Pre-Oscars Round Up: Gotham Awards, NYFCC, NBR

Hugo was named the best film of 2011 by the National Board of Review

Well, folks, the 2011 awards season is officially here. Now I can start obsessively writing about the Oscars and everything leading up to them.

Aside from Martha Marcy May Marlene and I guess, The Tree of Life, I have been rather underwhelmed by many 2011 releases so far. But there are still plenty of movies I need to see – BeginnersMelancholia, Shame, that movie about horses that shall remain nameless, and every other movie being released at the end of December.

During this first official week of pre-Oscars awards madness, some big and unexpected stories emerged from the Gotham Independent Awards, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the National Board of Review.

For starters, The DescendantsFelicity Jones (she’s dominating all the breakthrough performer categories for Like Crazy), Shailene Woodley, Tilda Swinton, and George Clooney, and The Artist are receiving ample praise. But there still aren’t many clear front runners… yet.

Mike Mills’ dramedy Beginners is dominating the indie film circuit while Elizabeth Olsen and Martha Marcy May Marlene have been continually shut out. The National Board of Review didn’t even rank MMMM as one of the top indie films of the year. But somehow the NBR liked J. Edgar, which was one of the most boring movies I have seen recently.

The NBR surprisingly named Hugo and its director, Martin Scorsese as the best film and director of the year, respectively. And with The Artist topping the New York Film Critics Circle, it seems that critics will always praise any movie having do with cinephilia and nostalgia. (Don’t tell Armond White that.)

The Independent Spirit Award nominations were also announced this week. The Descendants, Drive, Margin Call, and The Artist are well-represented. It’s exciting to see Jessica Chastain (also a favorite so far) and Corey Stoll (for Midnight in Paris) also receive nominations. And I completely forgot that I saw 50/50, which was nominated for best feature and best first screenplay. That movie barely left an impact on me.

I cannot be the only person who didn't love 50/50

The round up of this week’s award shows and critics awards is below. Share any of your thoughts on the awards season so far in the comments.

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New York Film Critics 2010 Winners

The New York Film Critics have thrown some definite surprises into the mix with their annual awards, announced this afternoon. The Social Network topped yet another critics list and, along with director David Fincher, it is still the Best Picture frontrunner.  But Jesse Eisenberg and Aaron Sorkin were both left off the list this time around.

Instead Colin Firth was named Best Actor for The King’s Speech. Along with Firth’s win courtesy of the LA Film Critics, the Best Actor race is enthralling to watch unfold.

After being ignored by the National Board of Review and the Broadcast Film Critics Association, The Kids Are All Right made a small comeback. Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, writer-director Lisa Cholondenko, and writer Stuart Blumberg were honored in the actress, supporting actor, and screenplay categories. Fingers crossed the film gets some much-needed recognition when the Golden Globe nominations are announced tomorrow.

Rounding out the acting awards is Melissa Leo for The Fighter. With this win, Leo seems to have pushed early favorite Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom out of the running.

The complete list of winners is below.

Best Film: The Social Network

Best Foreign Language Film: Carlos

Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Actress: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Best Screenplay: Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right

Best Documentary: Inside Job

Best Animated Feature: The Illusionist

Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan

Best First Film: Animal Kingdom

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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Best of 2008: New York Film Critics Circle Awards

The New York Film Critics Circle announced their picks for the best films of 2008 today. Milk was named Best Film and Happy-Go-Lucky, which I haven’t much about, won two awards. The awards season is starting to develop some patterns with Slumdog Millionaire, Frozen River, WallE, Man on Wire, Rachel Getting Married, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona all receiving awards from various critics groups.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Film: Milk

Best Director: Mike Leigh, Happy-Go-Lucky

Best Actor: Sean Penn, Milk

Best Actress: Sally Hawkins, Happy-Go-Lucky

Best Supporting Actor: Josh Brolin, Milk

Best Supporting Actress: Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Screenplay: Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married

