15th Annual Critics Choice Awards Winners

One might presume that the more prestigious (at least in name rcognition) Golden Globes are the precursos to the Oscars to which everyone should look at before checking off boxes on their Oscar ballot. Not so fast, the group of almost 200 critics from the Broadcast Critics Association have predicted the winners of the Oscar every year for the past ten years but 2004 and 2005. If there’s any doubt now that The Hurt Locker is pretty much a lock for best picture as is Kathryn Bigelow for best director, they are fading fast. In fact, not that it’s any surprise, but this is one of the first year’s I can remember in which just about every one of the six major categories are all pretty much locks – as proved here by the Critics. The tie for lead actress is a little bit weird, but I”m sure the Academy will hash it out.

Box office success (i.e. fan favorites) were also high on the evening’s priorities, with The Hangover taking home best comedy, Up walking away with best animated film, and Avatar continuing its rule of Hollywood with a record-breaking six awards, including best action film and a slew of tech honors, including best visual effects and sound.

Check out the full list below. Is this just about en exact duplicate of what we’ll see at The Kodak Theatre on March 7th?

BEST PICTURE:
Avatar, An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Invictus
Nine
Precious
A Serious Man
Up, Up In The Air

BEST ACTOR:
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up In The Air
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Viggo Mortensen – The Road
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

BEST ACTRESS (tie):
Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Matt Damon – Invictus
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Christian McKay – Me And Orson Welles
Alfred Molina – An Education
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Marion Cotillard – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up In The Air
Anna Kendrick – Up In The Air
Mo’Nique – Precious
Julianne Moore – A Single Man
Samantha Morton – The Messenger

 

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS:
Jae Head – The Blind Side
Bailee Madison – Brothers
Max Records – Where The Wild Things Are
Saoirse Ronan – The Lovely Bones
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Road

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE:
Inglourious Basterds
Nine
Precious
Star Trek
Up In The Air

BEST DIRECTING:
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
James Cameron – Avatar
Lee Daniels – Precious
Clint Eastwood – Invictus
Jason Reitman – Up In The Air
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Mark Boal – The Hurt Locker
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – A Serious Man
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber – (500) Days Of Summer
Bob Peterson, Peter Docter – Up
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach – Fantastic Mr. Fox
Neill Blomkamp, Terri Tatchell – District 9
Geoffrey Fletcher – Precious
Tom Ford, David Scearce – A Single Man
Nick Hornby – An Education
Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner – Up In The Air

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:
Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Princess And The Frog
Up

BEST ACTION MOVIE:
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek

BEST COMEDY:
(500) Days Of Summer
The Hangover
It’s Complicated
The Proposal
Zombieland

BEST PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION:
Gifted Hands
Grey Gardens
Into The Storm
Taking Chance

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Broken Embraces
Coco Before Chanel
Red Cliff
Sin Nombre
The White Ribbon

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Capitalism: A Love Story
The Cove
Food Inc.
Michael Jackson’s This Is It

BEST SONG:
“All Is Love” – Karen O, Nick Zinner – Where The Wild Things Are
“Almost There” – Randy Newman – The Princess And The Frog
“Cinema Italiano” – Maury Yeston – Nine
“(I Want To) Come Home” – Paul McCartney – Everybody’s Fine
“The Weary Kind” – T Bone Burnett, Ryan Bingham – Crazy Heart

BEST SCORE:
Michael Giacchino – Up
Marvin Hamlisch – The Informant!
Randy Newman – The Princess and the Frog
Karen O, Carter Burwell – Where The Wild Things Are
Hans Zimmer – Sherlock Holmes

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Barry Ackroyd – The Hurt Locker
Dion Beebe – Nine
Mauro Fiore – Avatar
Andrew Lesnie – The Lovely Bones
Robert Richardson – Inglourious Basterds

BEST ART DIRECTION:
Dan Bishop – A Single Man
Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg – Avatar
John Myhre, Gordon Sim – Nine
Naomi Shohan, George De Titta, Jr. – The Lovely Bones
David Wasco, Sandy Reynolds Wasco – Inglourious Basterds

BEST EDITING:
Dana E. Glauberman – Up In The Air
Sally Menke – Inglourious Basterds
Bob Murawski, Chris Innis – The Hurt Locker
Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua, James Cameron – Avatar
Claire Simpson, Wyatt Smith – Nine

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
Colleen Atwood – Nine
Janet Patterson – Bright Star
Sandy Powell – The Young Victoria
Anna Sheppard – Inglourious Basterds
Casey Storm – Where The Wild Things Are

BEST MAKEUP:
Avatar
District 9
Nine
The Road
Star Trek

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
Avatar
District 9
The Lovely Bones
Star Trek
2012

BEST SOUND:
Avatar
District 9
The Hurt Locker
Nine
Star Trek

 

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Jonathan
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Sandra Bullock over Carey Mulligan? Really?

Jonathan
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Mulligan was just leagues beyond any performance I saw this year. Maybe a lot of it was the surprise of having never even heard of her before, I'll admit, but even then.

Although, I haven't seen Precious, and I hear Gabourey Sidibe was pretty phenomenal.

Bob Turnbull
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I don't know if I'd describe Sandra Bullock as "due". I don't dislike her at all, but I can't say I've been wowed by anything she's done that I've seen. Granted, I've yet to see "The Blind Side" (it's frankly nowhere near the top of my "to see" list), so maybe she deserves it for that. Otherwise, I'd say she's been a solid, likeable, comedic actress.

I suppose that sounds like damning with faint praise, but it's not meant that way.

Bob Turnbull
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Have to say, I didn't like her much in "Crash". But I didn't like much of anything in that, so…

I get your point though. Just a matter of semantics. I agree that she seems to be well liked (and she gives good interview as well), so that helps a lot. It shouldn't, but it obviously does.

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