For me, this time of year is better than the Christmas holidays. Film Award Season!! The awards actually start at the end of December with some of the critics groups giving their “best” lists. The New York Film Critics proclaimed the following: Best Picture - The Hurt Locker; Best Director - Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker; Best Screenplay - In the Loop; Best Actress - Meryl Streep - Julie & Julia; Best Actor - George Clooney - Up In The Air; Best Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds; Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique – Precious. (for a complete list of NYFC winners: http://www.nyfcc.com/awards.php)
Not to be outdone, the Los Angeles Film Critics announced their picks: Best Picture – The Hurt Locker; Best Director - Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker; Best Screenplay – Up in the Air; Best Actor – Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart; Best Actress – Yolande Moreau (Who?) – Seraphine; Best Supporting Actor - Christoph Waltz - Inglourious Basterds; Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique – Precious. (for complete list of LAFC winners: http://www.lafca.net/years/2009.html)
After these awards, The Hurt Locker and Kathryn Bigelow seemed to be running away with the awards of the season. Then came the Golden Globe Awards. The big winner of the night was Avatar, taking Best Picture and Best Director for James Cameron. Even Cameron acknowledged that he thought Bigelow would win (although I am sure he is glad she didn’t!). (Golden Globe winners: http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/) Both are nominated for the Directors Guild award but we will have to wait until January 30th to find out who will win. (Director’s Guild nominees: http://www.dga.org/index2.php3) The Guild award is usually the best indicator as to which director will win the Oscar. The Oscar front runners for the best screenplay awards (original and adapted) will become clearer after the Writers Guild announces it’s winners on February 20th. (Writer’s Guild nominees: http://www.wga.org/content/default.aspx?id=3904)
Tonight the actors will celebrate themselves (as they do so well!). The Screen Actors Guild Awards (full list of nominations: http://www.sagawards.org/nominations) are entertaining and also an indicator of the Oscar favorites.
For those that didn’t get a chance to see The Hurt Locker or Inglourious Basterds in the theaters, they are currently out on DVD and available in our Media department.
Let the games begin!