Broadcast Film Critic's Association nominees a bellwether for movie awards season

Broadcast Film Critic's Association nominees a bellwether for movie awards season

A great many film critics groups announced their nominations for their respective film awards this week for 2012.  From New York City, to Detroit, to St. Louis to Phoenix, a plethora professional reviewers weighed in on which films they thought deserved extra merit at the end of this exhaustive year.  If you’re a stickler for exact details, check out this website (http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/the-2012-2013-film-awards-circuit) which does a thorough job listing every nomination for every group.

 

However, instead of focusing on each individual group, let’s turn our attention to the nominees named by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Many of the reviewers who belong to the many smaller groups just mentioned are members of the BFCA as well so in looking at their nominees you are getting an accurate overview of how those smaller factions have voted.  Sporting over 275 members, the BFCA is the largest critics group and its winners usually are an accurate predictor of the Oscars a month later.

 

From looking at the list of nominees there are very few surprises, which makes for more than a bit of predictability.  Lincoln led the pack with 13 nominations, followed by 11 nods for Les Miserables and 10 for Silver Linings Playbook.  In looking at the nominees from other groups, you see that everyone is in lockstep, recognizing the same films which does little in the way of adding any suspense where awarding them is concerned.

 

Still, the BFCA’s “Critic’s Choice Awards” are the first to be presented and can be seen live on the CW network at 7 pm on January 10th.  These awards will set the tone for others to come and as a member of the group, I’ll be in Hollywood to see how it all plays out.

 

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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”


 

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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



 

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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


 

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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”


 

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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
 

 

 

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