They claim to be the kickoff to Awards Season, and yet no one takes them seriously since Harvey Weinstein basically shells out cash to buy awards for his contending films in order to make their buzz feel more cemented. Still, they are awards and they really are the first of the season, and while awards are never that interesting unless they have actual nominees, and these ones are pathetically announced in gradual style over the course of a few WEEKS, let's go ahead and discuss.
What do these wins mean for the honorees?
Producer: Michael De Luca for Captain Phillips (so, basically Captain Phillips just won their version of Best Picture)
Director: Lee Daniels for The Butler
Breakout Director: Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
Screenwriters: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for Before Midnight
Actress: Sandra Bullock for Gravity
Actor: Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
Supporting Actress: Julia Roberts for August: Osage County
Supporting Actor: Jake Gyllenhaal for Prisoners
Breakthrough Performance: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
New Hollywood Award: Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave
Career Achievement: Harrison Ford for 42
Michael B. Jordon for Fruitvale Station
Sophie Nelisse for The Book Thief
David Oyelowa for The Butler
Ensemble: August: Osage County
Song: Atlas from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Production Design: American Hustle
Costume Design: American Hustle
Visual Effects: Pacific Rim
Animated: Monsters University
A couple of things right off. They seem intent on rewarding everyone. I mean, what is the difference between a Spotlight Award, a Breakthrough Award and a New Hollywood Award? I know that every awards body seems to want to cover every base so that they can say that they 'predicted the Oscars', but really, why? First off, Leto isn't breaking through. He's been done broke through MANY years ago.
I do like though that Before Midnight was rewarded here. I was beginning to think that maybe it would be forgotten completely come Oscar, but hopefully this will be the beginning of things to come.
But here's the thing; these awards lose all credibility when you see a film like Gravity and then awards Pacific Rim in Visual Effects. Yes, those effects were spectacular, BUT, you can't deny Gravity. It doesn't make a lot of sense.
I'm beginning to wonder if I was onto something at year's beginning when I said that Monster's University was going to walk away with the Oscar. The closer we get the more it seems realistic.
Anyways, these are dumb but fun. Poor Gyllenhaal. This is probably where his awards run will end, but yay for Jared Leto! He's on his way to Oscar.