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Awards Are Coming! Awards Are Coming!

Submitted by on December 14, 2010 – 3:18 pm 11 Comments

I’m a little behind but want to cover Golden Globe nominations and winners from some major critics’ groups.

First, GG noms in the big movie categories, with a few brief observations:

Best Motion Picture–Drama

Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

It’s a toss-up between Inception and The King’s Speech for me. Both are remarkable but in completely different ways.

Best Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical

Alice in Wonderland
The Kids Are All Right
The Tourist

Burlesque? Seriously? Kids is the obvious choice here.

Best Director – Motion Picture

Darren Aronofsky–Black Swan
David Fincher–The Social Network
Tom Hooper–The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan–Inception
David O. Russell–The Fighter

Again, it’d be between Nolan and Hooper, but I’m surprised Danny Boyle didn’t make the cut. He turned what people said was an unfilmable book into an exhilarating and intensely moving motion picture.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Jesse Eisenberg–The Social Network
Colin Firth–The King’s Speech
James Franco–127 Hours
Ryan Gosling–Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg–The Fighter

Firth is tops for me, with Franco a close second and Gosling a very close third.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Halle Berry–Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman–Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence–Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman–Black Swan
Michelle Williams–Blue Valentine

Portman would get my vote, but Williams’s performance also got under my skin. Huge omission: Lesley Manville’s raw portrayal of a woman in denial slowly falling apart in Another Year.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy

Johnny Depp–Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp–The Tourist
Paul Giamatti–Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal–Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey–Casino Jack

Haven’t seen all these perfs so not sure about this one.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy

Anne Hathaway–Love and Other Drugs
Julianne Moore–The Kids Are All Right
Annette Bening–The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone–Easy A
Angelina Jolie–The Tourist

Tough to pick between the Kids leads but I’d go with Moore for her insecure, vulnerable, conflicted, lovely turn.

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Christian Bale–The Fighter
Michael Douglas–Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Andrew Garfield–The Social Network
Jeremy Renner–The Town
Geoffrey Rush–The King’s Speech

Bale is the clear winner but Renner and Rush are very strong. I’m disappointed John Hawkes didn’t get recognized for his creepy turn as Teardrop in Winter’s Bone.

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

Amy Adams–The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter–The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis–Black Swan
Melissa Leo–The Fighter
Jacki Weaver–Animal Kingdom

Haven’t seen Weaver’s performance. Between the other four, I’d go with Leo for her brassy, trashy mama.

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

127 Hours
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

Tough call between Inception, 127 Hours and King’s Speech, all complex and smart. Good thing Oscars distinguish between original and adapted screenplays. For originality, Inception should get it. For adapted, I’d go with Hours since it was probably more difficult to rework the mostly internal story into something cinematic.

In the last couple days, film critics associations have also been doling out awards, with most naming The Social Network and David Fincher as best picture and best director. I strongly disagree but here are partial lists from some of the more prominent groups. (Click on links to see full lists.)

New York Film Critics Circle:

Best Film:
The Social Network

Best Director:
David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Screenplay:
The Kids Are All Right

Best Actress
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Best Actor
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Best Supporting Actress
Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actor
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Best Cinematography
Matthew Libatique, Black Swan

Best Animated Film
The Illusionist

Boston Society of Film Critics:

Best Picture
The Social Network

Best Actor
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Best Actress
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Fighter

Best Supporting Actress
Juliette Lewis, Conviction

Best Director
David Fincher, The Social Network

Best Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins, True Grit

Best Animated Film
Toy Story 3

Best Film Editing (awarded in memory of Karen Schmeer)
Andrew Weisblum, Black Swan

Best Ensemble Cast

The Fighter

I like how the L.A. Film Critics Association threw in a few surprises:

Best Picture
The Social Network

Best Director
Olivier Assayas (Carlos) and David Fincher (The Social Network)—tie.

Best Actor
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Best Actress
Kim Hye-ja, Mother

Best Supporting Actor
Niels Arestrup, A Prophet

Best Supporting Actress
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

Best Screenplay
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Cinematography
Black Swan

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Music/Score
The Ghost Writer (Alexandre Desplat) and The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)

If you’re still with me, here are links to winners from the Toronto Film Critics, D.C. Film Critics, Southeastern Film Critics and AFI’s top 10 movies of the year.

Do you agree The Social Network is this year’s best movie? Any others you’re rooting for? What about favorite-but-overlooked performances?



