Critic’s Choice Nominees

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 8:43 am

The Broadcast Film Critics have announced our nominations, often the best predictor of the Oscars. I am hoping to attend the awards event, which will be broadcast on VH1 on January 15. I’ll be voting on these soon, so if you have favorites, let me know!
The BFCA consists of 235 television, radio and online film critics. It is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada.
BEST PICTURE
“Avatar”
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Invictus”
“Nine”
“Precious”
“A Serious Man”
“Up”
“Up In The Air”
BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges – “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney – “Up In The Air”
Colin Firth – “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman – “Invictus”
Viggo Mortensen – “The Road”
Jeremy Renner – “The Hurt Locker”
BEST ACTRESS
Emily Blunt – “The Young Victoria ”
Sandra Bullock – “The Blind Side”
Carey Mulligan – “An Education”
Saoirse Ronan – “The Lovely Bones”
Gabourey Sidibe – “Precious”
Meryl Streep – “Julie & Julia”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Matt Damon – “Invictus”
Woody Harrelson – “The Messenger”
Christian McKay – “Me And Orson Welles”
Alfred Molina – “An Education”
Stanley Tucci – “The Lovely Bones”
Christoph Waltz – “Inglourious Basterds”
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Marion Cotillard – “Nine”
Vera Farmiga – “Up In The Air”
Anna Kendrick – “Up In The Air”
Mo’Nique – “Precious”
Julianne Moore – “A Single Man”
Samantha Morton – “The Messenger”
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Jae Head – “The Blind Side”
Bailee Madison – “Brothers”
Max Records – “Where The Wild Things Are”
Saoirse Ronan – “The Lovely Bones”
Kodi Smit-McPhee – “The Road”
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Nine”
“Precious”
“Star Trek”
“Up In The Air”
BEST DIRECTING
Kathryn Bigelow – “The Hurt Locker”
James Cameron – “Avatar”
Lee Daniels – “Precious”
Clint Eastwood – “Invictus”
Jason Reitman – “Up In The Air”
Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Mark Boal – “The Hurt Locker”
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – “A Serious Man”
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber – “(500) Days Of Summer”
Bob Peterson, Peter Docter – “Up”
Quentin Tarantino – “Inglourious Basterds”
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach – “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell – “District 9”
Geoffrey Fletcher – “Precious”
Tom Ford, David Scearce – “A Single Man”
Nick Hornby – “An Education”
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – “Up In The Air”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Barry Ackroyd – “The Hurt Locker”
Dion Beebe – “Nine”
Mauro Fiore – “Avatar”
Andrew Lesnie – “The Lovely Bones”
Robert Richardson – “Inglourious Basterds”
BEST ART DIRECTION
Dan Bishop – “A Single Man”
Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg – “Avatar”
John Myhre, Gordon Sim – “Nine”
Naomi Shohan, George De Titta, Jr. – “The Lovely Bones”
David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco – “Inglourious Basterds”
BEST EDITING
Dana E. Glauberman – “Up In The Air”
Sally Menke – “Inglourious Basterds”
Bob Murawski, Chris Innis – “The Hurt Locker”
Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron – “Avatar”
Claire Simpson, Wyatt Smith – “Nine”
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Colleen Atwood – “Nine”
Janet Patterson – “Bright Star”
Sandy Powell – “The Young Victoria ”
Anna Sheppard – “Inglourious Basterds”
Casey Storm – “Where The Wild Things Are”
BEST MAKEUP
“Avatar”
“District 9”
“Nine”
“The Road”
“Star Trek”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
“Avatar”
“District 9”
“The Lovely Bones”
“Star Trek”
“2012”
BEST SOUND
“Avatar”
“District 9”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Nine”
“Star Trek”
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
“Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs”
“Coraline”
“Fantastic Mr. Fox”
“Princess And The Frog”
“Up”
BEST ACTION MOVIE
“Avatar”
“District 9”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Star Trek”
BEST COMEDY
“(500) Days Of Summer”
“The Hangover”
“It’s Complicated”
“The Proposal”
“Zombieland”
BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
“Gifted Hands”
“Grey Gardens”
“Into The Storm”
“Taking Chance”
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“Broken Embraces”
“Coco Before Chanel”
“Red Cliff”
“Sin Nombre”
“The White Ribbon”
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Anvil”
“Capitalism: A Love Story”
“The Cove”
“Food, Inc.”
“Michael Jackson’s This Is It”
BEST SONG
“All Is Love” – Karen O, Nick Zinner – “Where The Wild Things Are”
“Almost There” – Randy Newman – “The Princess And The Frog”
“Cinema Italiano” – Maury Yeston – “Nine”
“(I Want To) Come Home” – Paul McCartney – “Everybody’s Fine”
“The Weary Kind” – T Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham – “Crazy Heart”
BEST SCORE
Michael Giacchino – “Up”
Marvin Hamlisch – “The Informant!”
Randy Newman – “The Princess and the Frog”
Karen O, Carter Burwell – “Where The Wild Things Are”
Hans Zimmer – “Sherlock Holmes”

