Friday, January 13, 2012

Critiquing the Critics' Choice Movie Awards

As the first award show that carries weight to it (apologies People's Choice) - the Critics' Choice Awards sets the bar for what's to come over the next several weeks. While they're no Golden Globes - the CCA's can be a key indicator of the results at the Oscars. The hits, misses and splits:

Best Picture: The Artist
Miss: While The Artist is a revelatory film - Drive was the superior overall achievement.

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Miss: Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) delivered a devilish mix of enthralling drama and hypnotic destruction.

Best Actor: George Clooney (The Descendants)
Hit: Finest performance of his resplendent career.

Best Actress: Viola Davis (The Help)
Miss: Davis was stellar but Meryl Streep was untouchable.

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Split: Plummer was powerful but Albert Brooks (Drive) was at least his equal.

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Hit: The finest performance in a movie that featured nothing but.

Best Acting Ensemble: The cast of The Help
Hit: Across the board brilliance in every single role.

Best Cinematography: (tie) War Horse and The Tree of Life
Hit: Could argue Drive here as well but both of these films are quite worthy of this award.

Best Action Movie: Drive
Split: The critics clearly wanted to give some love to Drive but it's infinitely more intricate than an "action movie".

Best Comedy: Bridesmaids
Miss: Nothing trumped The Muppets.

Best Song: 'Life's a Happy Song' (The Muppets)
Hit: Centerpiece of The Muppets - deliriously delightful number.