With the big awards (Oscars, Globes, SAGs etc.) still waiting to release their nominations, the tone of the awards season is beginning to really take shape. Today the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics, and the New York Film Critics Online told us what they thought.
With David Fincher and The Social Network garnering all three Best Picture and Best Director wins, it looks like it’ll be the picture to beat when the Academy doles at the golden statuettes in February. That is, unless something changes quickly (ie. voters start seeing The King’s Speech for more than Colin Firth or Inception finally gets some much deserved love).
Christian Bale (The Fighter) is looking more like he has a stranglehold on the Best Supporting Actor, winning both the NYFCO and BSFC awards. (LAFCA gave it to Niels Arestrup for his 2009 performance in A Prophet for some reason). With Juliette Lewis (Conviction) surprising everyone and nabbing Best Supporting Actress from the BSFC, Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom) winning with the LAFCA, and Melissa Leo (The Fighter) taking the NYFCO award, it looks like that category is going to be a total crapshoot.
Natalie Portman (Black Swan) appears to be making headway in her Best Actress Oscar bid, taking two of the awards, and leaving the LAFCA prize for Kim Hye-Ja (Mother). Although Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) is likely still the frontrunner for Best Actor category, he only managed to grab the LAFCA trophy; Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) continues to secure his Oscar nomination by grabbing the BSFC award, and James Franco (127 Hours) snuck in to snag the hearts of the NYFCO.
The only certain thing I can say thus far is what kids’ flick will walk away with all the Best Animated Feature trophies. Hint: it involves toys and it’s the best thing Tom Hanks has done since Forrest Gump. Other than that, nothing is set in stone. With the Critics Choice Awards, New York Film Critics Circle, Golden Globes, SAGs, and Satellite Awards all weighing in within the week anything could happen.
Editors Note: This is Rob’s first post on Filmonic and he will be covering all the news and buzz from the upcoming awards season.