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Women Journalist Film Awards

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 7:54 pm

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced its awards for 2009:
With sincerest appreciation of all the great work that’s been done in film this year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 EDA Awards for the best and worst of the year. The AWFJ, like the LA Film Critics, selected Kathryn Bigelow as best director for “The Hurt Locker,” and named it the best film as well. AWFJ also selected “winners” in categories like “sexist pig” (“The Ugly Truth”), biggest age disparity between leading man and lady (40 years in “Whatever Works”), and actress most in need of a new agent (Hilary Swank, whose film “Amelia” was selected as “film you most wanted to love but couldn’t”). The momentum continues to build in for supporting actor Christoph Waltz and supporting actress Mo’Nique, giving them a virtual shut-out so far. If the Broadcast Film Critics select them, too, they will be hard to beat for the Oscars.
Best Film:
The Hurt Locker
Best Animated Film:
Up
Best Director:
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Best Screenplay, Original:
(500) Days of Summer – Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Best Screenplay, Adapted
Up In The Air – Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Best Documentary
The Cove
Best Actress
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Best Actress In Supporting Role
Monique – Precious
Best Actor
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Christopher Waltz – Inglorious Basterds
Best Ensemble Cast
The Hurt Locker
Best Editing
Sally Menke – Inglorious Basterds
Most Beautiful Film
Bright Star
Best Non-English-Language Film
Summer Hours
EDA FEMALE FOCUS AWARDS
Best Woman Director
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
Best Woman Screenwriter
Jane Campion – Bright Star
Best Animated Female
Coraline in Coraline
Best Breakthrough Performance
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Women’s Image Award
Kathryn Bigelow
Perseverance Award
Agnes Varda
Actress Defying Age and Ageism
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia and It’s Complicated
Sexist Pig Award
Robert Luketic for The Ugly Truth
This Year’s Outstanding Achievement By A Woman In The Film Industry
Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker
Lifetime Achievement Award
Agnes Varda
AWFJ Award For Humanitarian Activism
Rebecca Cammisa for Which Way Home
EDA SPECIAL MENTION AWARDS
AWFJ Hall Of Shame Award
Robert Luketic – The Ugly Truth
Actress Most in Need Of A New Agent
Hilary Swank
Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn’t
Amelia
Unforgettable Moment Award (Tie)
Inglorious Basterds – Shoshanna (Melanie Laurent) burns down the theater
Precious – Mary (Mo’Nique) admits the abuse
Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction (Tie)
An Education – Carey Mulligan and Peter Saarsgard
It’s Complicated – – Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin
Sequel That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award
Transformers Revenge of the Fallen
The Remake That Shouldn’t Have Been Made Award
Land of the Lost
Cultural Crossover Award
District 9
Bravest Performance Award
Mo’Nique in Precious
Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award
Whatever Works – Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood (40 years difference)
To make sure you see the best of 2009, check out all the nominees.

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Washington Area Film Critics Awards 2009

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 8:01 am

up-in-the-air-movie.jpgThe Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) today announced their 2009 winners, awarding Best Film to “Up in the Air.” The film’s star, George Clooney, took home the Best Actor award, his second win (“Michael Clayton,” 2007). In a WAFCA first, Kathryn Bigelow took home the prize for Best Director for the Iraq War film, “The Hurt Locker,” the first woman to do so.
Relative newcomer Carey Mulligan took home the Best Actress award for “An Education,” while what many considered the only locks of the season — the Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories — went to Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”) and Mo’Nique (“Precious”), respectively. “Precious” also walked away with the Best Breakthrough Performance for first-time actress Gabourey Sidibe.
“We are thrilled with these results,” said Tim Gordon, president of WAFCA. “As with every year, there were consensus favorites as well as surprises that both stunned and delighted us. In a year full of as many great films as this one, things are always…up in the air!”
In other categories, Sheldon Turner and two-time winner Jason Reitman (2006’s “Thank You for Smoking”) won Best Adapted Screenplay for “Up in the Air.” Quentin Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay for his heavily lauded “Inglourious Basterds.” “Up” snagged the Best Animated Film award, the fourth WAFCA win for the Disney/Pixar juggernaut. Best foreign film went to the immigration drama “Sin Nombre,” and Best Documentary went to “Food, Inc.”
The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association is comprised of 48 DC-VA-MD-based film critics from television, radio, print and the Internet. Voting was conducted from December 4 – 5, 2009.thehurtlockernuevoposter.jpg
Best Film:? “Up in the Air” | Paramount
Best Director:? Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”)
Best Actor: ?George Clooney (“Up in the Air”)
Best Actress:?Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Best Supporting Actor:?Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”)
Best Supporting Actress: ?Mo’Nique (“Precious”)
Best Ensemble:? “The Hurt Locker” | Summit Entertainment
Best Breakthrough Performance:? Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”)
Best Screenplay, Adapted:?Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner (“Up in the Air”)
Best Screenplay, Original: ?Quentin Tarantino (“Inglourious Basterds”)
Best Animated Film: “?Up” | Walt Disney & Pixar
Best Foreign Film:? “Sin Nombre” | Focus Features
Best Documentary:? “Food, Inc.” | Magnolia
Best Art Direction:?Nine | The Weinstein Company

