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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Lincoln Is Coming for that Oscar, Channing Tatum is Nominated for Something That's Not a Razzie, and Other Critics Choice Movie Award Facts

The critics have spoken, and they've chosen some pretty gnarly (and a few questionable) talent to praise at this morning's Critics Choice Movie Awards. The full nominee list is below (from Awards Daily), but first let's discuss some of the standouts that haven't been mentioned since awards season officially kicked off:

I've been on Team Django Unchained for a very long time, so I am glad to see it get some recognition here (although not for any of its excellent performances, for some reason). And after we shared our disappointment for the documentary Central Park Five losing the bid for the Academy on Sunday's "Cinema In Noir," I'm at least glad to see the voting critics hail the film.

I still have some major issues with The Master as per my earlier review, but I cannot deny the stunning performance by Joaquin Phoenix (I'm not as thrilled with Hoffman's performance, but not enough to gripe about it here).

Lincoln (with its staggering 13 nominations) gets a big meh from me, but Goodness knows that film wreaks of awards contention. However, it's great to see Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Les Misérables and Beasts of the Southern Wild gain momentum (they've already earned a few precursor awards over the last few days). On the other hand, any nomination related to The Sessions, Rust and Bone and Moonrise Kingdom just seems unwarranted (though I will give Marion Cotillard the credit she deserves an otherwise disappointing screenplay).

But here's a big WTF moment: Channing Tatum gets a nod for 21 Jump Street? Seriously? A razzie award nomination maybe...Luckily the This is 40 nominations soften the agony a bit.

Yes, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel had an amazing cast, and that's it. I'm glad the voting critics agreed with me on that one. Although I preferred Alexandre Desplat's scores for Rise of the Guardians and Zero Dark Thirty over Argo, but that's a minor quibble. And, hey, Adele is nominated for her breathtaking title track for Skyfall, so all is forgiven now.

As per usual when it comes to big British-esque cinema, the costume design and art direction are recognized, but Jude Laws' fine performance in Anna Karenina is all but forgettable. What gives?

And I guess the critics have nothing further to say when it comes to Cloud Atlas. The tribe has spoken; the lovely and grandiose film gets a few technical awards. That's it? That's when you know your film was not liked. 

Let's talk about Alan Arkin's supporting actor nod here, because I am puzzled about it. He and John Goodman (not nominated) provided some great comic relief in Argo, but if we're really looking for performances to celebrate in this movie, why not Scoot McNairy? A nuanced and pivotal player in the movie that has gone overlooked this season so far.

It looks like the voting critics didn't really know where to send their praise in terms of the action movie. If Gina Carano in Haywire and Anne Hathway in The Dark Knight Rises are contenders, it must have been a rough year (however I bet Noomi Rapace would say otherwise). Luckily Christian Bale's underrated performance in The Dark Knight Rises earns a nod. But Robert Downey, Jr. is recognized and not Tom Hiddleston? That's just wrong.

Quick note: Cabin in the Woods was not good, so let's not pretending that it was. Same goes for Looper (good, but not great). But Prometheus was better than its reviews.

Lastly, congratulations to Paranorman, Brave and Frankenweenie--three of the best animated films this year.

BEST PICTURE
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty


BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
John Hawkes – “The Sessions”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Misérables”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”

BEST ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard – “Rust and Bone”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Javier Bardem – “Skyfall”
Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Matthew McConaughey – “Magic Mike”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams – “The Master”
Judi Dench – “Skyfall”
Ann Dowd – “Compliance”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Misérables”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Elle Fanning – “Ginger & Rosa”
Kara Hayward – “Moonrise Kingdom”
Tom Holland – “The Impossible”
Logan Lerman – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Suraj Sharma – “Life of Pi”
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
Argo
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook

BEST DIRECTOR
Ben Affleck – “Argo”
Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Tom Hooper – “Les Misérables”
Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino – “Django Unchained”
John Gatins – “Flight”
Rian Johnson – “Looper”
Paul Thomas Anderson – “The Master”
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola – “Moonrise Kingdom”
Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio – “Argo”
David Magee – “Life of Pi”
Tony Kushner – “Lincoln”
Stephen Chbosky – “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Les Misérables” – Danny Cohen
“Life of Pi” – Claudio Miranda
“Lincoln” – Janusz Kaminski
“The Master” – Mihai Malaimare Jr.
“Skyfall” – Roger Deakins

BEST ART DIRECTION
“Anna Karenina” – Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer; Katie Spencer/Set Decorator
“The Hobbit” – Dan Hennah/Production Designer; Ra Vincent & Simon Bright/Set Decorators
“Les Misérables” – Eve Stewart/Production Designer; Anna Lynch-Robinson/Set Decorator
“Life of Pi” – David Gropman/Production Designer; Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
“Lincoln” – Rick Carter/Production Designer; Jim Erickson/Set Decorator

BEST EDITING
“Argo” – William Goldenberg
“Les Misérables” – Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens
“Life of Pi” – Tim Squyres
“Lincoln” – Michael Kahn
“Zero Dark Thirty” – William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“Anna Karenina” – Jacqueline Durran
“Cloud Atlas” – Kym Barrett and Pierre-Yves Gayraud
“The Hobbit” – Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor
“Les Misérables” – Paco Delgado
“Lincoln” – Joanna Johnston

BEST MAKEUP
Cloud Atlas
The Hobbit
Les Misérables
Lincoln

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Avengers
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit
Life of Pi

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Brave
Frankenweenie
Madagascar 3
ParaNorman
Rise of the Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

BEST ACTION MOVIE
The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
Looper
Skyfall

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Christian Bale – “The Dark Knight Rises”
Daniel Craig – “Skyfall”
Robert Downey Jr. – “The Avengers”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Looper”
Jake Gyllenhaal – “End of Watch”

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Emily Blunt – “Looper”
Gina Carano – “Haywire”
Judi Dench – “Skyfall”
Anne Hathaway – “The Dark Knight Rises”
Jennifer Lawrence – “The Hunger Games”

BEST COMEDY
Bernie
Silver Linings Playbook
Ted
This Is 40
21 Jump Street

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Jack Black – “Bernie”
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Paul Rudd – “This Is 40”
Channing Tatum – “21 Jump Street”
Mark Wahlberg – “Ted”

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Mila Kunis – “Ted”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Shirley MacLaine – “Bernie”
Leslie Mann – “This Is 40”
Rebel Wilson – “Pitch Perfect”

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
The Cabin in the Woods
Looper
Prometheus

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour
The Intouchables
A Royal Affair
Rust and Bone

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Bully
The Central Park Five
The Imposter
The Queen of Versailles
Searching for Sugar Man
West of Memphis

BEST SONG
“For You” – performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban – Act of Valor
“Learn Me Right” – performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – Brave
“Skyfall” – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall
“Still Alive” – performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams – Paul Williams Still Alive
“Suddenly” – performed by Hugh Jackman/written by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer – Les Misérables

BEST SCORE
“Argo” – Alexandre Desplat
“Life of Pi” – Mychael Danna
“Lincoln” – John Williams
“The Master” – Jonny Greenwood
“Moonrise Kingdom” – Alexandre Desplat

The Critics Choice Movie Awards will air live on January 11th, 2013, at 8pm EST/PST on the CW Network. 

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