Best Animated Film: Wall-E

Best Foreign Film: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Best First Film: Courtney Hunt, Frozen River

Best Cinematographer: Anthony Dod Mantle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Documentary: Man on Wire

The Race So Far: The Critics Have Spoken

his is just the beginnings of the critics picks. Based on their picks (listed below) the Oscar frontrunners are:

Best Picture
No Country for Old Me
There Will Be Blood

Best Director
Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Actress
Julie Christie, Away from Her
Marianne Cotillard, La Vie En Rose

Best Actor
George Clooney, Michael Clayton
Daniel Day Lewis, There Will Be Blood
Frank Langella, Starting Out in the Evening

Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men,

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone;

Best Foreign Language Film
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Best Documentary Film
No End in Sight
Sicko

Best Animated Film
Persepolis
Ratatouille

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The Critics’ Picks – New York Film Critics Circle

Best Foreign Film
The Lives of Others

Best Animated Film
Persepolis

Best First Film
Sarah Polley, Away from Her

Best Documentary
No End in Sight

Best Cinematographer
Robert Elswit, There Will Be Blood

Best Screenplay
Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

Best Actress
Julie Christie, Away from Her

Best Director
Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Best Picture
No Country for Old Men

Lifetime Achievement
Sidney Lumet

Special Critics’ Award
Charles Burnett, Killer of Sheep

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San Francisco Film Critics Circle

Best Picture
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Best Director
Joel and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Best Original Screenplay
The Savages

Best Adapted Screenplay
Away from Her

Best Actor
George Clooney, Michael Clayton

Best Actress
Julie Christie, Away from Her

Best Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck , The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Ryan Gone Baby Gone

Best Foreign Language Film
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Documentary
No End in Sight

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson, There Will Be Blood

Runner-up
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

Runner-up
Anamaria Marinca, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Best Actor:
Daniel Day-Lewis, There Will Be Blood

Runner-up
Frank Langella, Starting Out in the Evening

Best Screenplay
The Savages, Tamara Jenkins

Runner-up
There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone and Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Runner-up
Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There

Best Supporting Actor
Vlad Ivanov, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Runner-up
Hal Holbrook, Into the Wild

Best Foreign Language Film:
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

Runner-up
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Documentary Film
No End in Sight

Runner-up
Sicko
Best Production Design
Jack Fisk, There Will Be Blood

Runner-up
Dante Ferretti, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Animated Film
(tie) Ratatouille and Persepolis

Best Music
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Once

Runner-up
Jonny Greenwood, There Will Be Blood

Best Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Runner-up
Robert Elswit, There Will Be Blood

New Generation
Sarah Polley, Away From Her

Career Achievement
Sidney Lumet

Best Independent/Experimental
Colossal Youth,directed by Pedro Costa

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Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association

Best Film
No Country for Old Men

Best Foreign Language Film
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (dir. Julian Schnabel)

Best Documentary
Sicko (dir Michael Moore)

Best Director
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, No Country for Old Men

Best Actor
George Clooney, Michael Clayton

Best Actress
Julie Christie, Away from Her

Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

Best Ensemble
No Country for Old Men

Best Adapted Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin, Charlie Wilson’s War

Best Original Screenplay
Diablo Cody, Juno

Best Animated Feature
Ratatouille

Best Breakthrough Performance
Ellen Page, Juno

Best Art Direction
Dante Ferretti, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Best Picture

No Country For Old Men

Best Actor
Frank Langella, Starting Out in the Evening

Best Actress
Marion Cotillard, La Vie en Rose

Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem, No Country for Old Men

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Ryan, Gone Baby Gone

Best Director
Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Screenplay
Brad Bird; Ratatouille

Best Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski; The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best Documentary
Crazy Love

Best Foreign-Language Film
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Best New Filmmaker
Ben Affleck for Gone Baby Gone

Best Ensemble Cast
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead