Black Swan Leads 2010 Critics Choice Nominations

Black Swan received 12 Critics Choice

Another day, more nominations and awards announcements. The New York Film Critics Circle is currently voting. Will they pick The Social Network like every other critics group?

Black Swan, meanwhile, received a record 12 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. True Grit and The King’s Speech received 11 nominations each, Inception received 10 and The Social Network received nine.

What is worth mentioning here is that The Kids Are All Right was nominated in four categories (Actress, Actor, Ensemble, and Original Screenplay) but not for Best Picture. Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) and Tilda Swinton (I Am Love) are also noticeably absent from the nominations.  And despite its two lead actors being nominated, Blue Valentine did not receive a Best Picture nomination.

Like practically every other critics group, the BFCA is a decent predictor of the Academy Awards. The complete list of nominations is available here. The Critics Choice Awards are January 14 on VH1.

BEST PICTURE
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges — True Grit
Robert Duvall — Get Low
Jesse Eisenberg — The Social Network
Colin Firth — The King’s Speech
James Franco — 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling — Blue Valentine

BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening — The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman — Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence — Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman — Black Swan
Noomi Rapace — The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams — Blue Valentine

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale — The Fighter
Andrew Garfield — The Social Network
Jeremy Renner — The Town
Sam Rockwell — Conviction
Mark Ruffalo — The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush — The King’s Speech

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams — The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter — The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis — Black Swan
Melissa Leo — The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld — True Grit
Jacki Weaver — Animal Kingdom

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Elle Fanning — Somewhere
Jennifer Lawrence — Winter’s Bone
Chloe Grace Moretz — Let Me In
Chloe Grace Moretz — Kick-Ass
Kodi Smit-McPhee — Let Me In
Hailee Steinfeld — True Grit

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky — Black Swan
Danny Boyle — 127 Hours
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen — True Grit
David Fincher — The Social Network
Tom Hooper — The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan — Inception

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Another Year — Mike Leigh
Black Swan — Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin
The Fighter — Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson (Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson)
Inception — Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right — Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech — David Seidler

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
127 Hours — Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle
The Social Network — Aaron Sorkin
The Town — Ben Affleck, Peter Craig and Sheldon Turner
Toy Story 3 — Michael Arndt (Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich)
True Grit — Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone — Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Biutiful
I Am Love
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Restrepo
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
The Tillman Story
Waiting for Superman

2010 Critics Choice Awards: The Winners

And the winners are…

BEST PICTURE – The Hurt Locker

BEST ACTOR – Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart

BEST ACTRESS (tie) – Meryl Streep, Julie & Julia, Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side

SUPPORTING ACTOR – Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Mo’Nique, Precious

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS – Saoirse Ronan, The Lovely Bones

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE – Inglourious Basterds

BEST DIRECTING – Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – Up in the Air (Jason Reitman)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Avatar

BEST ART DIRECTION – Avatar

BEST EDITING – Avatar

BEST COSTUME DESIGN – The Young Victoria

BEST MAKEUP – District 9

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – Avatar

BEST SOUND – Avatar

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE – Up

BEST ACTION MOVIE – Avatar

BEST COMEDY – The Hangover

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION – Grey Gardens

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – Broken Embraces

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – The Cove

BEST SONG – “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart, by Ryan Bingham and T-Bone Burnett

BEST SCORE – Up – Michael Giancchio

While the Critics Choice Awards are not the best indication of what films may win at the Golden Globes/ Oscars, they are good indication of what may happen. For instance, Avatar (unsurprisingly) won mostly technical awards, as it should. But critics still favor a standard narrative film. Therefore Up in the Air or in this case, The Hurt Locker, will win the Best Picture award. It will be interesting to see what happens tomorrow night at the Golden Globes, which I still don’t know if I will be able to watch the live broadcast. Dilemma, dilemma, dilemma.

Of course the most talked about moment from the Critics Choice Awards – the Sandra Bullock-Meryl Streep kiss. Great moment. Enjoy.

2008 Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, air tonight on VH1 at 9pm. The red carpet starts at 8pm. Here is the list of nominees.

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7: 45 pm: Normally I wouldn’t be live-blogging the Critics Choice Awards, but since it seems that the Golden Globes aren’t happening next weekend unless Zeus himself ends the WGA strike, I’m getting my kicks in when I can.

8:28 – The red carpet for this award show is kind of ridiculous, as any event that features Ross Matthews as a red carpet presenter would be. The woman, Kerry Keegan (?) has to be on something; she offered to go drinking Emilie Hirsch after the show and is just a bad interviewer. The guy, whose name I don’t know, attempted to speak French to Marion Cotillard. There are just some things that people should not attempt to do and speaking French is one of them.

8:50: Not even Zeus can save Hollywood from itself. The Golden Globes are officially cancelled.

 

9:06 – D.L Hugley was funny. Well, it depends what you’re definition of funny is.

 

9:08 – Best Acting Ensemble goes to Hairspray. I think I have a crush on Nikki Blonsky.

 

9:10 – “Ideally it would be great if the writers came back and the critics went on strike” – Said by Steve Zahn before he and Keira Sedgewick present the Best Writing award to Diablo Cody for Juno.

 

9:18 – Wow. Ahmad Khan Mahmoodza from The Kite Runner wins Best Young Actor.

 

9:24 – Yup. I adore Nikki Blonsky. Mount Holyoke is getting to me because I seriously have the biggest crush on her. And now I’m sad that she doesn’t get to go to the Golden Globes.

 

9:31 – Tom Cruise released Katie Holmes from her cage long enough so she could present the award for Best Comedy. To Juno of course.
9:42 – Awards for Best Composer and Best Aong. Presented to Jonny Greenwood (There Will Be Blood) and “Falling” from Once.

 

9:47 Amy Ryan wins the award for Best Supporting Actress. Casey Afflect accepts. Funny speech.

 

9:52 – Allison Janney, best quote of the night, “Not that I mind a little foreign tongue”, said when presenting the award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly wins.

 

9:55 – A lovely tribute to Joel Siegel.

 

9:57 – Dear Hollywood (and maybe even the world). You should listen to George Clooney. He is Zeus.

 

10:01 – Or maybe Don Cheadle is. Everyone should see Darfur Now.

 

10:09 D.L. Hughley bombing.

 

10:11 – I’m in looooove with Nikki Blonsky.

 

10:12Ratatouille wins for Best Animated Feature. I’m still holding out that Persepolis will win the Academy Award.

 

10:15Enchanted wins for Best Family Film. Good. My roommate will is happy now.

 

10:24 – Eddie Izzard just made up for D.L Hughley’s inability to tell a decent joke. Sicko wins for Best Documentary.

 

10:30 – I love Javier Bardem because not only is he an amazing actor but he is unbelievably humble.

 

10:34 – Leslie Mann presents an award to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. JK Simmons said something funny but I missed it because I was listening to Tegan and Sara.

 

10:40 – Daniel Day Lewis wins for There Will Be Blood further proving that I need to see this movie. Plus, he made the best acceptance speech I think I have ever heard at an award show. “It is the mystery of their performances…” so good.

 

10:43 – I love the fact the VH1 isn’t cutting any acceptance speech short.

 

10:45 – “In Memoriam” I enjoyed the tribute to the Golden Globe Awards.

 

10:51 – Julie Christie wins for Away From Her

 

10:51 – Best Director – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, accepted by Javier Bardem, who has stolen the show.
11:00 – No Country For Old Men wins Best Picture.
Now it is time for the Un-Golden Globes on Sunday. See you then.

2005 Critics Choice Awards

The Critics’ Choice Awards were last night. It was just the usual boring pc jokes and the winners rushing to finish their speeches. As a big award show person (and a film buff) one thing happened that was very upsetting. The show’s producers were on tight schedule and that means that the most irritating thing has to happen… Cutting off the microphone and zooming out, off the man or woman who just received an award. And this happened to none other than Ang Lee as he was accepting his award for Best Director of Brokeback Mountain. Thankfully, there were some intelligent people in the audience who booed when his mic was turned off and Ang Lee was able to finish his speech.

Now, I love award shows and I understand that you have make sure every second is scheduled. But when mics are turned off and music starts playing over the winners speech, frankly it is just rude. There is so much hype during the award season that when someone achieves great things, such as an Academy Award or a Golden Globe, they deserve an equal amount of respect. Who cares if the show goes on for four hours? I certainly don’t. And guess what, the people who do care, usually don’t watch the award show until the end; they would probably turn off their TV as soon as the host finished his intro.

Here are the nominees and winners of the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Awards. The winners are bolded in red.

BEST PICTURE
Brokeback Mountain
Capote
Cinderella Man
The Constant Gardener
Crash
Good Night, and Good Luck
King Kong
Memoirs of a Geisha
Munich
Walk the Line


BEST ACTOR
Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote
Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk the Line
David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck


BEST ACTRESS
Joan Allen, The Upside of Anger
Judi Dench , Mrs. Henderson Presents
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica
Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
Charlize Theron, North Country
Reese Witherspoon, Walk the Line


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
George Clooney, Syriana
Kevin Costner, The Upside of Anger
Matt Dillon, Crash
Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
Jake Gyllenhaal, Brokeback Mountain
Terrence Howard, Crash


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adam, Junebug
Maria Bello, A History of Violence
Catherine Keener, Capote
Frances McDormand, North Country
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain


BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Crash
Good Night, and Good Luck
Rent
Syriana
Sin City

BEST DIRECTOR
George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck
Paul Haggis, Crash
Ron Howard, Cinderella Man
Peter Jackson, King Kong
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain
Steven Spielberg, Munich


BEST WRITER
Noah Baumbach, The Squid and the Whale
George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck
Dan Futterman, Capote
Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco, Crash
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Chicken Little
Corpse Bride
Howl’s Moving Castle
Madagascar
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit


BEST YOUNG ACTOR
Jesse Eisenberg, The Squid and the Whale
Alex Etel, Millions
Freddie Highmore, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Owen Kline, The Squid and the Whale
Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire


BEST YOUNG ACTRESS
Flora Cross, Bee Season
Dakota Fanning, War of the Worlds
Georgie Henley , The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Q’Orianka Kilcher, The New World
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


BEST COMEDY MOVIE
The 40 Year-Old Virgin
Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang
Mrs. Henderson Presents
The Producers
The Wedding Crashers


BEST FAMILY FILM (LIVE ACTION)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dreamer
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe


BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Into the West
No Direction Home
Rome
Warm Springs


BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Cache
Kung Fu Hustle
Oldboy
Paradise Now
2046


BEST SONG
“Hustle & Flow” by Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
“A Love That Will Never Grow Old” by Emmylou Harris, Brokeback Mountain
“Same in Any Language” by I Nine, Elizabethtown
“Seasons of Love” by Tracie Thoms, Jesse L. Martin and Cast, Rent
“Travelin’ Thru” by Dolly Parton, Transamerica


BEST SOUNDTRACK
Elizabethtown
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Producers
Rent
Walk the Line


BEST COMPOSER
James Horner, The New World
Gustavo Santaolalla, Brokeback Mountain
John Williams, Memoirs of a Geisha

Nancy Wilson, Elizabethtown


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Enron–The Smartest Guys in the Room
Grizzly Man
Mad Hot Ballroom
March of the Penguins
Murderball