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article imageOp-Ed: Some thoughts on the Critics' Choice Awards

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 11, 2012 in Entertainment
The 17th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards will be given out on Jan. 12 on VH1. As a current broadcaster and a former newspaperman, I pay close attention to this one and The National Society of Film Critics.
After these are handed out, look for my reaction. But first, glance at the nominations as you watch "The People's Choice Awards" tonight. Yes, there are too many award shows this time of year.
Before we start, though, here are the special awards. These usually get thrown in when people need a break. To make matters even more confusing this is The Critics Choice Awards of the Broadcast Film Critics, dealing with radio, television and online.
JOEL SIEGEL AWARD
Sean Penn
MUSIC + FILM AWARD
Martin Scorsese
One more thing, Bob Dylan will perform.
BEST PICTURE
"The Artist"
"The Descendants"
"Drive"
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
"The Help"
"Hugo"
"Midnight in Paris"
"Moneyball"
"The Tree of Life"
"War Horse"
Notes: There are 10 here but I will note this doesn't make sense later. Stay tuned. Of the ten, one stands out as a forgotten film. That one is "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close." You either like it or hate it. I fall into the latter. I wanted to like it but couldn't muster enough good vibes. The award season seems to be shaping up into a horse race. Yes, I had to say that with "War Horse" in here.
BEST ACTOR
George Clooney – “The Descendants”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “J. Edgar”
Jean Dujardin – “The Artist”
Michael Fassbender – “Shame”
Ryan Gosling – “Drive”
Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”
Note: With Ryan Gosling nominated I would not count him out but Hollywood and critics love George Clooney, even though the box office doesn't always match that enthusiasm. Brad Pitt is due. In other words, he said he would quit acting at the age of 50 recently so give it to him so he stays.
BEST ACTRESS
Viola Davis – “The Help”
Elizabeth Olsen – “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Meryl Streep – “The Iron Lady”
Tilda Swinton – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Charlize Theron – “Young Adult”
Michelle Williams – “My Week With Marilyn”
Note: No Glenn Close, so an upset in the making is ripe here. Michelle Williams should win and then win the Oscar, until I change my mind later. I would love an upset here, though. And not from Meryl Streep. I am tired of the due label on her now. Yes, even though I helped start it six months ago.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh – “My Week With Marilyn”
Albert Brooks – “Drive”
Nick Nolte – “Warrior”
Patton Oswalt – “Young Adult”
Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”
Andy Serkis – “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
Note: Truth be told, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" is a pretty good movie but my vote goes to either Christopher Plummer or Albert Brooks.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo – “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain – “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids”
Carey Mulligan – “Shame”
Octavia Spencer – “The Help”
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”
Note: It is for Jessica Chastain to lose, whatever that means. This could easily go to Melissa McCarthy, though.
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Asa Butterfield – “Hugo”
Elle Fanning – “Super 8”
Thomas Horn – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Ezra Miller – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Saoirse Ronan – “Hanna”
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”
Note: I really do not like the idea of six nominees in certain categories then five in others. Be consistent colleagues.
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
"The Artist"
"Bridesmaids"
"The Descendants"
"The Help"
"The Ides of March"
Note: This is the one I noted earlier. Why have five here but ten in the best picture? Oh, they are not ensemble worthy. Get rid of this one since you have the other one. Got it?
BEST DIRECTOR
Stephen Daldry – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
Alexander Payne – “The Descendants”
Nicolas Winding Refn – “Drive”
Martin Scorsese – “Hugo”
Steven Spielberg – “War Horse”
Note: Stephen Daldry is here and that throws me for a loop. OK, now that I'm not dizzy anymore because of that loop, can Martin Scorsese lose? Yes, because he has that special award coming his way.
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
"The Adventures of Tintin"
"Arthur Christmas"
"Kung Fu Panda 2"
"Puss in Boots"
"Rango"
Note: Only five here and "Rango" is the front runner. Well, somebody has to be so why not "Rango"?
BEST ACTION MOVIE
"Drive"
"Fast Five"
"Hanna"
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
"Super 8"
Note: With categories like this one it waters down Best Picture. Oh, then that ensemble one, too. A Best Picture category is just that. Why have the other ones?
BEST COMEDY
"Bridesmaids"
"Crazy, Stupid, Love"
"Horrible Bosses"
"Midnight in Paris"
"The Muppets"
Note: Ditto here. But, by having comedy and then action, it makes more film winners and that, to some, is worthy, but not me. It just makes us feel good, but, again, it waters down the awards.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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