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Oscar Thoughts from Three Top Critics

Posted on February 22, 2009 at 9:27 am

Jeannette Catsoulis tells us the Oscars should embrace the lowbrow in Las Vegas CityLife:
tudios spend all year milking dollars from young people only to turn around at Oscar time, overcome with shame and a newly minted commitment to quality, and nominate a bunch of old-lady favorites. (Only one of this year’s nominees is even set in this century.) Am I — gasp! — arguing for award by populism? Damn right I am: If Hollywood wants support for its sickeningly expensive, annual display of onanism, it needs to be proud of what it does best. Leave the recognition of Art to the Independent Spirit Awards and the Director’s Guild and give Oscar back to the people who keep him in business: average Americans.
She makes a compelling argument that the movies overlooked by Oscar like “Dark Knight” and “Quantum of Solace” are not just bigger at the box office — they are better.
In the future, the organizers should give Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin co-hosting duties (with no restrictions on the jokes), have Matt Stone and Trey Parker write the intros, give Stan Lee as many awards as possible and invite Miley Cyrus and the Jonas clones to sing the nominated songs.
Christopher Orr also objects to stuffiness of the nominees at The New Republic, which he describes as “the mushy middle, a showcase of high-toned, politically palatable films meticulously engineered to approximate art.”
“WALL-E,” for my money the best film of the year, was relegated to the animated-film ghetto from which only “Beauty and the Beast” has ever emerged. “The Dark Knight”–which, for all its flaws, was an ambitious, fascinating work of pop mythology–will have to content itself with whatever technical awards it can scrape up. (Best Visual Effects! In your face, “Iron Man!”) And even as the Academy ignored the summer’s big mass-cultural phenomena, it simultaneously managed to skip over the fall and early winter’s quieter, more thoughtful indies–“The Wrestler,” “Rachel Getting Married,” and the bleak, bewildering “Synecdoche, New York.”
Dana Stevens in Slate finds the “aestheticization of Indian poverty unsettling” in “Slumdog Millionare” and is bothered by the “icky premise” of “The Reader.” She wistfully hopes for more “weirdness,” not just in the movies but from the actors, to make it more fun to watch.

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The Spirits and the Razzies

Posted on February 22, 2009 at 8:38 am

Just before the Oscars every year, two other important awards are announced. The Razzies (named for the rude noise called a “raspberry”) are given to the worst of the year from Hollywood. This year the recipients are:
Worst Picture: The Love Guru (which I also picked as the year’s worst in my essay for Rotten Tomatoes)love guru.jpg
Worst Actor: Mike Myers in “The Love Guru”
Worst Actress: Paris Hilton “The Hottie and the Nottie
Worst Screenplay: “The Love Guru”
Worst Supporting Actor: Pierce Brosnan in “Mamma Mia!”
Worst Supporting Actress: Paris Hilton again in “Repo! The Genetic Opera”
Worst Couple: Paris Hilton again with either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore in “The Hottie & The Nottie”
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
And by the way, anyone can vote on the Razzies for a modest fee.
The Spirit Awards (formerly called Independent Spirit) are given out by Film Independent, a resource group for independent film-makers. Its annual awards ceremony is broadcast on the Independent Film Channel and it is always hilarious, outrageous, and lots of fun (warning: very strong language and provocative material).
This year’s Spirit winners include:
“The Wrestler” (best feature, best actor Mickey Rourke, best cinematographer)
“Vicky Christina Barcelona” (best screenplay by Woody Allen, best supporting actress Penelope Cruz)
“Milk” (best first screenplay by Dustin Lance Black, best supporting actor James Franco)
“The Visitor” (best director Tom McCarthy)
“Synecdoche New York” (best first feature, Robert Altman ensemble award)
“The Class” (best foreign film)
“Man on Wire” (best documentary)
“Frozen River” (best actress Melissa Leo)
Membership is also available in Film Independent.
2009 Independent Spirit Awards at LocateTV.com

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