The Florida Film Critics Circle has tossed its hat into the over-stuffed precursor ring this year by picking "The Descendants" as the year's best film. Martin Scorsese picked up the Best Director prize for "Hugo" while Michelle Williams continued a dominating streak by nabbing Best Actress. Check out the full list of winners below.
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After submitting nominees last week, the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association has picked "The Artist" as this year's Best Picture winner. Michel Hazanavicius won Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, while Rooney Mara was singled out for her lead actress performance in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Check out the full list of winners below.
If you somehow haven't noticed, I'm right in the middle of a massive update of film awards announcements. But something stuck out to me when I noted that the Southeastern Film Critics Association didn't give "The Artist" a single award.
Of the five groups announcing today and yesterday (two of which I still have to publish), only one awarded "The Artist" this year's Best Picture prize (the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association). Everyone else relegated it to runner-up consideration or perhaps a bone for Best Original Screenplay.
This is interesting to me. After a wave of groups anointed the film "the one," everyone (okay, not everyone, but almost) apparently feeling safe in going to that place, given the back-up, suddenly we get a chunk who shied away from it. I'm not saying it means anything but I do think it could be representative of something I was getting at in Friday's Oscar Talk podcast.
After Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" led with seven nominations from the Chicago Film Critics Association, it seemed obvious the film was likely to win the group's Best Picture award. But the film ended up walking away with four big wins in total. Check out the full list of winners below.
After nominating any and everything under the sun, the International Press Academy (Satellite Awards) has tapped "The Descendants" as this year's Best Picture of the year. The group, however, gave "Drive" a field-leading four wins, and overall, it's a unique set of superlatives. Check out the full list below.
As long as I've been in LA, I've been enjoying great conversations with Brad Bird.
When I worked at Dave's Video in the early '90s, Bird was one of our regular customers. At that point, he was working on "The Simpsons," and he was already known by some film geeks for his incredible "Family Dog" episode of "Amazing Stories." At that point, I remember long conversations about pulp classics, spy movies, his dream of making either "The Spirit" or a SF animated film called "Ray Gunn," and much more. He was one of those customers of ours who really lived and breathed movies, who seemed to be interested in every genre and in every type of filmmaking.
It was little surprise, then, when I saw and loved a very early rough cut of "The Iron Giant," a movie that was a difficult political football at Warner Bros.
I spent some time over the weekend catching up with the avalanche of film lists that inevitably hits the internet at this time of year, and while many of them cover similar territory (and, of course, similar films), I rather enjoyed Oli Lyttelton's writeup of the year's best scores and soundtracks, which underlines what an exciting year it's been for contemporary alternatives to classic orchestral scoring. I rather like that we're currently in a place where the electro-influenced scores for the likes of "Drive," "Hanna" and "Attack the Block" are competing for attention with, say, John Williams at his most florid. And in the midst of a pleasingly diverse collective, I'm glad Lyttelton found room for Dario Marianelli's work on "Jane Eyre," as freshly classical a score as we've heard all year. [The Playlist]
Five more movies with Daniel Craig.
That's the dream of the producers of the James Bond franchise, anyway, as revealed in a recent Michael Wilson interview with The People, a London-based newspaper. He's apparently very happy with the way "Skyfall" is coming together, and he's ready to start pinning down the star of the series for a truly epic eight total films as James Bond.
That means he'll do as many movies as the character as there were in the entire "Harry Potter" series. As someone who was thrilled by "Casino Royale" and who loves certain things about "Casino Royale Part 1 and a Half," it's exciting to think about what sort of narrative opportunity there is if they're now aware that they've got five movies to play with.
Let me ask something of EON now, though. If they're really going to do this, and Craig agrees, and they gear up for a mad dash through five films, which could take as long as eight to ten years to pull off, then please tell me that there will be some real continuity with real consequences for Bond.
Well, that was a surprise. After a breakneck week of SAG Awards nominations (important), critics groups honors (important) and Golden Globe nominations (least important), the race to Oscar ended up becoming even more convoluted than before.
"Homeland" just wrapped up its outstanding debut season, and I have a review of the season finale coming up just as soon as we're all out of paper towels...
Tonight we have a super-sized "Real Housewives of Atlanta," which you'd think means that something Very Exciting and Possibly Scandalous is going to happen, but not really. In short, Kim moves, Sheree dumps all over Phaedra, and Peter dumps all over Cynthia. So, business as usual in Atlanta!