Archive for January 12, 2012

Oscars 2011 Update: BFCA Awards

The Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards were handed out tonight. Before I get into what won and what didn’t, let’s just take a moment to talk about how scarily accurate the BFCA is in predicting what will win the Oscar in most categories.

Last year, the BFCA coincided with the Oscars in 12 categories (13 if you split the one BFCA sound category into the two Oscar categories). Certain misses have to do with what was and what wasn’t nominated. The only real differences were in Best Picture & Best Director (BFCA gave it to The Social Network), Best Art Direction (they gave it to Inception), Best Editing (they went Inception) and Best Song (they went 127 Hours). Other than that, the misses were Makeup, which was much different from the Oscars category, and Foreign Language film and Documentary, both of which were also very different.

In 2009, they missed both screenplay categories (going with Tarantino and Reitman for Basterds and Up in the Air, when Hurt Locker and Precious won the Oscars), and Editing (Avatar over Hurt Locker), Sound (Avatar over Hurt Locker). Makeup was again wholly different.

In 2008, they missed Actress (since they gave it to Kate for The Reader in Supporting), Supporting Actress (obviously) and Song (since they rightfully gave it to Springsteen).

Notice anything about all the differences? Almost all the things that were different were relative surprises come Oscar night. (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Best Actor – 1958

I don’t love 1958 as a year, but some of its categories (like this one) are really strong. The reason the year isn’t that strong is because the set of Best Picture nominees is pretty weak.

Gigi wins Best Picture. Not a bad film, but a bad Best Picture choice. Vincente Minnelli won Best Director for the film (talked about here), which actually needed to happen. That man was crazy overdue by this point. Best Actress was Susan Hayward for I Want to Live!, which, as I said here, was a long time coming, and was a good decision, even if I think she should have won three years earlier and someone else should have won here. Best Supporting Actor was Burl Ives for The Big Country, which was a great decision, since he was great in both that and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof this year. And Best Supporting Actress was Wendy Hiller for Separate Tables, which she had coming to her for a while before this.

And then we have this category. This is really tough for me. It’s the only time Tony Curtis was nominated, this was Sidney Poitier’s best nominated performance, Paul Newman was amazing, and David Niven is David Niven. What do you do here?


And the nominees were…

Tony Curtis, The Defiant Ones

Paul Newman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

David Niven, Separate Tables

Sidney Poitier, The Defiant Ones

Spencer Tracy, The Old Man and the Sea (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Will you marry me? I’d make a good husband, Jenny.” “You would, Forrest.” “But you won’t marry me.” “You don’t wanna marry me.” “Why don’t you love me, Jenny? … I’m not a smart man… but I know what love is.”