Friday, January 13, 2012

2012 Critic's Choice Awards: Nominees & Winners

Why are the Critics' Choice Awards important?
Like any film awarding group, those films, actors and technical hands who receive awards are going to shape future films: if John Doe wins best editor, guess who everyone is going to want as their editor this year, or want their editors to imitate whatever it was that John Doe did to get that award, because awards means money, and the film making industry is, above all, a capitalistic industry that must make money to survive. The types of film winning for best picture, actors and directors will shape the films being made this year (the films being released for 2012 were shaped by last years winners, so in a sense, Hollywood is always a year behind even has it is supposed to be on the cutting edge).
Choices reflect values and even morals.
To chose one film and leave another film out is an unconscious moral decision these critics (that Hollywood watches very closely) make reflecting their aesthetics and social awareness; again, this will shape films that will be made in the future. It's possible that, since Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is no where on this list, that the sequels John le Carre wrote will not make it to the screen.

Best Picture Nominees:

The winner is: The Artist

Best Actor Nominees:

The winner is: George Clooney

The winner is: Viola Davis for The Help.

The winner is Christopher Plummer for Beginners.

Best Supporting Actress Nominees:

The winner is: Octavia Spencer for The Help.

Best Acting Ensemble Nominees:

The winner is: The Help.

The winner is: Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist

The winner is: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best Adapted Screenplay Nominees:

Best Animated Feature Nominees:

The winner is: Rango

The winner is: Thomas Horn for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Action Movie Nominees:

The winner is: Drive

Best Comedy Movie Nominees:

The winner is: Bridesmaids.

Best Foreign Language Film Nominees:

The winner is: A Separation

The winner is: George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Best Song Nominees:

Gnomeo & Juliet (2011): Elton John, Bernie Taupin("Hello Hello")
The Muppets (2011): Bret McKenzie("Life's a Happy Song")
The Muppets (2011): Bret McKenzie("Man or Muppet")
The Muppets (2011): Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis, Chen Neeman("Pictures in My Head")

The winner is: Life is a Happy Song, The Muppets

The winner is: The Artist

The winner is: there was a tie between The Tree of Life and War Horse.

The winner is: Hugo.

The winner is: The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo

Best Costume Design Nominees:

The winner is: The Artist

Best Makeup Nominees:

J. Edgar (2011)
My Week with Marilyn (2011)

The winner is: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Best Visual Effects Nominees:

Hugo (2011/II)
Super 8 (2011)
The Tree of Life (2011)

The winner is: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Sound Nominees:

The winner is: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
This weekend, I will be watching The Iron Lady and The Devil Inside; I just saw The Tree of Life and wish someone had told me before what an amazing film that is so I could have watched it earlier! Wow. I will be posting on that today!