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Critics, Round 8: Wild for “Wild”!?

Critics, Round 8: Wild for "Wild"!?

I guess if I called the NBR “critics”, I’ll have to do the same with the Broadcast Critics. Now televised live on VH1, the 13th annual “Critic’s Choice Awards” now officially pride themselves on their Oscar accuracy:

From VH1:

The critics will debate about the best films and performances of 2007, while giving viewers the inside track on who has the best shot at winning a Critics’ Choice Award™ – the most historically reliable predictor of OSCAR™ GOLD!”

This annoys me because a) it makes them avoid choices that wouldnt jive with the Academy, and b) given this years list, Im scared things will continue to work like it does…

Not that its all bad (the full list under the cut), but they criminally underepresented Once, I’m Not There, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead and, most notably, The Savages (Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth over Laura Linney!?!? Whores!). These four films – all absolute cinematic gems, at least I find, – are getting ignored left right and centre (save for, honestly offensive, Sidney Lumet “achievement” recognitions.. though the BFCA did give him a directors nod thankfully).

The BFCA also pointed to where Oscar might get very lame by going wild for Into The Wild. In a year full of such great films, Wild does not belong in the final five. But I dont think any film has done this well with the BFCA and not gone to at least a picture nomination.

But to bring down my critical mode a notch to some general analysis, this list does shake things up a lot. Their admirable choices are likely to get lost in the Oscar shuffle, but I’d be happier than anything if Viggo Mortensen gets in, and am also pleased with the Ryan Gosling and Casey Affleck love. Atonement‘s frontrunner status has officially been taken away, while The Kite Runner and American Gangster are seeming to now face a very uphill battle. I’ll do an official update of my predictions for Oscar Thursday post-globe, but is this our best picture lineup?:

Atonement, Into The Wild, Juno, Michael Clayton, No Country For Old Men

I also love how they list the song from Once on the BFCA’s website:

“Falling Slowly”, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Jesse L. Martin and Cast – Once

A Rent/Once mashup?


Best Picture
American Gangster
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Into the Wild
The Kite Runner
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
Sweeney Todd
There Will Be Blood

Best Actor
George Clooney – Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis – There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp – Sweeney Todd
Ryan Gosling – Lars and the Real Girl
Emile Hirsch – Into the Wild
Viggo Mortensen – Eastern Promises

Best Actress
Amy Adams – Enchanted
Cate Blanchett – Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Julie Christie – Away From Her
Marion Cotillard – La Vie en Rose
Angelina Jolie – A Mighty Heart
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
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Charlie Wilson’s War
Hal Holbrook – Into the Wild
Tom Wilkinson – Michael Clayton

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett – I’m Not There
Catherine Keener – Into the Wild
Vanessa Redgrave – Atonement
Amy Ryan – Gone Baby Gone
Tilda Swinton – Michael Clayton

Best Acting Ensemble
No Country for Old Men
Sweeney Todd
Gone Baby Gone
Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead

Best Director
Tim Burton – Sweeney Todd
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
Sidney Lumet – Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
Sean Penn – Into the Wild
Julian Schnabel – The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joe Wright – Atonement

Best Writer
Diablo Cody – Juno
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – No Country for Old Men
Tony Gilroy – Michael Clayton
Nancy Oliver – Lars and the Real Girl
Sean Penn – Into the Wild
Aaron Sorkin – Charlie Wilson’s War

Best Animated Feature
Bee Movie
The Simpsons Movie

Best Young Actor
Michael Cera – Juno
Michael Cera – Superbad
Freddie Highmore – August Rush
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada – The Kite Runner
Edward Sanders – Sweeney Todd

Best Young Actress
Nikki Blonsky – Hairspray
Dakota Blue Richards – The Golden Compass
AnnaSophia Robb – Bridge to Terabithia
Saoirse Ronan – Atonement

Best Comedy Movie
Dan in Real Life
Knocked Up

Best Family Film
August Rush
The Golden Compass
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Best Picture Made for Television
The Company
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Tin Man
The War

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

Best Song
“Come So Far”, Queen Latifah, Nikki Blonsky, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley – Hairspray
“Do You Feel Me”, Anthony Hamilton – American Gangster
“Falling Slowly”, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Once
“Guaranteed”, Eddie Vedder – Into the Wild
“That’s How You Know”, Amy Adams – Enchanted

Best Composer
Marco Beltrami – 3:10 to Yuma
Alexandre Desplat – Lust, Caution
Clint Eastwood – Grace Is Gone
Jonny Greenwood – There Will Be Blood
Dario Marianelli – Atonement
Alan Menken – Enchanted

Best Documentary
Darfur Now
In the Shadow of the Moon
The King of Kong
No End In Sight

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