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Critics, Round 7: Chicago Noms

Critics, Round 7: Chicago Noms

Heading into tomorrow and Thursday’s much more typically Oscar-enlightening Broadcast Film Critics Award Nominations and Golden Globe Nominations, todays Chicago Critics nominations (listed after the jump, with winners announced Friday) brought the critics’ announcements tally to 7. I always kinda forget about Chicago and had to do a little review to see just how much they correlate with the big O, and think perhaps people should take note:

Last year, it matched up 4/5 in picture (with Iwo Jima getting a foreign language nod instead), 5/5 in director, 5/5 in actor (if you allow Leo‘s film switch from Chicago nommed Departed to Oscar nommed Blood Diamond), 2/5 in supporting actor and 5/5 in both actress and supporting actress (though Chicago nommed 6 in both, all 5 Oscar noms were in there). Pretty impressive. And considering what they offer us this year, I wouldnt be horribly disappointed if it goes similarly this year:

Once got a picture nod! Add that to David Fincher‘s director nod, Ryan Gosling‘s actor nod and Leslie Mann‘s supporting actress nod and that’d be good enough for me.

Atonement, Sweeney Todd and American Gangster all got beat up pretty bad here, and I was kinda hoping for some more Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead or I’m Not There love. Both among my personal top 5 (though I havent seen Blood or Sweeney), they really need some quick affection (which is unlikely) from the BFCA or the Globes.

And despite last year’s high accuracy, I do think Chicago might not be as telling as I suggested. I’d guess is that picture will match up 2/5, director 2/5, actor 3/5, actress 4/5, supporting actor 5/5 and supporting actress 3/5. Check after the jump and guess which ones I’ve left out.


Best Picture
“Into the Wild”
“Michael Clayton”
“No Country for Old Men”
“There Will Be Blood”

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson, “There Will Be Blood”
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, “No Country for Old Men”
Tony Gilroy, “Michael Clayton”
David Fincher, “Zodiac”
Jason Reitman, “Juno”

Best Actor
George Clooney, “Michael Clayton”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “There Will Be Blood”
Ryan Gosling, “Lars and the Real Girl”
Frank Langella, “Starting Out in the Evening”
Viggo Mortensen, “Eastern Promises”

Best Actress
Julie Christie, “Away from Her”
Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose”
Angelina Jolie, “A Mighty Heart”
Laura Linney, “The Savages”
Ellen Page, “Juno”

Best Supporting Actor
Casey Affleck, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
Javier Bardem, “No Country for Old Men”
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, “Charlie Wilson’s War”
Hal Holbrook, “Into the Wild”
Tom Wilkinson, “Michael Clayton”

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchet, “I’m Not There”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “Margot at the Wedding”
Leslie Mann, “Knocked Up”
Amy Ryan, “Gone Baby Gone”
Tilda Swinton, “Michael Clayton”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“Into the Wild”
“No Country for Old Men”
“There Will Be Blood”

Best Original Screenplay
“Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”
“Michael Clayton”
“The Savages”

Best Cinematography
“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
“No Country for Old Men”
“There Will Be Blood”

Best Score
“The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”
“Lust, Caution”
“There Will Be Blood”

Best Animated Feature
“Meet the Robinsons”
“The Simpsons Movie”

Best Foreign Film
“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”
“La Vie en Rose”
“Lust, Caution”
“The Orphanage”

Best Documentary
“Darfur Now”
“The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”
“Lake of Fire”
“No End in Sight”

Promising Director
Ben Affleck, “Gone Baby Gone”
John Carney, “Once”
Craig Gillespie, “Lars and the Real Girl”
Tony Gilroy, “Michael Clayton”
Sarah Polley, “Away from Her”

Promising Performer
Nikki Blonsky, “Hairspray”
Michael Cera, “Juno”/”Superbad”
Glen Hansard, “Once”
Carice van Houten, “Black Book”
Tang Wei, “Lust, Caution”

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