56)
53. The Deer Hunter (#79)
52. Taxi Driver (#47)
51. West Side Story (#41)

50. The Lord of the Rings (NEW)
49. Intolerance (NEW)
48. Rear Window (#42)
47. A Streetcar Named Desire (#45)
46. It Happened One Night (#35)
45. Shane (#69)
44. The Philadelphia Story (#51)
43. Midnight Cowboy (#36)
42. Bonnie and Clyde (#27)

41. King Kong (#43)
40. The Sound of Music (#55)
39. Dr. Strangelove (#26)
38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (#30)
37. The Best Years of Our Lives (#37)
36. The Bridge on the River Kwai (#13)
35. Annie Hall (#31)

34. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (#49)
33. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (#20)
32. The Godfather Part II (#32)
31. The Maltese Falcon (#23)
30. Apocalypse Now (#28)
29. Double Indemnity (#38)
28. All About Eve (#16)
27. High Noon (#34)

26. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (#29)
25. To Kill a Mockingbird (#34)
24. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (#25)
23. The Grapes of Wrath (#21)
22. Some Like It Hot (#14)
21. Chinatown (#19)
20. It’s a Wonderful Life (#11)

19. On The Waterfront (#8)
18. The General (NEW)
17. The Graduate (#7)
16. Sunset Boulevard (#12)
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (#22)
14. Psycho (#18)
13. Star Wars (#15)
12. The Searchers (#96)
11. City Lights (#76)

10. The Wizard of Oz (#6)
9. Vertigo (#61)
8. Schindler’s List (#9)
7. Lawrence of Arabia (#5)
6. Gone With the Wind (#4)
5. Singin’ in the Rain (#10)
4. Raging Bull (#24)
3. Casablanca (#2)
2. The Godfather (#3)
1. Citizen Kane (#1)