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A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I write a 45-page manifesto declaring that I've reinvented music...
Once again, the forum is yours to discuss the latest episode of AMC's "Hell on Wheels," which seemed heaviest on Doc Durant - and, as a consequence, lightest on Cullen - of any of the episodes so far, while also giving us plenty of Reverend Cole, Lily and Joseph as everyone dealt with the arrival of the Cheyenne in the camp.
What did everybody else think? Even those of you who have professed to be fans of the show don't seem particularly fond of the writing and/or performance of Doc; feel any differently after tonight?
A review of the "Boardwalk Empire" season 2 finale coming up just as soon as I take the ducks...
The presidential campaign may have Super Tuesday, but awards season has Super Sunday. Sure, you could argue that moniker should be designated to Oscar Sunday, but when you have the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the AFI yearly Top 10 and Boston Film Critics being announced on the same day, that's pretty significant. Plus, there's also those minor orgs such as the San Francisco Film Critic's Circle, the New York Online Film Critic's and the Houston Film Critic's Circle who dish out their yearly picks on this fine December day. (And, no, the last three really don't mean anything in the larger scheme of things, but they look pretty on for your consideration ads).
Okay, this is just getting silly: if you’re a small regional critics’ group hoping to get some attention for your awards, why announce on the weekend when apparently everyone but the Delaware Christian Youth Film Enthusiasts Society has chosen to do the same? Be that as it may, the Houston critics yesterday announced a list of nominations, and most of the usual suspects rate a mention, with a few pleasing curveball choices.
I can't help but wonder about their intentions when a late release like "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" shows up in their Best Picture category without scoring a single other nomination -- are they truly voting for their favorites, or simply predicting the Academy's ballot? Happily, there's evidence of sincere individual thinking in the Best Picture nomination for Thomas McCarthy's "Win Win," while it's interesting to see the film's young star Alex Shaffer show up in the Supporting Actor category. (No love for Paul Giamatti, however.)
Oh, you though we were done? Well settle back in because we have more. We'll be posting the Houston film critics nominations momentarily, but for now, we have the San Francisco Film Critics Circle's full list of winners.
Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" won Best Picture and Best Director (as well as Best Cinematography), and it's really an outside-the-box pair of decisions when you get right down to it. Obviously "The Descendants" and "The Artist" are poised to be the lazy, generally agreed-upon critical darlings all season. So to spring from something like this is, well, commendable.
The lead acting prizes were also unique, Gary Oldman winning Best Actor for "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and Tilda Swinton winning Best Actress for "We Need to Talk About Kevin." And the rest of the picks were equally singular. Though Albert Brooks did chalk up his third win of the day. Check out the full list of winners below.
Hey, have you heard the news? Apparently, in a last-minute schedule change, the Academy has moved the Oscar ceremony up to tomorrow. Critics' groups, as a result, have gone into panic mode, desperately flinging out awards announcements today in the hope of remaining relevant to the Oscar race. That's my theory, anyway. Seriously, what's wrong with the other six days of the week?
Anyway, after Los Angeles, Boston and the New York Online crowd had their say (with San Francisco still to come this afternoon, I gather), the Detroit critics' nominations aren't exactly the biggest news. Indeed, one could argue that nominees are an unnecessary indulgence for smaller critics' groups. But it's hard to complain when it allows for some unusual suspects to show up, and such is the case with the Motor City's list, which is unexpectedly topped by Jeff Nichols' disquieting indie hybrid "Take Shelter."
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has finished its annual voting on this year's awards-worthy efforts. Firstly, though, a quick note of huzzah to them for sticking with this week rather than leaping to go first ahead of the New York Film Critics Circle's nonsensical date. And kudos to the LAFCA member (who shall remain nameless) who proposed moving the date to January when that announcement was made.
And the awards themselves represent a classy, unique perspective on the race, to say the least. Starting with an inspired choice for Best Music/Score and continuing with nice tops of the hat in the screenplay and director categories, it was just a refreshing vote to watch unfold.
However, when the dust settled on the Best Picture category, it was a bit anti-climactic, with "The Descendants" taking the honor amid all that unique thinking. Ah well, it's a distinguished set regardless. Check out the full list of winners with my real-time commentary scattered throughout below.
Boston Society of Film Critics issues press release expressing regret over 'Margaret' screening procedures
This morning the Boston Society of Film Critics announced its list of award winners, and it was clear Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" was close in a number of areas. Though whoever was controlling the organization's Twitter feed made a note about how few of them were able to see the film, the group has issued the following via its official website:
"The Boston Society of Film Critics expresses its regret that Fox Searchlight refused to distribute screeners of the film 'Margaret' and scheduled only a last-minute screening after numerous requests. The film, which received an extremely limited release, was a favorite of many BSFC members and could have won several awards had it been made available for viewing within a reasonable time frame. Despite this disadvantage, 'Margaret' was a runner-up in three of the BSFC’s award categories. We encourage Fox Searchlight to not compound this oversight and to make screeners available to the voting body of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and so give the film a fair chance in the upcoming awards competition."