Monday, January 18, 2016

Critics Pick Spotlight, Mad Max, Mr. Robot, & Fargo

There were approximately a billion trillion categories given out last night (most during commercial breaks) because in their ultimate wisdom it was decided that the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association will present their winners together at one big ceremony. Host T.J. Miller was then quite fine with minimal and low-key sketches putting most of the focus on the nominees (acting clips were actually shown and speeches weren't interrupted!). Onwards to the winners...

Best Picture: Spotlight
Best Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone, Creed
Best Original Screenplay: Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, The Big Short
Best Adapted Screenplay: Adam McKay & Charles Randolph, The Spotlight
Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul
Best Documentary: Amy
Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
Best Cinematography: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Production: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Hair and Makeup: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Score: The Hateful Eight
Best Song: "See You Again," Furious 7

These are the traditional Oscar categories which the BFCA obviously tried their best to predict who will win the Oscars. Spotlight came away with the night's top prize but time and time again it keeps getting one-upped by other films like Mad Max: Fury Road, which walked away with the most wins including Director (or The Revenant with its leading 12 Oscar nominations). The acting winners are seemingly solidifying with these four (DiCaprio, Larson, Stallone, Vikander) but we still haven't gotten to those industry awards (BAFTA, SAG) so who knows? And yes, the wins in the top categories perfectly matches with what other critics groups had to say. Finally, YES on "See You Again" winning. Suck on that Sam Smith and Oscars.

Best Ensemble: Spotlight
Best Young Actor: Jacob Tremblay, Room
Best Comedy: The Big Short
Best Actress, Comedy: Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
Best Actor, Comedy: Christian Bale, The Big Short
Best Action Movie: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Actress, Action Movie: Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Actor, Action Movie: Tom Hardy, Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Ex Machina

Extraneous categories are extraneous, but at least we got to see Jacob Tremblay charm the room including most of the ladies from Jane the Virgin. He also got to say Millennium Falcon and hang out with BB-8. The kid is really gunning for a Star Wars role, isn't he?

Best Drama Series: Mr. Robot
Best Actress, Drama Series: Carrie Coon, The Leftovers
Best Actor, Drama Series: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Best Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Constance Zimmer, UnREAL
Best Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Guest Actor/Actress, Drama: Margo Martindale, The Good Wife
Best Comedy Series: Master of None
Best Actress, Comedy Series: Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Best Actor, Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Best Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Best Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Guest Actor/Actress, Comedy: Timothy Olyphant, The Grinder
Best TV Movie/Limited Series: Fargo
Best Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series: Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
Best Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series: Idris Elba, Luther
Best Supporting Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series: Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Best Supporting Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series: Jean Smart, Fargo

These TV winners are fantastic and really puts SAG and Emmys to shame. So at the very least the BTJA are doing their due diligence during this era of Peak TV and championing all of these new and smart shows. I can't even pick a favorite winner though maybe Mr. Robot and its leading men come close. But there's also the Coon/Zimmer/Bloom trio which just seems amazing especially since the Emmys would NEVER. Finally, shout out to Fargo for well-deserved kudos for a great S2. And below are the rest of the categories which, really? Stop.

Best Animation Series: BoJack Horseman
Best Reality Show, Competition: The Voice
Best Reality Show, Structured: Shark Tank
Best Reality Show, Unstructured: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Best Reality Show Host: James Lipton, Inside the Actors
Best Talk Show: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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