  • le0pard13 says:

    Fine summary of GG nominations and critic group awards, Elyse. I have plenty of films to catch up with regarding all of this (especially THE SOCIAL NETWORK). But, for those I’ve seen, I’m pretty much with you. However, speaking about the NY Film Critics Circle (now there’s an unpretentious name) picks… THE ILLUSIONIST over TOY STORY 3. Really? Anyway, great fodder for the old water cooler discussions. Thanks for this.

  • Eddy says:

    I know that some haven’t been released yet, but of all the movies listed I’ve only seen The Kids are Alright and Inception. I got Toy Story 3 for my birthday, but haven’t had a chance to watch it yet.

    Thanks PCN for keeping us up-to-date.

  • Poncho says:

    I was waiting for this post of yours like forever, LOL. I love it when you pour your nerdiness in these things so I don’t feel so guilty when I do the same! Anyway, my 2 cents.

    Though I liked Inception better, The Social Network has been sweeping the critics’ awards circle, so I think it’s safe to say both the movie and the director have a better chance than others. Who knows, because GG is known for upsets, so there’s a chance your picks could win. I would certainly like Chris Nolan to take the win for director – he’s one of those geniuses who seldom gets recognized enough. But who knows. The Kids Are All Right is definitely the one to beat in comedy.

    In the acting categories, I think Firth is a safe bet (I’d love him or Franco to win), and I think Jesse Eisenberg is also a frontrunner – I’ll say right now that Firth, Franco & Eisenberg will be Oscar nominees -. I’m pretty sure Portman will take the GG home, and the race is between Moore and Benning who are both overdue some real recognition -as in something to put in their bookshelf (#GiveJMooreAnOscar). I’ll sit confortable waiting for Christian Bale to take the win, but I think Helena Bonham Carter could be an upset in the supporting category, though I’d give it to Melissa Leo in a heartbeat.

    In terms of scripts, I’m beat. I might have more insight a little further in time.

    Thanks PCN, for writing this and allowing me to rant a little 😀

    • Pop Culture Nerd says:

      If I’d known you were waiting, I’d have lit that fire up my ass 😀 and gotten it done sooner!

      I like Nolan because he makes smart movies and seems like he’s always trying to push boundaries. Some people just make the same movie over and over again.

      I always enjoy your comments, Poncho, so come back and share if you have additional insights!

  • Reader#9 says:

    So disgusted with the nominees this year, but also with the lack of any really great movies for 2010.

    I struggled with walking out of Social Network. Not because it was really bad, but because it was more of a docu-drama than anything else. Don’t understand why it made anyone’s top 5 list let alone winning awards.

    The critics seem to be flailing this year, but I do appreciate your re-cap and personal opinions, PCN. You appear to have better taste in movies than the people who are paid the big bucks to tell us what is great and what just sucks.

    I agree with you about John Hawkes being overlooked in the Supporting Actor category. Why the is Andrew Garfield even on that list? Not hating on the guy, but really?!

    • Pop Culture Nerd says:

      I don’t get all the SOCIAL NETWORK love because, while it was well crafted, it left me cold. I respect but don’t love it. I didn’t care much for anyone except maybe Zuckerberg’s ex-girlfriend. Zuckerberg remained a cipher and when I can’t root for the lead character, it’s a problem for me.

  • I saw a brief excerpt from an interview with Geoffrey Rush last night. He asked tongue-in-cheek if the movie could be renamed The King’s Speech Therapist for release in Australia.

    It looks like stiff competition, but I hope Jackie Weaver scores in her category ~ she’s a great, honest actress and has been working on TV, film and stage here in Australia for decades.

    • Pop Culture Nerd says:

      Better yet, it should be called The King’s AUSTRALIAN Speech Therapist! That’s good to know about Jackie Weaver, Shell. I’ve heard only amazing things about her performance in Animal Kingdom. Must track down a screener so I can see for myself.

  • Bailey says:

    Perhaps Gwyneth Paltrow (COUNTRY SONG) over Angelina Jolie (THE TOURIST)…heck, even Sarah Jessica Parker (SEX AND THE CITY 2) over Jolie…? DEFINITELY Sam Rockwell (CONVICTION) over Andrew Garfield (SOCIAL NETWORK)…OR (even) Mark Ruffallo (THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT)….another suggestion might be Hilary Swank (CONVICTION) or Julia Roberts (EAT, PRAY, LOVE) over Jennifer Lawrence (WINTER’S BONE)…..DEFINITELY TOY STORY 3 OVER BURLESQUE for “Best Motion Picture Comedy or Musical”! …………lastly what about Robert Duvall over Mark Wahlberg??

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