The Kids Are All Right
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
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
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.
- The Social Network
- The King's Speech
- Winter's Bone
- Black Swan
- True Grit
- Toy Story 3
- 127 Hours
- The Fighter
- The Kids Are All Right
- 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).