Monday, December 13, 2010

Awards Galore: NY, LA, Boston, Broadcast, and Southeastern

There's been a whole host of awards since I last updated. I won't go in depth into all of them, but scroll through the nominations and take a look at them all, and at the bottom are a few interesting things to note.
AFI Top 10 (alphabetical order)

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

127 Hours

The Social Network

The Town

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter's Bone

Boston Film Critics Society

Best Picture: The Social Network

Best Actor: Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Best Actress: Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress: Juliette Lewis, Conviction

Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins, True Grit

Best Documentary: Marwencol

Best Foreign-Language Film: Mother

Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer): Andrew Weisblum, Black Swan

Best New Filmmaker (awarded in memory of David Brudnoy): Jeff Malmberg, Marwencol

Best Ensemble Cast: The Fighter

Best Use of Music in a Film: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Los Angeles

Picture: The Social Network
Director: (tie) Olivier Assayas, Carlos and David Fincher, The Social Network
Actress: Kim Hye-Ja, Mother
Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
Supporting Actor: Neils Arestrup, A Prophet
Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan

Music: (tie) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network and Alexandre Desplat, The Ghost Writer
Production Design: Guy Dyas, Inception
Documentary: Last Train Home
Experimental: Jean Luc Godard's Film Socialisme
Foreign Film: Carlos (France)
Animated Film: Toy Story 3
New Generation: Lena Dunham for Tiny Furniture
Legacy of Cinema Award: Serge Bromberg, Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno, and the F.W. Murnau Foundation and Fernando Pena for the restoration of Metropolis
Career Achievement: Paul Mazursky

NY ONLINE

Picture: The Social Network

Top 10: 127 Hours, Another Year, Black Swan, Blue Valentine, The Ghost Writer, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Social Network.

Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Actor: James Franco, 127 Hours
Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter
Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Ensemble Cast: The Kids Are All Right
Debut Performance: Noomi Rapace, The Millenium Trilogy
Debut Director: John Wells, The Company Men
Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Music or Score: Clint Mansell, Black Swan
Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop
Foreign Film: I Am Love
Animated Film: Toy Story 3

Broadcast Film Critics Association

BEST PICTURE
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone
BEST ACTOR
Jeff Bridges - True Grit
Robert Duvall - Get Low
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
Colin Firth - The King’s Speech
James Franco - 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Noomi Rapace - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale - The Fighter
Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
Jeremy Renner - The Town
Sam Rockwell - Conviction
Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush - The King’s Speech
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams - The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter - The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis - Black Swan
Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Elle Fanning - Somewhere
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter’s Bone
Chloe Grace Moretz - Let Me In
Chloe Grace Moretz - Kick-Ass
Kodi Smit-McPhee - Let Me In
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
The Town
BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
Danny Boyle - 127 Hours
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - True Grit
David Fincher - The Social Network
Tom Hooper - The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan - Inception
Southeastern Film Critics Association
Top 10
  1. The Social Network
  2. The King's Speech
  3. Winter's Bone
  4. Black Swan
  5. Inception
  6. True Grit
  7. Toy Story 3
  8. 127 Hours
  9. The Fighter
  10. The Kids Are All Right
Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
Supporting Actress: Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Ensemble: The Social Network
Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King's Speech
Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Documentary: Inside Job
Foreign Language Film: Mother (Korea)
Animated Film: Toy Story 3
Cinematography: Roger Deakins, True Grit
Gene Wyatt Award for Evoking the Spirit of the South: Winter's Bone
New York Film Critics' Circle
Picture: The Social Network
Director: David Fincher, The Social Network
Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech
Actress: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Screenplay: Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Cinematography: Matthew Libatique, Black Swan
Animated Film: The Illusionist
Documentary: Inside Job
Foreign Film: Carlos
First Feature: David Michod, Animal Kingdom
  • BEST PICTURE: At this point, I believe the only film that's won any Picture prizes is the dominating force that is The Social Network. But if you look at the other nomination groups, you can see that there are 12-14 films looking to fill the 10 Best Picture spots, and all of them are making (mostly) good cases for themselves.
  • BEST DIRECTOR: Again, this has been dominated by Fincher. Could he win his first, overdue Oscar this year?
  • BEST ACTOR: I'm waiting for The King's Speech to open here (Christmas Day), because I want to see if Firth is living up to the hype. As you may have already read, I was blown away by James Franco in 127 Hours, and I'm surprised that he's not getting much acting prizes. Also, Eisenberg is still shocking me: I liked his performance just fine, but I didn't think it was among the year's best.
  • BEST ACTRESS: And so, as predicted, this is looking like a Bening vs. Portman showdown to the end. But notice the lack of Lesley Manville among these; is her campaign in trouble, or just a few misses? Tomorrow's Golden Globe nominations will tell us more.
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Hooray for NYFCC for recognizing Mark Ruffalo's brilliant performance; he's been absent from most of the conversation, and he really deserves a nomination for his work. Otherwise, Bale and Rush have been hogging most of the attention.
  • BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: A month ago, this race was a complete mess, but now it seems to be coming together. The choice of Juliette Lewis by Boston is interesting, but don't expect much from her in terms of nominations this year, since this is her only mention so far (by the way: the three films that dominated Boston's awards - The Fighter, The Social Network, Conviction - are all Boston-set. For your consideration.)
  • Otherwise, these are pretty same-y. Its nice to see a few dissenting opinions, though, such as NYFCC's choice of The Illusionist over Toy Story 3 for Animated Feature. Different opinions are how great discussions get started, and honestly, do we want to live in a world where only one movie can be considered the best? I don't see a problem with difference.
  • It used to be that foreign films could be nominated for Foreign Language Film one year, then be nominated in other categories when it opened in the United States the next year. Apparently, though, that's no longer the case, and if a film is nominated one year but opens the next, its no longer eligible in other categories; if its not nominated, it is eligible for every award except Foreign Language Film. So technically, Mother is eligible in just about every category, but A Prophet, France's nominee last year, isn't eligible at all. If any of that makes sense. My point is that its a shame the rules have changed, since a film's chances can be weakened by a studio's financial or campaigning decisions (of course, studio decisions make the whole of awards season more complicated than it should be, but that's for another time).

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