Monday, December 9, 2013

New York (Online) & Boston Society of Film Critics' Awards...


So, yesterday was interesting.  We had like four awards going off at the same time.  Of course, the one most everyone was focused on was the LAFCA, and boy did they cement some real ponies in this race (so...'Her' is a real thing now) but at the same time we have the BIFA Awards being dolled out (more on that later) and the online faction of New York (not to be confused with the NYFCC) as well as Boston's non-online Film Critics (because we already got their online awards Saturday).  These were also full of some goodies (GANDOLFINI), so let's just get right into it.

We'll start with New York:


BEST PICTURE:
12 Years a Slave

DIRECTOR:
Alfonso Cuaron / Gravity

DEBUT DIRECTOR:
Ryan Coogler / Fruitvale Station

BEST ENSEMBLE:
American Hustle

FOREIGN FILM:
Blue is the Warmest Color

ANIMATED FILM:
The Wind Rises

DOCUMENTARY:
The Art of Killing

SCREENPLAY:
Her

LEAD ACTOR:
Chiwetel Ejiofor / 12 Years a Slave

LEAD ACTRESS:
Cate Blanchett / Blue Jasmine

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Jared Leto / Dallas Buyers Club

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Lupita Nyong'o / 12 Years a Slave

BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE:
Adele Exxarchopoulos / Blue is the Warmest Color

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Gravity

SCORE (USE of MUSIC)
Inside Llewyin Davis

Thoughts:  And we can start to see a trend forming and frontrunners are making their mark.  What I love about the critics awards is that they can spread the wealth in areas that the televised awards are just not going to.  Still, it is clear that two of the main categories are forming a unified front.  In other words; Cate Blanchett and Jared Leto are winning the Oscars.  I just don't see it happening any other way.  They are SLAYING right now.  'Her' continues to rally support (I think it's winning the Screenplay Oscar at this point) and Adele is keeping herself in the conversation, despite a crowded field.  One thing of note here is that this is the second 'Score' win that 'Inside Llewyn Davis' nabbed over the weekend (and there is another to come), which is odd since it isn't eligible for the Oscars.  It shows a swell of support to reward it somewhere, so I wonder if it'll become a surprise contender in a category we aren't factoring it in.  I mean, could it possibly win the Cinematography Oscar?

Now, let's look at Boston:

BEST PICTURE:
12 Years a Slave

BEST DIRECTOR:
Steve McQueen / 12 Years a Slave

FOREIGN FILM:
Wadjda

BEST NEW FILMMAKER:
Ryan Coogler / Fruitvale Station

DOCUMENTARY:
The Act of Killing

ANIMATED FILM:
The Wind Rises

ENSEMBLE:
Nebraska

SCREENPLAY:
Enough Said

LEAD ACTOR:
Chiwetel Ejiofor / 12 Years a Slave

LEAD ACTRESS:
Cate Blanchett / Blue Jasmine

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
James Gandolfini / Enough Said

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
June Squibb / Nebraska

FILM EDITING:
Rush

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Gravity

SCORE (USE of MUSIC):
Inside Llewyn Davis

Thoughts:  While I think that Leto is going to win the Oscar, the fact that Gandolfini picked up a nice mention here bodes well for his performance getting the Oscar nomination it deserves.  I've been predicting this since seeing the film, yet everyone wants to tell me it won't happen.  I'm telling you, it's happening.  'Enough Said' is actually gaining some momentum early on, which I didn't expect.  This isn't the first place that it has popped up, and I'm wondering if it could actually squeeze into an expanded Best Picture category.  It certainly is making a place for a Screenplay mention.  The real news here though is between the lines.  Boston releases it's runner-ups and 'The Wolf of Wall Street', while not winning anything, came in second in six categories, including Picture, Director and Lead Actor.  That is saying a lot for the impact it is having, even with the late release.  Who knows...an earlier release and it could be sweeping the critics'.  I have a feeling it is going to do nicely with Oscar.

2 comments:

  1. All of these critics awards are kind of exhausting, but it's nice to see the variety of winners. Her could win screenplay, but I'm wondering if Nebraska will score a win there.

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    1. Oh, I know what you mean about exhausting. They were popping up all over the place yesterday. That being said, my Awards Tally page is filling in nicely :-)

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