Another day, another list of film critics groups dishing out their year-end kudos. This will continue on for a few weeks, but the Chicago Film Critics Association announced its nominees today, and something in the mix got me thinking: Where's the love for Hunter McCracken this season?
The young star of "The Tree of Life" picked up a notice from the Chicago crowd for Most Promising Performer, and if you can believe it, it's only the first time he's been mentioned in an awards capacity this season. The first time! Though please correct me if I'm wrong.
This is stunning to me. I think the kid is good enough to warrant Best Actor attention, as you know, but he hasn't even shown up in the various youth performance categories. I was most disheartened to see that he didn't even land in the BFCA's Best Young Actor/Actress category. He deserved to be in over every other nominee in that field, but at LEAST he should have been in over Asa Butterfield, who is kind of all over the place in "Hugo."