Critics schmitics

Did you see the winners’ list for the 2010 Critics’ Choice Awards last night?

Did you know they were on?  (Did you even know they exist?)

I found them quite by accident.  But hey, it’s an awards show, and Kristin Chenoweth was hosting, so I decided to hang out for a while and see what was what.

Here are the night’s big winners:

Best Picture: ‘The Hurt Locker’
Best Actor: Jeff Bridges, ‘Crazy Heart’
Best Actress: (tie) Sandra Bullock, ‘The Blind Side,’ and Meryl Streep, ‘Julia And Julia’
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’nique, ‘Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire’
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, ‘The Hurt Locker’
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Best Adapted Screenplay: ‘Up In The Air,’ Ivan Reitman and Sheldon Turner
Best Acting Ensemble: ‘Inglourious Basterds’
Best Animated Feature: ‘Up’
Best Young Actor/Actress: Saoirse Ronan, ‘The Lovely Bones’
Best Action Movie: ‘Avatar’
Best Comedy Movie: ‘The Hangover’
Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Los Abrazos Rotos’
Best Documentary: ‘The Cove’
Best Song:The Weary Kind’ from ‘Crazy Heart’
Best Score: Michael Giacchino, ‘Up’
Best Picture Made For Television: ‘Grey Gardens’
Best Cinematography: ‘Avatar’
Best Editing: ‘Avatar’
Best Visual Effects: ‘Avatar’
Best Sound: ‘Avatar’
Best Costume Design: ‘The Young Victoria’
Best Makeup: ‘District 9’

I’ve noted in orange where my Golden Globe predictions and the Critics’ Choice winners have crossed paths.  Obviously, the two ceremonies have very different categories — the Globes honor television as well — but when you consider movies alone, the Critics and myself feel quite differently about the best movies of the year.

For Best Picture, they chose to reward yet another war picture.  Now, I know the “The Hurt Locker” is being billed as a truly spectacular film about war.  But I am really hopeful that the Golden Globes (and other subsequent awards shows) will chose to give their trophy to films that took an original cinematic bent on original cinematic topics.

Call me crazy, but I think audiences prefer a little variety.

We’ll see who’s right (me) and who gets the awards.

One response to “Critics schmitics

  1. Whatever’s going on in the culture has a big effect on what wins awards. Of course movies that aren’t hits don’t win the biggies usually, and those that are get more momentum regardless of their quality. I disagree that the current audience wants variety. It’s an uneasy time. They want safety and an escape. I liked reading this article!

    (I posted about Avatar, on-camera acting, and bad movies lately.)

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