Friday, January 13, 2012

17th Critics’ Choice Awards Winners

Last night watched the awards ceremony that was okay, nothing special well, maybe watching Bob Dylan was my "special moment"; anyway I believe that there were no surprises and somehow show a trend on what film critics liked during 2011. Winners for all categories are not yet posted at the official site but will be here soon; winners are in *BLUE.



Today the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced the nominations for the current year with Hugo and The Artist leading the pack each with 11 nominations. These are the nominees for the main categories.

Best Picture
*The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Animated Feature
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Best Action Movie
Fast Five
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8

Best Comedy
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Horrible Bosses
Midnight in Paris
The Muppets

Best Foreign Language Film
In Darkness, Poland
Le Havre, Finland
*A Separation, Iran
The Skin I Live In, Spain
Where Do We Go Now, Lebanon

Best Director
Stephen Daldry for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
*Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Alexander Payne for The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive
Martin Scorsese for Hugo
Steven Spielberg for War Horse

Best Actress
*Viola Davis in The Help
Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin
Charlize Theron in Young Adult
Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo in The Artist
Jessica Chastain in The Help
Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
Carey Mulligan in Shame
*Octavia Spencer in The Help
Shailene Woodley in The Descendants

Best Actor
*George Clooney in The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Michael Fassbender in Shame
Ryan Gosling in Drive
Brad Pitt in Moneyball

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh in My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks in Drive
Nick Nolte in Warrior
Patton Oswalt in Young Adult
*Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Andrew Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Young Actress/Actor
Asa Butterfield in Hugo
Elle Fanning in Super 8
*Thomas Horn in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Ezra Miller in We Need to Talk About Kevin
Saoirse Ronan in Hanna
Shailene Woodley in The Descendants

Best Acting Ensemble
The Artist
The Descendants
*The Help
The Ides of March

Best Documentary Feature
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
*George Harrison: Living in the Material World
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Project Nim

If you wish to check nominees in all categories please go here. Awards ceremony will be on Thursday January 12, 2012 at the Hollywood Palladium, will be broadcast live on VH1 AT 8:00pm ET, and will be hosted by Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer.

Yes, I’m starting to see a trend with East Coast critics liking The Artist and West Coast critics preferring a different movie; but, in general seems that up-to-today The Artist could be the critics favorite. The six nominees in each category is not a bad idea this year, especially in the Best Actress category that not only mimics my true choice but also I’m certain the list has the five that have to be nominated for Oscar. One unforgivable omission in these nominees is Pina, but then maybe not many critics have seen the movie even do this group represents more than 250 television, radio and online critics.

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