Friday, January 14, 2011

Critics Choice Awards

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) gave out their awards tonight at the Critics Choice Awards. The winners were...

Best Picture: The Social Network
Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Best Original Screenplay: The King’s Speech
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Social Network
Best Ensemble: The Fighter
Best Young Actor/Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Best Foreign Language Film: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Best Documentary Feature: Waiting for Superman
Best Animated Feature: Toy Story 3
Best Comedy: Easy A
Best Action Movie: Inception
Best Picture Made for TV: The Pacific
Best Cinematography: Inception
Best Editing: Inception
Best Art Direction: Inception
Best Visual Effects: Inception
Best Makeup: Alice in Wonderland
Best Sound: Inception
Best Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Best Score: The Social Network
Best Song: “If I Rise," 127 Hours

No big surprises tonight as most of the favorites won. The only minor upset was probably The King's Speech winning Original Screenplay over Inception, but the latter did get the most win of the night including Best Action Movie. The other minor upset was Melissa Leo winning Best Supporting Actress over Hailee Steinfeld. The young ingenue, however didn't walk home empty-handed as she won Best Young Actor/Actress over Jennifer Lawrence whose thunder has seemingly been stolen late in the game.

It was a great night for Oscar front-runner The Social Network as it won the trifecta Picture-Director-Writing categories as well as a win for its magnificent score. The Fighter also had a fantastic evening sweeping the supporting acting categories with Leo and Christian Bale winning as well as nabbing the Best Ensemble prize. The king and queen of the night were Colin Firth and Natalie Portman who both expectantly won the lead acting categories to much rejoicing.

As I said, no big surprises here. Most of the winners look very likely to repeat at the Golden Globes, SAG, and Academy Awards. It's all terribly unexciting, but at the very least the awards are going to films/actors who truly deserve it, so I'm bored, but satisfied nonetheless. I guess it's worth noting that the only films, out of ten nominated for Best Picture, to walk home empty-handed were The Town and Winter's Bone. Shaky grounds, those two.

And even though neither won, just want to say how hot Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams looked. The fact that both of them are not locks for an Oscar nomination is upsetting me the most this awards season and I really really hope they do. Also I can't believe Zombieland co-stars Emma Stone and Jesse Eisenberg, who both presented together, didn't make a joke about working with Andrew Garfield. Nary a Spider-Man joke?

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